Cycling Holidays in France

Cycling Holidays in France

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Cycling in France

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We don’t consider any of our cycling holidays in France to be too much of a challenge; every day has a carefully planned itinerary - the pace at which you travel is up to you. Cycling holiday distances range between 10 and 40 miles, perfectly manageable considering the average cycle speed is between 6 to 8 miles per hour – or much faster with the wind behind you! If faced with a climb, you can always get off and push for a bit – that’s what we do!

Most of our cycling holidays in France are circular with one or two nights at each hotel before moving on. If you’d prefer to stay in one place for the duration then we have a couple of fixed base options available too. All of our cycling holidays are self-guided, which means that you’ll be cycling independently at your own pace.

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Our Cycling Holidays

Alsatian Adventure

Alsatian Adventure

Picturesque historic towns and scenic country

Easy cycling with a moderate grade for distance on some days as you explore this delightful corner of France. Some short climbs as you return through the foothills of the Vosges vineyards.

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Emerald Coast

Emerald Coast

Quiet coves and elegant seaside towns

You’ll be following and criss-crossing the river Rance as you explore Belle Epoque towns, sandy coves, fishing ports and green countryside. We grade this route as easy - the region is relatively flat although there is the odd climb in and out of villages.

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Loire en Vélo

Loire en Vélo

Châteaux and vineyards

Easy cycling along country lanes and the day trips described are just our suggestions, so you can adapt the route to suit you to enable you to visit the châteaux at Chenonceaux, Chambord and Amboise.

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Garden of France

Garden of France

Pretty villages and enchanting châteaux

Princely mansions stand next to picturesque farm houses, fields of sunflowers merge with the uniform rows of vineyards. There is ample opportunity for tasting some of the local wines. The grade is easy with few climbs.

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Dordogne Exploration

Dordogne Exploration

Prehistoric treasures and stunning valleys

Dramatic castles, cliff hugging villages and mysterious grottoes make for an exhilarating ride through an enchanting landscape just waiting to be explored. The Dordogne countryside means that there are regular inclines, but you’re never climbing for too long!

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Auvergne Discovery

Auvergne Discovery

Hidden rivers and secret villages

Based principally in Brioude, this region offers some great cycling with daily circuits from 16 to 37 miles. Due to the terrain we book mountain or VTT bikes here. Midweek you transfer to Reilhac with scenic rides along the valley of the River Allier.

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Simply Champagne

Simply Champagne

In the heart of the Champagne region

Reims is the city of Champagne, definitely the most celebrated and festive of wines! You will enjoy the sight of the Reims Grandes Maisons de Champagne: Veuve Cliquot, Taittinger, Pommery, etc., many names that will conjure up memories of a great party or a romantic dinner with a glass of champagne And you are going to have more than one! The town centre offers you both the elegance of its Art Deco facades and its relaxed atmosphere which prevails in the streets and on the café-terraces.

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Ardèche  Adventures

Ardèche Adventures

The old Ardèche steam train trail: the 'Dolce Via'

This moderate route is the perfect way to explore the dramatic vistas and charming villages of the Ardèche. Running along former railway lines and deep into the heart of the Ardè, the steam train trail offers a leisurely exploration of the region and its dramatic countryside.

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Ardennes Voie Verte

Ardennes Voie Verte

Discover the secrets of this mysterious valley

Take the 'voie verte', a disused railway, through the Thiérache to discover its most beautiful landscapes. This moderate cycle holiday sweeps alongside, the meandering River Meuse and offers stops to explore some of the region's fortified towns.

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Coast & Basque Mountains

Coast & Basque Mountains

Oceans, nature and mountains

Explore the cultural richness and dynamism of the Basque Country, with its coastal scenery, historical villages and excellent cuisine. Discovering Hondarribia is a real pleasure with its walled old town packed with stately buildings and colourful Basque houses.

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Escapades en Champagne

Escapades en Champagne

Sloping vineyards and rustic villages

Discover this little known area of Champagne and its vineyards, famed for some of the worlds finest wines. The route winds through forests, around lakes and into quiet villages, offering a chance to see the region's wildlife and architechture, and of course, taste its fine Champagnes! A moderate route with some hills.

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Simply Amboise

Simply Amboise

Discover the charm of the Loire

The delightful old town of Amboise is the perfect base for discovering the charm of the Loire region, combine a mix of gentle cycling and walking with fascinating history, wonderful regional fare and classic wines.

