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Foothills of the Pyrenees

Cathar castle at Duilhac

If you only ever have one chance to take a cycling holiday tour in France, make this it! This road biking tour visits the foothills of the Pyrenees, the mountain range separating France and Spain.

A beautiful land steeped in history and with a people still following the traditional way of life. The views and scenery are gorgeous and the historical sites stunning.

You arrive in the town of Carcassonne, world-renowned for being the most complete medieval town in Europe. You'll have the options to visit the Cathar castles of Puivert, Peyrepertuse, Queribus and for the energetic, Montsegur the last bastion of the Cathar people.

We cycle through one of the best gorges in France - the narrow, deep Gorge de Galamus. We spend time in Mirepoix, famous for the medieval houses that overhang the central square and the market town of Quillan.

The regional food is legendary and the local wine superb. The cycle tour route passes many vineyards offering free wine-tasting sessions. This is a place that, once visited, you will never forget.

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Atlantic to the Mediterranean

Road biking in the Pyrenees

A Classic coast-to-coast voyage using a network of quiet back lanes and canal towpaths. Our 295-mile route links picturesque villages, medieval cities, ancient forests, vineyards and fields of sunflowers as we head slowly east through this historic land.

This fully supported trip is about discovering the highlights of Southern France by bike and is suitable for anyone who enjoys cycling. The riding, mostly flat, is done at a leisurely pace with an average daily distance of about 40 miles. There will be plenty of time to relax or explore the many natural and man-made points of interest en-route.

Overnight stops are taken in sleepy towns, cosmopolitan cities and everything in between. We stay in comfortable hotels, selected for their charm and fine restaurants. A more varied insight into the region and it's culture is hard to imagine!

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