South of France Cycling Tour
VéloRoo’s South of France Cycling Tours are based in the incredibly charming and unspoiled region of Occitanie.
September Vendange Tour: when the grapes jump from the vines into the bottles
Postcard French villages
Ride through the many medieval villages of our beautiful region
Amazing spring colours
Our May tour captures the glorious colours of Spring
Live ... laugh ... ride ...
Come join us in the South of France
Fall in love with the "real" South of France
I’m relatively fit and comfortable on the bike and happiest on mild gradients or the flat.
I regularly ride for fitness, dry days I ride to work, and weekend fun with friends. I enjoy an active healthy lifestyle and occasional physical challenges.
Fitness and health is my life. I ride regularly on a weekly basis with mates and am comfortable with rides of around 4 hours at a relatively strong pace.
I ride on average 250 + k’s a week and enjoy a 100k rides on the weekends. I love to train, improve, and sometimes challenge amongst my friends.
Riding is my life! I’m not interested in racing, I don’t need to prove anything to anyone. I love the challenge and the idea of where my legs and bike can take me. My friends and I are always looking for the next cycling adventure.
Immerse yourself in fields overflowing with poppies, the buzz of the grape harvest, and lush autumn colours. No matter the season, VeloRoo South of France cycling tours are a feast for the senses.
We believe the best way to discover the hidden gems whilst cycling in the South of France is to visit in Spring and Autumn …. when the tourists have gone home …. and do it with someone who really knows the roads. We are passionate about sharing our beautiful region with fellow cyclists. That’s why we offer tours in May / June to see the amazing Spring flowers, September to experience the Grape Harvest and Autumn to ride through the beautiful colours of the landscape.
Because we know the roads we can share with you the quiet routes and tucked away village cafes. We offer road cyclists the perfect balance between cycling, holidaying and sightseeing so you can Live, Laugh, Ride…
- venture into our local region that we know and love
- ride stunning rural roads known only to the locals
- relish fresh regional cuisine during a picnic overlooking the vineyards
- savour seasonal gastronomy in our favourite restaurants
- avoid the tourist traps of the more publicised regions
- explore unspoiled medieval villages
- stroll through a vibrant market place where all the locals go
- lose yourself in the wonder of Spring colours, immerse yourself in the grape harvest season or enjoy the tranquil calm of Autumn
- Premium service,
- Performance road bike hire,
- We ride with you showing you the way,
- Vehicle support – always on hand if a lift is required or extra refreshments,
- shorter ride options
- Guaranteed Departure – Book with confidence,
- Beziers International Airport or train station group transfer,
- 7 nights accommodation at a beautiful Chambres d’hotels (B&B), twin share (single supplement available*),
- all Breakfasts – beautiful croissants, pastries, breads, condiments, yogurts and seasonal fruits,
- Snacks for your morning ride,
- all Lunches – enjoy specially selected delicious lunches with local wine,
- all Dinners with wine,
- VéloRoo Cycling Jersey (and your kit washed daily for your convenience),
- Non-cyclists welcome – if riding is “not your thing” we have a range of other activities
- A fantastic holiday experience!
We recognise the increased uncertainty that the current COVID situation may be causing in planning your future trips. To help you book with confidence, we are offering a modified cancellation policy : until the situation has stabilised , we will be offering 100% refund on deposits for all new bookings made after 1st April 2020, for cancellations made more than 3 months prior to the tour start date.
A week in the South of France Cycling Holiday – Day by Day
An authentic rural French experience, free of commercialism, full of spellbinding charm, history and heritage.
Day 1: Bonjour!
Welcome to your discovery of the Real South of France! Your VeloRoo holiday commences when we collect you from either Beziers town, train station or Beziers International airport by 3pm.
Day 2: Discover Beziers
This mornings ride takes us into Beziers. A nice introduction to the area. Enjoy coffee in the main tree lined Allee Paul Riquet and watch the town come to life. On the ride you will pass through the vineyards surrounding this historic town. In May you will be surrounded by wildflowers and in September you will surrounded by grapes. We will ride back to base to freshen up before returning to Beziers and a chance to explore.
Day 3: It's all about wine!
Framed by both the Mediterranean sea and the dramatic Massif Central this narrow region is blessed with fertile land. Before modern wine was established in the 1800’s, before the turbulent Roman era of over 1000 years ago, the Greeks arrived 2500 years ago and recognised and created a wine and olive region. On today’s ride we discover how the region has adapted and survived intact despite it’s turbulent history of religious crusades and land conquests.
Day 4: Another wine region - St Chinian
Today’s ride highlights the terroir diversity in this special corner of the Occitanie. We’ll ride though 2 completely different Wine Appellation regions. Also en route is a wonderful climb, the original road across the range in fact, long since bypassed. 6 kilometres long and averaging 6% winding up through fragrant Mediterranean garrigue scrub. Towards the top you will be rewarded with views across the vineyards to the Mediterranean.
Day 5: Market Day
A chance to rest your legs from the bike and do some exploring on foot. We visit the historic town of Pezenas for the buzz and atmosphere of the Saturday market. Don’t forget to follow the lead of the locals and pause for a coffee stop and people watch.
Day 6: Gorges l'Orb
One of our personal favourites. Today’s cycling route will highlight the diversity of the landscape over a relatively short distance. Starting with our beautiful vineyard landscapes we head into the foothills with a gentle climb through a typical vigneronne village to the limestone plateau and into the native scrub land. At 20km in we will stop for a coffee in a picture postcard village on L’Orb river.
Day 7: Circulade Villages
Our ride takes us to the best medieval Circulade villages, unique to this tiny region of France. They have protected their citizens for over 1,000 years and are identified as some of Europe’s oldest examples of small town planning. The roads have been selected to offer beautiful views of the undulating vineyard landscape and the first ranges of the dramatic Escandorge Mountains.
Day 8: Au revoir!
After breakfast bid farewell to your fellow travellers and continue on your adventures. Transfers to Beziers train station or airport at pre-arranged times.
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