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Enjoy Starry Nights in Provence

Cycle through the landscapes of Van Gogh

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7760

Tour length:
4 or 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £795

The beauty of this part of Provence inspired Vincent Van Gogh through the most productive period of his career, with both the natural and the cultural captured in more than 200 of his works. This route will let you experience your own starry nights in St-Remy-de-Provence. Soak up the colours and culture of Arles and explore the glorious Provençal countryside. Some highlights are soaking up the atmosphere of Arles from one of its charming cafes, explore the hilltop haven of Baux-de-Provence, with its vast panoramas, and go flamingo-spotting in the Camargue nature reserve. The price of this self-guided tour includes 3*/4* hotel accommodation on a B&B basis, 3 evening meals, luggage transfers, bikes, panniers and puncture repair kits, route maps and instructions, plus local support whenever needed. Electric bikes are available on request.

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Entre Deux Mers Cycling Holiday

Cycle from La Rochelle to Toulouse on this guided tour

Offered by:
Fellow Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0)7811 285 021 or +44 (0)1788 568 371

Tour length:
11 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
£1035 for camping with B&B option available on request

The Entre Deux Mers is one of south-west France's wonderful surprises (Freewheeling France knows this because it's not far from our own base and we ride the area south-east of Bordeaux often). This fully guided tour lets you in on the secret. It starts on the Atlantic coast at La Rochelle before winding down through the vines of Bordeaux, crossing some of the country's most prestigious wine appellations, including the Médoc, Entre Deux Mers, Graves and Armagnac. But it's not all quiet country lanes and glasses red overlooking gently sloping hills and river banks: there is also Bordeaux itself, that exquisite, magical old city on the banks of the Garonne, and the Toulouse, France's elegant old 'Pink City’. There are options for either camping or B&B, so you can decide on your preferred accomodation. Price includes tents and camping kit (and a support car to carry them for you), all breakfasts and lunches plus three evening meals (you'll want to wander off to sample the local cuisine on the other nights). Bike are also included if you're not bringing your own. You can link this tour to the Atlantic Coast and Canal du Midi trips to make your way from the north of France to the south.

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Explore the Gironde estuary by bike

Explore Bordeaux's rivers and wine roads en route to Cognac

Offered by:
Evazio

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

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €975

The Gironde Estuary is where the vineyards of the Medoc meet the Garonne river as it flows towards the Atlantic from Bordeaux. This self-guided cycling holiday leads you around this unique area, through the prestigious vineyards of Bordeaux's Medoc, and across the Gironde estuary by ferry to Royan, in the Charente Maritime. Then continue down the right bank of the Garonne, enjoying the landscapes, and exploring the villages of Talmont, Blaye and Bours. The trip sees you take the 'wines road' from the Medoc's grand chateaux to the boutiques of the Cognac, where you can visit distilleries or try a glass of Pineau, which is unique to the Charente. This cycling holiday follows a mix of dedicated bike paths, as well as smaller backroad routes. After each day’s cycling, stay in some of the region’s best hotels and charming guesthouses. Touring bikes and panniers can also be provided.

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Explore the Tarn - A Week’s Cycling

3 days of sightseeing by bike in and around Albi

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617001

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £850

Inntravel tarn ExplorerStarting and finishing in the small, red-brick city of Albi, which has gained renown for its excellent museum devoted to the works of its most famous son, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, this holiday is wonderfully varied. Three days of cycling – featuring many riverside sections – alternate with ‘free’ days on which you have the chance to walk, sightsee in Albi, or simply relax. There is even the opportunity on one day to take to the water in a canoe if you so wish, offering you a different perspective of this enchanting region.

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Family cycling tour along the Atlantic Coast

A fun self-guided ride for the family through forests and along beaches

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 €789

A cycling holiday for all ages on one of the most beautiful cycling routes in France. Leave Bordeaux via pine forests, and head towards the sand dunes and beaches of the west coast. Spend some time in Bordeaux, with its family-friendly pedestrianised streets and playgrounds on the waterfront. Cycle along the river, stopping for ice-cream at the restored 'hangars' on the riverfront at Chartrons. Then head off on car-free bike paths through forests that line the route towards the sea. Here, water sports like surfing, kitesurfing and paddle boarding await you, combining with cycling to provide a true nature-lover's holiday. Eat oysters at one of the restaurants hugging the Bay of Arcachon, or simply relax with a glass of wine or a juice as the sun goes down and ponder the next day's adventures.

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Family Cycling Week from Blois to Amboise

An incredible week cycling on easy paths past majestic castles and vines

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 €695

Family cycling week Blois to AmboiseThe Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is ideal for mini-cyclists. The paths are flat, and distances between towns and villages are short. Discover the Loire at your own pace along secure, traffic-free cycling paths from beautiful Blois to Amboise. Follow short itineraries leading you to the most prestigious castles of the region, including Chambord, Cheverny and Amboise. Don't forget to check out Cheverny castle – the inspiration for Moulinsart castle in Tintin. There's also the chance for some great kids' bonuses, such as a donkey trek. Bike hire, full route notes and maps, accommodation and local advice all included in the price. Suitable for kids as young as 1-year-old in trailers or in bike seats.

