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Cévennes National Park and Tarn Discovery Tour

Touring the Tarn gorges and Cévennes National Park

Offered by:
Mellow Vélos Aventures

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 66 47 35 03

Tour length:
7 days

Price:
€1100

This new tour follows the course of the Tarn river from close to its source on Mont Lozere to where it forms a large valley in Aveyron. That route will see you riding through the Cévennes, through the Gorges du Tarn and then into the Tarn valley with lots to see and do en route. You will stay in two- and three-star hotels along the way and finish at Rouquefort to visit the cheese caves (you will have earned a sample or three). Geoff and Tessa are local cycling experts, having lived and cycled in this area for more than 20 years. Their routes are varied and interesting, and they can be tailored to your ability. You'll have six days of riding planned for you, with one rest day for you to take time out for for MTB-ing or e-biking, or to simply relax. The tour is self-guided and comes complete with a full pack of rides, maps and route instructions, plus a GPS device (or the GPX filed for your own device). This is a great chance to explore a hidden part of France.

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Chalon to Macon loop along the Saone river

A southern Burgundy ride almost exclusively on bike paths

Offered by:
Active Tours

Phone number:
+33 (0)3 80 26 17 12

Tour length:
5 days/4 nights

Price:
From €330

This self-guided tour is a loop ride from Chalon to Mâcon via “the blue route” bike path that follows the Saône river. The itinerary returns via Cluny on the green route along the Côte Chalonnaise vineyards to Chalon-sur-Saône. It takes in local gastronomy, vineyards and culture. Visit Chalon-sur-Saône, Tournus, Mâcon and Cluny, taking in Romanesque art, impressive cathedrals and wonderful museums and abbeys en route. The ride can be extended to cross with the vineyard route into Beaune. Almost exclusively on cycle paths, this tour is ideal for first-time cyclists, families and more experienced tourers alike. Run by local Burgundy specialists, Active Tours. Price includes B&B-style hotel and guesthouse accommodation, bike rental, and full routes notes and maps. 33km-51km (can be tailored for you).

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Charente, Dordogne and the Haute Vienne – Cycling Tours for All Abilities

Explore the beautiful countryside south-west of Limoges with local riders

Offered by:
Cycling Chez Nous

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 55 75 33 41 or +44 (0)7538 344076,

Tour length:
6 days riding (can be tailored for you)

Price:
From €532-€832 depending on your preferred accommodation (gite or farmhouse)

Sue and Phil at Cycling Chez Nous offer fixed base tours on a guided or self-guided basis (with gpx files provided) in their own backyard. The Haute-Vienne is a much lesser cycled area of France and takes in the triangle on the Dordogne/Charente border within reach of Limoges, Angouleme and Thiviers. It is a true – and very 'local' – cycling paradise with mainly traffic-free roads that run through a landscape of fields and forests. The roads are a pleasure to cruise along, the sun on your back as the beauty of the region slides silently past you. Prices include accommodation based on 7 nights, daily continental breakfast, afternoon tea and 6 three-course evening meals with wine, cheese and coffee (one night is reserved for you to enjoy a local restaurant). There's also canapes and fizz on first and last evenings. Shorter or longer tours can be tailored for you. Airport transfers from Limoges can also be arranged.

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Chateau de Candes Single Centre Loire Cycling

A self-guided cycling break from the fixed base in the Loire

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7760

Tour length:
3-7 night options

Price:
From £355

This single-centre holiday in the Loire Valley is based around the cobbles village of Candes-St-Martin, classified as one of France's most beautiful villages so you can also expect all original stone buildings. Candes-St-Martin sits on the point of confluence of the Loire and Vienne rivers and has a charming cobbled village square, complete with 12th century church and an excellent local restaurant. A short walk along the river is Montsoreau, an old river port, and its château, setting of a famous Dumas novel, is the only one in the Loire Valley built into the riverbed itself. This self-guided holiday includes five cycle routes, with maps and route notes, as well as three walking itineraries (there are also other local activities you can add). The price includes self-catering accommodation in stylish, fully-equipped apartments in Chateau de Candes, bikes, pannier bags, water bottles and repair kits for the duration of your stay, support from a local representative and a welcome pack upon arrival which includes two bottles of local wine as a nice extra touch.

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Château to Château en Vélo

Ride in the footsteps of France's kings and queens

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44 (0)1580 214 010

Tour length:
8 nights

Price:
From £1238

Pedal gently among stunning castles, through fields of sunflowers and along rows of vineyards, samping the local food and wine en route. Highlights include the medieval town of Amboise, Clos Lucé (the home of Leonardo da Vinci), Château de Chenonceau, the most photographed chateau of the Loire, and Château de Cheverny, the château behind Tintin. Included in your tour are 5 days' cycling, accommodation and some meals, full and detailed route notes and maps, bike hire (electric bikes are also available), luggage transfers between hotels, plus station transfers. All you have to do is ride!

Cycling Chateau to Chateau Belle France

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Chateaux of the Loire: Castles, Caves & Vineyards

Experience the romance of the Loire Valley

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617001

Tour length:
6 nights

Price:
From £885

Famed for its magnificent châteaux and wide, lazily flowing rivers, the Loire region is a delight. West of Tours, the Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional Park is characterised by vineyards, rolling farmland, hunting forests and limestone cliffs into which astonishing troglodytic dwellings have been carved. Crowning these beautiful landscapes are some of the Loire's most romantic and elegant châteaux: Azay-le-Rideau, Ussé, Chinon, Villandry and Saumur. With short, easy routes that are largely on the flat, you have plenty of time to visit all of these during your holiday, along with vineyards and mushroom caves (pay locally in all cases). Ebikes are also available.

