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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

Level of difficulty:
Very easy

Price:
From €789

A cycle tour amongst the Loire valley châteaux from Blois to ToursThe 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.

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Cycle from Saumur to La Rochelle on La Vélo Francette

New tour taking riders from the Loire to the Atlantic Coast

Offered by:
Biking France

Phone number:
+33 (0)2 54 78 62 52

Tour length:
7 days with 5 days' riding

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
€690

This self-guided tour gives you the chance to see lots of contrasts from the castles of the Loire Valley to the endless beaches of the Atlantic Ocean via the Sèvre Niortaise river. Along the way you'll discover Saumur and its vineyards and the harbour and seafood of La Rochelle via the 'Green Venice' of the Marais Poitevin. This circuit reveals many natural and architectural treasures and a preserved landscape. The price includes 6 nights' B&B accommodation in 2-star and 3-star local hotels, cycle rental for 5 days (with helmet), luggage transfers, a detailed travel folder in French or English, tourist brochures so you can select personal things to do and see, plus a telephone support hotline 7 days a week.

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Cycle Loire & Sologne – The Land of Kings

Take in the grandeur of the Loire's chateaux country

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617001

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £970

Inntravel land of Kings mapThe beautiful Loire Valley is renowned for the grandeur and majesty of the magnificent châteaux that line the banks of this regal river. Slightly less well-known is the region just to the south of Orléans - the Sologne - where shimmering lakes and picturesque villages of timber-framed, red-brick houses nestle amid the luxuriant woodland. This trip is a mix of roads-less-travelled as well as Loire highlights such as the grand chateaux at Blois, Chaumont and Chambord. It's an easy pedalling tour on riverside lanes, forest tracks and dedicated cycle paths, staying in top-quality family-run hotels en route. All accommodation, bike hire, route notes and maps, plus baggage transfer included.

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Cycle Normandy to Paris - Pedal Power

Cycle from the Normandy coast to the wonderful City of Lights

Offered by:
Fellow Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0)7811 285 021 or +44 (0)1788 568 371

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy to Moderate

Price:
From £835 (guided), £980 (self-guided) with discounts for under 14s

Available as a guided or self-guided tour, this jaunt from France's northern coast to its forever wonderful capital will have you experiencing delusions of Tour de France grandeur as you arrive on the Champs-Élysées. Ride from the beautiful harbour of Honfleur to the waters of the Seine, via picturesque villages and the often wild and rugged landscapes of the Normandy countryside. Haute-Normandie is famous for its cheeses and butters (not to mention ciders ... ), and you'll have plenty of chances to sample these en route. Pedal Power to Paris picks its way down quiet lanes, across tributaries of the Seine and through a patchwork of fields. It ends in the French capital – cycle through Louis VI’s 13th century arch, La Porte de Bretagne, and arrive in Paris having discovered its rural fringes. Then spend two nights experiencing everything the magical French capital has to offer. B&B and small hotel accommodation included, plus bike hire if you need it.

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Cycle off the beaten track in the Dordogne

Autoire waterfalls, Collanges-la-Rouge and the Jardins d’Eyrignac

Offered by:
Cycle the Dordogne

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 5330 2320 or +44 (0)77 7455 1647

Tour length:
9 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
€1205

This is a true insider's cycling tour of the Dordogne, with the route packed with off-the-beaten trail highlights that don't make it onto a regular tourist itinerary. Head for the wide open spaces of Les Causses, passing through unspoilt scenery en route to Rocamadour and St-Céré, gateway to the waterfalls at Autoire, Château-de-Montal, Castelnau-Bretenoux and Les Grottes de Presque. Pedal along the river to Carennac before taking in Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne and the deserted lanes of Collanges-la-Rouge in the Corrèze. Visit the Jardins d’Eyrignac as you loop back to Gourdon. Fully inclusive self-guided tour with high quality B&B accommodation, luggage transfers and high-spec bike hire.

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Cycle Through Lavender

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

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Tour length:
5 nights / 6 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €695

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 Garmin GPS unit (subject to availability). Bike rentals available 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

Level of difficulty:
Easy

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.

 

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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

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

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

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)

Level of difficulty:
Challenging but flexible

Price:
From €799

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 Breaks in the Loire Valley

Affordable and bespoke fixed base short breaks in the beautiful Loire

Offered by:
Loire Life Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 25 81 98 51

Tour length:
From 3 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €450 per person

Stay on a bed and breakfast basis and with help from your hosts choose from an extensive catalogue of circular cycling routes ranging from 25km to more than 75km in length. Routes take in chateaux, vineyards and the banks of the Loire itself. Bike hire and emergency backup included and free wifi, pool, hot tub and laundry all available for your use. Start any day from April to October. This is your chance to create a memorable cycling break at an affordable price.

