Tours - Self-guided: All France

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Canoe + Bike Escape Tours and Saumur (4 days)

A leisurely ride through vineyards to the famous chateaux of the Loire

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
4 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €365

Loire valley bike rideBérangère and Eugénie began to cycle across their home country at the age of 22. Year after year they hand-selected the finest routes and hidden treasures. Now, via Le Vélo Voyageur, they are inviting you to share them. Encounter the breathtaking beauty of the Loire valley by riding between Tours and Saumur. Meandering between the Loire valley and the Vienne valley, the bike route follows little country roads passing by the most prestigious castles, the chateaux de la Loire such as Chateau de Villandry, Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau or Chateau d'Ussé, the castle of the Sleeping Beauty. You will not only admire the changing colours of the Loire River and the traditional boats floating between the sand banks, but also the vineyards of Chinon and Saumur, the abbaye de Fontevraud and the cave houses lining the valley. Give in to the magic of a cycling holiday in the Loire.

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Caves, Villages and Rivers of the Dordogne Valley

Underground rivers, the Lascaux caves and bustling Sarlat

Offered by:
Cycle the Dordogne

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 5330 2320 or +44 (0)77 7455 1647

Tour length:
9 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €1680

There are many highlights on this self-guided ride in the Dordogne – from the Grottes du Cougnac and Rocamadour – a place of pilgrimage since the 10th century – to the Gramat Causse and Martel, a medieval village with a distinctive skyline. There's also the fabulous underground river system at the Gouffre de Padirac and the stunning village of Carrenac. Follow the River Dordogne from one village to another and see how La Roque Gageac hugs the cliffs on the river's edge. Don't forget to take in the ancient caves of Lascaux just outside Montignac. The caves are one of the world's most precious prehistoric sites and UNESCO-listed. From here, ride on to the market town of Sarlat with its bustling limestone medieval centre. Having lived and cycled in the region since 1991, Anglo-French couple Annie and Cliff can help you get the most out of this stunning region of south-west France.

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Cévennes National Park and Tarn Discovery Tour

Touring the Tarn gorges and Cévennes National Park

Offered by:
Mellow Vélos Aventures

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

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
€1100

This new tour follows the course of the Tarn river from close to its source on Mont Lozere to where it forms a large valley in Aveyron. That route will see you riding through the Cévennes, through the Gorges du Tarn and then into the Tarn valley with lots to see and do en route. You will stay in two- and three-star hotels along the way and finish at Rouquefort to visit the cheese caves (you will have earned a sample or three). Geoff and Tessa are local cycling experts, having lived and cycled in this area for more than 20 years. Their routes are varied and interesting, and they can be tailored to your ability. You'll have six days of riding planned for you, with one rest day for you to take time out for for MTB-ing or e-biking, or to simply relax. The tour is self-guided and comes complete with a full pack of rides, maps and route instructions, plus a GPS device (or the GPX filed for your own device). This is a great chance to explore a hidden part of France.

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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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Château to Château en Vélo

Ride in the footsteps of France's kings and queens

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44 (0)1580 214 010

Tour length:
8 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £1126

Pedal gently among stunning castles, through fields of sunflowers and along rows of vineyards, samping the local food and wine en route. Highlights include the medieval town of Amboise, Clos Lucé (the home of Leonardo da Vinci), Château de Chenonceau, the most photographed chateau of the Loire, and Château de Cheverny, the château behind Tintin. Included in your tour are 5 days' cycling, accommodation and some meals, full and detailed route notes and maps, bike hire (electric bikes are also available), support and luggage transfers between hotels, plus station transfers. All you have to do is ride!

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Chateauneuf du Pape to the Pont du Gard Aqueduct

France at its best – a leisurely bike ride for all abilities

Offered by:
Walk Inn Provence

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 86 65 00 20

Tour length:
7 days / 6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €1080

This well-planned itinerary makes for a gentle cycling holiday perfectly suited to beginners, wine-lovers and history buffs. The self-guided ride starts in medieval Avignon before pedalling out to the famous Côtes du Rhône wine-making appellation of Châteauneuf du Pape. From here it's on to Uzès to see its centuries-old stone buildings and labyrinth of cobbled streets. Afterwards, the Mistral wind will push you south to the Pont du Gard – the most imposing bridge built during the Roman Empire. But that's not all. Continue towards Boulbon, a charming village nestled against the thyme-laden Montagnette hills, and on to ride in Van Gogh's footsteps to St Remy de Provence and then Roman Arles. Price includes 6 nights' B&B double occupancy, luggage transfers, hybrid bike rental, full road book and maps, and two evening meals. The tour is locally run from Avignon.

