Pyrénées cycling holidays

Published by Lyn on 30 October 2018

Browse our listings to find a cycling tour of the Midi-Pyrénées, including Tour de France holidays and self-guided rides in the Gers and along the Canal du Midi.

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2019 Tour de France in the Pyrenees

Experience the unique atmosphere of the 2019 Tour de France

Offered by:
Le Pistoulet Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 78 56 65 15

Tour length:
7 days (6 days riding), July 13-July 20, or July 20-27.

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
€480

Enjoy the 2019 Tour de France with locals at Le Pistoulet Cycling Holidays in the Pyrenees. There are two options: July 13-July 20 or July 20-July 27, with both involving Tour de France race viewing and of course riding the routes of the Tour. This affordable tour provides a friendly, low-key base in the heart of the French Pyrenees. From collection at Toulouse airport, homecooked 3-course meals and very comfortable accommodation, you'll be well looked after by Becky and Matt, both local cyclists. They have lived here for 13 years and have spent many summers catching the TDF in the Pyrenees. This tour allows you to cash in on their experiences as you to watch either one or two stage of the 2019 stages, and fill your days in before and after (including Bastille Day on July 14 for first-week visitors) riding in the area and enjoying the French mountain air. Package includes accommodation at Le Pistoulet Cycling for 7 nights, all breakfasts and evening meals, post ride snacks, airport transfers, accompanied rider where possible, vehicle support when needed, and daily GPS route files. Cols to climb on daily routes include La Col du la Core, Mur du Peguere, Mur du St Lizier, Cote de Mercenac, Col de Larrieu, Col de Portet de Aspet, Col du Ares, Col du Mente, Port du Bales, Peyresourde. 

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2019 Tour de France week in the Pyrenees

Immerse yourself in the Tour as it races through the Pyrenees

Offered by:
Mountain Bug

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

Tour length:
7 nights / 5 days riding

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£855

Mountain Bug are based on the Tourmalet so this is a real local TDF holiday. This popular guided cycling holiday, with road support and transfers, takes in the highlights of the Tour in the Hautes Pyrenees – including seeing the tour pass over the Col de Ancizan and the finishes at Col du Tourmalet, time trails at Pau and a finish in Bagneres de Bigorre. We will ride several of the classic HC cols that have featured many times in the history of the Tour de France in the Pyrenees, including the Aspin, Peyresourde, Tourmalet, Soulor, Aubisque, Luz-Ardiden, Peyresourde and an excursion into the heart of the National park and UNESCO world heritage sites of Troumouse and Gavarnie. There is also an option for the hardy to climb the Col de Tentes 2200m – the highest paved road in the Pyrenees. The Pyrenean stages that feature in the this year's race are Stage 12: Toulouse to Bagneres de Bigorre (Peyresourde and Hourquette de Ancizan), Stage 13: Time trail at Pau; Stage 14: Finish at the Col du Tourmalet. The price of this tour is based on two people sharing an en-suite room and includes B&B accommodation, picnic lunches, afternoon tea and delicious cycling orientated evening meal5 days of guided/vehicle supported cycling, local transfers and storage for your bikes The price does not include airport transfers or cycle hire but these can be arranged for you.
Dates for 2019: July 13-20

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A Short Break in the Lot Valley

Hot price for a cycling package in the Lot

Offered by:
Red Pepper Rides

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

Tour length:
4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

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

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

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Albi and Tarn Valley

A scenic but flat cycling holiday from Albi in the Midi-Pyrénées

Offered by:
La Ligne Verte

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

Tour length:
5-9 days

Level of difficulty:
Very Light

Price:
7 days: €676

Starting and ending in Albi, this is a self-guided cycling holiday suitable for families, or for anyone wanting a scenic but flat bike tour. Averaging just 25km a day, you'll cycle alongside the river Tarn, on converted railway lines and through old railway tunnels, taking time out for swimming or canoeing as you go. Departures every day from March 15-October 31. Baggage transfer, accommodation and some meals included. Electric bike hire also available.