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Cycling Flanders, Artois & the Somme

Cycle along the Western front battlefields with a local expert

Offered by:
Cycling the Western Front

Phone number:
+32 (0)4 75 81 06 08

Tour length:
Either 4 or 6 day options

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
€630 for 4 days, €790 for 6 days

This tour rides the routes of the historic Western Front from Ypres to Armentières, Vimy Ridge, Arras and the Somme. You will be guided all the way by licensed tour guide, Carl, who has loads of personal experience cycling in this area and will support and inform you on key cultural and historical points at memorials, monuments and military cemeteries throughout the trip. (If you prefer self-guided, ask Carl and he can tailor the trip for you). Some of the key sites visited along the way include Vancouver Corner, Passchendaele, Hill 60, Messines Ridge, Fromelles, Hill 70, Vimy, Beaumont-Hamel, Thiepval, Pozières, Albert, Villers-Bretonneux, and Bullecour. The price includes multi-speed Dutch-style bikes with relaxed geometry to enable you to tour comfortably, helmet, B&B accommodation, luggage transport, and shuttle back to Lille Europe.

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Cycling from Chateauneuf du Pape to the Pont du Gard Aqueduct

France at its best – a leisurely bike ride for all abilities

Offered by:
Walk Inn Provence

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 86 65 00 20

Tour length:
7 days / 6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €1080

This well-planned itinerary makes for a gentle cycling holiday perfectly suited to beginners, wine-lovers and history buffs. The self-guided ride starts in medieval Avignon before pedalling out to the famous Côtes du Rhône wine-making appellation of Châteauneuf du Pape. From here it's on to Uzès to see its centuries-old stone buildings and labyrinth of cobbled streets. Afterwards, the Mistral wind will push you south to the Pont du Gard – the most imposing bridge built during the Roman Empire. But that's not all. Continue towards Boulbon, a charming village nestled against the thyme-laden Montagnette hills, and on to ride in Van Gogh's footsteps to St Remy de Provence and then Roman Arles. Price includes 6 nights' B&B double occupancy, luggage transfers, hybrid bike rental, full road book and maps, and two evening meals. The tour is locally run from Avignon.

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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

Level of difficulty:
Very challenging

Price:
From €845

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 Garmin GPS unit (subject to availability). Bike rentals available on request.

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Cycling from Tours to Saumur

A gentle meander along the Loire à Vélo, plus a day canoeing

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €779

A cycling week from Tours to Saumur Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Loire Valley by riding on the Loire à Vélo route between Tours and Saumur. Meandering between the Loire valley and the Vienne valley, the route goes on little country roads, passing the most prestigious castles – such as Villandry, Azay-le-Rideau and Ussé (the castle of the Sleeping Beauty) – en route. Admire the ever-changing colours along the river as the traditional boats bob up and down between the sand banks. There's also a day set aside to take a canoe out on to the Loire. Bérangère (pictured) and Eugénie set up Le Vélo Voyageur to share the best bits of their homeland with others. This is their favourite Loire itinerary.

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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

Level of difficulty:
Tailor made

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 in the Limousin (fixed-base)

Explore the backroads of the Limousin region with bespoke routes

Offered by:
Bonkersfrog Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)16 22 37 11 31

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €720

The Limousin region – tucked in between the Loire and the Dordogne – is one of France's often-overlooked cycling destinations. And completely without reason: there's some super cycling to be had here. This guided or self-guided trip is the perfect way to get to know the region. It takes in all the highlights: Chateau de Villemonteix, woodlands and lake-side picnic spots, the nature reserve at the Etang de Landes, tiny villages, market towns, hill-top vistas, rock formations and much more. Cris and Andy at Bonkersfrog have been riding the roads of the Limousin for 10 years – there are few people who know cycling in this region better than them. Price includes all accommodation at their own B&B, most meals, luggage transfer and bespoke routes, plus bike hire if you need it. Available guided or self-guided.