Inntravel Chateaux of the Loire

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Classic - Bordeaux City & Beach Break

An invigorating blend of city life, beaches and vineyards

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0) 20 3944 3218

Tour length:
5 or 7 nights

Price:
From £1185 per person

The city of Bordeaux offers a heady mix of a rich history, world-class architecture, excellent gastronomy and, of course, fine wines. The beautiful Arcachon Bay offers a classy, classical seaside feel, making it a popular summer spot for those in the know. The beautiful sandy beaches, delicious fresh seafood and an excellent network of cycle routes make this one of France’s best-kept cycling secrets. Here you'll find the sand, sun and seafood of the Arcachon Bay and the spectacular views from the top of Dune du Pilat (Europe's largest sand dune). The price of this tour includes delightful 3-star and 4-star hotels, 3 evening meals, fully serviced touring bikes with panniers, daily route maps and cycling instructions, expert on-the-spot support, luggage transferred between your hotels. E-Bikes available upon request and 100% financial security through ABTA and ATOL.

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Classic - Bordeaux City & Vineyards

Enjoy the stunning vineyards around the vibrant city of Bordeaux

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0) 20 3944 9225

Tour length:
4 or 7 nights

Price:
From £985 per person

The city of Bordeaux, the sixth largest in France, offers a heady mix of a rich history, world-class architecture, excellent gastronomy and of course, fine wines. This tour takes offers the chance to explore this magnificent metropolis and to spend time among the vast vineyards of the Entre Deux Mers appellation. From the city, you’ll ride a loop to the east, taking in famous wine towns like St Emilion, Sauternes and Cadillac. The price of this tour includes delightful 3-star and 4-star hotels, delicious restaurant meals each night, fully serviced touring bikes with panniers, daily route maps and cycling instructions, expert on the spot support, luggage transferred between your hotels. E-bikes available upon request and 100% financial security through ABTA and ATOL.

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Classic - Côtes du Rhône

A must for lovers of the best wines France has to offer

Offered by:
BSpoke Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
4 or 7 nights

Price:
From £720

After arriving in France you will spend the first day of your tour in Mazan, a pretty village of narrow streets and stone houses perfect for exploring and a great way to acclimatise. From Mazan you will then ride to Chateauneuf-du-Pape, cycling past riverside towns and vineyards with the sun on your back before hitting the town itself and its famous wine, available for you to try. The route also takes in Gigondas, one of the loveliest villages in the Côtes du Rhône and again famous for its wines. The itinerary designed by Bspoke includes many other highlights in this rich region and the price includes 3- and 4-star hotel accommodation, bed and breakfast, flights and transfers from the UK (ask about price reductions if you're not coming from the UK), luggage transfers, bikes, panniers and puncture repair kits, route maps and instructions, GPS trackers, assistance whenever needed, and tandems and electric bikes are available on request.

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Classic - Côtes du Rhône Vineyards

A varied and interesting tour around beautiful Provence

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44(0)20 3740 4740

Tour length:
4 or 7 nights

Price:
From £965 per person

As generations of film stars and artists have discovered, it’s impossible not to be seduced by the beauty and glamour of Provence. From ancient villages scattered with Roman ruins to historic cities, there are plenty of interesting places to stop and soak up Provençal history on our Côtes du Rhône tour. In between stops you’ll enjoy wonderful laid-back cycling through vineyards, along rural trails and into the beautiful valleys of the Dentelles de Montmirail mountains. The price of this tour includes delightful 3-star and 4-star hotels, half Board accommodation, fully serviced bikes with panniers, water bottle and repair kit, detailed route information through the Ride With GPS app, expert on the spot support, luggage transferred between your hotels and 100% financial security through ABTA and ATOL.

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Classic - Starry Nights in Provence

Cycle through the landscapes of Van Gogh

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7760

Tour length:
5-7 nights

Price:
From £1065

The beauty of this part of Provence inspired Vincent Van Gogh through the most productive period of his career, with both the natural and the cultural captured in more than 200 of his works. This route will let you experience your own starry nights in St-Remy-de-Provence. Soak up the colours and culture of Arles and explore the glorious Provençal countryside. Some highlights are soaking up the atmosphere of Arles from one of its charming cafes, explore the hilltop haven of Baux-de-Provence, with its vast panoramas, and go flamingo-spotting in the Camargue nature reserve. The price of this self-guided tour includes 3*/4* hotel accommodation on a B&B basis, 3 evening meals, luggage transfers, bikes, panniers and puncture repair kits, route maps and instructions, plus local support whenever needed. Electric bikes are available on request.

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Classic Bordeaux's Wines & Vines Self-guided

From famous canals to famous vineyards

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7760

Tour length:
6 nights

Price:
From £1245

Start your cycling adventure in style with a visit to Bordeaux, a city with a great blend of architecture and cosmopolitan vibe. The cycling starts proper the next day alongside Canal de Garonne and from there you will make your way slowly through gorgeous terrain, with a heady mix of vineyards, rivers and forests until you reach the ancient town of Saint-Emilion, with its narrow lanes, old churches and wine shops. The price of this tour includes restaurant meals each night, bed and breakfast accommodation, expert support, luggage carried between your hotels, and fully serviced touring bikes.

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Classic Canal du Midi

Gourmet meals and towpath cycling along the world famous Canal du Midi

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 214 010

Tour length:
7 nights

Price:
From £1630

If you're after a well-balanced holiday, including excellent food and wine combined with great cycling, this tour could be perfect for you. Starting in the breathtaking fortified town of Carcassonne, and finishing next to the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean, you will cycle down tree-lined towpaths, over beautiful bridges and through some of the prettiest scenery in France, ending each day in high standard accommodation. The price of this tour includes 6 days' cycling, 7 nights' B&B accommodation and some evening gourmet meals, luggage transfers between hotels, detailed route notes, bike hire and a local agent if needed.

