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Daily walks 10 - 15 km


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Light walks, 5 - 8 days, short stages with bags transfer. You can add extra nights in any of the hotels you stay.

** plus package with 2 *** hotels (in Ambialet and Plaisance) and "plus" rooms in Albi. A standard ** package is available too.

From Albi you walk up-stream in Tarn valley. At the end you will get a transfer to go back to Albi, but not so in the 8 days package; you can take the bus (not included) back to Albi.

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Light hiking from hotel to hotel on wooded hills and along mellow villages in Tarn Valley. Characteristic houses, castles and the "menus du terroir".

Start and end in nice old pink Albi city, newly added to the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE.

The packages start and end in Albi.

On the same tracks you can walk longer stages of daily 15-23 km (H35). Surf here to the H35-page for longer walks up to 23 km a day and walk all the way to Millau through the valley of the Tarn.

Tracks short walks H33**plus***, all details

Tracks short walks H33**standard, all details

Pictures of the valley of the Tarn

The landscape of the Tarn is Mediterranean in character. The beautiful small city of Albi 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, you pass villages of mellow stone-work, and discover the valley unspoiled and full of cultural interest. Staying in comfortable hotels, you will discover the distinctive, rich cuisine of the region, and its excellent wines, such as the flinty Gaillac whites. Tarn valley between Brousse-le-Chateau and Broquies

Terrain: riverside tracks and woodland paths
Hotels: 2**- and two 3*** hotels
Meals: most dinners & breakfast included.
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.

Starting point: Hotel Saint Claire (B&B **), Albi. This family-run hotel is located in centre of town, just one minute walking from the main sights. Enjoy soignée cuisine in the smart restaurant.
End in Albi.

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ALBI is a very  nice Southern town along the Tarn river. With its beautiful lively orange-red brick old streets, alike Toulouse, from which it is only 75 kms away, its cathedral, of the times of the Cathar and its Museum Toulouse Lautrec it is a perfect start and end for a cultural, gastronomic and Moderate (walking as well as cycling) vacation. Restaurants and hotels in this trip are of excellent quality. You will be walking through the Vallée de l'Amitiée(friendly valley) of the Tarn. You'll stay a night in a very nice ***manoir with a pool in Plaisance.   You will be walking along the slopes of the meandering Tarn River at Ambialet. Then walking to the little village of Villeneuve-sur-Tarn in a scenery much alike the Lot valley.
Lovely villages on your way like Coupiac with 13th century castle and Brousse-le-Chateau at Tarn river with 9th and 13th century castle.

You will enjoy the views on the Causses (limestone plateaus with its  canyons), the Monts de Lacaune and even the Pyrénées if the weather is right.

Altitude: 200 - 600m
95 % walking on footpaths.

<<< Brousse-le-Château

This walk is available in packages with short or with longer walks: both are easy walking trips in mellow hills but only the daily walking distances differ. For the longer stages you click on this link: All details of the longer walks (H35).


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Schedule of the H33AA , short stages  Albi-Albi
Day stages with light and short walks (max 13 km); Walking grade 2 (out of 7).
Hotels H33AA
Short walks
5 days 6 days 7 days  8 days
Albi ** Hotel Les Pasteliers B&B  d 1  d 1  d 1 d 1
Ambialet *** Dinner, B&B  pool  d 2  d 2  d 2 d 2
Villeneuve sur Tarn ** DBB pool  d 3  d 3  d 3 d 3
Plaisance ***  les Magnolias
DBB pool
 d 4  d 4  d 4 d 4
Brousse-le-Château**  DBB    d 5  d 5 d 5
St.Affrique ### DBB
(Le Vern pool)

Transfer to le Cambon,
walking to St.Affrique **  DBB
      d 6
Bus back to Albi
not included
Albi ** Hotel Les Pasteliers  B&B (or Millau)      d 6
Transfer back to Albi included
d 7
Leave after breakfast  d 5
Transfer back to Albi included

 d 6
Transfer back to Albi included
 d 7 d 8
  • On your last day transfers back to Albi are included in the package in the 5-, 6- and the 7 days packages.
  • Picnics / lunches can be ordered by yourself at the reception desk. (Price 8 - 13 EURO)
  • Rest or extra walking days can be added with or without walking program in all places.
  • DBB means Dinner, Bed & Breakfast.

