France - St Malo to Nice Explorer (20 days) - Guided Road Cycling Holiday
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28 May to 16 Jun - Travel through many of France’s most beautiful and best loved regions including the Loire Valley, Dordogne, Rhône and Ardèche as we make our way triumphantly to the glittering delights of Nice and the Côte d‘Azur!
- 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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|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|
Meals: B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner | Please keep in mind the distances and ascent information provided are intended to be indicative and may vary from the actuals due to accommodation changes or when compared on different GPS devices and software
For more information download our trip notes
For more information download our trip notes
Best organised tour I've been on by light years...
Given where I am as a rider and otherwise, this was the best of the several organised bike tours I’ve been on by light years, and I’m now looking at doing other tours with Skedaddle.
Simply the best holiday I have experienced!
This was simply the best holiday I have experienced. It exceeded my expectations in all respects. I went simply expecting a good cycling holiday and returned having had one of the best experiences of my life.
On first meeting Jayne (guide) it was clear that her outgoing and friendly personality perfectly suited her roll! Form the first to last day Jayne could not have worked harder to ensure everyone’s holiday needs were met at all times. Her energy seems endless and I must say that her hard work, attention to detail and commitment to provide the highest of standards in everything she does contributed enormously in making this an absolutely brilliant holiday.
Les (guide) worked tirelessly to ensure we were all well cared for during the journey happily went out of his way to help in making our life easier I had a mechanical breakdown on my bike (my own bike, not hired) part way through the trip and I needed a new rear wheel. Les sorted this for me and arranged to get it repaired straight away and I was then able to rejoin the group within a very short time. Les was always a pleasure to ride with and he was happy to provide guidance on cycling matters, both in mechanical terms and in riding skills when asked.
The service from the Saddle Skedaddle team, and Jacky in particular, was superb. I was well informed at every stage of the booking process and all my queries were answered quickly. I had a few issues when shipping my bike (my fault, not Saddle Skedaddle) and Jacky allayed my worries and concerns.
I will, for sure, be booking another holiday with yourselves. I can think of no better way of travelling through and experiencing the life within a country than on this type of holiday.
A magical cycle through France with an excellent group of play mates and guides!
The accommodation was absolutely amazing. Exceeded expectations I couldn’t have imagined. Can’t fault anything except for the fact that I now feel like I live a peasant’s life by comparison to the life I led on tour…
I am so thankful for this opportunity. One of THE best trips I’ve ever been on and I’ve been on, well, just a few! Can’t fault a thing.
What an absolute cracker of a tour leader! John was such a fun/positive/go embrace life kinda guy. He was always smiling, laughing and exhibiting energy – either on the bike, driving the van around the cols or making the lunches. Nothing was of a problem for him to be asked or fixed.
Too many to name favourite days to count! So many awesome views. All so different. My highlight was to reach the top of Mont Ventoux.
Our guides Tom and John were wonderful. Kept us all in order. and explained everything clearly every day. they laughed with us which made the trip so much more fun. Lunches you could not fault. Both the guys could put on a fabulous spread.
As seen in the press...
France is the spiritual home of cycling and what better way to explore it than on your own Tour de France. This 1,000-mile journey takes you from the Channel to the sunny Mediterranean. Choose to complete this challenge in 13, 16 or 21 days.
The Telegraph (June 2016)
What a great ride!
The route just kept getting better and better, more and more picturesque, from classic rivers to stunning gorges. Favourite day? Probably the Gorge de la Nesque, or may be the Gorge du Verdon, though the climb to Mont Ventoux (rest day?) was legendary.
our tour leader was cool and calm, clearly experienced, and always concerned and helpful to anyone with a problem to sort (and there were a few). Knew the route backwards, not just from a cyclist’s point of view but with deference to the food, the culture and history of the regions we passed through. And he should publish a book on his repertoire of salads for picnics.
Matthew, Isle of Wight
I hate uphills! Having said that, all my favourite days involved long uphills that provided the most stunning views, roads, (companionship) etc. The last week was therefore superb. Favourite day – difficult to say – cycling out the Ardeche was outstanding, the lavender uphills were amazing, Verdon was great ….
What outstanding people the guides were. Both were always cheerful, took the hiccups in their stride, and got on with the day. Meals were outstanding, technical support was great – both went out of their way to get to know individual group members etc etc. All in all I’d hire them tomorrow!
This is an expensive holiday, but I thought it was worthwhile
Both guides managed to combine multiple necessary skills: patience, humour, intelligence, technical knowledge, social skills, AND endurance and stamina. How do you find such people!
Once again Saddle Skeddadle came up with the goods – does what it says on the tin. As a blind cyclists, without them and my front rider (the amazing Robin) this trip with never happen for me.
Superb service as always...
Having enjoyed the LeJOG in 2010 I knew I would want to do another end to end trip and this one I had looked forward to from the minute I booked ( beside myself excitement I think I said ) and it certainly lived up to expectations. I had a thoroughly enjoyable three weeks, well looked after by John and Hannah, cycling was fantastic and thankfully I didn’t have to hitch a lift in the van or walk with my bike ( thanks to Hannah for talking me up that rather steep section! ). Already looking forward to another long trip with you – Spain 2016 with some of the same people who did the LeJOG and this one.
Picnic lunches for me were the best meal of the day, such variety , well presented and plenty of it for all. John and Hannah ( plus Chris for first few days ) have the patience of saints. Nothing ever seemed too much trouble for them, they worked tirelessly the entire time and made it all looked so effortless. We were all extremely well looked after and made sure all our needs were met. They are so encouraging and are always looking out for ways of tweaking the trip and looking for alternative routes to avoid the busy roads. It was good to have a female guide too.
John and hannah are superb..
Skedaddle are the leading UK worldwide cycle tour company, awesome guides and great routes. Quality guaranteed.
The trip was very special...
John & Hannah were fantastic, managing our expectations and getting the best out of those of us that needed encouragement, allowing us all to get the maximum out of the experience. They are both big part of what makes this trip what it is and are a credit to Skedaddle.
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Last Updated: 08/01/2019