Languedoc Bike & Canoe Tour

This trip offers different ways of enjoying Languedoc on a fabulous route that takes you off the beaten track.
Starting in La Grande Motte, a popular seaside resort, you will mountain bike on the low hills of Sommieres, hike around St Guilhem le Desert, a charming medieval town also recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site, and canoe down a nearby river. You will enjoy the beach in La Grande Motte, cycle the southern French countryside and visit the lively city of Montpellier.
This cycling tour has it all to make the best of sunny Languedoc!

Price from : 1550 €
BIKE INCLUDED
Region : Languedoc
Duration : 8 Days / 7 Nights
Level : Hobby
Trip : Self-guided
Activity : Biking
Dates : Starts any day

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Day 1 :   Arrive in La Grande Motte

Arrive in Montpellier and we will transfer you to La Grande Motte to start your multisport bike tour. Upon arrival you will have orientation by our staff, and then you can explore the town or go to the beach.

Day 2 :   Cycle to Sommieres

Distance 1 : 30 Miles - 49 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 212 Meters 

For the first ride day of this tour you will be a moderate hybrid bike ride to the little town of Sommieres in the quiet countryside. the little medieval town of Sommieres, with a much-modified Roman bridge, is where Lawrence Durrell spent the last years of his life. the town itself boasts no major sights, though its well preserved and has some charming ambiance in the center. A visit to the castle of Vieilleville (April-Nov afternoons), on the hillside 3km above Sommieres, should not be missed. Owned by the same family for nearly eight hundred years, the castle is full of exquisite antique furniture.

Day 3 :   Mountain Bike loop around Sommieres

Option 1 : 11 Miles - 18 Km  Option 2 : 24 Miles - 38 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 153 Meters  Elevation gain 2 : 410 Meters 

Today you have a mountain ride in the extensive trail network around Sommieres. A combination of single track and double track will give you a sense of the nature and vegetation common in the region. Somewhat hilly, the ride is not technical but requires some short climbs and offers some fast and fun downhills and chutes. Return to Sommieres and the same hotel as last night. Dinner on your own again in town; we will include suggestions for both nights.

Day 4 :   Ride to Lauret

Distance 1 : 27 Miles - 44 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 472 Meters 

Back on the hybrid bikes today, your ride to the town of Lauret with a stop at an Adventure Park! After breakfast, you leave Sommieres on the road again, but nice quiet back country roads perfect for a leisure ride. On your way, you can stop at an adventure park where you will put a harness and climb into the trees for some ladder courses, rope courses, and zip lining! These parks, known as accrobranche in France are lots of fun and offer activities not at all common. You should be ok at heights knowing that with the harness you are perfectly safe. Overnight in Lauret, a small village near the Pic St Loup, staying in a charming auberge.

Day 5 :   Ride to St Guilhem le Desert

Distance 1 : 31 Miles - 50 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 635 Meters 

Another hybrid bike day brings you to the charming village of St Guilhem; arrive early to explore this fabulous village. Dinner included; and then after go to the central plaza for cafe or drink of your choice to soak up the ambiance of village dating to the year 804! The village is a UNESCO classified village and is a well known spot on the Camino de Santiago not only for its Abbey, but also because it is built in a narrow valley. Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 6 :   Hiking and Canoeing near St Guilhem

Option 1 : 6 Miles - 10 Km  Option 2 : 9 Miles - 14 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 424 Meters  Elevation gain 2 : 718 Meters 

You will return to the same hotel again tonight, so today you can enjoy a hike from the hotel and upon return you will have the chance to do a 2 hour canoe trip on some mostly calm river waters near to St Guilhem. Hiking is 10 or 14km, your choice. Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 7 :   Ride to Montpellier

Distance 1 : 25 Miles - 41 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 463 Meters 

For your last ride, you will return to Montpellier, capital of the Languedoc region. Built in the 1040s, Montpellier quickly became known for its trade with the Orient, and its medical schools. With winding streets that date back to the Middle Ages and ultra-modern facilities such as the indoor Olympic sized swimming pool, skating rink, planetarium, and tramway system, Montpellier has something for everyone. When you get to the hotel, you will have waiting for you the instructions for your treasure hunt! This is a chance to learn about Montpellier and visit at the same time.

Day 8 :   Leave Languedoc

You are free to leave anytime after breakfast. Extra nights can be arranged. Trains depart in all directions throughout the day.