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Simply Beaune

Simply Beaune

Blend sightseeing with a mix of cycling or walking through famous vineyards

Beaune offers an exceptional heritage and invites you to discover its monuments and museums. It is the perfect base from which to explore the Burgundian countryside. You can decide whether to cycle or walk through prestigious vineyards whose names make wine lovers' eyes sparkle!

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Simply Bordeaux

Simply Bordeaux

'The Capital of the good life'

Why not take a few days to explore Bordeaux on the Atlantic coast in South West France; a pilgrimage destination for foodies and wine lovers, wonderful restaurants, historic buildings and beautiful boulevards. The lovely cityscape is reflected in the great Garonne River. A vibrant and dynamic city with world class shopping, Bordeaux is vusually breathtaking with more than 350 buildings classified as historic monuments.

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Loire Discovery

Loire Discovery

Discover rivers, forests, vineyards and châteaux

Easy cycling along country lanes and the day trips described are just our suggestions, so you can adapt the route to suit you and explore all faces of the region from Montrichard on the banks of the River Cher to the peaceful village of Chitenay.

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Along the Leisurely Loire

Along the Leisurely Loire

Blois to Saumur

A gentle bike ride following the majestic River Loire from Blois to Saumur with daily distances never more than 20 miles. Hotels offer genuine French charm and wonderful regional fare, whilst B&Bs provide an opportunity for you to discover a ‘local’ restaurant.

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Loire en Famille

Loire en Famille

Gentle cycling with plenty of family attractions

The perfect family holiday! A 3 night stay at the Château de Perreux, a renovated castle in beautiful spacious grounds with swimming pool, caves and woodland: a real breath of fresh air. Gentle cycling routes into Amboise and to the best family attractions. Then easy cycling along quiet lanes to the country house hotel le Fleuray for a dip in the pool and hot tub.

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Loire Prestige en Vélo

Loire Prestige en Vélo

Tranquil rivers and regal architecture

Luxury holiday staying in elegant accommodation reflecting the style of this classic region. Explore quiet back roads and visit the fascinating old towns of Amboise and Blois with time to discover the classic wines of the region. Graded easy.

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Burgundy Prestige en Vélo

Burgundy Prestige en Vélo

Prepare for world class scenery and stunning flavours

Easy cycling through vineyards with prestigious names. You stay at delightful hotels offering gourmet menus - an opportunity for some classic French cuisine.

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Burgundy Classic Premier Cru

Burgundy Classic Premier Cru

Ride through renowned vineyard countryside with built-in wine tasting

For the wine connoisseur we have teamed up with our local agent to offer in-depth wine tasting. Cycling can be easy or with more challenging options through the vineyards of the Hautes Côtes but whichever route you choose you are sure to come across some famous wine labels.

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Charente Waterways

Charente Waterways

Trailing willows and emerald waters

A linear tour through the network of quiet waterways and tranquil canals, pretty villages and sandy beaches, ending up in the lovely port of La Rochelle. Cycling is mostly flat, with some enjoyable climbs and many dedicated cycle trails that criss-cross the Venice Verte.

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Périgord Prestige en Velo

Périgord Prestige en Velo

Rewarding cycling and gourmet eating in the Perigord Vert

Cycle through the beautiful, Périgord-Limousin Natural Park before spending a couple of nights in the magical Moulin du Roc with it's Michelin Star restaurant near to Brantôme. Visit ancient châteaux and pre-historic caves or pehaps hire a canoe to paddle around the ‘Venice of Périgord’.

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Glittering Gironde

Glittering Gironde

Cycle from Bordeaux to the coast and back again

A tour which takes you around the biggest European estuary. through the prestigious vineyards of the Médoc, staying in charming country châteaux. Enjoy the ozone as you reach the coast before returning to Bordeaux through Cognac country.

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Drama of the Dordogne

Drama of the Dordogne

Rocky crags and gorgeous gorges

The meandering valley of the Dordogne is a visual feast, honey-coloured villages, slowly crumbling in picturesque disorder typify this delightful region. Graded challenging as although the valleys and plateaux are fairly flat there are sharp inclines between the two.

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Canal du Midi to Coast

Canal du Midi to Coast

Ancient cities and idyllic waterways

Explore enchanting Carcassonne before some gentle cycling along the Canal du Midi; a picturesque, tranquil, and richly cultural route. From the extraordinary fortified town of Carcassone to the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean Sea, passing en route villages that seem stuck in time.

