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Overindulged at Christmas?

Our best holidays to beat the bulge!

Christmas and New Year are over, and maybe, like us, your belt is feeling a little bit tighter than it was before the festive period…

So if your New Year’s resolution is to get back in shape and ditch those additional pounds that comes with Christmas pudding and champagne, then here’s a suggestion.

How about booking a holiday? Yes, we know, holidays aren’t usually the best way to stick to a diet with all that lovely food and drink and generally sitting around, but then, you may not have been on a Belle France holiday!

Our holidays are the perfect solution to a bit of festive overindulgence, what’s a better way to lose weight than walking or cycling through some of the most stunning scenery in France?

And you know what? Last year we undertook a survey amongst holidaymakers and 50% said that a holiday with no activity leaves them feeling less refreshed. So for a holiday that’s good for the mind and the body, then an active holiday is the way forward!

So here are some suggestions for some of our favourite regions to walk or cycle around, together with one of our holidays to follow suit. We’ve chosen these holidays to suit all levels of fitness, if you’re out of the habit, then we know you don’t want to overdo it.


Cycling in Aquitaine

Cycling on la Vélodysée
Cycling on la Vélodysée

Cycling along the Aquitaine coast is surely one of the best cycling locations in all of France. Following la Vélodysée – or the Atlantic Coast cycle route you will not only cycle alongside lapping waves and golden sandy beaches, but you will find all a cyclist needs. Waymaked routes, plenty of repair shops and food and drink outlets who provide secure bike storage. You’ll alternate between coast and luscious forest, pass through sleepy seaside villages and tempting vineyards. A truly unforgettable experience.

We’ve recently extended our holidays following the Velodyssey route, why don’t you try our new Nantes to La Rochelle cycling tour?

Holiday highlights:

  • Part of the Velodyssey cycle track
  • Stunning Atlantic Coastline
  • Beaches in Vendée
  • Islands of Noirmoutier 
  • Fishing ports and fresh seafood
  • Historic harbour town of La Rochelle

Check out the full itinerary here.


Walking in Provence

Abbey Of Senanque
Abbey Of Senanque

Known for its laid-back way of life, Provence is best explored at slow pace, so strolling along at your own speed is ideal for taking in the scene around you.

The countryside is stunning, you can see why it inspired so many famous artists including Van Gogh and Matisse. Lavender fields, sleepy villages and hilltop towns are all synonymous with Provence, with lots to see from medieval structures to experiencing the way of the locals, watching them chew the fat sitting at a café, or playing pétanque in the village square.

We’ve just developed a luxury walking holiday in the Luberon, inspired by Peter Mayle’s books, you’ll stay in prestigious accommodation, and be amazed by fantastic views of the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea all in the same holiday!

Holiday highlights:

  • A true ‘Year in Provence’ in luxury
  • Beautiful hilltop villages of the Luberon; Gordes, Goult, Lacoste and Bonnieux
  • Medieval Avignon capital of ‘Cotes du Rhone Wines’
  • Recommended start day Sunday to enjoy the fabulous Tuesday market in Gordes

Check out the full itinerary here.


Walking or cycling in the Charente

Le Moulin de Chemin
Le Moulin de Chemin

Away from the hustle and bustle, there’s a lovely region known as the Pays de Gatine, idyllic countryside that makes you feel as though you are miles away from anywhere. Your nearest neighbours are the birds in the trees and fluttering butterflies in the meadows.

We offer a single-centre holiday based at le Moulin de Chemin in a restored mill house which dates before 1650, remote and peaceful. There is a wide selection of both walking and cycling routes which begin and end at the le Moulin de Chemin, so for a bit of variation, you can try a bit of both activities during your stay here. Wander or cycle past babbling brooks, ancient hedgerows, pastures and orchards.

With warm hospitality to welcome you together with superb food and drink, you will instantly shrug off the day-to-day stresses and strains and relax into your surroundings.

Holiday highlights:

  • Superb cuisine, excellent wines and a wonderful ambiance
  • Idyllic rural environment
  • Selection of self-guided walking routes to suit various abilities
  • Selection of self-guided cycling routes to suit various abilities
  • Warm hospitality and lovely surroundings

What's included:

  • Welcome introduction
  • Detailed booklet
  • Bike hire
  • English hosts
  • Station transfers
  • 6 nights fully inclusive, all meals and drinks
  • Fully French-integrated British hosts
  • Information and advice if required and support throughout your holiday

Starting days: 

This holiday begins on Sunday between 23rd April and 8th October.

Check out the full itinerary here.


Now that’s definitely the way to lose weight in style! So to kick start your new healthy regime, then get on the phone to us and book one of our holidays!

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