Average / Day :
Distance : 33.00 Km / 20.38 Miles - Elevation gain : 435.88 Meters

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Day : 1

Hotel Saint Clair is on the edge of the beach in La Grande Motte.27 rooms in peaceful garden, 20 meters from the beach, all rooms fitted with flat screen televisions, WiFi, air conditioning and a fridge.Private patios.Buffet breakfast.Patio garden, bar, secure parking.Near to the town centre(restaurants, shops, casino).


Day : 2, 3

The hotel Estelou, whose architecture is typical of an old railway station, is located in the south of France, between Nîmes and Montpellier, in the town of Sommieres.


Day : 4

The Auberge du Cèdre is a very special place


Day : 5, 6

Located 30 minutes Montpellier, on the road to Compostelle, hotel and village will enable visitors to discover the southern Romanesque art as well as exceptional nearby natural sites such as the "Clamouse" cave, the gorges of the "Herault" river, the "Infernet" cirque, and more. The hotel allows visitors to spend unforgettable vacations in a unique medieval village: Saint Guilhem le Desert which is a world heritage site by Unesco.


Day : 7

From private mansions to museums, from lovely little gardens to public squares,the old Montpellier is fascinating. Leave your car in one of the nearby car-parks(rue Foch and rue Pitot) and come and enjoy the city on foot.

Just steps away from the Peyrou Gardens and the place de la canourgue,You will find a building housing the secrets of carefully-planned hospitality. The combination of old stones and modern comfort of its 26cosily-arranged rooms give a very special charm to this little hotel.\t

Bikes available for your tour

Accessories


Hybrid & Electric Assisted Bike rental : Your bike comes with 2 bags (1 rear pannier + 1 front pannier) so you can easily carry your stuff during your ride.
  • Rear pannier containing : Helmet / Lock / Pump / 2 Spare tubes
  • Handlebar bag containing: Toolkit / Tire levers / Patch kit
  • 1 souvenir water bottle
  • Odometer
  • Flat pedals are included (toe straps on request)
Road bike :
  • Saddle bag containing : Toolkit / Tire levers / Patch kit / 2 Spare tubes / 1 Hand pump + Rear pannier
  • Helmet
  • Odometer
  • Lock
  • Flat pedals are included (toe straps on request)
  • 2 souvenir water bottles

Roadbooks


Our road books are complete packages of information that will help you to guide yourself through the itinerary that we have planned and laid out. We have invested significant time and incorporated the feedback of our customers over many years (since 1997!) to make our road books even better. Our road books include: color maps, highlighted routes, touristic information, orientation points to reach hotels, and easy to follow directions step by step (Cue-sheet). Please note that for custom itineraries you will not have cue sheets. Only maps and GPS routes.

GPS


GPS are included on all tours Since 2008. We change the units every 2 years and always invest in the best models. Simple to use, easy to read, yet sophisticated devices they are available on all of our tours. The routes described in your roadbook are stored as tracks in the GPS unit. You simply have to follow the line shown on the GPS, and enjoy. 1 GPS for every 1-3 people
Rates vary according to the availability of hotels and seasons.
Contact our sales team for more information and an exact rate based upon your travel dates.

Included

  • 7 nights of accommodation in superior hotels of charm with private shower and/or bath
  • Daily breakfast at each hotel, 3 dinners included
  • Hybrid bike rental included
  • Mountain bike rental included for 1 day
  • Orientation in person with our local guide
  • Detailed ROAD BOOK, including details maps, touristic information, step by step itinerary and cue sheets
  • 1 GPS for every 1-3 people
  • All luggage transfers
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • Technical and emergency support available at all times

What's not included

  • Airfare to and from the trip
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Drinks
  • Some meals are not included in each destination, which gives you the opportunity to explore regional cuisine on your own. You will find all information needed with our team support in your roadbook.

Price from & per person Double occupancy Single supplement
(traveling with a group)
Solo traveler
(traveling alone)
Standard 1550 € 230 € 2250 €

*Please contact us for triple room rates

Options per person :
Hybrid Bike Rental Included
Road Bike Rental
    Standard 145 €
    Performance 235 €
    Premium 300 €
Electric Assisted Bike 145 €
Tandem Bike Rental 50 €


Train: From Paris Gare de Lyon to Montpellier St Roch; 3 hours 20min. Tour depart from Montpellier to Paris same, 3hr 20min. Flights to Montpellier possible from many European cities; from Paris Orly 1 hour 15min.