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Provençal Dreams

Provençal Dreams

Wild herbs and lavender

An easy-going tour that soaks up the Provençal atmosphere with plenty of time for sight-seeing. Ideal outside July and August when the air is fresh and scenery is at its best. Distances between hotels are short and mostly flat; longer options are available which take you over hills worth pedalling up.

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Provence Prestige en Vélo

Provence Prestige en Vélo

Vineyards and olive groves

Absorb the essence of Provence - sleepy villages, sun soaked vineyards, roman ruins, the magnificient Pont du Gard. Easy cycling along quiet lanes and canal paths, the air fragrant with wild thyme to your destination where you are guaranteed a comfortable room and delicious food.

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Paris en Vélo

Paris en Vélo

The wonders of the City of Light on two wheels and two feet

Shrink Paris by bike and take in the classic sights on a guided cycle tour, explore the ancient Quartier Latin with a guided walk and still have plenty of time to fit in your own agenda.

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Limousin Lakes and Castles

Limousin Lakes and Castles

Peaceful cycling in a little known region of rural France

With a backdrop of forested hills and river valleys, you pedal along quiet lanes through honey coloured hamlets, past glittering lakes and 900 year old castles that have witnessed many battles and sieges. Some moderate climbs offer great views and long descents.

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Cognac Classic Cycling

Cognac Classic Cycling

Fine brandy and easy cycling

Follow the meandering River Charente and cycle through prestigious Cognac vineyards with opportunities to taste the finest brands. Including a complimentary visit to the famous Hennessy Cognac house. Gentle hills provide scenic views.

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Best of Burgundy

Best of Burgundy

From bustling Beaune to sleepy villages

Explore this wonderful region pedalling along quiet lanes packed with famous vineyards, history and architecture. Mostly moderate gradients with just a few short steep climbs. Travel at a pace that allows you to discover the heritage and appreciate how life is really lived in Burgundy.

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Mellow Mayenne

Mellow Mayenne

Rolling hills and silent streams

This little known area of south Normandy offers pleasant cycling along country lanes with a patchwork quilt of countryside unrolling in front of you.The grade is easy, with some huffing and puffing.

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Paris au Choix

Paris au Choix

Pick N Mix - three fun ways to experience Paris

Paris is full of so many fun things to do. Tailor yourself three days of Paris-packed experiences so that you will have seen The City of Light as you never could have before!

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Dordogne Prestige en Vélo

Dordogne Prestige en Vélo

Grand scenery and grand hotels

An undulating landscape of forested hills and dramatic gorges. This is classic Dordogne scenery green, sometimes dramatic and rocky and scattered with honey, turreted castles and farms - truly a fairytale landscape! A great ride for the cycling enthusiast

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Claret and the Coast

Claret and the Coast

Wine, pine and sunshine

Wander through prestigious vineyards, staying in charming country accommodation. Cycle from the Bordeaux vineyards and forests to the coast at Arcachon - fill your senses with the smell of the vine, the pine and the ocean.

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Les Bordeaux Prestige en Vélo

Les Bordeaux Prestige en Vélo

The ultimate Grand Cru tour

A prestige cycle for those who appreciate Bordeaux's supremacy as the wine cellar of France. Your stay is in luxury hotels and includes two Michelin starred menus. The cycle route takes you through names such as Château Mouton Rothschild and Lafitte, Fronsac, Pomerol and St Emillion.

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Canal de Garonne en Vélo

Canal de Garonne en Vélo

A tale of two cities

The Canal de Garonne connects the historic cities of Bordeaux and Toulouse , where the Garonne river meets the canal some 30 miles from the wine capital. Follow shady cycle paths through forests, medieval towns, vineyards and enjoy a wealth of contrasting French delights! Easy flat cycling, moderate distances

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Canal du Midi Prestige

Canal du Midi Prestige

Ancient cities and idyllic waterways

We have added a touch of luxury to our popular Canal Du Midi cycling tour. From the extraordinary fortified town of Carcassone to the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean Sea, travel down tree lined towpaths, over beautiful stone bridges and through some of the prettiest scenery in southwest France.

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Luberon en Vélo

Luberon en Vélo

Quiet roads and magnificent perched villages

Meander along the tiny back roads of Provence through a tapestry of vineyards and fruit orchards, heading to stunning hilltop medieval villages, listed among the most beautiful in France: Gordes, Roussillon, Ménerbes. This is Provence.

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