The trip starts in Albi and ends in Millau. At
the end in Millau you can go back to Albi by bus.
The landscape of the Tarn is Mediterranean
in character. The beautiful pink city of Albi (UNESCO World Heritage)
nestles on the River Tarn's banks, dominated by its magnificent
cathedral whose fortifications are testimony to more turbulent times
during which Albi and surrounding settlements such as Ambialet were
attacked first as part of the crusades to suppress the Cathar heresy
and later in the Wars of Religion. As you follow the course of the river
Eastwards on wooded hills and along mellow stone-work villages in Tarn
Valley, you discover the valley unspoiled and full of cultural
Staying in very comfortable hotels,
you will discover the distinctive, rich cuisine of the region, and its
excellent wines, such as the flinty Gaillac whites.
Terrain: riverside quiet roads
Daily stages up to 40 km with bags transfer. Altitude: 200 - 600m Hotels: 1**, 1**** and 3*** hotels.
Climate: this southern
region enjoys a lovely Mediterranean climate, with a hot summer and
warm spring and autumn. Temperatures average 19C in May and October,
25C in June and September, and 27C in the height of summer.
Starting point: Albi. The hotel
is located in centre of town at just one minute walk from the main sights.
ALBI is a beautiful,
midi (southern) town along the Tarn river. With its beautiful lively
orange-red brick old streets, alike Toulouse, from which it is only
75 kms away, its cathedral, of the times of the Cathar and its Museum
Toulouse Lautrec it is a perfect start and end for a cultural, gastronomic
and Moderate (walking as well as cycling) vacation.
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At the end in Creissels, near Millau, you
can take the train or bus if you want to Montpellier, Rodez or Albi.
Picnics / lunches can be ordered by yourself
at the reception desk. (Price 8 - 11 EURO).
Extra nights - rest days or extra cycling
loops are possible in any of the stages.
Day stages with longer of max 22 km.
Walking grade 3 (of 7).
Albi > Marsal > Ambialet The route leads along the south
bank of the river, through hamlets and woodland along tracks and country
lanes that echo the twists and turns of the river. After a short but quite
stiff ascent towards the end of the day, you are rewarded with superb view
of the river and its meander. Elevation gains: 3 times 200m+ and 200m-.
Accommodation: Hotel du Pont (***), Ambialet. Located by the bridge into
the village, with gardens leading down to the water's edge, this friendly,
comfortable hotel has been run by the same family for over two centuries.
16 or 23 km
Ambialet - Plaisance The route leads across rolling countryside
of open fields and woodland. Then you will follow the River Rance to Plaisance.
In Plaisance a Roman church. Your hotel is a beautiful manoir nicely restored
by its German owner nad his South-Africain companion..
Les Magnolias (***, pool). Elevation gains 200+
16 or 26 km
Plaisance - Brousse-le-Château. 19 km Walking to Brousse-le-Château
The route leads across rolling countryside of open fields and woodland
and the valley of the Tarn. There are lovely views of the Châteauas you
approach your destination, the delightful village of Brousse-le-Château,
and reach the Tarn once more. Elevation gains 200+ and 400m-
Melvieu > St. Rome de Tarn On the South bank with splendid
panoramas on the Valley, the Grands Causses Nature park and the Cevennes
Mountains. Elevation gains: 300m+ and 300m-
Accommodation: ** hotel
with pool. Possibility of canoe trip in July and August.
15 or 18 km
Brousse-le-Château> St.Affrique. Through the avant causses
St-Affricain trip to the nice little town of St. Affrique in center of the
Regional Nature Park of the Grands Causses. Elevation gains: 200m+ and
300m- Accommodation: *** hotel with a SPA in nice small town at Sorgues
16 or 22 km
St.Affrique > St.Rome-de-Tarn (transfer) >
Creissels or Millau. By the valley of the Tarn to the entrance of
the gorges at Millau. Elevation gains: -400m + and 400m-
*** hotel with a pool.
St. Rome-de-Tarn > Creissels trip along the river bank
and under the Millau viaduct to Millau and the waterfall of Creissels.
Elevation gains: 100m+ and 100-