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bike tour Route des Grandes Alpes
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Road Cycling the Route des Grandes Alpes

There is something uniquely satisfying about completing a true 'journey' by bike and this trip certainly does just that. Taking you through some of the most stunning and majestic cycling terrain enroute to the mediterranean. Climb the legendary cols of the Tour de France in a 7 day fully supported cycle tour from Lake Geneva to Nice on the Cote d'Azur, covering over 700km over some of the continents highest mountain roads, see the itinerary page for more details.

The route climbs over all the cols that regularly feature in the Tour de France as well as the highest road in Europe at over 2800 metres. Our itinerary follows a slightly different route to the classic route, purely to take in some prettier and quieter roads that we have found on our adventures.

Staying in fantastic local hotels along the way, on a full board basis with a set dinner, breakfast and lunch provided. During the day you will have full van support, including basic bike repair, drinks and snacks. Our team will give you the moral support you need too! 

This really is the challenge of a lifetime being one of Europe's great cycle tours. The changing scenery and humble villages will leave lasting impressions while the challenging cycling will test you and give you that satisfied feeling we all crave.

This route can also be completed over a longer period - if you have the time, we have the options! Please contact us if you would love to complete the route but would prefer to take a bit longer over it - we are more than happy to arrange this for you.

 

 

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    June 24, 2017
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    September 2, 2017
£1,250.00
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Alpe d’Huez cycling holidays
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Marmotte challenge week

Definitely not one for the faint hearted. Our Marmotte challenge week cycle tour provides a week riding in the French Alps finishing off with the chance to ride the route used in the mighty Marmotte Sportif.

This challenging ride climbs overs the cols Glandon, Telegraph and awe-inspiring Col du Galibier before testing you to the limits of your endurance on the 21 ‘virages’ hairpin bends of the infamous Alpe d’Huez.

From the beginning of your cycle holiday to the end you will want for nothing to ensure you have the holiday of a lifetime. Private transfer from the airport with your bike you will be taken to your fully catered chalet in the pretty town of Bourg d'Oisans, where you can relax completely.

Enjoy seven unforgettable days of glorious riding in the French Alps with the advantage of full van support during all the rides of this cycling holiday. At the end of the week you will receive a unique commerative technical cycle jersey to remind you of your holiday.  

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    June 20, 2015
£699.00
per person
Ubaye Valley cycling holidays
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Ubaye Valley

Our passion and experience in cycling in the French Alps means that you will experience a riding packed week with maximum saddle time in some of the worlds most beautiful surroundings that seem taylor made for cycling.

You may not have have heard of the Ubaye Valley - it is a well kept secret, a hidden gem in the heart of the French Alps.

The stunning valley boasts seven magnificent cols including the highest road in Europe, the Col de la Bonnette at 2802m. There is also the chance to try the Grand Boucle - an epic challenge ride which makes full use of the spectacular mountain scenery and remarkable geology seen in the area.

From the beginning of your holiday to the end you will want for nothing to ensure you have the cycle holiday of a lifetime. Private transfer from the airport with your bike you will be taken to your beautiful fully catered chalet where you can relax completely. Enjoy seven unforgettable days of glorious riding in the French Alps with the advantage of full van support during all the rides.

As the Ubaye Valley is world renowned for white water rafting, there is also the opportunity to try it out - or if you prefer to unwind when not on the bike, the nearby fortified town of Briançon is really worth a visit. 

 

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    August 22, 2015
£699.00
per person
summer activity holidays French Alps
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The Adrenaline Adventure

Where better in the world than 'the adventure sports capital of Chamonix' to have a go at activities you may have only dreamt of!

Fancy soaring like a eagle with amazing views of Mont Blanc, jumping and sliding your way down a pristine alpine canyon, testing your head for heights on one of Chamonix's world famous rock climbing crags and more?!

Well here's your chance!

