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Alsace Discovery: Villages, Vineyards & Forested Hills

A unique holiday that combines cycling and walking in beautiful Alsace

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617 003

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £765

Alsace cycling holidayQuiet lanes, rolling hills, world-class wines and top French gastronomy. You'll get all this and more on this 7-night self-guided trip along some of France's least-explored bike trails. It's a hotel-to-hotel Alsace cycling holiday, so you'll be seeing something new and exciting every day as you explore this lovely area of France nestled between the Vosges mountains and the River Rhine. The route is mostly on country roads and cycle paths, plus along wooded walking trails – it's very much a tailored adventure, with the option of additional walking or cycling depending on your preference. The cycling is mainly flat with some hills, and all accommodation, bike hire, baggage transport, route notes and maps are included.

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Alsace Prestige en Vélo

Discover the famous wine route via quiet roads and canal towpaths

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £1794

Alsace en veloDiscover this little, unknown corner of France with its distinctively Germanic influence. Make your way south from Strasbourg, the buzzing capital of Alsace and follow the waters of the Canal du Rhone au Rhin before cycling along the foot of the Vosges and through winemaking villages. There is the option to add an extra night to give you the time to explore Strasbourg. Daily cycling distances between 36km and 65km. Price includes half-board B&B accommodation in atmospheric and locally run 4 or 5 star hotels, plus bike hire and luggage transfers.

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Alsace Route du Vin

A gentle pedal along the Alsace wine route

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
8 nights / 7 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £1585

Enjoy cycling along pretty lanes that wind their way gently through one vineyard after another, stop in colour vibrant historic towns such as Colmar, the ‘Little Venice’ of France. With spectacular scenery wherever you pedal, it’s easy to work up an appetite for the region’s distinctive cuisine - and a thirst for its famous white wines. Fortunately, there are plenty of superb restaurants and rustic wine bars en route, so your cycling effort will be rewarded by the region's sublime gastronomic scene, including Choucroute à l’Alsacienne (sauerkraut and sausages) at Caveau St Pierre. The price of this self-guided tour includes 3*hotel B&B hotel accommodation, bikes with panniers and handlebar bags, detailed route maps and instructions, local support, and flights and transfers from the UK (discount if you're arriving in France on your own).

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Alsace Route du Vin Short break

Take a long weekend to enjoy the Alsatian wines and towns

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
4 days / 3 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £1385

This is an abbreviated version of a longer tour also offered by BSpoke. It's concentrated on cycling quiet backroads and dedicated bike paths, with a heavy emphasis on visiting vineyards and enjoying the wonderful local cuisine. Alsace is one of France's lesser explored wine regions but it won't be for much longer, as word is getting out about its reletively deserved roads and spectacular scenery. It's easy to work up an appetite here, which is a good thing because there are plenty of superb restaurants and wine bars to enjoy en route. This self-guided tour includes 3* B&B hotel accommodation, bikes with panniers and handlebar bags, detailed route maps and instructions, local support, and flights and transfers from the UK (discounts if you're making your own way to France).

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Alsace Villages & Vineyards

Meander quiet backroads through pretty villages

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617001

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £698

Inntravel Alsace Villages & VineyardsThis cycling holiday is the perfect chance to get to know the very heart of Alsace. It's based at three hotels (Eguisheim, Kaysersberg and Bergheim), each giving you access to some of the best cycling routes in this fascinating and beautiful area.The routes are flexible, so you can meander along quiet country backroads and through pretty villages, or tackle a more challenging day by riding up to one of the many hill-top châteaux to soak up the views across the valley. The routes are a mix of quiet backroads, dedicated cycle paths and vineyard tracks. Self-guided with all accommodation plus maps and luggage transport included.

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Alsace Wine Road cycle trail from Strasbourg to Colmar

A leisurely bimble through one of France's most distinct wine regions

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €889

biking alsaceThis is a chance to discover Alsace – one of France's lesser-visited wine regions – at your own pace. You'll start in UNESCO-listed Strasbourg (a super cycling city) where you can check out Notre Dame cathedral, the city's distinctive bridges and the medieval quarter, 'Petite France'. From here follow the Bruche Canal all the way to the vineyards, where you'll join the wine trail through historic villages with half-timbered houses and colourful geraniums. En route take in the towns of Rosheim, Obernai, Barr and Bergheim, and admire the castle of Haut-Koenigsbourg on its rocky outcrop. Head into the hills to visit Ribeauvillé, Riquewihr and Hunawihr before reaching Colmar – France's 'Little Venice'. From here it's a day trip to the beautiful village of Eguisheim. This is a varied bike trip taking in the culture, food and wine of one of France's most individual region. Price includes luggage transfers, accommodation, bike hire, and full route notes and maps. Maximum daily distance: 37km.