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Châteaux of the Loire

Pedal gently through fairytale France

Offered by:
Bspoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £1255

Soaring high slated turrets are your constant companions on this tour of the famous chateaux of the Loire valley. As you spend 8 days cycling through glorious countryside and medieval towns, you can sample some of the world's finest food and wine while staying in highly rated 3- and 4-star accommodation. Lots of the route is on quiet roads or the Loire à Velo cycle path, so a relaxing ride with a chance to enjoy the natural surroundings is guaranteed. The price includes bed and breakfast, flights and transfers from UK (ask for prices if you're not coming from the UK), luggage transfers, bikes, panniers and puncture repair kits, route maps and instructions, assistance whenever needed and tandems and electric bikes can be provided on request.

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Châteaux of the Loire - Short Break

Short but sweet visit to the Loire

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
4 days / 3 nights or 5 days / 4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £725

If you're short on time but have always dreamed of being surrounded by the spectacular fairytale castles of the Loire, then this tour could be a perfect fit. Ideal for the whole family with the route following the Loire à Vélo cycle path, it's safe and surrounded by nature. And of course no visit would be complete without sampling some of the world famous wines. Throughout this short break you'll try fine wines and delicious traditional French fayre, explore historic Chinon on the banks of the River Vienne and visit the Château d’Azay-le-Rideau, built on an island on the River Indre. The price of this tour includes 3 and 4-star hotel and B&B accommodation, flights from the UK (ask about discounts if you're arriving on your own), airport transfers, luggage transfers, bikes, panniers and puncture repair kits, detailed route maps, and assistance whenever needed. Tandems and electric bikes on request.

 

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Chateaux of the Loire: Castles, Caves & Vineyards

Experience the romance of the Loire Valley

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617001

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £845

Inntravel Chateaux of the LoireFamed for its magnificent châteaux and wide, lazily flowing rivers, the Loire region is a delight. West of Tours, the Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional Park is characterised by vineyards, rolling farmland, hunting forests and limestone cliffs into which astonishing troglodytic dwellings have been carved. Crowning these beautiful landscapes are some of the Loire's most romantic and elegant châteaux: Azay-le-Rideau, Ussé, Chinon, Villandry and Saumur. With short, easy routes that are largely on the flat, you have plenty of time to visit all of these during your holiday, along with vineyards and mushroom caves (pay locally in all cases).

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Classic Burgundy and Beaune

A self-guided tour to sample the best of Burgundy

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From £1325

Any mention of Burgundy conjures up rich, deep reds and classic whites. This self-guided itinerary will see you cycling through wonderful scenery to bustling towns such as Beaune and Cluny, visiting abbeys and chateaux and, of course, some of the most famous vineyards on the planet. There'll also be time for Chateau de Savingny-les-Beaune and its collection of vintage planes and cars, and the medieval town of Brancion. The price of this tour includes flights from the UK and transfers (discount for people arriving under the own steam), 3* B&B hotel accommodation, luggage transfers between hotels, train ticket from Tournus to Beaune, bikes with panniers and handlebar bags, detailed route maps and instructions, and helpful local support.

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Classic Canal du Midi

Gourmet meals and towpath cycling along the world famous Canal du Midi

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £1620

If you're after a well-balanced holiday, including excellent food and wine combined with great cycling, this tour could be perfect for you. Starting in the breathtaking fortified town of Carcassonne, and finishing next to the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean, you will cycle down tree-lined towpaths, over beautiful bridges and through some of the prettiest scenery in France, ending each day in high standard accommodation. The price of this tour includes 6 days' cycling, 7 nights' B&B accommodation and some evening gourmet meals, luggage transfers between hotels, detailed route notes, bike hire and a local agent if needed.

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Classic Cognac Cycling

Follow meandering river Charente through prestigious brandy vineyards

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £1285

Classic CognacRide along the banks of the meandering river Charente, one of France's most picturesque but least explored waterways. En route, pass through the prestigious brandy vineyards of the Cognac region, taking the time to stop and sample some of the world's most famous brands. Other highlights include Dorgeville's impressive Roman amphitheatre and the Abbey de Fontdouce. There is the option to add an extra night at Château de Mesnac, a Cognac-producing chambre d’hôte.

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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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Côtes du Rhône in Provence

Ride the rivers and wine routes of Provence

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7760

Tour length:
4 or 7 night options

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £915

From gently rolling hills and ancient villages to historic cities and Roman ruins, there are plenty of interesting places to stop and soak up Provençal history on this tour of the Côtes du Rhône. In between stops you’ll enjoy wonderful laidback cycling through vineyards, along river trails and into the beautiful valleys of the Dentelles de Montmirail mountains. To fuel your adventure there are picnic spots galore, highly rated restaurants and a simply stunning array of wines. Relax in the vibrant St Rémy with a glass of Pastis, or try your hand at kayaking beneath the Pont du Gard. The price of your tour include delicious restaurant meals each night, bed and breakfast accommodation, expert support, luggage carried between your hotels, and fully serviced touring bikes.

