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Freewheeling France Does Ventoux (and you're invited)

A weekend for readers and friends to tackle the Giant of Provence

Offered by:
Freewheeling France

Phone number:
lyn@freewheelingfrance.com

Tour length:
3 nights

Level of difficulty:
Anyone can do it, right?

Price:
€415 based on twin/double share. There is a €100 single supplement – if you are happy to share a twin room, we can match you up with another solo rider (of the same gender) so you can avoid the supplement.

Calling club riders, cycling groups, couples, singles, men, women, young, old, semi pros and weekend potterers – you're all welcome. 
We're holding our third annual Ventoux social rides weekend on May 14-17, 2020. It's designed for riders of a decent fitness but of all abilities – sportive riders, leisure riders, groups, solo riders, friends, ebikers, couples, all ages. You can ride the classic TDF route from Bedoin, safe in the knowledge that there's no conceivable way you'll be slower than me (check last year's Strava if you don't believe me). We're again organising this weekend in partnership with Gerry and John at 44-5 Cyclng Tours, local Ventoux specialists. It's a fully supported weekend: three nights' accommodation with breakfasts, a warmup ride on the Friday to size up the Giant on the horizon, and then a Ventoux climb on the Saturday. We'll also have a further self-guided Sunday morning ride out to the Gorges de la Nesque for anyone who can hang around for a few hours on the Sunday. There's also a welcome meal on the Thursday. Single rooms, airport/station transfers and bike hire all available for a surcharge. Just bring your climbing legs**.
Email me at lyn@freewheelingfrance.com to sign up or for more info.
Save the date: Thursday, May 14 to Sunday, May 17, 2020.
** You can hire an e-bike if you need an extra boost. Discount and road transport available for non-cycling partners. 

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1 Day in the Languedoc

Top your holiday off with a half day or day ride in the south of France

Offered by:
VéloRoo

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 65 95 30 97 or +61 (0)4 11 047 828

Tour length:
Half day or full day

Level of difficulty:
Moderate to challenging - customised to suit you

Price:
From €99 per person, with custom ride options available

The perfect solution if you only have one or two days to ride on your holiday in the south of France. VéloRoo's guided day rides take all the stress out of planning – all you have to do it turn up with your shoes and pedals and ride. Routes vary from 50-60km over a half day of undulating countryside through to hillier 100-120km itineraries with elevation gains of up to 1500m, but these can be tailored to individual abilities. All rides are fully guided, with optional vehicle support. Price includes performance road bike hire and souvenir VéloRoo water bottle. This is a great way to explore the stunning scenery of the Languedoc region, taking in beautiful countryside, wine and river country.

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3 Days in the Languedoc - Come ride with me

Short break package with plenty of quiet back roads – and sunshine!

Offered by:
Vie et Vélo

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

Tour length:
3 days / 2 nights

Level of difficulty:
Flexible - can be tailored to your ability

Price:
€295

This is a lovely little package for all abilities. 'Come ride with me' is a perfect introduction to the Languedoc – an often overlooked region in the south of France that's magnificent for cycling, offering the beauty, landscapes and history of Provence but without the crowds. (Think quiet back roads, vineyards, and plenty of sunshine – great for year-round riding, with winter temperatures rarely dipping below 10 degrees). Local cyclists Denise and Bruce are keen to introduce more people to this super area. Their price includes 2 nights’ B&B accommodation, airport transfers for you and your bike (or bike rental if you need it), and personalised guided rides based on your riding level and interests.

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3-day Loop from La Rochelle into the Charente-Maritime

Discover the 'real' Charente Maritime with a local guide

Offered by:
Charente Maritime Cycling

Phone number:
+44 (0)779 245 3349

Tour length:
3 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
£595

You are in safe hands with local cyclist Adrian, who has extensive experience as a cycle guide, including a stint on the often treacherous roads of South America. By contrast, the roads in his backyard in Charente-Maritime on the west coast of France are positively idyllic. This three-day, 350km ride is perfect as an introduction to the back roads of the Charente Maritime region. While it starts in La Rochelle, with its popular harbour and link to te Ile-de-Re, it also heads inland to explore some of the lesser-known routes of the Charente-Maritime. You'll soon be pedalling along quiet lanes taking in the open scenery, sea air and salt marshes, stopping along the way to eat at local restaurants (with seafood and the region's famous oysters being a particular specialty), and sample the famous Pineau wine. This tour covers the heart of the region and the quieter back roads away from the main coastal EuroVelo 1 route. This is a fully supported and guided ride that's perfect for road bike riders or fit cycle tourers, with daily distances of between 90 and 120km (can be tailored for you). The price includes guided support, accommodation and stacks of local knowledge. Bike hire can also be arranged.

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5-day Dordogne Cycling Holiday

Take a tailored cycling holiday in the north of the Dordogne

Offered by:
Dordogne Cycling Holidays

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

Tour length:
5 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
€350 half-board or €500 full board (please ask about discounts for larger groups and clubs)

Local cyclists Craig and Lizzie offer this single-centre guided cycling holiday from their own accommodation base north-east of Riberac. These holidays are flexible, and can be tailored for each rider and group. Choose from full board with all meals included, or take the B&B option. This area in the beautiful north west area of the Dordogne – near the Charente border – is blessed with winding roads that are virtually traffic-free roads. Expect beautiful scenery and pretty villages and towns – the quintessential place to discover France by bike. Rides are tailored for you, with guided rides introducing you to the area and, if you wish, a few days of self-guided factored in so you can explore on your (or revisit favourite routes from earlier in the week). Routes are well-researched and based on your individual level of fitness. There are shorter, easier routes for beginners or longer routes with plenty of hills for the more experience cyclists. After a day's cycling, you can relax by the heated pool. Full-board lunches are either picnics en route or a meal back at base, while evening three-course meals are freshly prepared from local produce. One lunch is also provided in one of the many local cafes.

