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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

Price:
From €435

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 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. 

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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

Price:
From €790

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

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 fantasitc 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 Landing Beaches to Mont Saint Michel by bike

Perfect for exploring the highlights of north-west of France

Offered by:
Biking France

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

Tour length:
6 days with 5 days of riding

Price:
From €730

Linking two UNESCO World Heritage sites, this tour takes you from the beautiful 11th century Bayeux Tapestry to the unique Mont St Michel. Along the way you'll pass the D-Day Landing Beaches and their war cemeteries – an emotional remembrance trail. All the while, you'll be surrounded by the contrasts of the picturesque Noman bocage landscapes. The route follows the official signposted cycling route linking the beaches to the spectacular Mont St Michel bay. Price includes 5 nights’ B&B hotel accommodation, full travel folder with route notes and maps in French or English, daily luggage transfers, bike hire, and emergency support phoneline.

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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

Tour length:
5 nights / 6 days

Price:
From €645

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

Tour length:
6 day package

Price:
From 845€

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

Tour length:
2 nights/3 days

Price:
From €370

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

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Grand Cru Tour

A wine lover's paradise

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 214 010

Tour length:
6 nights

Price:
From £3132

This prestige cycle tour is for those who are interested in the renowned wine-producing region of Bordeaux. The route takes you through some of the most famous towns such as Pauillac, St Emilion and Margaux, with a chance to taste wines at top chateaux along the way. You will stay in top-rated hotels and the itinerary includes two Michelin-starred menus. The cycling will mainly follow the Medoc Route des Vins through famous vineyards such as Lafite Rothschild, Latour, Mouton Rothschild and Chateaux Pichon Longueville and you will also visit the hilltop St Emilion, again surrounded by incredible vineyards. Included in the price is 5 days' cycling, 6 nights' B&B accommodation and 5 evening meals. There is also one night in a private chateau, luggage transfers between hotels, bike hire, detailed route notes, station transfers and a local agent to help you along the way.

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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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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

La Rochelle cycle tourThe 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).

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La Vélodyssée: from La Rochelle to Bordeaux

A self-guided ride on France's Atlantic cycling route

Offered by:
Biking France

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

Tour length:
8 days with 6 days' riding

Price:
€815

Setting off from the harbour town of La Rochelle, ride alongside the Atlantic coast through the pinewoods to the Belle Epoque villas of Royan – on the safe, family friendly Vélodyssée cycling path. Then follow the Gironde estuary through through the world famous wine growing areas along the Canal des Deux Mers véloroute. This leads you in the heart of Bordeaux, a lively cosmpotolitan city with plenty of things to do, see and eat. The price includes 7 nights' B&B accommodation in 2-star and 3-star hotels, cycle rental for 6 days, luggage transfers during the day, a detailed travel folder in French or English with maps and full route notes, plus lots of tourist brochures so you can select personal things to do and see. There's also a support hotline 7 days a week.

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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 €819

Velo Voyageur Atlantic CoastFrom 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!

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Le 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

Price:
From €885

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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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 à Vélo: Blois to Tours

Cycle the great chateaux of the Loire with help on hand all the way

Offered by:
Biking France

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

Tour length:
7 days with 6 days of riding

Price:
From €655

The Loire Valley is home to some of the most wonderful chateaux in the world and it has an enviable network of cycle routes to match. Cycling at your own pace, it's possible to bike from chateau to chateau on safe and signposted routes. This self-guided holiday takes you along the Loire between Blois and Tours, offering a great balance between cycling and downtime. You'll pass fairytale chateaux, enjoy historic towns, eat and drink regional food, and rest each night in comfortable local hotels. Price includes 6 nights’ accommodation in 2 and 3-star hotels on B&B basis, 3 dinners, a travel folder with routes and maps in French or English, tourist brochures to help you make the most of the region,  luggage transfers, bike hire, plus a support hotline in case you get stuck and need a little extra help.

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Loire escape between Blois and Amboise

A short leisure ride to see the highlights of the Loire valley

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
3 days

Price:
From €255

3-day escape between Blois and AmboiseBike along the Loire river on the Loire à vélo bike paths between two of the Loire Valley's must-see destinations. Discover some of the most prestigious castles in France, including the Château de Blois, the Château de Chenonceau, the Châteaux d’Amboise, Cheverny, Beauregard, Chaumont, le Clos Lucé – the list goes on. The Loire really is an enchanting region: stop to taste the delicious wine, feast on local produce, and be seduced by the medieval city of Amboise. This is a self-guided ride along cycle paths and small country roads through vineyards and forest. Three words to describe this bike trip: pleasure, fresh air (OK, so that's two on its own) and diversity.