With our all-in beautiful chalet with full catering and activities holiday you can take to the mountains without a care in the world!. We organise the week for you, making sure you are well fed with homemade delicious meals, organising plenty of exhilarating activities to keep you all busy, whilst leaving enough time to soak up the wonderful Chamonix atmosphere and sunshine.

Accommodation is either in a traditional and stylish fully catered Alpine Chalet or Chalet apartment, dependent on the requirements of your family or group. Here you will be met by your chalet host who will explain the week's itinerary and tell you about the local area. The activity package is inclusive of the following activities:

  • Rock Climbing
  • Paragliding or via ferrata - an exciting mountain activity requiring  a good head for heights as you ascend metal cables and rungs and negotiate suspension bridges 
  • Aiguille du midi cable car ride 
  • Canyoning
  • Glacier Hiking/ Climbing day

Package price is per person £899. The package includes accommodation, catering & activities. 

A continental breakfast will be served by your host, and packed lunch provided for you to take with you on your activities. A delicious three course evening meal will be provided with beer, red and white wine. For more details about the week please click on the itinerary tab.

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    July 12, 2014
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£899.00
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chalet catering Chamonix, French Alps
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Chalet Fern, 3 bedrooms, Argentiere.

Situated in Argentiere, near Chamonix, Mont Blanc, French Alps, just a few minutes walk from the famous and incredible ski area of Grands Montets.

Our high quality ski chalet apartment is spacious, modern and relaxing, boasting 3 beautiful ensuite double bedrooms, a plush living area, its own private hot tub and all perfectly located in the pretty town of Argentiere, very close to the famous Grands Montets ski area, part of Chamonix's larger ski area.

The apartment has fantastic views, and being south facing benefits from lots of sunshine. To take all the hassle out of your holiday and to access the ski domains in the rest of Chamonix valley we can offer private piste transfers, alternatively there is also a convenient free bus service from just outside the chalet.

This luxurious apartment sleeps 6 (cots are available). There are 3 double beds, which can all be converted into 6 singles.

The appartment is equipped with all the features you would expect in a high quality apartment including satellite TV, DVD player and wifi for all your entertainment needs, a ski locker, washing machine and ample parking should you wish to self drive. Private airport transfers are included.

"The chalet was lovely and cosy clean & fresh and all the mod cons you need & the wi-fi was really handy. The hosts were amazing...really helpful..full of enthusiasm and great company, and cooked us really nice food every day." Jenny R.

The chalet apartment is fully catered by experienced chalet hosts and menu plans for the week will be provided prior to your stay. For more information about menu's and catering please visit the additional information tab on this page.

For availability and to make a booking please contact us.

£799 per person for a group of 6 people inclusive of catering and private airport transfers. For groups under 6 people please enquire about prices. 

Should this chalet apartment not meet your requirements, please contact us as we have many other beautiful chalets in the Chamonix Valley.

 

£4,794.00
per person
ski chalets Chamonix
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Chalet Rose, Catered ski chalet, Argentiere.

A stylish, traditional and idyllic alpine ski chalet, beautifully decorated and furnished, that comfortably sleeps 7 adults + 6 children (in a fun attic room which the children really enjoy sharing). With amazing views of Mont Blanc and within minutes of the famous Grands Montets ski area this chalet is proving very popular!

The ground floor comprises a beautifully spacious and light open plan sitting/ dining area that is separated by a modern, cosy wood burning fire. There is also a small study, a double bedroom and a separate shower room and WC. 

The first floor has a double bedroom with ensuite shower room, a further double bedroom that can be made up as twin beds, a single bedroom and a family bathroom with bath, shower and separate WC. The attic sleeping area is ideal for children and can sleep 6.

This is a beautiful and utterly charming chalet that lends itself perfectly to families and friends. You will get a wonderfullly warm welcome from our experienced chalet hosts who will provide breakfast, afternoon tea and a delicious three course evening meal with wine. They will also take you to the piste in the morning and collect you in the afternoon.

'Mark and Fran were the perfect hosts ... the food and drink were great.' Andrew G.

