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The Albi - Millau Luxury very light cycling holiday in Tarn Valley

B35d Superior *** & **/****

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Vallée de l'Amitiée Haute Vallée du Tarn, Gorges des Raspes,
Albi - Viaduc de Millau.

A 6 to 9 days cycling holiday through the friendly Valley of the Tarn.

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The trip starts in Albi and ends in Millau. At the end in Millau you can go back to Albi by bus.

The landscape of the Tarn is Mediterranean in character. The beautiful pink city of Albi (UNESCO World Heritage) nestles on the River Tarn's banks, dominated by its magnificent cathedral whose fortifications are testimony to more turbulent times during which Albi and surrounding settlements such as Ambialet were attacked first as part of the crusades to suppress the Cathar heresy and later in the Wars of Religion. As you follow the course of the river Eastwards on wooded hills and along mellow stone-work villages in Tarn Valley, you discover the valley unspoiled and full of cultural interest.

Staying in very comfortable hotels, you will discover the distinctive, rich cuisine of the region, and its excellent wines, such as the flinty Gaillac whites.

vallee du tarn

Terrain: riverside quiet roads
Daily stages up to 40 km with bags transfer.
Altitude: 200 - 600m
Hotels: 1**, 1**** and 3*** hotels.
Climate: this southern region enjoys a lovely Mediterranean climate, with a hot summer and warm spring and autumn. Temperatures average 19C in May and October, 25C in June and September, and 27C in the height of summer.

Pictures of the valley: Haute Vallée du Tarn

Starting point: Albi. The hotel is located in centre of town at just one minute walk from the main sights.

ALBI is a beautiful, midi (southern) town along the Tarn river. With its beautiful lively orange-red brick old streets, alike Toulouse, from which it is only 75 km away, its cathedral, of the times of the Cathars, and its Museum Toulouse Lautrec it is a perfect start and end for a cultural, gastronomic and Moderate (walking as well as cycling) vacation.

The Valley near Brousse-le-Château

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Hotels and schedule B35d superior package 6 days 7 days 8 days
Albi ** B & B hotel with a pool. (*** or **** hotel possible with a supplement) d 1 d 1 d 1
Ambialet *** dinner, B & B, pool d 2 d 2
Plaisance *** dinner, B & B, pool d 2 d 3 d 3
Brousse-le-Château** dinner,-B & B d 4 d 4
St. Affrique **** B & B, pool d 3 d 5 d 5
St. Rome-de-Tarn *** dinner-B & B, pool d 4 d 6
Château de Creissels ****
dinner, B & B, pool
d 5 d 6 d 7
Leave after breakfast d 6 d 7 d 8

Holiday programs Stages Prices

Tracks B35-superior
Day stages with longer of max 22 km. Walking grade 3 (of 7).
Albi/Marsal to Ambialet
The route leads along the south bank of the river, through hamlets and woodland along tracks and country lanes that echo the twists and turns of the river. After a short but quite stiff ascent towards the end of the day, you are rewarded with superb view of the river and its meander.
Elevation gains: 3 times 200m+ and 200m-.

Accommodation: Hotel du Pont (***), Ambialet. Located by the bridge into the village, with gardens leading down to the water's edge, this friendly, comfortable hotel has been run by the same family for over two centuries.

16 or 23 km
Ambialet - Plaisance The route leads across rolling countryside of open fields and woodland. Then you will follow the River Rance to Plaisance. In Plaisance a Roman church. Your hotel is a beautiful manoir nicely restored by its German owner nad his South-Africain companion..

Accommodation: Les Magnolias (***, pool).
Elevation gains 200+
16 or 26 km
Plaisance - Brousse-le-Château. 19 km Walking to Brousse-le-Château
The route leads across rolling countryside of open fields and woodland and the valley of the Tarn. There are lovely views of the Châteauas you approach your destination, the delightful village of Brousse-le-Château, and reach the Tarn once more. Elevation gains 200+ and 400m-
19 km
Melvieu to St. Rome de Tarn
On the South bank with splendid panoramas on the Valley, the Grands Causses Nature park and the Cevennes Mountains.
Elevation gains: 300m+ and 300m-

Accommodation: ** hotel with pool. Possibility of canoe trip in July and August.

15 or 18 km
Brousse-le-Château to St.Affrique.
Through the avant causses St-Affricain trip to the nice little town of St. Affrique in center of the Regional Nature Park of the Grands Causses.
Elevation gains: 200m+ and 300m- Accommodation: *** hotel with a SPA in nice small town at Sorgues river.
16 or 22 km
St.Affrique transfer to St.Rome-de-Tarn. Walk to Creissels or Millau.
By the valley of the Tarn to the entrance of the gorges at Millau.
Elevation gains: -400m + and 400m-

Accommodation: *** hotel with a pool.

19 km
St. Rome-de-Tarn to Creissels
trip along the river bank and under the Millau viaduct to Millau and the waterfall of Creissels.
Elevation gains: 100m+ and 100-

Accommodation: *** hotel with a pool.

22 km

Holiday programs Stages Prices

B35-AM Superior ***
Basic rate in € p.p. in double room sharing.
Bags transfer maps and written route instructions included.
2021 B & B's Dinners Lunches Basic rate p.p. Supplement
1-person room
6 days 5 3 0 € 850 € 7 € 378 € 64 € 132
7 days 6 4 0 € 958 € 7 € 408 € 75 € 165
8 days 7 5 0 € 1067 € 7 € 452 € 84 € 198
Extra nights B & B's Dinners Lunches Basic rate p.p. Supplement
1-person room
Albi Hotel Saint Antoine **** yes no no € 82 € 0 € 67 € 14 € 33
Plaisance *** pool yes yes no € 102 € 0 € 67 € 14 € 33
St.Affrique **** pool-/SPA yes yes no € 111 € 0 € 104 € 14 € 33
Château de Creissels ****pool yes yes no € 113 € 0 € 77 € 14 € 33
Not included: Lunches.
Bike rental possible, but with start in Plaisance.

Discount p.p. for small groups and families
H35c Long stages
See terms and conditions of group discounts
Parties of 3 persons : 6 % p.p.
Parties of 4 persons : 9 % p.p.
Parties of 5 persons : 10 % p.p.
Parties of 6 persons : 11 % p.p.
Parties of 7 persons : 12 % p.p.
Parties of 8 persons : 13 % p.p.

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