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Alsace Wine Route from Colmar to Strasbourg

Take a tour around the highlights of the Alsace region

Offered by:
Biking France

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

Tour length:
6 days with 4 days of riding

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From €740

Starting in Colmar, nicknamed 'the Little Venice,' ride to 'Petite France' in Strasbourg – listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In between you'll glide through the prestigious vineyards of the Alsace wine trail. Alsace is still a relatively undiscovered cycling region compared to the wine routes of Burgundy, Provence and Bordeaux. Here, you get splendid views over the beautiful villages, and half-timbered houses adorned with geraniums in Ribeauvillé, Riquewihr, Kaysersberg, Barr and Obernai. Refreshment will of course be needed and after taking in the impressive medieval château of Haut-Koenigsbourg, you'll want to stop to sample a glass full of fresh and elegant liquid fruit! Price includes 5 nights' accommodation in 3-star hotels, 5 breakfasts, a travel folder with itineraries and maps in French or English, luggage transfers, bike hire and a support hotline in case you need assistance.

 

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Anyone for Corsica? My bespoke cycling service

Let me help you sort your cycling holiday with this personal service

Offered by:
Freewheeling France

Tour length:
You decide

Level of difficulty:
You decide

Price:
You decide

Located off the southern coast of France, the island of Corsica is a MAGIC place to cycle. It's diverse and beautiful and isolated, yet within reach. You can fly in or get the ferry across, you can ride guided or unguided, in the hills or along the coast. If you want to find out more about Corsica, or if you need a hand planning your cycling holiday there, then the my bespoke Freewheeling France service could be for you. I can help you tailor your trip to your budget, your time and your ability. Just check out the info in my blog here and drop me a line. Whether it's road riding or mountain biking, whether you're cycling solo or in a group – just email me through your requirements and I'll help take the hassle out of planning a super cycling holiday in one of France's most amazing corners. Lyn @ FWF. 

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Arcachon Bay Cycling Tour

Family-friendly trip to discover oyster farms, beaches and sand dunes

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
3 days

Level of difficulty:
Very easy

Price:
From €265

Arcachon Bay is an easy and relaxing cycling destination. Cycling is mostly on car-free paths, and there are lots of places to stop for refreshments (or a swim). From the oyster-farming village of Gujan Mestras to wide sandy beaches, the great dune of Pyla and fragrant pine forests, Arcachon is a treat for the senses (and the tastebuds). Take a boat ride to Cap Ferret to enjoy views back across the bay, wander the pedestrian preccinct at Arcachon or climb sand dunes for panoramic views. Fishing huts, colourful boats and awesome architecture combine to make Arcachon a super cycling destination.

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Around Bordeaux and its Greatest Vineyards

A perfect combination of wine and cycling through glorious countryside

Offered by:
Biking France

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

Tour length:
5 days with 4 days of riding

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €785

Bordeaux is surrounded by famous vineyards and the city itself is full of culture, historic buildings and top-class restaurants ... what better starting point for a cycling trip? This self-guided tour takes you along shady cycle paths, through some of the finest vineyards in the world, and across scenic rivers such as the Garonne and the mighty Dordogne. Price includes 4 nights’ B&B accommodation in 3-star hotels, a boat transfer for you and your bike, a travel folder with itineraries and maps in French or English, tourist brochures to help you make the most of the region, luggage transfers, bike hire, and a support hotline in case you need help en route.

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Atlantic Coast - La Rochelle to Bordeaux via Velodyssee and the Gironde estuary

Combine the coastal terrain awaits on this coastal tour

Offered by:
Evazio

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 56 79 25 05

Tour length:
7 or 8 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €895

From La Rochelle your cycling tour takes you along the Atlantic coast to discover the Charente Maritime area. You will cycle along the Velodyssey to discover the island of Ile de Ré, wide sandy beaches, marshes, oyster farms and the towns Rochefort and Royan. Continue along small backroads through the Haute-Saintonge and Haute Gironde, and meet Cognac and Pineau wine-makers of the Charentes. Discover superb Roman churches, caves, and some unique Gallo-Roman sites. At the coast, discover small ports along the estuary like Meschers-sur-Gironde, and charming villages like Talmont-sur-Gironde. This is a self-guided journey on bicycle paths and  flat backroads – from streams of vineyards to cliffs, from the Citadel of Blaye to the famous Margaux vineyard down and majestic Bordeaux itself. Starting price includes 6 or 7 nights' B&B in charming hotels and guest houses, one evening meal, full route notes and maps, GPS app for smartphone with vocal guiding, luggage transfers, estuary ferry crossing, and 24/7 emergency phone call support. Touring bikes (including electrics) can be also provided. This self-guided holiday is offered by Evazio, an English-speaking French company based in Bordeaux.

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Atlantic Coast Cycle Holiday

Guided cycling from Brittany to La Rochelle with camping or B&B options

Offered by:
Fellow Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0)78 1128 5021 or +44 (0)1788 568 371

Tour length:
10 days / 9 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
£970 for camping with B&B option available on request

There are quite a few self-guided tours available of the Atlantic Coast, but it's much harder to find one that's fully guided. Even better, there is a fully guided camping option, allowing you to stay close to the wild ruggedness of Atlantic Coast while having someone else carry your camping kit for you (there'll be a support car on hand for that; non-cycling partners and youngsters with tired legs can even grab a lift). If you prefer though there is also a B&B option too. Ride from one historic port town to another: the wonderfully walled St-Malo in Brittany to the boats of La Rochelle, via salt marshes, fields of peat bog and the water world that is the Marais  Poitevin – some of the French coast's most magnificent scenery. Tents, luggage transfer, bike hire (if you need it), all breakfasts and lunches plus some evening meals included. Combine this trip with the Entre Deux Mers and Canal du Midi trips to ride all the way to the Med. 

