Cycling tours around the Lot and Garonne department - stunning bastide towns abound!

15th-21st September 2018

This 6 night package is based close to the military bastide town of Monflanquin located on a strategic north/south route from the times of the Hundred Years' War.

The town is surrounded by some beautiful vistas with plenty of surprises as you crest the rolling countryside, and quiet roads lend themselves to some great casual cycling - or for the more adventurous we can provide some bigger challenges.

Whilst our routes will include a visit to Villeneuve sur Lot, Cahors is probably too far for most leisure cyclists but is somewhere we would recommend visiting during some of the downtime included within our itinerary - if only to visit the world-famous Pont Valentre, a 14th Century fortified bridge.

Our sample itinerary looks like this:

  • Day 1 - arrive at our base, get settled in. Dinner (with wine!)
  • Day 2 - after a quick maintenance check over your bikes we will head out for a gentle ride, around 20 miles / 1000ft of climbing, to familiarise guests with some of the landmarks.
  • Day 3 - Another relatively easy ride - this time a little longer and hilly as we head north through Monflanquin
  • Day 4 - A day off to go and do your own thing - we can recommend a selection of destinations worth exploring
  • Day 5 - Our biggest ride so far, at about 35 miles and 3000ft of climbing. Don't forget, what goes up must come back down!
  • Day 6 - optional final ride, or take time to visit some more of the local sights of Lot et Garonne
  • Day 7 - Time to loadup and head off at the end of your VeloTours cycling tour
Our accommodation has a swimming pool amongst may amenities.

Our accommodation

Our accommodation will not be finalised until close to the event date as we will adapt according to booked numbers. What we can offer on-site:

  • Bricks and mortar - we're not going to be camping!
  • Our preferred option is a number of properties within a holiday village - these are a mix of 1 and 2 bed apartments and houses. In addition to the cycling you also have on-site a swimming pool, restaurant, tennis and mini golf amongst other amenities. Basic WiFi is included or a premium service can be made available for an additional charge.
  • We will ensure the property is safe and suitable
  • On site parking for 1 car per couple/room
  • Breakfast will be provided on site - dinner may be at local restaurants but is included for each day
  • You will have somewhere secure to store your bikes when not in use
  • Find out more about this accommodation

Who is this tour designed for?

  • Pretty much anyone! Most of our guests are couples, occasionally with older children.
  • Requirements are that you can achieve an average speed of about 8-10 mph over 20 or so miles, and don't jump off at the sight of hills.
  • We recommend you have a suitable bike - road or hybrid is perfect, MTB is great although we do stick to roads or surfaced tracks.
  • A simple knowledge of bike maintenance would be beneficial although we will be on hand and will have a range of tools with us too. We recommend you bring some spares with you, such as tyres/tubes, maybe a chain and anything specific to your bike (e.g. spare rear derailleur hanger).
  • The tour is designed for a group of 6 to 10 people (3 to 5 couples, ideally) plus our host/ride leader.

What's included?

  • 6 nights bed & breakfast in a twin or double bedroom
  • Dinner on each evening - either at our accommodation or in a local restaurant, to include some local wine
  • We'll stop somewhere suitable for lunch - a café en-route - you should pay your own bill here.
  • Services our our tour host/ride leader

So how much?

£895 per person

We've priced the tour based on couples - each room is based on 2 people sharing. Single rooms may be available, at additional cost (£180 per single occupancy room)

We can arrange to collect guests arriving by train - please contact us for details and costs.

Not included is your travel to and from our tour. You can join us by car. Ferry or channel tunnel + around 500 miles on French autoroute - toll approx. 25€ each way, from the Dieppe area, very similar from Calais (570 miles / 50€). You can also reach our location for this tour by Eurostar and French rail. Tickets start from about £85pp each way, plus any bike supplements (which you can avoid by using a bike bag).

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