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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

Level of difficulty:
Moderate to Difficult

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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Véloscenie - Alençon to Mont St Michel

Taste Calvados and Camembert en route to Mont St Michel

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44 (0)1580 214 010

Tour length:
4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £927

Tackle the second part of the Velescenie route and get a real sense of Normandy. You can combine this section with the first part from Paris, or as a thrilling standalone tour. Start in Alençon, the capital of Normandy and its best kept secret – this is a gem of a typical French town not yet on the tourist maps. Ride to the spectacular Mont St Michel along peaceful ‘voies vertes’ and pedal through pretty little villages until you spot your first sight of the Mont rising from its bay (beware the tidal variations – the views change hourly!) Included in your tour are 4 days' cycling, accommodation and some meals, full and detailed maps and route notes, bike hire (electric bikes on request), support and luggage transfers.

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Véloscenie - Paris to Alençon

Experience one of France's most spectacular routes

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44 (0)1580 214 010

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £1399

The Veloscenie route takes you from Paris to Mont Saint Michel and this tour allows you to experience the first section from Paris to Alençon over 6 days. Your journey will begin in the one and only city of Paris, with the streets of Montmartre and the splendid grandeur of Versailles on your itinerary as you pedal west through the rural countryside on the French cycling network. You can also combine this ride with the second part to visit two of the most famous tourist attractions of France in one trip: the Eiffel Tower and Mont Saint Michel. Included in your tour are 6 days' cycling, accommodation and some meals, full and detailed route notes and maps, bike hire (electric bikes on request), support and luggage transfers between hotels.

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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!

Level of difficulty:
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 [email protected]). 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

Level of difficulty:
Very easy

Price:
From €399

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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