The Loire Valley, the Dordogne, the Canal du Midi together with Provence and the Camargue are our firm favourites for gentle cycling holidays in France.
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Why these parts of France? Well now, let’s see…
Avenues of twisted plane trees. Berets and crispy baguettes. Ripe cheeses straight from farmhouse to market place. Foie gras and big hanging bunches of Herbes de Provence. Cobbled alleys and half-timbered, honey-coloured houses. Loire châteaux by the score, each magnificent and masterful. The rich flavours of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The clang of the local ‘patois’ dialect and the clink of ‘pétanque’ balls. Freewheeling fun down rolling vineyard slopes. Heading out on the refreshingly straight canalside paths of the Canal du Midi or Camargue. Climbing the craggy peaks like pilgrims-past to gaze down on the Dordogne. Caves covered in prehistoric paintings or brimful of bottles. Fresh-tasting Côtes du Rhône and Mediterranean magic of a rich ‘Bouillabaisse’. Who needs the Eiffel Tower anyway?
Great places to stay…
Family-run ‘auberges’ and inns, comfortable city centre hotels and the most modern boutique chic, even comfortable boats floating down the waterways of Provence – the accommodation we’ve selected for our tours around four very special regions of France are simply very French in flavour.
With further food for thought…
In Provence our tours are on a bed and breakfast basis (half board is an option), but cycling in the Loire Valley and Dordogne we include dinner for you to enjoy the local flavours to the full every evening either at the hotels or nearby. With pleasant terraces, inviting courtyards, river views or practically brushing shoulders with a château, all the hotels are well-located and rated two or three star (upgrade three or four star) according to local classifications.
Our ‘Bike & Boat’ tours in Provence on the ‘Soleo’ or ‘L’Estrello’ include breakfast and evening meal on board and a ‘self-service-style’ packed lunch
Good friends to support you along your way…
As much as we might like to, we can’t cut ourselves into pieces and welcome you personally all around Europe. In each region of France, we work in partnership with local experts who share our commitment to quality, service and great cycling. Together, we ensure that the route notes prepared during our own latest experiences are up-to-date and that accommodation continues to meet our high standards. We are proud of our partners and delighted that, on our French tours, you will be welcomed by friends.
Getting to the start of your adventure
We’ve been organising cycling holidays in France since 2002. There have been a lot of changes in the world of passenger transport over the years: we have knowledge to share about how to get to France by rail, ferry, tunnel or air. We are pleased to talk through all travel arrangements, including transfers from stations and parking for your vehicle.