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A Week’s Cycling - Explore the Tarn

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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Affordable, personalised biking holidays

Meander through the French countryside on a self-guided break

Offered by:
Cycle South West France

Phone number:
+33 (0)7 85 14 56 17

Tour length:
You decide

Level of difficulty:
You decide

Price:
From €125

This super break gives you the chance to experience the countryside of south-west France at its best. It's based at the bike-friendly house owned by Jean-Pierre and Clare, a Franco-English couple with a love of the outdoors in general and the Lot-et-Garonne in particular (Jean-Pierre grew up here so he knows the roads around here as well as anyone). Their village house in Buzet-sur-Baise (halfway between Bordeaux and Toulouse) is just 500 metres from the Canal de Garonne – meander along its towpaths or ask the guys to put together a more challenging inland route for you. Why not try a weekend package? Excellent value for money, it includes three nights' accommodation, bike hire and route info. Relax near the pool after your ride, explore the local village, or Clare can help arrange wine-tasting, kayaking or other activities for you. This is a perfect, stress-free getaway in one of France's lesser-explored areas. 

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Albi and Tarn Valley

A scenic but flat cycling holiday from Albi in the Midi-Pyrénées

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: €676

Starting and ending in Albi, this is a self-guided cycling holiday suitable for families, or for anyone wanting a scenic but flat bike tour. Averaging just 25km a day, you'll cycle alongside the river Tarn, on converted railway lines and through old railway tunnels, taking time out for swimming or canoeing as you go. Departures every day from March 15-October 31. Baggage transfer, accommodation and some meals included. Electric bike hire also available.

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All France - Bespoke Cycle Tours

Let Freewheeling France help you plan your French cycling adventures

Offered by:
Freewheeling France

Tour length:
Tailored for you

Level of difficulty:
Tailored for you

Price:
Tailored for you

If you want to cycle in France but you're not sure where to go or how to sort it – maybe you're strugglng to find accommodation or the right self-guided or guided ride for you – then this service is for you. It's my own bespoke service that matches your holiday wishlist to the right tour operator or accommodation option for you. This is for riders who need a little support on the road – anything and everything from accommodation advice and route planning to hiring bikes and luggage transfers. I'm working with a network of cycling specialists across France to offer you the best cycling holidays possible – and tailored just for you, your dates and your cycling ability. Hit the brown button below or see this link for details.

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Along the Leisurely Loire

A gentle meander along the Loire from Blois to Saumur

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £1269

Leisurely LoireEnjoy this gentle exploration of the beautiful Loire River. Ride from Blois to Saumur, taking in vineyards and chateaux as you enjoy daily rides of no more than 32km. See Amboise and its Royal Château, or Clos Lucé, Leonardo da Vinci’s old manor house, before enjoying a night in Tours. From here, take the voie verte bike path to Villandry Château and its medieval vegetable gardens, before heading on to Saumur. The hotels on this route offer genuine French charm and wonderful regional fare, whilst the B&Bs provide an opportunity for you to discover truly ‘local’ restaurants. 

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Alpine Cycling Intro Tour

Riding the breathtaking Alps at your own pace

Offered by:
45 Degrees North

Phone number:
+44 (0)79 3330 9238

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Tailored for you

Price:
From £495

This week-long trip based in Morzine is as much about taking the time to enjoy the serenity as it is about the riding. Whether you're relatively new to cycling or an old hand who just prefers a more leisurely pace that doesn’t involve conquering a col every day, this week may be for you. You decide on the level of challenge you're willing to try and the 45 Degrees North team will be there to provide as much help as you want and need. Price includes breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner for 6 nights, plus the comforts of a luxury chalet to unwind and relax in at the end of each day. This is the perfect way to enjoy the beautiful Haute Savoie. Available guided and self-guided.

