Ambialet in department Tarn, France. Photo via Flickr:Coline Buch

Rue Saint Michel and Raymond VII in Cordes-sur-Ciel, Tarn, France. Photo via Flickr:Guillen Perez
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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 wonderful culinary 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, not to mention, a newly built Pétanque course on the terraced gardens . Bring your family and friends!

    This tour is offered as supported 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.


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

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  • 2018 Prices

    Fully supported with back up vehicle (minimum of 6 people):
    Airport transfers included:
    Twin/double room: £ 1165 $ 2,071 1434 NOK 13982 kr 12906 $ 1,678 Single room: £ 1246 $ 2,214 1533 NOK 14947 kr 13797 $ 1,794 Airport transfers not included:
    Twin/double:  £ 1038 $ 1,846 1278 NOK 12461 kr 11502 $ 1,495 Single: £ 1180 $ 2,097 1452 NOK 14157 kr 13068 $ 1,699 Self guided with two days of touring and limited support on demand (minimum of 4 people):
    Airport transfers included: 
    Twin/double £ 1050 $ 1,866 1292 NOK 12597 kr 11628 $ 1,512 Single: £ 1151 $ 2,047 1417 NOK 13816 kr 12753 $ 1,658 Airport transfers not included:
    Twin/double £ 916 $ 1,628 1127 NOK 10988 kr 10143 $ 1,319 Single: £ 1032 $ 1,834 1270 NOK 12383 kr 11430 $ 1,486

    please note

    Rates are per person 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.


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

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 or Cordes-sur-Ciel 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 delights its guests by offering semi-gastronomic dishes based on the rich and varied local produce.

What’s Included

  • Supported:
  • Airport transfers from/to Toulouse Blagnac airport on request
  • 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 cycling and touring day trips to the UNESCO town of Albi/Cordes-sur-Ciel and Millau
  • 7 special meals that include at least 2 dinners at Les Magnolias
  • Complimentary transfer to local evening markets and villages
  • Self-Guided
  • Transfer Toulouse-Blagnac Airport on request
  • 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
  • 2 Days with support vehicle to visit the UNESCO town of Albi/Cordes-sur-Ciel and Millau
  • 7 special meals that include at least 2 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
Length8 days
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Tour Dates

2018 Dates
Self Guided: Daily arrivals are possible from April 1 to October 31, 2018
Supported: Dates on request, possible from April 1 to October 31, 2018 

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: Albi, 28 or 56 mi., 45 or 90 km 
Day 5: Belmont, 31 or 44 mi./50 or 70 km
Day 6: St Affrique, Millau Bridge, and Roquefort Cheese Cave, 25 or 45 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 dinner at Les Magnolias. 

Included 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.

Included 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 or a light salad or Roquefort omelette at Brousse-Le-Chateau. 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.

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 4: 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 along the cobbled streets of old Albi town.  Return to Plaisance by support vehicle or you can opt to return by bike. Dinner this evening will be either at a carefully selected nearby village restaurant or at Les Magnolias.
Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 5: 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 those that have booked the guided tour) for return to the hotel. Dinner will be on your own this evening at Les Magnolias or a nearby village restaurant.

Included Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 6: Cycling and Touring day: 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 7: Free day
Today is all yours! Relax at the hotel, swim, play pétanque, cycle, walk or go canoeing. It is up to you! Your dinner at Les Magnolias is included this evening!

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 8: Departure

Breakfast at Les Magnolias.  Depart for Toulouse Blagnac airport.

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Customer Feedback

  • John Manley 2 weeks ago

    This is a fantastic tour in a very beautiful part of rural France. The hotel is very comfortable, consisting of a series of very old but beautifully restored buildings together with some sympathetically designed modern extensions. These include a covered pool and a large paved outdoor area shaded by the huge magnolias that give the hotel its name. The hotel has its own restaurant offering excellent food at very reasonable prices. The special dinner offered on Saturdays features regional produce and is worth far more than its E29 price tag.
    There are a dozen or more excellent day rides that can be made using the hotel as a base. Your host Claudia will suggest rides to suit your interests and riding capabilities and will provide very clear maps and directions. However - be warned - the surrounding countryside is stunningly beautiful but there are hills! Unless you are a strong rider you may wish to consider the electric bike option that is available.
    This is probably the best of the half dozen or so bike tours we have done in France and Italy. We will be back!

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