A Week in Provence

Provence, with it’s wonderfully mild climate, stunning scenery, ancient hilltop villages, fantastic food and superb wine, it makes a perfect place for a relaxing cycling holiday.

This week long tour has been designed to take in many of Provence’s highlights whilst also allowing time for relaxation and exploration if desired. With arrival on Saturday at Marseille airport we then transfer to the world cultural heritage city of Arles in the south west of Provence. Well known for it’s well preserved Roman amphitheatre and also where Van Gogh painted many of his famous paintings, Arles is a lovely little city to start our tour.

Venturing north the route continues to the jewel in Provence’s crown, Avignon, where we spend two nights. The route to Avignon is only 45 miles and for those who would like more cycling we have an extra ride out to the Roman aqueduct at the Pont Du Gard. Our second day in Avignon sees us cycling north alongside the river Rhone deep into wine country and the area known as the Vaucluse with the vineyards of Chateauneuf-du-Pape and there are many options for shorter or longer rides depending on your preference.

Leaving Avignon we head east passing a number of attractive hill top towns such as Gordes and Rousillion to the town of Apt where we stay for two nights. Our ride from Apt explores the area known as the Luberon with it’s numerous golden-hued, perched villages and limestone gorges. Again you have the option of a shorter ride if you prefer to take it easy.

Continuing north our route takes us along the stunning scenery of the Gorge de Nesque and onto Sault, surrounded by fragrant lavender fields. The finale is a ride to the summit of Mont Ventoux which makes a fitting end to this magnificent tour of Provence (there is an easier ride for those that don’t wish to climb Ventoux).

The Week in Provence tour runs from Saturday to Saturday and we will transfer you from Marseille airport to Arles at the start of the tour and also from Sault to Marseille airport at the end of the tour on Saturday morning. This tour includes 6 days cycling, 6 lunches, 7 breakfasts, 7 nights accommodation and all the usual back up from the Peak Tours genial guides.

The tour runs in much the same way as our LEJOG or Channel to the Med tour with the ‘magic van’ providing refreshments throughout the tour. Your bags will be transported for you each day and we will be having some fantastic picnic lunches amongst some amazing scenery with an emphasis on finding local specialities to ensure that you sample the fantastic food on offer – you certainly won’t go hungry!

You are provided with detailed route notes and for those with Garmins we also have GPX files of the route (or you can hire a device from us with the route loaded on).

Usually a tour guide cycles at the back of the group and there is a support vehicle on hand should you require assistance. We also carry a few spare bikes just in case you have any major mechanical problems. We can also transport your bikes to the start point in Arles and back to the UK at the end of the tour if required.

Please see the Itinerary page for a more detailed description of the route and logistics.

Many riders combine this holiday with the Classic Cols of the French Alps tour. If you book both of these tours together so that they are done back to back then you will receive a 10% discount off both tours. If you do this then we will move your bike from the end of one tour to the start of the other and also arrange transport between the two tours.

To see some of the latest pictures from this fantastic tour just click here – Provence Tour Photos

2020 Dates:

Sat 20th – Sat 27th June 2020 Only 1 female sharing and 1 mens sharing place left

Sat 29th August – Sat 5th September 2020 Only 4 Spaces left No Single Spaces left

Sat 12th – Sat 19th September 2020 Only 9 Spaces left

2021 Dates:

Sat 19th – Sat 26th June 2021 Places Available

Sat 11th – Sat 18th September 2021 Places Available

To go ahead and book his tour please complete the booking form below or if you have any queries then please call us on 01457 851462 or email info@peak-tours.com.

Many riders combine this holiday with the Classic Cols of the French Alps tour. If you book both of these tours together so that they are done back to back then you will receive a 10% discount off both tours. If you do this then we will move your bike from the end of one tour to the start of the other and also arrange transport between the two tours.

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2020 Dates:

Sat 20th – Sat 27th June 2020 Only 1 female sharing and 1 mens sharing place left

Sat 29th August – Sat 5th September 2020 Only 4 Spaces left No Single Spaces left

Sat 12th – Sat 19th September 2020 Only 9 Spaces left

2021 Dates:

Sat 19th – Sat 26th June 2021 Places Available

Sat 11th – Sat 18th September 2021 Places Available

To go ahead and book his tour please complete the booking form below or if you have any queries then please call us on 01457 851462 or email info@peak-tours.com.