'Fran's cooking deserves special mention ... great food, great hosts, great week!' Katie N. 

The ski chalet is only 500 metres from the Chosalets beginners ski area and borders the cross country skiing track, which also has a winter walking trail. The Grands Montets ski lift is a short 2-3 minute drive - and piste transfers are included to all lifts in the Chamonix Valley, so you can try other ski domains in the valley.

Price of the chalet from £499 per person based on up to 7 people sharing, inclusive of catering, room cleaning and piste transfers. The chalet can sleep up to 13 if 6 children share the charming attic dormitory style room. For children sharing the attic sleeping space it is £199 per child. If the whole chalet is booked for up to 7 adults and 6 children the total price would be from £4650, again all inclusive of catering (kids tea available), room cleaning and piste transfers.     

For availability for Chalet Rose please contact us.

 

£3,495.00
per person
summer activity holidays French Alps
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Chamonix Adventure

Chamonix Mont Blanc is renowned as the birthplace of modern alpinism. Our summer activity holiday package allows you to explore this unique mountain environment in some amazing activities, giving you memories that will last a lifetime. Accommodation is either in a traditional and stylish fully catered Alpine Chalet or Chalet apartment, dependent on the requirements of your family group. Here you will be met by your chalet host who will explain the week's itinerary and tell you about the local area. The activity package is inclusive of the following activities:

  • White water rafting
  • Guided mountain walking
  • Mountain biking
  • High ropes course at the acro parc
  • A trip on the Montenvers mountain railway to the Mer de Glace Glacier. 

 The above activities have a minimum age of 7 or 8 years for the rafting and mountain walking. 

A continental breakfast will be served by your host, and packed lunch provided for you to take with you on your activities. A delicious three course evening meal will be provided with beer, red and white wine. For more details about the week please click on the itinerary tab.

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    June 14, 2014
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    September 6, 2014
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    September 13, 2014
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    September 20, 2014
£599.00
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Verdon Adventure

Verdon is a stunning environment that calls out to families and friends looking for a fun filled and active holiday to fulfil everybody's holiday tick list! We have some amazing activities on offer, giving you memories that will last a lifetime. Accommodation is either in a traditional and stylish fully catered gite or apartment, dependent on the requirements of your family group. Here you will be met by your host who will explain the week's itinerary and tell you about the local area. The Verdon adventure activity package is inclusive of the following activities:

  • White water rafting
  • Canyoning
  • High ropes course
  • Water rambling (swimming down part of the impressive Verdon gorge)
  • Horse riding

 The above activities have a minimum age of 7 or 8 years for the rafting and mountain walking. 

A continental breakfast will be served by your host, and packed lunch provided for you to take with you on your activities. A delicious three course evening meal will be provided with beer, red and white wine. For more details about the week please click on the itinerary tab.

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    June 14, 2014
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    June 21, 2014
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    July 12, 2014
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    September 20, 2014
£599.00
per person
charity cycle events French Alps
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Charity Challenge Cycle Ride

There is something uniquely satisfying about completing a true 'journey' by bike and this trip certainly does just that, taking you through some of the most stunning and majestic cycling terrain enroute to the mediterranean. Climb the legendary cols of the Tour de France in a 7 day fully supported cycle tour from Lake Geneva to Nice on the Cote d'Azur, covering over 700km over some of the continents highest mountain roads, see the itinerary page for more details.

The route climbs over all the cols that regularly feature in the Tour de France as well as the highest road in Europe at over 2800 metres. Our itinerary follows a slightly different route to the classic route, purely to take in some prettier and quiter roads that we have found.

Staying in hotels en route full board. During the day you have full van support, including basic bike repair, drinks and snacks. 

This really is the challenge of a lifetime being one of Europe's great cycle tours, and to remember your achievement you will receive a souvenir performance cycle jersey and photography.

