Lavender fields in Provence.Activity holidays in France

Our holidays in France are easy to reach by air, rail or car and offer world-famous gastronomy and fine wines. There is a wonderful physical diversity to the country, and each region looks and feels different, has its own style of architecture, its own characteristic food and often its own dialect too!

Our holidays span the whole of France: In the north is Brittany a beautiful, unspoilt region full of variety. The Loire, famous for its wide open countryside and wealth of magnificent chateaux, Burgundy, with its wonderful cuisine and world-famous wines, and the flower decked villages of Alsace are just a few of the regions you can visit on your French holiday. In the French Alps we offer challenging walking with real Alpine adventure.

Southern France too is full of interest-packed places that are perfect for activity holidays - from the prehistoric sites and fairytale chateaux of the Dordogne, to the ancient villages and sleepy squares of traditional Provence, to the spectacular mountain vistas of the Pyrenees. Then there's the Tarn and Cevennes, a relatively unknown holiday destination in France, but packed full of historic interest and stunning scenery.

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Rivers and Chateaux of the Loire Walk

Chatea de Chenonceau

From $1330 per person

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This gentle hotel-to-hotel walking holiday is a fabulous introduction to the Loire Valley and follows a circular route linking the chateaux of Chenonceau, Amboise and Chaumont-sur-Loire. Warm, friendly hotels and great regional cuisine.

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  • 6 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Continental breakfast and 4 evening meals
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Undiscovered French Riviera Walk

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Discover the hidden secrets of the French Riviera, plus some of the familiar sights too, on this guided walking week based at a charming 3-star hotel just a stone's throw from the beach. Picturesque walks, beautiful views and visits to the Riviera's magnificent Caps.

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  • 7 nights, single centre
  • All continental breakfasts included
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Especailly good for solo travellers.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.

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Chablis Vineyards Cycling

From $1410 per person

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Gentle, relaxing 6-night cycling holiday through traditional french villages and the vineyards of Burgundy. Lots of wine tasting opportunities of world-famous wines along your route!

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  • 6 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfasts and 4 evening meals included
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.
  • Option to hire electric bikes.

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Walking the Alsace Wine Trail

From $1455 per person

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Very easy walking through flower-festooned villages taking in feudal castles, churches, forests and vineyards. Panoramic views of the Black Forest, Vosges Mountains and famous Route du Vin. Lots of wine tasting opportunities.

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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Continental breakfast and 2 evening meals
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Perfect for couples.

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Dramatic Vistas of the Tarn

St Chely du Tarn

From $1485 per person

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This single centre holiday provides some of the finest walking in France including hiking the Tarn and Jonte Gorges, Aven Armand and in the Cevennes National Park - where you'll find 4000+ flowers including 80 different orchids.

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  • 7 nights, single centre
  • All buffet breakfasts and 6 evening meals
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Holidays to enhance your wellbeing.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Waterways & Wine Villages of the Canal du Midi

Beziers

From $1500 per person

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On this six-night cycling holiday you’ll enjoy a wonderful, scenic loop of the cities and waterways which surround the picturesque and UNESCO-recognised Canal du Midi. Keeping the canal within close proximity you’ll follow its course along quiet roads and tracks, enjoying its scenic tributaries and impressive structures, and discovering mediaeval villages and towns, renowned wine regions and a wonderful variety of birdlife along the way.

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  • 6 nights, hotel-to-hotel
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  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Heart of the Pyrenees Walk

Malcolm and Anne Gregory

From $1515 per person

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With both moderate and challenging walking options on offer each day, this superb high level mountain hike takes in dramatic gorges, beautiful lakes and traditional mountain villages unchanged over the years. Friendly, 3* hotels throughout.

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  • 7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfasts and evening meals
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Eco-friendly holidays.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Explore the high peaks.

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Brittany's Emerald Coast Walk

Secluded beach

From $1640 per person

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Brittany's Emerald Coast boasts some of the most stunning scenery in Europe, yet is relatively untouched by tourism. It's a landscape of pink-gold cliffs, deserted poppy-fringed beaches and traditional friendly Breton villages.

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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Continental breakfast and 4 evening meals
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Especailly good for solo travellers.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.

