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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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Brittany Coastal Classique Cycle Tour

A self-guided tour along the beautiful coast of Brittany and Normandy

Offered by:
Brittany Borders Bicycling

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
€270 without baggage transfer / €390 with baggage transfer

A self-guided, circular cycle tour covering 210km or 250km – you choose! – with a maximum daily distance of 68km. Designed for individuals, couples, families and groups. Cycle at your own pace as you follow the picturesque northern coastline of Brittany, ride alongside the Ille-et-Rance canal, and take in Saint-Malo, Mont St-Michel, Dinard and Dinan en route. The tour is fully supported with optional baggage transfers, and can be shortened/amended on request. Bike hire, itinerary, maps and route notes included. Accommodation not included so that you can choose your own style of accommodation (Brittany Borders Bicycling can make suggestions and help arrange bookings.)

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Burgundy bike tour (3 days)

Explore the vines of Pommard, Chassagne-Montrachet and Meursault

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
3 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £289

On this bike ride you will explore some of the most prestigious Burgundian vineyards such as Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune. You start your bike trip in Dijon, 'the city with the hundred bell towers', and ride towards Nuits-Saint-Georges on small country roads. Stop in Beaune, famous trade place for the wines and admire its beautiful Hospices, before continuing on a beautiful bike path winding through the famous vineyards of Pommard, Chassagne-Montrachet and Meursault. Bérangère and Eugénie began to cycle cross their home country at the age of 22. Year-after-year they hand-selected the finest routes across France, sharing with you some of France's hidden treasures.

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Burgundy Mini-break

Take to the backroads and cycle paths of Burgundy

Offered by:
France Bike Trips

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

Tour length:
From 3 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy and moderate options

Price:
From €195

Explore the quiet country lanes and traffic-free bike tracks that weave through the vineyards and countryside of Burgundy. This is a relaxed and friendly corner of France, and an easy one to explore by bike. This is a flexible trip, and you can decide how many days you want to ride. Take in Beaune, the best bits of the Canal du Centre, the vineyards of the Nuits-Saint-Georges (Vosne Romanée, Vougeot, Gevrey Chambertin, Chambolle Musigny…), and the 'Voie des Vignes' to Santenay (think great wines like Pommard, Volnay, Meursault and Chassagne Montrachet). This trip has a strong gastronomical theme, and includes visits to vineyards and wine cellars, plus food tastings throughout. Price includes B&B accommodation, baggage transfers, detailed road book, maps and GPS tracks. Available guided or unguided.

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Burgundy Prestige en Vélo

A leisurely ride through the heart of Burgundy's famous wine villages

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £1845

Burgundy Prestige tour Belle FranceTake this easy self-guided cycling holiday through Burgundy's famous vineyards and beautiful vistas. From Beaune, you'll follow canal towpaths and quiet back roads as you wind your way through historic wine villages, including Pommard, Volnay, Meursault, Puligny Montrachet and Nuits St Georges. En route, stay at delightful hotels offering gourmet menus – the perfect opportunity to enjoy some classic French cuisine and excellent wines.

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Burgundy Route Grand Crus

The perfect self-guided ride for wine lovers

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7760

Tour length:
5 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £1245

If you appreciate fine wine then the famous Burgundy area is a dream come true. This self-guided tour offers you the chance to explore the region on two wheels. In between wine tastings and gastronomic stopoffs, you'll enjoy relaxed cycling along quiet roads between picturesque villages and wonderful hotels. Follow the Route des Grand Cru bike circuit through gorgeous scenery and colourful vines. Take in the delightful regional capital, Beaune, as well. The price includes 3* and 4* B&B hotel accommodation, some evening meals, transfers from local train stations, bikes, panniers and handlebar bags, full route maps and instructions, and local support. Flights and transfers are not included but can be organised on request.

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Burgundy to the Loire – Nevers to Orléans on the Loire à Vélo

From the heart of the Loire to the fringes of Burgundy

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 €940

Discover the eastern end of the Loire a à Vélo cycle route where it borders with Burgundy. The route from Nevers to Orléans follows some of the Santiago de Compostela paths, as well as crossing through the vineyards of Sancerre (with a tasting stop, of course!) and up to the canal-bridge in Briare before the reaching Orléans, home of Joan of Arc. Price includes 6 nights’ accommodation in 3-star and 2-star hotels, along with all breakfasts and one dinner. You'll also get a full travel folder with maps and route notes in either French or English. Daily luggage transfers also included plus bike hire and emergency support helpline.

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Burgundy Wine Trails and Green Ways

A scenic tour of Burgundy appealing to the whole family

Offered by:
Active Tours

Phone number:
+33 (0)9 67 03 40 59

Tour length:
6 days / 5 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
€550 per person with discounts for children

Burgundy is a fabulous region for a cycling tour with its quiet roads, attractive and varied accommodation options and, of course, famous vineyards and great gastronomy. On this self-guided cycling holiday you will cycle through lovely French towns typical of the area such as Pommard, Puligny-Montrachet, Santenay, Givry, and many more. You will also benefit from the peace and safety of a dedicated cycle path which follows an old railway line, the 'green way' allowing you to really appreciate the natural beauty of this area. The price of your tour includes 5 nights' B&B, daily luggage transfers, a detailed description of the tour including maps, and scenic highlights and assistance in case of any problems.

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Canal du Midi

Experience one of France's most famous routes

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617001

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £840

Inntravel Canal du MidiLinked to the Canal de Garonne, the Canal du Midi made the transport of goods between Bordeaux on the Atlantic Ocean and Marseilles on the Mediterranean Sea far quicker and safer - by avoiding the possibility of attack from the pirates and slave traders of North Africa’s Barbary Coast. There are no such worries today and the shady canal towpath makes for idyllic cycling through picturesque landscapes.

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Canal du Midi - 4 day trip from Toulouse to Carcassonne

Ride one of France's most famous canals in a leisurely 4 days

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
4 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
€379

Canal du Midi cycling holidaysThis short break links two of the Canal du Midi strongholds: the starting point of the canal – the pink city of Toulouse – and the medieval fortress of Carcassonne. The route follows the canal towpath as well as low-traffic country backroads, leading you across the Lauragais, a large fertile plain surrounded by hills where the pastel trade prospered in the 15th and 16th centuries and brought wealth to Toulouse. Ride through Castelnaudary, the capital of cassoulet, and past the abbey of Saint-Papoul before arriving in Carcassonne to explore the city in all its medieval glory. This is a self-guided ride, with bike hire, accommodation included, as well as maps, route notes and lots of local biking advice. Daily distances: 24-49km.

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