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Fontainebleau, Barbizon and Milly-la-Forêt

Ride through Paris to the beautiful countryside surrounding it

Offered by:
French Mystique Tours

Tour length:
7 hours

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
€275 per group (cost can be split between riders)

Start the day riding through Paris to the train station Gare de Lyon and take your bikes on the train to Fontainebleau for a leisurely 40km day ride. The château and town of Fontainebleau were traditionally one of the four main places of royal residence for the kings of France. This importance is reflected in the both the style of the town's architecture and the size and grandeur of the château. Explore the lively cobbled pedestrian streets, full of cafés, restaurants, food stores and boutiques, and visit the beautiful gardens of the château before riding through the cool green forest to Barbizon, famous as the founding place of the 19th century Realist art movement and its famous residents Jean-François Millet and Théodore Rousseau, whose works can be found in the Musée d'Orsay. Your final stop is Milly-la-Forêt, formerly a walled medieval town famous for its medicinal herbs and French icon Jean Cocteau. End the day back in Paris after a return trip on the RER train.

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French Classes + Mountain Biking

Learn French while mountain biking in Morzine – a perfect combination

Offered by:
Alpine French School

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 50 79 08 38

Tour length:
6 nights' accommodation (3 half-day biking sessions, 5 half-day French classes – longer courses available)

Level of difficulty:
You decide!

Price:
From €899

Combine mountain biking in the incredible Alps with intensive French lessons. This course – tailored for mountain bikers new and old – includes three hours a day of intensive French lessons over five days. When you're not in the classroom you'll be out on the bike, exploring the Morzine, Châtel and Les Gets trails in the High Alps. This is prime mountain bike country with a plethora of cross-country and downhill routes on offer (more than 650km of marked trails in total). Your mountain biking can be guided or unguided, and routes can be tailored to your experience and ability. The price includes self-catered accommodation in a shared apartment or lodgings with a local host family. Ask Helen about options if you'd like to take a longer package of French lessons.

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From Bordeaux to Arcachon along the Atlantic Coast

A short break for young and old in south-west France

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 €435

A family cycling holiday on one of the most beautiful and safest bike paths in France. The Bordeaux to Atlantic Coast route takes you through fragrant forests of pine trees to the white beaches and sand dunes of the coast. Start in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bordeaux, enjoying its beautiful architecture and riverfront, before joining the bike path heading west. When you arrive at the coast, ride along the long the peninsula to Cap Ferret, admire Arcachon Basin, indulge in oysters and stroll through the town of Arcachon itself, with its wide pedestrian boulevard and restaurants. Don't forget to take the time to climb the Dune du Pyla – the highest sand dune in Europe – and be amazed by the views from the top. At the end of each day, dip your feet in the warm waters of the sea and enjoy a glass of Bordeaux's finest.

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From Nantes to La Rochelle - La Vélodyssey

Breeze along the coast on two wheels

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
7 days / 8 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy-moderate

Price:
From £1995

Enjoy the endless beaches and sea views as you cycle along this section of the Velodyssée, the dedicated cycle path that opens up the Atlantic coast to all ages. Fly through pine forests, wetlands and colourful ports and fishing villages, ending up in the historic harbour town of La Rochelle – complete with aquarium and seaside restaurants. Price includes luggage transfers between hotels, comprehensive route notes, bike hire for 7 days' cycling, plus 8 nights' B&B accommodation and some evening meals. 

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From Nantes to La Rochelle on La Vélodyssée

Feel the Atlantic breeze as you cycle along the gorgeous coastline

Offered by:
Biking France

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

Tour length:
8 days with 6 days of riding

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From €790

La Vélodyssée is one of the most popular cycle routes in France – and for good reason. It follows the Atlantic Coast from Brittany to Spain, passing natural and cultural highlights, wild seaside landscapes, golden beaches, giant dunes, salt marshlands and pine forests – all with the ocean as your constant companion. It's an 'easy' route for families and newer cyslists, while its epic nature can still captivate seasoned tourers. This self-guided itinerary includes quaint fishing ports and picture-perfect seaside resorts, adding variety (and amazing food!) to your trip. Price includes 7 nights’ B&B hotel accommodation, one evening meal, a travel folder with maps, route info and tourist brochures in French or English, luggage transfers, bike hire, and an on-call support hotline in case you get stuck.

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From Rennes to the Mont Saint-Michel

From the capital of Brittany to the bay of Mont St Michel

Offered by:
Abicyclette

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

Tour length:
7 days / 6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From €690

This journey takes you through some of the most beautiful cities and towns in Brittany. You will glide alongside the Ille et Rance canal, a calm, flat, and very enjoyable cycle route to Dinan, a medieval town. Then it's onto the cycle paths (greenways) from Taden to Dinard which takes you to the seafront via an old railway track. With its 19th century villas, the seaside resort has kept its charm. You will take a small ferry from Dinard to Saint Malo before finally hitting the Tour de Manche route with its dedicated cycling routes. This is a beautiful way to cross the Mont-Saint-Michel bay. Oh, and don't forget Cancale just before the Mont-Saint-Michel where local oyster farmers prepare and serve them directly on the port. 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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From Saint-Malo to the D-Day Landing Beaches

Cycle the coast of Brittany and Normandy

Offered by:
Abicyclette

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

Tour length:
7 days / 6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €985

Follow the picturesque coast as it weaves around Brittany and Normandy following the path that the Allies opened in 1944 after their bloody landing on the Normandy beaches. The itinerary is rich in culture with many historical and natural sites for you to discover. Chiefly, discover the D-day Landing beaches of Omaha, Gold and Juno, as well as the fantasitc museums that bring the conflict to life. You will also visit Mont Saint-Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site – climb to the top (not by bike!) to see the abbey and the surrounding bay – a gorgeous vista. The price of this self-guied tour includes 24/7 phone assistance, GPS guided itinerary, luggage transfers, bike rental and accomodation with a number of different options to cater for all budgets.

