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Route des Grandes Alpes

Incredible alpine experience from the mountains to the sea

Offered by:
Buzz Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 42 50 40 12

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
€1150 per person

Both cyclists and non-cyclists are welcome on this mightly tour – or you might like to do a little of each. This trans-Alps crossing is one of the most scenic in cycling – it's manageable but challenging. Expect lots of scenic spots (and photos) plus great coffee along the way. Starting in Morzine, it winds its way over the Col de la Colombiére and Col des Aravis before climbing Col de la Madeleine and the fabulous Lacets de Montvernier. From there it's on to the Saint Jean de Maurienne for the Télégraphe and the Galibier before tackling the Izoard and Col de Vars. But that's not all: Col de la Bonette, Col Saint Martin, Col de Turini and Col du Castillon are all also on the menu. Price includes accommodation, all breakfasts, lunches and coffee stops, snacks and drinks for on the bike, logistics, bike support and on the road van support, photo pack from throughout the trip, experienced domestiques, and evening ride briefings and cycling advice.
Dates for 2019: August 4-10 (please enquire about other bespoke dates)

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Supported Rides in the Alps

Get you photo at the top of a col whatever your ability

Offered by:
Buzz Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 42 50 40 12

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Tailored

Price:
€795

With vast experience of the Alpine area, Joe and Amelia at Buzz can create an itinerary and cycling schedule to suit you, with great care taken to ensure that each schedule is planned and adjusted to suit all ablities, especially useful for those not used to cycling in the high mountains. The guys can take you on endurance rides taking in amazing mountain scenery, provide cycling sessions with a focus of improving skills, strength and stamina, all while ticking the boxes of famous Tour de France climbs – and with coffee and cake stops en route. The chance to chat with experienced coaches on varied cycling topics also provides something a little extra. The tour price includes accommodation, daily breakfasts and afternoon tea, evening dinners (6 out of 7 nights) and local transport and logistics.

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The Atlantic coast cycle route from Arcachon to Biarritz

A relaxing ride surrounded by nature and the seaside

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
€679

This tour will you down the Atlantic coast of France from Arcachon to Biarritz is an easy bike ride except for a short stretch after Biscarrosse, where you bike softly up and down the dunes, which lets face it sounds like fun anyway! You will begin in the beautiful old seaside town of Arcachon and then head south towards the highest dune in Europe, the Pilat dune befire following the Southern part of the Atlantic cycle route named Velodyssey. Along the way you will ride through quiet pine forests, nice villages, typically just a few steps away from a lake, and of course you can stop at any moment on the long beaches of the Atlantic for a dip or relax.
The final part of the holiday will takes you along the Basque coast, first to Bayonne and then to Biarritz, the famous seaside town of the Basque country.

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The colours of Perigord

Discover the Purple and Black Périgord

Offered by:
Abicyclette

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

Tour length:
7 days / 6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €825

Discover the attraction and majesty of the Dordogne Valley on this week-long tour with a real mix of landscapes that ensure every day is a visual feast. Enjoy winding climbs and descents under the shade of deep forests, golden stone buildings old stones, castles with amazing vistas, and even prehistoric caves. Start your visit in Bergerac, which also has its own airport, the capital of Périgord Pourpre (Purple Périgord), and ride at your own pace through some of the 'most beautiful villages in France'. Rest in Sarlat, a medieval architectural town with lots of restaurants, shops and a fabulous maket. 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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The Secrets of Burgundy in 7 Days

Enjoy an amazing bike ride through the heart of a world-class wine region

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €778

On this bike tour in Burgundy, you'll see why wine here means everything. Why people find it so special: a beautiful place where authentic villages, wine traditions, historical monuments and nature merge. As a world-renowned wine region, Burgundy has preserved a heritage which reflects its former power in the Middle Ages. So you will not only enjoy beautiful landscapes with gently rolling hills, but also outstanding cultural sites like the Cluny abbey, the old cities of Macon, Tournus and Chalon-sur-Saône or the beautiful and world-famous Hospices de Beaune.