Many riders combine this holiday with the Classic Cols of the French Alps tour. If you book both of these tours together so that they are done back to back then you will receive a 10% discount off both tours. If you do this then we will move your bike from the end of one tour to the start of the other and also arrange transport between the two tours.

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Saturday: Arrival Day
Arrive at Marseille and transfer to Arles. Our guides will set off from our base in Glossop on Thursday with all the bikes and stop a couple of times en route to Dover to pick up bikes. We will then be around to meet you on Saturday morning when you arrive. A coach will depart from Marseille airport at 17.30 to arrive in Arles for 18.30 to allow time to settle in before the first evening meal. Founded by the ancient Greeks, Arles also has a weath of Roman architecture and the well preserved amphitheatre in the centre of town is a particular highlight. Arles is also well known as a place where Van Gogh resided and the intense light and colours of the region inspired many af his landscape paintings.

Sunday: Arles to Avignon (43 or 69 miles) Elevation Gain: 1306ft / 398m or 1922ft / 585m
A stunning ride takes us northwards away from Arles and into the Alpilles National Park wedged between the Camargue and the Luberon. This rugged countryside of limestone rocks, vineyards and olive groves is perfect cycling country and we visit a number of attractive villages such as Le Beaux-de-Provence and St Remy de Provence. Later in the day we will arrive in the graceful city of Avignon. Situated on the banks of the Rhone, Avignon has a wealth of magnificent art and architecture and is also home to the worlds largest Gothic palace. You may wish to spend the rest of the afternoon exploring this fantastic city or go for the extra ride out to one of France’s most famous landmarks at the Roman aqueduct of the Pont du Gard.

Monday: Avignon Loop – The Rhone, Vaucluse and Chateauneuf-du-Pape (75 or 38 miles) Elevation Gain: 2880ft / 853m or 650ft / 198m
Covering the area north and east of Avignon we cycle along side the mighty Rhone and through numerous vineyards and charming little hamlets and villages of the Cotes du Rhone. We will pass through the town of Chateauneuf-du-Pape where you may wish to sample a glass of the local vino before returning to Avignon. If you want to take it easy then you can do a shorter ride to Chateauneuf-du-Pape and back or if you didn’t ride to the Pont du Gard then you may wish to do that instead.

Tuesday: Avignon to Apt (48 or 61 miles) Elevation Gain: 4066ft / 1239m
Leaving Avignon behind you venture deeper into Provence across the Plateau de Vaucluse and into the Luberon. After an easy start the route soon gives way to hillier countryside with a number of breathtaking views. You will pass by the some France’s most picturesque hill villages such as Gordes and Roussillon before arriving at the sleepy little town of Apt. There is an optional extra ride to the region known as Little Colorado with it’s extraordinary ochre rock formations and ‘fairy chimneys’.

Wednesday: Apt Loop – The Luberon Valley (58 miles) Elevation Gain: 3895ft / 1187m
The Luberon is named after the mountains that dominate the area and many unusual plant and animal species can be found here such as Egyptian vultures, eagle owls and Bonelli’s eagles which you may spot if you are lucky. The area is also known as the place where the author Peter Mayle wrote many books chronicling his life as an English expatriate including ‘A Year in Provence’. Another fabulous ride takes in many of the regions best routes along quiet narrow country lanes visiting villages such as Bonnieux and Lourmarin. Travelling by bike has to be the best way to explore this simply stunning region. For those that don’t fancy cycling 58 miles there are many options for shorter rides.

Thursday: Apt to Sault via the Gorge de Nesque (51 or 25 miles) Elevation Gain: 5770ft / 1758m or 2348ft / 715m
After the Gorge du Verdon the Gorge de Nesque is the next most spectacular gorge in Provence. An incredibly scenic road climbs gradually through this majestic gorge revealing ever more stunning views. Due to the many short but low tunnels along the road that clings to the cliff side the route is gloriously free of traffic. For those that want an easier ride there is a short cut available but you would be missing out on a truly memorable ride. After a rewarding day in the saddle you’ll be able to put your feet up in the town of Sault where you’ll be able to look out to Mont Ventoux – the beast of Provence!

