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

Click below to see hotels versions.

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.

Discover the surroundings of Sommières in a different way with an off-road bike (mountain bike). Approx. 18km/38km & 3 Hours

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.

You will put a harness and climb into the trees for some ladder courses, rope courses, and zip lining ! These parks are lots of fun and offer activities not at all common.

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.

A 8-km (5mi) route which will lead you from the small village of Collias to its Majesty the Pont du Gard. No particular difficulty on the descent, your only obligation is to be at least 6 years old and to be able to swim. Canoe trip is about 2 hours.

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.

Visit Montpellier in a unique way with our cultural treasure hunt in the historical center ! Our Treasure Hunt will introduce you to the most important sites and give you a fun way to pass a couple hours after arrival.

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

Click below to see hotels versions.


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

The characteristics of this bike are presented as an example and are not guaranteed
Please note that any bike changes during the trip may incur an extra fee.

Hybrid bike - Standard
SCOTT SUB SPORT 20 - ( or equivalent)
INCLUDED

The SCOTT SUB Sport 20 (or equivalent) features a sporty trekking geometry that suits trips of all distances. Equipped with a Shimano 30 speed transmission, integrated front and rear lights, a custom Racktime carrier and compatibility with Snap'it accessories, this bike is begging to go on an adventure.

All sizes available: S, M, L, XL.

-Frame: SUB Sport 20 6061 Tig welding

-Fork: SF14 NEX DS HLO PM 700C

-Shifters : Shimano Deore SLM 590

-Chain ring & crank arms: Shimano FC-T3010 Black 48x38x26

-Cassette: Shimano CS-HG200-9 11-34 T Black

-Brakes: Tektro Disc Brake SCH-F15

-Stem: JD-ST103A

-Saddle: Syncros Urban Commuter 2.5

-Seat post: HL SP-56

-Rims/Spokes: X12 Disc, 32h / Pillar Steel 14G

-Tires: Continental City Ride II or Schwalbe Spicer or Marathon

-Weight: 17 kg / 37.48 lbs

Your bike rental comes with 2 bags (1 Rear pannier + 1 front pannier) so you can easily carry your staff during your ride.

Included with your bike rental :

-Helmet

-Lock

-Hand pump

-2 spare tubes

-Rear pannier

-Toolkit

-Tire levers

-Patch kit

-1 souvenir water bottle

-Pedals are included, flat by default or toe straps on request

Accessories


INCLUDED

GPS are included on most of our 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


INCLUDED

Our roadbooks 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 roadbooks even better. Our roadbooks include: color maps, highlighted routes, touristic information, orientation points to reach hotels, and easy to follow step by step directions (cue-sheets). Please note that for custom itineraries you will not have cue sheets. Only maps and GPS routes.


INCLUDED

Our Travelbooks are complete packages of information that will help you to guide yourself through the itinerary that we have planned and laid out. You will find information about the hotels, itinerary, regional informations...

Extra activities can change based on the tour dates

ACTIVITIES INCLUDED

Day : 3

Discover the surroundings of Sommières in a different way with an off-road bike (mountain bike). Approx. 18km/38km & 3 Hours

Day : 4

You will put a harness and climb into the trees for some ladder courses, rope courses, and zip lining ! These parks are lots of fun and offer activities not at all common.

Day : 6

A 8-km (5mi) route which will lead you from the small village of Collias to its Majesty the Pont du Gard. No particular difficulty on the descent, your only obligation is to be at least 6 years old and to be able to swim. Canoe trip is about 2 hours.

Day : 7

Visit Montpellier in a unique way with our cultural treasure hunt in the historical center ! Our Treasure Hunt will introduce you to the most important sites and give you a fun way to pass a couple hours after arrival.

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.

information

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.

Tour rates

Contact our tour consultants for more information and an exact rate based upon your travel dates.

Price from* & per person Double occupancy Single supplement
(traveling with a group)
Solo traveler
(traveling alone)
Standard 1550 € 230 € 2250 €
*Rates vary according to hotel availability and specific start date. Please contact us for triple room rates

Activities

Category Activity Price
Outdoor activities Relaxing Ride on mountain bikes Included
Outdoor activities Adventure park (zipline) Included
Outdoor activities Canoeing in the Gardon's gorges Included
Treasure hunt Discover Montpellier Included

Extra activities can change based on the tour dates

Accessories

Accessories
GPS Included
Biking Roadbook Included
Travelbook Included

Bikes available

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



Please note that any bike changes during the trip may incur an extra fee.
Bot scann is mandatory