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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:
2 days / nights minimum

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €250

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 France with Luggage Transfers

Self-guided holidays that make cycling in France easy

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617 003

Tour length:
Varies

Level of difficulty:
Easy-Moderate

Price:
Varies

If you're looking for a cycling holiday with all the added extras taken care of – such as bike hire, baggage transfers, accommodation, breakfasts, route maps and notes – then check out Inntravel's range of self-guided rides. There are a range of destinations across France from which to choose – including wine routes, coastal rides, chateaux and historic hill-top villages. These French cycling holidays vary in length and budget, so it shouldn't be too hard to find a ride that suits you. There are holidays geared for leisure riders – couples, groups or friends, and families – in the Loire Valley, Brittany, the TarnAlsaceBurgundyBordeaux, the Canal du Midi, Dordogne, and Provence. Bonne route!

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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

Level of difficulty:
Moderate and challenging, plus some exhilarating hill routes

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 Brittany from Rennes to the Mont-Saint-Michel in 10 days

Bike Brittany's Emerald Coast and see Mont St-Michel in Normandy

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
10 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €989

This self-guided cycling holiday is a mix of nature and culture: ride past the parliament house in Rennes, along the Mont-Saint-Michel bay and through Saint-Malo city walls. Enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside as you ride mostly on small countryside roads. From Rennes to Dinard, the route takes the former boat hauling path: it’s fantastic! Fishing villages offer beautiful views on the river Rance. This bike tour not only have you discover the maritime side of Brittany by leading you along the Emerald Coast and across the Normandy border to Cancale and to the abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel, but it will also give you the chance to discover Brittany’s medieval inland with its beautiful cities of Fougeres and Vitre. Bérangère and Eugénie began to cycle cross their home country at the age of 22. Year after year they hand selected the finest routes and hidden treasures. This is a tried-and-tested route from Bérangère and Eugénie, who have been cycling their home country since they were 22.

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Cycling in France – Custom Holidays

Choose your own cycling tour of southern France

Offered by:
La Ligne Verte

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 74 92 63 14

Tour length:
5-22 days

Level of difficulty:
You decide

Price:
From €346

Tailor-made self-guided cycling or mountain bike tours of southern France for individuals or groups. Itineraries can be planned for all abilities and budgets. You choose where you'd like to go and for how long, and La Ligne Verte will do the rest. Holidays include as standard half-board (dinner and B&B), luggage transfer, transfers of persons when needed, maps and written route notes with information about interesting sites and events along the way.

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Cycling in the Correze, Massif Central and northern Dordogne

Locally run tours through unspoilt and undiscovered terrain

Offered by:
Correze Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 55 27 13 01

Tour length:
5 to 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate to challenging, but most abilities can be catered for

Price:
From €745

Set in the green heart of France, the varied terrain, stunning scenery and virtually traffic-free roads of Corrèze make it a great base for exploring the rolling foothills of the Massif Central above the gorges of the northern Dordogne valley. This largely undiscovered area of France provides a lovely variety of cycling: more experienced riders can climb into and descend through local river gorges or challenge themselves in the Cantal mountains (Puy Mary, 1588m). For gentler routes there's relaxed riding near rivers and lakes, or pedal through forests. These are flexible tours offered self-guided or guided by James and Sam, who have been running tours in the Corrèze for best part of 10 years. Prices include stylish B&B accommodation in a converted farm with a swimming pool and own lake, 6 four-course restaurant quality diners, afternoon tea and cakes, bike storage and workshop, emergency vehicle backup, and road bike hire if needed. Trips can be tailored for clubs, families or cycling groups.

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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:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy, moderate and challenging options

Price:
From €585

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 in the heart of Provence (4 days)

Potter through lavender fields, ancient villages and vineyards

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
4 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €339

Provence cycling mapThis 4-night break is the perfect way to explore Provence, hopping from lavender fields through olive groves and on to hilltop villages. The trip starts in Avignon – the majestic 'city of Popes' with its history of art and architecture. You'll then ride through the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape (leave pannier space for a sample of Provence's finest wine!), and visit Orange and its historic theatre. From here it's on to one of France's most beautiful villages, Séguret, before reaching Mazan and the foot of Mont Ventoux (it's up to you if your legs can carry you to the top). The last stage takes you to Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, a former fishing village that's now renowned today for its antique shops. This is a self-guided ride, with bike hire and accommodation included. Daily distance 25-42km a day.

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Cycling Morzine Self-Guided

Explore the cols and valleys of the Northern French Alps at your own pace

Offered by:
Forever Cycle Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 3289 6100

Tour length:
You choose

Level of difficulty:
Moderate or challenging – you decide!