Canal du Midi cycling holidays

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Classic Chateaux of the Loire

A paradise of castles, wine and glorious countryside

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7760

Tour length:
4-7 night options

Price:
From £495

Fancy a perfect long weekend, or maybe a longer break in the magical valley of the Loire river? Then why not spend your days exploring the Chinon vineyards, the magnificent gardens at the Château de Rivau, the stunning Loire Valley châteaux with their iconic fairytale turrets, and beautiful medieval towns. Stop whenever you desire, perhaps for a wine-tasting session in small independent vineyards, the gardeners’ paradise at Villandry, or the spectacular Son et Lumière show. The price of this tour includes delicious restaurant meals each night, bed and breakfast accommodation, expert support, luggage carried between your hotels and fully serviced touring bikes.

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Classic Cognac Cycling

Follow meandering river Charente through prestigious brandy vineyards

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 214 010

Tour length:
6 nights

Price:
From £1360

Ride along the banks of the meandering river Charente, one of France's most picturesque but least explored waterways. En route, pass through the prestigious brandy vineyards of the Cognac region, taking the time to stop and sample some of the world's most famous brands. Other highlights include Dorgeville's impressive Roman amphitheatre and the Abbey de Fontdouce. There is the option to add an extra night at Château de Mesnac, a Cognac-producing chambre d’hôte.

Classic Cognac

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Classic Meandering through Mayenne

Backroads and river paths to castles, Roman ruins and markets

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7760

Tour length:
3 to 6 night options

Price:
From £665

This family-friendly Mayenne tour is the perfect introduction to cycling in France. As one of France’s hidden gems, you won’t have to battle the crowds to enjoy the splendid fortified castles, medieval quarters, Roman ruins and traditional markets of the Mayenne. Cycling is a doddle with few hills, quiet roads and pretty sparkling river paths. Starting with two nights at a 3-star château hotel with pool and spa just outside the historic town of Mayenne, you’ll move to a new 3 or 4-star hotel every other day. Each evening you’ll enjoy a gourmet three-course dinner in the hotel’s restaurant. Price includes aperitif, hotel, gourmet dinners, breakfasts, bike and equipment hire, maps and tour suggestions, plus luggage transfers.  

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Classic Picture Postcard Provence

Cycle through the vibrant palette of Provence

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7760

Tour length:
7 nights

Price:
From £955

There is something special about Provence, with the azure blue skies, bustling stone towns and wonderful light. This tour starts in the art-filled town of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence before taking you through vineyards, lavender fields and orchards into the heart of the Luberon, with its long history and striking natural colours. Along the way you can choose to canoe from Fontaine-de-Vacluse to L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and, of course, sample some fine rosé wine in Côtes de Provence. The price of your tour includes delicious restaurant meals each night, bed and breakfast accommodation, expert support, luggage carried between your hotels, and fully serviced touring bikes. E-bikes can be supplied if you prefer.

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Coast and Basque Mountains Cycling Holiday

Experience the varied beauty of the Basque region

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 214 010

Tour length:
6 nights

Price:
From £1249

This tour opens up the unique culture and geography of the Basque Country, taking rugged coastal scenery, historic villages such as Hondarribia, a walled old town packed with colourful Basque houses, and, of course, the renowned cuisine. You will also get the chance to enjoy the classic French resort of Biarritz and take a train journey to the summit of La Rhune for breathtaking views of the Western Pyrenees. The price of this tour includes 6 days' cycling with 6 nights' accommodation, including 3 evening meals, luggage transfers between hotels, comprehensive route notes, bike hire, river shuttle ticket and an English-speaking rep to help you get the most of your holiday.

Coast and Basque Mountains Cycling Holiday

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Compostela – The Way of Saint James: Le-Puy-en-Velay to Conques

A backroad cycling tour along the Saint Jacques de Compostelle route

Offered by:
France Bike Trips

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 58 14 04 35

Tour length:
7 days

Price:
From €795

Cycle from Le Puy en Velay to Conques along this ancient route. For centuries, the historically important routes of Saint James have been used by pilgrims and hikers on their way to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Probably the oldest hiking trail of all time, since the Via Agrippa, which went from Lyon to Toulouse, was built by the Romans. Partly on the hiking trail, partly on parallel trails, this bike route crosses the Margeride Plateau, with its traditional villages, sleepy hamlets, religious crosses and pastures surrounded by stone walls. Then make your way across the Plateau de l’Aubrac, with its wide open spaces, its "burons" (stone mountain huts used for cheese-making), and its dry stone walls. The route then takes you down through beech, oak and chestnut forests to the beautiful Lot Valley. The journey ends with a tour of the village of Conques. The price of this tour includes 7 nights in guesthouses and 2* hotels in double rooms with en-suite facilities, 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners (3- to 4-course menu), daily baggage transfers, a carefully designed itinerary, navigation app for smartphones, a detailed roadbook including maps (digital format) and GPS track.

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Cycle Amongst the Loire Valley Châteaux from Blois to Tours

Discover the rich tapestries of the Loire Valley – from castles to vineyards

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

Phone number:
+33 (0)1 80 91 98 18

Tour length:
8 days

Price:
From €789

The Loire Valley, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, is perfect for a cycling holiday: cycling paths and roads take you across forests, plains and vineyards on a flat terrain. Be captivated by the wonders of this enchanting area: the magic of Chambord, the delicious Loire wines, the medieval town in Tours and the iconic chateau at Chenonceau.  This bike trip combines the beautiful landscape s of the valley with the importance of the river, the unmissable chateaux de la Loire and the delicious French cuisine. This is a favourite of best friends and cycling partners Bérangère and Eugénie, who set up Le Vélo Voyageur to share their French cycling discoveries with visitors from around the world.

