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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

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

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 Tour des Charentes

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

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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4-Day D-Day Beaches Tour

Cycle to and along the D-Day Beaches

Offered by:
World At My Cleats

Phone number:
+44 (0)7799 894073

Tour length:
4 days

Price:
From £600

2020 marks the 76th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy. On June 6, 1944 – 150,000 British, Commonwealth and American troops waded ashore and confronted the German guns. Within the month, one million Allied troops had landed in  France. This tour commemorates the landings via a series of special rides taking in the beaches of Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha and Utah. Today these beaches are a picture of tranquillity. To cycle the coastal road here is a real treat enhanced by turning inland and taking in country lanes, rustic villages, remote dairy farms and orchards. The experience dinners and strategic lunch stops. 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 now branched out to offer cycling holidays. This trip is flexible – it's offered self-guided with Garmin routes and maps, or fully guided if you prefer having someone to ride with. Either way, a support vehicle with spare parts and replacement bikes are on hand in case you need help. Ride from a fixed base – a restored Norman farmhouse in rural La Manche – where breakfast and dinner will be provided every day. There are three double rooms that comfortably accommodate six riders, making this trip ideal for solo riders or small groups. The price includes accommodation, breakfasts and dinners, support vehicle, meet from ferry/airport, and a guide (optional).

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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

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

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:
4 to 7 nights with guided rides

Price:
From €300 per person

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 luxury accommodation. Yoga sessions, breakfast, delicious meals prepared with local ingredients, wine, guided rides, bike maintenance course, transfers and bike hire can all be arranged. Self catering option is available. 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

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 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

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

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 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

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

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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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

Price:
From 865€ 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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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

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

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

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

Price:
Varies - you can take a set package or have one tailored for you (please enquire)

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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Aveyron Gorge – Gravel Cycling Holidays

Get off the beaten track to explore gorges and river valleys with locals

Offered by:
St Antonin Noble Velo

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

Tour length:
4 days / 5 nights, or bespoke packages can be put together

Price:
Varies depending on your package - please ask

These gravel cycling holidays in the Aveyron Gorge area of SW France are ideal for adventurous groups wanting to ride trails usually only experienced by locals. Following routes designed by local cyclist Peter, the riding here does not follow sanitised, graded biking trails. Peter has struggled along trails that are blocked or non-existant so that you don’t have to. Expect forest trails, river rides and trails that follow gorges and cliffs. This really is an exceptional area for gravel riding – the sheer volume of good trails is staggering, as well as wild and largely little-ridden. Rides can be challenging at times but they will be designed for you and your ability, and no one will be left behind. B&B accommodation is in an award-winning 16th century auberge in historic St-Antonin-Noble-Val, with vegetarian or vegan evening meals on request. Choose a set-date gravel holidays or ask for a trip to be designed for you. Ask Peter also about his 100-mile/160-km gravel challenges.

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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

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!

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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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

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

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

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:
3 or 4 days

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

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: 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

Price:
From €470

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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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

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)

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

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

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

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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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

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

Price:
From 860€

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 GPS device (subject to availability). Bike rentals available on request.

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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:
Minimum of two nights

Price:
Varies - you can take a package on a set tour weekend or have a tour tailored for you

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:
4 to 7 nights (with guided rides)

Price:
From €300 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 luxury accommodation. Continental breakfast, 3 course evening meal with wine, guided rides and transfers from Bergerac Airport can be arranged. 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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Cycling in the Drome River Valley

Ride the quiet backroads of the undiscovered Diois

Offered by:
France Bike Trips

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

Tour length:
6 days

Price:
From €515

Ride the backroads of the beautiful Diois area of the Drôme Provençale. The area is a superb mix of the Alps and Provence, full of orchards, vineyards and sunflower fields, plus rolling hills of boxwood, pine and lavender. You'll ride alongside clear rivers and streams, with plenty of opportunities to stop for picnics and swims, or stop in a sleepy hamlet or village for a coffee in a shaded café terrace. The Diois is also a major wine producing area, famous for the sparkling Clairette de Die. (Don't worry – you'll have plenty of opportunities for wine tasting). Price includes B&B accommodation, most evening meals, baggage transfer, detailed road book, maps and GPS tracks. Available guided or unguided.

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Cycling in the Pyrenees - Supported and Guided Rides

An exhilarating guided week in the footsteps of the Tour de France

Offered by:
Mountain Bug

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 62 42 90 50

Tour length:
7 nights

Price:
From £870

Mountain Bug is an activity chalet run for and by cyclists. Their ever popular week of cycling the classic cols is based on the current Tour de France itinerary and previous Tour routes. They call it the “I’ve been there” cycling week. Offering a challenging but enjoyable week, rides take in summits such as the Col du Tourmalet, Aspin and Peyresourde, as well as Luz-Ardiden (2011 Tour finish) and Hautacam ski station (2008 Tour and Etape finishes). There’s also an optional ride to Gavarnie (UNESCO world heritage site) and the Col de Tentes 2200m, which is the highest paved road in the mountain range. The tour price is based on 2 sharing an ensuite room and includes full board in either a 3-star chalet or hotel (except one free day, when you have breakfast only), five days of guided/vehicle supported cycling and bike storage. The price does not include airport transfers or cycle hire.

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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

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. 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. Other options across the Western Front also available, including the Somme and Ypres.

 

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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

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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French Classes + Mountain Biking (Morzine)

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)

Price:
Packages and prices can be tailored for you

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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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

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: 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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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

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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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

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. 

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Let Freewheeling France help you plan your French cycling adventures

Offered by:
Freewheeling France

Tour length:
Tailored for you

Price:
Tailored for you

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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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

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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Raid Pyrenean Coast to Coast Ride

Raid the Pyrenees, bagging all the big cols en route

Offered by:
Exodus Travels

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 3131 7557

Tour length:
8 days

Price:
From £1469

The ultimate adventure on a bike in the Pyrenees. Cross 11 of the most famous Tour de France cols as you traverse the Pyrenees. Hug the French-Spanish border during just under 100 hours in the saddle. Enjoy the stunning jagged landscape as you conquer climbs like the Col du Tourmalet and the Col d'Aubisque. End your ride with a refreshing swim in the Mediterranean. This is a fully supported and guided group trip. The 8-day trip includes 6 days of cycling, groups of between 6 and 18 plus a leader in a support vehicle, 7 nights' hotel accommodation, all breakfasts, and flights from London (if required). 
2019 start dates: June 22, August 10, August 31, September 14.
2020 start dates: June 20, August 8, August 29, September 12.

 

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RAID Pyrénées

Ride 16 climbs and 705km on this spectacular Pyrénéan adventure

Offered by:
Bike Basque

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 95 94 82 37

Tour length:
8 days/7 nights

Price:
€1800

Do you want to climb the biggest and most beautiful cols in the Pyrenees? Then why not start in Biarritz and finish with a lifetime of memories in Ax les Thermes 10 days later. En route take in the Tourmalet, the Aubisque and Peyresourde – in total there are 16 climbs (with over 12,000m elevation gain) over 705km. Fully supported by professional guides and cars. Price includes good half-board accommodation, transfers, and snacks and drinks while you're on the bike. Optional bike hire available. 

Dates for 2019: 10th – 17th June, 2nd – 9th July, 27th July – 3rd August, 3rd – 10th September

 

 

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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!

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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