Romantic Short Cycling Breaks in France
There aren't many destinations as romantic as France, with its sumptuous cuisine, undulating countryside and timeless villages. Our short brea...Read more
To celebrate a brand new year, we have put together some of the best places you should travel in 2019. Our Cycling for Softies experts have been travelling to the most luxurious and beautiful places in France and Italy to create holidays that really allow you to meander around on a bicycle whilst soaking up all the best parts of a destination.
Cycling for softies isn’t about clocking up the miles, it’s about the time in between and whether it’s cycling through the beautiful lavender fields of Provence, relaxing in vineyards in some of the most renowned wine regions in the world or strolling along the St Francis Way in Tuscany; you can take it easy with the luxury of knowing everything’s been taken care of.
Pedalling in Provence
Starry nights, exquisite Mediterranean Cuisine and quaint towns steeped in history await you. Provence is one the most beautiful regions in France. Breathe in the smell of wildflowers, stare at the amazing landscapes of red cliffs, evergreen forests and lush lavender fields. Gorge on a unique blend of Mediterranean and French cuisine and compliment your meals with glasses of local dry rose. Cycle through scenic vineyards; spot flamingos in the Camargue Nature reserve and soak up the atmosphere in the serene town of Arles.
Strolling the St Francis Way
Our first Softies walking tour the St Francis Way, also known as the Cammino di Francesco, is a superb walking trail inspired by the life of St Francis of Assisi. Follow in the footsteps of St Francis on this marvellous linear walk through the green heart of Italy, finishing in Assisi. Take your time to explore the Abbey of Vallingegno, meander through olive trees and vineyards, immerse yourself in the old charming town of Assisi and marvel at the Basilica and Cathedral of San Ruffino. Lace up your boots and journey to the hermitages, castles and ancient woodlands that inspired St Francis' love of nature.
Chateaux of the Loire
Cycle deep into fairy-tale France, stopping off to explore gothic castles and ancient villages along the serene, winding river. Explore the beautiful, medieval town of Chinon, set on the banks of the majestic Vienne river where you can marvel at the 12th century iconic Chateau de Chinon, the once residence of Richard the Lionheart. Cycle along the meandering Vienne and discover breath-taking Chateau’s and once-royal homes; weave through rustic quaint towns with sun-speckled vineyards deep within the French Winelands.
Rolling through Tuscany
Tuscany is a home of historically rich culture, fantastically famous cuisine and revered wines. Tuscany is an area with seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and for good reason. Grab an e-bike and cycle through the gentle rolling hills of the Orcia valley teeming with vivid greens and soft yellows, meandering between quaint little villages surrounded by olive trees and vineyards. Enjoy dining at charming restaurants serving freshly made pasta and fresh local wine. At the heart of the region is Florence with its impressive cathedral, cobbled streets and some of the world’s best gelato, we recommend staying a few extra nights to really soak up this amazing city.
Bordeaux boasts not only the world’s largest UNESCO World Heritage Site but it is also perhaps France’s most famous wine region. Wine tasting is a way of life here and you should enjoy your favourite wines with complimentary regional dishes such as beef bourguignon, coq au vin and roasted veal. Explore the wonderful city of Bordeaux or cruise from village to village; we recommend visiting a wine capital, Saint-Emilion and sampling fresh oysters in Arcachon.
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