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French Classes + Mountain Biking (Morzine)

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 (3 half-day biking sessions, 5 half-day French classes – longer courses available)

Price:
Packages and prices can be tailored for you

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 Nantes to La Rochelle - La Vélodyssey

Breeze along the coast in style on this self-guided break

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 214 010

Tour length:
7 days / 8 nights

Price:
From £1995

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. 

From Nantes to La Rochelle Belle France

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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

Price:
From €695

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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From Saint-Malo to the D-Day Landing Beaches

Cycle the coast of Brittany and Normandy

Offered by:
Abicyclette

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

Tour length:
7 days / 6 nights

Price:
From €970

Follow the picturesque coast as it weaves around Brittany and Normandy following the path that the Allies opened in 1944 after their bloody landing on the Normandy beaches. The itinerary is rich in culture with many historical and natural sites for you to discover. Chiefly, discover the D-day Landing beaches of Omaha, Gold and Juno, as well as the fantastic museums that bring the conflict to life. You will also visit Mont Saint-Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site – climb to the top (not by bike!) to see the abbey and the surrounding bay – a gorgeous vista. The price of this self-guied 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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From the Mountains to the Sea: Digne-Nice MTB

Ride the spectacular last part of the Chemins du Soleil to the Med

Offered by:
France Bike Trips

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

Tour length:
7 days

Price:
Self-guided from €620; Guided from €895

This is an incredible, memorable one-way ride for more experienced riders who are looking for a unique MTB challenge. Can there be a better way to arrive at the Mediterranean than by bike? This is a playful and technical 7-day singletrack ride across the southern part of the Pre-Alps, all the way from the famous Terres Noires. Discover the Trévans, the Verdon and the Esteron, beautiful panoramas and sweeping gorges, and emerald rivers (perfect for cooling swims). Cross the remote and craggy outskirts of Nice before arriving at the Med. This ride is offered guided or self-guided. The price includes a fully qualified English-speaking mountain bike guide (or detailed travel documents, highlighted maps and GPS tracks for self-guided riders)6 nights in guesthouses, breakfasts, picnic lunches and dinners, plus daily luggage transfers.

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Geneva to Annecy: Famous climbs and lesser-known passes

A self-guided tour around lakes and over mountains for serious cyclists

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

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

Tour length:
5 nights / 6 days

Price:
From €670

Cyclomundo Geneva to Annecy mapDesigned for serious cyclists, this self-guided tour links three of Europe's most beautiful lakes: Geneva, Bourget and Annecy. Follow in the tracks of the Tour de France as you climb thrilling mountain passes and cruise through picturesque Alpine villages with stunning mountain scenery shadowing you the entire way. The ride takes you into the heart of the Savoie wine region, and through wine-growing villages such as Apremont, Abymes and Chignin, famous for light, crisp whites that carry the scent of Alpine flowers. Daily distances range from 95-111km. Price includes 5 nights of accommodation, daily breakfast, 2 dinners, detailed maps and route notes, a GPS unit (subject to availability) plus luggage transfers between hotels. A more leisurely option along a similar route is also available on request. Full carbon road bike hire available on request.

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Geneva to Lyon on the Via Rhona

Follow the Rhone River between two of Europe's great cities

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

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

Tour length:
6 day package

Price:
From 860€

Cyclomundo Via Rhona mapIf you’re dreaming of "la bonne vie" but are short on time, this 6-day package could be the perfect fit! Meander along the 'Via Rhôna', a new bicycle path that follows the Rhone River as it flows towards the Mediterranean Sea. Ride past farmers' fields, through ancient villages, and around lush vineyards as you make your way at a leisurely pace from Geneva, Switzerland to Lyon, France's third-largest city. Castles, churches, caves and Roman ruins – they are all yours to visit on this self-guided holiday. This tour is tailored for all cycling abilities, with daily rides ranging from 41-68 km (25-42 miles) on mostly gentle terrain. Price includes 5 nights' hotel accommodation, 3 dinners, marked maps and route notes, a GPS device (subject to availability), and luggage transfers between hotels. Bike rental can be arranged on request.

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Geneva-Annecy-Geneva: Rivers, Lakes and Mountains

Cross the Swiss border into France to take in two countries in one trip

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

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

Tour length:
2 nights/3 days

Price:
From €390

Ride from the Swiss Alps, across the border and into France (and back again), experiencing two great cycling countries in the one trip. Ride from Switzerland's global city, Geneva, along the waterways of the Rhone, across farmlands and through vineyards. This trip can be tailored to your ability – you can tackle more mountains and longer distances, or take easier and shorter routes at your own pace. Distances a day range from 38km to 90km (you decide). On the French side of the border, you'll pass through Seyssel, a picturesque village by the banks of Rhône River, en route to the Fier River and its gorges. Explore medieval Annecy's cobbled streets and canals (it's not called 'the Venice of the Alps' for nothing) before taking in sweeping views of Lake Geneva on your way back to Switzerland. Price includes 2 nights of accommodation, daily breakfast, 1 dinners, luggage transfers, marked maps and route notes, a GPS device (subject to availability). Bike rentals available on request.