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From the Landing Beaches to Mont Saint Michel by bike

Perfect for exploring the highlights of north-west of France

Offered by:
Biking France

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

Tour length:
6 days with 5 days of riding

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €730

Linking two UNESCO World Heritage sites, this tour takes you from the beautiful 11th century Bayeux Tapestry to the unique Mont St Michel. Along the way you'll pass the D-Day Landing Beaches and their war cemeteries – an emotional remembrance trail. All the while, you'll be surrounded by the contrasts of the picturesque Noman bocage landscapes. The route follows the official signposted cycling route linking the beaches to the spectacular Mont St Michel bay. Price includes 5 nights’ B&B hotel accommodation, full travel folder with route notes and maps in French or English, daily luggage transfers, bike hire, and emergency support phoneline.

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Geneva to Annecy: Famous climbs and lesser-known passes

A self-guided tour around lakes and over mountains for serious cyclists

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Tour length:
5 nights / 6 days

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
From €645

Cyclomundo Geneva to Annecy mapDesigned for serious cyclists, this self-guided tour links three of Europe's most beautiful lakes: Geneva, Bourget and Annecy. Follow in the tracks of the Tour de France as you climb thrilling mountain passes and cruise through picturesque Alpine villages with stunning mountain scenery shadowing you the entire way. The ride takes you into the heart of the Savoie wine region, and through wine-growing villages such as Apremont, Abymes and Chignin, famous for light, crisp whites that carry the scent of Alpine flowers. Daily distances range from 95-111km. Price includes 5 nights of accommodation, daily breakfast, 2 dinners, detailed maps and route notes, a GPS unit (subject to availability) plus luggage transfers between hotels. A more leisurely option along a similar route is also available on request. Full carbon road bike hire available on request.

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Geneva to Lyon on the Via Rhona

Follow the Rhone River between two of Europe's great cities

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Tour length:
6 day package

Level of difficulty:
Easy to Moderate

Price:
From 845€

Cyclomundo Via Rhona mapIf you’re dreaming of "la bonne vie" but are short on time, this 6-day package could be the perfect fit! Meander along the 'Via Rhôna', a new bicycle path that follows the Rhone River as it flows towards the Mediterranean Sea. Ride past farmers' fields, through ancient villages, and around lush vineyards as you make your way at a leisurely pace from Geneva, Switzerland to Lyon, France's third-largest city. Castles, churches, caves and Roman ruins – they are all yours to visit on this self-guided holiday. This tour is tailored for all cycling abilities, with daily rides ranging from 41-68 km (25-42 miles) on mostly gentle terrain. Price includes 5 nights' hotel accommodation, 3 dinners, marked maps and route notes, a GPS device (subject to availability), and luggage transfers between hotels. Bike rental can be arranged on request.

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Geneva-Annecy-Geneva: Rivers, Lakes and Mountains

Cross the Swiss border into France to take in two countries in one trip

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Tour length:
2 nights/3 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €370

Ride from the Swiss Alps, across the border and into France (and back again), experiencing two great cycling countries in the one trip. Ride from Switzerland's global city, Geneva, along the waterways of the Rhone, across farmlands and through vineyards. This trip can be tailored to your ability – you can tackle more mountains and longer distances, or take easier and shorter routes at your own pace. Distances a day range from 38km to 90km (you decide). On the French side of the border, you'll pass through Seyssel, a picturesque village by the banks of Rhône River, en route to the Fier River and its gorges. Explore medieval Annecy's cobbled streets and canals (it's not called 'the Venice of the Alps' for nothing) before taking in sweeping views of Lake Geneva on your way back to Switzerland. Price includes 2 nights of accommodation, daily breakfast, 1 dinners, luggage transfers, marked maps and route notes, a Garmin GPS unit (subject to availability). Bike rentals available on request.

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Gorges du Tarn Cycling Holiday

The gorges of the Grands Causses Natural Parc in Aveyron, Midi-Pyrénées

Offered by:
La Ligne Verte

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 74 92 63 14

Tour length:
5-8 days

Level of difficulty:
Light

Price:
7 days: €617

Explore the gorges carved out by the Tarn river over the millions of years. The Gorges de la Dourbie, Gorges de la Jonte, and the Gorges du Tarn are at the heart of the spectacular Grands Causses Natural Parc. Steep crags of 400m, limestone plateaux dissected by rivers and miles of unspoiled countryside. Here, in the far south of the Massif Central, you'll find mountains, lush green valleys, and roaring rivers (Tarn and Jonte), as well as villages from Medieval to Roman times. Baggage transfer, accommodation and most meals included. Group discounts available.

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Grand Cru Tour

A wine lover's paradise

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £3132

This prestige cycle tour is for those who are interested in the renowned wine-producing region of Bordeaux. The route takes you through some of the most famous towns such as Pauillac, St Emilion and Margaux, with a chance to taste wines at top chateaux along the way. You will stay in top-rated hotels and the itinerary includes two Michelin-starred menus. The cycling will mainly follow the Medoc Route des Vins through famous vineyards such as Lafite Rothschild, Latour, Mouton Rothschild and Chateaux Pichon Longueville and you will also visit the hilltop St Emilion, again surrounded by incredible vineyards. Included in the price is 5 days' cycling, 6 nights' B&B accommodation and 5 evening meals. There is also one night in a private chateau, luggage transfers between hotels, bike hire, detailed route notes, station transfers and a local agent to help you along the way.