Friday: The ascent of Mont Ventoux (48 or 32 miles) Elevation Gain: 7039ft / 2145m or 4330ft / 1319m
We finish this tour with the ascent of Mont Ventoux. We will tackle the hill from the ‘easiest’ side from Sault, however this is still a difficult climb whichever way you do it. For those who want to relax after the ride then you can come back down the long sweeping road back into Sault or you may wish to drop down to Bedoin to complete a loop around.  In the evening we will have our final celebratory group meal together (conga and group hug optional).

Saturday: Transfer to Marseille Airport and Tour Ends
A coach will pick you up at 8.30 to arrive at Marseille airport for 10.30. Meanwhile your bikes will start their journey back home in our back up van and will stop of a couple of times en-route to Derbyshire

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What’s Included?

The tour price includes 7 nights accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, snacks from the back up van, tea, coffee, & hot chocolate, full trip support including a tour leader that cycles with the group (on smaller groups there will just be back up vehicles), back up van with spare parts and a few spare bikes, detailed route notes so that you can cycle at your own pace, certificate, cycle shirt, luggage transfer each day, lots of fun!

What’s Not Included?

Evening meals, cycle hire (available for a fee), Garmin hire (available for a fee), transport to and from France.

Group Size

The group will be a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 25 people. We feel that this size of group works best as there will always be enough in the group for some good company but there won’t be so many people that it becomes overcrowded.


Accommodation is in clean and comfortable 3 star hotels. Either sharing a twin or a double room, or, if you would like your own space then you can choose the single room option, or sole occupancy of a double option. All rooms are en-suite.


This route is easier than many of our other tours however there are still a number of hills throughout the tour. There are many options for shorter or longer rides so there should be something to suit everyone. Generally you can cycle 45-50 miles each day or up to 75 miles a day if you wish to explore more of the region. We will have back up vans to support the group. We stay in the same hotel for two nights in Avignon, Apt and Sault so if you didn’t want to cycle on those days then you can take it easy and cycle every other day if you prefer.


All of your breakfasts and lunches are included in the price of the trip. Lunches will be provided each day in a cafe or restaurant or picnic lunches provided by the guides when the weather is good. Evening meals can be bought at your accommodation or in a nearby restaurant. We also have tea, coffee, fruit, biscuits, cake, nuts etc in the back up van that you are welcome to pick at throughout the day. We don’t provide gels or powders – only real food.

Back Up

An experienced tour leader will cycle with you each day and be on hand to help with any bike problems that may occur. You will have detailed route notes so that you can go slower or faster than the leader if you prefer or you can cycle with the tour guide at the back so that you don’t have to navigate at all.

A back up van will leap frog the group a number of times each day so that help is never far away. We carry a range of spare parts so that repairs can be made en-route and we will have a couple of spare bikes available in the event that your bike has a serious breakdown.


We highly recommend that you use a bike that you are used to and feel comfortable riding. Your bike should be fully serviced and in good condition before you start, this will reduce the risk of mechanical problems and unnecessary stoppages along the way. It should be noted that if you have your bike serviced before the tour then it is a good idea to ride it a few times to allow things to ‘bed in’ before joining the tour. Either a road bike or a touring bike is preferable. We have a range of road and touring bikes available for hire if you don’t have your own bike. We will take your bike over for you if you bring it to us before hand and we will take it back for you at the end of the tour as well (free of charge if you drop off and pick up or we can box the bike and post it to you for a charge). Please note that Peak Tours will not be held responsible for any damage caused in the transportation of the bikes, problems are very rare indeed and we have a very safe, tried and tested system. Any bikes with DI gears need to bring their chargers with them for the trip and riders also need to be aware that it may be necessary to remove the saddle and in some cases with DI gears, unplug the cable (although we try to avoid this). We also remove the front wheel of most bikes being transported and place them in wheel bags, if anyone has a wheel that requires a specific tool you would need to provide that too please.


This tour is suitable for someone with a good level of fitness and who wants a challenge. If you do plenty of training beforehand you should have no problem completing the ride. We will have a training day in the Peak District available if you would like to join the group before the main event.

It must be stressed that a good amount of training before the ride will make your tour much more enjoyable and ensure that you finish your ride. We are always happy to advise you about training plans in preparation for the ride.