A cycle tour amongst the Loire valley châteaux from Blois to Tours

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Cycle the Atlantic from Nantes to La Rochelle

Enjoy the beaches that hug the Velodyssey Eurovelo 1 bike route

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

Phone number:
+33 (0)1 80 91 98 18

Tour length:
8 days

Price:
From €795

With this self-guided trip along the Velodyssey cycle route you will experience the wide variety of landscapes that the Atlantic coast has to offer – from sandy beaches and rocky coastlines to marshland and pine forests, charming villages and trendy seaside resorts. The initial part of the itinerary to Pornic feels like Brittany because of the historic heritage and the architecture. Further into the Vendee country is a different story. The land is more open, with agricultural polders, oyster farming land and forests. For the most part, the cycle path is close to the coast, offering the best views of the ocean. Stay each night in one of the welcoming seaside towns scattered along the Vendee coast and end your bike trip in La Rochelle and its old harbour. The price of this tour includes bikes, GPS routes, maps and tourist leaflets, accommodation and panniers. Ebikes and luggage transfers are available as added extras.

Cycling Nantes to La Rochelle

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Cycle the Mediterranean Sea, the Pyrenees and the Canal du Midi

A unique blend of cycling from the sea to canyons and canals

Offered by:
France Bike

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 67 50 79 11

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Price:
From €920

This self-guided tour provides a unique perspective on many of the south of France's highlights. It's unusual to combine the Med, the Midi and the Pyrenees into one trip but that's exactly what this one does. While the trip heads into the Pyrenees, it's an all-abilities ride designed so that any cyclist can enjoy it. Start in Narbonne and follow the Mediterranean coast to Perpignan before getting into the heart of the Pyrenees on one of the most beautiful mountain railways in Europe. The next day, cycle through the Capcir and the wild high valley of the Aude River, which guides you down and out of the mountains. Untouched landscapes and deep canyons await you as well as small villages and wonderful towns en route to Carcassonne. From here, follow the Canal du Midi back to Narbonne. The price includes charming hotels and B&B accommodation, all breakfasts, bus or train ticket from Perpignan to Villefranche le Conflent, luggage transfers, carefully planned routes and maps, GPS tracks on request, and support hotline.

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Cycle Through Lavender

Take in the sights and smells of France's famous lavender fields

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 50 87 21 09

Tour length:
5 nights / 6 days

Price:
From €860

Cyclomundo Cycling Through Lavender mapCelebrate lavender in all its forms on this self-guided cycling holiday through France's famous lavender fields. Experience the colours and the aromas as you cycle through both natural fields and lovingly cultivated farmers' fields. Combine calming perfumes and fresh alpine air as you pass the spectacular Gorges of Verdon (France’s own 'Grand Canyon'), climb to the hilltop village of Valensole to see its stunning lavender-covered plateau, and meander through hills and valleys bordering the Luberon. Daily distance between 38-57km. Price includes transfers to and from Manosque on the first and last days, 5 nights of accommodation, daily breakfast, 2 dinners, luggage transfers, marked maps and route notes, a GPS device (subject to availability). Bike rentals available on request.

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Cycle Through the Upper French Alps

Conquer cols with Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc as your backdrop

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 50 87 21 09

Tour length:
4 nights / 5 days

Price:
From €860

Cyclomundo, Upper French Alps mapThis is one of Cyclomundo's best-selling trips. With Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc as picture perfect backdrops, ride 50-112km a day through the Chablais mountain area and skirt the southern shore of Lake Geneva. En route, conquer the area's best climbs, including Col de la Forclaz, Col de la Croix-Fry, the Colombiere, Col de Joux-Plane, Col de l'Encrenaz, Col de la Ramaz, Col de la Faucille, Col de la Givrine and Col du Marchairuz. On your last day, cross the Lake in Yvoire – an impossibly photogenic Medieval village – and ride through the Swiss Jura. Price includes transfer between Geneva airport and your first/last place of stay, 4 nights of accommodation, daily breakfast, 2 dinners, luggage transfer between hotels, a GPS device (subject to availability) and detailed route maps and notes. Bike rental can be arranged on request.

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Cycle tour from Poitevin Marshes to Ile de Ré

Discover Poitou-Charentes from the Poitevin Marshes to Ile de Ré

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

Phone number:
+33 (0) 1 80 91 98 18

Tour length:
8 days

Price:
From €799

Start your bike trip in Niort and discover the small roads and narrow canals of the Poitevin marshes. Cross small villages, discover the fauna and flora of the marshes with a guide on a boat, and visit the magnificent abbey of Maillezais. Stop in the city of art and history that is Fontenay-le-Comte before leaving the wild Marais Poitevin to reach the beautiful port city of La Rochelle. The next day you'll ride to the island Ile de Ré where you'll discover the long fine-sand beaches, the salt evaporation ponds of Loix and Ars-en-Ré, the fortified city of Saint-Martin-de-Ré or the producers of Pineau wine. Cross the bridge back to La Rochelle to bring your adventure to an end. Bérangère and Eugénie at Le Vélo Voyageur have been riding in France since they were 22. They started running self-guided tours to share their favourites routes with visitors to France.

Cycle tour from Poitevin Marshes to Ile de Ré

 

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Cycle touring in the Tarn gorges – Self-guided

Explore the incredible scenery of the deep Tarn gorges

Offered by:
Mellow Vélos Aventures

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 66 47 35 03

Tour length:
7 nights / 6 days

Price:
From €430

The gorges in the Tarn and Lozere departments are some of the deepest and most spectacular in Europe – and they are surprisingly undiscovered and rarely cycled. The area is set to the north of Montpellier at the western edge of the Cévennes National Park. This self-guided tour is based at Mellow Velo Aventures' own our self-catering accommodation, so you'll have a familiar base to return to at the end of each day without having to worry about luggage transfers. Tessa and Geoff have over 20 years of local knowledge to call upon and have planned these varied and interesting routes based on their local favourites – and on your preferred daily mileage. You'll head out for six rides over a period of seven days. On the rest day you can cycle off-piste, try MTB-ing or electric biking, go canoeing, walking, pot holing, or simply relax. You'll be provided with a pack of rides with maps and full route notes, and a GPS device with turn-by-turn instructions for each ride. You'll also receive a breakfast hamper for seven days and a bike box with spares, tools, gels, hydration tablets and everything else you need to get the most out of your cycling holiday.