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Grands Causses Tour in Aveyron

Self-guided tour along the Dourbie, Sorgue and Tarn rivers in Aveyron

Offered by:
La Ligne Verte

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 74 92 63 14

Tour length:
5-8 days

Level of difficulty:
Light

Price:
7 days: €652

Starting in Millau, cycle through the spectacular Dourbie canyon and the Gorges du Trevezel before continuing on to traverse the Causse du Larzac, a limestone plateau from where the Templars started their crusades to Jerusalem in the 12th and 13th century. Sample the cheese caves of Roquefort and explore the beautiful valleys of the Sorgue, the Dourdou and the Tarn (passing under the new viaduct, which is higher than the Eiffel tower. The tour ends back in Millau. Baggage transfer, hotel accommodation and most meals included. Group discounts available.

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Guided Dordogne Cycling Holiday (7 Days)

Explore roads less travelled in a hidden corner of the Dordogne

Offered by:
Dordogne Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 53 90 84 95

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
€490 half-board or €700 full board (please ask about discounts for larger groups and clubs)

The Dordogne is one of France's most famous – and most popular – cycling regions. It's also quite a large area, meaning there are pockets of it tha tare yet to be discovered by mass market cycling holiday companies. The area where local cyclists Craig and Lizzie base their holidays is one such area. Near the border with the Charente, just north-east of Riberac, is a pocket of the Dordogne with quiet, winding roads and pretty picturesque villages. It has many of the advantages of the more touristy areas to the south – but without the crowds. Their single-centre cycling holidays are based on their own favourite local routes, taking in pretty villages and vistas en route. Rides are offered guided, and can be tailored for your ability. The holidays are also flexible in that they are offered full catered or half board in their own gite-style accommodation. Explore beautiful scenery and pretty villages on this truly local cycling holiday.

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Guided Road Cycling Holiday in the Alps - 7 Days

Tackle famous Alpine cols with full on-road support

Offered by:
TAG Ride

Phone number:
+44 (0)207 191 1120

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£695 per person

If you have ever watched sun-drenched riders on the Tour de France or Dauphine climbing beautiful Alpine stages and fancied experiencing them yourself at your own pace? Then this tour could be perfect for you. It runs from Sunday to Sunday and is a fully guided experience, with vehicle on hand throughout week to help with mechanicals, food, drink and clothing – and, of course, morale support. All you need to do is ride (and take in the scenery). The route features famous Haute Savoie cols including Col de Joux Plane, Col des Aravis, Col de Joux Verte, Col de la Ramaz and Col de la Colombiere. The price includes chalet accomodation, breakfast, afternoon tea, two-course evening meals (with wine) and return transfer to Geneva airport.

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Gulf of Morbihan, Brittany

A charming cycling holiday exploring the Gulf of Morbihan

Offered by:
Abicyclette

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

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From €800

With its mild micro climate, the Gulf of Morbihan is the ideal place for a cycling adventure. From the peninsula to the islands you wil cycle along this small interior sea (Morbihan means “little sea” in Breton). Among many highlights you will also visit the l’île aux Moines (Monk’s island) and l’île d’Arz (Arz island), sampling fine seafood in adorable ports. 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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Hilltop to Harbours

Ride from one side of Provence to the other on this 14-night adventure

Offered by:
Fellow Velo

Phone number:

+44 (0)7811 285 021 or +44 (0)1788 568 371

Tour length:
14 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £1735 (self guided) or £1975 (fully guided)

This 14-night tour which crosses the length and breadth of Provence, giving you a real opportunity to get to know the region and its people. Gaze over Azure blue seas and dramatic wild gorges while pedalling at a steady pace, and ending the day by diving into the refreshing waters – choose from rivers, lakes, the sea or your hotel pool. This tour featured short riding days and a really varied and interesting itinerary to give you plenty of time to explore the landscapes, small towns and villages, and to take time out from your cycling to enjoy other activities such as boat trips or visits to historic chateaux. The itinerary put together by Andy and Jane is mainly along easy, quiet lanes, including an old coastal railway line, but there are a couple of more adventurous days on offer too (although these can tailored to your energy levels). Offered guided or self-guided, the prices include a welcome briefing, 14 nights' B&B, some lunches, transfers, high quality bikes and support. 

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Iconic Climbs Pyrénées Challenge

Climb the iconic cols of the Pyrenees on this small group tour

Offered by:
Veloroo

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 65 95 30 97

Tour length:
5 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
AUD$3680 or € equivalent

Take on all the big names – Col du Tourmalet, Col d’Aubisque, Hautacam and Col de Soulor – plus some other local favourites on this all-inclusive Pyrenees trip. Julia and Steve at Veloroo take care of all the planning, full vehicle support, 5 nights' accommodation, all meals, performance bike hire and VeloRoo kit – all you need to do is ride. You'll get a free Veloroo jersey along with cycling shorts and gloves, plus your kit will be washed daily for you. Maximum of 12 riders who will be supported by two guides and support vehicle. This is a personalised trip run by cyclists for cyclists.
2019 dates: Spring Challenge, May 31-June 5 to coincide with the official opening of the cycling season in the Pyrenees (it includes the chance to guide the Le Géant statue back to the top of the Tourmalet); October Pyrenees Challenge – 4-9 October to take advantage of quieter, post-summer roads and cooler weather for climbing. Custom dates are available for groups of 8 or more, and at the same price.