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75th Anniversary Tour – D-Day Beaches and the Battle of Normandy

A enjoyable and though provoking tour around Normandy

Offered by:
Green Jersey French Cycling Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)1300 350 555

Tour length:
5 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £850

Accompanied by experienced battlefield guide, this trip allows you to gain a unique insight into the D Day landings and the subsequent battle for Normandy while also enjoying some very fine cycling. It meanders from Caen through the Calvados, Orne and Auge departments, which all saw heavy fighting in the summer of 1944. The trip – fully guided and supported – provides plenty of time to stop and look at sites and for moments of reflection and remembrance. You don’t have to be a veteran to appreciate what went on here 75 years ago. The itinerary includes the site where the only Victoria Cross was awarded on D-Day; where Panzer ace Michael Wittman caused havoc on a British convoy; the smallest Commonwealth War Cemetery in France; and where a fleeing army desperately tried to escape. The hotels are all friendly and family run. Days 3 and 4 have some hills but you can ride at your own pace. Sword Beach, the Merville Battery, Omaha Beach and the Pointe du Hoc are all on the route, which can be tailored to take in sites specific to your nationality or family history.
2019 dates: May 24-28; July 29-August 2; September 2-6 but available other dates as self-guided. Can also be tailored for groups. Other options across the Western Front also available, including the Somme and Ypres.

 

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A Bed by the Med Cycling Holiday

Take a gentle two-wheeled cruise along the Côte d’Azur

Offered by:
Fellow Velo

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

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £930 (self guided) or £1075 (fully guided)

Available as either guided or self-guided, this relaxed tour explores a beautiful stretch of the Provencal coast allowing you partake in the glamour of the Côte d’Azur with the option of escaping it all via quiet, secluded roads. With rides limited to between 20 and 30 kilometres each day (plus a couple of rest days), the pace of this French cycling itinerary really allows you to enjoy the region's varied landscape, its flora and fauna. The route starts and ends in Saint-Raphaël, a delightful Riviera town near Frejus with its Roman architectural heritage. But it also takes in lovely Mediterranean towns and lesser known beaches along the way, even allowing for a dip at the end of each ride before dining and falling asleep to the sound of the sea. There's also the option of using the two rest days for additional self-guided rides. The price includes a welcome briefing, 7 nights' B&B, lunches on ride days, transfers, high-quality bikes and plenty of local support.

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A guided tour of the Tarn gorges and Grandes Causses

Let the locals guide you around the stunning Tarn gorges

Offered by:
Mellow Vélos Aventures

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 66 47 35 03

Tour length:
7 nights / 6 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
Price on request

This is a week of spectacular guided riding based on Geoff and Tessa's 20 years of experience riding this 'hidden' region of France to the north of Montpellier. Ride into the Cevennes National Park or out to the stunning Millau viaduct, or explore the deep gorges and valleys of the Tarn. The tour starts by using a local three-star hotel in Ste Enimie as your base. From here, join local guides (male and female available) to see the best of the relatively unknown Gorges du Tarn and Grandes Causses with their unique terrain. Ride six days out of the seven, with the rest day yours to enjoy off-road riding, walking, kayaking, pot-holing or relaxing with a book! This should be a really rewarding trip that introduces you to a side of France so few get to experience. 

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A ladies' road cycling and yoga holiday in the Lot-et-Garonne

Guided cycling with luxury accommodation, pool and nutritious food

Offered by:
Lamamotte Gite Cycling Holidays – Promoting Women’s Cycling

Tour length:
7 nights with 6 days of guided rides

Level of difficulty:
Moderate (but can be tailored for you)

Price:
From £625 per person per week, including half-board accommodation

This is a ladies-only, guided road cycling holiday with stunning scenery, nutritious food, luxury accommodation and yoga. Sisters Jess and Penny will lead you on quiet country roads, visiting beautiful river valleys, chateaux, medieval hilltop Bastide towns – including two of the prettiest villages in France (Pujols and Monflanquin). You can take in French culture with a visit the Water Lily Gardens, local markets and a wine tour. Typical rides (tailored on request) range from 50km to 80km per day. This holiday is for groups of 4-8 staying in a beautiful, converted farmhouse. The price includes three yoga sessions, delicious meals prepared with healthy, local ingredients, wine, six days of guided rides, a basic bike maintenance course and transfers from Bergerac Airport. Bike hire can also be arranged. You can find more on Facebook here

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A luxury bike tour staying at Relais & Chateaux hotels

You won't want to leave Provence after this cycling holiday

Offered by:
Ride & More

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 76 35 50 96

Tour length:
6 days / 5 nights but can be tailored for you

Level of difficulty:
Tailored

Price:
€300 per person per day

This is a special holiday for cyclists who appreciate the finer things in life. It's the 'Route du Bonheur' on a bike, with accommodation provided by Relais & Châteaux – benchmark hotels in France for luxurious breaks. It's a 6-day itinerary put together by Christophe at Ride & More. He grew up in the Vaucluse in the shadow of the Ventoux, so he knows its road better than most. He can tailor the itinerary to make it longer or shorter, with the trip costed on a per-day basis. Discover the French 'art de vivre' by bike or electric bike as you pedal through the vineyards, across hills and through fields of lavender. Price includes transfers on arrival and departure, all baggage transfers, B&B accommodation in 5-star hotels, bike rental, all itineraries loaded onto a GPS for you, 24/7 on-call assistance, concierge service for restaurant advice and booking. Available guided or self-guided. 