Charity tour date 19 - 26 September 2015

Raise a minimum sponsorship of £1500 to take part in the challenge ride - register for £150  - then get fundraising! Once registered you will receive a challenge pack including training plan advice and fundraising ideas to get you off to a good start. The remaining sponsorship amount is due by 31st July 2015.

What families say about Little Bridge House:

“Little Bridge House is a magical place. When we come back home we are refreshed and ready to pick up the reins again.”
“When we’re there we can go off site, we can go out for a meal, so it’s a bit of a relief, peace of mind really, a safe haven. It’s like a bubble, they look after us all and we’re in that protective environment.”
“They treat her as an individual, not as a disabled child, they look within at the child.”

And an important fact:

Children's Hospice South West relies on charity donations for 85% of its annual funding - it is not a service provided by the NHS or the government and it can only keep helping families with the generosity of the general public.

We know how important their work is - our family has been supported by Little Bridge House for many years, as our daughter has a life limiting and threatening condition - we just want to say Thank You.

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    September 19, 2015
£150.00
per person
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Charming Traditional Chalet, Argentiere

A delightful 4 bedroomed chalet boasting 3 bathrooms and 2 separate WCs, within easy walking distance of the Grand Montets lifts. This beautiful and traditional chalet has a large sitting room equipped with WIFI, TV, DVD and Hifi with ipod dock.
There are 2 double ensuite bedrooms, that can be arranged as twins if required. The third and fourth bedrooms share the third family bathroom with an additional two separate WCs. There are also fully laundry facilities including washing machine and tumble dryer, ski locker and boot room. The chalet benefits from a large garden and underground private parking.

This Chalet is currently only available for Christmas week 2014 so book soon so you don't miss out on this fabulous holiday.

This chalet is fully catered by our experienced chalet hosts and includes piste transfers to the lifts throughout Chamonix Valley, allowing you more time on the slopes and a more relaxing holiday experience.

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    December 20, 2014
£5,480.00
per person
cycling weekends French Alps
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Cycling Weekends in the French Alps

We are all busy and have lots of demands on our time. Our weekend break is designed to give you an amazing short cycling tour in the French Alps that makes the most of your weekend off. You can choose to arrive on either a Thursday evening or Friday morning, flying into Geneva airport, where you will be met by our Journey Begins team who will transport you and your bike to your half board beautiful savoyarde hotel with Mont Blanc as the backdrop. On day one, you will be able to enjoy your first, fully van supported, 'warm up' ride of the weekend before returning to the hotel for a delicious three course evening meal. Saturday gives you the full day to tackle 125km of Alpine cols, fully van supported throughout, before returning to the hotel for your evening meal. On Sunday enjoy a 75km supported ride after which we will transport you and your bike back to the airport for your return flight, where you can start planning your next cycle holidays in the beautiful French Alps, or your next summer activity holidays in the French Alps!

For full details of the cycling routes please click on the itinerary tab.

£299.00
per person
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Van Supported Cycling and Tailor-made Cycle Tours

Journey Begins cycle holidays operates its cycle tours in the Alps Maritime and the French Alps as well as custom & guided cycling holidays in the Southern French Alps, and across Europe. Whilst we offer our own packaged cycle tours, we feel it is important to give you the flexibility to choose other destinations and services – such as our van supported only cycling packages. (SAG) support & gear.

We can arrange everything for you, including accommodation & catering, cycle support, airport transfers for you and your bikes as well as tailor made cycle routes. These bespoke packages are available to groups who are looking for a more custom made cycling holiday, designed for a unique cycling experience. Talk to us about your dream cycle holiday, let us design, create and turn your dream into reality!

Tailor made cycling holidays

Our tailor made bike holidays are designed with groups in mind, whether you are a cycle club or a group of friends. We design the custom made package with you and discuss your requirements to build the perfect trip for you. We can organise the following services and more....

  • Private Airport transfers for you and your bike 
  • Bike hire if required  
  • Chalet/hotel accommodation to meet your groups needs
  • If you are based in one area we can provide fully catered chalet experience
  • Van support (SAG)  and gear provided for your ride each day
  • Luggage transfers between hotels if your cycle tour starts and finishes in different place each day
  • Cycle routes and guided tours.