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Impression of the Camargue: The Rhône to the Mediterranean

Culture, architecture and natural beauty in Van Gogh's Provence

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617001

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £970

Carmargue map InntravelFrom Roman monuments such as Arles’ amphitheatre to scenery that inspired Van Gogh, Avignon’s papal palace and the pink flamingos of the Camargue natural park – you’ll find all this and more near the mighty Rhône as it nears the Mediterranean. This self-guided cycling holiday promises a wide variety of cultural experiences, as well as all the natural delights of quintessential Provençal landscapes, such as olive groves and sunflower fields framed by the dramatic hills of the Alpilles, and into the Rhône’s luxuriant delta. Known as the Camargue, it's a wetland area of untamed beauty that is home to thousands of birds, including iconic pink flamingos. The 5-day itinerary is made up of short, gentle, flexible routes that allow you ample time to appreciate your surroundings.

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Impressions of the Rhône

Find out what inspired Van Gogh during this gentle 3-day itinerary

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617001

Tour length:
3 days / 4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £495

Impressions of the Rhone mapThe Roman amphitheatre and catacombs of Arles and the remains of the Roman town of Glanum near St-Rémy-de-Provence combine with the medieval castle at Tarascon and the stunning façade of the 12th-century St Gilles Abbey in Fontvieille to make this gentle three-day self-guided ride a real treat for lovers of history and architecture. As you cycle from Tarascon and around Arles, you'll also recognise the landscapes that inspired Van Gogh during the most prolific year of his life. From Provençal landscapes to the fringes of the Rhône’s delta, these flexible routes allow you explore at your own pace, saving time and energy to enjoy the region's excellent cuisine and its fine, fruity Costières de Nîmes wines.

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La Manche Vintage

Traverse the Normandy peninsula over a fun long weekend

Offered by:
World At My Cleats

Phone number:
+44 (0)7799 894 073

Tour length:
4 day long weekend

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate – tailored for you

Price:
From £750

Get to know the wonderful Normandy region in northern France on this four-day ride. Cycle across the peninsula taking in sights such as the D-day beaches, medieval Bayeux and the Mont Saint-Michel, with lots of time en route to enjoy local food and wine. This is a fully inclusive package, with ferry travel from the UK and accommodation included. Leave Portsmouth on a Thursday night to arrive in at Ouistreham at 6am the following morning. Start your ride from Pegasus Bridge, a famous WW2 site for the British Airborne division. The next few days will you see cover 60-65 miles a day, with stops for meals and a mix of local accommodation. You’ll say goodbye to your peloton and Normandy over a last 'moules frites' en route to the ferry home. Available guided or self-guided – either way, there will be a support vehicle on and each day for baggage transfers and mechanical support. This tour works best as a group tour, but numbers can be flexible and the trip tailored for you.

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La Vélodyssée: from La Rochelle to Bordeaux

A self-guided ride on France's Atlantic cycling route

Offered by:
Biking France

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

Tour length:
8 days with 6 days' riding

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
€815

Setting off from the harbour town of La Rochelle, ride alongside the Atlantic coast through the pinewoods to the Belle Epoque villas of Royan – on the safe, family friendly Vélodyssée cycling path. Then follow the Gironde estuary through through the world famous wine growing areas along the Canal des Deux Mers véloroute. This leads you in the heart of Bordeaux, a lively cosmpotolitan city with plenty of things to do, see and eat. The price includes 7 nights' B&B accommodation in 2-star and 3-star hotels, cycle rental for 6 days, luggage transfers during the day, a detailed travel folder in French or English with maps and full route notes, plus lots of tourist brochures so you can select personal things to do and see. There's also a support hotline 7 days a week.

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La Velodyssey from La Rochelle to Bordeaux

From the beaches of the Atlantic coast to the vine of the Medoc

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €819

Velo Voyageur Atlantic CoastFrom La Rochelle's ancient fortified harbour you'll ride on the Atlantic Velodyssey route along beaches, through marshes and pine forests. You'll discover the city of Rochefort and its 'Corderie Royale', Brouage citadel built by the French engineer Vauban, the marshes of Marennes, the oyster-farming port of La Tremblade and the costal town of Royan. You'll cross the Gironde Estuary by ferry to Le Verdon and continue your bike trip across Médoc peninsula. You'll cycle along the seashore then through Grand Crus vineyards such as Mouton-Rothschild. You'll reach Pauillac before getting to Bordeaux by train with your bikes to discover this historic and lively city. All in all, a great cycling holiday!

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Land of the Templars and Roquefort

A journey through the Parc Naturel Régional des Grands Causses

Offered by:
La Ligne Verte

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 74 92 63 14

Tour length:
5-9 days

Level of difficulty:
Active

Price:
7 days: €885

Cycling from the picturesque commune of Saint-Affrique, you'll ride through the river valley of the Sorgues and Cernon, up and down the hills of the Monts de l'Hérault to the caves of Roquefort (still in use today to ripen the king of cheeses). Time still moves slowly in this area, with its centuries-old villages and the Templars' fortresses of Ste Eulalie-de-Cernon and La Couvertoirade. Cycle 30-98km each day - you decide! Some hilly stages with small climbs of 100-400m 3 to 5 times a day. Includes baggage transfers, accommodation in family-run hotels and all meals. Start any day between March 15 and October 24. Group discounts available.