Price:
From £425 for 4 nights (longer stays are available - please ask)

Choose your own adventure as you explore the iconic cols and valleys of the Northern French Alps on this self-guided cycling option. Select your own program drawing on the knowledge and experience of local experts. Paul knows these roads intimately (he's ridden them all countless times), so you'll be sure to find the best routes in the region that match to your ability. Cols and Alpine vistas in every direction, plus home-away-from-home chalet accommodation tailored for cyclists in the town centre (complete with hot tub!) Dinners and camaraderie await you every night so you can share your day's adventures with other riders. Price includes half-board accommodation, transfers plus loads of expert local advice. Bike hire an optional extra. 
2018 dates: Jun 6-10, Jun 14-18

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Cycling the 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:
3 or 7 night options

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £585

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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Cycling through Gorges du Tarn

Active cycling holiday in the spectacular Tarn gorges in the Midi-Pyrénées

Offered by:
La Ligne Verte

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 74 92 63 14

Tour length:
5-10 days

Level of difficulty:
Active

Price:
7 days: €814

Stretch your legs with this active self-guided cycling tour of the spectacular gorges and canyons of the Tarn. Bike up the plateau, covering 60 to 90km and 1 to 4 climbs per day. The itinerary takes in the three main areas of Tarn basin: Tarn valley, Pays de Roquefort and the Gorges and Causses. Cycle the Cirque de Navacelles, and see the abysses of the Larzac Méridional in the Hérault department, plus Templars towns and the Roquefort cheese caves. Includes baggage transfers, accommodation and some meals. You can start any day between March 15 and October 24. Group discounts available.

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Cycling tour in Provence (4 days)

A short break to enjoy lavender fields, olive trees and sunshine

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
4 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €335

This 4-day self-guided biking trip in the heart of the Provence lets you first discover the old town of Orange and its ancient theatre, before taking you through lavender fields and olive trees in the idyllic Provencal countryside. It’s a slower pace of life here in southern France. Visit the fortified town of Grignan at your own pace to explore its impressive castle, plus take in the Roman ruins of Vaison-la-Romaine, the town of Nyons, and all the charming villages en route. You'll cycle by vineyards (and  have time to stop for a tipple), plus ride through sunny villages where you can linger, relax over a local rosé, and enjoy some fresh goat's cheese, honey, olives, tapenade and sun-dried tomatoes. This is an ideal introduction to cycling in Provence, giving you all the best bits in a short break tailor-made by Bérangère and Eugénie at Le Vélo Voyageur.

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D-Day Beaches – Normandy and the Calvados Coast

Vintage beach resorts, D-Day beaches and beautiful countryside

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7760

Tour length:
5 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £975

The Calvados region in Normandy is rich with places to visit, from moving World War Two memorials and medieval towns to ‘Belle Époque’ beach resorts. This self-guided tour allows you to discover them all while enjoying the tranquil countryside. Pay your respects at the D-Day landing beaches, visit the stunning Bayeux Tapestry and stop off at the colourful seaside towns of Cabourg and Honfleur. Not forgetting, of course, the chance to sample the regional cuisine and indulge in a glass (or two) of famous Calvados and cider. The price of this tour includes 3- or 4-star hotel accommodation on a B&B basis, one evening meal, support from a local representative, all route maps and ride instructions, luggage transfers, bikes and panniers, and puncture repair kits.

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D-Day bike tour from Bayeux to Caen

Experience the emotion of the D-Day beaches

Offered by:
Le Velo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
4 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
€319

This 4-day self-guided tour will give you an intimate insight into the rich and turbulent history of the Normandy region. Cycle the D-Day landing beaches, taking in the American sector that includes Omaha Beach and the heart-wrenching American cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. The ride also takes in the British beaches Gold and Sword plus the artificial port at Arromanches, and Juno Beach – famous for the bravery of Canadian soldiers. But it's not all about D-Day – you can also visit the medieval tapestry and Gothic cathedral at Bayeux, typical fishing ports, and bocage roads. Daily mileage is between 35 and 50km. The price includes touring bike adjusted to your size or a tandem equipped with a front rack pack with an integrated file compartment, saddlebag, helmet (on request), reflective vest, toolkit, and detailed route maps and notes. Accommodation can be tailored for your preferences and budget. Electric bikes are also available.

