9 NIGHT ITINERARY
Here is our suggested 9 Night Itinerary for 2016, for guided or self-guided cyclists, whether groups or individuals! Cyclists ideally start in the morning after breakfast from the Magnolias and return to the hotel every afternoon or early evening, for a swim and a beer and gourmet dinner! Final guided or self-guided itineraries are designed to ensure that rides and activities are matched to different levels of fitness and interest in historical and other pursuits. During the July and August months, itineraries can can be enriched with historic, fun and gourmet events which take place each day and evening across the many villages of the area. The Abbaye de Sylvanees, for example, offers ancient and classic music displays performed by acclaimed international musicians. Local night markets and special light displays are also common at some of the ancient villages. Note: Regarding meals, the following itinerary is set up for guided groups, self-guided groups are free to have whichever meals they chose!
DAY 1 – Coupiac (16 kms) (Ele. Gain 272)
Arrive in Toulouse, airport pick-up and transfer to Les Magnolias. Light own lunch at Les Magnolias terrace. Bicycle kit out and swim at the beautiful new Les Magnolias swimming pool. Optional late afternoon Coupiac 18 Green route (slight climb through mountain and forest road). Gourmet dinner at Les Magnolias.
Distance: Optional 16 kms; Overnight: Les Magnolias – DB&B
DAY 2 – Ambialet (40 kms) (Ele. Gain 921 m)
Breakfast at Les Magnolias. Depart on Ambialet 40 Green route (forest, mountain and Tarn river ride). Stunning views of the Tarn river and Trebas along quiet forest roads. Own coffee stop at the historic village of Ambialet . Visit Ambialet’s ancient Franciscan monastery and Roman church. Return ride to Les Magnolias along Tarn river. Lunch stop at La Chanterelle/Hotel du Pont. Swimming and chilling at Les Magnolias. Own dinner at Les Magnolias.
Distance: 40 kms; Overnight: Les Magnolias – BB&L
DAY 3 – Brousse-Le-Chateau (52 kms) (Low Point 213; High Point 536)
Breakfast at Les Magnolias. Depart on Brousse 52 Yellow route: medium level forest, mountain and Tarn River ride. Shady stunning oak and walnut forest roads all the way to Brousse, along the Tarn river. One hard but short climb en route to Brousse, don’t worry, it becomes easy after the first 20 minutes! Short coffee stop at Chateau house at quaint Lincou village/Brousse. Lunch at Brousse Le Chateau/Lincou. Return ride to Les Magnolias along the Tarn river or mountain. Own dinner at Les Magnolias.
Distance: 52 kms; Overnight: Les Magnolias – BB&L
DAY 4 – St Affrique, Millau and Roquefort Cheese Caves
Depart with bicycles to the historic village of St Affrique and enjoy its impressive fresh produce market (only on Saturdays) and charming church, shops and cafes. Ride 25 kms to Fondamente on a stunning mostly flat road along the Sorgue valley, past small, quaint and quiet villages such as St Felix. Fabulous lunch at Maison Baldy in Fondamente. Optional 19 km ride to Roquefort, including one long tough climb onto higher plateau and countryside. Visit the Roquefort cheese caves and return to Plaisance via Peyre and view of the Millau bridge. Own dinner at Les Magnolias.
Distance: 25 or 44 kms; Overnight: Les Magnolias – BB&L
DAY 5 – Albi (45 kms) (Ele. Gain 733 m)
Breakfast at Les Magnolias. Depart on Albi 45 Yellow route (Mountain, forest and river road). Perhaps the most precious of all the cycling routes, mostly along small private farm roads and stone homes along the Tarn river. Coffee stop at Ambialet’s Hotel Du Pont overlooking the Tarn river. Pick-up at Arthes close to Albi. Lunch in Albi at the memorable Le Robinson restaurant alongside Tarn river. Visit Albi World Heritage Site attractions: Albi Cathedral, Toulouse Lautrec museum, Palace gardens. Walking and shopping in charming old Albi town. Return to Plaisance. Own dinner at Les Magnolias.
Optional: 32 km return ride (Ele. Gain total 1436 m);
Distance: 45-77 kms; Overnight: Les Magnolias –BB&L
DAY 6 – Sylvanes (44 kms) (Ele. Gain 1094)
Breakfast at Les Magnolias. Depart on Sylvanes 27 Yellow route ride to ancient abbey of Sylvanes (forest and mountain road). Drop-off at Camares, approx. 10 kms from Sylvanes. Stunning cycle into Sylvanes village, past the Russian wooden church. Coffee stop at Sylvanes and visit of its beautiful ancient abbey. Ride 17 kms to the lovely village of Montlaur along the stunning countryside of the “Rougier” including past the magnificent Chateau de Montaigut. Lunch at Montlaur. Return to Plaisance. Optional selected return ride. Own dinner at Les Magnolias.
Distance: 27-44 kms; Overnight: Les Magnolias – BB&L
DAY 7 – Free Day
Chilling out around Plaisance, cycling, walking or canoeing. Own lunch depending on selected activity. Gourmet dinner at Les Magnolias.
Overnight: Les Magnolias – DB&B
Day 8 – Cordes 40
Breakfast at Magnolias. Visit to Cordes Sur Ciel (beautiful large historic village with stunning small shops, galleries and restaurants). Optional late morning Cordes 40 Green route. Late lunch at De Vieux Cordes in Cordes Sur Ciel. Return to Plaisance and light dinner at Magnolias or nearby village with local entertainment.
Day 9 – Brousse Ambialet 72 (Low Point 224; High Point 342)
Breakfast at Les Magnolias. Depart on Brousse Ambialet 72 Green route. Coffee stops at Le Relays-du-Chateau at Brousse and Chateau house at Lincou. Picnic lunch and swim at the Tarn in Ambialet. Dinner at Les Magnolias or nearby village market with local entertainment.
DAY 10 – Departure
Breakfast at Les Magnolias. Depart Toulouse Blagnac airport.
The Guided Program Includes:
- Airport transfers from/to Toulouse Blagnac airport on request
- 9 Nights of B&B at the beautiful Les MagnoliasBicycle hire (high quality racing, road, mountain or electric bicycles)
- 7 Cycling Days with Following Vehicle including visits to the UNESCO town of Albi, Cordes-Sur-Ciel, the ancient Abbey of Sylvanes, Millau, the Roquefort cheese caves, the historic villages of Brousse Le Chateau and Ambialet and the impressive St Affrique fresh produce market.
- 8 Lunches/Dinners: Les Magnolias; Le Robinson in Albi; Le Clos Normand in Montlaur ; La Chanterelle in Trebas; Maison Baldy in Fondamente; Du Chasteau in Brousse.
- Complimentary transport to local evening markets and villages.
The Guided Program Excludes:
- Coffee stops, picnics and other lunches and dinners