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Languedoc: Vineyards, Markets and Roman Ruins

Supported week of riding with local cycling experts

Offered by:
Vie et Vélo

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 48 08 42 00

Tour length:
7 days / 6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate (there are some climbs but the route can be adjusted to group)

Price:
From €1050

A fully supported, point-to-point cycling tour through the vineyards and historic towns of the Languedoc region – an area full of quiet back roads that wind through the rolling countryside and small independent vineyards. In addition to some magical scenery (and largely traffic-free roads), you'll visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites of St Guilham le Desert and the Pont de Gard, plus you'll have time to explore the historic market towns of Uzes and Pezenas. Price includes 6 nights’ B&B accommodation, airport transfers for you and your bike (or help with rental if you need it), and guided rides with support vehicle for luggage and supplies. This is a local tour run by local cyclists who know these roads well.

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Le Velodyssee from Nantes to La Rochelle (Atlantic Coast)

Link the Loire to the Atlantic Coast on this EuroVelo 1 cycling holiday

Offered by:
Evazio

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

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
€875

Experience the magic of France's beaches on this La Velodyssee along the Atlantic coast. The self-guided ride takes you from the fringes of the Loire Valley – the areas of Loire Atlantique and the Vendee – south to the sunny Charente-Maritime. From Nantes,cycle the Loire estuary before reaching the serenity of the beautiful peninsula of the Pays de Retz. Here you'll find sandy coves, jagged cliffs and picturesque hamlets, the diverse lands bringing the fragrances of the sea and air. Cycle through charming seaside resorts like Pornic – the coast’s flagship city – before carrying on south through the salt marshes of the Vendée to Noirmoutier – a nature jewel that was the start of the 2018 Tour de France. Explore sand dunes and forests until Les Sables d’Olonne, renowned for its fine sandy beach, before arriving in La Tranche sur Mer. Your ride will end in La Rochelle after a link through the marshlands of the Marais Poitevin, a protected area. From La Rochelle it's possible to ride across the bridge to the almost traffic-free seclusion that it the Ile-de-Re. Starting price includes 7 nights' B&B in 3-star hotels, all route notes and maps, including a GPS smartphone app with vocal guiding, daily luggage transfers, and emergency phone support 24/7. Bike hire can also be arranged.

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Loire à vélo from Tours to Angers

A week by the waters of the beautiful Loire

Offered by:
Abicyclette

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

Tour length:
6 days / 5 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €560

From Tours with its attractive wooden houses dating back to the 15th century, this gentle paced self-guided tour will initially take you west along the banks of the river Cher. Take in the vibrant and colourful gardens at Château de Villandry before picking up the river Indre, which will guide you to Chinon and its 12th century fortress. Then from Saumur's castle, you'll ride through the Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional Nature Park with lots of chance to try local wines and produce along the way. The valleys around here have inspired many artists and maybe you too will find new inspiration. 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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Loire à Vélo: Blois to Tours

Cycle the great chateaux of the Loire with help on hand all the way

Offered by:
Biking France

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

Tour length:
7 days with 6 days of riding

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From €655

The Loire Valley is home to some of the most wonderful chateaux in the world and it has an enviable network of cycle routes to match. Cycling at your own pace, it's possible to bike from chateau to chateau on safe and signposted routes. This self-guided holiday takes you along the Loire between Blois and Tours, offering a great balance between cycling and downtime. You'll pass fairytale chateaux, enjoy historic towns, eat and drink regional food, and rest each night in comfortable local hotels. Price includes 6 nights’ accommodation in 2 and 3-star hotels on B&B basis, 3 dinners, a travel folder with routes and maps in French or English, tourist brochures to help you make the most of the region,  luggage transfers, bike hire, plus a support hotline in case you get stuck and need a little extra help.

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Loire escape between Blois and Amboise

A short leisure ride to see the highlights of the Loire valley

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
3 days

Level of difficulty:
Very easy

Price:
From €255

3-day escape between Blois and AmboiseBike along the Loire river on the Loire à vélo bike paths between two of the Loire Valley's must-see destinations. Discover some of the most prestigious castles in France, including the Château de Blois, the Château de Chenonceau, the Châteaux d’Amboise, Cheverny, Beauregard, Chaumont, le Clos Lucé – the list goes on. The Loire really is an enchanting region: stop to taste the delicious wine, feast on local produce, and be seduced by the medieval city of Amboise. This is a self-guided ride along cycle paths and small country roads through vineyards and forest. Three words to describe this bike trip: pleasure, fresh air (OK, so that's two on its own) and diversity.

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Loire Family Discovery

Perfect cycling adventure for all ages

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £1025

With its quiet country lanes and shady woodland the Loire makes cycling safe and accessible for all ages and abilities. This tour winds through the famous chateaux (including the birth place of Tin Tin) and towns of the region, and is specifically tailored to allow plenty of time to visit the suggested family attractions while leaving plenty of time to make it back to the hotel for a dip in the pool before dinner. The price includes 2 days' easy cycling, 2 nights' half board at family friendly hotels with pools, luggage transfers between hotels, detailed route notes, bike hire, English-speaking local rep and station transfers.

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Loire Highlights Short Break

Take a leisurely ride through the heart of the Loire

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617 003

Tour length:
4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £595

Inntravel Loire HighlightsFamed for its magnificent châteaux and wide, lazily flowing rivers, the Loire region is a delight. With a gentle terrain and plenty of cultural interest, this is perhaps the best corner of France for leisurely days on two wheels, so take your time, pausing at the places of interest en route and enjoying long picnics on the riverbank.