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Cycling + French Lessons in the Alps (Morzine)

Learn French while riding in the Alps – a perfect combination

Offered by:
Alpine French School

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 50 79 08 38

Tour length:
6 nights (5 half-days and one full day free for cycling, 5 half-day French classes – longer courses available)

Price:
Packages and prices can be tailored for you

Learn French while indulging in a French cycling holiday in the Alps. This French language course – tailored especially for cyclists – includes three hours a day of intensive French lessons over five days. When you're not in the classroom you'll be out on the bike in the Morzine area climbing Joux Plane, Avoriaz, Ramaz and much more. The cycling – over five half-days and one full day – is unguided, so ride as much or as little as you like. Helen (an avid rider herself) and her team will be on hand to help with local route advice and maps. The price includes self-catered accommodation in a shared apartment or lodgings with a local host family. Ask Helen about options if you'd like to take a longer package of French lessons, or if you need more time on the bike.

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Cycling along the Doubs river – an authentic French experience

Follow the Eurovelo 6 along the Doubs river from Belfort to Dole

Offered by:
Le Velo Voyageur

Phone number:
+33 (0)1 80 91 98 18

Tour length:
8 days

Price:
From €789

On this bike trip you will discover an authentic French region: the Doubs Valley. This is a quieter backwater of France, but one put on the map in recent years by the Tour de France. Start your own tour in the magnificent city of Belfort, with its citadel and 18th century facades. Follow the Doubs as forests and cliffs are reflected in its green waters. This region is a real gourmet's paradise – indulge in cheeses, sausages and other cold meats. Your route passes through the beautiful city of Besançon and on to Dole.  You will also make a small detour through the forest to reach the royal saltworks of Arc-et-Sénans, revealing the industrial past of this region. This industrial heritage is also displayed in the very interesting Peugeot museum near Montbéliard. The price of this tour includes bike hire, accommodation, luggage transfers and all the maps and information you'll need to make the most of your trip.

 Cycling long the Doubs river

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Cycling from Mont Ventoux to Alpe d'Huez

A guided or self-guided ride conquering two of France's icons

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 50 87 21 09

Tour length:
5 nights/ 6 days

Price:
From 860€

Forget watching the Tour de France on television – experience some of the most famous climbs in south-western France for yourself on this 6-day journey from Mont Ventoux to Alpe d’Huez. Cycle up the 'Giant of Provence' – twice if you want! – and follow Cyclomundo's tried-and-tested Alps itinerary. Encounter mind-boggling vistas, gorgeous gorges, and the charming towns of Sault, Orpierre, Guillestre, and Briançon, among others. This is a challenging self-guided tour passing over such legendary cols as the Izoard and climbing the famous 21 hairpin bends to Alpe d’Huez. The amazing views are an added bonus. Available self-guided or fully guided with on-road vehicle support. Price includes 5 nights' accommodation, daily breakfast, 2 dinners, luggage transfers, marked maps and route notes, a GPS device (subject to availability). Bike rentals available on request.

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Cycling Gorges and Gentle Cols on the Alps/Provence border

Ride quiet backroads, gorges or Ventoux on this tailored holiday

Offered by:
Serre Des Ormes Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 92 58 04 55 or +33(0)6 59 27 16 43

Tour length:
7 nights

Price:
€540

During the week that you spend with Serre Des Ormes, you'll explore historic towns, discover perched villages and enjoy the magnificent scenery of dramatic gorges and vibrant lavender fields. This is wonderful but relatively undiscovered cycling country nestled in between the southern Alps and the Luberon. The climax of the week is a pilgrimage to Mont Ventoux, which can either be climbed from the historic village of Sault or from the more challenging Bedoin side. But you can cycle as little or as much as you want here. Cycling holidays at Serre Des Ormes are tailored for your legs. You'll be taken care of with healthy, nutritious breakfast, homemade cakes, and plenty of R&R by the pool after a day on the bike. Delicious evening meals are made with local produce and served with French wine. This break includes 7 nights' B&B, evening meals with wine, aperitif and hors d'oeuvres, plus route guidance and GPX files for a week on the roads. Bike hire and airport transfers can be arranged. 

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Cycling holiday to the highlights of the French Basque country

Explore the Pays-Basque and the foothills of the Pyrenees with its unique history and culture

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

Phone number:
+33 (0)1 80 91 98 18

Tour length:
8 days

Price:
From €915

A wonderful loop around the French Basque country you will start in Biarritz and finish back there some 8 days later after some amazing riding on quiet country roads or cycle paths. Along the way you will visit Bayonne famed for its colourful timbered houses and Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, a beautiful stopover on the route of the Santiago de Compostela. Throughout the trip you will have the chance to enjoy the delicious local products such as the famous Espelette chilli peppers and famous Basque tarts to give you lots of energy! The provided itinerary also takes you to the Atlantic coast on the Velodyssey bike route, passing by the coastal town of Saint-Jean-de-Luz and it's cosy harbour before arriving back in Biarritz.

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Cycling Holidays for Vegetarians and Vegans

Eating need not be a trauma on your French cycling holiday

Offered by:
St Antonin Noble Velo

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 65 97 61 81

Tour length:
Minimum of two nights

Price:
Varies - you can take a package on a set tour weekend or have a tour tailored for you

Cycling in France can sometimes be tough for vegetarians and vegans. The solution? Local knowledge. Peter and Natalie are local vegetarian experts and know all the best (and friendliest) places to eat. They offer guided and self-guided rides that are based around pre-arranged restaurant stops that ensure the chef is aware of your dietary requirements. All restaurants have been tested anonymously to help guarantee you won't just be served an omelette or a plate of vegetables. You’ll be based at their award-winning 16th century auberge in the medieval heart of St Antonin Noble Val, nestled in the spectacular Aveyron gorge. Fabulous vegetarian and vegan evening meals can be prepared inhouse, or use the guest kitchen to self-cater. The riding in this part of France is fabulous – quiet roads and stunning, varied scenery. The routes are not for beginners, but the climbing is rarely steep and there are plenty of routes to keep things manageable. Prices include B&B accommodation, rides, a rescue service and unlimited local knowledge. Just an hour from Toulouse airport, this is an excellent option for vegetarians and vegans wanting to explore SW France. Group discounts available.