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Chablis Vineyards Walk

From $1640 per person

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This relaxed walk follows in part the route St James took en route to Compostela, and covers a gently rolling landscape of forests, farmlands, river valleys and fields full of poppies. Highlights include ancient Auxerre, mediaeval UNESCO-listed Vezelay and Chablis, renowned for its famous wines!

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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Continental breakfast and 6 evening meals
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Contrasts of Alsace and The Vosges Walk

Overlooking a pretty stream in Kaysersberg

From $1670 per person

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Incorporating both Alsace’s Route des Vins and the picturesque Vosges National Park, this 8-night walking holiday showcases the very best that the region has to offer. Your holiday starts in the heart of wine country and takes you west through ancient forest and into the Vosges Mountains, straddling the French and German border.

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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Continental breakfasts and all evening meals
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Perfect for couples.

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Landscapes of the Luberon Walk

The hilltop town of Roussillon in the Luberon

From $1690 per person

Varied walking in the glorious Luberon National Park - inspiration for generations of poets, painters and writers. Wander through vineyards and olive groves to perched mediaeval villages and stay in delightful hotels, full of character along the way.

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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Continental breakfasts and 4 evening meals
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Explore the high peaks.

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Chateaux of the Loire Walk

From $1735 per person

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This 8 night walking holiday takes you along riverside trails, through sleepy hamlets and beside vineyards, stopping on route to visit some of the finest chateaux of the Loire Valley including Chenonceau, Amboise, Cheverny and Chaumont.

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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Continental breakfast and 6 evening meals
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Especailly good for solo travellers.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Côtes du Ventoux Cycling

Crillon le Brave

From $1765 per person

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The Vaucluse is characterised by several things but none perhaps as much as the vineyards which cover the patchwork landscape and the ever present shape of Mt Ventoux, 'the Giant of Provence', silent and ever watchful on the horizon. This 6 night cycle takes you around the eastern side of the Vaucluse, where you will have ample opportunities to taste the local produce as you venture right up to the foot of the mountain.

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  • 6 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfasts and evening meals included
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Explore the high peaks.
  • Option to hire electric bikes.

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Hilltop Villages of Provence Cycling

The perched village of Gordes

From $1795 per person

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Provence is a place whose natural light and landscapes have served as inspiration to such iconic figures as Van Gogh, Cezanne, Picasso and Dumas (not to mention Peter Mayle!), and this 6 night holiday has been designed to give you a taste of the famous hilltop villages which dot its breath-taking, lavender-scented Luberon region.

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  • 6 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfasts and 4 evening meals included
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.
  • Option to hire electric bikes.

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The High Alps Walk

Mont de Grange

From $1795 per person

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A high level challenging hotel-to-hotel walk following well signed footpaths and affording stunning views of Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn and the Swiss Alps. Over 1200 varieties of wild flowers and excellent bird spotting opportunities.

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  • 10 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Continental breakfast and 8 evening meals
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Explore the high peaks.

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Backroads of Brittany Cycling

Gorgeous beaches

From $1810 per person

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Visitors have long been drawn to the stunning white beaches of Brittany's Emerald Coast, yet the region remains largely unspoiled with traditional fishing ports, colourful country hamlets and beautifully preserved walled towns unchanged since the Middle Ages.

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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All buffet breakfasts and 4 evening meals included
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Especailly good for solo travellers.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Option to hire electric bikes.

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Classic Burgundy Cycling

From $1845 per person

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This 8-night cycling holiday really gets under the skin of Burgundy: its people, its villages, its waterways and, of course, its world-famous wines. The days have been specially designed to allow for lazy riverside lunches, gastronomic pit-stops and plenty of wine tastings!

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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfasts and 6 evening meals included
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.
  • Option to hire electric bikes.

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Loire Gastronomic Cycling

The Chateau de Chenonceau in France.

From $1860 per person

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A gentle, unhurried introduction to the very essence of the Loire Valley: majestic châteaux, wide rivers, world-famous wines and some of the finest food we've ever eaten in France! Holiday includes two nights in a luxury château.

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  • 6 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfast and gastronomic evening meals included
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Canal du Midi Cycling

Beziers

From $1875 per person

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Our 8 night holiday takes you on a wonderful journey through the delightful south-west of France, following the UNESCO Canal du Midi and the Canal de la Robine, mixing wonderful countryside, vineyards, sunflower fields and historic cities, cycling alongside barges you will make your way to the azure blue Mediterranean sea.

