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

Packages Day programs Prices
B27
Cycling tour in Midi-Pyrénées
South-West France
Superior Moderate Packages

  • 6 -11 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); "Moderate" : 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!
  • For a start with city pleasure, museum etc. this is the right package. If you want to start and end in a comfortable *** manoir with a pool in Plaisance Les Magnolias you should prefer the B27B package.
  • alternative versions of this selfguided cyling tour in Tarn and Aveyron:
    luxury***/**** tour  and
    **plus*** tour

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 ChâteauHotel 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 Cathar city Cordes-sur-Ciel
Cordes sur Ciel

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






Packages Stages Prices

B27 superior Moderate
Bags transfers included in basic rate. Basic rate: in € p.p. double room, sharing.
2020 B&B Dinners Lunches Basic rate
p.p. double
room sharing
Suppl.
July-Aug.
p.p.
Suppl.
single room
Bike
rental
Tandem,
Carbon road bike,
e-Bike
rental
5 days sup *** 4 1 0 € 721 € 0 € 252 € 51 € 99
6 days sup *** 5 2 0 € 939 € 7 € 299 € 64 € 132
7 days sup *** 6 3 0 € 1105 € 7 € 382 € 75 € 165
8 days sup *** 7 4 0 € 1244 € 7 € 439 € 84 € 198
9 days sup *** 8 4 0 € 1410 € 20 € 526 € 91 € 231
10 days sup *** 9 4 0 € 1545 € 20 € 569 € 96 € 264
11 days sup *** 10 5 0 € 1734 € 35 € 650 € 99 € 297

You can book this trip here

Extra nights B&B Dinner Lunch Basic rate
p.p. double
room sharing
Suppl.
July-Aug.
p.p.
Supplement single room Bike
rental
Tandem, Carbon road bike, e-Bike
rental
Albi **** Saint Antoine 1 0 0 € 83 € 0 € 67 € 13 € 33
Rodez *** Biney 1 0 0 € 78 € 0 € 65 € 13 € 33
Millau *** Château de Creissels Pool 1 1 0 € 114 € 0 € 77 € 13 € 33
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 solo package: 174% 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
superior
Parties of 3 persons 9 % p.p.
Parties of 4 persons 13 % p.p
Parties of 5 persons 16 % p.p
Parties of 6 persons 18 % p.p
Parties of 7 persons 19 % p.p
Parties of 8 persons 21 % p.p


Packages Stages Prices

B27ARMA Moderate
Superior 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

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

See: Bastide and its Castle

Day 2
l'Oustal del Barry **/***

52
km
min. altitude: 150m
max altitude: 398m
elev. gains cum.: 840m
Day 2
l'Oustal del Barry **/***

52
km
min. altitude: 150m
max altitude: 398m
elev. gains cum.: 840m

Day 2
l'Oustal del Barry **/***

52
km
min. altitude: 150m
max altitude: 398m
elev. gains cum.: 840m

Day 2
l'Oustal del Barry **/***

52
km
min. altitude: 150m
max altitude: 398m
elev. gains cum.: 840m

Rodez
Hôtel Biney ***
See: Old town, Cathedral, Musée Soulages

Day 3
Hôtel Biney ***

73
km
min. altitude: 285m
max altitude: 759m
elev. gains cum.: 1191m
Day 3
Hôtel Biney ***

73
km
min. altitude: 285m
max altitude: 759m
elev. gains cum.: 1191m
Day 3
Hôtel Biney ***

73
km
min. altitude: 285m
max altitude: 759m
elev. gains cum.: 1191m
Day 3
Hôtel Biney ***

73
km
min. altitude: 285m
max altitude: 759m
elev. gains cum.: 1191m
Millau
Château de Creissels ***
See: Viaduc de Millau

Day 4
Château de Creissels

72
km
min. altitude: 356m
max altitude: 874m
elevation gains cum.: 1103m
Day 4
Château de Creissels

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

See the Medieval village
Day 4
Les Raspes ***

63
km
min. altitude: 385m
max altitude: 970m
elevation gains cum.: 884m
Day 5
Les Raspes ***

43
km
min. altitude: 356m
max altitude: 922m
elevation gains cum.: 1113m
Day 5
Les Raspes ***

43
km
min. altitude: 356m
max altitude: 922m
elevation gains cum.: 1113m
Plaisance