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Atlantic Coast from La Rochelle to Oléron Island

A leisure ride to experience the highlights of the Atlantic Coast

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
4 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €299

Leave the beautiful city of La Rochelle along the Atlantic Coast La Vélodyssée bike path. Through fishermen’s harbours and through dried up swamps, your bike ride leads you to Rochefort. Share the coast with storks and herons as you take in the sea air. In Rochefort, a former royal shipyard, admire the Hermione, the three-master built with the methods of the 17th century. You take the last transporter bridge of France and continue to ride the Oléron Island. Savour a dish of Marennes’ oysters, your feet hanging in the water and enjoy your refreshing break. You discover the long fine sand beaches and fishermen’s villages of Oléron Island before taking the boat to return to La Rochelle. This route has been devised by French cyclists Bérangère and Eugénie, who set up Le Vélo Voyageur to share their favourite routes with cyclists from around the world.

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Atlantic Coast La Rochelle to Bordeaux (La Vélodyssey)

The ocean on one side and pine forests of the other

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From £1564

This cycle adventure offers wonderful variety, from the endless beaches of the Atlantic Ocean to pine forests and marshlands. Starting in the historic harbour town of La Rochelle, with its world-class aquarium, you'll follow the Vélodyssée EuroVelo 1 cycle route along the coast. On the way you'll be able to visit the city of Rochefort, famous for its 'Corderie Royale', the citadelle in Brouage, the oyster farms in La Tremblade and the seaside resort of Royan. A short ferry ride will take you over to Le Verdon and on to the Médoc peninsula so you can discover the vineyards and UNESCO city of Bordeaux. Included in the price is luggage transfer, detailed route notes, 7 nights' accommodation, and a local agent to provide any help you may need.

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Atlantic Coast La Vélodyssée from Nantes to La Rochelle

Ride along the Atlantic coast on the EuroVelo 1 bike route

Offered by:
Abicyclette

Phone number:
+33 (0)2 30 96 49 54

Tour length:
9 days / 8 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From €1075

On this self-guided tour, you'll enjoy the Atlantic section on the La Vélodyssée with its endless sandy beaches to explore. Hop off the bike to take a dip, top up the tan lines or enjoy the pine forests whenever the fancy takes you. Discover the marshlands of Vendée and spend time in colourful ports. Dine in the evenings with a fresh local seafood platter. La Vélodyssée is nearly all flat and signposted, mostly on secured dedicated greenways – it's a perfect introduction to cycling in France. 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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Atlantic to Mediterranean - Canal des Deux Mers Cycling Tour

Coast to coast tour across popular south of France route

Offered by:
Bonkersfrog

Phone number:
+44 (0)16 2237 1131

Tour length:
14 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €2000 per person

This self-guided tour allows you to experience one of the most popular bike routes in France but without the hassle of having to hire bikes, plan the route or find accommodation. Take in the vineyards of Bordeaux to the magical Roger Lapebie bike route out of the city, the ancient citadels of Carcassonne and the lapping waters of the Mediterranean at Sete. You will be met at the airport by Andy and Cris, who will have your bike, route maps and notes ready for you. Price includes accommodation, luggage transfers and bike hire. The itinerary includes rest days along the way in Bordeaux, Toulouse and Carcassonne, so you can combine sight-seeing with cycling.

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Aude and Pyrenees Cycling Holidays

Locally run guided and self-guided rides from the Pyrenean foothills

Offered by:
Cycle Aude

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 68 20 66 08 or +33 (0)7 86 70 43 15

Tour length:
You decide

Level of difficulty:
You decide

Price:
From €50 per night

From his base at the foothills of the Pyrenees, local cyclist Martyn runs guided and self-guided rides in the Aude, one of the Languedoc's cycling delights, as well as rides into the Pyrenees themselves. From his door, there are wonderful roads out into the countryside, with routes for all abilities. Take a gentle family ride or head off into the hills to challenge yourself against the cols of the Tour de France. Martyn can help tailor your stay to your ability, and provide local maps and route notes. Rides are available guided or unguided, with flat-rate nightly rates offered to keep things simple. 

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August Bank Holiday Weekend in Morzine

A bank holiday weekend with a difference in the high Alps

Offered by:
Velovation

Phone number:
+44 (0)7954 812043 or +33(0)7 71 04 04 29

Tour length:
4 days, 3 nights with an option to stay over on Monday night

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£650

Make the most of your UK Bank Holiday Weekend with three days of superb Alpine riding around Morzine. This package includes Velovation's favourite local rides plus some hidden back roads routes (think stunning scenery, classic Tour de France climbs, velvet descents, medieval towns and great food and accommodation). Arrive for three days of fully supported riding. There's no need to take any time off work as the guys will return you to the airport for an evening flight on the Monday – in time for work on Tuesday. The weekend is based in a specialist bike chalet with large secure bike garage, tools and work stands. There's also a large garden and hot tub for relaxing in after your day's ride. Price includes airport transfers, 3 nights' accommodation, 3 days' supported riding, professionally qualified mechanics, breakfasts, picnic lunches, evening meals (with wine), water and soft drinks (on ride), GPS files and a high resolution photo package. Bike hire can also be arranged.