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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 Amongst the Loire Valley Châteaux from Blois to Tours

Discover the rich tapestries of the Loire Valley – from castles to vineyards

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Level of difficulty:
Very easy

Price:
From €789

A cycle tour amongst the Loire valley châteaux from Blois to ToursThe Loire Valley, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, is perfect for a cycling holiday: cycling paths and roads take you across forests, plains and vineyards on a flat terrain. Be captivated by the wonders of this enchanting area: the magic of Chambord, the delicious Loire wines, the medieval town in Tours and the iconic chateau at Chenonceau.  This bike trip combines the beautiful landscape s of the valley with the importance of the river, the unmissable chateaux de la Loire and the delicious French cuisine. This is a favourite of best friends and cycling partners Bérangère and Eugénie, who set up Le Vélo Voyageur to share their French cycling discoveries with visitors from around the world.

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Cycle from Saumur to La Rochelle on La Vélo Francette

New tour taking riders from the Loire to the Atlantic Coast

Offered by:
Biking France

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

Tour length:
7 days with 5 days' riding

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
€670

This self-guided tour gives you the chance to see lots of contrasts from the castles of the Loire Valley to the endless beaches of the Atlantic Ocean via the Sèvre Niortaise river. Along the way you'll discover Saumur and its vineyards and the harbour and seafood of La Rochelle via the 'Green Venice' of the Marais Poitevin. This circuit reveals many natural and architectural treasures and a preserved landscape. The price includes 6 nights' B&B accommodation in 2-star and 3-star local hotels, cycle rental for 5 days (with helmet), luggage transfers, a detailed travel folder in French or English, tourist brochures so you can select personal things to do and see, plus a telephone support hotline 7 days a week.

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Cycle Loire & Sologne – The Land of Kings

Take in the grandeur of the Loire's chateaux country

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617001

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £1065

Inntravel land of Kings mapThe beautiful Loire Valley is renowned for the grandeur and majesty of the magnificent châteaux that line the banks of this regal river. Slightly less well-known is the region just to the south of Orléans - the Sologne - where shimmering lakes and picturesque villages of timber-framed, red-brick houses nestle amid the luxuriant woodland. This trip is a mix of roads-less-travelled as well as Loire highlights such as the grand chateaux at Blois, Chaumont and Chambord. It's an easy pedalling tour on riverside lanes, forest tracks and dedicated cycle paths, staying in top-quality family-run hotels en route. All accommodation, bike hire, route notes and maps, plus baggage transfer included.

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Cycle off the beaten track in the Dordogne

Autoire waterfalls, Collanges-la-Rouge and the Jardins d’Eyrignac

Offered by:
Cycle the Dordogne

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 5330 2320 or +44 (0)77 7455 1647

Tour length:
9 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
€1205

This is a true insider's cycling tour of the Dordogne, with the route packed with off-the-beaten trail highlights that don't make it onto a regular tourist itinerary. Head for the wide open spaces of Les Causses, passing through unspoilt scenery en route to Rocamadour and St-Céré, gateway to the waterfalls at Autoire, Château-de-Montal, Castelnau-Bretenoux and Les Grottes de Presque. Pedal along the river to Carennac before taking in Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne and the deserted lanes of Collanges-la-Rouge in the Corrèze. Visit the Jardins d’Eyrignac as you loop back to Gourdon. Fully inclusive self-guided tour with high quality B&B accommodation, luggage transfers and high-spec bike hire.

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Cycle the Atlantic from Nantes to La Rochelle

Enjoy the beaches that hug the Velodyssey Eurovelo 1 bike route

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €795

With this self-guided trip along the Velodyssey cycle route you will experience the wide variety of landscapes that the Atlantic coast has to offer – from sandy beaches and rocky coastlines to marshland and pine forests, charming villages and trendy seaside resorts. The initial part of the itinerary to Pornic feels like Brittany because of the historic heritage and the architecture. Further into the Vendee country is a different story. The land is more open, with agricultural polders, oyster farming land and forests. For the most part, the cycle path is close to the coast, offering the best views of the ocean. Stay each night in one of the welcoming seaside towns scattered along the Vendee coast and end your bike trip in La Rochelle and its old harbour. The price of this tour includes bikes, GPS routes, maps and tourist leaflets, accommodation and panniers. Ebikes and luggage transfers are available as added extras.