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Loire Highlights 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

Inntravel Loire HighlightsFamed 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 £1700

Loire PrestigeEnjoy 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.

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Loire Single Centre Walking and Cycling Holiday

Fixed base self-guided cycling breaks in the Loire

Offered by:
Bspoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
3, 5 or 7 night options

Price:
From £500

This single-centre holiday in the Loire Valley is based in the villages of Montsoreau and Candes-St-Martin, within 1km of each other and both classified as make ‘Le Plus Belle Villages de France’, or the most beautiful villages of France. Expect original stone buildings and cobbled streets. Candes-St-Martin sits on the point of confluence of the Loire and Vienne rivers and has a charming cobbled village square, complete with 12th century church and an excellent local restaurant. A short walk along the river is Montsoreau, an old river port, and its château, setting of a famous Dumas novel, is the only one in the Loire Valley built into the riverbed itself. This self-guided holiday includes five cycle routes, with maps and route notes, as well as three walking itineraries (there are also other local activities you can add). The price includes self-catering accommodation in stylish, fully-equipped apartments in Chateau de Candes, bikes, pannier bags, water bottles and repair kits for the duration of your stay, support from a local representative and a welcome pack upon arrival. Oh and two bottles of local wine are thrown in for good measure.

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Loire Valley from Blois to Angers for active riders

Take in Villandry, Azay-le-Rideau, Chinon, Fontevraud and Saumur

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Price:
€779

Discover the secrets of the Loire Valley on bike paths and small country roads as you ride pass the most prestigious renaissance castles of the Loire, including Villandry, Azay-le-Rideau and Ussé, the castle that inspired the fairytale Sleeping Beauty. This part of the Loire Valley is also home to the abbey of Fontevraud and beautiful medieval castles and fortresses like Langeais, Chinon and Angers, which houses an impressive medieval tapestry. Discover the changing colours of the Loire and its traditional boats (toues) bobbing between sandbanks. Don't forget to stop at the world-renowned vineyards around Chinon and Saumur. Troglodyte dwellings and picturesque villages will be a constant throughout this self-guided ride with daily distances of 50-60km. 

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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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Mont Saint Michel by Bike

Discover the highlights of Normandy and Brittany

Offered by:
Biking France

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

Tour length:
7 days with 6 days of riding

Price:
From €755

This tour will take you through the heart of Brittany and over the border into Normandy to see for yourself one of France's most iconic landmarks. First to Brittany, though, a region with many faces, where villages and châteaux, coasts and woods harmoniously nestle between land and sea. You'll ride from the port town of Saint-Malo and its Cité Corsaire, via the very pretty Côte d'Emeraude ('emerald coast'), taking in the Rance Valley and Dinan en route. Then it's on to the Mighty Mont, with a stop at Cancale – famous for its oysters – as well. Price includes 6 nights’ B&B hotel accommodation, a complete travel folder with itineraries and maps in French or English, daily luggage transfers, bike hire, and an emergency phone support in case you get stuck.

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Mont Ventoux Custom Trips

Have a trip to Ventoux planned for you – all you do is pedal!

Offered by:
La Vie en Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0) 7984 065329

Tour length:
Tailored

Price:
£480 per day for staffed and fully equipped van and custom-fitted box trailer. Accommodation tailored for you.

Take on the Ventoux challenge with a custom trip planned for you. Pick your dates and La Vie en Velo can tailor a package to your requirements, based at a great hotel (with pool) on the flank of Ventoux itself. Ideal for groups (everyone from charity riders to family groups and corporate rides welcome), prices include baggage and bike transfers from the UK (or a French airport or train station). Full on-road van support. Ride Ventoux and take in the best of Vaucluse while you're there. Plenty of flexibility to tailor trips just for you and your group. Accommodation, bike hire and full route notes can all be worked into your trip.