See: hotel manoir and Roman church

Day 6
Les Magnolias***

60
km
min. altitude: 253m
max altitude: 646m
elevation gains cum.: 1505m
Albi

See: Ambialet meander and Prieuré

Day 4
Hotel Saint Antoine
****
106
km
min. altitude: 160m
max altitude: 779m
elevation gains cum.: 1362m
Day 5
Hotel Saint Antoine
****

97
km
min. altitude: 160m
max altitude: 388m
elevation gains cum.: 1845m
Day 6
Hotel Saint Antoine
****

97
km
min. altitude: 160m
max altitude: 388m
elevation gains cum.: 1845m
Day 7
Hotel Saint Antoine
****

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

B27ARMA Moderate
Superior Packages 9-11 Days
9 days
8 nights
Plus
10 days
9 nights
Plus
11 days
10 nights
Plus
Albi

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

See: Bastide and its Castle

Day 2
l'Oustal del Barry **/***

52
km
min. altitude: 150m
max altitude: 398m
elev. gains cum.: 840m

Day 2
l'Oustal del Barry **/***

52
km
min. altitude: 150m
max altitude: 398m
elev. gains cum.: 840m

Day 2
l'Oustal del Barry **/***

52
km
min. altitude: 150m
max altitude: 398m
elev. gains cum.: 840m

Rodez
Hôtel Biney ***
See: Old town, Cathedral, Musée Soulages

Day 3
Hôtel Biney ***

73
km
min. altitude: 285m
max altitude: 759m
elev. gains cum.: 1191m
Day 3
Hôtel Biney ***

73
km
min. altitude: 285m
max altitude: 759m
elev. gains cum.: 1191m
Day 3
Hôtel Biney ***

73
km
min. altitude: 285m
max altitude: 759m
elev. gains cum.: 1191m
Le Rozier (Gorges du Tarn)
Hôtel de la Muse et du Rozier ****
Day 4
Hôtel de la Muse et du Rozier ****

80
km
min. altitude: 401m
max altitude: 966m
elevation gains cum.: 1237m
Day 4
Hôtel de la Muse et du Rozier ****

80
km
min. altitude: 401m
max altitude: 966m
elevation gains cum.: 1237m
Day 4
Hôtel de la Muse et du Rozier ****

80
km
min. altitude: 401m
max altitude: 966m
elevation gains cum.: 1237m
Meyrueis ****
See: Causse Méjean

Day 5
Château d'Ayres ****

73
km
min. altitude: 406m
max altitude: 944m
elevation gains cum.: 1220 m
St.Jean-du-Bruel
Midi-Papillon **/***
climb: Mont Aigoual
Day 5
Midi-Papillon **/***

66
km
min. altitude: 406m
max altitude: 1061m
elevation gains cum.: 1103m
Day 6
Midi-Papillon **/***

72
km
min. altitude: 406m
max altitude: 944m
elevation gains cum.: 1199 m
Millau
Château de Creissels ***
See: Viaduc de Millau
Day 5
Château de Creissels

72
km
min. altitude: 356m
max altitude: 874m
elevation gains cum.: 1103m
Day 6
Château de Creissels

72
km
min. altitude: 356m
max altitude: 874m
elevation gains cum.: 1103m
Day 7
Château de Creissels

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

See the Medieval village
Day 6
Les Raspes

43
km
min. altitude: 356m
max altitude: 922m
elevation gains cum.: 1113m
Day 7
Les Raspes

43
km
min. altitude: 356m
max altitude: 922m
elevation gains cum.: 1113m
Day 8
Les Raspes

43
km
min. altitude: 356m
max altitude: 922m
elevation gains cum.: 1113m
Plaisance

See: hotel manoir and Roman church

Day 7
Les Magnolias***

60
km
min. altitude: 253m
max altitude: 646m
elevation gains cum.: 1505m
Day 8
Les Magnolias***

60
km
min. altitude: 253m
max altitude: 646m
elevation gains cum.: 1505m
Day 9
Les Magnolias***

60
km
min. altitude: 253m
max altitude: 646m
elevation gains cum.: 1505m
Albi

See: Ambialet meander and Prieuré

Day 8
Hotel Saint Antoine
****

75
km
min. altitude: 160m
max altitude: 650m
elevation gains cum.: 1465m
Day 9
Hotel Saint Antoine
****

75
km
min. altitude: 160m
max altitude: 650m
elevation gains cum.: 1465m
Day 10
Hotel Saint Antoine
****

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



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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 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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