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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 or +33 (0)6 35 22 23 24

Tour length:
7 nights / 8 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy to Moderate

Price:
From €1065 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 Gascony by Bike

Discover the lesser ridden roads between Bordeaux and Toulouse

Offered by:
SW Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 53 65 89 31 or +33 (0)6 27 72 28 94

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy/moderate

Price:
€980

Tracey at SW Cycling Holidays offer all inclusive cycling breaks in the stunning Gascony – a relatively undiscovered cycling area roughly halfway between Bordeaux and Toulouse, and Mont-de-Marsan and Agen. All routes can be tailored for you – they can be as easy or as hard as you like. The tour is normally guided with various stop off points, but an unguided version can easily be arranged. As well as the cycling, there are lots of other points of interest in this region, including wine/armagnac tasting, long lunches in quaint local French restaurants, a visit to the spa, long walks or canoeing. Bring your own bike or hire from Tracey's fleet. Price includes a week's B&B accommodation, six lunches, some dinners, guiding and maps. Shorter stays and weekend breaks available on request. Discounts for groups. Airport/train pickups available from Toulouse, Bordeaux, or Agen.

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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

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €349

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.

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Discover the Dordogne Valley

Take the scenic route through the beautiful Dordogne Valley

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617001

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £880

Inntravel Dordogne Cycling HolidayThis 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.

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Discover The Timeless Tarn

Explore the peaceful backroads of the Tarn in the Midi-Pyrenees

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617001

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £798

Inntravel Timeless TarnYou explore both banks of the river on quiet lanes, with many riverside stretches, and plenty of time to explore. Here, you  stay in welcoming country inns offering the full flavours of the South-West: duck, cassoulet and fresh trout and perch from the rivers. The region’s wines are gaining a deserved reputation too - the flinty Gaillac whites are especially refreshing after cycling on the quiet lanes.

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Discover 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

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £998

Inntravel Southern BurgundyFor 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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Discovery Tour of the Loire

Fixed base cycling holiday that showcases the best of the Loire

Offered by:
Loire Life Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 25 81 98 51

Tour length:
5 days/6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
€1195

See the best of the Loire on this unique centre-based cycling holiday. The flexible and self-guided routes, which have been carefully mapped out to take in 30-50km each day, will take you to spectacular chateaux, along gentle river towpaths and quiet rural roads, through beautiful vineyards, and to ancient caves and market towns. Your itinerary includes an organised wine tasting with great food to match great wine. Price includes bike hire and accessories, plus local support, 6 nights' accommodation, and all breakfasts and evening meals with wine. Swimming pool, hot tub, wifi and laundry facilities all included at your base, an 18th century chambre d'hôte set in woodlands. This tour has been running since 2009 with a high rate of repeat business.

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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 848 685

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
From £2225

Dordogne PrestigeRide 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 Self-Guided – Rocamadour and the Prehistoric Sites of the Vézère Valley

Explore the Dordogne and Vézère valleys at your own pace

Offered by:
Cycle the Dordogne

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 5330 2320 or +44 (0)77 7455 1647

Tour length:
7, 9 or 11 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €1000

A flexible and fun way to explore the Dordogne Valley. Choose the length of your tour and Annie and Cliff will devise a route for you. Explore Rocamadour, the Gouffre de Padirac, Loubressac, and the prehistoric sites and chateaux around La-Roque-Gageac and Les Eyzies in the Vézère Valley. Fully inclusive with high-quality B&B accommodation, luggage transfers and high-spec bike hire. Full route notes and maps also provided. Cycle the Dordogne owners, Annie and Cliff, are an Anglo-French couple who have lived in and cycled the Dordogne since 1991.

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Dordogne Valley, Lot & Quercy Tour

Explore medieval villages on this easy bike ride along the river Dordogne

Offered by:
La Ligne Verte

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 74 92 63 14

Tour length:
5-9 days

Level of difficulty:
Very light

Price:
7 days: €724

Cycle at your own pace on this self-guided tour that follows the Dordogne River from Souillac in the Lot department to the medieval villages of Martel, Carennac and Rocamadour. Ride as few as 20km in a day or as many as you like – it's your choice on this leisurely exploration of river valleys and limestone plateaux. Baggage transfer, accommodation and some meals included. Group discounts available. Departures every day from March 15 to October 31.

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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

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €695

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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Enjoy 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:
4 or 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £1045

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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Explore the Tarn - A Week’s Cycling

3 days of sightseeing by bike in and around Albi

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617001

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £778

Inntravel tarn ExplorerStarting and finishing in the small, red-brick city of Albi, which has gained renown for its excellent museum devoted to the works of its most famous son, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, this holiday is wonderfully varied. Three days of cycling – featuring many riverside sections – alternate with ‘free’ days on which you have the chance to walk, sightsee in Albi, or simply relax. There is even the opportunity on one day to take to the water in a canoe if you so wish, offering you a different perspective of this enchanting region.

