The most beautiful villages of France

Taking its start in Gaillac, this trip brings you to Albi, a recognized World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Along the way, you will discover at least 5 villages officially recognized as the Most Beautiful Village of France and the magnificent Gorges of Averyon. This trip is for people who are in good physical condition. If you have any doubts, we suggest e-bikes that allow you to overcome any obstacles and offer a maximum of comfort.

Price from : 1290 €
BIKE INCLUDED
Region : Pyrenees
Duration : 7 Days / 6 Nights
Level : Active
Trip : Self-guided
Activity : Biking
Dates : Starts any day

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Day 1 :   Arrival and welcome at Gaillac

We strongly suggest that you take advantage of your afternoon to discover the beautiful city of Gaillac and taste their regional wines! Before the end of the day, our guide will meet you at your hotel for a bike fitting, and to explain how to use the materials (bike, GPS) and gives you complete details about your trip.

Day 2 :   From Gaillac to Puycelsi

Distance 1 : 21 Miles - 34 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 520 Meters 

Your first day of travels will bring you to Château de Mauriac, home of painter Bistes, then towards Castelnau-de-Montmiral, a certified Most Beautiful Village of France. Overhanging the Vère valley, in the heart of Gaillac vineyards, is a walled village founded by the Count of Toulouse Raymond VII. Inside its church is a relic cross of the Armagnac Counts with 310 precious stones… After your visit, it’s time to go on to Puycelsi and its ramparts for the night (another certified Most Beautiful Villages of France). Check out the super surrounding vistas!

Day 3 :   From Puycelsi to Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val

Distance 1 : 29 Miles - 47 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 790 Meters 

Take a moment to enjoy the ramparts of Puycelsi before crossing to the other side of the Vère Valley to reach another Beautiful Village, Bruniquel. Stone or wood homes with small towers, flowered balconies and bay windows, cobbled streets…There are a multitude of small details to explore at Bruniquel! This is a great spot for lunch. Then enter into the canyons of Aveyron to finish your day at the charming town of Saint-Antonin-de-Noble-Val, one of the oldest medieval towns to resist history. Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val and its surroundings where the set of the “The houndred foot Journey” film (2014), produced by Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Juliet Blake for Dreamworks Pictures.

Day 4 :   From Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val to Najac

Option 1 : 25 Miles - 41 Km  Option 2 : 33 Miles - 53 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 820 Meters  Elevation gain 2 : 820 Meters 

Today there is no warm up! You will quickly leave behind the riverside and climb to Saint Antonin before reaching the Abbey of Beaulieu en Rouergue. Then cross the peaceful countryside to again find the Aveyron River and a remarkable panorama to join your hotel. It’s along this path that you are awed by the natural spectacle that unrolls before you…

Day 5 :   From Najac/La Fouillade to Cordes-sur-Ciel

Distance 1 : 22 Miles - 35 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 350 Meters 

Today’s itinerary leaves the wild canyon of Averyon to join Najac and its castle. The village homes with slate roofs stretch along the Gorges of Aveyron. Then cycle through the countryside to the Viaur Valley and climb the ropes to heaven (literal translation of Cordes-sur Ciel). This village was voted as France’s favorite in 2014! It’s an exceptional site with remarkable medieval architecture making it one of the most important heritages in Europe.

Day 6 :   From Cordes-sur-Ciel to Albi

Distance 1 : 24 Miles - 38 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 440 Meters 

Today you leave Cordes-sur-Ciel to reach Monestiés, fifth and last village of your trip with certified Most Beautiful Villages of France. Monestiés circles around the Cérou River. An old stone bridge crosses the river just before the entrance of the former fortified village. You will then take the direction to your final destination of Albi. This city is remarkable for its orange brick constructions and red tile rooftops, almost reminds you of a bit of Tuscany. Albi will seduce you with its love for art and elegant lifestyle. Beautiful ending to your trip!

Day 7 :   Departure

It is time to leave after a good breakfast. Or, continue on a few nights more to visit Albi and its area. Or continue on with your next trip along the Canal du Midi to the Mediterranean Sea!

Average / Day : Distance : 41.33 Km / 25.67 Miles - Elevation gain : 623.33 Meters

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Day : 1

La Verrerie *** has 13 warm and comfortable rooms (bed 160 × 200, air conditioning, WIFI and flat screen TV). In our restaurant open 7 days / 7, Louis chef will discover a cuisine prepared using fresh produce with a menu that varies with the seasons.


Day : 2

L'Ancienne Auberge dates back from the 17th century and is located 2 km from the Forêt Domaniale de la Grésigne. It offers a gourmet restaurant and bistro and a courtyard.