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Loire Prestige en Vélo

See the chateaux of the Loire in true style

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £1700

Loire PrestigeEnjoy this luxury cycling holiday staying in elegant accommodation that reflects the style of this classic region. Explore quiet back roads and visit the fascinating old towns of Amboise and Blois, not forgetting to leave time to discover the famous wines of the region. All the big-name chateaux are on your route, along with beautiful gardens and lovingly restored manor houses. This is an elegant and relaxing way to experience one of France's most stunning and most popular cycling routes.

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Loire Single Centre Walking and Cycling Holiday

Fixed base self-guided cycling breaks in the Loire

Offered by:
Bspoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
3, 5 or 7 night options

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £500

This single-centre holiday in the Loire Valley is based in the villages of Montsoreau and Candes-St-Martin, within 1km of each other and both classified as make ‘Le Plus Belle Villages de France’, or the most beautiful villages of France. Expect original stone buildings and cobbled streets. Candes-St-Martin sits on the point of confluence of the Loire and Vienne rivers and has a charming cobbled village square, complete with 12th century church and an excellent local restaurant. A short walk along the river is Montsoreau, an old river port, and its château, setting of a famous Dumas novel, is the only one in the Loire Valley built into the riverbed itself. This self-guided holiday includes five cycle routes, with maps and route notes, as well as three walking itineraries (there are also other local activities you can add). The price includes self-catering accommodation in stylish, fully-equipped apartments in Chateau de Candes, bikes, pannier bags, water bottles and repair kits for the duration of your stay, support from a local representative and a welcome pack upon arrival. Oh and two bottles of local wine are thrown in for good measure.

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Loire Valley from Blois to Angers for active riders

Take in Villandry, Azay-le-Rideau, Chinon, Fontevraud and Saumur

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
€779

Discover the secrets of the Loire Valley on bike paths and small country roads as you ride pass the most prestigious renaissance castles of the Loire, including Villandry, Azay-le-Rideau and Ussé, the castle that inspired the fairytale Sleeping Beauty. This part of the Loire Valley is also home to the abbey of Fontevraud and beautiful medieval castles and fortresses like Langeais, Chinon and Angers, which houses an impressive medieval tapestry. Discover the changing colours of the Loire and its traditional boats (toues) bobbing between sandbanks. Don't forget to stop at the world-renowned vineyards around Chinon and Saumur. Troglodyte dwellings and picturesque villages will be a constant throughout this self-guided ride with daily distances of 50-60km. 

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London to Marrakesh via France – African Quest

A true epic from Europe to Africa covering over 3000km

Offered by:
Mammoth Journeys

Phone number:
+44 (0)79 03 461 070

Tour length:
35 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£5950 or £3500 for the European legs only. Group discounts offered.

This is an ideal trip for anyone wanting to do a big group trip, or riders not yet ready to go it alone on long overland journeys. When it comes to long-distance cycling Richard and Lucy, the team behind Mammoth Journeys, have plenty of experience, including rides across China and Papua New Guinea. They understand what it takes to ride successfully over distances. The Quest is their original Mammoth Journeys cycle route and takes you from the UK through France, Spain and finally Morocco. There are three legs, the first from London to Bordeaux taking 10 days, the second from Bordeaux to Madrid taking 9 nights and crossing the Pyrenees, and finally the last leg from Madrid to Morocco. You'll have traversed an entire continent by bike. The price of this tour includes 35 nights' hotel accommodation, including the night in London prior to departure for briefing, all breakfasts and 19 dinners (leaving some nights free for you to explore on your own). There is also a support vehicle for luggage transport and mechanical assistance, cycle guide, route maps, or GPS, a cycling jersey, full recommended kit list, and airport transfers at the start and end of your journey. 
Next tour: June 8-July 13, 2019.

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Mont Saint Michel by Bike

Discover the highlights of Normandy and Brittany

Offered by:
Biking France

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

Tour length:
7 days with 6 days of riding

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From €755

This tour will take you through the heart of Brittany and over the border into Normandy to see for yourself one of France's most iconic landmarks. First to Brittany, though, a region with many faces, where villages and châteaux, coasts and woods harmoniously nestle between land and sea. You'll ride from the port town of Saint-Malo and its Cité Corsaire, via the very pretty Côte d'Emeraude ('emerald coast'), taking in the Rance Valley and Dinan en route. Then it's on to the Mighty Mont, with a stop at Cancale – famous for its oysters – as well. Price includes 6 nights’ B&B hotel accommodation, a complete travel folder with itineraries and maps in French or English, daily luggage transfers, bike hire, and an emergency phone support in case you get stuck.