Clothing & Equipment

Clothing for all weathers is recommended so waterproofs are recommended however it is expected that the weather will be hot and sunny on the whole so please pack accordingly. A full recommended kit list is provided and we are always happy to answer any questions that you may have.


It is highly recommended that you take out adequate insurance to cover against, personal accident, loss of belongings and cancellation cover. This should cover you in the event that you have to cancel the tour anytime after the final payment has been made as we may be unable to fill your place. There are many insurance companies out there and we prefer not to get involved with recommending a particular company as there are so many policies available depending on your own personal circumstances.

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What happens at the start of the tour?

The tour starts in Arles on the first Saturday. The easiest airport for Arles is Marseille and our guides will be around in Marseille on Saturday morning ready to meet you when you arrive. It’s about 50 minutes from Marseille to Arles so we have a coach booked for 17.30. If you are arriving earlier then you can leave your bags with our guides if you want to have a look around Marseille before the coach arrives at 17.30. We have a group meal on Saturday night and then the cycling starts on Sunday. We will take your bikes over for you so that you don’t have to take them on the plane. You can either drop them off with us in Glossop, Derbyshire beforehand or meet us on the Thursday before the tour starts as we drive down to Dover. We will stop near Birmingham and at South Mimms services on the M25 (this may change according to the requirements of each individual group). Alternatively you can post your bike to us and we will take it over for you.

What happens at the end?

The final days riding is on Friday and a coach will arrive on Saturday morning at 8.30 to take you back to Marseille airport for approx 10.00 – 10.30. One of the guides will drive a van with all of your bikes in back to England and you can either meet them on Sunday as they are driving north, pick up your bike from us in Glossop at some point (no charge) or alternatively we can box your bike and post it back to you (approx £70).

How do I transport my bike?

Your easiest option is to drop your bike off with us beforehand and will will take it over for you and bring it back at the end of the tour – there is no charge for this option. We are based in Glossop, Derbyshire so this may not be a convenient option for you.

Another option is to take your bike with you at the start of the tour and at the end of the tour you can either take your bike with you on the plane (we will provide a cardboard box and packing material for you and help you to box your bike). Alternatively we can take your bike back to the UK for you and box your bike and post it too you – there is a charge of £80 for this option.

Another option is to rent a bike from us.

Whatever arrangements you make we will be happy to help.

How difficult is the tour?

The fitter you are and the more training that you do beforehand will add to the enjoyment of your tour and improve your chances of succeeding the challenge. The tour is easier than most of our tours although there are many options for longer days in the saddle if you prefer. If you need any advice about fitness please contact us and we will be happy to discuss any questions and concerns that you may have.

What mechanical knowledge do I need?

We don’t expect you to be an expert bike mechanic but there are a few simple skills that will be a great benefit to you. The most important skill you need to know is how to fix a puncture. It is possible that at some point you will have a puncture or two so it is essential that you carry a puncture repair kit & a spare tube or two with you. It is also helpful if you know how to change your brake pads and adjust your brakes and gears however this isn’t essential. Our guides will help you with any repairs and adjustments en-route.

What are the lunches like?

Lunches will be a mixture of picnic lunches and lunches in cafe’s or restaurants situated in some picturesque places. We will source local specialities and provide plenty of delicious French food every day of your tour, you certainly won’t go hungry. We will have plenty of food available and will cater for any special dietary requirements.

Will I be left behind?

No, a tour leader cycles at the back of the group so that you won’t be left behind if you are worried about cycling too slowly. Throughout the group there will be a mix of abilities and cycling speeds so you will usually be able to cycle with others that cycle at a similar pace. Some people like to cycle fast whilst others prefer to take their time, stop for coffee & cake or stop to take photos etc so whether you are a ‘speed demon’ or more of a ‘tourer’ there usually will be someone to cycle with each day.

What are the groups like?

Obviously each group is different but generally they are a fun, friendly, helpful & adventurous bunch. There will be people of all ages and from all walks of life. We tend to get quite a few older riders although there will always be a few younger riders as well. So far our youngest rider (for the Lands End to John o’Groats tour) was 15 & the oldest (for the Channel to Med Tour) was 82. We think that a group of 20-25 is ideal as there will be plenty of people with similar interests & character without being such a big group that it becomes too much.