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Cycling Holidays in Poitou-Charentes

Fixed base cycling holiday exploring the roads of western France

Offered by:
Moulin Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 49 95 94 87

Tour length:
6 nights

Price:
€1057 / £962

Hit the road to explore the hundreds of kilometres of beautifully-surfaced roads and country lanes that wind through the rolling hills of Poitou-Charentes. Your base will be Le Moulin du Chemin, a small private auberge in the Deux-Sèvres department. Cycling here is a dream, with rolling hills and postcard scenery. Road bike routes tend to be challenging, although moderate routes can be tailored to meet individual requirements. Clear route-cards and highlighted maps are supplied in a personalised dossier, plus there's friendly support, advice and information from your hosts, Peter and Carolynne. The recommended routes are different for each day and include some exhilarating hill routes, all starting and finishing at Le Moulin du Chemin. Apart from the cycling, holidays here are notable for their excellent food and wine, lovely accommodation, great bonhomie and reasonable prices. Absolutely everything is included in the price: accommodation, all meals and drinks, bike storage, laundry facilities, and the use of pool and other amenities. (Even the postcards are free.) In the evening, the ‘craic’ is great, with aperitifs-at-seven followed by a four-course evening meal with brilliant food and loads of good quality wine.

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Cycling in the Drome River Valley

Ride the quiet backroads of the undiscovered Diois

Offered by:
France Bike Trips

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 58 14 04 35

Tour length:
6 days

Price:
From €515

Ride the backroads of the beautiful Diois area of the Drôme Provençale. The area is a superb mix of the Alps and Provence, full of orchards, vineyards and sunflower fields, plus rolling hills of boxwood, pine and lavender. You'll ride alongside clear rivers and streams, with plenty of opportunities to stop for picnics and swims, or stop in a sleepy hamlet or village for a coffee in a shaded café terrace. The Diois is also a major wine producing area, famous for the sparkling Clairette de Die. (Don't worry – you'll have plenty of opportunities for wine tasting). Price includes B&B accommodation, most evening meals, baggage transfer, detailed road book, maps and GPS tracks. Available guided or unguided.

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Cycling La Velodyssee from Bordeaux to Biarritz on the Atlantic Coast

Atlantic Coast on the EuroVelo 1 from vineyards to fishing villages

Offered by:
Evazio

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 56 79 25 05

Tour length:
8 or 9 days, 30 to 60km per day

Price:
From €950

Cycle from Bordeaux to Biarritz along the Atlantic Coast via the excellent Velodyssee. Experience the nature, heritage and culture of the Gironde, Landes and Basque Country regions on one of the longest veloroutes in Europe. This self-guided tour is broken down into manageable stages from the UNESCO World Heritage site of Bordeaux to the famous seaside town of Biarritz. In between, ride around lakes, along the ocean, and through the vast forested Landes de Gascogne. Discover salt marshes, dunes, forests, and beaches surrounded by pine trees. There are many restaurants and bars to enjoy on this itinerary, including wonderful local oyster and seafood stops, and restaurants specialising in duck. You won’t be starving or thirsty! Stop for a glass of wine at lunch and chat to locals as you soak up te sunshine of south-west France. The starting price includes 7-8 nights' B&B in 3* and 4* hotels. Route notes and maps, including a GPS smartphone app with vocal guiding, daily luggage transfers, bay ferry crossing, emergency phone support 24/7. Hire bikes (including electrics) can also be arranged. This self-guided holiday is offered by Evazio, an English-speaking French company based in Bordeaux.

Cycling La Velodyssee from Bordeaux to Biarritz on the Atlantic Coast

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Cycling Provence and Camargue from Avignon to Nimes

A ride for nature lovers through Provence and the wetlands of the Camargue

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

Phone number:
+33 (0)1 80 91 98 18

Tour length:
8 days

Price:
From €899

Starting your Provençal adventure in the beautiful city of Avignon famed for its bridge, the Palais des Papes and its festival you will cycle at your own pace through a rich mix of flora and fauna to discover some prettye villages such as St-Remy-de-Provence or Les-Baux. Continue towards Arles, a Roman city famous for its arena before reaching the Camargue region, famous for its diversity of animals: bulls, pink flamingos and white horses all living alongside each other. Discover Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, a beautiful seaside village but also Aigues-Mortes, a fortified town famous for its violet salt marshes. Finish your cycling tour in Nîmes, an unmissable city full of Roman monuments and traditions. You can enjoy a walk in its colourful streets and visit the ancient theatre. The price of this self-guided tour includes bikes, GPS routes, maps and tourist leaflets, accommodation and panniers. Ebikes and luggage transfers can also be added as extras.

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Cycling the Canal du Midi from Carcassonne to Béziers

Follow the banks of the Canal du Midi to beyond Beziers

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

Phone number:
+33 (0)1 80 91 98 18

Tour length:
8 days

Price:
From €759

This self-guided cycling holiday takes in all the highlights of the eastern stretch of the Canal du Midi through Langeudoc. Ride from Carcassonne (don't forget to indulge in a bowl of delicious cassoulet and sample other local culinary delights along the way) across the Cathar country of the south of France. This is a region rich in historic building, Roman ruins and magnificent cathedrals (don't miss the one at Narbonne). From the old city centre of Béziers, ride through the marshlands – passing bulls and pink flamingos – to finish your journey on the white beaches of the Mediterranean Sea.

