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8-Day Languedoc Wine & Heritage Cycling Tour

8-Day Languedoc Wine & Heritage Cycling Tour

8 Days/7 Nights From
AU$2,147 Per Person
 
  • Tour Type
    Cycling tourCycling tour
  • France Region
    Languedoc
  • Duration
    8 Days/7 Nights
  • Distance
    310 km
  • Level
    Active
  • Tour Code
    A4A-18-2791
8 Days/7 Nights From
AU$2,147 Per Person
 
  • Tour Type
    Cycling tourCycling tour
  • France Region
    Languedoc
  • Duration
    8 Days/7 Nights
  • Distance
    310 km
  • Level
    Active
  • Tour Code
    A4A-18-2791
Description 
  • Tour Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation Accommodation includedMealsMeals Daily breakfast & 4 dinnersInclusionInclusion Hybrid bike rental included InclusionInclusion Luggage transfersInclusionInclusion Detailed road book, including details maps, touristic information, itinerary and cue sheetsInclusionInclusion Technical and emergency support available at all times

Summary

Discover scenic and sun-soaked countryside of the Languedoc region during this 8-day, cycling tour. Start your journey in Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert, one of the most beautiful villages of France. Explore the villages and towns of Saint Etienne, Brissac, Pic Saint Loup, Sommières and Nimes during this tour.

Itinerary

Day 1, Arrive in Montpellier for Transfer to St Guilhem Le Desert
Arrival in Montpellier - we transfer you to St Guilhem le Desert to start your bike tour. Installation in nice hotel where you will have an orientation by our staff, and then you can explore this fabulous village. Dinner included; and then after go to the central plaza for cafe or drink of your choice to soak up the ambiance of village dating to the year 804. The village is a UNESCO classified village and is a well known spot on the Camino de Santiago not only for its Abbey, but also because it is built in a narrow valley. Dinner included.

Day 2, Cycle around St Guilhem Desert (Option 1: 48 mi or 78 km, Option 2: 32 mi or 51 km, Option 3: 24 mi or 39 km)
Loop Tours, your choice of 3 rides(from easy to challenging): You will do a loop trip from St Guilhem to the Lac du Salagou (Lake Salagou). The lake is itself fairly large with a lot of visitors in the summer, but it is unique with a surrounding of red clay soil; the rocks dating back millions of years. The ride is rolling bypassing many small villages and wine country. Return to St Guilhem, and if you have the energy, walk some of the trails leading out to the surrounding peaks. Ride: 78 km challenging.

You can either ride to the Gorges de l Herault: Varying in depth from 200 to 300 meters, the gorges are a real canyon hollowed out of the heart of the garrigues by the River Herault, its one and only architect. A magnificent sight, and a real oasis in the heart of these arid lands, the Herault Gorges all have their own special characteristics: whether the waters are calm or turbulent, they are, above all, a fascinating spectacle. Ride 51 km moderate.

The third option is a shorter ride of 39 km taking you to the Chateau and vineyards of Jonquieres. The soil comes from the local chalky rock (limestone consisting of calcareous fossil skeletal fragments of microscopic algae) of the Larzac Plateau. It is in this terroir that the wines find their fundamental characteristics: power, aroma, and a typical elegance. Return again to St Guilhem tonight. Dinner and breakfast included.

Day 3, Ride to Lauret (31 mi or 50 km)
After breakfast, you will leave St Guilhem heading towards Lauret. On your way, Saint Etienne d/Issensac and its charming stone bridge (XIVth) and chapel. You will also stop in Brissac, a modest village settlement, but it is nevertheless notable for its 12th century church (listed as a monument historique), and for the castle perched on the rocky outcrop, which dominates and protects the village. Dinner and breakfast included.

Day 4, Pic Saint Loup (29 mi or 46 km)
Stop at the Glass blowing museum to discover the art and many steps followed. You can see the Dolmen of Ferrieres, located nearby village of Ferrieres les Verreries, a Neolithic dolmen dating back to almost 9000 years. Then, discover the surrounding countryside by heading south towards Saint Martin de Londres, with several views on the Pic Saint Loup which is the main peak of the Montpellier backcountry. The Pic Saint Loup is also an area that has its own wine designation because there are the vineyards of very high quality. You can include a stop in one of the wineries for a tasting. Return to Auberge du Cedre and dinner included.

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 5, RIde to Sommieres (24 mi or 39 km)
Ride first to Claret, famous for its many glass blowers, where the art was created in the 14th century. You could make a stop here in order to visit the glass blowers museum. The first glassblowers in the area arrived in 1280, attracted by the abundant resources of wood in the region. Today, you will ride through the vineyards on 'le chemin des Verriers' (the glassblowers route). The villages on the chemin des verriers are Claret, Lauret, Sauteyrargues, Vacquieres and Sommieres. Ride 39km. Nice hotel in Sommieres with dinner on your own. Breakfast included.

Day 6, Loop to Nimes (40 mi or 64 km)
You will use the cycle path called 'voie verte' just behind your hotel to Caveirac and will pass through the vineyards. You will see some bulls of Camargue on your way. Then, you could enjoy the city center of Nimes, an historic town, with a very old past. The arenas, the square house, 'Jardins de la Fontaine' and the tower Magne, these monuments invite you in the roman antiquity. This rich past earned him the nickname 'French Rome'. You will come back to your hotel by the same way. Dinner on your own.

Breakfast included.

Day 7, Ride to Montpellier (21 mi or 34 km)
For your last ride, you will return to Montpellier, capital of the Languedoc region. Built in the 1040s, Montpellier quickly became known for its trade with the Orient, and its medical schools. With winding streets that date back to the Middle Ages and ultra-modern facilities such as the indoor Olympic sized swimming pool, skating rink,planetarium, and tramway system, Montpellier has something for everyone. Your hotel is in the heart of the historic center. You are close to the Triumphal arch, the “Garden of Peru”, which is continuing with the magnificent and huge Aqueduct St Clement and the central square “place de la Comédie” with its Opera. Dinner on your own. Breakfast included.

Day 8, Departure Day
You are free to leave anytime after breakfast. Extra nights can be arranged. Trains depart in all directions throughout the day. Breakfast included.

Inclusions

  • 7 nights of accommodation in superior hotels of charm with private shower and/or bathroom
  • Daily breakfast at each hotel, 4 dinners included
  • Orientation in person with our local guide
  • Hybrid bike rental included
  • Detailed ROAD BOOK, including details maps, touristic information, step by step itinerary and cue sheets
  • 1 GPS GARMIN OREGON for 3 people
  • All luggage transfers
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • Technical and emergency support available at all times

Exclusions

  • Airfare to and from the trip
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Drinks
  • 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.

Important Notes

  • Price based on double occupancy.
  • Please note that rates may vary according to the availability of hotels and seasons.

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