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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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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
Albi Cathedral


Rodez too, has a magnificent Cathedral and since 2021 Musée Soulages!


Rodez: Musée Soulages and the Cathedral

This cycling holiday starts on the quiet roads of the lLévézou 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

Moderate 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
Tarn valley


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 Cathar 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
Albi Cathedral

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

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


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B09-Rodez plus 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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Suppl. July-Aug.
p.p.
Suppl.
single room
Bike
rental
e-Bike
rental
7 days 6 3 € 984 € 45 € 248 € 85 € 165
8 days 7 3 € 1082 € 37 € 305 € 102 € 198
9 days 8 4 € 1208 € 46 € 347 € 119 € 231
 10days 9 5 € 1352 € 46 € 398 € 136 € 264

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Extra nights B & B Dinner Basic rate
p.p.
Suppl. July-Aug.
p.p.
Supplement single room Bike rental e-Bike rental
Albi ** B & B Les Pasteliers yes no € 53 € 2 € 42 € 17 € 33
Rodez *** B & B Hotel Biney yes no € 64 € 13 € 50 € 17 € 33
Cordes *** yes yes € 67 € 1 € 39 € 17 € 33
Villefranche-de-Rouergue *** yes no € 61 € 0 € 50 € 17 € 33
  • 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 69 % at basic rate. Supplement single room included, bike rental not included.

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Discount on basic rate p.p. for small groups and families
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Parties of 3 persons : 13 % p.p.
Parties of 4 persons : 19 % p.p.
Parties of 5 persons : 22 % p.p.
Parties of 6 persons : 23 % p.p.
Parties of 7 persons : 24 % p.p.
Parties of 8 persons : 25 % p.p.


Packages Day stages 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
4or 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 ** les Pasteliers 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 or61 km
Day 5
40, 48 or 61 km
Day 6
43 km
Najac **/*** l'Oustal del Barry
Day 5
40, 48 or61 km
Day 6
43 km
Day 7
43 km

Villefranche de Rouergue *** Fleurines

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 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.



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