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Grand Tour of Provence - E-bike

Explore the incredibly varied scenery of Provence with ease

Offered by:
BSpoke Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0) 20 3733 3617

Tour length:
4 or 7 nights

Price:
From £805 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. E-bikes are the latest additions to BSpoke Tours that have been run in this part of France for over 30 years. Glide up to stunning hilltop towns such as Gordes and Roussillon and traverse the Luberon Valley and te Cotes du Ventoux – all with a little electric energy to help you focus on soaking up the sights, sounds and sensations. Do not miss the twisting climb up the Val d’Enfer and the views from Baux-de-Provence at the top, the lavender fields at the Abbey of Senanque, and the vibrant ochre cliffs around Roussillon and Apt. The price of this tour includes fully serviced electric bikes, a water bottle and accessories, 3- and 4-star B&B and hotel accommodation, tour information pack upon arrival, detailed navigational material with GPS maps, local support whenever needed. Flights and transfers not included but available on request. Trip is fully protection through ABTA and ATOL.

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Grand Tour of the Loire - E-bike

Get a little boost as you breeze around the beautiful Loire Valley

Offered by:
BSpoke Tours

Phone number:
+44(0)203883 6437

Tour length:
4 or 7 nights

Price:
From £705pp

This itinerary – based on BSpoke's classic Châteaux and Vineyards itinerary – 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 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 hotels, B&B accommodation, fully serviced e-bikes with panniers, a water bottle and repair kit, detailed route information through the Ride with GPS app, expert on-the-spot support, daily luggage transfers and 100 per cent financial security through ABTA and ATOL.

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Gulf of Morbihan, Brittany

A charming cycling holiday exploring the Gulf of Morbihan

Offered by:
Abicyclette

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

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Price:
From €715

With its mild micro climate, the Gulf of Morbihan is the ideal place for a cycling adventure. From the peninsula to the islands you wil cycle along this small interior sea (Morbihan means “little sea” in Breton). Among many highlights you will also visit the l’île aux Moines (Monk’s island) and l’île d’Arz (Arz island), sampling fine seafood in adorable ports. 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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Hilltop to Harbours

Ride from one side of Provence to the other on this 14-night adventure

Offered by:
Fellow Velo

Phone number:

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

Tour length:
14 nights

Price:
From £1735 (self guided) or £1975 (fully guided)

This 14-night tour which crosses the length and breadth of Provence, giving you a real opportunity to get to know the region and its people. Gaze over Azure blue seas and dramatic wild gorges while pedalling at a steady pace, and ending the day by diving into the refreshing waters – choose from rivers, lakes, the sea or your hotel pool. This tour featured short riding days and a really varied and interesting itinerary to give you plenty of time to explore the landscapes, small towns and villages, and to take time out from your cycling to enjoy other activities such as boat trips or visits to historic chateaux. The itinerary put together by Andy and Jane is mainly along easy, quiet lanes, including an old coastal railway line, but there are a couple of more adventurous days on offer too (although these can tailored to your energy levels). Offered guided or self-guided, the prices include a welcome briefing, 14 nights' B&B, some lunches, transfers, high quality bikes and support.

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Indulgence - Around the Alpilles

A tour designed to let you see Provence's highlights in comfort

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0) 20 3944 8854

Tour length:
4 or 7 nights

Price:
From £1425 per person

Take a tour of the garrigue, olive groves and vineyards in this gorgeous corner of Provence while staying in the area's finest 4 and 5 star hotels. This tour has been designed to offer a true leisure cycling experience in Provence, with shorter distances and easier routes, giving you more time and energy to explore the local sites and taste the local produce. The tour takes in the charming buzz of St-Remy-de-Provence, rich in culture and history, as well as the stunning fortified village of Baux-de-Provence and the gorgeous village of Eygalières with its slow, relaxing pace of life. This is the perfect Provence tour for those looking for an easy ride. The price of this tour includes delightful 4-star and 5-star hotels, breakfasts, some evening meals, fully serviced touring 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. E-bikes available upon request and 100% financial security through ABTA and ATOL.

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Indulgence - Cotes du Rhone Vineyards

Explore famous vineyards from quality local accommodation

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0) 20 3944 8857

Tour length:
3 or 6 nights

Price:
From £895 per person

Explore the Côtes du Rhône by pedal power and sample some of the region’s finest landscapes, most charming towns and most highly rated hotels. Cycle between two chateau hotels before a final stop in one of the regions finest accommodations, Crillon le Brave. The price of this tour includes delightful 4 and 5-star hotels, accommodation on a half board basis – delicious dinners each night, 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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Indulgence - Starry Nights in Provence

A 5-star treat to explore the part of Provence that inspired Van Gogh

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0) 20 3944 4822

Tour length:
5 to 7 nights

Price:
From £1815 per person

This pocket of Provencal perfection inspired Vincent van Gogh through the most productive period of his career, with the beauty of the region, both natural and cultural, captured in more than two hundred of his works. The 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, with 5-star hotels to look forward to at the end of each ride. The price of this tour includes delightful 5-star accommodation with 3 evening meals, fully serviced touring 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. E-Bikes available upon request. 100% financial security through ABTA and ATOL.

