9 night self guided holiday in Ancient Rural France
Arrive in Toulouse, own transport or airport pick-up and transfer to Les Magnolias. Light own lunch at Les Magnolias terrace. Bicycle kit out and swim at Les Magnolias. Optional late afternoon Coupiac 18 Green route (slight climb through mountain and forest road). Dinner at Les Magnolias.
Distance: Optional 18 kms, Overnight: Les Magnolias – DB&B
Breakfast at Les Magnolias. Depart on Ambialet 40 Green route (forest, mountain and Tarn river ride). Own coffee stop at Ambialet Cafe De La Presqu’ile. Visit Ambialet’s ancient Franciscan monastery and impressive Roman church. Return ride to Les Magnolias along Tarn river. Own lunch stop at l’Oustal at Trebas. Swimming and chilling at Les Magnolias. Dinner at Les Magnolias.
Distance: 40 kms, Overnight: Les Magnolias – DB&B
Breakfast at Les Magnolias. Depart on Brousse 52 Green route (forest, mountain and Tarn river ride). Coffee stop at Lincou or Brousse. Explore the Brouse Le Chateau village, its chapel, cemetery and impressive chateau. Own lunch at Brousse. Return ride via flat Tarn or mountain route. Relaxing at Les Magnolias pool and terraces. Dinner at Les Magnolias.
Distance: 52 kms, Overnight: Les Magnolias – DB&B
Breakfast at Les Magnolias. Ride to the characterful village of Combret, through beautiful forest scenery. Mix of hilly, flat and forest ride. Coffee stop at Posthoumy, view of the Statue Menhirs. Own lunch at Combret. Return ride via St Christophe and the ancient “lost” village of Cayla. Relaxing at Les Magnolias. Dinner at Les Magnolias.
Distance: Optional 50-70 kms, Overnight: Les Magnolias – DB&B
Chilling out around Plaisance, walking or canoeing on the magnificent Tarn river (with river picnic lunch). Lunch/dinner at Les Magnolias/nearby village restaurant.
Distance: As desired if at all! Overnight: Les Magnolias – BB&L/D
Breakfast at Les Magnolias. Drive with bikes to St Affrique’s charming fresh produce market. Ride 35 kms from St Afrique to the troglodite village of Peyre, via the stunning St Rome Sur Tarn. 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: 35-45 kms, Overnight: Les Magnolias – DB&B
Breakfast at Les Magnolias. Depart on Albi 43 Yellow route (Mountain, forest and river ride). Coffee stop at Ambialet’s Hotel Du Pont/other. One of most picturesque rides of all, past rural farmhouses, through forest and beautiful river scenery. Pick-up at Arthes close to Albi. Own lunch at Albi’s ancient village centre. Visit Albi World Heritage Site attractions: Albi Cathedral, Toulouse Lautrec museum, Palace gardens. Walking and shopping in old Albi town. Return to Plaisance. Optional 32 km return ride. Dinner at Les Magnolias.
Distance: 45-90 kms, Overnight: Les Magnolias – DB&B
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.
Distance: 40-80 kms Overnight: Les Magnolias Hotel.
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.
Distance: 72 kms Overnight: Les Magnolias Hotel.
Breakfast at Les Magnolias. Depart Toulouse Blagnac airport.
- Airport transfers from/to Toulouse Blagnac airport on request
- Bike Hire
- 8 Cycling Days
- 7 Lunches/Dinners:
- Complimentary transport to local evening markets and villages.
- UNESCO town of Albi
- The ancient Abbey of Sylvanes
- Roquefort cheese caves
- The historic villages of Brousse Le Chateau
- St Affrique fresh produce market