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Cycle the Mediterranean Sea, the Pyrenees and the Canal du Midi

A unique blend of cycling from the sea to canyons and canals

Offered by:
France Bike

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 67 50 79 11

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From €920

This self-guided tour provides a unique perspective on many of the south of France's highlights. It's unusual to combine the Med, the Midi and the Pyrenees into one trip but that's exactly what this one does. While the trip heads into the Pyrenees, it's an all-abilities ride designed so that any cyclist can enjoy it. Start in Narbonne and follow the Mediterranean coast to Perpignan before getting into the heart of the Pyrenees on one of the most beautiful mountain railways in Europe. The next day, cycle through the Capcir and the wild high valley of the Aude River, which guides you down and out of the mountains. Untouched landscapes and deep canyons await you as well as small villages and wonderful towns en route to Carcassonne. From here, follow the Canal du Midi back to Narbonne. The price includes charming hotels and B&B accommodation, all breakfasts, bus or train ticket from Perpignan to Villefranche le Conflent, luggage transfers, carefully planned routes and maps, GPS tracks on request, and support hotline.

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Cycle Through Lavender

Take in the sights and smells of France's famous lavender fields

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Tour length:
5 nights / 6 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €825

Cyclomundo Cycling Through Lavender mapCelebrate lavender in all its forms on this self-guided cycling holiday through France's famous lavender fields. Experience the colours and the aromas as you cycle through both natural fields and lovingly cultivated farmers' fields. Combine calming perfumes and fresh alpine air as you pass the spectacular Gorges of Verdon (France’s own 'Grand Canyon'), climb to the hilltop village of Valensole to see its stunning lavender-covered plateau, and meander through hills and valleys bordering the Luberon. Daily distance between 38-57km. Price includes transfers to and from Manosque on the first and last days, 5 nights of 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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Cycle tour from Poitevin Marshes to Ile de Ré

Discover Poitou-Charentes from the Poitevin Marshes to Ile de Ré

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €799

Start your bike trip in Niort and discover the small roads and narrow canals of the Poitevin marshes. Cross small villages, discover the fauna and flora of the marshes with a guide on a boat, and visit the magnificent abbey of Maillezais. Stop in the city of art and history that is Fontenay-le-Comte before leaving the wild Marais Poitevin to reach the beautiful port city of La Rochelle. The next day you'll ride to the island Ile de Ré where you'll discover the long fine-sand beaches, the salt evaporation ponds of Loix and Ars-en-Ré, the fortified city of Saint-Martin-de-Ré or the producers of Pineau wine. Cross the bridge back to La Rochelle to bring your adventure to an end. Bérangère and Eugénie at Le Vélo Voyageur have been riding in France since they were 22. They started running self-guided tours to share their favourites routes with visitors to France.

 

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Cycle touring in the Tarn gorges – Self-guided

Explore the incredible scenery of the deep 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:
From €430

The gorges in the Tarn and Lozere departments are some of the deepest and most spectacular in Europe – and they are surprisingly undiscovered and rarely cycled. The area is set to the north of Montpellier at the western edge of the Cévennes National Park. This self-guided tour is based at Mellow Velo Aventures' own our self-catering accommodation, so you'll have a familiar base to return to at the end of each day without having to worry about luggage transfers. Tessa and Geoff have over 20 years of local knowledge to call upon and have planned these varied and interesting routes based on their local favourites – and on your preferred daily mileage. You'll head out for six rides over a period of seven days. On the rest day you can cycle off-piste, try MTB-ing or electric biking, go canoeing, walking, pot holing, or simply relax. You'll be provided with a pack of rides with maps and full route notes, and a GPS device with turn-by-turn instructions for each ride. You'll also receive a breakfast hamper for seven days and a bike box with spares, tools, gels, hydration tablets and everything else you need to get the most out of your cycling holiday.

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Cycling + French Lessons in the Alps

Learn French while riding in the Alps – a perfect combination

Offered by:
Alpine French School

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

Tour length:
6 nights (5 half-days and one full day free for cycling, 5 half-day French classes – longer courses available)

Level of difficulty:
Challenging but flexible

Price:
From €799

Learn French while indulging in a French cycling holiday in the Alps. This French language course – tailored especially for cyclists – 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 in the Morzine area climbing Joux Plane, Avoriaz, Ramaz and much more. The cycling – over five half-days and one full day – is unguided, so ride as much or as little as you like. Helen (an avid rider herself) and her team will be on hand to help with local route advice and maps. 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, or if you need more time on the bike.

