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4-day cycling tour on ViaRhôna from Montélimar to Avignon

Ride from the orchards of the Drôme to the vines in Provence

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
4 days

Price:
From €368

Take a short 4-day self-guided biking trip to discover the ViaRhôna from Montélimar – a city famous for its colourful and tasty nougats – to Avignon and its Palais des Papes. Cycle 30km to 50km on three consecutive days with the day off on arrival allowing you to get your equipment and prepare at your leisure. Follow the ViaRhôna bike path to Pont-Saint-Esprit before enjoying small typical roads of Provence. Your ever present companion will be the wild Rhône river snaking through orchards and vineyards. Your trip ends in the gorgeous historical cities of Orange and Avignon. The price of this tour includes bikes, GPS routes, maps and tourist leaflets, accommodation and panniers. Ebikes and luggage transfers if necessary can also be added as extras.

4-day cycling tour on ViaRhôna from Montélimar to Avignon

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Auvergne Volcano Mountain Biking

An mini-mountain biking break in the beautiful Chaîne des Puys

Offered by:
France Bike Trip

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

Tour length:
3 or 4 days

Price:
Self-guided from €315; Guided from €395

When you think MTB in France, you may think of the Alps or maybe the Pyrenees, but local thrillseekers also know about the hidden delights of trails less ridden in the Auvergne's volcano corridor. Ride the extinct Chaïne des Puys with its 80 cones and craters, including Puy de Dome, Puy Pariou, Puy de Come, Puy de la Vache and Puy de Lassolas. Explore magical lakes and thrilling descents. This is glorious MTB country in a real 'backwater' that represents one of France's lesser explored regions. Spend the weekend here to ride trails usually only experienced by locals. This tour is offered self-guided or guided. The price includes fully qualified English-speaking French mountain bike guide, guesthouse accommodation, all breakfasts, picnic lunches and dinners, plus daily baggage transfers. Self-guided riders also receive detailed travel documents, highlighted maps and GPS tracks.

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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

Price:
From €500

Choose 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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Coast-to-Coast France – St Malo to Nice Fully Supported

Traverse France from end-to-end with help all the way

Offered by:
Green Jersey French Cycling Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)1300 350 555

Tour length:
18 days with 16 days of riding

Price:
From £2495

This is an ultimate France coast-to-coast ride, fully supported and guided. Two-thirds of days are in the 50-60-mile (80-90-km) bracket – with a few shorter ones thrown in – so it's achievable but still challenging, especially as your luggage will be carried for you (no panniers!) This trip highlights the wonderful diversity of France and is suitable for all recreational cyclists. It passes through simply stunning countryside and visits some of the most famous sites in the country – from Mont St Michel to an optional ascent of the iconic Ventoux. Price includes fully guided on-road support and luggage transfers, 14 nights' B&B, and most meals. Can be tailored for groups. St Malo to Sete and Calais to Nice also available. 

 

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Compostela – The Way of Saint James: Le-Puy-en-Velay to Conques

A backroad cycling tour along the Saint Jacques de Compostelle route

Offered by:
France Bike Trips

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

Tour length:
7 days

Price:
From €795

Cycle from Le Puy en Velay to Conques along this ancient route. For centuries, the historically important routes of Saint James have been used by pilgrims and hikers on their way to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Probably the oldest hiking trail of all time, since the Via Agrippa, which went from Lyon to Toulouse, was built by the Romans. Partly on the hiking trail, partly on parallel trails, this bike route crosses the Margeride Plateau, with its traditional villages, sleepy hamlets, religious crosses and pastures surrounded by stone walls. Then make your way across the Plateau de l’Aubrac, with its wide open spaces, its "burons" (stone mountain huts used for cheese-making), and its dry stone walls. The route then takes you down through beech, oak and chestnut forests to the beautiful Lot Valley. The journey ends with a tour of the village of Conques. The price of this tour includes 7 nights in guesthouses and 2* hotels in double rooms with en-suite facilities, 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners (3- to 4-course menu), daily baggage transfers, a carefully designed itinerary, navigation app for smartphones, a detailed roadbook including maps (digital format) and GPS track.

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Drome Valley Trail Discovery – MTB

A hidden singletrack paradise in the eco-valley of the Drôme provençale

Offered by:
France Bike Trips

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

Tour length:
3 or 4 day options

Price:
Self-guided from €255; Guided from €355

This is a special MTB tour offered by France Bike Trips because it's in this area – the Diois – that the company's founder made his home 15 years ago. The itinerary has therefore been specially crafted based on intimate local knowledge. The tour is offered guided or self-guided and it's based in the Diois area, which is home to a maze of singletrack. The Drôme Provençale is to the south and the Vercors – in the Southern Alps – is to the north. This is an area offering the best of Provence – sunflower fields and lavender, vineyards and pine forests – as well as the grandeur of the Alps. Trails run around vineyards past rivers and streams and through beautiful villages that are ideal for coffee breaks. This price of this 'Discover the Diois' tour includes qualified English-speaking mountain bike guide, guesthouse and gite accommodation, all breakfasts and picnic lunches, dinners and luggage transfers. Detailed travel documents, highlighted maps and GPS tracks are provided for self-guided ridersElectric MTB are also available.

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If you want to cycle in France but you're not sure where to go or how to sort it – maybe you're strugglng to find accommodation or the right self-guided or guided ride for you – then this service is for you. It's my own bespoke service that matches your holiday wishlist to the right tour operator or accommodation option for you. This is for riders who need a little support on the road – anything and everything from accommodation advice and route planning to hiring bikes and luggage transfers. I'm working with a network of cycling specialists across France to offer you the best cycling holidays possible – and tailored just for you, your dates and your cycling ability. Hit the brown button below or see this link for details.

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