Frequently asked questions
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Who are these holidays aimed at?
Most Belle France customers are couples aged 45 and over. They are travelling without children, enjoy good food and wine, gentle exercise and the French way of life. Often, they incorporate their Belle France holiday within a longer trip, possibly visiting friends and family in the UK.
How arduous are these holidays?
We aim for them to be easy going and suitable for most people of moderate fitness.
How far do you travel each day?
Cyclists typically travel around 30 miles per day, with some gradients on certain routes. Our routes are all graded as Easy, Moderate or Challenging in our brochure and generally follow peaceful country roads. Walkers usually travel around 10 miles per day.
We also offer Trekking holidays in the Pyrenees and rugged Cevennes – a little more challenging, and requiring a healthy sense of adventure. Accommodation is more simple, ideal for groups looking to travel together.
If flying in to Paris or London, can you arrange rail travel and accommodation?
We can arrange this, both before and after a Belle France holiday.
What kind of bikes are used?
Belle France offer hybrid bikes - a cross between a tourer and a mountain bike. These are matched to your customer’s height. Electric bikes also available on some holidays.
Are customers travelling ‘solo’?
Yes, these are unaccompanied holidays. Unless arranged otherwise, customers travel by themselves between hotels, using detailed and bespoke notes and maps. This allows independence from a larger group.
Can you take a group booking?
Our holidays are mostly enjoyed by those looking to travel independently and go at their own leisurely pace, however we can help with any group requirements you may have. Whether it’s for a group of friends, a multi generation family holiday or simply a local walking club, we would love to help you create that perfect French itinerary.
Although our holidays aren’t guided, your group will be provided with detailed maps and instructions on how to get from place to place, but if they’d prefer to be escorted, we can provide a guide at an additional cost.
As we often use small traditional hotels and guest houses which are outside of the big towns and cities, we may sometimes struggle to accommodate larger groups, so do book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
Are these set holidays?
No, each can be adapted and tailored to suit your customers’ requirements, from a small alteration to one of our suggested itineraries to a fully bespoke holiday, unique to your customer.
How would we go about processing a booking?
Each holiday is typically tailored for your customer, concierge-style. We would ask you to take a brief, and forward it to us in England. Our team will create a suggested itinerary, taking into account customers’ wishes, abilities and requirements.