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Indulgence - The Loire in Luxury

Decadence and luxury at every turn as you explore the Loire by bike

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0) 20 3944 5216

Tour length:
4 or 7 nights

Price:
From £1285 per person

Famed for its grand chateaux – home down te years to French royals and aristocrats – few other regions in the world exude the same sense of class as the Loire Valley. Today the valley is one of the most popular cycling destinations in the world, thanks to an excellent network of cycle routes, easy terrain and endless list of sites to see. By staying in three chateau hotels, you will experience this decadence first-hand and leave having cycled like a Softie and slept like royalty. The price of this tour includes delightful 4-star and 5-star hotels, breakfasts and some evening meals, fully serviced touring 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 hotels. E-eikes available upon request and 100% financial security through ABTA and ATOL.

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La Rochelle, Islands & Beaches

Ride gently along France’s sunny west coast

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617003

Tour length:
6 nights

Price:
From £830pp

The Charente-Maritime coastline is synonymous with long, sandy beaches and sunshine, but there’s more to it than that. If you can tear yourselves away from the plages to follow this suggested cycle routes, you’ll discover why this glorious coastline is so perfect for cycling.History? Tick – there are 17th- and early 19th-century fortifications right along the coast, and you can delve into the region’s maritime traditions, naval battles, and links to Napoleon. Good food? Tick – the oysters and mussels are some of the best in France, and prawns, lobster, fresh sardines, sole and scallops also feature widely on menus. Wildlife? Tick – the wetlands are teeming with birds such as oystercatchers, curlews, redshanks, sandpipers, little egrets, spoonbills and ringed plovers. Towns and villages? Tick – you’ll find your fill in La Rochelle and on glamorous Île de Ré. The choice is yours. The price of this tour includes 6 nights' accommodation, 1 dinner, 6 breakfasts, luggage transfers,route notes and maps, and high-quality bicycle (ebikes an option).

La Rochelle cycle tour

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La Velodyssee from Nantes to La Rochelle (Atlantic Coast)

Link the Loire to the Atlantic Coast on this EuroVelo 1 cycling holiday

Offered by:
Evazio

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

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights, 40 to 68km per day

Price:
From €905

Experience the magic of France's beaches on this La Velodyssee along the Atlantic coast. The self-guided ride takes you from the fringes of the Loire Valley – the areas of Loire Atlantique and the Vendee – south to the sunny Charente-Maritime. From Nantes,cycle the Loire estuary before reaching the serenity of the beautiful peninsula of the Pays de Retz. Here you'll find sandy coves, jagged cliffs and picturesque hamlets, the diverse lands bringing the fragrances of the sea and air. Cycle through charming seaside resorts like Pornic – the coast’s flagship city – before carrying on south through the salt marshes of the Vendée to Noirmoutier – a nature jewel that was the start of the 2018 Tour de France. Explore sand dunes and forests until Les Sables d’Olonne, renowned for its fine sandy beach, before arriving in La Tranche sur Mer. Your ride will end in La Rochelle after a link through the marshlands of the Marais Poitevin, a protected area. From La Rochelle it's possible to ride across the bridge to the almost traffic-free seclusion that it the Ile-de-Re. Starting price includes 7 nights' B&B in 3-star hotels, all route notes and maps, including a GPS smartphone app with vocal guiding, daily luggage transfers, and emergency phone support 24/7. Bike hire can also be arranged.

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La Velodyssey from La Rochelle to Bordeaux

From the beaches of the Atlantic coast to the vine of the Medoc

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Price:
From €749

From La Rochelle's ancient fortified harbour you'll ride on the Atlantic Velodyssey route along beaches, through marshes and pine forests. You'll discover the city of Rochefort and its 'Corderie Royale', Brouage citadel built by the French engineer Vauban, the marshes of Marennes, the oyster-farming port of La Tremblade and the costal town of Royan. You'll cross the Gironde Estuary by ferry to Le Verdon and continue your bike trip across Médoc peninsula. You'll cycle along the seashore then through Grand Crus vineyards such as Mouton-Rothschild. You'll reach Pauillac before getting to Bordeaux by train with your bikes to discover this historic and lively city. All in all, a great cycling holiday!

