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Aquitaine

Cycling holidays in Aquitaine
Cool off by the ports and pines of the Atlantic Coast around La Rochelle, Ile de Ré and fashionable Châtaillon-Plage, or get a taste for Cognac and heady offerings around the Dordogne and Bordeaux. 

Whichever route you travel water will never be far away and you'll find history and mystery a-plenty, from the regimented town of Rochefort to the prehistoric caves by the crags of Rocamadour and Les Eyzies or the turreted 'bastides' of chateaux vineyards.  

Our self-guided cycling holidays and short breaks in Aquitaine feature both linear and circular routes and include hotel to hotel cycling tours .

Atlantic Coast Weekender
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France Atlantic Coast Ile de Re Cycling
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Fancy a truly French summer getaway? For sandy beaches, sea-air and a spot of really stylish island life, there’s nothing the French treasure more than their Atlantic Coast around La Rochelle’s beautiful Ile de Ré. But pop down first to Rochefort’s historic harbourlands and it’s only natural to pedal back via the coast’s wildlife-rich marshes around Yves – and the village of St Laurent (de Prée) of course! - plus chic Châtaillon-Plage with its casino, race-course and impressive waterpark. From the charming Vieux Port ramparts of cosmopolitan La Rochelle, the pale sands, white-washed cottages, abbey ruins and colourful marinas of Ile de Ré are all just a pedal push away. Cycling is certainly cool here, but then a glass of Charentais blanc in the company of fresh local seafood or oysters on some tempting bistro terrace is pretty refreshing too! 

Accommodation

In a 3 star hotel in La Rochelle. 

Area Aquitaine
Board Basis Bed & Breakfast
Start Day Thursday
Tour Duration 4 days and 3 nights
Tour Grade Grade 1
Price per person From £453 to £453

Dordogne Cycling Through History

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From the prehistoric caves at Vézère Valley and Lascaux to the turreted châteaux and fortified ‘Bastide’ towns, there is history around every corner. Dramatic crags and breath-taking panoramas, rolling hills and thick forests make for the widest scope of landscapes all within a short pedal of the famous river valley. Cycling gently along flat riverside lanes, or climbing higher to picnic above the rooftops, this is a circular tour where every effort is very richly rewarded.

Accommodation

In Souillac (2 nights), Rocamadour, Gourdon, La Roque Gageac, Les Eyzies and Sarlat.

Area Dordogne
Board Basis B & B with dinner included on some nights
Start Day Any Day
Tour Duration 8 days and 7 nights
Tour Grade Grade 4
Price per person From £997 to £997

Atlantic Coast – Cognac to La Rochelle

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cycling in Cognac Country
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Get a real taste for ‘Nouvelle Aquitaine’ and the breath-taking Atlantic coast on a tour that’s the finest blend of ancient and modern. Enjoy the company of the Charente river as you get to know the warming flavours of Cognac country and pedal on through rolling vineyards towards the Roman amphitheatre at mighty Saintes. Historic Rochefort - built to a rigid plan to defend the French Royal Navy - may be a more sober affair, but its nearby oyster farms are an invitation to chew on things and chill out with a glass of Charentais Blanc, before coasting it up via stylish sandy beaches and more modern resorts to colourful La Rochelle and that French holiday island favourite, Ile de Ré.

Accommodation

In Cognac (2 nights), Saintes, Rochefort and La Rochelle (2 nights). 

Area Aquitaine
Board Basis Bed & Breakfast
Start Day Tuesday, Friday & Sunday
Tour Duration 8 days and 7 nights
Tour Grade Grade 3
Price per person From £908 to £908

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