Moderate Cycling Holiday Tarn-Albi and Aveyron-Rodez

AveyronAlbi, Najac, Cordes sur Ciel, Rodez, Millau, Plaisance, Albi.
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B27 plus Moderate cycling tour in Occitanie South-West France

Tarn, Pays de Bastides

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, Gorges du Tarn


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

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.

 

Tarn at Gaillac
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 a fortress in Aveyron.



musee soulages
Rodez Musée Soulages and Cathedral

Rodez, Cathedral and Musée Soulages

Good accessibility (railway) from the airport ofToulouse and (UK travelers Ryanair) the Airport of Rodez.

Albi
Albi market and Cathedral



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.

musee soulages
Rodez Musée Soulages


In Rodez (Hôtel Biney ***).

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 and into the canyons for the longer packages.

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


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Packages Stages Prices

B27 plus Bags transfers included in basic rate. Basic rate: in € p.p. double room, sharing.
2021 B & B Dinners Basic rate
p.p.
Suppl.
July-Aug.
p.p.
Suppl.
single room
Bike
rental
5 days plus ** 4 1 € 647 € 22 € 158 € 51
6 days plus ** 5 2 € 842 € 28 € 205 € 64
7 days plus ** 6 3 € 976 € 34 € 262 € 75
8 days plus ** 7 4 € 1098 € 34 € 321 € 84
9 days plus ** 8 5 € 1235 € 34 € 364 € 91
10 days plus ** 9 6 € 1373 € 34 € 398 € 96
11days plus ** 10 7 € 1513 € 34 € 433 € 99

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Extra nights B & B Dinner Basic rate
p.p.
Suppl.
July-Aug.
p.p.
Supplement single room Bike rental
Albi ** 1 0 € 50 € 0 € 40 € 11
Rodez *** 1 0 € 63 € 0 € 50 € 11
Millau/Château
de Creissels ****
1 1 € 97 € 0 € 54 € 11
  • Take-away lunches are not included. You can order them at the hotel or the host the evening before departure. We will indicated restaurants on your way.

  • Price solo package: 170% x basic rate p.p. pax=2p. bags transfer and single room supplement included. Bike rental not included.

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B27-plus: Discount on basic rate p.p. for small groups and families
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Parties of 3 persons 14 % p.p. Parties of 4 persons 21 % p.p.
Parties of 5 persons 24 % p.p.
Parties of 6 persons 25 % p.p.
Parties of 7 persons 26 % p.p.
Parties of 8 persons 27 % p.p.


Packages Stages Prices

B27A-R-M-A plus
Packages 5-8 Days
5 days
4 nights
Plus
6 days
5 nights
Plus
7 days
6 nights
Plus
8 days
7 nights
Plus
Albi
Hotel Saint Clair **

See: Musée Toulouse Lautrec, Cathedral and
the old town.
Day 1 Day 1 Day 1 Day 1
Najac
l'Oustal del Barry
**/***

See: Bastide and its Castle
Day 2

72 km
min. alt: 150m
max alt: 398m
elev. gains cum.: 840m
Day 2

72 km
min. alt: 150m
max alt: 398m
elev. gains cum.: 840m
Day 2

72 km
min. alt: 150m
max alt: 398m
elev. gains cum.: 840m
Day 2

72 km
min. alt: 150m
max alt: 398m
elev. gains cum.: 840m
Rodez
Hôtel Biney ***
See: Old town, Cathedral, Musée Soulages
Day 3

73 km
min. alt: 285m
max alt: 759m
elev. gains cum.: 1191m
Day 3

73 km
min. alt: 285m
max alt: 759m
elev. gains cum.: 1191m
Day 3

73 km
min. alt: 285m
max alt: 759m
elev. gains cum.: 1191m
Day 3
73 km
min. alt: 285m
max alt: 759m
elev. gains cum.: 1191m
Millau
Château de Creissels ****

See: Viaduc de Millau

Day 4

72 km
min. alt: 356m
max alt: 874m
elevation gains cum.: 1103m
Day 4

72 km
min. alt: 356m
max alt: 874m
elevation gains cum.: 1103m
Saint Rome-de-Tarn.
Hôtel les Raspes ***

See the Medieval village
Day 4

63 km
min. alt: 385m
max alt: 970m
elevation gains cum.: 884m
Day 5

43 km
min. alt: 356m
max alt: 922m
elevation gains cum.: 1113m
Day 5

43 km
min. alt: 356m
max alt: 922m
elevation gains cum.: 1113m
Plaisance
Les Magnolias***