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Auvergne's Mountain Areas

Round trip cycling holiday in the Auvergne mountains

Offered by:
Les Camélias Cycling Accommodation

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 73 65 04 67

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
You decide - easy, moderate, challenging or very challenging

Price:
From €500

Auvergne's Mountain Areas mapChoose from one of 5 different routes covering varying levels of difficulty and distances (50, 60, 69 and 78 miles). In six stages, you can cycle through three middle mountain areas of Auvergne: the Massif du Sancy, the Livradois-Forez and the Cantal. The climbs reach up to 1589m with on average 300 to 400 metres of climbing per climb (700m maximum). Climbs within reach of your door include the Col de la Croix Saint-Robert, the Col de la Croix-Morand, the Col de Guéry, the Puy de Dôme and Col du Chevalard. This trip can be tailored for groups of varying sizes. Prices include luggage transport, apartment accommodation and all meals with the exception of 3 evening meals. Prices may vary depending on the availability of accommodations and the season.

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Aveyron and Tarn-et-Garonne: Medieval villages and Gaillac vineyards

Explore one of France's lesser-known regions just north of Toulouse

Offered by:
Tours du Tarn

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 71 70 74 00

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Can be tailored for you

Price:
From €900

This tour is offered by a family of cyclists for riders wanting to get away from it all to explore quieter corners of France. Based outside the historic town of Saint Antonin-Noble-Val in the Aveyron Gorge, this fixed base trip has an emphasis on easy to moderate cycling but can be adapted to suit your needs. Take in sun-drenched fields of corn, the jaw-dropping medieval village of Najac and the golden vineyards of Gaillac (including stops to try the local wines). All the routes are on quiet roads and combine postcard views and places of interest en route, with alfresco lunch stops. Bring your own bike, or use one of the hybrid tourers or e-bikes included in the price. Road bike hire is also available locally. Relax at the end of the each day in a newly renovated gite or cabin with delicious food and wine – all supplied in abundance using local seasonal produce and included in the price. Share stories from your day on the road with other cyclists and hatch plans for the next day's riding. Price includes all accommodation, breakfasts and evening meals, bikes and routes, supported introductory ride, and airport/train station pick ups. The entire trip can be tweaked and tailored for you.

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Aveyron Gorge - Self-Guided Cycling Breaks

Explore one of France's 'forgotten' corners

Offered by:
Saint Antonin Noble Velo

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 63 02 23 88 or +33 (0)6 65 97 61 81

Tour length:
2 nights minimum

Level of difficulty:
Easy, moderate or challenging

Price:
From €125 per person per night based two people sharing a room

A custom fixed base holiday tailored to your ability and budget in the medieval village of St Antonin Noble Val, deep in the Aveyron gorge in south-west France. Visit for as long as you like and at any time of year (subject to availability). Peter will put a package of rides together based around your fitness levels and interests. Groups welcome – there is space for up to 10 people in Peter and Natalie's 16th century auberge. Discover the fantastic cycling terrain in this forgotten corner of France with its dramatic gorges, oak forests, vineyards and limestone plateaux, all on very quiet roads. Often overlooked in favour of the Dordogne to the north or the Pyrenees proper to the south, this region is also home to some of the best preserved medieval villages in France.

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Avignon to Nice: Visually Stunning

Villages, vineyards and Ventoux on this holiday for road cyclists

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Tour length:
7 nights / 8 days

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
From €1290

Cyclomundo Avignon to NiceRide through low-lying vineyards and across mountain passes to the Mediterranean on this self-guided tour aimed at fit riders accustomed to long distances on road bikes. Average distances are around 100km a day, with 1,500m of climbing. Follow the Rhone River as you head from Avignon into Languedoc to see the famous Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct before cycling on to the wine regions of Tavel and Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and to the foot of Ventoux. From here, it's up to hilltop villages and through lavender fields to Saint-Paul-de-Vence, near Nice and the Mediterranean coast. Top-quality full carbon road bikes available on request. Price includes 7 nights of hotel accommodation, daily breakfast, 3 dinners, luggage transfers between hotels, detailed maps and route notes, Garmin GPS (subject to availability). Tour offered May 25- September 3 but can be tailored for private groups of 6 or more outside these dates.

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Baie de Somme

Fresh sea air, wildlife and sandy beaches – all by bike

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
5 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £895

Baie de SommeDiscover the beautiful Bay of Somme, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Picardy coast. Begin your journey in Noyelles-sur-Mer and cycle through lush pine forests and across dunes, discovering pretty villages and fabulous beaches along the way. Pack your binoculars, as there’ll be plenty of opportunities to admire local wildlife. Prices include accommodation, full route notes and maps, luggage transfers and bike hire. Belle France can also help arrange ferry or train travel to France from the UK.

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Bank Holiday Fun in the French Alps

Why not spend the next Bank Holiday cycling in the Alps?