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A Normandy Weekender – Un Goût de Normandie

A long weekend cycling in Normandy with or without a guide

Offered by:
World At My cleats

Phone number:
+44 (0)7799 894073

Tour length:
4-day weekend

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate – can be tailored for you

Price:
From £500

As the name suggests, Un Goût De Normandie offers you a taste of Normandy over the course of a long weekend. If taking lunches in restaurants overlooking the sea without worrying that you have a ton of kilometres to ride in the afternoon takes your fancy, then this tour may appeal. The itinerary takes you around Normandy on a 200-mile route over a long weekend. Take in some of Normandy's best beaches, restaurants and villages, including the D-Day beaches, Bayeux, Caen and Saint-Lo. Peter at World At My Cleats has ridden in Normandy and Brittany for more than 10 years. He runs a London-based travel agency and has recently branched out to offer cycling holidays. This trip is flexible – it's offered self-guided with Garmin routes and maps, but you can request a fully guided experience if you prefer having someone to ride with. Either way, a support vehicle with spare parts and a replacement bike is on hand in case you need it. Ride from a fixed base – a restored Norman farmhouse in rural La Manche, where breakfast and dinner will be provided every day (and topped with a gourmet feast each night). The house has three double rooms and will comfortably accommodate six riders, making this trip ideal for solo riders or small groups.

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A Northern Alps Weekend

Alpine weekend road cycling package out of Geneva

Offered by:
Bike Weekender

Phone number:
+44 (0)845 557 5983

Tour length:
4 days, 4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
From £445 per person

Just an hour from Geneva airport and you're into one of the world's true cyclists' playgrounds. This weekend break is based in the beautiful Aravis mountain range, home to the Tour de France cols of Aravis, Colombière, and Croix Fry. This is an area of incredible climbs, spectacular views and breath-taking descents. For gentler rides, the roads around Lake Annecy are second to none. This package provides an easy, convenient long weekend of road cycling that can be tailored to your legs. Offered guided or self-guided. All you need to do it turn up in Geneva and enjoy.

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A Provence & Mont Ventoux Weekend

A weekend exploring the Luberon and tackling Ventoux

Offered by:
Bike Weekender

Phone number:
+44 (0)845 557 5983

Tour length:
4 days, 4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
From £645 per person

Spend a fabulous weekend cruising past olive groves and through vineyards in Provence. Clear sunny days, quiet smooth roads, stunning views and scenery with just the right amount of climbing and descending. It doesn’t get much better than this! This weekend can be whatever you want it to be: ride through rolling hills in the morning before realxing by the swimming pool in the afternoon, or spend the whole day out on the bike. Then, of course, there's the opportunity to conquer Mont Ventoux and ride the Luberon wine region. This short break offers a convenient, hassle-free road cycling holiday – 4 days of relaxation and fun. Offered guided or self-guided – it's up to you.

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A Short Break in the Lot Valley

Hot price for a cycling package in the Lot

Offered by:
Red Pepper Rides

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 07 26 09 31

Tour length:
4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £190 per person (based on group of 6)

This is a great, affordable guided short-break option for road cyclists. Red Pepper rides are based near Montcuq in the wonderfully under-explored Lot Valley (easy access to airports and trains at Toulouse, Bergerac or Bordeaux). Phil at Red Pepper will tailor rides for your ability – whether you're a complete novice or a club rider. You'll stay in a comfortable, well-equipped gîte, where you'll help yourself each day to a breakfast to power your day. Then it's on to the bike, taking in around 4 hours on quiet roads, through beautiful and varied terrain, and interesting villages and medieval towns. The lunch stop is usually taken at a local eatery on a sunny terrace. After a day’s cycling, you can relax in the garden, swim in the pool or enjoy a game of pétanque. Later on you can light the BBQ, cook supper in the gîte’s well-equipped kitchen or visit a local restaurant. The breaks include 4 nights' accommodation and breakfast, 3 days of. guided rides, high-quality carbon framed road bikes, guided rides, helmets and water bottles. This is a perfect package for groups wanting some independence and privacy, combined with local rides support. Non-cycling group friends and families are welcome to relax by the pool while their partner/mum/dad is on the bike.

