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Rodez - Tarn Valley - Albi - Bastides - Rodez


B07-Rodez
Light cycling tour in  South-West France
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Cycling Holiday from Rodez:

Rodez - Vallée du Tarn - Albi - Cordes-sur-Ciel - Najac - Rodez.

Bike tour in two less known departments: Aveyron and Tarn

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  • 6 to 10 days (arrival day and last day (with breakfast) included) self guided cycling hotel-tour with baggage transfer.
  • Plus package with ** and ***/** hotels and 1 or 2 Chambres d'hôtes de charme (***).
  • Dinners (except in Rodez, Albi and Villefranche de Rouergue) included (entrée, main course, cheese, dessert), beverages not included.
  • Short to medium length; light hilly stages in rolling countryside with lots of medieval towns.
  • You can start this tour any day of the week between March 15th and October 31th.
  • You can fly into Rodez with Ryanair from London, Dublin and Brussels-Charleroi.
  • Bike rental possible, electric bikes too!


Unlike Albi,
Rodez needs to be discovered. Albi, UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Musée Toulouse Lautrec.
On the banks of the Tarn river in south-west France, the old city of Albi reflects the culmination of a medieval architectural and urban ensemble. Albi Cathedral

Rodez too, has a magnificent Cathedral and since 2018 Musée Soulages!

 
Rodez: Musée Soulages and the Cathedral


 
Th
is cycling holiday starts on the quiet roads of the Lévezou plateau South of Rodez.

You then head South through rolling countryside, along some big lakes towards the valley of the Tarn. Through the valley with some very nice Medieval towns you'll go to Albi.

In Albi the Old Bridge (Pont-Vieux), the Saint-Salvi quarter and its church are testimony to its initial development (10th -11th centuries). Following the Albigensian Crusade against the Cathar heretics (13th century) it became a powerful episcopal city. Built in a unique southern French Gothic style from local brick in characteristic red and orange colours, the lofty fortified Cathedral (late 13th century) dominates the city, demonstrating the power regained by the Roman Catholic clergy. Alongside the Cathedral is the vast bishop’s Palais de la Berbie, overlooking the river and surrounded by residential quarters that date back to the Middle Ages. The Episcopal City of Albi forms a coherent and homogeneous ensemble of monuments and quarters that has remained largely unchanged over the centuries. leaving Albi in Nortyhern direction you will visit some wonderfully preserved fortified villages (Bastides), the most famous of which is hill-top Cordes-sur-Ciel. These walled settlements, with grid-pattern streets and handsome squares, are now beautiful reminders of the great conflicts of the Middle Ages. More to North you will head to Najac the famous fortress in Aveyron and to Villefranche-de-Rouergue in the 8-, 9- and 10-days tours.

Click here to see some pictures of your cycling tour in Tarn, Albi & Bastides

Active level tour :  max 60 km a day.
Tours of  7 - 10 days  (packages with ** and some *** hotels) and optional extensions in any of the regular hotels of this tour.

 

Accommodations: *** and ** hotels, one Chambre d'hôtes de Charme with equal standard.
 ** B&B hotel in Albi. The hotels chosen for this tour are small nicely restored mansions in medieval village of which 4 are labeled l'un des plus beau villages de France: one of the 100 nicest villages of France.
 
Tarn Valley at Broquiès


From Albi to Rodez: Winding river valleys, empty roads with just the occasional tractor.  Rolling countryside, with half-timbered houses and the walled 'Bastides' (Najac and Villefranche de Rouergue) that go back to the time of the Plantagenet Kings. Easy to escape down meandering  back roads and not see a soul for hours.
You will stay a night in *** hotel  in Puycelsi ("L'un des plus beau villages de France"), you will visit Bruniquel with its two castles and St. Antonin Noble Val on your way to Cordes where you stay for one night in the tower and highest point of Cathars city Cordes sur Ciel, an unforgettable place to stay. In this small hotel you can buy Le Jacquard Français. . Najac ("L'un des plus beau villages de France"). Villefranche-de-Rouergue will be your destination after the famous Najac (Another "L'un des plus beau villages de France").

 

Albi Cathedral Medieval Cathars city Cordes-sur-Ciel
 
Brick Cathedral of Albi

Cordes-sur-Ciel

For booking please complete our booking form.