Offered by:
TAG Ride

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7191 1120

Tour length:
4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£475

Jet off to France for a Bank Holiday Weekend with this 4-night fully catered and guided road cycling holiday in one of the most popular cycling areas of the French Alps. This weekender is designed to make it as easy as possible for you to enjoy a weekend of riding in France. The price of this supported tour includes return Geneva airport transfers, local transport, chalet accommodation, breakfasts, afternoon teas with pasta or freshly baked cake, 3-course evening meals with wine, and full on-road support.

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Bespoke Cycling Tours in the Alps and Provence

Flexible cycling options for fixed base and point-to-point riding

Offered by:
Cycle the Alps of Provence

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 78 11 91 85

Tour length:
Tailored for you

Level of difficulty:
Tailored for you

Price:
Tailored for you

Ray at Cycle the Alpes of Provence can tailor a trip just for you and your group. Why not take on the Route des Grandes Alpes, the Alpes de Haute Provence or a RAID Pyrenees? Or try seven days in Corsica or a trip over the southern Cols from Nice. Ventoux and Alpe d'Huez trips (either individually or together) are also possible. Tick off the classics or explore lakes, rivers, gorges and cols from a fixed base. Prices and itineraries designed for you. British Cycling Level 3 coaching also available.

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Bespoke Provence Cycling Holidays

My bespoke service to help you plan your Provence cycling holiday

Offered by:
Freewheeling France

Tour length:
You decide!

Level of difficulty:
You decide!

Price:
You set your own budget

Provence is one of the most popular regions for cycling in France, but decided where exactly where to ride can be hard (there's so much to see and do). So I've set up this special reader service to help you find the right guided or self-guided ride for your ability and budget. If you can't find the right tour for you on these pages, I can hook yo up with experts on the ground to help you arrange luggage transfers, bike hire and accommodation, or to recommend routes and provide maps. It may help take the stress and worry out of your trip, as well as save you some pennies on booking eash element separately. (I have a similar service for Corsica and one for Ventoux – for other French cycling destinations, just email me at lyn@freewheelingfrance.com).  

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Best of Bordeaux Wines Bike Tour

All the big chateaux are here – a real treat for cycling wine lovers

Offered by:
Evazio

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 56 79 25 05

Tour length:
6 or 7 day options

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €810

This self-guided cycling tour across the prestigious Bordeaux vineyards is offered by an English-speaking French cycling company based in Bordeaux. Evazio have created this route to take in the best of their backyard. Cycle through France's most famous wine area, following the great wine road. The names here will impress any wine-lover: Pauillac, Margaux, Pomerol and Saint-Emilion. Cross the Gironde estuary by ferry to Blaye and cycle along the Corniche Fleurie. Biking alongside the river between Bourg and Blaye, this little road, once known as “route des Capitaines” is a real delight with its palm trees, pink laurels and oaks. Don’t miss the Citadel of Blaye, built by Vauban, and discover the sunny slopes of the Entre-Deux-Mers, a succession of vineyards and monuments. Stay in the heart of World Heritage Sites, including Bordeaux and Saint-Emilion. The starting price includes 5-6 nights' B&B in charming 3* hotels and guesthouses, 3 dinners, full route notes, maps and a GPS app for smartphones, daily luggage transfers, and emergency phone call support 24/7. Bike hire (including electrics) available on request.

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Best of the Correze and Upper Dordogne Valley

Explore one of France's best-kept secrets

Offered by:
Correze Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 55 27 13 01

Tour length:
5 to 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate to challenging but most abilities can be catered for

Price:
From €745

This guided or self-guided tor is set in the little-known department of Corrèze, the green heart of France. Think varied terrain, stunning scenery and virtually traffic-free roads. The week starts with an introductory warm up ride on the Pays de Tulle Plateau – characterised by charming villages, forests and lakes. On the following days you'll visit many beautiful villages such as Aubazine, Argentat and Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne, and the spectacular Dordogne gorges. At the end of the week, the tour goes to the Cantal or Auvergne mountains, weather permitting. Average daily distances between 70km to 85km. The price includes stylish B&B accommodation in a converted farm with swimming pool and private lake, 6 restaurant quality four-course dinners with wine, afternoon tea and cakes, secure bike storage and workshop, emergency vehicle backup and road bike hire if needed.

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Best of the Pyrenees Coast-To-Coast by Electric Bike

A crossing of the Pyrenees that anyone can achieve

Offered by:
Purely Pyrenees

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7859 4906 (UK) or +33 (0)5 62 97 72 01 (France)

Tour length:
14 days / 13 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
€3285 (£2967)

As the name suggests, this self-guided tour is a coast-to-coast epic by electric bike, although you can choose to ride a standard bike if you prefer. This is an excellent option for mixed ability groups with both experienced/fitter riders and riders who need a little e-boost. This tour essentially means that pretty much anyone can experience the fabulous Pyrenees, and its array of cultures and food. Ride from Hendaye in the Basque Country to Banyuls on the Mediterranean Sea. To join in the fun you only need to be reasonably fit as the tour is sensibly paced over 14 days, and you will average well under 80km a day, which is a comfortable distance by electric bike (and also achievable by non-e-bike riders). The price of this tour includes 13 nights' dinner, all bed and breakfast accommodation, luggage and other transfers; detailed route instructions; 24/7 customer phone service, and electric bikes.