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Cycling Flanders, Artois & the Somme

Cycle along the Western front battlefields with a local expert

Offered by:
Cycling the Western Front

Phone number:
+32 (0)4 75 81 06 08

Tour length:
Either 4 or 6 day options

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
€630 for 4 days, €790 for 6 days

This tour rides the routes of the historic Western Front from Ypres to Armentières, Vimy Ridge, Arras and the Somme. You will be guided all the way by licensed tour guide, Carl, who has loads of personal experience cycling in this area and will support and inform you on key cultural and historical points at memorials, monuments and military cemeteries throughout the trip. (If you prefer self-guided, ask Carl and he can tailor the trip for you). Some of the key sites visited along the way include Vancouver Corner, Passchendaele, Hill 60, Messines Ridge, Fromelles, Hill 70, Vimy, Beaumont-Hamel, Thiepval, Pozières, Albert, Villers-Bretonneux, and Bullecour. The price includes multi-speed Dutch-style bikes with relaxed geometry to enable you to tour comfortably, helmet, B&B accommodation, luggage transport, and shuttle back to Lille Europe.

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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 from Tours to Saumur

A gentle meander along the Loire à Vélo, plus a day canoeing

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €795

A cycling week from Tours to Saumur Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Loire Valley by riding on the Loire à Vélo route between Tours and Saumur. Meandering between the Loire valley and the Vienne valley, the route goes on little country roads, passing the most prestigious castles – such as Villandry, Azay-le-Rideau and Ussé (the castle of the Sleeping Beauty) – en route. Admire the ever-changing colours along the river as the traditional boats bob up and down between the sand banks. There's also a day set aside to take a canoe out on to the Loire. Bérangère (pictured) and Eugénie set up Le Vélo Voyageur to share the best bits of their homeland with others. This is their favourite Loire itinerary.

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Cycling Gorges and Gentle Cols on the Alps/Provence border

Ride quiet backroads, gorges or Ventoux on this tailored holiday

Offered by:
Serre Des Ormes Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 92 58 04 55 or +33(0)6 59 27 16 43

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Tailor made

Price:
€540

During the week that you spend with Serre Des Ormes, you'll explore historic towns, discover perched villages and enjoy the magnificent scenery of dramatic gorges and vibrant lavender fields. This is wonderful but relatively undiscovered cycling country nestled in between the southern Alps and the Luberon. The climax of the week is a pilgrimage to Mont Ventoux, which can either be climbed from the historic village of Sault or from the more challenging Bedoin side. But you can cycle as little or as much as you want here. Cycling holidays at Serre Des Ormes are tailored for your legs. You'll be taken care of with healthy, nutritious breakfast, homemade cakes, and plenty of R&R by the pool after a day on the bike. Delicious evening meals are made with local produce and served with French wine. This break includes 7 nights' B&B, evening meals with wine, aperitif and hors d'oeuvres, plus route guidance and GPX files for a week on the roads. Bike hire and airport transfers can be arranged. 

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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 holiday to the highlights of the French Basque country

Explore the Pays-Basque and the foothills of the Pyrenees with its unique history and culture

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €905

A wonderful loop around the French Basque country you will start in Biarritz and finish back there some 8 days later after some amazing riding on quiet country roads or cycle paths. Along the way you will visit Bayonne famed for its colourful timbered houses and Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, a beautiful stopover on the route of the Santiago de Compostela. Throughout the trip you will have the chance to enjoy the delicious local products such as the famous Espelette chilli peppers and famous Basque tarts to give you lots of energy! The provided itinerary also takes you to the Atlantic coast on the Velodyssey bike route, passing by the coastal town of Saint-Jean-de-Luz and it's cosy harbour before arriving back in Biarritz.

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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 France with Luggage Transfers

Self-guided holidays that make cycling in France easy

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617 003

Tour length:
Varies

Level of difficulty:
Easy-Moderate

Price:
Varies

If you're looking for a cycling holiday with all the added extras taken care of – such as bike hire, baggage transfers, accommodation, breakfasts, route maps and notes – then check out Inntravel's range of self-guided rides. There are a range of destinations across France from which to choose – including wine routes, coastal rides, chateaux and historic hill-top villages. These French cycling holidays vary in length and budget, so it shouldn't be too hard to find a ride that suits you. There are holidays geared for leisure riders – couples, groups or friends, and families – in the Loire Valley, Brittany, the TarnAlsaceBurgundyBordeaux, the Canal du Midi, Dordogne, and Provence. Bonne route!