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Tour de Gironde

A self-guided tour with minibus support for the beaches and vines of Bordeaux

Offered by:
Bonkersfrog

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

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €549 per person

The Tour de Gironde a Velo is a journey of discovery over 480Km and 7 days from the Bordeaux vineyards to the Atlantic Ocean.  Discover 10 major tourist sites including 5 UNESCO sites as you follow the Velodyssee EuroVeo 1 routes and the Canal des Deux Mers route, including the wonderful Roger Lapebie bike trail from Bordeaux. Enjoy the best of Bordeaux, the quieter roads of the Entre deux Mers, the Garonne Canal, the Landes de Gascogne Natural Regional Park, Arcachon, the Gironde Estuary and the vineyards of Medoc before returning to Bordeaux. This price includes transfers to/from Bordeaux airport or train station, daily luggage transfers, hotel B&B accommodation, quality touring bike with rack and panniers, maps and route guide, info pack on places of interest, minibus support if you need it. Ebikes available on request.

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Tour of the Limousin - hotel to hotel

Explore Monet's Land of Green and Blue

Offered by:
Bonkersfrog

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

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €549

This unique tour will take you through beautiful countryside and quaint villages of one of France's under-explored regions. It stays at three of the hotels for two nights each, allowing you to enjoy your holiday without packing and unpacking every day. More importantly, it allows to get to know the region properly. Daily distances 30-40 miles. Start your ride from the Bonkersfrog B&B not far from Limoges Airport. Ride through the beautiful Creuse valley through the ancient village of Moutier d'Ahun and on through the countryside passing the Gorges of the Thaurion to the L'Abbaye du Palais, which has an interesting history from the 12th century. Day two is a round trip on quiet country lanes through rolling countryside to the pretty lake at Courtille on the edge of the forest outside Gueret. At the lake there is a beach and a very good restaurant for lunch. Other trip highlights include the pretty town of Peyrat-le-Chateau, the Plateau de Millevaches with views for miles over the surrounding countryside, and Aubusson – famous for its tapestry industry. The price includes meet and greet at the airport and transfers before and after, luggage transfers, hotels on a B&B basis, an evening meal, Specialized or Trek touring bikes, full route notes and maps. Road bikes and ebikes available on request.

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Two Chateaux and the Blavet in Brittany

Gentle canal side riding through the heart of Brittany

Offered by:
Breton Bikes

Phone number:
+33 (0)2 96 24 86 72

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €260 for camping option, €635 for hotel based option

Camping or based at small hotels and chambres d'hotes, this holiday explores the heart of Brittany. The ride is split roughly 60/40 between cyclepath and very quiet country lanes. You'll cycle the Nantes-Brest canal tow-path, pass ruined Abbeys, lakes, forests and Breton villages on roads where you rarely see a car. High points are the chateaux at Josselin and Pontivy – one a 'fairy castle' in a medieval town centre the latter a hulking military castle in the Napoleonic town of Pontivy by the Blavet river. Central Brittany is a haven of peace, far from the coastal tourist traps with countryside much like that of the south-west of England 50 years ago. Add great places to eat, history everywhere and friendly natives to make a perfect first cycling holiday in France. Price includes all hire (top-quality bikes + camping equipment for the 'camping' option) – hotel accommodation + routes, maps and full back-up.