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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

Level of difficulty:
Very easy

Price:
From €759

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

Level of difficulty:
Very easy

Price:
From €689

Family cycling week Blois to AmboiseThe 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.

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French Classes + Mountain Biking

Learn French while mountain biking in Morzine – a perfect combination

Offered by:
Alpine French School

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

Tour length:
6 nights' accommodation (4 half-day biking sessions, 5 half-day French classes – longer courses available)

Level of difficulty:
You decide!

Price:
From €899

Combine mountain biking in the incredible Alps with intensive French lessons. This course – tailored for mountain bikers new and old – 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, exploring the Morzine, Châtel and Les Gets trails in the High Alps. This is prime mountain bike country with a plethora of cross-country and downhill routes on offer (more than 650km of marked trails in total). Your mountain biking can be guided or unguided, and routes can be tailored to your experience and ability. 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.

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From Bordeaux to Arcachon along the Atlantic Coast

A short break for young and old in south-west France

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
4 days

Level of difficulty:
Very easy

Price:
From €424

A family cycling holiday on one of the most beautiful and safest bike paths in France. The Bordeaux to Atlantic Coast route takes you through fragrant forests of pine trees to the white beaches and sand dunes of the coast. Start in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bordeaux, enjoying its beautiful architecture and riverfront, before joining the bike path heading west. When you arrive at the coast, ride along the long the peninsula to Cap Ferret, admire Arcachon Basin, indulge in oysters and stroll through the town of Arcachon itself, with its wide pedestrian boulevard and restaurants. Don't forget to take the time to climb the Dune du Pyla – the highest sand dune in Europe – and be amazed by the views from the top. At the end of each day, dip your feet in the warm waters of the sea and enjoy a glass of Bordeaux's finest.

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From Nantes to La Rochelle - La Vélodyssey

Breeze along the coast on two wheels

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
7 days / 8 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy-moderate

Price:
From £1894

Enjoy the endless beaches and sea views as you cycle along this section of the Velodyssée, the dedicated cycle path that opens up the Atlantic coast to all ages. Fly through pine forests, wetlands and colourful ports and fishing villages, ending up in the historic harbour town of La Rochelle – complete with aquarium and seaside restaurants. Price includes luggage transfers between hotels, comprehensive route notes, bike hire for 7 days' cycling, plus 8 nights' B&B accommodation and some evening meals. 

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From Nantes to La Rochelle on La Vélodyssée

Feel the Atlantic breeze as you cycle along the gorgeous coastline

Offered by:
Biking France

Phone number:
+33 (0)2 54 78 62 52

Tour length:
8 days with 6 days of riding

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From €955

La Vélodyssée is one of the most popular cycle routes in France – and for good reason. It follows the Atlantic Coast from Brittany to Spain, passing natural and cultural highlights, wild seaside landscapes, golden beaches, giant dunes, salt marshlands and pine forests – all with the ocean as your constant companion. It's an 'easy' route for families and newer cyslists, while its epic nature can still captivate seasoned tourers. This self-guided itinerary includes quaint fishing ports and picture-perfect seaside resorts, adding variety (and amazing food!) to your trip. Price includes 7 nights’ B&B hotel accommodation, one evening meal, a travel folder with maps, route info and tourist brochures in French or English, luggage transfers, bike hire, and an on-call support hotline in case you get stuck.

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From Rennes to the Mont Saint-Michel

From the capital of Brittany to the bay of Mont St Michel

Offered by:
Abicyclette

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

Tour length:
7 days / 6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From €690

This journey takes you through some of the most beautiful cities and towns in Brittany. You will glide alongside the Ille et Rance canal, a calm, flat, and very enjoyable cycle route to Dinan, a medieval town. Then it's onto the cycle paths (greenways) from Taden to Dinard which takes you to the seafront via an old railway track. With its 19th century villas, the seaside resort has kept its charm. You will take a small ferry from Dinard to Saint Malo before finally hitting the Tour de Manche route with its dedicated cycling routes. This is a beautiful way to cross the Mont-Saint-Michel bay. Oh, and don't forget Cancale just before the Mont-Saint-Michel where local oyster farmers prepare and serve them directly on the port. The price of this self-guided tour includes 24/7 phone assistance, GPS guided itinerary, luggage transfers, bike rental and accommodation with a number of different options to cater for all budgets.

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