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Cycling Holidays in Poitou-Charentes

Fixed base cycling holiday exploring the roads of western France

Offered by:
Moulin Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 49 95 94 87

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate and challenging, plus some exhilarating hill routes

Price:
€1057 / £962

Hit the road to explore the hundreds of kilometres of beautifully-surfaced roads and country lanes that wind through the rolling hills of Poitou-Charentes. Your base will be Le Moulin du Chemin, a small private auberge in the Deux-Sèvres department. Cycling here is a dream, with rolling hills and postcard scenery. Road bike routes tend to be challenging, although moderate routes can be tailored to meet individual requirements. Clear route-cards and highlighted maps are supplied in a personalised dossier, plus there's friendly support, advice and information from your hosts, Peter and Carolynne. The recommended routes are different for each day and include some exhilarating hill routes, all starting and finishing at Le Moulin du Chemin. Apart from the cycling, holidays here are notable for their excellent food and wine, lovely accommodation, great bonhomie and reasonable prices. Absolutely everything is included in the price: accommodation, all meals and drinks, bike storage, laundry facilities, and the use of pool and other amenities. (Even the postcards are free.) In the evening, the ‘craic’ is great, with aperitifs-at-seven followed by a four-course evening meal with brilliant food and loads of good quality wine.

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Cycling in Brittany from Rennes to the Mont-Saint-Michel in 10 days

Bike Brittany's Emerald Coast and see Mont St-Michel in Normandy

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
10 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €995

This self-guided cycling holiday is a mix of nature and culture: ride past the parliament house in Rennes, along the Mont-Saint-Michel bay and through Saint-Malo city walls. Enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside as you ride mostly on small countryside roads. From Rennes to Dinard, the route takes the former boat hauling path: it’s fantastic! Fishing villages offer beautiful views on the river Rance. This bike tour not only have you discover the maritime side of Brittany by leading you along the Emerald Coast and across the Normandy border to Cancale and to the abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel, but it will also give you the chance to discover Brittany’s medieval inland with its beautiful cities of Fougeres and Vitre. Bérangère and Eugénie began to cycle cross their home country at the age of 22. Year after year they hand selected the finest routes and hidden treasures. This is a tried-and-tested route from Bérangère and Eugénie, who have been cycling their home country since they were 22.

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Cycling in the Correze, Massif Central and northern Dordogne

Locally run tours through unspoilt and undiscovered terrain

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

Set in the green heart of France, the varied terrain, stunning scenery and virtually traffic-free roads of Corrèze make it a great base for exploring the rolling foothills of the Massif Central above the gorges of the northern Dordogne valley. This largely undiscovered area of France provides a lovely variety of cycling: more experienced riders can climb into and descend through local river gorges or challenge themselves in the Cantal mountains (Puy Mary, 1588m). For gentler routes there's relaxed riding near rivers and lakes, or pedal through forests. These are flexible tours offered self-guided or guided by James and Sam, who have been running tours in the Corrèze for best part of 10 years. Prices include stylish B&B accommodation in a converted farm with a swimming pool and own lake, 6 four-course restaurant quality diners, afternoon tea and cakes, bike storage and workshop, emergency vehicle backup, and road bike hire if needed. Trips can be tailored for clubs, families or cycling groups.

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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

Level of difficulty:
Easy, moderate and challenging options

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 heart of Provence (4 days)

Potter through lavender fields, ancient villages and vineyards

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
4 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €385

Provence cycling mapThis 4-night break is the perfect way to explore Provence, hopping from lavender fields through olive groves and on to hilltop villages. The trip starts in Avignon – the majestic 'city of Popes' with its history of art and architecture. You'll then ride through the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape (leave pannier space for a sample of Provence's finest wine!), and visit Orange and its historic theatre. From here it's on to one of France's most beautiful villages, Séguret, before reaching Mazan and the foot of Mont Ventoux (it's up to you if your legs can carry you to the top). The last stage takes you to Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, a former fishing village that's now renowned today for its antique shops. This is a self-guided ride, with bike hire and accommodation included. Daily distance 25-42km a day.

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Cycling La Velodyssee from Bordeaux to Biarritz on the Atlantic Coast

Atlantic Coast on the EuroVelo 1 from vineyards to fishing villages

Offered by:
Evazio

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

Tour length:
8 or 9 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €925

Cycle from Bordeaux to Biarritz along the Atlantic Coast via the excellent Velodyssee. Experience the nature, heritage and culture of the Gironde, Landes and Basque Country regions on one of the longest veloroutes in Europe. This self-guided tour is broken down into manageable stages from the UNESCO World Heritage site of Bordeaux to the famous seaside town of Biarritz. In between, ride around lakes, along the ocean, and through the vast forested Landes de Gascogne. Discover salt marshes, dunes, forests, and beaches surrounded by pine trees. There are many restaurants and bars to enjoy on this itinerary, including wonderful local oyster and seafood stops, and restaurants specialising in duck. You won’t be starving or thirsty! Stop for a glass of wine at lunch and chat to locals as you soak up te sunshine of south-west France. The starting price includes 7-8 nights' B&B in 3* and 4* hotels. Route notes and maps, including a GPS smartphone app with vocal guiding, daily luggage transfers, bay ferry crossing, emergency phone support 24/7. Hire bikes (including electrics) can also be arranged. This self-guided holiday is offered by Evazio, an English-speaking French company based in Bordeaux.