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Between land and sea – Basque Country by bike

A treat awaits you on this roundtrip starting in Biarritz

Offered by:
Evazio

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 56 79 25 05

Tour length:
6 or 7 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €790

This self-guided cycling tour around the Basque Country starts and ends in Biarritz, taking in the seaside culture, fishing villages and Franco-Spanish influences of the far south-west of France. It features towering cliffs and rugged rocks to sandy bays and an ocean as far as the eye can see. From Biarritz ride to the port of Saint-Jean-de-Luz before crossing the Bidassoa river for the Spanish influences on the other side. There is a little climbing here (400-1200m a day) as you head inland to see unforgettable landscapes dotted with white timber frame houses built centuries ago. Discover typical Basque villages and towns like Sare, Ainhoa and Saint Jean Pied de Port, a famous stop on the pilgrims' route to Compostela. At the end of each day, indulge in the flavours of the local cuisine – beware the Espelette pepper, the emblematic local spice. Starting price includes 5-6 nights in 3-star hotels and guesthouses, two evening meals, a boat crossing from France into Spain, all route notes and maps, including a GPS app with voice guiding, daily luggage transfers, and emergency phone support 24/7. Bike hire (including electrics) included on request.

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Big Cols Week

Explore the upper altitudes of the Alps

Offered by:
TAG Rides

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7191 1120

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£645

If you're an experienced rider looking for a cycling holiday in the French Alps where you can push yourself and explore new challenges, then this tour could be a for you. It's the perfect chance to spend a week on the big cols with support and guidance on hand to help you get the most out of the trip. The price of the holiday includes return Geneva airport transfers, local transport, chalet accommodation, breakfasts, afternoon teas with pasta or freshly baked cake, 3-course evening meals with wine, and cycle and vehicle support.

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Bike & Barge - Provence and Camargue

Combine boating and cycling in one relaxing trip

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £1025

Cruise through lagoons, olive groves and limestone cliffs and visit a variety of rich landscapes, full of hidden treasure and glorious Provençal food and wine. Along the way you will see flamingoes and other wildlife of the Camargue regional nature park, the picture-perfect villages of Les-Baux-de-Provence, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and Vallabrègues and the spectacular Pont du Gard aqueduct. The price for this tour includes barge accommodation and full board (all meals), flights from the UK (ask about discounts if you're arriving under your wn steam), airport transfers, luggage transfers, bikes, panniers and puncture repair kits, detailed route maps and instructions and local support available whenever needed. Electric bikes on request.

 

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Bike & Barge – A Taste of Burgundy

The Burgundy canal and the river Saône by bike and barge

Offered by:
HAT Tours

Phone number:
+31 (0)8 58 88 08 80

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €865

Who wouldn’t like to taste the Burgundy way of life in France? Delicious wines, impressive castles, rolling landscapes, old monasteries and a lot more. Starting in the regional capital, Dijon, this guided cycling and sailing holiday follows the Canal of Burgundy and the river Saône until you reach the charming provincial town of Tournus. The scenery you cycle through changes from small villages and slightly rolling hills to lively and attractive historic towns like Beaune and Chalon-sur-Saône. Or dream away travelling by hotel barge on the Saône river. This tour includes a double cabin in the barge, full board, bike rental, tour guide, city walks and excursions, Burgundy wine tastings, and transfers. Cycling distances approximately 45km a day. Mixed nationalities, maximum group size 17 people – this is a fun way to explore Burgundy while also meeting new cycling friends.

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Bike & Barge – Paris & Beyond

A unique biking and barge holiday centred on the delights of Paris

Offered by:
HAT Tours

Phone number:
+31 (0)8 5 88 80 880

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €895

Paris, the City of Light, is at the centre of this guided cycling and sailing holiday. Visit the castle at Fontainebleau and pedal along the winding rivers Seine and Oise. You'll also cycle through the forests at Compiègne, experience an evening canal cruise across 19th century Paris, and see why Van Gogh and Sisley were so inspired by Auvers-sur-Oise and Moret-sur-Loing. Take in all the sights of Paris: the Eiffel Tower, Sacré-Cœur, Arc de Triomphe, Versailles palace and much more. The tour includes a double cabin at hotel barge, full board, bike rental, tour guide, a visit to Fontainebleau, and wine and cheese tastings. Cycling distances are approximately 45km a day. Mixed nationalities, maximum group size of 19 – this is a fun way to meet other travellers and enjoy the pleasures of cycling in France.

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Bike and Bubbly in Champagne

A self-guided tour of Reims and Epernay with a little added fizz

Offered by:
Active Tours

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

Tour length:
5 days / 4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
€540 per person

Champagne – the name conjures images of effervescent golden liquid, sparkling in an elegant flute, toasting a celebration – and also the rolling countryside in France where this fabulous drink is produced. This leisurely self-guided exploration of the Champagne region will reward you with beautiful, charming villages, chalk hillsides covered in pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay vines; and of course the opportunity to meet the families who create the world’s most famous tipple. Champagne also holds some surprises: medieval churches, the Gothic cathedral od Reims, and a lighthouse, hundreds of kilometres from the sea, built as a publicity stunt in 1909. The price of this tour includes 4 nights in charming B&Bs or 3* hotels, daily luggage transfers, a detailed roadbook with tourist information and a map (there is a permanent helpline for any problems), and a guided tour and Champagne tasting sessions at a renowned Champagne house.

