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

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B27 Moderate cycling tour in South-West France

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.

This 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 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) 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.

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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 & Bastides




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B27 luxury Bags transfers included in basic rate. Basic rate: in € p.p. double room, sharing.
2021 B & B Dinners Lunches Basic rate
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July-Aug.
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single room
Bike
rental
e-Bike
rental
6days 5 1 0 € 1138 € 0 € 543 € 64 € 112
7days 6 2 0 € 1327 € 0 € 617 € 75 € 140
8days 7 3 0 € 1466 € 0 € 710 € 84 € 162
9days 8 4 0 € 1681 € 0 € 784 € 91 € 182

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Take-away lunches are not included. The price of a take-away lunch varies from 9 to 16 Euro. You can order them at the hotel or the host 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: 179% 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
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B27 luxury

Parties of 3 persons 7 % p.p. Parties of 4 persons 11 % p.p. Parties of 5 persons 13 % p.pParties of 6 persons 15 % p.p. Parties of 7 persons 16 % p.pParties of 8 persons 17 % p.p.


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B27 Albi Rodez Millau Albi luxury Packages 6 days
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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 ***

50km

Day 2
l'Ancienne Auberge ***

50km

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
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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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