See: the hotel manoir and Roman church
Day 6

60 km
min. alt: 253m
max alt: 646m
elevation gains cum.: 1505m
Albi
Hotel Saint Clair **

See:
Ambialet meander
and Prieuré
Day 4
79 km
Day 5

97 km
min. alt: 160m
max. alt: 388m
elevation gains cum.: 1845m
Day 6

97 km
min. alt: 160m
max alt: 388m
elevation gains cum.: 1845m
Day 7

75 km
min. alt: 160m
max alt: 650m
elevation gains cum.: 1465m
Leave after breakfast
Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8

B27ARMA plus
Packages 9-11 Days
9 days
8 nights
Plus
10 days
9 nights
Plus
11 days
10 nights
Plus
Albi
HotelSaint Clair **

See: Musée Toulouse Lautrec, Cathedral and the old town.
Day 1 Day 1 Day 1
Najac
l'Oustal del Barry **/***

See: Bastide and its Castle
Day 2

52 km
min. alt: 150m
max alt: 398m
elev. gains cum.: 840m
Day 2

52 km
min. alt: 150m
max alt: 398m
elev. gains cum.: 840m
Day 2

52 km
min. alt: 150m
max alt: 398m
elev. gains cum.: 840m
Rodez
Hôtel Biney ***
See: Old town, Cathedral, Musée Soulages
Day 3

73 km
min. alt: 285m
max alt: 759m
elev. gains cum.: 1191m
Day 3

73 km
min. alt: 285m
max alt: 759m
elev. gains cum.: 1191m
Day 3

73 km
min. alt: 285m
max alt: 759m
elev. gains cum.: 1191m
Le Rozier (Gorges du Tarn)
Hôtel Doussière **
See: Gorges du Tarn
Day 4

80 km
min. alt: 401m
max alt: 966m
elevation gains cum.: 1237m
Day 4

80 km
min. alt: 401m
max alt: 966m
elevation gains cum.: 1237m
Day 4

80 km
min. alt: 401m
max alt: 966m
elevation gains cum.: 1237m
Meyrueis
Grand Hôtel de France ***
See: Causse Méjean
Day 5
72 km
min. alt: 406m
max alt: 944m
elevation gains cum.: 1199 m
St.Jean-du-Bruel
Midi-Papillon **/***
Climb to Mont Aigoual
Day 5

66 km
min. alt: 406m
max alt: 1061m
elevation gains cum.: 1103m
Day 6

72 km
min. alt: 406m
max alt: 944m
elevation gains cum.: 1199 m
Millau
Château de Creissels ****

See: Viaduc de Millau
Day 5

72 km
min. alt: 356m
max alt: 874m
elevation gains cum.: 1103m
Day 6

72 km
min. alt: 356m
max alt: 874m
elevation gains cum.: 1103m
Day 7

72 km
min. alt: 356m
max alt: 874m
elevation gains cum.: 1103m
Saint Rome-de-Tarn.
Hôtel les Raspes ***

See the Medieval village
Day 6

43 km
min. alt: 356m
max alt: 922m
elevation gains cum.: 1113m
Day 7

43 km
min. alt: 356m
max alt: 922m
elevation gains cum.: 1113m
Day 8

43 km
min. alt: 356m
max alt: 922m
elevation gains cum.: 1113m
Plaisance
Les Magnolias***

See: hotel manoir and Roman church
Day 7
60 km
min. alt: 253m
max alt: 646m
elevation gains cum.: 1505m
Day 8

60 km
min. alt: 253m
max alt: 646m
elevation gains cum.: 1505m
Day 9

60 km
min. alt: 253m
max alt: 646m
elevation gains cum.: 1505m
Albi
HotelSaint Clair **
 

See: Ambialet meander and Prieuré

Day 8

75 km
min. alt: 160m
max alt: 650m
elevation gains cum.: 1465m
Day 9

75 km
min. alt: 160m
max alt: 650m
elevation gains cum.: 1465m
Day 10

75 km
min. alt: 160m
max alt: 650m
elevation gains cum.: 1465m
Leave after breakfast
Day 9 Day 10 Day 11


Fiets en wandelvakanties in zuid-frankrijk met La Ligne Verte

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 jenremitting 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 travelers to stroll their cobbled streets and gain an immediate insight into life in the Middle Ages.
Cordes, just west of Albi, is among 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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