Light walking in Tarn valley         

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Albi - Albi and Tarn Valley H33AA

Daily walks 10 - 15 km; 6 - 10 miles  Standard**

Light walks, 5, 7 or 8 days, short stages with bags transfer. You can add extra nights in any hotel you stay.
From Albi you walk up-stream in Tarn valley. At the end you will get a transfer to come back in 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 walks start and end in Albi.


Tracks walks H33**standard, all details

Tracks walks H33**plus***, 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
Tarn River halfway Albi and Millau. Canoeing here possible!

Terrain: riverside tracks and woodland paths
Hotels: 2**- and 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 (BnB**), 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 (6-9 days packages) or in Millau (10 and 11 days packages).


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ALBI is a very nice Southern town along the Tarn river. with a beautiful lively orange-red brick old streets, alike Toulouse, which is only 75 kmaway, 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. You will be walking through the Vallée de l'Amitiee (friendly valley) of the Tarn. On the last day you will get a transfer back to Albi. 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.

This walk is available in two levels: both are easy walking trips in mellow hills but only the daily walking distances differ

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Schedule of the H33AA, short stages Albi-Albi
Day stages with light and short walks (max 12 km); Walking grade 2 (out of 7).
Hotels H33AA-STND- Albi-Albi, short walks 6 days 7 days 8 days
Albi ** BnB d 1 d 1 d 1
Ambialet ** DBB pool d 2 d 2 d 2
Villeneuve sur Tarn ** DBB pool d 3 d 3 d 3
Brousse-le-Château** DBB d 4 d 4 d 4
(malben) * DBB
d 5 d 5 d 5
Transfer to le Cambon,
walking to St.Affrique ** DBB
  d 6 d 6
Albi ** BnB     d 7
Bus back to Albi
not included
Leave after breakfast d 6
Transfer back to Albi  included
d 7
Bus back to Albi
not included
d 8

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H33-AA light Standard**
Basic rate in € p.p. - double room sharing.
Bags transfer maps and written route instructions included
BnB's Dinners Basic rate p.p.:
2p sharing room
HS p.p.
5 days 5 4 € 725 € 12 € 196
7 days 6 4 € 813 € 13 € 248
8 days 7 4 € 894 € 15 € 285

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Extra nights BnB   Dinner Rate p.p. 2 p sharing room Supplement
HS p.p.
Hotel Les Pasteliers BnB**
yes no € 51 € 0 € 39
Ambialet *** pool yes yes € 75 € 3 € 43
Brousse-le-Château** yes yes € 72 € 0 € 34
La Jourdanie (Broquiès)Itival **/***

For an extra day canoeing. Canoe-rent not included.

yes yes € 64 € 5 € 38
St. Affrique ** Pont Neuf yes yes € 63 € 0 € 52
  • Not included: Lunches.

  • Solo all-in: add 80 % to basic rate. Supplement single room included, bike rental not included.

Discount p.p. for small groups and families.
H33AA short stages Albi-Albi
See terms and conditions of group discounts
6 days, 7 days,  8 days
Parties of 3 persons :   6 % p.p.
Parties of 4 persons :   7 % p.p.
Parties of 5 persons :   8 % p.p.
Parties of 6 persons :   8 % p.p.
Parties of 7 persons :   9 % p.p.
Parties of 8 persons :   9 % p.p.

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The walks H33 stnd
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 (***), 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  / 6 or 10 miles
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 / 2 or 7 miles
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.

15 km

Villeneuve-sur-Tarn  -  transfer to Coupiac - Brousse-le-Château (transfer to Coupiac included)
Transfer to the 14th century village of Coupiac with a 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-

10 km

Brousse-le-Château  -  Broquies (Itival - La Jourdanie)
On the North bank with splendid panoramas on the Grands Causses Nature park and the Cevennes Mountains.
Elevation gains: 200m+ and 200m-

Accommodation: **/***guesthouse. Possibility of canoe trip in July and August in Broquiès.

13 km
La Jourdanie  (Itival)-  St. Affrique
Transfer to le Cambon. (12 km).
Elevation gains: 200m+ and 200m-
Accommodation: ** hotel Dinner, BnB.

17 km

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