SAG (support and gear) only

Perhaps you only require van support and transport of your luggage between your accommodations and would prefer to organise your own hotels and food. We are happy to offer our van support for such trips where you can pay a day rate for the van and driver to accompany you and ensure you and your luggage get to your chosen destination!

Cycle event support

Many cycle sportives, races and long day trips cover big distances in the French Alps. On events such as La Marmotte, Cyclotour du Leman, Grandfondo Gottardo, Etape du Tour & the Tour du Mont Blanc you may appreciate having our van support for a day or more, we offer event support with transport, technical support, refreshments and moral support too! For more information on any of the tailor made holidays please contact us for information by either phoning or emailing us and we are only too happy to answer any questions.

Airport transfers

If you are just looking for airport transfer for you and your bike, we offer a year round service covering the whole of the French Alps, as well as Provence for those looking to cycle Mont Ventoux. Visit our transfers page for booking and more information.

 

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    July 6, 2014
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tour de france cycling holidays
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Tour De France Cycling & Spectator Holiday 2017

The Tour de France is one of the world’s greatest sporting events of the year. This summer Journey Begins guests saw the top Tour teams go wheel to wheel in the mountains of the mighty climbs of the Alps. On climbs where tour legends are made, and riders challenge themselves to the limits.

Journey Begins are giving you the opportunity to be there at this special & spectacular event, during our 2017 TDF holiday you get to ride a selection of mighty Cols, many of which will appear in the 2017 TDF route. On top of the amazing riding we have a spectator stage arranged so you have the opportunity to watch the tour on a true mountain stage in the French Alps.

Spectating

Our Tour de France spectator day offers you fantastic road side seats in a unique position, to watch the Tour in all its glory, with plenty of food, drinks and a TV to watch the Tour unfold before arriving at our 'live' spectator location. This will all be set up for you on the mountain side very close to the stage finish. You can really make the most of the mountain-side Tour party atmosphere and try and grab some Tour de France souvenirs from the caravan precession before watching the pro riders ride past.

Cycling Holiday Highlights.

The 2017 TDF route has been announced and the Alpine stages this year are suitably mountainous, exciting and will no doubt be where the Tour winner is decided. During the week we will take you cycling over cols a few days before the Tour de France arrives so you are able to ride the cols and enjoy the pre-tour festivities lining the side of the road. Cycling these climbs just before the tour de France is a truely special experience.

Base for the week.

We will be based for the week in the beautiful French Alps in a traditional French chalet in the pretty town of Saint Gervais les Bains, the finish of Stage 19 of this years Tour. We provide you with all meals including breakfast, lunch and a three course evening meal with wine & beer. This unique cycling holiday is a Sunday to Sunday 7 night cycle break (With a long weekend option too starting on Wednesday evening). You will be picked up from Geneva airport and transported to the chalet with your bikes where your will be able to build the bikes and go for a short warm-up, test ride on arrival day.

Reviews.

To really whet your appetite for our 2017 tour holiday, grab a cuppa and check out this fantastic blog written by one of our previous guests. He will definitely give you a real feel for what we and our holidays are all about - thanks Steve! https://sixdaysofclimbing.wordpress.com/

 

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    July 8, 2017
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    July 16, 2017
£524.00
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road bike holidays Provence
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Provence Explore Cycle Tour

The Provence region:

Cycling in Provence combines stunning countryside with world class riding, you will be immersed in one of the most beautiful regions in France. This road bike holiday takes you through the heart of Provence with some of the most beautiful and picturesque riding routes the region has to offer. Your French cycle holiday will start by flying into Marseille where we will be waiting to pick you up and transfer you and your bike into the heart of the Luberon region which is famed for its spectacular ‘perched’ medieval hill top villages, art, orchards and of course vineyards. Cycling through the region offers the sights, sounds and smells of lavender fields, rich red ochre valleys, impressive chateaux, and bold beautiful sunflowers. The road biking in the Luberon region is world class with quieter roads, and plenty of pretty villages to stop and rest in whilst enjoying a break in a local café.