Velo Voyageur Atlantic Coast

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Lake Annecy and the Via Rhona

Discovery of the pre-Alps on the Via Rhona from Annecy to Lyon

Offered by:
France Bike Trips

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

Tour length:
7 days

Price:
From €585

Water, water, everywhere! Three major features make up this aquatic itinerary. First of all, discover Lake Annecy, considered one of the most beautiful lakes in France. Surrounded by high Alpine peaks, it is also one of the cleanest lakes in the world. Your first day’s riding takes you on a tour of the lake, with impressive views of the surrounding mountains. Linking Lake Annecy and the Rhone River, follow the River Fier as it winds its way westwards. Despite its passage through Lake Geneva, the Rhone is not yet the mighty river it becomes further downstream. Nevertheless it guides you as you make your way between the mountains of the pre-Alps, with a stop in the beautiful medieval town of Pérouges. The route then takes you past the marshy plains of the Dombes and onto your final destination: the Gaulois capital. Welcome to Lyon! The price of this tour includes 6 nights in guesthouses and 2* hotels in double rooms with en-suite facilities, 6 breakfasts, daily baggage transfers, a carefully designed itinerary, navigation app for smartphones and a detailed road book including maps (digital format) and GPS tracks.

 

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Lavender routes

Discover perfumed backroads around the blooming plateaus of Valensole

Offered by:
France Bike Trips

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

Tour length:
3 or 4 days

Price:
From €225

Follow your sense of smell through the almost endless lavender fields of Provence. Inspired by the singing of the cicadas, explore this idyllic plateau in the Alpes de Haute Provence, which is also part of the Verdon regional nature park. Catch sight of the famous cliffs of the Verdon gorge and enjoy the panorama of the imposing peaks of the Maritime Alps on the horizon. Ride along the Verdon to the picturesque lakes of Sainte-Croix and Esparron. Especially the latter, with its unspoilt nature, is ideal for a rest and refreshment. Throughout the route, you can visit distilleries, farms or museums to learn more about the legendary plant that is the soul of Haute-Provence. The price of this tour includes 2 or 3 nights in guesthouses and  2* hotels in double rooms with en-suite facilities, 2 or 3 breakfasts, daily baggage transfers, a carefully designed itinerary, navigation app for smartphones, a detailed road book including maps (digital format) and GPS tracks.

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Loire à vélo from Tours to Angers

A week by the waters of the beautiful Loire

Offered by:
Abicyclette

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

Tour length:
6 days / 5 nights

Price:
From €555

From Tours with its attractive wooden houses dating back to the 15th century, this gentle paced self-guided tour will initially take you west along the banks of the river Cher. Take in the vibrant and colourful gardens at Château de Villandry before picking up the river Indre, which will guide you to Chinon and its 12th century fortress. Then from Saumur's castle, you'll ride through the Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional Nature Park with lots of chance to try local wines and produce along the way. The valleys around here have inspired many artists and maybe you too will find new inspiration. The price of this 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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Loire Highlights - Castles, caves & vineyards short break

Take a leisurely ride through the heart of the Loire

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617 003

Tour length:
4 nights

Price:
From £575

Famed for its magnificent châteaux and wide, lazily flowing rivers, the Loire region is a delight. With a gentle terrain and plenty of cultural interest, this is perhaps the best corner of France for leisurely days on two wheels, so take your time, pausing at the places of interest en route and enjoying long picnics on the riverbank. Ebikes are also available.

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Loire Prestige en Vélo

See the chateaux of the Loire in true style

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 214 010

Tour length:
6 nights

Price:
From £1800

Enjoy this luxury cycling holiday staying in elegant accommodation that reflects the style of this classic region. Explore quiet back roads and visit the fascinating old towns of Amboise and Blois, not forgetting to leave time to discover the famous wines of the region. All the big-name chateaux are on your route, along with beautiful gardens and lovingly restored manor houses. This is an elegant and relaxing way to experience one of France's most stunning and most popular cycling routes.

Loire Prestige

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Loire Valley Secret Castles and Wine

Discover new gems in the crown of the Loire Valley

Offered by:
Discover France

Phone number:
+1 800 929 0152 (US toll free); +1 800 823 710 (Australia toll free); +1 800 929 0152 (any other country)

Tour length:
5 days / 4 nights

Price:
From €760

This Loire Valley Cycling Tour was created to take you to a part of the Loire region not covered by other trips. The flat-to-rolling terrain is perfect for cycling and is filled with castles, vineyards and colourful landscapes.  The tour starts in Joue les Tours and will take you to Azay-le-Rideau, Langeais, the Chateau de Villandry and Ussé, and the famous Fontevraud Abbey. You will also cycle through some important wine regions such as Chinon and Saumur for some wine tasting. All the best of the Loire Valley by bicycle! The price of this tour includes 4 nights' accommodation in superior hotels, daily breakfast at each hotel, 3 dinners, hybrid bike rental, local tour contact, road book, including detailed maps, tourist information, step by step itinerary and cue sheets, 1 GPS for every 1-3 people, all luggage transfers, and technical and emergency support at all times.