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Let Freewheeling France help you plan your French cycling adventures

Offered by:
Freewheeling France

Tour length:
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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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

Price:
From £895 (self guided) or £1035 (fully guided)

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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Perfumes of Provence

Explore the vibrant colours and scents of Van Gogh's Provence

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Price:
£1435

This 8-day self-guided tour starting in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence – a beautiful town of narrow streets and old houses set in a lush green valleys full of wildflowers – really showcases the best that this area has to offer. It is made even more attractive as it can be enjoyed by cyclists of all abilities, and even electrics bikes are available if your legs need a little boost. Make your way along the Luberon valley, crossing emerald-coloured rivers and passing fields of sunflowers and lavender as you go. There are plenty of pretty villages for coffee stops and to help you while away the hours off the bike, enjoying local food and, of course, a well-earned glass of rosé. The tour includes three high-standard hotels along the route, flights from the UK (discount applies for self-drivers and independent travellers), plus fully equipped bikes, maps and local assistance. Just don't forget your camera!

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Perfumes of Provence - Short Break

Reinvigorate your body and spirit on this break in the Luberon hills

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
5 days / 4 nights

Price:
£995

The landscape of Provence is a colourful mix of lavender fields, sunflowers and grapevines, and it's renowned for its wonderful Mediterranean climate – perfect for cycling among vines that are maturing slowly before being used in the local rosé wines. This route takes you into the Luberon hills through lush green valleys and ancient villages. The light here will help you appreciate your stunning surroundings and the food is wonderful too. Visit Saint-Remy-de-Provence, home to some of Van Gogh's finest work, and Fontaine-de-Vaucluse which has lovely food and an amazing view. The price of this tour includes 3 and 4-star hotel accommodation, flights from the UK (ask about discounts if you're not coming from the UK), airport transfers, luggage transfers, bikes, panniers and puncture repair kits and detailed route maps with assistance whenever needed. Tandems and electric bikes on request.

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Picture Postcard Provence

Cycle through the vibrant palette of Provence

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7760

Tour length:
3 to 7 night options

Price:
From £685

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

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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 Côtes du Rhône

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

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Price:
From £1495

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

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Provence Custom Trips

Enjoy all that Provence has to offer with the planning done for you

Offered by:
La Vie en Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0) 7984 065329

Tour length:
Tailored

Price:
£480 per day for staffed and fully equipped van and custom-fitted box trailer

Riding in one of France’s most diverse and exciting regions is magic. From the Alpes-Maritimes and the Cote d’Azur to the Gorge du Verdon, the Vaucluse and the Luberon, Provence is a cyclist’s paradise throughout the year. Angus at La Vie en Velo can work with you to tailor an intinerary that's perfect for you. This is an ideal service for groups, with costs averaged at a day rate for van and logistical support. Accommodation and bike hire support is tailored to your needs (hotels, B&Bs and chalets are always charming, character-filled bases in beautiful places). Your own bikes can be brought over from the UK in Angus' van, eliminating the need for the plane/bike v hire bike dilemma. Fully-equipped van, rides can be tailored for you, schedules are flexible.

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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:
6 nights

Price:
From £2261

Prestige ProvenceAbsorb 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.

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Provence Short Break – Côtes du Rhône

A short but sweet taste of the Côtes du Rhône

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
5 days / 4 nights

Price:
£815

Perfect for a long weekend, this trip into the Côtes du Rhône winelands opens up the natural wonders of Provence. Cruise through ancient villages, historic cities and Roman ruins, and along river trails. And of course there are plenty of opportunities to sample the regions's famous wines! Along the way you'll visit Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the stunning historic village built at the bottom of a fortress and the beautiful hamlet of Loriol du Comtat, complete with its own château and Romanesque church, as well as the thriving markets of Carpentras. The price of this tour includes 3 and 4 star hotel accommodation, flights from the UK (ask about discounts if you're arriving on your own), luggage transfers, bikes, panniers and puncture repair kits, detailed route maps, and assistance whenever needed. Tandems and electric bikes on request.

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Pyrenees Long Weekend

A weekend with a difference tackling iconic Pyrenean climbs

Offered by:
La Vie en Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0) 7984 065329

Tour length:
4 days / 3 nights

Price:
£595

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 as Angus can bring them with him from the UK. You'll have support from his fully-equipped 9-seater van, plus plenty of bikey advice. Ride the Tourmalet, Peyresourde, Port de Bales, Portillon and many others from a great chalet base in the beautiful spa town of Bagneres-de-Luchon. Rides tailored for you. Maximum group size of only 8. Price includes transfer of bikes and bags from/to the UK (or Paris/Toulouse for long-haul arrivals); 3 nights’ accommodation. Bike hire can be arranged.
Please ask about 2019 dates.

