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Albi - Millau : long and short walks through Tarn Valley

Daily walks 13 - 20 km or 16 -25km

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Light walks, ( stages 16 km average, max 20km or longer stages) with bags transfer. Hiking from hotel to hotel in Tarn valley.

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Albi cathedral

Gorges des Raspes du Tarn
Gorges des Raspes du Tarn

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.

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

Lunches can be ordered at the hotels. No shops in Ambialet, Villeneuve sur Tarn, Brousse-le-Château, Melvieu and Castelnau Pégayrols.

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.

Tarn Valley between Brousse-le-Chateau and Broquies
Tarn Valley

Starting point: Hotel Saint Claire (B & B**), Albi. End in Albi (6-9 days packages) or in Millau (10 and 11 days packages)

ALBI is a beautiful, 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. 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.


Next day 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 12th century castle. You will enjoy the views on the Cevennes mountains, the Monts de Lacaune and even the Pyrénées if the weather is right.

After St. Rome-de-Tarn the geology changes and you'll enjoy the vegetation of the limestone scenery.

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

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valle du tarn

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Schedule of the H33-Albi-Millau, short stages, standard packages
Day stages with light walks (max 20 km); Walking grade 2 (out of 7).

Hotels H33 - stnd
8 days 9 days 10 days
Albi ** Hotel Saint Clair B & B d 1 d 1 d 1
Ambialet *** DBB pool d 2 16 km d 2 16 km d 2 16 km
Villeneuve sur Tarn ** DBB pool d 3 15 km d 3 15 km d 3 15 km
Brousse-le-Château** DBB d 4 20 km all flat d 4 20 km all flat d 4 20 km all flat
Ayssènes ** DBB d 5 9 or 13 km d 5 9 or 13 km d 5 9 or 13 km
St.Affrique ** DBB
Viala-du-Tarn ** Le Tondut B & B. d 6 12 or 17 km
St. Rome-de-Tarn** Auberge de Saint Rome
DBB pool
d 6 16 km d 6 17 km d 7 17 km
Castelnau Pégayrols
*** DBB pool
d 7 19 km d 8 19 km
Millau ** Hotel de la Capelle B & B d 7 21 km d 8 20 km d 9 20 km
Leave after breakfast d 8

Bus back to Albi not included
d 9

Bus back to Albi not included
d 10

Bus back to Albi not included

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H33-AM Standard**
Basic rate in € p.p. in double room sharing.
Bags transfer maps and written route instructions included.
2021 B & B's Dinners Basic rate p.p.:
2p sharing room
single room
8 days 7 5 € 839 € 2 € 249
9 days 8 6 € 950 € 2 € 288
10 days 9 7 € 1045 € 3 € 324
13 days 12 10 € 1294 € 6 € 417

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Extra nights B & B Dinner Rate p.p. 2 p sharing room Suppl.
Albi Les Pastelliers
B & B**
yes no € 50 € 0 € 38
Brousse-le-Château** yes yes € 66 € 0 € 31
yes yes € 63 € 0 € 25
Castelanu Pégayrols

**/*** pool
yes yes € 61 € 0 € 38
Millau **
Hotel du Commerce
yes no € 40 € 0 € 29
Not included: Lunches.

Price solo package: 167% x basic_rate_p.p.. Bags transfer and single room supplement included.

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H33AM stnd packages
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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 Albi-Millau H33AM-stnd
Albi < Taxi Transfer >  Marsal - Ambialet
10 or 16 km
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.

Ambialet loops (If you book an extra night here)
3, 5 and 12 km
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+/-
Ambialet - Villeneuve-sur-Tarn (15 km) or Ambialet to Fraissines (23 km)

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.
Villeneuve-sur-Tarn to Brousse-le-Château

Transfer 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-
Brousse-le-Château- Ayssènes

On the North bank with splendid views on the Grands Causses Nature park and the Cevennes Mountains.
Elevation gains: 200m+ and 200m-

Accommodation: *** Chambre d'Hôtes de charme Dinner, B & B.
Possibility of canoe trip in July and August on the way to Le Truel in Broquiès.
Transfer at the end to Ayssènes

Ayssènes- St.Rome-de-Tarn

Elevation gains: 250m-
Accommodation: * Hotel
Ayssènes- Viala-du-Tarn
(15 or 19 km).
Elevation gains: 250m-
Accommodation: * Hotel
Viala-du-Tarn - St.Rome-de-Tarn
(17 km).
Elevation gains: 250m-
Accommodation: * Hotel
St.Rome-de-Tarn - Castelnau Pégayrols

(19 km)
Elevation gains: 300m+
Walk to a medieval city and the Muse Valley.
Guesthouse *** with a pool
Castelnau - Pégayrols
(20 km)
In the footsteps of dinosaurs. Splendid views on the Millau Viaduct.

Elevation : -200m
Accommodation: ** B & B hotel .

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