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Loire's Chateaux and Vineyards

Pedal gently through fairytale France on this self-guided tour

Offered by:
Bspoke Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
4 or 7 nights

Price:
From £565

Soaring high slated turrets are your constant companions on this tour of the famous chateaux of the Loire valley. As you spend 8 days cycling through glorious countryside and medieval towns, you can sample some of the world's finest food and wine while staying in highly rated 3- and 4-star accommodation. Lots of the route is on quiet roads or the Loire à Velo cycle path, so a relaxing ride with a chance to enjoy the natural surroundings is guaranteed. The price includes bed and breakfast, flights and transfers from UK (ask for prices if you're not coming from the UK), luggage transfers, bikes, panniers and puncture repair kits, route maps and instructions, assistance whenever needed and tandems and electric bikes can be provided on request.

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Marvels of Normandy Cycling+

Cycle from the D-Day beaches to Honfleur via unmissable Bayeux

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44 (0)1580 214 010

Tour length:
5 nights

Price:
From £1200

Following the rugged Norman coast from west to east, this self-guided cycling holiday shows you the best of Normandy. Experience an atmospheric adventure, packed with cultural sites along the way; WW2 memorials, the Bayeux Tapestry, the Men's Abbey in Caen, the elegant seaside resorts of Cabourg and Deauville, and the pretty port of Honfleur. As the sun sets, indulge in the exquisite local cuisine, including the luscious cream, and tasty cider and cheese. The price of this tour includes 4 days' cycling, 5 nights' half-board accommodation, luggage transfers between hotels, and comprehensive route notes. There is also support from a local agent and 24-hour Belle France helpline support, GPS on demand.

Marvels of Normandy cycle tour route

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Mighty Ventoux by Mountainbike

Enjoys bountiful sun and single tracks around the Giant of Provence

Offered by:
France Bike Trips

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

Tour length:
3, 4 or 6 day options available

Price:
Self-guided €295; Guided €405

The Ventoux claims mythical status among cyclists – especially road riders. But it's also a mountainbiker's delight, with trails crossing the mont and the nearby Dentelles de Montmirail – across their limestone plateaus and through the vineyards of Gigondas and Vacqueyras. There are also trails across the Baronnies, the Drôme Provençale's beating heart of lavender fields, olive groves and pine forests. There are two offroad ascents of the Ventoux, and this tour takes in at least one of them (transfers to the top are available if you need them). The descent is a dream run – many of the trails "hidden" and ridden usually only by locals. The price of this tour includes fully qualified English-speaking mountain bike guide, guesthouse accommodation, all breakfasts and picnic lunches, plus 3- and 4-course dinners, and luggage transfers. The tour is available guided or self-guided – self-guided riders will receive detailed travel documents, highlighted maps and GPS tracks. This tour is electric MTB compatible.

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Mont Ventoux Challenge

A challenging weekend of road riding in Provence

Offered by:
BSpoke Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 3918 7846

Tour length:
4 nights

Price:
£825

In the space of a single weekedn this tour will take you up the iconic Mont Ventoux via two different routes and you will ride some 300km over three days, mainly uphill!  On day two you will tackle the climb from Bedoin, passing the Tommy Simpson memorial along the way. On day three you will climb from Malaucene with its spectacular views over the Rhône Valley below. The price of this tour includes meals, transport, accommodation in Sault, flights from the UK and airport transfers.

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Mountainbiking Tour of the Perigord

Lovely trails hidden among the beautiful scenery of the Dordogne

Offered by:
France Bike Trips

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

Tour length:
7 days (although 3 or 4 day trips are also available)

Price:
From €895 self-guided or €1095 guided

The Dordogne is famous for its history, its rivers and natural wonders, as well as its proximity to the vineyards of Bordeaux to the west. But it's also a hive of mountain bike activity, with offroad trails crossing from north to south, east to west. Ride along wooded trails and along rivers of the Périgord Noir - the eastern end of the Dordgone that's famous for medieval castles, pretty villages and prehistoric sites. The Dordogne and Vézère river valleys are dotted with steep valleys, caves and cliffs that can be navigated on mountain bikes. Ride forest tracks, easy singletrack, and quiet country lanes. This tour is offered guided or self-guided and covers 25-35km per day, with a maximum 600m altitude gain. The price of this tour includes an English-speaking fully qualified French mountain bike guide, 2- and 3-star hotel accommodation, all breakfasts, picnic lunches and dinners, plus luggage transfers. Self-guided riders also detailed travel documents, highlighted maps and GPS tracks. Electric bikes also available.