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Cycling Provence and Camargue from Avignon to Nimes

A ride for nature lovers through Provence and the wetlands of the Camargue

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €889

Starting your Provençal adventure in the beautiful city of Avignon famed for its bridge, the Palais des Papes and its festival you will cycle at your own pace through a rich mix of flora and fauna to discover some prettye villages such as St-Remy-de-Provence or Les-Baux. Continue towards Arles, a Roman city famous for its arena before reaching the Camargue region, famous for its diversity of animals: bulls, pink flamingos and white horses all living alongside each other. Discover Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, a beautiful seaside village but also Aigues-Mortes, a fortified town famous for its violet salt marshes. Finish your cycling tour in Nîmes, an unmissable city full of Roman monuments and traditions. You can enjoy a walk in its colourful streets and visit the ancient theatre. The price of this self-guided tour includes bikes, GPS routes, maps and tourist leaflets, accommodation and panniers. Ebikes and luggage transfers can also be added as extras.

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Cycling the Chateaux of the Loire

A paradise of castles, wine and glorious countryside

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7760

Tour length:
3 or 7 night options

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £615

Fancy a perfect long weekend, or maybe a longer break in the magical valley of the Loire river? Then why not spend your days exploring the Chinon vineyards, the magnificent gardens at the Château de Rivau, the stunning Loire Valley châteaux with their iconic fairytale turrets, and beautiful medieval towns. Stop whenever you desire, perhaps for a wine-tasting session in small independent vineyards, the gardeners’ paradise at Villandry, or the spectacular Son et Lumière show. The price of this tour includes delicious restaurant meals each night, bed and breakfast accommodation, expert support, luggage carried between your hotels and fully serviced touring bikes.

 

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Cycling the French and Spanish Mediterranean Pyrénées – Collioure to Cadaqués by E-Bike

A stunning e-bike tour from France over the border to Spain

Offered by:
Purely Pyrenees

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7859 4906 (UK) +33 (0)5 62 97 72 01 (France)

Tour length:
2 days / 3 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
€960 (£867)

This is a beautiful self-guided ride along the Mediterrannean coast using electric bikes. There is plenty of time for bathing and idleness as you make your way from Collioure to Cadaqués. Between the Med and the mountains, and between France and Spain, this short cycling holiday under the sun of Catalonia is possible most of the year. It will take you through sun-drenched landscapes, presenting you with panoramic views of the deep blue sea, the superb harbours of Collioure, the terraced vineyards of Banyuls, the white-washed houses of Cadaqués. Enjoy great food and wine, and take the chance to take a dip in one of the many mysterious Catalonian creeks! Collect your electric bikes in Collioure and leave them in Cadaques (regular bikes also available). The price includes two dinners, all bed and breakfast accommodation, luggage transfers, and a travel folder containing maps and full route descriptions.

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Cycling through Gorges du Tarn

Active cycling holiday in the spectacular Tarn gorges in the Midi-Pyrénées

Offered by:
La Ligne Verte

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

Tour length:
5-10 days

Level of difficulty:
Active

Price:
7 days: €814

Stretch your legs with this active self-guided cycling tour of the spectacular gorges and canyons of the Tarn. Bike up the plateau, covering 60 to 90km and 1 to 4 climbs per day. The itinerary takes in the three main areas of Tarn basin: Tarn valley, Pays de Roquefort and the Gorges and Causses. Cycle the Cirque de Navacelles, and see the abysses of the Larzac Méridional in the Hérault department, plus Templars towns and the Roquefort cheese caves. Includes baggage transfers, accommodation and some meals. You can start any day between March 15 and October 24. Group discounts available.