Generally the group will be split 50/50 between people travelling alone and people that travel as a pair such as two brothers, two friends, two partners. There will be plenty of people to socialise with throughout the day and in the evening.

Many of the people on this tour will have cycled on a tour with us previously so you may even bump into someone you know!

What happens in the evenings?

Once you have arrived at your accommodation you should have chance for some time to relax, have a shower etc before the evening meal. We usually arrange somewhere to eat for the evening meal so that we can all get together & you won’t be left alone if you would like to eat with others. Quite often will simply arrange a certain pub to meet up & just drift in when you are ready whilst at other places we have a set time to eat – it just depends on the location.

Does the support vehicle follow the group?

No, the back up van doesn’t drive behind the group at all times but the van shouldn’t be too far away if you require assistance. In the morning we have a group brief and set off cycling, meanwhile the backup driver will collect all the luggage from the various B&B’s and hotels. Once all of the luggage has been loaded, the support vehicle will leapfrog the group stopping when necessary. The backup driver will be at the lunch stop should you need anything from the van & in the afternoon will go on ahead to ensure that your luggage is in place before you arrive.

How much luggage can I take?

There is limited space in the back up van to store luggage. We therefore request that you try to keep your luggage size to a minimum and try not to bring too much with you. Washing clothes can be done en-route so you shouldn’t need to bring a clean set of clothes for every day. The ideal size for luggage is 70 x 50 x 30 cm and a weight of 15-18kg (or less).

What training should I do?

The more the better. We will provide a training guide for you so that you can build up your cycling strength and prepare for the ride in the correct way. It is important that you cycle two long days back to back whilst training & also that you cycle on some hills. We hold training weekends at the start of the season so that you can meet with others in the group, ask any questions you may have & also test yourselves amongst the hills of the Peak District.

What bike should I use?

The most suitable bike for this trip is a road bike, however it is entirely up to you what type of bike you use.

Please ensure that your bike is fully serviced and in good working order before the start of the trip.

Tyre inflation & rubber composition is important & a tyre width of 25cm is recommended for this tour. Please ensure that you have hard wearing tyres with plenty of tread.

You are going to cycle over 300 miles so it is important that your bike won’t let you down. You may want to fit new brake blocks, tyres & inner tubes before you start the ride and also bring 3-4 spare inner tubes, pump, puncture repair kit and multi-tool to carry with you each day. It is essential that you are able to fix a puncture.

It is also advisable to have lights from & rear lights on your bikes and try to be a visible as possible.

Can I hire a bike from you?

It is advisable to use your own bike if possible however we realise that it is not always possible to use your own steed so you may wish to hire one. We have two types of road bike and three types of hybrid/touring bikes bike available. Details of these bikes can be found by clicking on the ‘Tour Extras’ tab.

All of our hire bikes come fitted with cycle computer, pump, 2 water bottle cages, bell and front and rear lights. There is also a small saddle bag with a spare tube, multi-tool, puncture repair kit & tyre leavers. We can also provide a helmet for you at no extra cost.

What gear should I take?

We provide a suggested kit list so please contact us if you would like a copy sending to you.

What is the male / female ratio?

This varies with each group. There are usually more guys than gals but an average would be about 1/3 ladies & 2/3rds gents.

Why France?

France is a wide and diverse country which contains a variety of different and changing landscapes. France is also 1/4 as densely populated as the UK and much more rural so the roads are quieter and cyclists are treated with much more respect.

France is the cultural home of cycling and everyone has heard of the Tour de France. We will cycle through some of the iconic landscapes that you will have seen whilst watching the tour.

France enjoys much better weather than the UK so chances of a dry and sunny tour is much more likely than if tackling LEJOG although it must also be noted that it can get very hot in the summer months.

France is also well known for it’s gastronomy and also fine wines and we will do out best to ensure that you sample plenty of the delights on offer. Added to that a rich culture, medieval villages and stunning architecture all of which makes France an ideal place for a long distance cycle tour.

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To book a tour please send a completed booking form and (a) Deposit of £250.00 per person for tours of 7 days or longer or £50.00 for all other tours or (b) The full holiday cost. If only the deposit is paid at time of booking, then full payment of the holiday is required no less than 8 weeks before the start of your holiday. If you book your holiday within 8 weeks of the holiday start date, the full holiday cost is required at time of booking.

