Hotel-Restaurant Les Magnolias in Plaisance, Aveyron, France.

The heart of the Tarn River Valley

France Bike Tours

A cycling holiday in ancient rural France

  • Welcome to your next adventure. You will be accommodated at the magnificent Les Magnolias Hotel for the duration of your stay in the quaint village of Plaisance. You can enjoy a self-guided or supported tour (minimum of 6) in this idyllic environment of the Aveyron and Tarn region in rural southern France.

    Your itinerary will be uniquely designed to suit your needs and you can choose from high-quality road, hybrid, or electric bikes as well as customized maps of over 15 routes of varying degrees of difficulty.

    Combined with your cycling holiday is a true gourmet experience, as well as other activities, such as walking, canoeing, or historic site-seeing. Relax at the end of your active day on one of hotel terraces shaded by giant Magnolias trees and enjoy the outdoor covered and heated swimming pool. Bring your family and friends!

    This tour is offered as self-guided with transfers or self-guided with no transfers. The supported tour offers a daily support vehicle that follows the group during the entire cycling itinerary.

    Highlights:

    • Rural France
    • Roquefort Cheese Caves
    • Brousse-Le-Chateau
    • Millau
    • Albi
    • Culinary experience at Les Magnolias

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  • Fully supported with back up vehicle and transfers/ twin/double room, minimum of 6 people: £ 1438 $ 2,294 1510 NOK 15100 kr 13938 $ 1,812 Single room: £ 1694 $ 2,702 1779 NOK 17790 kr 16422 $ 2,135 Airport transfers not included:
    Twin/dougle:  £ 1305 $ 2,081 1370 NOK 13700 kr 12646 $ 1,644 Single: £ 1495 $ 2,385 1570 NOK 15700 kr 14492 $ 1,884 Self guided with two days of touring and limited support on demand:  
    Airport transfers included: 
    Twin/double £ 1305 $ 2,081 1370 NOK 13700 kr 12646 $ 1,644 Single: £ 1438 $ 2,294 1510 NOK 15100 kr 13938 $ 1,812 Airport transfers not included:
    Twin/double £ 1114 $ 1,777 1170 NOK 11700 kr 10800 $ 1,404 Single: £ 1267 $ 2,020 1330 NOK 13300 kr 12277 $ 1,596

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    Rates are based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Closest airport is Toulouse Blagnac airport. Airport transfers from this airport are included. It is also possible to arrive in Toulouse via TGV from Paris or other cities. The travelling time on the TGV from Paris to Toulouse is between 5.5 hours and 7.5 hours. The cost of the TGV varies between approximately Euro 50 and Euro 120 each way.

    Local Travel

    We suggest taking advantage of the airport transfers. If you are driving to the hotel, please ask us for driving directions. It is also possible to travel to Albi or St. Sernin by bus from Toulouse. The bus stops at Albi and St Sernin, just 8 km from Plaisance, where transfer to the hotel is easily arranged.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before you arrival. A good website to explore regional weather including average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more is weatherbase.com.


Skill Level

This unique self-guided or supported cycling vacation offers routes of varying difficulty so it is hard to give this tour an overall difficulty level. The supported option is designed for groups with a minimum of 6 people with a medium level of fitness but can be adjusted to suit different fitness profiles. If you select the self-guided option, you will be assisted in planning daily itineraries that are perfect for you and you will have a recovery support vehicle at your disposal if necessary. Included in the self-guided option are two touring and cycling days to the towns of Albi and Millau.

Where You’ll Stay

Les Magnolias, a delightful hotel designed in a classic traditional style based on stone and French oak. The restaurant is managed by Chef Jean Christophe Nieto, trained by the famous 3 star Michelin icon, Paul Bocuse.

What’s Included

  • Supported:
  • Airport transfers from/to Toulouse Blagnac airport
  • 7 Nights at the beautiful Les Magnolias with breakfast included every day
  • High-quality road, mountain or electric bicycles with water bottles, helmets and standard pedals
  • 5 Cycling Days with support vehicle
  • 2 day trips including visits to the UNESCO town of Albi and Millau
  • 7 special meals that include at least 2 gourmet dinners at Les Magnolias
  • Complimentary transfer to local evening markets and villages
  • Self-Guided
  • 7 Nights at the beautiful Les Magnolias with breakfast included every day
  • Airport transfers
  • High-quality road, mountain or electric bicycles with water bottles, helmets and standard pedals
  • 2 Days with support vehicle to visit the UNESCO town of Albi and Millau
  • 7 special meals that include at least 2 gourmet dinners at Les Magnolias
  • Complimentary transfer to local evening markets and villages

What’s Not Included

  • Drinks
  • Coffee stops, picnics and other lunches and dinners
  • Canoeing
TourBike
TypeBoth
SkillModerate
Length8 days
From1170 Rates
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Tour Dates

2017 Dates
Daily arrivals possible all year long. Ask us about the special 8 day Tour De France special beginning on July 12th which includes a 3 day tour to experience stage 13 and stage 15.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

*Below is itinerary for Supported Tour. This can also be used a guideline for a self-guided tour.