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D-Day Beaches – Normandy and the Calvados Coast

Vintage beach resorts, D-Day beaches and beautiful countryside

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7760

Tour length:
5 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £975

The Calvados region in Normandy is rich with places to visit, from moving World War Two memorials and medieval towns to ‘Belle Époque’ beach resorts. This self-guided tour allows you to discover them all while enjoying the tranquil countryside. Pay your respects at the D-Day landing beaches, visit the stunning Bayeux Tapestry and stop off at the colourful seaside towns of Cabourg and Honfleur. Not forgetting, of course, the chance to sample the regional cuisine and indulge in a glass (or two) of famous Calvados and cider. The price of this tour includes 3- or 4-star hotel accommodation on a B&B basis, one evening meal, support from a local representative, all route maps and ride instructions, luggage transfers, bikes and panniers, and puncture repair kits.

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D-Day bike tour from Bayeux to Caen

Experience the emotion of the D-Day beaches

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
4 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
€299

This 4-day self-guided tour will give you an intimate insight into the rich and turbulent history of the Normandy region. Cycle the D-Day landing beaches, taking in the American sector that includes Omaha Beach and the heart-wrenching American cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. The ride also takes in the British beaches Gold and Sword plus the artificial port at Arromanches, and Juno Beach – famous for the bravery of Canadian soldiers. But it's not all about D-Day – you can also visit the medieval tapestry and Gothic cathedral at Bayeux, typical fishing ports, and bocage roads. Daily mileage is between 35 and 50km. The price includes touring bike adjusted to your size or a tandem equipped with a front rack pack with an integrated file compartment, saddlebag, helmet (on request), reflective vest, toolkit, and detailed route maps and notes. Accommodation can be tailored for your preferences and budget. Electric bikes are also available.

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Dijon to Mâcon Self-Guided

Say cheers on this tour through Burgundy's famous wine regions

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 50 87 21 09 or +33 (0)6 35 22 23 24

Tour length:
7 nights / 8 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy to Moderate

Price:
From €1095 per person

This very popular tour allows you visit and experience some of the finest vineyards and scenery to be found in France. Starting out from Dijon and ending in Macon, both of which are easily accessible by train, the route passes through the famous chateau at Pouilly-Fuissé, Aloxe-Corton, Montrachet and Meursault, as well as smaller traditional villages that each have a rich history. During the evenings you will stay in some of the area's most prominent and ancient towns, including Beaune, Clun and Dijon, allowing you to sample the world-renowned Burgundy wine and amazing local food. The tour also has a couple of shorter days with a choice of longer or shorter routes, so provides great flexibility for all levels of rider. Price includes 7 nights of accommodation, daily breakfast, 2 dinners, luggage transfers, transfer from Geneva to start of day 1, marked maps and route notes. Bike rentals available on request.

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Discover Gascony by Bike

Discover the lesser ridden roads between Bordeaux and Toulouse

Offered by:
SW Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 53 65 89 31 or +33 (0)6 27 72 28 94

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy/moderate

Price:
€980

Tracey at SW Cycling Holidays offer all inclusive cycling breaks in the stunning Gascony – a relatively undiscovered cycling area roughly halfway between Bordeaux and Toulouse, and Mont-de-Marsan and Agen. All routes can be tailored for you – they can be as easy or as hard as you like. The tour is normally guided with various stop off points, but an unguided version can easily be arranged. As well as the cycling, there are lots of other points of interest in this region, including wine/armagnac tasting, long lunches in quaint local French restaurants, a visit to the spa, long walks or canoeing. Bring your own bike or hire from Tracey's fleet. Price includes a week's B&B accommodation, six lunches, some dinners, guiding and maps. Shorter stays and weekend breaks available on request. Discounts for groups. Airport/train pickups available from Toulouse, Bordeaux, or Agen.

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Discover Provence and Camargue

Cycle though the land of light, vineyards and historical towns

Offered by:
France Bike

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 67 50 79 11

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From €760

Experience Provence and the Camargue – a region of light, colours and scents. There's a good reason so many well-known painters were drawn to live and work here, among them Picasso, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse, Cézanne and Chagall. The Mediterranean climate is pleasant, the sun shines more than 3000 hours a year and life is lived outside, even during the short, crisp and windy winter. Play pétanque, drink Pastis and enjoy the local culture. This is, afterall, the place that inspired the writing of Peter Mayle. Provence not only has an easy way of life, but it’s also one of the richest cultural regions in Europe – and remarkably easy to enjoy by bike. Ancient monuments stand as a reminder of the long history here, with antiquities rich from the Greek and Roman periods, through to the Middle Ages and into the modern era. Then, of course, ther is the wine and food to enjoy. Discover the delicious Provencal dishes and their Mediterranean flavours on this 7-night self-guided ride. The price includes carefully chosen hotels (some with swimming pools), all breakfasts, a welcome briefing, luggage transport, carefully planned roads and paths with detailed maps, brochures and route notes, France Bike signs along the route, GPS tracks on request, and a telephone hotline.

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