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Ride Through the Upper French Alps

Conquer cols with Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc as your backdrop

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Tour length:
4 nights / 5 days

Price:
From €840

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

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Rivers of the Loire

Riverside riding among fairytale chateaux

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
8 nights / 7 days

Price:
£1495

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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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.

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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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The Secrets of Burgundy in 7 Days

Enjoy an amazing bike ride through the heart of a world-class wine region

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
7 days

Price:
From €778

On this bike tour in Burgundy, you'll see why wine here means everything. Why people find it so special: a beautiful place where authentic villages, wine traditions, historical monuments and nature merge. As a world-renowned wine region, Burgundy has preserved a heritage which reflects its former power in the Middle Ages. So you will not only enjoy beautiful landscapes with gently rolling hills, but also outstanding cultural sites like the Cluny abbey, the old cities of Macon, Tournus and Chalon-sur-Saône or the beautiful and world-famous Hospices de Beaune.

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Tour de Gironde

A self-guided tour with minibus support for the beaches and vines of Bordeaux

Offered by:
Bonkersfrog

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

Tour length:
7 days

Price:
From €549 per person

The Tour de Gironde a Velo is a journey of discovery over 480km and 7 days from the Bordeaux vineyards to the Atlantic Ocean.  Discover 10 major tourist sites including 5 UNESCO sites as you follow the Velodyssee EuroVeo 1 routes and the Canal des Deux Mers route, including the wonderful Roger Lapebie bike trail from Bordeaux. Enjoy the best of Bordeaux, the quieter roads of the Entre deux Mers, the Garonne Canal, the Landes de Gascogne Natural Regional Park, Arcachon, the Gironde Estuary and the vineyards of Medoc before returning to Bordeaux. This price includes transfers to/from Bordeaux airport or train station, daily luggage transfers, hotel B&B accommodation, quality touring bike with rack and panniers, maps and route guide, info pack on places of interest, minibus support if you need it. Ebikes available on request.

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Tour of the Limousin - hotel to hotel

Explore Monet's Land of Green and Blue

Offered by:
Bonkersfrog

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

Tour length:
7 days

Price:
From €549

This unique tour will take you through beautiful countryside and quaint villages of one of France's under-explored regions. It stays at three of the hotels for two nights each, allowing you to enjoy your holiday without packing and unpacking every day. More importantly, it allows to get to know the region properly. Daily distances 30-40 miles. Start your ride from the Bonkersfrog B&B not far from Limoges Airport. Ride through the beautiful Creuse valley through the ancient village of Moutier d'Ahun and on through the countryside passing the Gorges of the Thaurion to the L'Abbaye du Palais, which has an interesting history from the 12th century. Day two is a round trip on quiet country lanes through rolling countryside to the pretty lake at Courtille on the edge of the forest outside Gueret. At the lake there is a beach and a very good restaurant for lunch. Other trip highlights include the pretty town of Peyrat-le-Chateau, the Plateau de Millevaches with views for miles over the surrounding countryside, and Aubusson – famous for its tapestry industry. The price includes meet and greet at the airport and transfers before and after, luggage transfers, hotels on a B&B basis, an evening meal, Specialized or Trek touring bikes, full route notes and maps. Road bikes and ebikes available on request.

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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

Tour length:
5 nights / 6 days

Price:
From €995

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 Garmin GPS (subject to availability), and transfers to and from Avignon. Bike rental can be arranged on request.

 

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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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ViaRhôna from Vienne to Valence in 4 days

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

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
4 days

Price:
From €430

Via Rhona cycling holidaysThe ViaRhôna is a 815km long cycling route connecting Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean. This 4-day stretch between Vienne and Valance passed along the Rhône River with views of the Alpine peaks in the distance (but none of the legwork involved in climbing them!) From Vienne – an old Roman capital– cycle down through traditional villages and steeply terraced vineyards to the orchards of the Rhône Valley. Most of this route follows greenways (voies vertes), making it a flat and easy ride, with you setting the pace. Maximum daily distance 38km. Price includes all accommodation, bike hire, full route notes and maps, plus luggage transfers.

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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

Provence villages and valleys cycling tour InntravelThere’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).

 

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