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Let Freewheeling France help you plan your French cycling adventures

Offered by:
Freewheeling France

Tour length:
Tailored for you

Price:
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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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On the heels of the Impressionists in Normandy

Normandy by bike, from the Côte d'Albâtre to the Pays de Caux

Offered by:
France Bike Trips

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

Tour length:
3 or 4 days

Price:
From €215

Always on the lookout for contrast, light and atmosphere, painters never choose an area by chance – and these places tend to also be great places for holidays, places to wind down and relax. It wasn't just a few painters who fell in love with Normandy, but an entire movement. From the grey and blue hues of the English Channel to the ever-changing skies, the white chalk cliffs of Etretat, the traditional ochre cob of the houses and their abundant flower arrangements, the Côte d'Albâtre is far more colourful than one imagines. The Impressionists had stumbled upon a never-ending source of inspiration. It's inspiration as well for this cycling tour: a superb mix of quiet coastal backroads, interspersed with charming fishing ports and small villages, the cliffs of Etretat, but also the wonderful Fécamp and Veulettes-sur-Mer. The price of this tour includes 2 or 3 nights in guesthouses and 2* or 3* hotels in double rooms with en-suite facilities, 2 or 3 breakfasts, daily baggage transfers, a carefully designed itinerary, navigation app for smartphones, a detailed road book including maps (digital format) and GPS tracks. Easy and moderate options.

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Pearls of Provence

From Avignon to Arles under the gaze of the mighty Mont Ventoux

Offered by:
France Bike Trips

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

Tour length:
6 days

Price:
From €565

What better way to explore the heart of this charming corner of Provence than on a bike? From bustling Avignon and the Palais des Papes, cross lush orchards and wine estates – including the famous Châteauneuf du Pape, Gigondas and Beaumes de Venise. The route offers breathtaking views of the Dentelles de Montmirail and the majestic Mont Ventoux. A network of quiet roads with little traffic will take you from village to village as you discover the local architecture and cultural heritage. Further south, reach the white rocks of the Parc des Alpilles before heading towards the medieval perched city of Les Baux de Provence, listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France. To finish the week, gently descend to the ancient city of Arles, whose historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The price of this tour includes 5 nights in guesthouses and 2* or 3* hotels in double rooms with en-suite facilities, 5 breakfasts, daily baggage transfers, carefully designed itineraries with different levels of difficulty, navigation app for smartphones, a detailed road book including maps (digital format) and GPS tracks.

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Provence and its Most Beautiful Villages

Cycle among charming landscapes and villages of Provence

Offered by:
Abicyclette

Phone number:
+33 (0)2 30 964 954

Tour length:
9 days / 8 nights

Price:
From €890

Often perched, with their houses regrouped around the castle, Provencal villages dominate the surrounding vineyards, and plains. They offer unique landscapes perfect for cycling, with vineyards and plane trees lining your route. This self-guided itinerary includes all six of the villages in Provence classified as 'Most beautiful villages of France': Séguret in the Haut-Vaucluse, Venasque in the Comtat Venaissin, Gordes, Roussillon, Ménerbes in the Luberon and, finally, Les Baux de Provence in the heart from the Alpilles massif. Your efforts to reach these pretty villages will be rewarded every time with spectacular views (and, often, good coffee!) The price 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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Provence Discovery

Walk and cycle among Provence's picturesque hilltop villages

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617001

Tour length:
6 nights

Price:
From £1145

Provence has long been renowned for its picturesque villages perchés – the pretty, hill-top settlements characterised by their medieval castles, timeless, twisting alleyways and lush surrounds of olive groves, vineyards and cherry orchards. One of the highlights of this 6-night walking and cycling holiday in Provence is the opportunity to explore so many of these iconic villages. Cycle self-guided between three high-quality hotels and be rewarded with wonderful views. Circular walking routes, meanwhile, provide an enjoyable contrast, as well as a closer, more detailed insight into the villages’ historic charms. Food is another hugely important aspect of the region, with fresh, seasonal produce such as olive oils, tomatoes and garlic on sale at many a local market and featuring in numerous local dishes. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to sample this delicious fare: perhaps as part of a leisurely lunchtime picnic or a relaxing dinner at a local restaurant – the perfect way to round off a full day of Provençal discovery. 

Provence discovery route

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Provence Prestige en Vélo

Provence and Languedoc with Roman ruins, vineyards and Van Gogh

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 214 010

Tour length:
7 nights

Price:
From £2311

Absorb the essence of Provence – sleepy villages, sun soaked vineyards – and even dip into Languedoc to cycle by Roman ruins and the magnificent Pont du Gard. This holiday features easy cycling along quiet lanes and canal paths, the air fragrant with wild thyme. You can be sure of being welcomed at your destination each day by a comfortable room and delicious food in 4 and 5 star accommodation. Other highlights include the vineyards of Costières de Nîmes, the bull-ring in Redessan and crossing the mighty River Rhône into Tarascon. End your ride in St Rémy, famous for its links to Van Gogh.

Prestige Provence

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Riverside Riding in the Loire

Riverside riding among fairytale chateaux

Offered by:
BSpoke Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
4 or 7 nights

Price:
£865

Take the scenic riverside cycle route along the river Loire as it meanders westwards from Blois to Saumur. A perfect riding tour for anyone hoping to visit the most celebrated châteaux in France and to sample the produce along the way. The cycling days are varied, a perfect mix of tourist sites and countryside, with mileage ranging from 27km per day to 63km (though this can be further tailored for you). This is a self-guied tour, with bikes, panniers and andlebar bags included, alone with stacks of local knowledge, and full route maps and notes. Flights from the UK can also be arranged and included your itinerary. Electric bikes availbale on request.

