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Active Cycling Holiday Albi-Rodez-Albi
Albi,  Najac, Cordes sur Ciel, Rodez, Millau, Plaisance, Albi.

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B27
Active cycling tour in  Midi-Pyrénées
South-West France
Plus, Superior and Luxury Packages

 

  • 6 - 9 days (arrival day and last day (with breakfast) included) self guided cycling hotel-tour with baggage transfer.
  • 4 dinners included.
  • Optional:  extra nights in any of the hotels of the package for a rest-day or an extra cycling day.
  • Medium length (60 to 75 km); "active" : hilly stages in a rolling countryside with lots of medieval towns.
  • You can start this tour any day of the week between March 15th and October 31st.
  • Bike rental possible, electric bikes too!

Albi: Centre of town UNESCO World Heritage,  Toulouse-Lautrec Museum, Lapérouse Museum,  Cathedral Ste Cécile.

Rodez: Musée Soulages, Cathedral Notre Dame de Rodez

Millau: Viaduc de Millau


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

Today 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.

Th
is cycling holiday starts on the quiet roads of the Gaillac vineyards Tarn at Gaillac

West of Albi. You then head North through rolling countryside, visiting 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.

 
 


 

Rodez, Cathedral and Musée Soulages

Good accessibility (railway) from the airport of Toulouse and (UK travellers Ryanair) the Airport of Rodez.



Winding river valleys, empty roads with just the occasional tractor. Gorgeous Gaillac wines,  plus the culture and old city of Albi, with its museums and art galleries, its markets and medieval city centre. Albi is the perfect start of a  holiday. Rolling countryside, with half-timbered houses and the walled 'Bastides' (Najac) 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 2 nights in **** hotel Antoine in Albi,  a night in a château Hotel near Najac ("L'un des plus beau villages de France"). 

In Rodez (Hostellerie *** Fontanges) you stay at the 18 holes golf-hotel.

In Millau you will stay at Château de Creissels from where you will ride back through the valley of the Tarn and the Raspes du Tarn to Albi.

For booking please complete our booking form.

Medieval Cathars city Cordes-sur-Ciel
Cordes sur Ciel

 

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

 

 

 

 


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B27   luxury
  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.
Suppl.
single room
Bike
rental
e-Bike
rental
 6 days  5  2  0  € 1153  € 6  € 449  € 64  € 132
 7 days  6  3  0  € 1343  € 6  € 522  € 75  € 165
 8 days  7  4  0  € 1467  € 6  € 583  € 84  € 198
 9 days  8  5  0  € 1668  € 6  € 650  € 91  € 231

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Extra nights B&B Dinner Lunch Basic rate
p.p. double
room sharing
Route notes Supplement single room Bike rental
ask us              
Lunches are not included. The price of a take-away lunch varies from 9 to 16 Euro.  You can order it from the hotelkeeper the evening before departure. We will indicated restaurants on your way.

Price can change due to seasonal differences. This package can also be proposed as a "superior" package, same hotels, different rooms, same cycling roads.

Price solo package: 173% x basic rate p.p. pax=2p. bags transfer and single room supplement included. Bike rental not included.


Discount on basic rate p.p. for small groups and families
See terms and conditions of group discounts
 
  luxury
Parties of  3 persons   8 % p.p.
Parties of  4 persons 12 % p.p
Parties of  5 persons 14 % p.p
Parties of  6 persons 16 % p.p
Parties of  7 persons  17 % p.p
Parties of  8 persons  18 % p.p


Packages Stages Prices

B27AlbiRodezMillauAlbi Packages 6 days
5 nights
7 days
6 nights
8 days
7 nights
9 days
8 nights
Albi

See: Musée Toulouse Lautrec, Cathedral and the old town.
Day 1
Saint Antoine ****

Day 1
Saint Antoine ****
Day 1
Saint Antoine ****

Day 1
Saint Antoine ****

Puycelsi
***
L'Ancienne Auberge
See: Gaillac and its Castle
  Day 2
l'Ancienne Auberge ***

50 km
 

  Day 2
l'Ancienne Auberge ***

50 km

Najac
Château de Longcol ****  pool

See: Bastide and its Castle

Day 2
Hotel Château de Longcol 

72 km
 


 

Day 2
Hotel Château de Longcol 

72 km

 
Villefranche de Rouergue
***  Les  Fleurines

See: Najac and VdR Old Bastides town, Cathedral
  Day 3
Les Fleurines ***

76
km

in center of town
  Day 3
Les Fleurines ***

76
km

in center of town
Rodez.
Château de Fontanges ***

 
See: Old town, Cathedral, Musée Soulages

 

Day 3  
Fontanges ***


75 km

At the golf course

Day 4
Fontanges ***


75 km

At the golf course

Day 3  
Fontanges ***


75 km

At the golf course

Day 4
Fontanges ***


75 km

At the golf course

Millau
Château de Creissels
***  pool

See: Viaduc de Millau

    Day 4
Château de Creissels ***
50
km
Day 5
Château de Creissels ***

50 km
St.Rome-de-Tarn Les Raspes *** pool

See: Viaduc de Millau

Day 4
les Raspes ***
50
km
Day 5
les Raspes ***
50
km
Day 5
Les Magnolias***

77
km
Day 6
Les Magnolias***

77 km
Plaisance
Les Magnolias
***  pool

See: hotel manoir and Roman church

    Day 6
Les Magnolias***

77
km
Day 7
Les Magnolias***

77 km
Albi

See: Ambialet meander and Prieuré

Day 5
Saint Antoine ****
47
km
Day 6
Saint Clair **
47
km
Day 7
Saint Antoine ****
47
km
Day 8
Saint Antoine ****
47
km
Leave after breakfast Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9
 

 


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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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