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What’s included with your leisure tour

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Not all cycle vacations are the same. Compare what is included in a French Cycling Holidays bike tour:

  • Flexible collection from local airport or train station
  • Quality mountain bike rental
  • Quality helmets (if required)
  • CoolMax technical full zip French Cycling Holidays jersey (see sizing info below)
  • Water bottles (to take home as souvenirs)
  • Detailed riding instructions and colour route maps
  • Charming auberges, inns and hotels
  • Gourmet dinners for all 6 nights of your holiday
  • Fine wine (or soft drink alternative) with all evening meals and coffee to follow
  • 2 experienced local guides with each tour
  • Delivery of your luggage to your hotel room each day
  • Entry fees to attractions and historical sites
  • Flexible onward transfers
  • An unforgettable experience!

We try to include as much as we can within the price, while keeping things as flexible as possible. With the explosion of low cost airlines and the easy access to the TGV rail system from the UK, we believe that it is more economical and convenient for customers to arrange their own travel to the region. Links to the airlines and railway companies can be found in frequently asked questions.

Transfers

We provide the transfers to and from Christchurch airport and hotels, other locations by arrangement. If you have driven (a rental car for example), we arrange secure parking for your car and return you to it after the tour.

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Hotels

We stay in very comfortable hotels, selected by local experts to be the best in each location. All rooms have en-suite shower or bath facilities. We select our hotels for their character as well as their facilities, and avoid chains in favour of independent privately run hotels. Prices are based on two sharing in twin or double rooms. Singles are available on request. Where possible, we choose hotels with swimming pools as there is nothing quite like a dip after a day in the saddle!

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Meals

A well earned dessert

A well earned dessert

All evening meals are included, and we carefully select the restaurants for cuisine and ambience, and favour those with a strong regional flavour. All meals include a starter, main course and dessert, some will have an additional cheese course. We are happy to arrange for our restaurants to cater for specific dietary requirements and allergies etc.

We also include wine with the meals, again favouring the local products of which New Zealand is so rightly proud! Breakfasts are included, and will usually include cereals and pastries as well as fruits and cooked meats. We do not include lunch as different people have different requirements, but we do suggest restaurants for lunch. On all tours, your guides will be happy to organise picnics on days where the itinerary and weather are suitable.

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Jerseys

CoolMax technical full zip French Cycling Holidays jersey

Our complimentary French Cycling Holidays jerseys are the ideal garments for cycling in the sunshine.

The high tech Coolmax™ fabric is engineered to keep users dry and comfortable especially during exercise.

Women’s 6 8 10 12 14 16
Chest
(cm/in)
74cm
29”
80cm
31.5”
82cm
32.5”
86cm
34”
94cm
37”
99cm
39”
Men’s   S M L XL XXL
Chest
(cm/in)
  98cm
38.5”
102cm
40”
108cm
42.5”
110cm
43.5”
117cm
46”

Please specify the sizes you require on the full Booking Form or by contacting us.

These are the armpit-to-armpit measurement of the unstretched jerseys. The women’s jerseys are fitted, while the men’s are a straighter cut. Both styles are quite close/slim-fitting so if you prefer looser clothing, you may wish to go one up from your regular clothes size. However being made from CoolMax technical fabric which stretches, they do have room if you find yourself halfway between a size – e.g. a women’s 12 would fit a 36” chest, or a men’s M a 41”/42” chest etc.

They also have silicon gripper strips around the waist to stop the jersey riding up the back when you are on the bike, and three standard rear pockets.

For more information on what to wear visit our FAQ page.

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Guides and backup

CoolMax technical full zip French Cycling Holidays jersey

Our support minibus is always on hand.

There will be two guides on every tour; one cycling with the group and one in the minibus which will follow the group. The bus carries all luggage not required for the day's ride and will always be available for anyone at any point during the day. If for instance you want to take a day off the bike, or if a particular day seems a little hard, the bus will take you for as long or as little as you wish it to.

Everybody is provided with detailed route maps for each day, and both guides are easily contactable by mobile phone. The guides are enthusiastic experts on the local area and will be able to sort out any problems or special requests that you might have.

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