Cycling for Softies

Tailor-made gourmet cycling holidays in rural France for the independently minded adventurer

Their luxurious cycling holidays aren’t about clocking up the miles, they're about the time in-between. Welcome to life in the easy lane...

TAILOR-MADE AS STANDARD

Whether you’d like to add an extra night here or there, or stop at a particular hotel or town, our cycle experts will create the route to suit you. If we are arranging your transport, you will be free to fly from the departure airport of your choice. While transport isn’t automatically included in our holidays, our travel experts can arrange it all for you if desired (including train connections). Think of us as a one-stop shop for your perfect cycling holiday.

EASY RIDING

If sitting back and enjoying the view with barely a finger (or a foot) lifted is your idea of wonderful, why not try an e-bike? Hugely popular with Softies guests, they take all the puff out of the hill, allowing you to instead glide effortlessly up. Delivering power smoothly and progressively, they’re easy to use and lots of fun too.

GOURMET MEALS

From the exotic flavours of the Mediterranean to the Michelin-stars of the Alsace, our tours take in some of the world’s most iconic gastronomic scenes. We’ve hand-picked local eateries and award-winning restaurants for your evening meals, all of which are included as standard on a Softies holiday.

FIRST CLASS HOTELS

We’ve hand-picked only the loveliest places to stay - from rustic country inns brimming with charm to elegant townhouses and deluxe châteaux hotels. You’ll enjoy a warm welcome at every door - and, of course, delightful dining options: al fresco on the terrace, Michelin-starred in the restaurant or relaxed bistro-style. Whatever you choose, every bite is a delight.

WE TAKE CARE OF EVERYTHING

From the moment you get in touch, you’re in safe hands. Whether you’re after a short break or a longer duration stay, we can help you decide which holiday best suits you, and we’ll take care of all your travel arrangements. Once you’ve booked, simply relax: every detail of your trip will be taken care of. We’ll transfer your bags from hotel to hotel, and set you off on one of our fully serviced bikes. Knowledgeable Destination Managers are on hand throughout your holiday, full of local tips, route advice and mechanical expertise. Most importantly, they are just a telephone call away throughout your holiday.


Their Tours

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Alsace Route du Vin

7 Day(s)
Easy
111 Km
avg 28 Km
Self-guided

With spectacular scenery throughout, grapes dripping off the vines wherever you pedal, it’s easy to work up an appetite for the region’s distinctive cuisine - and a thirst for its world famous wines. Fortunately, there are plenty of super ...

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Chateau de Candes

8 Day(s)
Easy
157 Km
avg 31 Km
Self-guided

The sumptuous and stylish maisons, lofts and apartments are scattered around the grounds and within the immediate vicinity of the stunning main castle building.

Candes-St-Martin is on the list of ‘des plus beaux villages de Franc ...

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The Loire in Luxury

7 Day(s)
Easy/Moderate
206 Km
avg 41 Km
Self-guided

Today the valley is one of the most popular cycling destinations in the world, thanks to an excellent network of cycle routes, easy terrain and endless list of sites to see. By staying in our three favourite château hotels, you will experience this d ...

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Starry Nights in Provence

8 Day(s)
Easy
238 Km
avg 40 Km
Self-guided

Our route will let you experience your own starry nights in St-Remy-de-Provence, soak up the colours and culture of Arles and explore the glorious Provençal countryside. 

We love: Soaking up the atmosphere of Arles from one o ...

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Provence & Camargue Bike & Boat

8 Day(s)
Easy
240 Km
avg 40 Km
Self-guided

Lagoons, olive groves and limestone cliffs. Cities full of hidden treasure and glorious Provençal wine. This is France as it should be discovered. The MS Caprice and MS L'Estillo are 2-star to 3-star vessels.

We love: Flamingo ...

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Provençal Discovery

8 Day(s)
Easy/Moderate
336 Km
avg 56 Km
Self-guided

We have offered cycling holidays in this part of the world for over 30 years and can now offer a broader experience with the help of an e-bike. Glide up to the stunning hilltop towns, such as Gordes and Roussillon, and traverse the Luberon valley and ...

