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Bordeaux Sunshine, Wines and Vines

From famous canals to famous vineyards

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7760

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £1295

Start your cycling adventure in style with a visit to Bordeaux, a city with a great blend of architecture and cosmopolitan vibe. The cycling starts proper the next day alongside Canal de Garonne and from there you will make your way slowly through gorgeous terrain, with a heady mix of vineyards, rivers and forests until you reach the ancient town of Saint-Emilion, with its narrow lanes, old churches and wine shops. The price of this tour includes restaurant meals each night, bed and breakfast accommodation, expert support, luggage carried between your hotels, and fully serviced touring bikes.

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Bordeaux to Arcachon by Bike

Ride from city to the sea through vineyards and pine forests

Offered by:
Biking France

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

Tour length:
5 days with 4 days of cycling

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From €695

From the vibrant and beautiful city of Bordeaux (one of our personal favourites at FWF), follow dedicated bike paths from the city centre through famous vineyards and along shady pine forests paths to the beaches of Arcachon bay and the Atlantic coast. This route offers a real mix of landscapes, giving you a real feel for south-west France. Price includes 4 nights' accommodation in 3-star hotels on a B&B basis, a travel folder with itineraries and maps in French or English, tourist info with point-to-point highlights, luggage transfers, bike hire, boat transfer from Cap Ferret to Arcachon and a support hotline in case you need extra support.

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Bordeaux to Biarritz on La Vélodyssée

Ride France's south-west coast along La Vélodyssée

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £1389

Biarritz to Bordeaux by bikeStarting in beautiful Bordeaux (one of Freewheeling France's favourite cities), head west towards the coast along the traffic-free bike path to Lacanau. When you reach the coast, pick up La Vélodyssée and head south on dedicated bike trails, parallel to sand dunes and past deserted stretches of beach to Cap Ferret and the ferry to Arcachon. Stop off at the Great Dune of Pyla (recently voted one of the world's best beaches) before continuing through the pine forests of the Landes forest. From here, it's on to Biscarrosse, Mimizan and Moliets before you enter Basque country and the beaches of Hossegor, Capbreton and Biarritz. This is a gentle ride, with total distances per day ranging between 29km and 63km. B&B hotel accommodation, bikes and road books all included in the price. 

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Bordeaux to Sarlat: Vineyards, Châteaux and the Dordogne

Some of the best cycling in south-west France

Offered by:
Biking France

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

Tour length:
7 days with 5 days of riding

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €1095

We're a bit impartial to this itinerary at FWF because we live on the route; we ride these roads a lot and know what a wonderful area it is for cycling. On this itinerary, you head out of Bordeaux on the Roger Lapebie bike route and into the vines of the Entre deux Mers, its undulating landscape providing stunning views across the valley. You'll loop back up through Rauzan (if you're lucky you'll catch its famous antiques market) before continuing on to the old UNESCO-listed town of St-Emilion for a glass of red among the vines. It's then east to Ste-Foy-la-Grande (try and time your trip to be there on a Saturday morning for the market – voted the best in France). Further east is Bergerac and Montbazillac (beware the hill!), home to some of the region's finest sweet white wines (and at a fraction of the prices of Sauternes). From here it's into the Dordogne proper for pre-history, hill-top villages and more river valleys. Price includes B&B hotel accommodation, travel folder and maps in French or English, luggage transfers, bike hire, and emergency phone support. (If you take this trip, email me at FWF so we can join you for a day stretch).

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Bordeaux to Toulouse Cycling Tour

A self-guided ride along the canal with vineyards as companions

Offered by:
Bonkersfrog

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

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Tailored, but generally easy to moderate

Price:
€850 per person

Starting in the beautiful UNESCO-listed city of Bordeaux, this tour devised by Andy and Cris at Bonkersfrog will take you along the Roger Lapebie bike path and the Canal de Garonne to Toulouse. Tailored route maps and notes are provided so you can just focus on enjoying the villages, the tranquil, shady bike path and the world famous vineyards nearby. This is a leisurely holiday for all abilities, taking in 50-60km per day on almost pan-flat backroads and traffic-free bike paths. The trip includes all B&B accommodation, quality bike hire and helmet, route notes and maps, and luggage transfers.

