Cycling tours in Picardie, close to the channel ports, one of France's most ignored departments

9th-15th June 2018

This 6 night package brings you to one of France's most overlooked regions, often seen as just a route from the English Channel to other destinations. Some stunning landscape awaits, with spectacular sand dunes, gorgeous (quiet) roads and picturesque towns and villages.

Our riding here will take in 4 main rides, from 20 miles to about 40 miles for the more adventurous - although overal things are pretty flat around here so even the longer rides shouldn't be too much of a challenge. Remember we aren't a chain gang out for a Saturday training ride - we're providing you with relaxed days of comfortable riding.

Our sample itinerary looks like this:

  • Day 1 - arrive at our base, get settled in. Drinks reception and dinner
  • Day 2 - after a quick maintenance check over your bikes we will head out for a gentle ride, around 20 miles / 500ft of climbing, to familiarise guests with some of the landmarks.
  • Day 3 - Another relatively easy ride - this time a little longer but similarly pretty flat
  • Day 4 - A day off to go and do your own thing - we receommend checking out some of the beautiful towns and villages around our base - Le Touquet Paris-Plage is an example.
  • Day 5 - Our biggest ride, at about 40 miles but only about 800ft of climbing.
  • Day 6 - optional final ride, or take time to visit some of the other other towns in the area
  • Day 7 - Time to loadup and head off at the end of your VeloTours cycling tour
Example accommodation at Belle Dunes village

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 an adjacent golf course 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
  • You will have somewhere secure to store your bikes when not in use
  • Bicycle hire is available on this tour package, at additional cost.
  • 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 even small 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?

£995 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 (£295 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 50 miles on French autoroute - toll approx. €5 each way, from Calais area, very similar from Dieppe.

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