 

Click here to see some pictures of your cycling tour in Tarn, Albi & Bastides


Packages Day programs Prices

B07-Rodez  plus packages
  Bags transfers included in basic rate. Basic rate: in  €  p.p. double room, sharing.
2018 B&B Dinners Lunches Basic rate
p.p. double
room sharing
Suppl. July-Aug.
p.p.
Suppl.
single room
Bike
rental
e-Bike
rental
 7 days  6  3  0  € 898  € 8  € 229  € 85  € 165
 8 days  7  3  0  € 999  € 9  € 274  € 102  € 198
 9 days  8  4  0  € 1122  € 9  € 320  € 119  € 231
 10 days  9  5  0  € 1266  € 9  € 367  € 136  € 264

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Extra nights B&B Dinner Lunch Basic rate
p.p. double
room sharing
Suppl. July-Aug.
p.p.
Supplement single room Bike rental e-Bike rental
Albi ** B&B  yes  no  no  € 47  € 0  € 38  € 17  € 33
Rodez *** B&B  yes  no  no  € 60  € 0  € 45  € 17  € 33
Puycelsi ***  yes  yes  no  € 84  € 0  € 46  € 17  € 33
Cordes ***  yes  yes  no  € 67  € 0  € 39  € 17  € 33
Villefranche-de-Rouergue ***  yes  no  no  € 60  € 0  € 50  € 17  € 33
Lunches are not included. The price of a take-away lunch varies from 9 to 12 Euro. You can order it from the hotelkeeper the evening before departure.

Supplements.   Per night in July or August  :  € 4,- p.p.
Solo all-in: add 69% at basic rate. Supplement single room included, bike rental not included.


Discount on basic rate p.p. for small groups and families
See terms and conditions of group discounts
 
Parties of  3 persons : 10 % p.p.
Parties of  4 persons : 15 % p.p.
Parties of  5 persons : 18 % p.p.
Parties of  6 persons : 20 % p.p.
Parties of  7 persons : 21 % p.p.
Parties of  8 persons : 23 % p.p.
 


 
Packages Day programs Prices

B07-Rodez: Plus Program 7 days
6 nights
8 days
7
nights
9 days
8
nights
10 days
9
nights
Rodez ***  Biney Day 1
 
Day 1
 
Day 1
 
Day 1
 
St. Rome-de-Tarn  ***  hotel with a pool Day 2
4 or 53 km
Day 2
28 or 44 km
Day 2
28 or 44 km
Day 2  
28 or 44 km
Brousse-le-Château **  Day 3
31 or  
47 km
Day 3
34
or 53 km
Day 3  
34
or 53 km
Day 3
34 or 53 km
Albi ** St.Clair Day 4
31 or  
47 km
Day 4
31 or  
47 km
Day 4  
31 or  
47 km
Day 4
31 or  
47 km
Puycelci *** l'Ancienne Auberge  
  Day 5
31 or  
47 km
Cordes sur Ciel *** Auberge de la Halle   Day 5
40, 48 or
61 km
Day 5
40, 48 or
61 km
Day 6
43 km
 
Najac **/*** l'Oustal del Barry

 

Day 5
40, 48 or
61 km
  Day 6
43 km
Day 7
43 km

Villefranche de Rouergue ***

  Day 6
43 km
Day 7
43 km
Day 8
43 km
Rodez ***  Biney Day 6
25 km
Day 7
25
km
Day 8
25 km
Day 9
39 km
Leave after breakfast Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10

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Bastides,

There are hundreds of these remarkable  fortified medieval towns throughout Midi-Pyrénées. Whereas most settlements of the Middle Ages are typified by narrow winding lanes and a disorderly assembly of buildings surrounding a church, Bastides are characterized by evenly proportioned houses and distinct grid patterns of straight streets and connecting alleys laid out at right angles around a central market place.

Bastides were built for a variety of reasons, but most important motivation for these easily defended fortresses was as wartime protection. They sprung specifically from two conflicts. In the 13th century, Catharism, a deviation from Catholic tradition that was eventually ruled heretic, took hold in the region. Rome unleashed a series of unremitting crusades to conquer the Cathars. Later, during the Hundred Years War, the English and French, both outside rival powers to the region's inhabitants at the time, waged fierce competition here for control of neighbouring Aquitanie.
Today Bastides are attractive because they are often far off the beaten track, perched on small hills or rocky outcrops. Peaceful and picturesque in a way that belie their history, they allow travellers to stroll their cobbled streets and gain an immediate insight into life in the Middle Ages.
Cordes, just west of Albi, is anong the most well-preserved. Behind its imposing walls, an attractive assembly of Gothic houses has survived the centuries. One of the larger bastides is Villefranche-de-Rouergue.

 

 


 

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