Day 1: Coupiac, 11 mi., 18 km
Day 2: Ambialet, 25 mi., 40 km
Day 3: Brousse, 36 mi./52 km
Day 4: Belmont, 31 or 44 mi./50 or 70 km
Day 5: St Affrique, Millau Bridge, and Roquefort Cheese Cave, 25 or 45 km 
Day 6: Albi, 28 or 56 mi., 45 or 90 km
Day 7: Free day
Day 8: Departure

Day 1: Coupiac, 11 mi./18 km
After your arrival in Toulouse, an airport pickup can be arranged to your accommodations for the duration of your tour, Les Magnolias. Lunch is not included today but you can enjoy a meal at your expense on the Les Magnolias terrace after a refreshing swim.

Optional: late afternoon bike ride of 10 mi. (16 km)  to Coupiac  on the Green route (slight climb on a mountain and forest road). Your evening will conclude with a gourmet dinner at Les Magnolias. 

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Ambialet, 25 mi./40 km
You will cycle once again on the green route toward  Ambialet (a forest, mountain and Tarn River ride), showcasing stunning views of the Tarn River. The historic village of Ambialet is the perfect place for a coffee stop and is dominated by an ancient Franciscan monastery and Roman church. The Celts were the first to settle in Ambialet around the 6th century BC. They were followed by the Gauls, and the Romans, who set up a frontier post in this important strategic position. Your return ride to Les Magnolias is also along the Tarn river. Special lunch stop will be  at La Chanterelle in the village of Trebas. Here, all meat is cooked over an open hearth in the restaurant and the portion sizes are generous. Wines are exceptionally reasonable and good quality, especially the local wines. Upon arrival once again at the hotel, we suggest a lovely swim before dinner before dining at once again in the renowned restaurant, on your own, under the direction of the popular and aspiring young chef.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 3: Brousse-Le-Chateau, 36 mi./52 km
After a delicious breakfast at Les Magnolias you can depart for Brousse through forest and mountain trails, along the Tarn River. You will encounter a short but steep climb en route.  You can enjoy a short coffee stop at the Chateau House in beautiful Lincou Village or at Brousee Le Chateau, categorized as one of the "Most Beautiful Villages in France”. Lunch will be on your own. Perhaps you would enjoy a picnic lunch along the Tarn River? Return ride via the flat Tarn route or mountain route.  The special Meal this evening will be at Les Magnolias or a nearby selected village restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 4: Belmont, 31 or 44 mi./50 or 70 km
After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, you will cycle on the Yellow route ride to Belmont via the characterful village of Combret, through beautiful forest scenery. You will enjoy a variety of terrain!  You can enjoy a coffee stop at Belmont and then return to Combret for special lunch.   Optional return ride to Plaisance or you can decide to hop on the support vehicle for return to the hotel. Dinner will be on your own this evening at Les Magnolias or a nearby village restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 5: St Affrique, Millau Bridge, and Roquefort Cheese Caves, 25 or 45 km 
There will be a morning transfer with bikes to St Affrique’s charming fresh produce market.  Ride 35 km from St Afrique to the troglodyte village of Peyre, via the stunning St Rome Sur Tarn. It is a beautiful ride along the Tarn River, past quaint old farmhouses, and lively local rural activity.  Lunch will be on your own in Peyre with its incredible view of the tallest cable-stayed bridge in the world. Roquefort cheese caves are next on the agenda with an optional tour of the caves. Return to Plaisance.  Special dinner at Les Magnolias.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 6: Albi, 28 or 56 mi., 45 or 90 km
Today you will enjoy a  mountain, forest, and river ride.  After a coffee stop at Ambialet’s Hotel Du Pont, you will continue on one of most picturesque rides of all, past rural farmhouses, through forest and river scenery.  Lunch will be on your own at Albi’s ancient village center.  Visit Albi World Heritage Site attractions: Albi Cathedral, Toulouse-Lautrec museum, Berbie Palace gardens.  Walking and shopping in old Albi town.  Return to Plaisance by support vehicle or you can opt to return by bike. Dinner this evening will be at Montclair or another nearby village restaurant.
 
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 7: Free day

Today is all yours! Relax at the hotel, cycle, walk or go canoeing. It is up to you! Your gourmet dinner at Les Magnolias is included this evening!

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 8: Departure

Breakfast at Les Magnolias.  Depart for Toulouse Blagnac airport.

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