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Bike ride from Strasbourg to Colmar

A short break to discover the vineyards of Alsace

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
4 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €410

Cycling holidays in AlsaceDiscover the vineyards of Alsace on this leisurely short break from Strasbourg to Colmar. The route starts out following the towpaths of the Bruche Canal before heading off on to quiet country roads with little traffic. The wine trail itself starts near Molsheim, and takes you through Rosheim, Andlau Itterswiller, Châtenois and Bergheim en route to the medieval castle of Haut-Koenigsbourg (the most visited monument in Alsace). From here you'll visit hilltop villages dotted along the route to beautiful Colmar, where you'll find no shortage of celebratory Alsatian wine and bretzels (local pastries). Price includes baggage transfers, accommodation, full route notes and maps, bike hire. Maximum distance per day: 37km.

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Biking around the Somme bay

A leisure getaway through beautiful villages and along beautiful sandy.

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
3 days

Level of difficulty:
Very easy

Price:
From €275

Are you longing for some crisp sea air? The Bay of Somme is the destination for you for a short cycle break. The charming seaside towns of Saint-Valéry and Le Crotoy will seduce you with their tranquillity and warm welcome. Beaches and nature won’t be left out of the programme: your bike tour will lead you to Cap Hourdel, the bird park of the Marquenterre, or to the forest of Crécy. You'll be able to choose your own itinerary to match your mood – this is a flexible and relaxing short break by bike. 

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Biking the French and Spanish Mediterranean Pyrénées – Collioure to Calella de Palafrugell

A beautiful coastal ride made easy by electric bikes

Offered by:
Purely Pyrenees

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7859 4906 (UK) or +33 (0)5 62 97 72 01 (France)

Tour length:
6 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
€1595 (£1441)

Here is one of the most enjoyable cycle routes of any on the Mediterranean coast, made all the better by electric bikes (though regular bikes are also available). Start in Collioure on the French side of the border and head south into the heart of Spain. You'll enjoy easy cycling, quiet sandy bays, typical fishing villages, wooded hills, vineyards, interesting accommodation, good food, and the haunts of artists like Picasso and Dali. This is the Mediterranean without frontiers – a landscape made for enjoyable cycling by electric bike that enables you to visit a wealth of historic, beautiful and vibrant villages with castles, harbours, lighthouses and vineyards galore at a leisurely pace. Although it's generally low altitude, there are sections with extraordinary panoramas that require climbing – and this is where e-bikes come into their own. There are also tiny coves with sandy beaches surrounded by pine trees. No wonder this is a region favoured by artists.  This is the authentic Costa Brava that is true to its name – the wild coast – with the mass-market resorts far to the south. The price includes 6 dinners, bed and breakfast accommodation; luggage transfers; detailed route instructions; 1:25,000 IGN map; 24/7 phone line (in English), and bike hire.

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Biking Tour through Provence Gems

From Avignon, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Orange and Ventoux

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €845

Provence cycling holidays Starting Avignon, bike through the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape to Orange and its ancient theatre. Ride on further to Séguret, one of the most beautiful villages in France – your base for a day-trip to the old city of Vaison-la-Romaine. From here, it's on to the foot of the Giant of Provence, Mont Ventoux, to ride around Bédoin and Mazan. This is an area of quiet country roads lined with olive trees and cypresses, and beautiful stone villages. From the shadow of Ventoux it's on to the former capital of the region, Pernes-les-Fontaines, before arriving in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue to explore its canals and waterways. This is a slow-paced trip that gives you plenty of time to discover the authenticity of Provence and enjoy its food and wine. Maximum daily distance: 40km. Price includes bike hire, accommodation, and full route notes and maps.

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Blois to Tours – The Valley of the Kings

A ride rich in history and beauty along the Loire

Offered by:
Abicyclette

Phone number:
+33 (0)2 30 96 49 54

Tour length:
7 days / 6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €630

It is not by chance that this region was once called the 'Garden of France'. Let yourself be guided through the parks and castles in this flat, cool and green country. From castle to castle, Blois, Amboise, Chambord, Cheverny, Chenonceaux andn others offer many opportunities to enter the most beautiful residences of French royalty. In the footsteps of François I, Joan of Arc or Leonardo da Vinci, this is much more than a bike trip, it’s a journey back in time. Stages that take you to the heart of the great cities of the valley allow you to understand part of the history of France. This is a trip to the land of kings, queens and artists who made history. 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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Boat and Bike Holiday around Bordeaux