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Atlantic to Mediterranean - Canal des Deux Mers Cycling Tour

Coast to coast tour across popular south of France route

Offered by:
Bonkersfrog

Phone number:
+44 (0)16 2237 1131

Tour length:
14 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €549

This self-guided tour allows you to experience one of the most popular bike routes in France but without the hassle of having to hire bikes, plan the route or find accommodation. Take in the vineyards of Bordeaux to the magical Roger Lapebie bike route out of the city, the ancient citadels of Carcassonne and the lapping waters of the Mediterranean at Sete. You will be met at the airport by Andy and Cris, who will have your bike, route maps and notes ready for you. Price includes accommodation, luggage transfers and bike hire. The itinerary includes rest days along the way in Bordeaux, Toulouse and Carcassonne, so you can combine sight-seeing with cycling.

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Aude and Pyrenees Cycling Holidays

Locally run guided and self-guided rides from the Pyrenean foothills

Offered by:
Cycle Aude

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

Tour length:
You decide

Level of difficulty:
You decide

Price:
From €50 per night

From his base at the foothills of the Pyrenees, local cyclist Martyn runs guided and self-guided rides in the Aude, one of the Languedoc's cycling delights, as well as rides into the Pyrenees themselves. From his door, there are wonderful roads out into the countryside, with routes for all abilities. Take a gentle family ride or head off into the hills to challenge yourself against the cols of the Tour de France. Martyn can help tailor your stay to your ability, and provide local maps and route notes. Rides are available guided or unguided, with flat-rate nightly rates offered to keep things simple. 

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Aveyron and Tarn-et-Garonne: Medieval villages and Gaillac vineyards

Explore one of France's lesser-known regions just north of Toulouse

Offered by:
Tours du Tarn

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 71 70 74 00

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Can be tailored for you

Price:
From €900

This tour is offered by a family of cyclists for riders wanting to get away from it all to explore quieter corners of France. Based outside the historic town of Saint Antonin-Noble-Val in the Aveyron Gorge, this fixed base trip has an emphasis on easy to moderate cycling but can be adapted to suit your needs. Take in sun-drenched fields of corn, the jaw-dropping medieval village of Najac and the golden vineyards of Gaillac (including stops to try the local wines). All the routes are on quiet roads and combine postcard views and places of interest en route, with alfresco lunch stops. Bring your own bike, or use one of the hybrid tourers or e-bikes included in the price. Road bike hire is also available locally. Relax at the end of the each day in a newly renovated gite or cabin with delicious food and wine – all supplied in abundance using local seasonal produce and included in the price. Share stories from your day on the road with other cyclists and hatch plans for the next day's riding. Price includes all accommodation, breakfasts and evening meals, bikes and routes, supported introductory ride, and airport/train station pick ups. The entire trip can be tweaked and tailored for you.

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Aveyron Gorge - Self-Guided Cycling Breaks

Explore one of France's 'forgotten' corners

Offered by:
Saint Antonin Noble Velo

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 63 02 23 88 or +33 (0)6 65 97 61 81

Tour length:
2 nights minimum

Level of difficulty:
Easy, moderate or challenging

Price:
From €125 per person per night based two people sharing a room

A custom fixed base holiday tailored to your ability and budget in the medieval village of St Antonin Noble Val, deep in the Aveyron gorge in south-west France. Visit for as long as you like and at any time of year (subject to availability). Peter will put a package of rides together based around your fitness levels and interests. Groups welcome – there is space for up to 10 people in Peter and Natalie's 16th century auberge. Discover the fantastic cycling terrain in this forgotten corner of France with its dramatic gorges, oak forests, vineyards and limestone plateaux, all on very quiet roads. Often overlooked in favour of the Dordogne to the north or the Pyrenees proper to the south, this region is also home to some of the best preserved medieval villages in France.