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Cycling week along the ViaRhôna from Vienne to Avignon

Relaxing bike trip for all abilities (including kids) along the Rhône

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

Phone number:
+33 (0)1 80 91 98 18

Tour length:
8 days

Price:
From €948

The ViaRhôna is a 815km long cycling route connecting Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean. This 8-day stretch between Vienne and Avignon follows the marked and secure path from the Côtes-du-Rhône vineyards to the Provence lavander fields. From the antique theatre in Vienne to the Palais des Papes in Avignon, including the château de Rochemaure and the Thriumph Arch in Orange, experience a trip through the ages. The lanscapes are always changing from the abrupt Ardèche to the lavander fields, from the Côtes-du-Rhône vineyards to the ones in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. You will be impressed by the many bridges crossing the Rhône river, exceptional pieces of art. The itinerary is either on green paths or shared lines and crosses 5 very different departments. Daily distances 36km-74km. Price includes all accommodation, bike hire, full route notes and maps, plus luggage transfers.

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Dijon to Mâcon Self-Guided

Say cheers on this tour through Burgundy's famous wine regions

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 50 87 21 09

Tour length:
7 nights / 8 days

Price:
From 1,120€ per person

This very popular tour allows you visit and experience some of the finest vineyards and scenery to be found in France. Starting out from Dijon and ending in Macon, both of which are easily accessible by train, the route passes through the famous chateau at Pouilly-Fuissé, Aloxe-Corton, Montrachet and Meursault, as well as smaller traditional villages that each have a rich history. During the evenings you will stay in some of the area's most prominent and ancient towns, including Beaune, Clun and Dijon, allowing you to sample the world-renowned Burgundy wine and amazing local food. The tour also has a couple of shorter days with a choice of longer or shorter routes, so provides great flexibility for all levels of rider. Price includes 7 nights of accommodation, daily breakfast, 2 dinners, luggage transfers, transfer from Geneva to start of day 1, marked maps and route notes. Bike rentals available on request.

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Discover Provence and Camargue

Cycle though the land of light, vineyards and historical towns

Offered by:
France Bike

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 67 50 79 11

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Price:
From €760

Experience Provence and the Camargue – a region of light, colours and scents. There's a good reason so many well-known painters were drawn to live and work here, among them Picasso, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse, Cézanne and Chagall. The Mediterranean climate is pleasant, the sun shines more than 3000 hours a year and life is lived outside, even during the short, crisp and windy winter. Play pétanque, drink Pastis and enjoy the local culture. This is, afterall, the place that inspired the writing of Peter Mayle. Provence not only has an easy way of life, but it’s also one of the richest cultural regions in Europe – and remarkably easy to enjoy by bike. Ancient monuments stand as a reminder of the long history here, with antiquities rich from the Greek and Roman periods, through to the Middle Ages and into the modern era. Then, of course, ther is the wine and food to enjoy. Discover the delicious Provencal dishes and their Mediterranean flavours on this 7-night self-guided ride. The price includes carefully chosen hotels (some with swimming pools), all breakfasts, a welcome briefing, luggage transport, carefully planned roads and paths with detailed maps, brochures and route notes, France Bike signs along the route, GPS tracks on request, and a telephone hotline.

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Discover the Beauties of Burgundy

A leisure wine route almost exclusively along dedicated bike paths

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

Phone number:
+33 (0) 1 80 91 98 18

Tour length:
4 days

Price:
From €419

This short self-guided bike tour of the Burgundy takes you almost entirely on bike paths only. It's perfect for new cyclists, as well as families – it's also perfect for wine-lovers. You visit Chalon, Cluny and its Abbey, Tournus and Macon along an old railway track converted into a beautiful bike lane. You even take the longest bike-only tunnel in Europe. In Macon you join the banks of the Saône to reach Chalon. This bike tour is the perfect tour to discover the Burgundy wines from the Côte Chalonnaise, the religious heritage of Cluny and Taizé, the Lamartine area or the castle of Cormatin. This is a hand-picked route devised by Bérangère and Eugénie, who began to cycle cross their home country at the age of 22, and now run Le Vélo Voyageur to share their rides with cyclists from around the world.

beauties of the Burgundy by bike

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Discover the Treasures of Southern Burgundy

Savour the famous wines and great cuisine of Burgundy

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617001

Tour length:
6 nights

Price:
From £1145

For a holiday that is indulgent on every level, choose this route in Burgundy. The famous wines – reds such as Nuits St Georges and whites like Puligny-Montrachet – are complemented by an equally superb regional gastronomy which is considered to be one of the best in France. As you follow the region’s excellent network of cycle trails, you can feast your eyes on all manner of architectural gems, from Romanesque churches and majestic abbeys to Renaissance châteaux and fortified mansions.

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Dordogne Prestige en Vélo

Climb over forested hills and through dramatic gorges in the Dordogne

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 214 010

Tour length:
7 nights

Price:
From £2225

Ride through the heart of the Vézère Valley on this classic Dordogne itinerary. All the highlights are here from one of France's most historic and most visually stunning regions: Les Eyzies and its caves, gorges and museum of prehistory; La Roque Gageac, Sarlat and Domme, plus the river routes of Le Bugue, Limeuil and Trémolat. The price includes 7 days' half-board accommodation – this is a prestige holiday, with stylish chateau and hotel accommodation to match.

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Dordogne Valley

Take the scenic route through the beautiful Dordogne Valley

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617001

Tour length:
7 nights

Price:
From £960

This scenic route explores the beguiling landscapes between the handsome market town of Souillac and the pretty, hill-top village of Loubressac. Each evening, enjoy wonderful gastronomic dinners, while for lunch, picnic by the river or stop at authentic, inexpensive village restaurants. The cycling is undulating and, in places, challenging, but always rewarding, and there is time to pause at the châteaux and churches that you pass. A real highlight of the week is exploring the renowned hanging village of Rocamadour, and you can also visit the  cavern of the Gouffre de Padirac. This is a self-guided hotel-to-hotel cycling holiday, with all accommodation, bike hire, maps and route notes, plus luggage transfers included. There is also the option to extend the cycling trip for two nights to take in the beautiful cobbled streets of Sarlat. Ebikes are also available.