Trip highlights:

Some tour highlights include the gorgeous village of Roussillon famous for its stunning Ochre red towers and panoramic views, the Grand Canyon de Verdon which is considered as one of Europe's most beautiful gorges, its is about 25km long and up to 700m deep, these are just a couple of the fabulous sights you will experience en route.

The route:

Your A-B road bike adventure will cover between 70Km to 100Km per day over 6 days riding. The cycle tour is fully van supported with a picnic lunch, hot and cold drinks, water, snacks, mechanical and route guiding support we will be there to help out thought the day to as well as to take photos along the way for you.

The cycle holiday will consist of six days riding and seven nights hotel accommodation where breakfast and a set evening meal are all found, airport transfers with bikes, route maps and each evening a briefing of the next day. This is a true exploration by bike of this stunning region and all it has to offer.

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    June 6, 2015
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    September 13, 2015
£899.00
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Lakes and Mountains cycling weekend

This cycling weekend break offers you the chance to try cycling some Alpine cols and also more gentle lakeside, valley routes arround the stunning lake Annecy in the French Alps. Annecy  is  internationally renowned as the 'Venice of the Alps' and your weeklend tour will also allow you time to explore the old town which, is where its reputation comes from. Arriving on Thursday evening you will stay in a traditional and charming French chalet  and your short break comes as full board, with continental breakfast, packed lunches and three course evening meal, including beer or wine, provided by our experienced holiday hosts.

On day one your cycling tour will begin at Lake Annecy before taking a tour of mountains around the lake, including some of the famous cols that have featured in recent Tour de France Alpine stages. Completing the circuit will return you to the lake and back to the chalet for your evening meal. Day two is a more gentle ride that allows you to have a birds-eye view of Lake Annecy and take in a circuit of the lake. In the afternoon there are options to explore the old town or perhaps take a swim in the lake - which boasts the purest water in Europe!

For a full itinerary click on the tab for route descriptions. All your bike rides will be fully van supported and will supply your lunch stop to include sandiwches, cake, fruit, flapjacks and soft drinks. Throughout your ride water will be available as well as additional snacks, although we suggest that if you use a particular brand of energy gel/ drink you don't change it to avoid to avoid dietary upset.

This holiday is a superb introduction to cycling in the French Alps and is offered at what we think is an unbeatable rate of £475 person to lnclude your airport transfer, full board accommodation and fully van supported bike rides but does include cost of the flight itself.

 

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    May 1, 2016
£475.00
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A weekend in Provence

Provence is so beautiful and is world renowned for its cycling challenges. The countryside is stunning and the riding is world class, taking you to the heart of Provence and the most beautiful routes on offer.  Your French cycle holiday will start by flying into Marseille where we will be waiting to pick you up and transfer you and your bike into the heart of the Luberon region, which is famed for its incredible clifftop medieval villages, food, art, orchards and of course vineyards. As you cycle you can have time to take in all the sensory delights of Provence, fragrant lavender fields, rich red ochre valleys, spectacular chateaux, and fields filled with bold and beautiful sunflowers. The roads are quiet, the villages pretty and the food is superb. If you need to take a quick break from the stress, noise and bustle of everyday life then this is the trip for you. 

Trip highlights:

Some tour highlights include the gorgeous village of Roussillon famous for its stunning Ochre red towers and panoramic views and the Grand Canyon de Verdon which is considered as one of Europe's most beautiful gorges, its is about 25km long and up to 700m deep.

You will stay in a traditional gite on a full board basis, provided by our experienced hosts. In the morning there will be a continental breakfast before your ride. Each day's cycle is fully van supported with lunches provided before you return to your gite for a three course evening meal to include local wine.

 

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    May 1, 2016
£495.00
per person