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A Taste of Occitanie

Food, wine and cycling in the south of France

Offered by:
VéloRoo

Phone number:
April-October: +33 (0)6 65 95 30 97; October-March: +61 (0)411 047 828

Tour length:
5 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate or challenging

Price:
AUD $3680 or € equivalent, with discounts available to group bookings of 6 or more

VéloRoo's approach to a cycling holiday is simple: they take care of the logistics so you can spend quality time in the saddle immersing yourselves in the rural villages and countryside of 'the real south of France'. Ride on hand-picked routes taking in quiet country roads on a performance road bike, and with the comfort and security of vehicle support the whole way. Enjoy delicious lunches and dinners with fresh local produce and great local wine at Steve and Julia's favourite eating spots. Daily rides are approximately 50-70km, with longer itineraries available if you'd like to pack in some extra kilometres. Stay in fixed base accommodation at one B&B – so no need to pack up every day; if you have your own accommodation, VéloRoo can provide a standalone cycling package with riding, support and lunch. Dates can be customised to suit you. This is a 5-night package but it can be tailored for you.

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Aix-en-Provence to Sainte-Victoire Mountain

A fun morning or afternoon riding Provençal trails on e-MTBs

Offered by:
Aix Bike and Go

Phone number:
+33 (0)9 81 29 54 45

Tour length:
3 hours plus equipment set-up

Level of difficulty:
Tailored to suit your ability

Price:
€55

Discover the amazing scenery and mountain trails of Sainte Victoire Mountain on an electric mountain bike. The 3-hour tour takes you to unexpected trails up and down the mountain. The electric mountain bike makes it easy to ride up steep hills and explore the mountain. The 3 hours (morning or afternoon) starts in Aix-en-Provence where you'll meet local guide Colin, who'll set you up with an electric Scott E-Scale 920 mountain bike. The first few kilometres are on the road to the mountain so that you can get used to the electric bike before you start the climb. You'll stop at various points to appreciate the magnificence of the mountain and to take videos, photos and have a snack. Viewpoints include Zola Dam, Bimont Dam and others. An e-bike is a great way for people of all ages and abilities to explore the trail and gives you access to areas you never thought possible. There are different trails to ride depending on the skill level of the group. The ride starts and ends at Aix.

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Alpine Cols made famous by the Tour de France

A guided adventure over the French and Italian Alps

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 3797 4933

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£1179

This tour is quite a challenge. Your guided group will start the adventure in the charming Italian town of Cuneo before climbing into France up some of the most iconic climbs in cycling. The first big challenge is the Col de la Bonnette, at 2802m the highest col in Europe. Across the week you soon clock up the climbs as you make your way across the spectacular cols of Vars, Izoard, Galibier and Croix de Fer. If that is not enough, you finish the week by tackling the famous 21 hairpins bends of Alpe d’Huez. You will ride well over 400km during the trip and average 72km daily. The price of your trip includes flights from the UK, transfers, accommodation including breakfast and support vehicle.

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Alps - Weekend Road Cycling Camps in Morzine

A weekend dedicated to improving your riding

Offered by:
Yellovelo Tours

Tour length:
3 days (can be tailored for you)

Level of difficulty:
Tailored

Price:
From £350 camp only - please enquire about prices with accommodation included

Whether you're new to road biking, distance riding, cycling in the Alps or simply a seasoned rider keen to push your limits, these camps will help you gain the knowledge and confidence to reach your potential. Meet other riders, and learn to improve and enjoy your cycling in a new and exciting environment. Ride with experienced and competitive Alpine cyclists, who will share tips on bike and cleat fitting, how to choose the right bike for you and set it up, gear-changing, on-the-bike techniques for drinking, eating and pedalling, how to ride in a group, plus slipstream riding, relaying, and pacing. There's also an introduction to climbing and training, on-road repairs and punctures, choosing clothing, kit, food, drinks, plus hydration and recovery. And much more! Distances range from 40-150km a day depending on your ability. This is a great way to spend a few days with new friends (or old) amid the breathtaking scenery of the Morzine area of the Alps.

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Alps Challenge: Geneva to Alpe d'Huez

6 famous cols en route to the Alpe – are you up for the challenge?

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Tour length:
5 nights / 6 days

Level of difficulty:
Very challenging

Price:
From 845€ self-guided or 1395€ with a support vehicle

Cyclomundo Geneva to Alpe d'Huez mapVoted Outside Magazine's 'Trip of the Year', this tour starting in Cyclomundo's own backyard in Geneva can be taken as a guided or self-guided option. From the shores of Lake Geneva you'll ride to the switchbacks of Alpe d'Huez, climbing some of France's most famous cols en route: the Colombiere, Aravis, Saisies, Madeleine, Telegraphe and the mighty Galibier are all here. This tour can be booked as a self-guided ride or organised for cycling clubs and private groups. Itineraries and support can be tailored to your fitness levels. This tour can be combined with cyclosportives such as La Marmotte, Etape du Tour and the Time-Megeve-Mont-Blanc. Price includes 5 nights of accommodation, daily breakfast, 4 dinners, luggage transfers, transfer from Geneva to start of day 1, marked maps and route notes, a GPS unit (subject to availability). Full carbon road bike hire available on request.

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Alps Long Weekend

A long weekend to remember climbing iconic Alpine climbs

Offered by:
La Vie en Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0) 7984 065329

Tour length:
4 days / 3 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging or very challenging

Price:
£595

Your chance to cycle the Lautaret, Galibier, Glandon, Croix de Fer, Telegraphe, Ornon, Izoard and many other iconic cols of the Alps. You ride while La Vie en Velo takes care of the logistics. Included in the price is full on-road support from Angus and his van and trailer (he can also bring your bike and bags from the UK for you to save you the hassle of bike/plane or bike/train logistics). All rides and routes can be tailored to your preferences each day – ride as much or as little as you want. Maximum group size of only 8, so this is ideal for families with non-cyclists, as well as small corporate groups, cycling clubs or charity rides. Price includes transfer of bikes and bags from/to SE UK (or Paris for long-haul arrivals); 3 nights’ accommodation in a great little bike-friendly hotel near the Col du Galibier. Bike hire can be arranged.
Please ask about 2019 dates.