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Alpine Vista Cycling Tours

Enjoy cycling in the Alps whatever your ability

Offered by:
Alpine Vista Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)7793 813 823 or +33 (0)6 65 47 67 74

Tour length:
From 3 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate, challenging or very challenging (routes based on your fitness levels and interests)

Price:
From £275

Test yourself against classic Tour de France climbs such as the Col de l’Iseran, Col du Petit St Bernard, Col de la Madeleine and the Cormet de Roseland on this fixed base cycling holiday set in the valley just outside Bourg-St-Maurice. Cyclists Ben and Maddison specialise in catered, self-guided cycling holidays for all abilities – test your fitness and cycling prowess by day and relax in luxury by night. You'll have sole occupancy of their 5 bedroom chalet and grounds throughout your stay – ideal for groups of between 4 and 10 riders. The Savoie region of the French Alps is a real hot spot for road cycling and their chalet is located right in the heart of it. Whether you're looking to test yourself up some of the incredible climbs, or have a gentle cycle through the valley, you can do it straight from the door. Ben will help you plan your itinerary to match you interests and fitness level.

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Alps Challenge: Geneva to Alpe d'Huez

6 famous cols en route to the Alpe – are you up for the challenge?

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Tour length:
5 nights / 6 days

Level of difficulty:
Very challenging

Price:
From €825 self-guided or €1395 with a support vehicle

Cyclomundo Geneva to Alpe d'Huez mapVoted Outside Magazine's 'Trip of the Year', this tour starting in Cyclomundo's own backyard in Geneva can be taken as a guided or self-guided option. From the shores of Lake Geneva you'll ride to the switchbacks of Alpe d'Huez, climbing some of France's most famous cols en route: the Colombiere, Aravis, Saisies, Madeleine, Telegraphe and the mighty Galibier are all here. This tour can be booked as a self-guided ride or organised for cycling clubs and private groups. Itineraries and support can be tailored to your fitness levels. This tour can be combined with cyclosportives such as La Marmotte, Etape du Tour and the Time-Megeve-Mont-Blanc. Price includes 5 nights of accommodation, daily breakfast, 4 dinners, luggage transfers, transfer from Geneva to start of day 1, marked maps and route notes, a GPS unit (subject to availability). Full carbon road bike hire available on request.

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Alps Custom Tours

Take the stress out of organising your Alpine tour

Offered by:
La Vie en Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0) 7984 065329

Tour length:
Tailored

Level of difficulty:
Tailored, but generally challenging

Price:
Tailored

Ride the great Tour de France cols whilst La Vie en Velo take care of everything else for you. Your bikes and bags don’t even have to go near a plane. If you are coming from the UK, they can bring them with them in their fully-equipped van. You just concentrate on turning those pedals and looking at that view. The Lautaret, Galibier, Glandon, Croix de Fer, Telegraphe, Ornon, Izoard and many others are all possible and routes can be tailored to your preferences. Tours are adaptable and can be tailored to your group size. The tour tailoring service can include transfer of bikes and bags from/to the UK (or from French airports); assistance with flights from/to London; and accommodation – La Vie en Velo have a strong relationship with a great little bike-friendly hotel near the Col du Galibier, and this provides a super base. Bike hire can be arranged.

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Alps Long Weekend

A long weekend to remember climbing iconic Alpine climbs

Offered by:
La Vie en Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0) 7984 065329

Tour length:
4 days / 3 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging or very challenging

Price:
£595

Your chance to cycle the Lautaret, Galibier, Glandon, Croix de Fer, Telegraphe, Ornon, Izoard and many other iconic cols of the Alps. You ride while La Vie en Velo takes care of the logistics. Included in the price is full on-road support from Angus and his van and trailer (he can also bring your bike and bags from the UK for you to save you the hassle of bike/plane or bike/train logistics). All rides and routes can be tailored to your preferences each day – ride as much or as little as you want. Maximum group size of only 8, so this is ideal for families with non-cyclists, as well as small corporate groups, cycling clubs or charity rides. Price includes transfer of bikes and bags from/to SE UK (or Paris for long-haul arrivals); cost of return flight from/to London (discounts for non-UK travellers); 3 nights’ accommodation in a great little bike-friendly hotel near the Col du Galibier. Bike hire can be arranged.

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