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Canal du Midi Cycling Holiday

Follow the Canal du Midi from Toulouse to Agde

Offered by:
Bonkersfrog Cycling Holidays

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

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €850

This tour offers the chance to experience the Canal du Midi from the 'pink city' of Toulouse  to the Mediterranean via the fortress city of Carcassonne. The pace and ease of riding is perfect for first-time cycle tourers, as well as families, with the paths generally flat. High-quality Specialized or Trek mountain bikes included to ensure you have a comfortable ride. You'll be met at the airport or railway station, taken to the first hotel and provided with every assistance you need to get you out and on the towpaths. The tour price includes detailed maps and route guides, bike and helmet hire, B&B accommodation in a combination of hotels and chambres d'hotes, airport transfers and luggage transfer between hotels. Optional upgrades can also be included, such as higher rated hotels with pools, and a dedicated guide for whole trip.

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Canal du Midi from Carcassonne to Béziers

Follow the banks of the Canal du Midi to beyond Beziers

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €759

This self-guided cycling holiday takes in all the highlights of the eastern stretch of the Canal du Midi through Langeudoc. From Castelnaudary to the fortress at Carcassonne (don't forget to indulge in a bowl of delicious cassoulet and sample other local culinary delights along the way) and across the Cathar country of the south of France. This is a region rich in historic building, Roman ruins and magnificent cathedrals (don't miss the one at Narbonne). From the old city centre of Béziers, ride through the marshlands – passing bulls and pink flamingos – to finish your journey on the white beaches of the Mediterranean Sea.

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Canal du Midi Prestige

Gourmet meals and towpath cycling along the world famous Canal du Midi

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
£1999

If you're after a well-balanced holiday, including excellent food and wine combined with great cycling, this tour could be perfect for you. Starting in the breathtaking fortified town of Carcassonne, and finishing next to the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean, you will cycle down tree-lined towpaths, over beautiful bridges and through some of the prettiest scenery in France, ending each day in high standard accommodation. The price of this tour includes 6 days' cycling, 7 nights' B&B accommodation and some evening gourmet meals, luggage transfers between hotels, detailed route notes, bike hire and a local agent if needed.

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Canal du Midi: Toulouse to Agde

A varied itinerary taking you along the full length of the Canal

Offered by:
Biking France

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

Tour length:
9 days with 7 days of riding

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €1095

This is the complete Canal du Midi bike trip, taking you the full length of one of France's most famous waterways. Discover the beauty of canal and the countryside landscapes that surround it, including the farms of the ‘Laugarais’ area. See slopes adorned with vineyards, the chateaux of the Aude region, and the fairytale city of Carcassonne with its magnificent walls and turrets (don't forget to refuel on cassoulet, a dish famous in these parts). Oh, and then there's the beaches of the Mediterranean! Price includes 8 nights’ B&B accommodation in guest houses and local hotels, full ride notes and maps in French or English, bike hire, daily luggage transfers, and an emergency repatriation and suppurt hotline for extra reassurance.

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Canal du Midi: Toulouse to Carcassonne

Why not try a long weekend on the banks of the Canal du Midi?

Offered by:
Biking France

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

Tour length:
Easy

Level of difficulty:
5 days with 3 days of riding

Price:
From €560

Follow the Canal du Midi from its start in Toulouse through to the turrets of Carcassonne. Explore its history punctuated by conquests, boat cruises, and sunny walks. The Canal du Midi is a treasure trove of architectural and cultural feats, including amazing civil engineering structures and Cathar buildings. On this tour you will also have an opportunity to chat to the house-boaters who make the canal their home, and to experience the essence France's ‘art de vivre’. Varied landscapes of vineyards, countryside, pine and olive trees are all here for you to enjoy. Price of this self-guided tour includes 4 nights’ B&B accommodation in local guest houses and hotels, bike hire, luggage transfers, full route notes and maps in English or French, and an emergency support hotline for extra reassurance.

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Canal du Nivernais

Enjoy towpath cruising through Burgundy

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
£1385

The Canal du Nivernais runs through Burgundy's unspoilt countryside and its towpaths and quaint side roads make cycling along it a joy for all ages. Along the way you can sample a variety of landscapes, including a stop at Vézelay, a beautiful hill-top UNESCO site and home to a 11th century Basillica. You will of course be able to enjoy wine tasting in this famous wine producing region and great cuisine – all well earned. The price includes 7 nights' accommodation, bike hire, luggage transfers between hotels and easy-to-follow detailed route notes.

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Canoe + Bike Escape Tours and Saumur (4 days)

A leisurely ride through vineyards to the famous chateaux of the Loire

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
4 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €365

Loire valley bike rideBérangère and Eugénie began to cycle across their home country at the age of 22. Year after year they hand-selected the finest routes and hidden treasures. Now, via Le Vélo Voyageur, they are inviting you to share them. Encounter the breathtaking beauty of the Loire valley by riding between Tours and Saumur. Meandering between the Loire valley and the Vienne valley, the bike route follows little country roads passing by the most prestigious castles, the chateaux de la Loire such as Chateau de Villandry, Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau or Chateau d'Ussé, the castle of the Sleeping Beauty. You will not only admire the changing colours of the Loire River and the traditional boats floating between the sand banks, but also the vineyards of Chinon and Saumur, the abbaye de Fontevraud and the cave houses lining the valley. Give in to the magic of a cycling holiday in the Loire.

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Caves, Villages and Rivers of the Dordogne Valley

Underground rivers, the Lascaux caves and bustling Sarlat

Offered by:
Cycle the Dordogne

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 5330 2320 or +44 (0)77 7455 1647

Tour length:
9 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €1680

There are many highlights on this self-guided ride in the Dordogne – from the Grottes du Cougnac and Rocamadour – a place of pilgrimage since the 10th century – to the Gramat Causse and Martel, a medieval village with a distinctive skyline. There's also the fabulous underground river system at the Gouffre de Padirac and the stunning village of Carrenac. Follow the River Dordogne from one village to another and see how La Roque Gageac hugs the cliffs on the river's edge. Don't forget to take in the ancient caves of Lascaux just outside Montignac. The caves are one of the world's most precious prehistoric sites and UNESCO-listed. From here, ride on to the market town of Sarlat with its bustling limestone medieval centre. Having lived and cycled in the region since 1991, Anglo-French couple Annie and Cliff can help you get the most out of this stunning region of south-west France.

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Chateaux of the Charente

Meander through the stunning countryside of SW France

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy-moderate

Price:
£1335

This tour explores a stunning countryside of vineyards, lolling sunflowers and forests of high shady oaks with turreted châteaux commanding views above winding rivers. This is a lesser-explored area of south-west France, with empty roads and uncrowded villages. Your trip starts in a wonderfully peaceful hotel surrounded by woodland and takes you and your bike on charming quiet lanes to chateaux and bustling towns, such as Confolens, with plenty of cafes and restaurants to choose from. The tour price includes 3 days' cycling, 4 nights' accommodation, luggage transfers between hotels, comprehensive route notes, bike hire, station transfers and an English-speaking rep to help you along the way.

 

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Châteaux of the Loire

Pedal gently through fairytale France

Offered by:
Bspoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £835

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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