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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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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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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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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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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 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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Breakaway Cycling Packages in the South of France

Holiday house and ride packages tailored to your group

Offered by:
Véloroo

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

Tour length:
Tailored for you

Level of difficulty:
Tailored for you

Price:
From €136 per person per day

Can't find the perfect cycling holiday for your group or your ability? Steve and Julia at Veloroo have customised packages that include any combination of tour options, designed to suit your cycling holiday needs. Choose quality performance road bike hire, guided day rides, multi-day guided rides with vehicle support, and add-ons like a Ventoux ascent or a sidetrip into the Pyrenees. These packages are for people who want more than a standard tour, or who need a bit more flexibility in their planning. They are ideal for solo riders or cyclists travelling with non-cycling family or friends, or simply for groups looking for a tailored itinerary. Take on an iconic cols challenge, ride the 24-hour Le Mans challenge or take part in a local French sportive. These trips are ideal for casual cycling holidays through to training camps. Holiday house and ride packages start at €136 per person per day and are run in conjunction with a local property management company that finds accommodation to suit your package. Enjoy fabulous rides and then relax by the pool in the afternoon, walk to dinner or cook your own with a pre-delivered BBQ  pack. Transfers from Beziers airport or train station, guided rides with vehicle support, bike hire, holiday house rental and massages can all be factored in. Just send in your wishlist!

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Brittany and Normandy – A Combined Guided Cycling Holiday

A relaxing ride through pretty countryside and seaside scenery

Offered by:
Green Jersey French Cycling Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)1300 350 555

Tour length:
9 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £1295

This nine-day tour aims to give you a flavour of the north-west of France, with its proud history. While geographically adjacent, these two regions of France have very distinct identities – but the one thing they have in common is their cycling heritage: both are well-developed in terms of cycle tourism and are friendly and welcoming places to ride. Brittany occupies a peninsula jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean and is strong in seafaring traditions. It has wonderful beaches and pretty harbours, with its interior giving way to forest and ancient history. Normandy is a lush and verdant landscape, with agriculture at its heart – here, apple orchards feed cider and calvados production, while cattle are grazed for beef and cheese. Normandy is also dotted with impressive chateaux and manor houses, and historical villages. This tour starts in St Malo and heads west into Brittany before turning east for Normandy. 

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Burgundy Bike and Wine Tour - 1-Day Tour

A gentle guided bike ride through Burgundy's beautiful vineyards

Offered by:
Active Tours

Phone number:
+33 (0)3 80 26 17 12

Tour length:
1 day

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
€135 adults (ask about discounts for kids aged 6-16)

Enjoy a gentle guided bike ride through Burgundy's beautiful vineyards with Florian and his team of local cycling experts. Take in the vineyards south-west of regional capital Beaune, including a stop at a local chateau, with the winemaker himself opening his doors just for you. This is a great chance to try local wines and learn more about viticulture in Burgundy (and, yes, you can have any bottles you buy sent to your hotel or shipped home). This is an easy circular route between St Romain and Pommard via Volnay, Meursault, and Puligny Montrachet, with minivan transfer from Beaune. It's suitable for all abilities, including kids. Private and custom tours available on request. Price includes bike hire, all wine tastings, lunch in a local restaurant plus a local guide.

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Burgundy Mini-break

Take to the backroads and cycle paths of Burgundy

Offered by:
France Bike Trips

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

Tour length:
From 3 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy and moderate options

Price:
From €225

Explore the quiet country lanes and traffic-free bike tracks that weave through the vineyards and countryside of Burgundy. This is a relaxed and friendly corner of France, and an easy one to explore by bike. This is a flexible trip, and you can decide how many days you want to ride. Take in Beaune, the best bits of the Canal du Centre, the vineyards of the Nuits-Saint-Georges (Vosne Romanée, Vougeot, Gevrey Chambertin, Chambolle Musigny…), and the 'Voie des Vignes' to Santenay (think great wines like Pommard, Volnay, Meursault and Chassagne Montrachet). This trip has a strong gastronomical theme, and includes visits to vineyards and wine cellars, plus food tastings throughout. Price includes B&B accommodation, baggage transfers, detailed road book, maps and GPS tracks. Available guided or unguided.

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Canal du Midi Cycle Holiday

Cycle along France's most famous canal 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:
£985 for camping with B&B option available on request

Experience one of France's most popular canals by bike, taking the famous canal from Toulouse right the way through to the Med and then along the coast towards Provence. You'll use the canal as a rough guide, but you'll also leave it to explore the vineyards, olive groves and historic towns around it – there is more to this lovely corridor than its famous waterway. This fully guided and supported ‘Length and Breadth’ tour gives you the chance to get close to nature, camping your way along the canal but without the hassle of having to carry your own camping kit or tent (or even pitching it). If you prefer you can stay in B&Bs rather than camping, the choice is yours. Price includes support car, luggage transfers and guide, all campsite breakfasts or B&B if selected, plus lunches en route and some evening meals. You can combine this tour with the Atlantic Coast and Entre Deux Mers trips to navigate your way from the top of France to the bottom. 

