9 night guided tour

9 night guided tour

Here is our suggested 9 Night Itinerary, for guided cyclists, whether groups or individuals.  We are able to accommodate a minium of 6 cyclists per group (max 12).  Cyclists ideally start cycling 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 itineraries are subject to seasonal considerations and 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 Sylvanes, 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.

The 9 Night Guided Tours include:

 

  • Airport transfers from/to Toulouse Blagnac airport or city centre on request
  • 9 Nights of B&B at the beautiful Les Magnolias
  • Bicycle hire of a high quality racing, road, mountain or electric bike
  • 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.
  • 9 Lunches/Dinners: At Les Magnolias or other nearby village restaurants.
  • Complimentary transport to local evening markets and villages.
DAY 1 – Coupiac (16 kms)

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). 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 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, Elev. Gain 1024 m)

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 a lot easier 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 – Peyre, Millau, Roquefort Caves (43 kms, Elev. Gain 748 m)

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 43 kms from St Afrique to the troglodyte village of Peyre, via the stunning St Rome Sur Tarn and with magnificent views of the Tarn valley.  Then a beautiful long ride along the Tarn river, past quaint old farmhouses and lively local rural activity.  Own lunch/picnic at Peyre.  View of the tallest cable-stayed bridge in the world from Peyre and drive to the Roquefort cheese caves. Optional tour of the caves. Return to Plaisance. Dinner at Les Magnolias.

Distance: 43 kms; Overnight: Les Magnolias – DB&B

DAY 5 – Albi (43 kms, Elev. Gain  726 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.  Alternatively own lunch on streets of Albi. 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: 43 km return ride (Return Ride Total: 86,5 kms, Ele. Gain 1546 m).

Distance: 43-86 kms; Overnight: Les Magnolias – BB&L

DAY 7 – Free Day

Chilling out around Plaisance, cycling, walking or canoeing. Own lunch depending on selected activity. 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 or similar restaurant.  Return to Plaisance and light dinner at Les Magnolias or nearby village with local entertainment.

Distance: 40 kms; Overnight: Les Magnolias – BB&L

Day 9 – Brousse Ambialet (72 kms, Elev. Gain 1479 m)

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.

Distance: 72 kms; Overnight: Les Magnolias – DB&B

DAY 10 – Departure

Breakfast at Les Magnolias. Depart Toulouse Blagnac airport.

9 NIGHT GUIDED TOUR: 2090€ Per Person Sharing
  • Airport transfers from/to Toulouse Blagnac airport on request
  • Accommodation
  • Bike Hire 
  • 7 Cycling Days  with Following Vehicle
  • 9 Lunches/Dinners: 
  • Complimentary transport to local evening markets and villages.
Highlights
  • UNESCO town of Albi
  • Cordes-Sur-Ciel
  • The ancient Abbey of Sylvanes
  • Millau
  • Roquefort cheese caves
  • The historic villages of Brousse Le Chateau
  • Ambialet
  • St Affrique fresh produce market