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Upper Provence, Ventoux, and Luberon

Get right to the heart of beautiful Provence on this self-guided holiday

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Tour length:
5 nights / 6 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate to Difficult

Price:
From €995

This six-day, self-guided bike tour allows you to explore the heart of Provence at a more challenging level than other tours of the region. Beginning in Bédoin and ending in Gargas, the itinerary features relatively short daily rides, allowing you to fully experience Provence rather than just see it as you pass by. With options to climb legendary Mont Ventoux, or snake through the Gorges de la Nesque, your efforts will be rewarded with numerous spectacular views. Highlights include visits to some of Provence’s most acclaimed wine-making towns (Vacqueyas, Gigondas, Beaumes de Venise), stops in several of France’s “most beautiful” villages (Séguret, Gordes, and Roussillon), and options to climb legendary Mont Ventoux or snake through the Gorges de la Nesque. Each night, you’ll stay in comfortable, character-filled hotels set in utterly charming towns. Price includes 5 nights of accommodation, daily breakfast, 1 dinner, luggage transfer, detailed maps and route notes, a Garmin GPS (subject to availability), and transfers to and from Avignon. Bike rental can be arranged on request.

 

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Véloscenie - Alençon to Mont St Michel

Taste Calvados and Camembert en route to Mont St Michel

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44 (0)1580 214 010

Tour length:
4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £1329

Tackle the second part of the Velescenie route and get a real sense of Normandy. You can combine this section with the first part from Paris, or as a thrilling standalone tour. Start in Alençon, the capital of Normandy and its best kept secret – this is a gem of a typical French town not yet on the tourist maps. Ride to the spectacular Mont St Michel along peaceful ‘voies vertes’ and pedal through pretty little villages until you spot your first sight of the Mont rising from its bay (beware the tidal variations – the views change hourly!) Included in your tour are 4 days' cycling, accommodation and some meals, full and detailed maps and route notes, bike hire (electric bikes on request), support and luggage transfers.

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Véloscenie - Paris to Alençon

Experience one of France's most spectacular routes

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44 (0)1580 214 010

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £1780

The Veloscenie route takes you from Paris to Mont Saint Michel and this tour allows you to experience the first section from Paris to Alençon over 6 days. Your journey will begin in the one and only city of Paris, with the streets of Montmartre and the splendid grandeur of Versailles on your itinerary as you pedal west through the rural countryside on the French cycling network. You can also combine this ride with the second part to visit two of the most famous tourist attractions of France in one trip: the Eiffel Tower and Mont Saint Michel. Included in your tour are 6 days' cycling, accommodation and some meals, full and detailed route notes and maps, bike hire (electric bikes on request), support and luggage transfers between hotels.

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Ventoux Cycling Holidays

My bespoke service to help you plan your Mont Ventoux cycling holiday

Offered by:
Freewheeling France

Tour length:
You decide!

Level of difficulty:
You decide!

Price:
Tailored for you

It's the icon of Provence, a Tour de France legend. I get loads of enquiries each year about Ventoux cycling holidays and accommodation – to help give you the info you need, I've set up this bespoke service to help you find the right tour for your ability (and budget). Just send me your wishlist and I'll suggest some local options to help take the stress and worry out of your trip. I'll point you to guided or self-guided rides, plus accommodation and support services such as bike hire and transfer services. (I have a similar service for Corsica – for other French cycling holidays, just email me at lyn@freewheelingfrance.com). Photo thanks to Adam Bird.

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ViaRhôna from Vienne to Valence in 4 days

Relaxing bike trip for all abilities (including kids) along the Rhône

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 €430

Via Rhona cycling holidaysThe ViaRhôna is a 815km long cycling route connecting Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean. This 4-day stretch between Vienne and Valance passed along the Rhône River with views of the Alpine peaks in the distance (but none of the legwork involved in climbing them!) From Vienne – an old Roman capital– cycle down through traditional villages and steeply terraced vineyards to the orchards of the Rhône Valley. Most of this route follows greenways (voies vertes), making it a flat and easy ride, with you setting the pace. Maximum daily distance 38km. Price includes all accommodation, bike hire, full route notes and maps, plus luggage transfers.

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All accommodation has been checked to ensure it meets our cycle-friendly criteria. We also deal with tour operators personally before adding them to the site. To recommend a great French cycling holiday or a nice bike-friendly place to stay, please email lyn@freewheelingfrance.com

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