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Canal du Midi Cycling Holiday

Follow the Canal du Midi from Toulouse to Agde

Offered by:
Bonkersfrog Cycling Holidays

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

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €549

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

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Canal du Midi Cycling Holiday: From Toulouse to Sète

A leisurely ride along France's most famous canal to the Med

Offered by:
France Bike Trips

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

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €515

The Canal du Midi is an ideal route for anyone wanting to take a leisurely ride and relax for a week of cycling with friends or family. From lock to lock and bridge to bridge, the canal will carry you from the  heart of Toulouse to Marseillan, on the Mediterranean Coast. Enjoy some time exploring the narrow labyrinthine streets of the 'pink city' of Toulouse before heading off along the canal to the Plaines du Lauragais, Castelnaudary and on to the towering fortified town of Carcassonne. You'll also pass by the seven locks of Fonséranne and the Etang de Thau (complete with oyster beds), before arriving at the Med. Price includes 6 nights' B&B accommodation, 4 evening meals, baggage transfers, detailed road book, maps and GPS tracks. Available guided or unguided. 

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Canal du Midi  – Fully guided Carcassonne-Narbonne-Carcassonne

A laid-back guided cycle along the Canal du Midi

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 3918 7473

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
£1170

This fully supported tour provides riders with the chance to be guided along the mainly tree-lined paths of the world famous Canal du Midi. You will ride about 30km each day as you pass through ancient Roman cities to the Mediterranean coast, taking in the fairytale towers of Carcassonne along the way. The canal is surrounded by varied landscapes including mountainous and the Mediterranean sea so why not have a trip to discover it for yourself? The price of this tour includes flights from the UK, transfers, accommodation, breakfasts, touring bike (e-bikes are available) and a tour leader.

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Champagne Region by Bike - Fully Guided

A relaxing and varied tour of the world famous Champagne area

Offered by:
Green Jersey French Cycling Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)1300 350 555

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £1495

Enjoy a fully supported tour of the Champagne vineyards. Visit some of the biggest Champagne houses in the world as you soak up this famous vineyard region. With daily distances at the lower end of 40-55 miles (60-80km) there is plenty of time to enjoy a relaxed pace and stunning views. Stay in comfortable hotels, benefit from full on-road back-up and luggage transfers, and enjoy leisurely refreshment stops. The route follows the quietest roads possible to make for a memorable cycling holiday. It's worth noting that Reims is a wonderful city and it would be well worth adding a day at the beginning or end of your tour to enjoy its spendour. 

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Charente, Dordogne and the Haute Vienne – Cycling Tours for All Abilities

Explore the beautiful countryside south-west of Limoges with local riders

Offered by:
Cycling Chez Nous

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 55 75 33 41 or +44 (0)7538 344076,

Tour length:
6 days riding (can be tailored for you)

Level of difficulty:
Tailored for you

Price:
From €532-€832 depending on your preferred accommodation (gite or farmhouse)

Sue and Phil at Cycling Chez Nous offer fixed base tours on a guided or self-guided basis (with gpx files provided) in their own backyard. The Haute-Vienne is a much lesser cycled area of France and takes in the triangle on the Dordogne/Charente border within reach of Limoges, Angouleme and Thiviers. It is a true – and very 'local' – cycling paradise with mainly traffic-free roads that run through a landscape of fields and forests. The roads are a pleasure to cruise along, the sun on your back as the beauty of the region slides silently past you. Prices include accommodation based on 7 nights, daily continental breakfast, afternoon tea and 6 three-course evening meals with wine, cheese and coffee (one night is reserved for you to enjoy a local restaurant). There's also canapes and fizz on first and last evenings. Shorter or longer tours can be tailored for you. Airport transfers from Limoges can also be arranged.

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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

Level of difficulty:
Challenging - 1513km/946 miles

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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Cols Tour in Pyrenees - Ride 6 (or 7!) cols

Cyclist-run supported rides from the foothills of the Pyrenees

Offered by:
Cycle Aude

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

Tour length:
Tailored for you

Level of difficulty:
Moderate to challenging (can be tailored for you)

Price:
From €50 per night

Ride the cols of the Pyrenees from cyclist Martyn's base in the beautiful Aude at the foothills of the mountains and within reach of all the big-hitters: Col de Portel, Col De Portet d'Aspet, Col de Peyresourde, Col de Mente, Col de Aspin, Tourmalet and the Hautacam. Airport/train transfers or luggage and bike bag collection included (you can cycle from the airport or train station if you like). To keep things simple, the trip's priced at a flat per-night rate that includes B&B, evening meals and on-road nourishment. Available guided or self-guided if you prefer to go off and do your own thing with maps and route advice from Martyn.