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Bordeaux to Toulouse on the Canal de Garonne

Canalside riding between two of France's most beautiful cities

Offered by:
Biking France

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

Tour length:
7 days with 5 days of riding

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From €770

The Canal de Garonne allows you to follow ancient canal paths almost all of the way from the beautiful town of Bordeaux to the pink palaces of Toulouse. The high-quality towpaths provide a wonderful way to enjoy the relaxing and peaceful atmosphere of the canal. You'll will pass rivers, vines and orchards as you cycle gently along, taking in medieval fortified towns, good local food and great wines. Price includes 6 nights’ B&B accommodation in 3-star and 2-star hotels, a detailed travel folder with itineraries and colour maps in French or English, tourist brochures so you can make the most of local attractions, daily luggage transfers, bike hire, and an emergency support hotline in case you need assistance.

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Bordeaux Vineyards to the Atlantic Coast

A self-guided ride through the Medoc to beaches and sand dunes

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Very easy

Price:
From €869

This cycle trip leads you through the heart of the Bordeaux region: from the wine traditions handed down for generations to the sandy coastline of the Atlantic with its fragrant pine forests. You'll start in Bordeaux, with the beautiful architecture of the UNESCO-listed city centre and its cycle-friendly river routes. Head north through the Medoc vineyards, passing some of the most prestigious wine houses in the world, such as Haut Marbuzet, Mouton-Rothschild and Lafitte-Rothschild. Then it's off to the pine forests of the Atlantic coast, down to the spectacular Cap-Ferret, and by boat to the Arcachon basin and the largest sand dune in Europe, la dune du Pyla. Finish your holiday at Arcachon, where you can relax and stroll at your own pace, enjoying the local oyster en route.

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Brittany at the tip of your pedal

Brittany’s highlights from Rennes to St Malo, plus Mont St-Michel

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €765

Brittany at the tip of your pedalDiscover the delights of Rennes, the capital of Brittany, the city of pirates Saint Malo and Dinan with its medieval streets. You will also cross over into Normandy to ride along the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel to see the majestic abbey set against a clear sky, gradually getting closer and closer. Meander on greenways along the canals in the shade of the trees, ride along the sea, try oyster dishes and push inland to meet the unknown pearls as Dinan or Dol-de-Bretagne. The highlights of Brittany and its border with Normandy are all here: Rennes, St Malo, Cancale, Dinan, Dol-de-Bretagne and Combourg. Bérangère and Eugénie have been cycling in France since they were 22. They started Le Vélo Voyageur to shre their discoveries with cyclists from around the world

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Brittany between Rennes and Saint-Malo

A leisurely canal ride taking in some of Brittany's best bits

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
3 days

Level of difficulty:
Very easy

Price:
€299

A leisure ride from Rennes to Saint-Malo along the canalThree days to completely clear your mind and enjoy Brittany’s fresh sea air and beautiful scenery. You'll head home feeling more rested than ever. See Brittany's beautiful and varied areas, along coastal paths and little winding roads in the countryside. Enjoy many and varied activities on offer in this diverse region. Discover the picturesque towns of Saint-Malo, Dinard and Rennes, and feast on crêpes with a nice and fresh cider bowl after your bike ride. The biking route follows safe green paths, dedicated only to bicycles. Bérangère and Eugénie began cycling across their home country at the age of 22, and started Le Vélo Voyageur to share their favourite routes with visitors.

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Brittany Chateau Cycling Tour

Park your bike outside the 17th century Château du Bois-Guy

Offered by:
Brittany Borders Bicycling

Phone number:
+33 (0)2 99 97 08 76

Tour length:
3 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
€400 (discount available for groups of 4 or more)

So, you thought all the wonderful chateaux were in the Loire or Bordeaux, huh? WRONG! This two-day self-guided holiday is based at Brittany's 17th century Château du Bois-Guy (yes, that's where you'll be staying). The château was not much more than a ruin after being abandoned last century, but it's been fully restored to its previous rather magnificent grandeur. It sits in more than 18 hectares of park and woodlands 10km north of Fougères. This is a great tour for cyclists of all abilities. Ride through orchards and flower fields to join the pilgrims at Pontmain, meander through the 1600 hectare forest at Fougères, visit the chateau in Fougères itself, and drop in at the Parc Floral de Haute-Bretagne, a country park with 18 separate gardens. The total distance over the two days is 92km and you won't be riding any further than 55km in a day. Price includes three nights' B&B at the château, plus evening meals, bikes hire, maps, and route advice. 

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