Cancellation by Us

In the unlikely event that we have to cancel the tour you will be entitled to a full refund of all monies paid or we will move you to a different tour date if you’re able to do so. If the tour is cancelled because the minimum number of people required to operate this tour hasn’t been reached, then you will be notified no less than two calendar months before the departure date. If the tour is cancelled by us we will not be responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred such as travel expenses, visas etc and no compensation will be paid to cover these expenses.

Cancellation by You

If you have to cancel your holiday, then please notify us as soon as possible. We always try to be fair and will always try to move you to a different tour date if possible. Usually if we are able to fill your place we will return your deposit to you however if your cancellation is close to the tour start date then we may need to keep your deposit and also full tour payment to cover potential losses we will incur.

Notice of Cancellation Charge (% of Full Price)

More than 60 days before start date: Deposit

Less than 60 days before start date: 100%

Cooling Off Period

If you decide to cancel your tour after receipt of your booking form you will be entitled to a 14 day cooling off period. During this time you will be entitled to a full refund of any monies paid.


Peak Tours reserves the right to increase the price of a tour anytime up until 28 days prior to a tour start date, even if all monies for the tour have already been paid. This maybe due to changes in exchanges rates or for any other reason. If this happens then you will be given the option of cancelling your tour and receiving a full refund if you are not happy with this increase. Peak Tours will not be liable to any additional expenses incurred such as flights. Changes in exchange rates and government-decreed price increases (e.g. in the VAT rate) may mean that the price of your package may change after you have booked. However, there will be no change within 28 days of departure. Where the price increase amounts to more than 10% of the offered and confirmed price for the travel arrangement, you have the right to withdraw from the contract free of charge within 5 days following receipt of notification. Payments made by you to us will be reimbursed immediately.


B&B Option – double or twin/triple

If you choose the B&B only option you will stay in a mixture of B&B’s, hotels and country pubs. If you are travelling with a friend then you will be roomed together in a twin or if you’re with your partner then you will be in a double room (or a twin if you prefer). If you are travelling alone then you will be roomed with another member of the group in a twin or triple room (same sex). The actual stopovers may change from the advertised accommodation providers, if this happens then an equivalent standard of accommodation will be used nearby. The majority of the rooms you stay in will be en-suite however you may stay in a couple of rooms that are not en-suite.

Single Room Option

If you choose the single room option, you will have your own room for the duration of the trip. This will be in either a single room or single occupancy of a double room in a mixture of en-suite and non en-suite rooms.

Sole Use of a Double Room Option

If you choose this option, you will have a guaranteed double room to yourself throughout the tour. You will always have an en-suite each night of your tour. There may be an exceptionally rare occasion when you have a separate bathroom but this is very unlikely. Occasionally you may have a twin room to yourself if a double room isn’t available but again, this is rare.

YHA (Youth Hostel) Option

This option is only available for the fourteen day LEJOG tour. If you choose the YHA option you will stay in a mixture of hostels, hotels & B&B’s staying in dormitory rooms, single rooms, twin rooms & triples.

No refund will be given for any unused accommodation, services or feature of the trip if you need to leave the tour early for whatever reason.


On tours with eight people or less in the group then there may only be one tour guide with you who will drive the back-up van each day. Tours with 9 - 15 people in the group will have two tour guides with one guide driving the back-up van and the other guide cycling at the back of the group or both guides driving a backup van each. Tours with 16+ will have a guide that cycles with the group plus two back up vans to provide support.

Cycle Hire

If you choose the cycle hire option, you will be provided with your bike at the start of your tour. The bike comes with everything you need for your trip although some people like to use their own saddle, peddles and/or helmet (just let us know beforehand). At the end of your tour you can simply hand your bike back to us when you finish cycling.

Minimum Number

If the minimum number of people required to run the trip is not met, then we will have to cancel the trip. You will be notified at least two calendar months prior to the start date of the trip if the minimum number (usually eight people) hasn’t been met and you will receive a full refund of all monies paid.

Consumer Protection

In order to comply with EU Travel Regulations 1992 your deposit and final payment will be held in a separate account until your holiday is completed. This is to ensure the financial security of your holiday.