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Cote d'Azur and Nice guided rides

See the sunny south coast of France with a local guide

Offered by:
Lifesparkz Bike Tours

Phone number:
(+33) 6 40 52 94 39

Tour length:
Single or multiple day options to suit your needs

Level of difficulty:
Moderate to very challenging

Price:
Tailored for you

 The Côte d’Azur really is an area that comes into its own with some local knowledge. Discover the hidden treasures of the Côte d’Azur by bike with local guides. Tina at Lifesparkz Bike Tours can customise day tours for single riders or organise longer tours for larger groups or clubs. Routes can be tailored to all abilities, from moderate to very challenging rides that take you into Les Alpes-Maritimes, or leisure ride along coastal routes that can often be crowded with tourist traffic. Ride from Nice into the lower Alps or venture into the Var. Day or multi-day rides available. Guiding in English, French, Danish or Hungarian. Bike rental also possible, along with support cars and mechanics for larger groups.

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Custom Cycling Holidays in France

Tailored support for your group cycling holiday in France

Offered by:
La Vie en Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0) 7984 065329

Tour length:
Tailored

Level of difficulty:
Tailored

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

La Vie en Velo can support your trip to anywhere in France. This year they already have custom trips planned in the Pyrenees, the Alps, as well as London-Paris. Their service is ideal for groups and can be tailored to your group size – prices include full van support, bike and baggage transfers and stacks of bikey knowledge. Angus can plan your accommodation for you and also arrange bike hire if you're not bringing your own (he can bring your bike and luggage for you from the UK). Routes can be tailored for you. The La Vie en Velo team specialises in taking cyclists to ride wherever they want using a van and custom-fitted box trailer for your bikes. Ideal for family groups, charity rides, cycling clubs and corporate events.

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Custom Tours in the Alps

Take the stress out of organising your Alpine tour

Offered by:
La Vie en Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0) 7984 065329

Tour length:
Tailored

Level of difficulty:
Tailored, but generally challenging

Price:
Tailored

Ride the great Tour de France cols whilst La Vie en Velo take care of everything else for you. Your bikes and bags don’t even have to go near a plane. If you are coming from the UK, they can bring them with them in their fully-equipped van. You just concentrate on turning those pedals and looking at that view. The Lautaret, Galibier, Glandon, Croix de Fer, Telegraphe, Ornon, Izoard and many others are all possible and routes can be tailored to your preferences. Tours are adaptable and can be tailored to your group size. The tour tailoring service can include transfer of bikes and bags from/to the UK (or from French airports); assistance with flights from/to London; and accommodation – La Vie en Velo have a strong relationship with a great little bike-friendly hotel near the Col du Galibier, and this provides a super base. Bike hire can be arranged.

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Custom Tours in the Pyrenees

A week in the Pyrenees planned to take your needs into account

Offered by:
La Vie en Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0) 7984 065329

Tour length:
Tailored

Level of difficulty:
Tailored, but generally challenging

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

Ride the great Tour de France cols whilst La Vie en Velo take care of everything else for you. Ride the Tourmalet, Peyresourde, Port de Bales, Portillon and many others from a marvellous catered chalet in the beautiful spa town of Bagneres-de-Luchon. Rides tailored for you each day. Bike and bag transferred offered from the UK – you don't even need to bring them with you. Price then includes your own transfers from your French airport/train station. On-road support from a fully-equipped van. All you do is ride! Ideal for corporate groups, charity rides, cycling clubs or family groups with non-cyclists and kids. Bike hire can be arranged.

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Cycle Marseilles to Barcelona Fully Guided

A week of guided cycling along the Mediterranean

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 3918 6543

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
£1299

This tour provides an opportunity to explore the Mediterranean Sea along this beautiful coast line by bike with the confidence provided by having a knowledgeable guide. You will rack up over 300km as you cycle through the Camargue, the Canal du Midi, vineyards, cork oak forests, Greek and Roman remains and the beaches of Catalunya in Spain. The train and bus will take the strain between some sections so you can focus on the best parts of this journey between the historic port cities of Marseille and Barcelona. The price of this tour includes flights from the UK, transfers, accommodation, breakfasts and a tour leader/guide.

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Cycle the Cathar Castles - Fully Guided

A week-long tour of the Cathar region in the south of France

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 3918 7089

Tour length:
7 days / 6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
£960

This fully suported tour will take you on a 400km ride around the truly varied south of France and – in particular – the Aude lands of Cathar castles, the Canal du Midi, Carcassonne and Perpignan. You’ll ride from the medieval fortress of Carcassonne, through a land steeped in history and historical Cathar castles as well as pretty villages, the Mediterranean coast and the lively city of Perpignan. Your days will be varied but for the most part you will cycle on quiet French lanes, taking you into the Pyrenean foothills and along the Vermillion Coast. There'll be plenty of time for wine-tasting and sampling the local cuisine. The price of this tour includes flights from the UK (also available without flights), transfers and accommodation, meals (all breakfasts and two dinners), bike hire (e-bikes available) and a tour guide.