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Best of the Pyrenees Coast-To-Coast by Electric Bike

A crossing of the Pyrenees that anyone can achieve

Offered by:
Purely Pyrenees

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

Tour length:
14 days / 13 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
€3285 (£2967)

As the name suggests, this self-guided tour is a coast-to-coast epic by electric bike, although you can choose to ride a standard bike if you prefer. This is an excellent option for mixed ability groups with both experienced/fitter riders and riders who need a little e-boost. This tour essentially means that pretty much anyone can experience the fabulous Pyrenees, and its array of cultures and food. Ride from Hendaye in the Basque Country to Banyuls on the Mediterranean Sea. To join in the fun you only need to be reasonably fit as the tour is sensibly paced over 14 days, and you will average well under 80km a day, which is a comfortable distance by electric bike (and also achievable by non-e-bike riders). The price of this tour includes 13 nights' dinner, all bed and breakfast accommodation, luggage and other transfers; detailed route instructions; 24/7 customer phone service, and electric bikes.

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Bordeaux to Toulouse Cycling Tour

A self-guided ride along the canal with vineyards as companions

Offered by:
Bonkersfrog

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

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Tailored, but generally easy to moderate

Price:
From €549

Starting in the beautiful UNESCO-listed city of Bordeaux, this tour devised by Andy and Cris at Bonkersfrog will take you along the Roger Lapebie bike path and the Canal de Garonne to Toulouse. Tailored route maps and notes are provided so you can just focus on enjoying the villages, the tranquil, shady bike path and the world famous vineyards nearby. This is a leisurely holiday for all abilities, taking in 50-60km per day on almost pan-flat backroads and traffic-free bike paths. The trip includes all B&B accommodation, quality bike hire and helmet, route notes and maps, and luggage transfers.

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Bordeaux to Toulouse on the Canal de Garonne

Canalside riding between two of France's most beautiful cities

Offered by:
Biking France

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

Tour length:
7 days with 5 days of riding

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From €785

The Canal de Garonne allows you to follow ancient canal paths almost all of the way from the beautiful town of Bordeaux to the pink palaces of Toulouse. The high-quality towpaths provide a wonderful way to enjoy the relaxing and peaceful atmosphere of the canal. You'll will pass rivers, vines and orchards as you cycle gently along, taking in medieval fortified towns, good local food and great wines. Price includes 6 nights’ B&B accommodation in 3-star and 2-star hotels, a detailed travel folder with itineraries and colour maps in French or English, tourist brochures so you can make the most of local attractions, daily luggage transfers, bike hire, and an emergency support hotline in case you need assistance.

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Breakaway Cycling Packages in the South of France

Holiday house and ride packages tailored to your group

Offered by:
Véloroo

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

Tour length:
Tailored for you

Level of difficulty:
Tailored for you

Price:
From €136 per person per day

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

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Canal du Midi

Experience one of France's most famous routes

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617001

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £855

Inntravel Canal du MidiLinked to the Canal de Garonne, the Canal du Midi made the transport of goods between Bordeaux on the Atlantic Ocean and Marseilles on the Mediterranean Sea far quicker and safer - by avoiding the possibility of attack from the pirates and slave traders of North Africa’s Barbary Coast. There are no such worries today and the shady canal towpath makes for idyllic cycling through picturesque landscapes.

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Canal du Midi - From Toulouse to Narbonne

Enjoy a short break along the Canal du Midi with local support

Offered by:
Véloccitane - Maison du Vélo Toulouse

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 61 71 00 55

Tour length:
4 nights / 5 days (with an option for a further night to Port-la-Nouvelle)

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €340

This bike trip is a delightful ride from Toulouse to Narbonne in four stages, each offering beautiful, varied landscapes. You’ll begin by discovering the lovely “pink city” of Toulouse with its heritage, museums and mansions. From there you'll follow the canal through Castelnaudary to enjoy a plate of cassoulet, a well-known traditional recipe. You’ll then arrive in Carcassonne, a unique fortified city straight out of a fairytale (and rightly a UNESCO World Heritage site). Then, you'll enter the Minervois and Corbières, through the charming vineyards and chateaux. Riding into Narbonne, you’ll be surprised to see how fast the landscape has changed and the rich heritage the city has to offer. The price of this tour includes accommodation, breakfasts, detailed maps and luggage transfers. Hire bikes available for a surcharge.