It is compulsory that you take out adequate holiday insurance including medical cover, personal accident, loss of belongings and cancellation cover. We cannot be held responsible for your own illness, injury or loss/damage of your bike or belongings while on holiday.

EHIC – European Health Insurance Card (for EU nationals travelling in Europe)

This card entitles you to greatly reduced or free state medical services throughout Europe, including Switzerland. We recommend you send off for one of these before the trip and carry it with you. It’s important to bear in mind that these cards are not a substitute for travel insurance and adequate travel insurance is compulsory for this tour. This link will give you all the information you need about the EHIC.


You should Satisfy yourself before booking that you have researched your destination and made an informed decision to travel, and taken any necessary precautions. You can obtain travel advise from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (http://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/foreign-commonweath-office).

Please note that Brexit may change the validity of this arrangement and at time of writing things are still in flux. Please check the current situation before you travel.

Bicycle Insurance

It is important that your bike is insured for the duration of your tour. This insurance should include and loss or damage to your bike that may occur during your tour an any subsequent days in transit.

Peak Tours cannot be held responsible for the loss of your bike if it is stolen during the tour. This includes if the bike was stolen from one of the accommodation providers, lunch stops or if your bike is being transported in one of our vans. It is important to be aware that we don’t have any insurance for your bike, even if your bike is in our care, either in one of our vans or at any of our premises.

Whilst we take great care to ensure that your bikes are always safe. We have been very fortunate and have never had a bike stolen whilst in our care, but it always remains a possibility. For this reason, you need to ensure that your bike is fully insured from the moment you start your tour or from the moment that you hand your bike to us, if this is earlier than your tour start date.


Cycling is a potentially dangerous activity and the risks involved should be considered before undertaking such a trip. We will be cycling mostly on quiet back roads however there will be times when we cycle on busier roads where traffic density is higher. All persons undertaking this tour do so at their own risk and Peak Tours cannot be held responsible for any accidents that may occur whilst on the trip.

Peak Tours reserve the right to abandon the day’s ride, at any point, should they feel that there are any factors compromising the safety of the group i.e. severe weather conditions. In the case of abandoning a ride, transport will be provided by Peak Tours to take all the riders to their accommodation.

Once the decision has been taken to cancel the day’s riding, and everyone is safely accounted for, any further guide support for riders wanting to continue with the ride will be withdrawn and, if you decide to continue with your ride, then you do so completely at your own risk. The decision of the Tour leader representing Peak Tours in final.

You are required to follow any safety advice provided to you including wearing a cycle helmet when cycling.

There is no official time limit set by Peak Tours for a rider to complete each days ride, however if a rider is consistently arriving at their accommodation at the end of each day with insufficient time to change and have an evening meal then the guides may intervene and offer options to allow the rider to finish at a reasonable time such as earlier starts from the rest of the group of riding in the van for sections of the ride.

In the most extreme cases where, due to a lack of fitness or any other circumstances, a rider is unable to keep suitable pace and complete the days ride in a reasonable time and other alternatives have been explored, Peak Tours reserve the right to remove you from the tour. No refunds or compensation will be given in these circumstances.


It is your responsibility to ensure that you are sufficiently fit and healthy to complete your chosen holiday. We reserve the right to request a doctor’s certificate proving you are medically fit to participate in your chosen holiday. If you are affected by any condition, medical or otherwise, that might affect your or other people’s enjoyment of the holiday, you must advise us before booking. If you do not do so, we may cancel your holiday at any time.​

We welcome people with restricted mobility, medical or particular care requirements or a disability, and aim to ensure that our services are as accessible as reasonably possible to all. However, in order that we may consider the possibility of making reasonable adjustments, it is important that we are fully informed of any needs or requirements before any booking is concluded. It has to be considered that a tour group may have up to 25 people and the tour guides have a responsibility to all members of the group. If it is deemed that it wouldn’t be possible to accept someone with a particular disability or care requirements even after considering any reasonable adjustments that we would need to make then we reserve the right to decline a booking as we need to consider the safety of the group as a whole and our tour guides have a responsibility to the whole group. Also, if during a tour it becomes apparent that someone is unsuitable for a tour then the tour leader reserves the right to remove the person from the tour and Peak Tours will not be liable for any expenses incurred as a result.