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Cycle to Oberammergau Passion Play 2020

Ride to the incredible Oberammergau Passion Play, held every 10 years

Offered by:
Green Jersey French Cycling Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)1300 350 555

Tour length:
14 days

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£2995

Every 10 years since 1634, the residents of this small Bavarian village give thanks for being spared from the Black Death by performing a Passion Play, based on the events surrounding the death of Christ. The whole village is involved, with the actors themselves needing to have been born in Oberammergau to win roles – but this is far from an amateur production. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to cycle to see the famous Oberammergau Passion Play, passing many interesting and historic places in France and Germany en route. The Green Jersey team rode from the Portsmouth to Oberammergau in 2010 – the last time the play was performed – so this route is tried and tested. Whether you wish to visit for religious reasons, to witness one of the most historic cultural events in Europe or to re-create the happenings in Jerome K Jerome's Three Men on a Pilgrimage, this is an event you will always remember. The route takes you north of Paris then across France to the southern Vosges, via Verdun, and into Germany passing the source of the Danube, Lake Constance and, finally, to the little village near the famous ski resort of Garmsich-Partenkirken. It covers 12 days' cycling and is not to be missed. Covers between 50 miles (80km) and 80 miles (130km) each day, clocking up a total of 706 miles (1131km). Price includes tickets to the play in the highest category of seats (worth almost £200), 13 nights' accommodation, all breakfasts except on on one ferry crossing, and 9 evening meals. Fully guided with on-road vehicle support. 
Dates: May 24 to June 6, 2020

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Cycling from Mont Ventoux to Alpe d'Huez

A guided or self-guided ride conquering two of France's icons

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 50 87 21 09

Tour length:
5 nights/ 6 days

Level of difficulty:
Very challenging

Price:
From 830€

Forget watching the Tour de France on television – experience some of the most famous climbs in south-western France for yourself on this 6-day journey from Mont Ventoux to Alpe d’Huez. Cycle up the 'Giant of Provence' – twice if you want! – and follow Cyclomundo's tried-and-tested Alps itinerary. Encounter mind-boggling vistas, gorgeous gorges, and the charming towns of Sault, Orpierre, Guillestre, and Briançon, among others. This is a challenging self-guided tour passing over such legendary cols as the Izoard and climbing the famous 21 hairpin bends to Alpe d’Huez. The amazing views are an added bonus. Available self-guided or fully guided with on-road vehicle support. Price includes 5 nights' accommodation, daily breakfast, 2 dinners, luggage transfers, marked maps and route notes, a Garmin GPS unit (subject to availability). Bike rentals available on request.

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Cycling Holiday in the Limousin (fixed-base)

Explore the backroads of the Limousin region with bespoke routes

Offered by:
Bonkersfrog Cycling Holidays

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

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €549

The Limousin region – tucked in between the Loire and the Dordogne – is one of France's often-overlooked cycling destinations. And completely without reason: there's some super cycling to be had here. This guided or self-guided trip is the perfect way to get to know the region. It takes in all the highlights: Chateau de Villemonteix, woodlands and lake-side picnic spots, the nature reserve at the Etang de Landes, tiny villages, market towns, hill-top vistas, rock formations and much more. Cris and Andy at Bonkersfrog have been riding the roads of the Limousin for 10 years – there are few people who know cycling in this region better than them. Price includes all accommodation at their own B&B, most meals, luggage transfer and bespoke routes, plus bike hire if you need it. Available guided or self-guided.

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Cycling Holidays for Vegetarians and Vegans

Eating need not be a trauma on your French cycling holiday

Offered by:
St Antonin Noble Velo

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 65 97 61 81

Tour length:
2 days / nights minimum

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €250

Cycling in France can sometimes be tough for vegetarians and vegans. The solution? Local knowledge. Peter and Natalie are local vegetarian experts and know all the best (and friendliest) places to eat. They offer guided and self-guided rides that are based around pre-arranged restaurant stops that ensure the chef is aware of your dietary requirements. All restaurants have been tested anonymously to help guarantee you won't just be served an omelette or a plate of vegetables. You’ll be based at their award-winning 16th century auberge in the medieval heart of St Antonin Noble Val, nestled in the spectacular Aveyron gorge. Fabulous vegetarian and vegan evening meals can be prepared inhouse, or use the guest kitchen to self-cater. The riding in this part of France is fabulous – quiet roads and stunning, varied scenery. The routes are not for beginners, but the climbing is rarely steep and there are plenty of routes to keep things manageable. Prices include B&B accommodation, rides, a rescue service and unlimited local knowledge. Just an hour from Toulouse airport, this is an excellent option for vegetarians and vegans wanting to explore SW France. Group discounts available.

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Cycling Holidays in the Lot et Garonne – Fixed base tours for small groups

Discover the Lot Valley on a guided bespoke cycling holiday

Offered by:
Lamamotte Gite Cycling Holidays

Tour length:
7 nights / 6 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate to challenging but can be tailored for you

Price:
From £595 per person

Jess and Mark are keen road cyclists and offer fully tailored and guided road cycling holidays for groups. The tours operate from their luxurious fixed base accommodation, complete with pool. The Lot et Garonne has quiet country roads and rolling hills, making it ideal for intermediate cyclists in particular. Typically the rides are between 50km to 120km per day with climbing of 300-1600m. The area has superb scenery, including river valleys, chateaux and castles, medieval hilltop Bastide towns and rural landscapes. All rides are organised to stop at scenic destinations for photos and refreshments. Local destinations include Monflanquin, Pujols, Penne d’Agenais and Nerac. These holidays are for groups of between 4 and 10 people staying in a beautiful converted farmhouse with a pool in a rural setting. There are 5 bedrooms, a mix of doubles and twins, some with ensuite. The price includes continental breakfasts, three-course evening meals with wine, as well as transfers from Bergerac Airport. Self-catering is an option available on request. Hire of quality carbon road bikes can easily be arranged or you can bring your own. You can also see Jess and Mark's Facebook page here.

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