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B07-plus / light Cycling tour in Tarn in South-West of France

Cycling Holiday Albigeois in Tarn

Albi - Castelnau-de-Montmiral - Puycelsi - Najac - Cordes-sur-Ciel - Bruniquel - St.Antonin NobleVal

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Albi, UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
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
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.>


Cycling Tour Albi and Bastides

Cycling around Albi
This cycling holiday starts on the quiet roads of the Gaillac vineyards 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 where you can even bike to Villefranche de Rouergue in the 10 days trip.
Click here to see some pictures of your cycling tour in Tarn, Albiand Bastides

Light tour : 28 - 48 km a day.
Tours of 6 - 10 days (packages with ** and some *** hotels) and optional extensions in any of the regular hotels of this tour.

In some of the superior hotels of a less known department (Tarn) of France we propose a high quality cycling holiday tour. Medieval villages with famous names and beautiful castles, Gaillac vineyards, and the Gorges de l'Aveyron: a light cycling tour made up to discover this historically interesting part of France.

Tarn Valley between Brousse-le-Chateau and Broquies
Gaillac

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.

Good accessibility (railway) from the airport ofToulouse 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 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 2 nights in **** hotel Antoine in Albi, a night in Puycelsi or Bruniquel with its two castles from where you will go to St. Antonin Noble Val. Najac ("L'un des plus beau villages de France"). Villefranche-de-Rouergue will be your destination if you take an extra day in Najac. Last but not least one or two nights in the tower and highest point of Cathar city Cordes sur Ciel, an unforgettable place to stay. In this small hotel you can buy Le Jacquard Français.

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Medieval Cathar city Cordes-sur-Ciel
Cordes-sur-Ciel

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

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B07 plus / light packages Bags transfers included in basic rate. Basic rate: in € p.p. double room, sharing.
2021 B & B Dinners Basic rate
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single room
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5 days 4 1 538 1 174 54
6 days 5 2 643 7 212 72
7 days 6 3 775 20 265 90
8 days 7 4 916 20 301 108
9 days 8 5 1089 17 363 119
10 days 9 6 1184 17 399 136

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Extra nights B & B Dinner Basic rate
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July-Aug.
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Supplement single room Bike rental
Albi ** B & B Les Pasteliers yes no € 55 € 0 € 36 € 17
Puycelsi *** La Vieile Auberge yes yes € 83 € 2 € 46 € 17
Cordes *** La maison aux Puits yes no € 58 € 0 € 50 € 17
Plaisance *** Les Magnolias yes no € 91 € 0 € 56 € 17
  • Take-away lunches are not included. You can order them at the hotel or the host the evening before departure.

  • Supplements. Per night in July or August : € 4,- p.p.

  • Solo all-in: add 66 % at basic rate. Supplement single room included, bike rental not included.

  • For a package with e-bike rental you start in Plaisance .

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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 : 17 % p.p.
Parties of 6 persons : 18 % p.p.
Parties of 7 persons : 19 % p.p.
Parties of 8 persons : 20 % p.p.


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B07A: Plus Program 5 days
4 nights
6 days
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7 days
6 nights
8 days
7 nights
9 days
8 nights
10 days
9 nights
Albi ** Day 1
Day 1
Day 1
Day 1
Day 1
Day 1
Puycelsi *** Day 2
4 or 53 km
Day 2
4 or 53 km
Day 2
34 or 53 km
Day 2
34 or 53 km
Day 2
34 or 53 km
Day 2
34 or 53 km
St. Antonin-Noble-Val ***

Résidence

Day 3
31 or 47 km
Day 3
31 or 47 km
Day 3
31 or 47 km
Day 3
31 or 47 km
Najac **/*** Day 4
43 km
Day 4
43 km
Day 4+ 5
43 km
Visit of Villefranche
de Rouergue (day 6)
Cordes sur Ciel
*** La Maison aux Puits
Day 3
38 km
Day 3
32 km
Day 4
32 km
Day 5
52 km
Day 5
52 km
Day 6
52 km
Senouillac *** pool Day 4
28 or 44 km
Day 5
28 or 44 km
Day 6
28 or 44 km
Ambialet *** Hotel du Pont pool Day 6
25 km
Day 7
25 km
Plaisance
*** Les Magnolias pool
Day 7
61 km
Day 8
61 km
Albi ** Day 4
28 km
Day 5
28 km
Day 6
28 km
Day 7
28 km
Day 8
25 km
Day 9
25 km
Leave after breakfast
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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 Cathar. 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 attractivebecause 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 attractiveassembly of Gothic houses has survived the centuries. One of the larger bastides is Villefranche-de-Rouergue.

Thanx to the CDT-TARN for use of the phototheque.
The background image of this webpage is pix 23 Vue-d-ensemble Cordes -CRT -©- MP by D.Viet



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