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I know this is pretty specific but we have looked at 2 biking tour companies: discover France and experience plus? Both have good reviews and awards. Have any of you used either? If so, what are you opinions. I think Discover France is more self directed and Experience Plus provides a ride if you choose not to ride part of the trip. thoughts. We are looking at the Provence route with both.

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    Hi Tidy,

    I'm sorry that nobody has responded to your question, but I'll do my best to explain what Discover France does. Even though we do run guided tours, our specialty is in self-guided cycle tours. Our customers really appreciate these as there are no minimum participants needed for the tour to run, and they can be easily modified based on your interests. We take care of all the logistics of your trip with us. This includes hotel reservations, some meals, route planning, bike rentals, baggage transfers (you are riding light), emergency assistance,and local info.

    The tour starts with a personalized tour orientation. We come to your first hotel, get the bikes set up so that you can ride comfortably and efficiently, explain how the road book works with the cue sheets (to guide you step by step), restaurant suggestions, museums, wine tastings and other interesting sites along the way. Then we'll show you how the GPS works, hotel vouchers, explain some of the differences between France and the US, and answer any other questions that you may have. After the tour orientation, if you forgot to ask something, you can always call our emergency assistance number. One of us always answers.

    Our idea is that you use the bike to explorer the area and feel free to do what you want, after all, it is your trip. If you want to spend all morning at the local market, please do, there won't be anybody telling you that it is a 20 minute stop. If you see a nice place for a picnic to try some of the saucisson and pain that you bought at the same market, that's even better.

    If you decide that you don't want to ride. Give us a call on the emergency number and we'll arrange for a transfer. We're not riding with you, but are close by and can be in front of you within an hour.

    So you know, we also organize tours that are sold by other tour operators. They know that their customers will receive the same 4 star service as well, so they choose to sell out tours even though we are technically competitors in the same market.

    If you have any questions or would like to know about a particular tour, you can email me at chris@discoverfrance.com

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    Although we ended up not going on a bike tour after all (long story, but partly because of the Festival de Riz and partly because my Mom discovered she could not longer ride a bike due to balance issues), we were working with discoverfrance.com who were wonderfully helpful, as the gentleman above clearly establishes.

    My husband and I, at least, plan to use their services sometime in what I hope will be not the too distant future.

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