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Picture Postcard Provence

8 Day(s)
Easy/Moderate
116 Km
avg 39 Km
Self-guided

It’s impossible not to be seduced by the beauty and glamour of Provence. The chatter emanating from rustic street cafés. The buzz of the cicadas. Against cobalt skies ancient Roman ruins and fortified hilltop villages glow pure white in the daz ...

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Marine de Loire

8 Day(s)
Easy
157 Km
avg 31 Km
Self-guided

La Marine de Loire is a 4 star charm hotel which provides the perfect combination of elegance and relaxation. We invite you to recharge your batteries in the 300 sq m Cinq Mondes spa or to relax in the lounge bar overlooking the secluded hotel garden ...

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Loire Valley Discovery

8 Day(s)
Easy/Moderate
327 Km
avg 55 Km
Self-guided

Saddle up on our excellent Trek e-bikes and relax as you ride along the rivers, past the châteaux and through the vineyards of the Loire valley. This is the perfect tour for the history buffs, the wine lovers and the foodies who want to squeeze as ma ...

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Côtes du Rhône Vineyards

8 Day(s)
Easy/Moderate
195 Km
avg 33 Km
Self-guided

From ancient villages scattered with Roman ruins to historic cities, there are plenty of interesting places to stop and soak up Provençal history on our Côtes du Rhône tour.

In between stops you’ll enjoy wonderful laid-back cycli ...

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Châteaux of the Loire

8 Day(s)
Easy
156 Km
avg 26 Km
Self-guided

Playground to the French and English royal families for over 1000 years, this is truly the heart of fairy-tale France - illustrated perfectly by the high number of spectacular castles on route. Like drawings in a children’s book, they have b ...

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Burgundy's Route de Grand Crus

8 Day(s)
Easy
143 Km
avg 24 Km
Self-guided

In between wine tastings and gastronomic stop offs, you will enjoy the relaxed cycling in between picturesque villages and wonderful hotels. Following the cycle Route des Grand Crus, you will enjoy gorgeous scenery, vineyard Chateaux and the delightf ...

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Burgundy and the Côtes du Rhône

8 Day(s)
Easy/Moderate
243 Km
avg 41 Km
Self-guided

As one of Europe’s major waterways, the river is lined with vibrant cities and towns, including Lyon and Avignon, two of France’s finest. Enjoy the perfect mix of cruising on board and exploring by bike, making use of the excellent Via Rh ...

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Bordeaux's Wines & Vines

6 Day(s)
Easy/Moderate
173 Km
avg 35 Km
Self-guided

The land here on the right bank of Bordeaux produces a variety of vintages, from the soft Merlot’s of St Emilion to the sweet whites of Sauternes. The tour takes you through this verdant landscape from south to north, stopping in our pick of th ...

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Bordeaux City Break

4 Day(s)
Easy
137 Km
avg 46 Km
Self-guided

The city is a UNESCO World Heritage site, valued as an inhabited historic city and an icon of the Enlightenment era. This city bike break allows you to explore the bike-friendly streets of Bordeaux, to explore some of the more than 120,000 hectares o ...

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Bordeaux City & Vineyards

7 Day(s)
Moderate
196 Km
avg 39 Km
Self-guided

This tour takes offers the chance to explore this magnificent metropolis and to spend time amongst the vast vineyards of the Entre Deux Mers appellation. From the city, you’ll ride a loop to the east, taking in famous wine towns like St Emilion ...

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Avignon and Côtes du Rhône

6 Day(s)
Easy/Moderate
118 Km
avg 30 Km
Self-guided

The highlights of this tour include the spectacular scenery of the Chateaneuf-du-Pape vineyards, where you are never more than a short walk from an opportunity to indulge in the world famous local produce, and the city of Avignon, with its rich histo ...

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Around the Alpilles

7 Day(s)
Easy
137 Km
avg 23 Km
Self-guided

We have designed this tour to offer a true leisure cycling experience in Provence, with shorter distances and easier routes, giving you more time and energy to explore the local sites and taste the local produce. The tour takes in the charming buzz o ...

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