Day : 3

Chambres d'Hôtes La Résidence, in St Antonin Noble Val, is owned and run by Sabine and Evert Weijers, an English-speaking German-Dutch couple whose aim is to provide their guests with a tranquil, relaxing environment. This magnificent 18th century house has been restored to create a charming luxurious French country house atmosphere for our guests to enjoy.


Day : 4

Residence with medieval cachet in a bucolic location refreshed by the Aveyron. Rustic Etruscan style rooms, well kept garden and perimeter overflow swimming pool.


Day : 5

The Hostellerie du Vieux Cordes combines an easy-going atmosphere with an elegant setting. While the dining rooms for groups and conferences can hold 20 to 100 people, the charm and the calm of the courtyard, with its beautiful 200-year-old wisteria, is the perfect place to relax.


Day : 6

In the centre of Albi, the four star Mercure Albi Bastides is located on the banks of the Tarn in an 18th Century listed water mill , from which to explore the Episcopal City. You will love the modern design of our rooms, perfectly blended with the charm of Albi brickwork. To combine pleasure and relaxation at the Mercure Albi Bastides, enjoy our menu of regional delights and the superb view from the terrace.


Day : 1

Béatrice and Philippe welcome you in the heart of the Gaillacois vineyard. If you discover Gaillac, we hope that you find the atmosphere of joyful Occitan, worthy of a long tradition of hospitality and a dynamic living. We offer 12 spacious non-smoking rooms with shower and toilet, equipped with comfortable bedding. You benefit of a LCD TV . We also provide you with free WIFI access throughout the building.


Day : 2

You will fall in love with the charming guestrooms and appartement gîtes in a very big XVII century house in the middle of a medieval village, be it with it's charm, it's large open spaces, exposed beams, original flooring or even the private pool surrounded by roses. Breakfast is served in the dinning room but feel free to take it in front of a roaring fire, in the first rays of the morning sun, in your private garden or pool side with your feet in the water.


Day : 3

Chambres d'Hôtes La Résidence, in St Antonin Noble Val, is owned and run by Sabine and Evert Weijers, an English-speaking German-Dutch couple whose aim is to provide their guests with a tranquil, relaxing environment. This magnificent 18th century house has been restored to create a charming luxurious French country house atmosphere for our guests to enjoy.


Day : 4

Surrounded by a sea of greenery, the 13th-century walled town rises up in spectacular fashion above the steep gorges of the Aveyron. In this unique setting, combining nature and history, the Oustal del Barry has charming, cosy areas to make your stay in the Aveyron area really comfortable. Lounges, a library, games room, single, double or family rooms with a classic or contemporary feel, all offer comfort, peace and relaxation.


Day : 5

An elegant and spacious 19th century family mansion offering a range of facilities and amenities : large terrace, private shaded park, swimming pool, veranda, regional dishes made with local produce, a fine selection of Gaillac wines. Under the same ownership for the past 30 years, you are guaranteed a warm, friendly, family welcome.


Day : 6

Christelle & Quentin welcome you at hotel Lapérouse in a simple and friendly atmosphere. Let yourself be charmed by the authenticity of the place. Everything is within walking distance : cathedral, restaurants, theaters, movies and museums. After your day of business or tourism, a green oasis invites you to relax. The hotel was named Lapérouse in honor of the famous explorer born in Albi in 1741.

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.

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

Please note that any bike changes during the trip may incur an extra fee.

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.

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

  • 6 nights of accommodation in superior hotels of charm with private shower and/or bath
  • 3 dinners (2 dinners included for the Basic version on day 4 & 5)
  • Daily breakfast at each hotel
  • Hybrid bike rental included
  • Orientation in person with our local guide
  • Detailed ROAD BOOK, including details maps, touristic information
  • 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
  • Step by step itinerary and cue sheets
  • 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

How to reach Gaillac :

You first need to reach Toulouse by train or plane. Then take the train from Toulouse train station to Gaillac (duration 35min every 45 min). You can ask a taxi as well, the fare is about 120euros. How to leave from Albi :

If you have a plane from Toulouse :

take a train to Toulouse train station (duration 1h, 6 trains by day) then a bus from train station to air plane (or taxi). If you need to go to Paris (by train) : take a train to MONTAUBAN VILLE BOURBON train station (1h15) then a train to Paris (5h).

Price from & per person Double occupancy Single supplement
(traveling with a group)
Solo traveler
(traveling alone)
Basic 1290 € 160 € 2020 €
Standard 1570 € 350 € 2520 €

*Please contact us for triple room rates

Accessories
GPS Included
Biking Roadbook Included
Bikes available Options per person
Hybrid Bike Rental Included
Road Bike Rental
    Standard 135 €
    Performance 205 €
    Premium 275 €
Electric Assisted Bike 135 €



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