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France - St Malo to Nice Explorer (20 days) - Guided Road Cycling Holiday

Holiday Highlights

  • Cycling along the Brittany coast with views out to the Abbey of Mont St-Michel
  • Travelling under your own power all the way from the Channel to the Mediterranean
  • Meandering along the Loire, Dordogne and Rhône rivers
  • Stocking up on wine at Châteauneuf-du-Pape
  • Riding through the lavender fields of Provence and winding your way through the Verdon Gorge
  • Descending to Nice to ride along the Promenade des Anglais like a Tour de France winner!

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Day Description Distance Ascent Meals
1 Arrival: St Malo Non Riding Day    
2 St Malo to Chateaubourg 73 Miles / 117 Kms Approx. 675 Metres Approx. B L  
3 Chateaubourg to Avrillé 69 Miles / 111 Kms Approx. 600 Metres Approx. B L  
4 Avrille to Fontevreaud L’Abbaye 66 Miles / 107 Kms Approx. 600 Metres Approx. B L  
5 Fontevreaud l’Abbaye to Parthenay 47 Miles / 77 Kms Approx. 450 Metres Approx. B L  
6 Parthenay to L’Isle Jourdain 64 Miles / 102 Kms Approx. 550 Metres Approx. B L  
7 L’Isle Jourdain to Brantome 73 Miles / 118 Kms Approx. 1,100 Metres Approx. B L  
8 Brantome to Sarlat 65 Miles / 104 Kms Approx. 1,150 Metres Approx. B L  
9 Rest Day Optional loop rides available   B  
10 Sarlat to Figeac 68 Miles / 110 Kms Approx. 1,200 Metres Approx. B L  
11 Figeac to Entraygues 35 Miles / 58 Kms Approx. 650 Metres Approx. B L  
12 Entraygues to Mende 75 Miles / 120 Kms Approx. 1,800 Metres Approx. B L  
13 Mende to Vallon Pont d’Arc 79 Miles / 127 Kms Approx. 1,600 Metres Approx. B L  
14 Vallon Pont d’Arc to Châteauneuf-du-Pape 53 Miles / 85 Kms Approx. 1,200 Metres Approx. B L  
15 Châteauneuf-du-Pape to Sault 44 Miles / 71 Kms Approx. 1,100 Metres Approx. B L  
16 Sault to Forcalquier 33 Miles / 53 Kms Approx. 450 Metres Approx. B L  
17 Forcalquier to Moustiers-Saint-Marie 40 Miles / 65 Kms Approx. 875 Metres Approx. B L  
18 Moustiers-Saint-Marie to Castelanne 52 Miles / 83 Kms Approx. 1,750 Metres Approx. B L  
19 Castelanne - Nice 57 Miles / 91 Kms Approx. 750 Metres Approx. B L  
20 Departure: Nice Airport Non Riding Day   B  

Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

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Holiday Information

Skedaddle have been running the St Malo to Nice trip since 2011 and it's proved to be incredibly popular. The only question that customers have raised with us is whether we could make it a little more relaxing by taking slightly longer to complete the distance. We've done exactly that. The same fantastic journey, but now with slightly lower distances each day to allow you to soak up the scenery along the way. Our journey through France takes us through the 'spiritual home of cycling'. The French love affair with the bike began in 1861 when Ernest Michaux and his son invented and manufactured the first pedal and crank; and soon the modern bicycle was born. Very rapidly, cycling caught on around the country, and indeed, the rest of the world.  
Cycling wasn’t only a means of transport to the French; it became a leisure pastime and then a popular sport. On 31st May 1903, a mere 42 years later, 15 men set off on the very first Tour de France. The rest, as they say, is history. Since those early days there has never been a more appropriate destination for a cyclist to visit; there simply is no better way to appreciate the home of the bicycle than pedalling through this beautiful country.  
Skedaddle’s “Channel to Med” odyssey takes us from Brittany’s St Malo shoreline and doesn’t stop until we reach the glamour and warm Mediterranean waters of Nice on the French Riviera. Our journey of more than 950 miles takes us through 19 of France’s regional départements as we ride in some of the country’s most striking and dramatic landscapes, discovering the true heart of rural France. Passing through a patchwork of subtle and striking changes in terrain and landscape this is a route of two distinct halves. We begin by hugging the Brittany coastline, momentarily flirting with Normandy and seeing the iconic Mont St Michel before heading south to the banks of France’s longest river, the Loire. After crossing the wheat fields and grazing land of Poitou-Charentes, we reach the rolling hills of the Dordogne.  
On leaving the Dordogne we turn a corner. The terrain changes as hills become ever more prominent, slowly giving way to mountainous terrain and steep sided valleys; there is also a change in climate and terroir. The route hugs the banks of the Lot River, picking a gentle route into the mountains and occasionally propelling us up its valley sides, before we reach its source and the northern edge of the wild and wooded Cévennes. The route then plunges down into the fruit and vineyard choked Ardèche département before following the famous gorge of the same name to the Rhône valley, and luckily for us a taste of the world-renowned wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Crossing the Rhône announces our arrival in Provence. The towering shape of Mont Ventoux on the skyline, hot sun, lavender fields and blue-shuttered cafés, combine to make you feel as if you are in a separate country entirely. After an exhilarating descent to the Mediterranean coast we cruise along the Promenade des Anglais for a celebratory dip in the Med.  
This is the more leisurely 20 day itinerary with a rest day included. For those looking for a slightly more challenging road cycling holiday then check out our classic 16 day St Malo to Nice itinerary.  

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Holiday Summary

Duration:
20 days
Prices From:
£3,595
Estimated flight price
£250

Optional

Bike Hire
£275
Single Room Supplement:
£1,055
Single Room Supplement:
£1,055
Insurance - Europe 31 Day:
£77
Insurance - Europe 31 Day:
£77

Holiday Details

Place to place

19 nights hotel accommodation

17 days riding

Breakfast and lunch

Guided and vehicle support

Group airport and ferry transfers

Luggage transfers

GPS device inc pre-loaded routes

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