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Grands Causses & Cevennes

France Bike Tours

Cycling in France, a bikers paradise!!

This France cycling tour is a biking adventure through the Grands Causses Regional Natural Park and through the The Cévennes National Park. This journey offers unique cycling through a sparsely populated areas and breathtaking landscapes. You will bike through historic towns, see castles and ancient churches, and, of course, enjoy the traditional cuisine!

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Where You’ll Stay

You will stay in charming houses and historical buildings. Most hotels are run as traditional family businesses.

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 7 nights in 2 to 4 star hotels
  • Breakfasts
  • 6 x dinner in selected restaurants
  • 8 gear hybrid bicycle equipped with pannier
  • Professional tour guide
  • All entrance fees and excursions mentioned in the itinerary
  • Boat trip on the Tarn
  • Tour and cheese tasting in Roquefort
  • All transfers

What’s Not Included

  • Lunches while cycling
  • Travel costs and personal expenses
  • Bicycle protection
  • Trip insurance
Length8 days
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Tour Dates

Arrivals possible Saturdays May 21, May 28, June 4, September 3, September 10, September 17, 2016

Skill Level

This is an easy to moderate bike tour with average daily distances between 20 and 35 miles (32 and 56 km). Route is on mostly paved, rural roads without traffic. Around Roquefort, the roads are a bit busier. Routes are mainly flat with only a few short climbs.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Grands Causses & Cevennes Map

Day 1: Arrival in Montpellier
Day 2: Montpellier - La Malène, 20 miles (32 km)
Day 3: La Malène - Meyrueis, 28 miles (45 km)
Day 4: Meyrueis - Méjean - Meyrueis, 35 miles (56 km)
Day 5: Meyrueis - St. Jean de Bruel, 30 miles (48 km)
Day 6: St. Jean de Bruel - Creissel, 28 miles (45 km)
Day 7: Millau - Roquefort - Creissel, 28 miles (45 km)
Day 8: Millau - Montpellier

*All distances are approximate. 

Day 1: Arrival in Montpellier
After arriving in Montpellier, you'll meet with your guide and enjoy a city walk before dinner.

Day 2: Montpellier - La Malène, 20 miles (32 km)
In the morning, a two-hour bus ride will take you from Montpellier to the first plateau of the trip, the Causse de Sauveterre. The route runs straight through the famous Millau viaduct. Designed by Norman Foster and Michel Virlogeux, it has won several awards as an outstanding engineering achievement. In Canourgue, the largest town of the Causse de Sauveterre, the highway ends and the cycle begins through an uninhabited area of endless pastures, picturesque hamlets and bizarre rock formations. In the late afternoon, you will reach Ste Énemie, several times awarded as one of the most beautiful villages in France. A little later, today's cycling ends at Malène and the hotel, the “Manoir de Montesquiou”. A splendid dinner awaits inside the historic walls of this 15th century town.

Day 3: La Malène - Meyrueis, 28 miles (45 km)
After breakfast, depending on the water level and weather conditions, you will enjoy the most scenic part of the Tarn Valley by boat sailing downstream. Lunch will be enjoyed in the picturesque Peyreleau before setting off to the rim of the Gorges de la Jonte. Once again, great views of the Causse Noir accompany your drive uphill. Soon, you will arrive at the charming city of Meyrueis. This town is a result of over 1000 years of history. The following two nights will be spent at the pleasant “Château d'Ayres”, a magnificent 12th century building beautifully set in a landscaped park. You will taste the culinary delights of the region in the excellent restuarant. 

Day 4Meyrueis - Méjean - Meyrueis, 35 miles (56 km)
Today’s bike route goes to the Causse Mejean, the most impressive plateau of the Cevennes and one of the most sparsely populated regions in France. You will walk through Nimes le Vieux, an “ocean of rocks” of bizarrely shaped rocks which, with some imagination, resembles an old city. The locals believe that at night the devil wanders through this "enchanted city”. In the afternoon you will reach Aven Armand, a huge cave with a rack railway that goes down into a very impressive great hall deep within. In the afternoon, you will leave the Causse Mejean and later arrive back at the comfortable hotel, the “Château d'Ayres”. For dinner, enjoy a meal at the excellent speciality restaurant close by. 

Day 5Meyrueis - St. Jean de Bruel, 30 miles (48 km)
After breakfast, the day will start with a half-hour bus ride to Mont Aigoual. At 1565 m, it is the highest mountain in the southern Cevennes. In good weather conditions, you can enjoy a marvellous panoramic view over 50 miles, stretching from the Pyrenees to the Mediterranean.
After a long descent, you will reach valley floor, drop off the bike and walk to the Abîme de Bramabiau, also known as "the roaring cow". The name comes from the thunder that can be heard when floods rage through the cave and pour out in a spectacular waterfall, an unforgettable spectacle. Afterwards, you will cycle through the Gorges du Trevezel up to Nant, a charming village situated at the entrance of the Gorges. The day's destination is the picturesque St. Jean de Bruel and the hotel “Midi Papillon”. This particular hotel is known throughout the region for its excellent cuisine.

 Day 6: St. Jean de Bruel - Creissel, 28 miles (45 km)
In the morning, another bus will take you to the Causse de Larzac. Before the biking begins you will visit Couvertoirade, a small castle town, founded by the Knights Templar in the 12th Century. The medieval atmosphere here is fascinating. Afterwards, the cycling tour begins across the deserted Larzac to Sainte Eulalie de Cernon, another well-preserved settlement of the Templars. After a walk through the picturesque town with its winding streets and castle, you can enjoy a coffee break. Late in the afternoon on the outskirts of Millau, you will arrive at the charming hotel, the “Château de Creissel” (2 nights).

Day 7Millau - Roquefort - Creissel, 28 miles (45 km)
In the morning, another bus transfer brings you to Roquefort sur Solzon. This village is most famous for its Camembert cheese, a delicacy made from sheep's milk that has been consumed in the region for hundreds of years. You will learn interesting details about the cheese production and visit the caves and labyrinths of Papillon. In the afternoon, the route leads through fertile valleys back to the Tarn, where you will follow the river back to the hotel. During the last few miles, you can once again admire the gigantic Millau viaduct. 

Day 8: Millau - Montpellier
After breakfast, you will visit Millau, a small provincial town known for its beautiful bridges. The town is also famous for its glove production which are made of wet leather cut to size by hand. From Millau, you will be taken by bus to the airport of Montpellier. Transfer usuallly arrives to airport at about 3:45 but do allow for delays when making your flight arrangements.  Your France cycling trip has come to an end.

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