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Mont Ventoux & Provence Long Weekend

A weekend to savour tackling the mighty Ventoux

Offered by:
La Vie en Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0) 7984 065329

Tour length:
4 days / 3 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£595

Climb one of the greatest Tour de France climb of them all on this fully supported weekend in Provence. In addition to the Géant de Provence, you'll ride other sublime routes in the south of France. Rides can be tailored to your ability. Maximum group size of 8. Price includes transfer of bikes and bags from/to London/south-east England or from your French airport or train station, 3 nights’ accommodation in a lovely small, character-filled hotel with a pool outside of Bedoin, on the flank of the mountain. Bike hire can be arranged. Full van support. All you need to do is ride.
Dates for 2018: September 28th- October 1st (please ask about availability on other dates)

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Mont Ventoux Breakaway

The Giant of Provence for time-poor cyclists and weekend visitors

Offered by:
44|5 Cycling Tours

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 45 73 06 04

Tour length:
2 days / 2 nights; there's also a 3-day option

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
From €395

The Ventoux Breakaway is ideal for time-crunched climbers who want to bag an ascent of Mont Ventoux, plus enjoy one more day of riding – and make it back to work on Monday. There is a basic 2-day option, plus a 3-day option that sees a Ventoux climb sandwiched between two guided rides in the heart of Provence (longer options also available). This is a great introduction to this beautiful part of southern France. Ventoux is an infamous Tour de France climb, but even if you aren’t a fan of cycle sport, this mountain presents an awesome challenge and, unlike the big cols of the Alps and Pyrenees, Ventoux is smack bang in the middle of ‘civilisation’, and there are virtually no other mountains of any size nearby. This makes it simple to access and within easy reach of Avignon, Nîmes, Montpellier, Arles, Aix-en-Provence or Marseilles.

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Mont Ventoux Custom Trips

Have a trip to Ventoux planned for you – all you do is pedal!

Offered by:
La Vie en Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0) 7984 065329

Tour length:
Tailored

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£480 per day for staffed and fully equipped van and custom-fitted box trailer. Accommodation tailored for you.

Take on the Ventoux challenge with a custom trip planned for you. Pick your dates and La Vie en Velo can tailor a package to your requirements, based at a great hotel (with pool) on the flank of Ventoux itself. Ideal for groups (everyone from charity riders to family groups and corporate rides welcome), prices include baggage and bike transfers from the UK (or a French airport or train station). Full on-road van support. Ride Ventoux and take in the best of Vaucluse while you're there. Plenty of flexibility to tailor trips just for you and your group. Accommodation, bike hire and full route notes can all be worked into your trip.

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Mont Ventoux to Luberon Cycling Holiday

Discover the delights that hide in the shadows of Ventoux

Offered by:
La Ligne Verte

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 74 92 63 14

Tour length:
5-7 days

Level of difficulty:
Active

Price:
7 days: €893

Discover the splendid places that hide in the enormous shadows of Mont Ventoux. Cycle through Provencal villages, along Cote du Rhone wine routes, through the canyon of the Gorges de la Nesque, explore the 2000-year-old village of Vaison-la-Romaine, visit Abbaye de Senanque, and watch in awe as the river Fontaine de Vaucluse surges by in the Luberon. This is an active self-guided cycling holiday, with the option of climbing Ventoux. Baggage transfer, accommodation and some meals included. Group discounts available.

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Morzine Bespoke Holidays and Day Rides

Create a cycling holiday in the Alps to suit your needs

Offered by:
Velovation

Phone number:
+44 (0)7954 812 043 or +33 (0)7 71 04 04 29

Tour length:
Bespoke

Level of difficulty:
Bespoke, so tailored for your needs

Price:
From €300 but tailored for you

Morzine is a fantastic base for cycling, with some of the best Alpine riding on your doorstep. If it’s your first time cycling in the Alps, you can start in the foothills and work your way up to the bigger cols. For example, take a point-to-point ride from Morzine to Chamonix or Morzine to Annecy with a return transfer to Morzine. Or use Morzine as a base for day rides. Velovation bespoke trips provide full support, including a minibus fully fitted out for carrying bikes, spares and extra clothing/equipment. Picnic lunches and refreshments also provided. There are rides to suit all abilities, from a gentle trip taking in stunning scenery to long endurance rides with multiple cols. Itineraries can be tailored for groups or solo riders.

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Normandy to Paris - Pedal Power

Cycle from the Normandy coast to the wonderful City of Lights

Offered by:
Fellow Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0)7811 285 021 or +44 (0)1788 568 371

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy to Moderate

Price:
From £895 (self guided) or £1035 (fully guided)

Available as a guided or self-guided tour, this jaunt from France's northern coast to its forever wonderful capital will have you experiencing delusions of Tour de France grandeur as you arrive on the Champs-Élysées. Ride from the beautiful harbour of Honfleur to the waters of the Seine, via picturesque villages and the often wild and rugged landscapes of the Normandy countryside. Haute-Normandie is famous for its cheeses and butters (not to mention ciders ... ), and you'll have plenty of chances to sample these en route. Pedal Power to Paris picks its way down quiet lanes, across tributaries of the Seine and through a patchwork of fields. It ends in the French capital – cycle through Louis VI’s 13th century arch, La Porte de Bretagne, and arrive in Paris having discovered its rural fringes. Then spend two nights experiencing everything the magical French capital has to offer. B&B and small hotel accommodation included, plus bike hire if you need it.

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Pays de Bastides Tour, Albi

Revisit the great conflicts of the Middle Ages on this self-guided tour

Offered by:
La Ligne Verte

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 74 92 63 14

Tour length:
5-10 days

Level of difficulty:
Light

Price:
7 days: €897

Starting on the quiet roads of the Gaillac vineyards west of Albi, you'll cycle north through rolling countryside, visiting fortified villages (bastides) along the way, including the wonderful hill-top Cordes-sur-Ciel. These walled settlements, with grid-pattern streets and handsome squares, are beautiful reminders of the great conflicts of the Middle Ages. Further north, you'll head to Najac, Aveyron's famous fortress. This is a light cycling holiday which will see you riding 28-48km a day. Departures every day from March 15-October 31. Baggage transfer, accommodation, and most meals included. Group discounts available.

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