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Road - Le Tour de La Provence

Explore the ups and downs of the beautifully varied Provence region

Offered by:
BSpoke Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 3411 0632

Tour length:
6 nights

Price:
From £1095 per person

Provence is one of France’s cycling heartlands. The landscape is a mix of wide valleys, small mountain ranges, such as the Alpilles, and dramatic gorges. The landscape’s majesty is matched by the charm and beauty of the towns and villages that sit within it, where French café culture is at its finest and the cuisine is built on the region’s excellent local produce, served alongside refreshing local wines. Whilst soaking all of this in, the silhouette of Mont Ventoux is never far from view. Will you go for the summit? Highlights include the twisting climb up the Val d’Enfer and the views from Baux-de-Provence at the top, the picturesque hilltop villages of Provence and the climb of Mont Ventoux (or at least a visit to Bedoin!) The price of this tour includes fully serviced aluminium road bikes (carbon fibre upgrade available), water bottle and accessories, 3 & 4 star B&B/hotel accommodation, tour information pack upon arrival, detailed navigational material, often including GPS maps, local support whenever needed. Flights and transfers available on request. Full financial protection through ABTA and ATOL.

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Single Centre Marine de Loire Cycling Holiday

A self-guided cycling break from the fixed base of Hotel Marine de Loire

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7760

Tour length:
3-7 night options

Price:
From £450

The Marine de Loire sits on the riverbank in the heart of the charming village of Montsoreau which is classified as one of the most beautiful villages of France. This self-guided holiday which allows you to choose from a range of cycling and walking itinieraries so you can explore the area at your own pace. All routes are fully mapped with notes and you can also try other activites such as canoeing on the Loire and Indre rivers or wine tasting if the fancy takes you. The price includes self-catering accommodation in stylish, fully-equipped apartments located in the converted out-building of this boutique 4-star hotel with use of the hotel facilites such as spa and terrace, 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 to get you off to a nice start!

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St Macaire to St-Émilion Wine Route

A wine lover's dream cycling holiday covering Saint-Emilion and Sauternes

Offered by:
BSpoke Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 3918 6923

Tour length:
6 nights

Price:
From £995 per person

The name Entre Deux Mers refers to the triangle of land that sits between the Dordogne and Garonne rivers, to the east of Bordeaux. The fertile land on the right bank of Bordeaux produces St-Émilion’s soft Merlot and the sweet white wines in the St Macaire area. Venture over to the left bank to try the sweet white wines in Sauternes to taste the difference. This tour takes you through this verdant landscape from south to north, stopping in some of the best 3- and 4-star hotels in the region. Make sure you experience the châteaux of Roquetaillade and Villandraut for a glimpse into the region's past, the world-class red wines of Pomerol and St-Émilion, and the sweet and dry white wines of Sauternes and Cadillac. The price of this tour includes fully serviced bikes, water bottle and accessories, 3- and 4-star B&B and hotel accommodaiton, tour information pack upon arrival, detailed navigational material, often including GPS maps, local support whenever needed. E-bikes, flights and transfers available on request. Tour is full protected through ABTA and ATOL.

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The Atlantic coast cycle route from Arcachon to Biarritz

A relaxing ride surrounded by nature and the seaside

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Price:
€679

This tour will you down the Atlantic coast of France from Arcachon to Biarritz is an easy bike ride except for a short stretch after Biscarrosse, where you bike softly up and down the dunes, which lets face it sounds like fun anyway! You will begin in the beautiful old seaside town of Arcachon and then head south towards the highest dune in Europe, the Pilat dune befire following the Southern part of the Atlantic cycle route named Velodyssey. Along the way you will ride through quiet pine forests, nice villages, typically just a few steps away from a lake, and of course you can stop at any moment on the long beaches of the Atlantic for a dip or relax. The final part of the holiday will takes you along the Basque coast, first to Bayonne and then to Biarritz, the famous seaside town of the Basque country.

Velo Voyageur Arcachon to Biarritz

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The colours of Perigord

Discover the Purple and Black Périgord

Offered by:
Abicyclette

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

Tour length:
7 days / 6 nights

Price:
From €875

Discover the attraction and majesty of the Dordogne Valley on this week-long tour with a real mix of landscapes that ensure every day is a visual feast. Enjoy winding climbs and descents under the shade of deep forests, golden stone buildings old stones, castles with amazing vistas, and even prehistoric caves. Start your visit in Bergerac, which also has its own airport, the capital of Périgord Pourpre (Purple Périgord), and ride at your own pace through some of the 'most beautiful villages in France'. Rest in Sarlat, a medieval architectural town with lots of restaurants, shops and a fabulous maket. 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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Upper Provence, Ventoux, and Luberon

