Pioneering the Softies way of holidaying since 1981, Cycling for Softies luxury cycling holidays are expertly planned so that you and your family can explore and indulge in all that France has to offer.

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Our self-guided cycling holidays let you set the pace, as you eat glorious meals, stay in delightful hotels and have your luggage carried from hotel to hotel. On a Softies holiday our behind the scenes team have ridden the routes, sampled the food and will ensure that all your wants and needs are taken care of on your trip.

Cycling for Softies - Lunch Our family itineraries have easy cycling, lots of cycle paths, hotel pools, flexible eating arrangements and plenty to see and do nearby. Family Favourite cycling holidays work well for younger children, grumpy teenagers, frazzled parents and even apprehensive grandparents.

So, what makes a Softies cycling holiday special? Here is a quick rundown of why we think you should tour France the Softies way this summer…

Pampered independence
Our behind-the-scenes organisation takes care of all your arrangements, sorts out headaches, smooths the way – leaving you in peace to enjoy every minute of your holiday.

On-the-spot support
Our fully-trained, English-speaking assistants are available throughout your cycling holiday. At your first hotel they introduce you to the region and the bikes. They are then on hand for any emergencies while you’re on the road.

Your luggage carried between hotels
For years our holidaymakers carried all their belongings in panniers, but now we’ll transfer what you need for up to nine nights away.

Superior hotels
After more than three decades, we know the best places to stay. We personally visit every region each year to make sure they are just as good as we remember.

Gourmet meals every night
With the exception of our special ‘Softies without Suppers’ itineraries, we arrange all your evening meals at the best local restaurants around, taking all the stress out of your cycling holiday.

First class organisation
Between our experienced staff in Britain and our fantastic support team in France, we think of every detail and leave nothing to chance – so you don’t have to worry.

Top quality bikes and equipment
Our British-built, light-weight bikes are fully serviced between outings and all equipment is waiting for you on arrival. The introduction of E-Bikes on many of our Softies tours help keep on trundling without tiring.


Fall in love with Provence this summer as Cycling for Softies helps you and your family have fun, get together and sample the beautiful hotels and restaurants nestled across this enchanting region.

The chatter from the cafés melt with the buzz from the cicadas. Against cobalt skies the Roman ruins and fortified hilltop villages glow pure white.

Use the Calavon and Luberon cycle trails to take you through vineyards, lavender fields and orchards into the heart of WW2 resistance country; with stunning views across the valley.

Weave your way along the fantastic cycle tracks before rewarding yourself with sumptuous cuisine from Burgundy bustling markets and gastronomic restaurants.

Black kites circle overhead, wildflowers and butterflies cover the verges. This region takes its gastronomy and its wine very seriously. Where else would you find chickens ‘appelation contrôlées’ and 10 Grand Cru wines?

On a bike you’ll have it all to yourself. Explore using the magical Voie Verte and Voie Bleue cycle paths and the tiny lanes that crisscross the vineyards. This relatively flat region provides a stunning backdrop for families to explore the beautiful villages and stunning scenery.

Family Holidays

Gentle tourer cycling in Provence and Luberon
The chatter from the cafés, the buzz of the cicadas, the scent of the lavender and olive groves. Against cobalt skies the Roman ruins and hilltop villages glow pure white. Travel at a gentle pace, with two nights in each of our fabulous hotels.

Family cycling holidays in the Mayenne
This is the France of your childhood and now you can share it. Mayenne is wonderful for families and this itinerary makes the best of what’s on offer. Gentler temperatures, hotel pools, quiet cycle paths, children’s menus. You’ll have plenty of time to look for old men in berets, wondrous displays in the local markets, fields of sunflowers, magnificent châteaux and there will be barely another tourist in sight.

Burgundy and Beaujolais Gentle Tourer
Great for families with super-safe cycling. A wine and food lovers’ paradise. On a bike you have it all to yourself: lush countryside, historic towns, and famous vineyards. Forget the region’s 10 Grand Cru wines – here even the chickens are appellation controlée!

lfamily16binksChâteaux of the Loire Gentle Tourer
A magical region famous for its marvellous châteaux, magnificent rivers, delicious wines – and now the glorious Loire à Vélo cycle path. Our Gentle Tourer cycling holiday in the Loire is not to be missed. Pedal every other day to the next sumptuous hotel and restaurant, explore and relax in between on this Loire cycling holiday.

Provence Short Break Cycling Holiday
It’s impossible not to be seduced by the beauty of Provence. Home to royalty, movie stars and Vincent Van Gogh. The streets are full of music, art and heavenly smells from the many restaurants. Spend your short cycling break exploring the fabulous town of St Rémy de Provence.

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