An interesting boat and cycling combination based around Bordeaux

Offered by:
Evazio

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 56 79 25 05

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €990

Combine bikes with a boat to create a quintessential and peaceful cycling experience. Join your floating hotel from Castets-en-Dorthe on the Garonne river, starting point of the famous Canal du Midi, and sail to Libourne via Pauillac and Bourg-sur-Gironde, without forgetting a stopover in the heart of Bordeaux. The tour includes a daily sojourn by bike to cycle the terroirs of the Bordeaux vineyards. The Medoc, Sauternes, Loupiac and the Côtes de Bourg are all on the route, along with UNESCO-listed Saint-Emilion. At the end of each day, enjoy relaxing on your boat and sailing on the Garonne, the Dordogne or the estuary of the Gironde. There is a daily briefing by an on-board guide to help you make the most of the cycling, plus you'll receive a road book and maps. Dine on board every night, relax in the bar or simply take in the views as the sun sets over the river. Starting price includes 7 nights' B&B twin cabin accommodation, evening meals, daily picnic for your panniers, welcome and farewell cocktails, wifi, and help with any mechanical problems. Rental bikes available for a surcharge. This self-guided holiday is offered by Evazio, an English-speaking French company based in Bordeaux.

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Bordeaux & St Emilion: Gironde’s Vineyards, Rivers & Valleys

Drink in the scenery around Bordeaux and St Emilion, both UNESCO-listed

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617001

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £825

Inntravel Bordeaux and St Emilion mapStarting in Bordeaux, capital of the French wine trade, this cycling holiday explores the area to the east – including UNESCO-listed St Emilion – before returning to this elegant, cycle-friendly city for a final night. It focuses on the area between the Dordogne and Garonne rivers, an area famous for its clarets and rich gastronomy. This is a region steeped in history, with fortified stone villages (bastides) scattered across the gently undulating landscape – a reminder of years gone by when this land was contested by the French and English during the Hundred Years War. This is an idyllic ride through the rich history – and the beautiful wines – of south-west France. All accommodation, baggage transport, route notes and bike hire included. 

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Bordeaux cycling tour from the vineyards to the ocean and Arcachon

A self-guided ride through fine vineyards and to sandy bays

Offered by:
Evazio

Phone number:
+ 33 (0)5 56 79 25 05

Tour length:
6 or 8-day options

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €775

This locally run self-guided bike tour takes in Bordeaux area and its treasures: from the prestigious Bordeaux vineyards to the Atlantic coast. Discover the richness of the Gironde region as you cycle from the Premières Côtes de Bordeaux wine-making area to end your holiday with a swim in the ocean. Evazio, an English-speaking Bordeaux-based bike company, can provide everything you need, including a full road book with maps. Start by cycling through the Entre-Deux-Mers vineyards and onto the vast forests of the Parc Naturel Régional des Landes before reaching the Arcachon bay and the ocean. The route takes in dedicated cycling paths as well as mostly flat smaller backroads. Starting price is for 5-7 nights' B&B in charming 3-star hotels and guesthouses, 4 dinners with wine, GPS app with vocal guiding, daily luggage transfers, return ferry from Arcachon to Cap Ferret and taxi transfer on your first day or last day. There is also emergency phone call support 24/7. Touring bikes with panniers can be provided on request if you're not bringing your own.

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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 £1325

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 £1548

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 Cahors by Bike – the Garonne and Lot Valleys

If you love cycling, food and wine, this could be for you

Offered by:
Evazio

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 56 79 25 05

Tour length:
7 or 8 day options

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €860

This cycling holiday in the Garonne and Lot river valleys is ideal for lovers of nature, gastronomy, wine and culture. It's centred between Bordeaux and Cahors and along the Canal de Garonne and the Lot River. Follow the Canal de Garonne, classified a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, alternating between bike paths and small backroads with flat reliefs. Discover exceptional and diverse landscapes that wind through the Lot Valley's vineyards and orchards. You'll continue into one of south-west France's 'hidden' corners, the beautiful and authentic area around the Quercy. End your ride in Cahors, a medieval town with an old and mysterious town centre. Starting price includes 6-7 nights' B&B accommodation in charming hotels and guesthouses, two dinners, route notes and maps, daily luggage transfers, emergency phone call support 24/7. Hire bikes (including electrics) can also be arranged. 

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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 (or reverse) on the Canal de Garonne

Cycle along the Canals des Deux Mers on this self-guided ride

Offered by:
Evazio

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 56 79 25 05

Tour length:
7 days / 6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
€895

Ride the increasingly popular Canal de Garonne route between Bordeaux and Toulouse along the Canal des Deux Mers bike route (it eventualy links to the Mediterranean). Cross the diverse Gironde, Lot-et-Garonne, Tarn-et-Garonne and Haute-Garonne areas, exploring vineyards and tranquil landscapes on the Canal de Garonne greenway route. Discover olive groves, hillsides, orchards, villages, art, and historical monuments along the canal. Stop for a spot of canoeing, eat at a waterside restaurant or bar, or share a glass of wine with the locals. This itinerary, put together by Bordeaux-based English-speaking Evazio is a wonderful introduction to south-west France. Starting price includes 6 nights' B&B in charming 3* and 4* hotels andguesthouses, 4 dinners, route notes and maps, including GPS smartphone app with vocal guiding, daily luggage transfers, and emergency phone support 24/7. Bike hire (including electrics) can also be arrange. This self-guided holiday is offered by Evazio, an English-speaking French company based in Bordeaux.

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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:
€950 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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