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Canal du Midi - From Toulouse to the Sea

Ride the entire Canal du Midi with the benefit of local advice

Offered by:
Véloccitane - Maison du Vélo Toulouse

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 61 71 00 55

Tour length:
6 days / 5 nights (with a 7 day option to Sete or an 8 day option to Montpellier)

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €400

This route starts in the 'pink city' of Toulouse, the home base for Véloccitane. They're local cycling experts who will be able to help you find local gems to eat and sights to see. You will then be fully briefed before setting off on your adventure, cycling 40-60km per day, staying in B&Bs and hotels along the way. This magical route is full of fortified hamlets, abbeys and attractive villages. Visit Castelnaudary to try the local specialty. The canal then leads you to the medieval city of Carcassonne, before crossing the pretty wine-producing villages between Minervois and Corbieres (there will be with plenty of opportunities for wine tasting!) Once past Beziers, the sea air will accompany you to the Greek city of Agde, where the Canal du Midi runs into the étang de Thau. There's also the option to continue along the seashore to Sète and Montpellier. The price includes accommodation, breakfasts, detailed maps and luggage transfers. Bike hire available for a surcharge.

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Canal du Midi - Toulouse to Carcassonne in 4 days

Ride one of France's most famous canals in a leisurely 4 days

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
4 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
€355

Canal du Midi cycling holidaysThis short break links two of the Canal du Midi strongholds: the starting point of the canal – the pink city of Toulouse – and the medieval fortress of Carcassonne. The route follows the canal towpath as well as low-traffic country backroads, leading you across the Lauragais, a large fertile plain surrounded by hills where the pastel trade prospered in the 15th and 16th centuries and brought wealth to Toulouse. Ride through Castelnaudary, the capital of cassoulet, and past the abbey of Saint-Papoul before arriving in Carcassonne to explore the city in all its medieval glory. This is a self-guided ride, with bike hire, accommodation included, as well as maps, route notes and lots of local biking advice. Daily distances: 24-49km.

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Canal du Midi by bike from Toulouse to Sète

Ride the full length of the Canal du Midi finishing by the Mediterranean

Offered by:
Biking France

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

Tour length:
7 days / 5 days riding

Level of difficulty:
Easy to Moderate

Price:
From €780

Enjoy the full length of the Canal du Midi – the most famous water canal in Europe. The idea of digging this channel linking the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean sea dates back to Antiquity but it was under Louis the 14th’s reign that it was been built. Discover the countryside and farms of the ‘Laugarais’ area, gentle slopes sprinkled with vineyards, chateaux of the Aude area and the city of Carcassonne with its fortress. End at the Mediterranean for a swim at the beach. 43-60km each day. Ebikes available. Price includes 6 nights' B&B, one evening meal, luggage transfers, bike rental, detailed travel folder including colour maps, route directions in French or English, plus tourist brochures. There is also a 7-day telephone support hotline.

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Canal du Midi Cycle Holiday

Cycle along France's most famous canal on this guided tour

Offered by:
Fellow Velo

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

Tour length:
11 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
£985 for camping with B&B option available on request

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

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Canal du Midi Cycling Holiday

Follow the Canal du Midi from Toulouse to Agde

Offered by:
Bonkersfrog Cycling Holidays

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

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €549

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

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Canal du Midi Cycling Holiday: From Toulouse to Sète

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

Offered by:
France Bike Trips

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

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €515

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

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