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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfasts included
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Gastronomic Burgundy Walking

Wine Village

From $1920 per person

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Gastronomic meals and historic hotels, sleepy wine villages and traditional mediaeval towns, ancient woodland and some of the world’s most prestigious vineyards. These are some of the highlights of this 6 night walk around the beautiful Cote D'Or along quiet lanes, vineyard tracks and shady woodland paths.

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  • 6 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Continental breakfast and 6 gastronomic evening meals
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Eco-friendly holidays.
  • Holidays to enhance your wellbeing.
  • Perfect for couples.

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Canoeing on the Dordogne

Overlooking the Dordogne river

From $1965 per person

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Safe, undemanding canoeing holiday on the most celebrated river in France. Great choice for families - all hotels have pools and, for a limited period, all customers will have the option to hire a fully kitted-out bike for all non-canoe days making it easy to explore locally too.

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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfasts and 7 evening meals included
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Dordogne Activities

Town on the Dordogne

From $1965 per person

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Combine three of our exciting holidays to experience the ultimate activity holiday in the Dordogne. 2 days of safe, undemanding canoeing with a choice of leisurely walking or cycling on the other days.

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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfasts and 7 evening meals included
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Good choice for families.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Dordogne Gastronomic Walk

View over Dordogne river, France.

From $2015 per person

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This gastronomic walk explores the limestone cliffs, wooded valleys and beautiful mediaeval villages that are so unique to France's Dordogne. World famous pre-historic sites and fine local wines add a further dimension to a stay here.

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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Continental breakfast and all evening meals
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Holidays to enhance your wellbeing.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Chateaux of the Loire Cycling

Chambord castle- Loire valley, France.

From $2105 per person

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An interest-packed, gentle cycling holiday crammed with historic and cultural highlights: pretty wine villages, charming mediaeval towns and world-famous wines in abundance! Superb cuisine throughout too.

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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfasts and evening meals included
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Vineyards of Vaucluse Cycling

Roman bridge in Vaison La Romaine

From $2105 per person

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For wine-lovers, this 8-night tour circles the famous Cotes de Rhone vineyards, and includes 2 nights in Vaison la Romaine - France's most extensive Roman site with 6000-seat theatre, baths, houses and streets. Swimming pools 6 nights out of 8.

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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfasts and evening meals included
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Option to hire electric bikes.

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Gastronomic Burgundy Cycling

Chateau de pommard

From $2120 per person

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Gastronomic meals and world famous wines, mediaeval towns and traditional villages, historic hotels and chateaux, and the picturesque Canal de Bourgogne. These are some of the highlights of this 6 night cycle around the beautiful Cote D'Or along quiet lanes, vineyard tracks and tranquil waterside paths.

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  • 6 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfasts and gastronomic evening meals included
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.
  • Option to hire electric bikes.

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Dordogne Gastronomic Cycling

 Beynac Castle - Dordogne - France

From $2155 per person

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Wonderful gastronomic meals, world-famous wines, fabulous historic sites and postcard-pretty villages are just a few of the highlights of this popular 8-night cycling tour. You're usually close to the rivers too, so lots of swimming, plus all hotels have pools.

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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfast and gastronomic evening meals included
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.
  • Option to hire electric bikes.

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Landscapes of the Luberon Cycling

Bonnieux

From $2155 per person

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The picturesque, perched villages of Provence offer stirring images along with a history which, in some places, stretches back over a thousand years. On this 8 night holiday you’ll discover vineyards, olive groves, monasteries, chateaux and caves along with the region’s famous Ochre Trail and, of course, the lavender which scents the summer air.

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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfasts and 6 evening meals included
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.
  • Option to hire electric bikes.

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Gastronomic Wine Villages of Alsace

Chateau Kaysersberg

From $2200 per person

Good living at a relaxed pace, this luxury 7-night cycle leads you through mediaeval towns and villages amid a sea of swaying vines to visit crumbling hilltop chateaux, mighty mountain fortresses and top-notch wine producers. Then relax in top hotels with Michelin starred food to match!

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  • 7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
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  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Perfect for couples.

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