Inntravel Dordogne Cycling Holiday

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Drome Valley Trail Discovery – MTB

A hidden singletrack paradise in the eco-valley of the Drôme provençale

Offered by:
France Bike Trips

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 58 14 04 35

Tour length:
3 or 4 day options

Price:
Self-guided from €255; Guided from €355

This is a special MTB tour offered by France Bike Trips because it's in this area – the Diois – that the company's founder made his home 15 years ago. The itinerary has therefore been specially crafted based on intimate local knowledge. The tour is offered guided or self-guided and it's based in the Diois area, which is home to a maze of singletrack. The Drôme Provençale is to the south and the Vercors – in the Southern Alps – is to the north. This is an area offering the best of Provence – sunflower fields and lavender, vineyards and pine forests – as well as the grandeur of the Alps. Trails run around vineyards past rivers and streams and through beautiful villages that are ideal for coffee breaks. This price of this 'Discover the Diois' tour includes qualified English-speaking mountain bike guide, guesthouse and gite accommodation, all breakfasts and picnic lunches, dinners and luggage transfers. Detailed travel documents, highlighted maps and GPS tracks are provided for self-guided ridersElectric MTB are also available.

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E-bike - Loire Valley Discovery

A tour designed so that anyone can enjoy the beautiful Loire Valley

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44(0)20 3944 3218

Tour length:
4 or 7 nights

Price:
From £995 per person

This self-guided tour is based on the Cycling for Softies Classic Châteaux of the Loire itinerary, but it's a new itinerary for 2020 that harnesses the power of e-bikes to make it easier for you to see even more of this beautiful corner of France. Saddle up on our excellent Trek e-bikes and relax as you ride along the rivers, past the châteaux and through the vineyards of the Loire valley. This is the perfect tour for history buffs, wine lovers and foodies who want to squeeze as many interesting experiences as possible into their holiday. The price of this tour includes delightful 3-star and 4-star hotel on a B&B basis with 4 evening meals (7-night itinerary), fully serviced e-bikes with panniers, water bottle and repair kit, detailed route information through the Ride With GPS app, expert on-the-spot support, luggage transferred between your hotels and 100% financial security through ABTA and ATOL.

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E-bike - Provencal Discovery

Really get to the heart of Provence on an e-bike

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0) 20 3944 8857

Tour length:
4 or 7 nights

Price:
From £1225 per person

Provence is famed as one of Europe’s most iconic destinations thanks to its mix of spectacular scenery, rich history, vibrant cultural identity and exquisite food and drink. Cycling for Softies have offered cycling holidays in this part of the world for over 30 years – now they have broadened the experience with the help of e-bikes. Glide up to the stunning hilltop towns, such as Gordes and Roussillon, and traverse the Luberon valley and Cotes du Ventoux, all with a little extra help to let you focus on soaking up the sights, sounds and sensations. The price of this tour includes delightful 3-star and 4-star hotels on a B&B basis, 4 evening meals (7-night itinerary), fully serviced e-bikes with panniers, water bottle and repair kit, detailed route information through the Ride With GPS app, expert on-the-spot support, luggage transferred between your hotels and 100% financial security through ABTA and ATOL.

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Emerald Coast of Brittany

Discovering the depths of Brittany’s beauty and real identity

Offered by:
Abicyclette

Phone number:
+33 (0)2 30 96 49 54

Tour length:
7 days / 6 nights

Price:
From €715

This self-guided tour starts and ends in Saint-Malo but covers lots in between on great cycle friendly roads. Over 6 days pay visits to Dinan, a really well preserved medieval city, Jugon-les-Lacs, a small authentic town perfect for a stopover, Lamballe, its church and national horse stud, Erquy, with superb panoramas from the peninsula where early risers can watch fishermen coming back from sea with their catch. Cap Fréhel, a protected natural site that you access by cycling on one of the most beautiful coastal roads, offers the chance to visit a lighthouse for a 360° view. Treat yourself to a crêpe or an ice-cream or oysters as a reward for all your efforts over this lovely week – all within easy reach of the UK. The price of this tour includes 24/7 phone assistance, GPS guided itinerary, luggage transfers, bike rental and accomodation with a number of different options to cater for all budgets.

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Family cycling tour along the Atlantic Coast

A fun self-guided ride for the family through forests and along beaches

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

Phone number:
+33 (0)1 80 91 98 18

Tour length:
7 days

Price:
From €819

A cycling holiday for all ages on one of the most beautiful cycling routes in France. Leave Bordeaux via pine forests, and head towards the sand dunes and beaches of the west coast. Spend some time in Bordeaux, with its family-friendly pedestrianised streets and playgrounds on the waterfront. Cycle along the river, stopping for ice-cream at the restored 'hangars' on the riverfront at Chartrons. Then head off on car-free bike paths through forests that line the route towards the sea. Here, water sports like surfing, kitesurfing and paddle boarding await you, combining with cycling to provide a true nature-lover's holiday. Eat oysters at one of the restaurants hugging the Bay of Arcachon, or simply relax with a glass of wine or a juice as the sun goes down and ponder the next day's adventures.

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Family Cycling Week from Blois to Amboise

An incredible week cycling on easy paths past majestic castles and vines

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

Phone number:
+33 (0)1 80 91 98 18

Tour length:
7 days

Price:
From €709

The Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is ideal for mini-cyclists. The paths are flat, and distances between towns and villages are short. Discover the Loire at your own pace along secure, traffic-free cycling paths from beautiful Blois to Amboise. Follow short itineraries leading you to the most prestigious castles of the region, including Chambord, Cheverny and Amboise. Don't forget to check out Cheverny castle – the inspiration for Moulinsart castle in Tintin. There's also the chance for some great kids' bonuses, such as a donkey trek. Bike hire, full route notes and maps, accommodation and local advice all included in the price. Suitable for kids as young as 1-year-old in trailers or in bike seats.

Family cycling week Blois to Amboise

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