We consider offensive, aggressive or illegal behaviour to be completely unacceptable. Any such behaviour directed at either our staff, other members of the group or the general public will not be tolerated. The guides reserve the right to ask you to leave the tour with immediate effect, if your conduct is considered by us to be inappropriate, likely to cause harm, or impair the enjoyment, comfort or safety of your neighbours, other members of your group, staff and/or the general public, or is likely, in our belief, to breach any terms of our agreement with you (including these conditions). No refunds or compensation will be given in these circumstances and we reserve the right not to accept any future bookings from you or any member of your party.


There is a natural need to be flexible in a holiday of this kind. The day to day agenda and ultimate aim of the holiday is taken as an objective and not as a contractual obligation. It is a fundamental condition of booking that you accept this flexibility, and acknowledge that delays and alterations and their subsequent results, such as inconvenience, discomfort, or disappointment, are possible.

If there is a significant change to essential terms of your holiday after booking, but before your departure date, we will notify you of these changes as soon as possible. If you are not satisfied with these changes, we will work with you to find a practical alternative. If you are not satisfied with the alternatives, then you will be entitled to cancel your booking without penalty and any money paid for services provided by the Company will be refunded. No refund will be offered for services not booked with the Company e.g. travel costs, flights, train fares etc.

Travel arrangements to the start point and from the finish point are your responsibility. Our responsibility does not commence until the appointed time at the designated meeting point. If you fail to arrive there at the appointed time for whatever reason, we will not be held responsible for any additional expenses incurred by you.


Any complaints regarding your trip should be made direct to your tour leader who will normally take appropriate action. If at the end of your tour, you feel that your complaint was not dealt with properly and you were not satisfied with the response, you must notify us in writing or via email within 28 days of the actual completion date of your tour. We will try to agree a settlement with you.


By completing your booking form, you agree to the booking conditions as outlined above. Peak Tours will carry out our obligations as detailed in the tour itinerary and any information supplied to you.

Company Details

Peak Tours Limited 38 Storth Meadow Road, Glossop, Derbyshire, SK13 6UZ.
Registered in England 7992506
VAT No 130935822


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Another well thought out Peak Tour

Nigel Goffin September 2018

First tour we’ve ever done. Having the options for shorter/no-ride days was great for me. Challenges for my husband

Helen Brown September 2018

We felt that each day the route built our cycling strength and anticipation to the climax on day 6. Well done whoever designed that! We did the ‘long option’ on day 6 and the extra bit was majestic – perhaps this was undersold to the group because only 4 of us did it.

The food provided was absolutely top notch! Picnic lunches were great, with healthy choices. Same for brew stop with sliced fruit, nuts & seeds etc. available (we much prefer this to chocolate bars, fizzy drinks etc.) Group evening meals/lunches all had great food.

Nick and Tanja Cooper September 2018

Full marks to the team who overcame a breakdown to one of their vans with no impact on our days. Pickup and drop off to airports and transport on first and last day was smooth and stress free (for us!!)

I booked this tour after experiencing the area on the C2M tour. It is a cycling paradise.  This was my 4th Peak Tour.

Alan Thomas September 2018

Nice mix of ‘quirky’ and modern accommodation. Very friendly & helpful staff at most hotels.

As a 9-tour veteran I think this is one of your best trips. Well done!

Stephen Warnock September 2018

A really caring set up.

Thank you, lovely company and a great holiday!

Anne Levitt June 2018

Hotels were good and especially the hotel in Apt (Saint Anne) where the owners were very helpful.

Robin McKenzie June 2018

The picnics in the French countryside are great and usually accompanied by a good spot with views making the most of the scenery.

As we have found the support and organisation offered by Peak Tours is first class and now having done 4 tours and a 5th in August, I am firmly a devoted PT client.

Dave Richards June 2018

Provence is beautiful. No negatives!

Road surfaces so good – even the farm roads/tracks are better than the UK roads!

Pauline and Mick Bedwell June 2018

Having done a number of charity events with other companies, you are head and shoulders above them. The organisation was generally excellent.

Paul McGreary June 2018

Rooms were better quality than expected. Nice touch having bags in our rooms on arrival.

Stunning views and villages, a very nice route.

Graham Watson June 2018

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