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H33AA light
**plus packages

Basic rate in € p.p. in double room sharing.
Bags transfer, maps and written route instructions included

2020 B&B's Dinners Lunches Basic rate p.p.:
2p sharing room
single room
 5 days  4  3  0  € 581  € 0  € 173
 6 days  5  4  0  € 708  € 0  € 204
 7 days  6  4  0  € 775  € 0  € 245
 8 days  7  5  0  € 861  € 0  € 298

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Solo all-in: add 57% at basic rate. Supplement single room included, bike rental not included.
Extra nights B&B's Dinners Lunches Basic rate p.p.:
2p sharing room
single room
Albi ** Yes No No  € 50  € 0  € 40
Ambialet *** pool Yes Yes No  € 73  € 0  € 43
Villeneuve-sur-Tarn **  pool Yes Yes No  € 78  € 0  € 28
Plaisance *** pool Yes Yes No  € 92  € 0  € 57
Brousse-le-Château** Yes Yes No  € 60  € 0  € 32
St. Affrique *** Le Vern pool Yes Yes No  € 76  € 0  € 51

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Discount p.p. for groups and families.
AA short 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 : 11 % p.p.
Parties of  6 persons : 12 % p.p.
Parties of  7 persons : 13 % p.p.
Parties of  8 persons : 14 % p.p.

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The walks Distance
Albi > Marsal > Ambialet
The day starts with a short transfer out of the city. The route then 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 views of the river.
Elevation gains: 3 times 200m+ and 200m-.

Accommodation: Hotel du Pont (2*), 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.

10 or 16 km
Ambialet loops (If you book an extra night here)
There are a couple of circular routes around Ambialet, including a walk along quiet country lanes and tracks to the north-east of Ambialet, which affords good views. Alternatively, enjoy a short stroll to the village's 11th century priory before relaxing by the hotel's outdoor pool or on the terrace overlooking the river.
Elevation gains: 50+/-, 200+/- and 300+/-
3, 5 and 12 km
Ambialet > Villeneuve-sur-Tarn
like the first day's route, this walk keeps south of the river, echoing its course as it leads through woodland and farmland as well as occasional hamlets. During the course of the day, you reach one of the highest points of the walk, with great views of the river as it meanders through the valley.
Elevation gains: 2 times 200+ and 200-

Accommodation: Hostellerie des Lauriers (2*), Villeneuve. A small auberge converted from a handsome 18th century stone building, with indoor pool and terrace overlooking the river.
10 or 15 km
Villeneuve-sur-Tarn > Plaisance.
Accommodation: Les Magnolias,  *** Manoir. Nice walk in the Rance valley.
Elevation gains 250+ and 200m-
13 km
Plaisance > Brousse-le-Château
First a walk to the 14th century village of Coupiac with its beautiful castle. Stone crosses will remind you of crusaders who were very Moderate in this area in 12th century. Coupiac is a pretty village with a Brocante market begin August.
Walk onto the plateau where you get panoramic views at Cevennes mountains. The route leads across rolling countryside of open fields and woodland. There are lovely views of the Châteauas you approach your destination, the delightful village of Brousse-le-Château, and reach the Tarn once more.

Accommodation: Relays du Chasteau (2*), Brousse-le-Château. This pretty auberge has been run by the same family for several generations and its restaurant is popular with the locals.
Elevation gains 200+ and 400m-
11 km (with a transfer included) or 19 km
Brousse-le-Château> St.Affrique
Transfer to le Cambon. (12 km).
Elevation gains: 200m+ and 200m-
Accommodation: 2* hotel Dinner, B&B.
12 km
St.Affrique > Albi.  No walking day

Bus to Albi not included in the package.
Accommodation: 2* hotel B&B in Albi.


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