Get right to the heart of beautiful Provence on this self-guided holiday

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

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

Tour length:
5 nights / 6 days

Price:
From €980

This six-day, self-guided bike tour allows you to explore the heart of Provence at a more challenging level than other tours of the region. Beginning in Bédoin and ending in Gargas, the itinerary features relatively short daily rides, allowing you to fully experience Provence rather than just see it as you pass by. With options to climb legendary Mont Ventoux, or snake through the Gorges de la Nesque, your efforts will be rewarded with numerous spectacular views. Highlights include visits to some of Provence’s most acclaimed wine-making towns (Vacqueyas, Gigondas, Beaumes de Venise), stops in several of France’s “most beautiful” villages (Séguret, Gordes, and Roussillon), and options to climb legendary Mont Ventoux or snake through the Gorges de la Nesque. Each night, you’ll stay in comfortable, character-filled hotels set in utterly charming towns. Price includes 5 nights of accommodation, daily breakfast, 1 dinner, luggage transfer, detailed maps and route notes, a GPS device (subject to availability), and transfers to and from Avignon. Bike rental can be arranged on request.

 

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Van Gogh’s Provence

Immerse yourself in a world of colour

Offered by:
BSpoke Tours

Phone number:
020 3918 7583

Tour length:
5 or 7 nights

Price:
From £815 per person

This pocket of Provençal perfection inspired Vincent van Gogh through the most productive period of his career, with the beauty of the region, both natural and cultural, captured in more than 200 of his works. The route will let you in on your own starry nights in St-Remy-de-Provence, soak up the colours and culture of Arles and explore the glorious Provençal countryside. Highlights include soaking up the atmosphere of Arles from one of its charming cafes, the hilltop haven of Baux-de-Provence, with its vast panoramas, flamingo spotting in the Camargue nature reserve. The price of this tour includes fully serviced bikes, water bottle and accessories, Bed & breakfast basis as standard, 3 & 4 star accommodation, tour information pack upon arrival, detailed navigational material, often including GPS maps, local support whenever needed. E-bikes, and flights and transfers available on request. The tour is fully protected through ABTA and ATOL.

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Ventoux Cycling Holidays

My bespoke service to help you plan your Mont Ventoux cycling holiday

Offered by:
Freewheeling France

Tour length:
You decide!

Price:
Tailored for you

It's the icon of Provence, a Tour de France legend. I get loads of enquiries each year about Ventoux cycling holidays and accommodation – to help give you the info you need, I've set up this bespoke service to help you find the right tour for your ability (and budget). Just send me your wishlist and I'll suggest some local options to help take the stress and worry out of your trip. I'll point you to guided or self-guided rides, plus accommodation and support services such as bike hire and transfer services. (I have a similar service for Corsica – for other French cycling holidays, just email me at lyn@freewheelingfrance.com). Photo thanks to Adam Bird.

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Ventoux to Avignon

A varied, interesting and exciting pedal through Provence

Offered by:
BSpoke Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 3918 6543

Tour length:
4 to 6 nights

Price:
From £740 per person

Explore the Côtes du Rhône by pedal power and sample some of the region’s finest landscapes, most charming towns and most delectable wines. The highlights of this tour include the spectacular scenery of the Chateaneuf-du-Pape vineyards, where you are never more than a short walk from an opportunity to indulge in the world-famous local produce, and the city of Avignon, with its rich history as a seat of power for the Catholic church. This is the perfect tour for oenophiles and history buffs alike. Other highlights include sampling the produce of the Château des Fines Roches wine estate during your stay, soaking up the cycle-centric atmosphere of the charming village of Bedoin and exploring the contemporary culture and rich history of Avignon. The price of this tour includes fully serviced bikes, water bottle and accessories, B&B accommodation, tour information pack upon arrival, detailed navigational material, often including GPS maps, local support whenever needed. E-bikes, and flights and transfers available on request. The trip is protected through ABTA and ATOL.

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Villages & Valleys of Provence

Cycle around the romantic landscapes of Luberon

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617003

Tour length:
6 nights

Price:
From £1145pp

There’s a reason A Year in Provence author Peter Mayle chose to settle in the Luberon: in a country of magnificent regions and picturesque villages perchés, Provence’s Luberon arguably takes top prize. Colourful hillsides of vines, cherry orchards, olive groves and truffle-oak plantations are dotted with a never-ending supply of proud and defiant medieval villages, each perched high above the plains. These historic villages are all connected by small country lanes, making the bicycle the perfect way to get around. Visit Gordes with its ancient homes perched dizzyingly high atop the valley; wonder at Roussillon and its colourful buildings in every hue from pale yellow to deep red; explore Lacoste and the ruins of a castle once owned by the notorious Marquis de Sade; and test out the mysterious and mystical powers of the spring at Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. Then, at the holiday’s end, make your way towards Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, home to one of France’s most renowned weekly markets, and the uncontested antiques capital of Provence. The price of tour includes 6 nights' accommodation, 5 dinners, 6 breakfasts, luggage transportation, route notes and maps, a high-quality bicycle (with ebikes available).

Provence villages and valleys cycling tour Inntravel

 

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