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Massif Central canyons 8-day Self-guided Cycling Tour Level 2
You are invited to an unknown corner of France for a cycling holiday. This is a bike tour of scenic superlatives, varied landscapes, medieval towns and villages, and untouched countryside; hence this area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010. There is no other region in Europe with so many deep canyons like Tarn, Jonte and Dourbie packed into a small area which contrast with the high plateaus rising to over 1000m above sea level. The sheep that graze in the region provide the milk used to make Roquefort cheese. We have of course also chosen great restaurants to savour other regional specialties.
Often quite hilly with long descents. Biggest climbs in the minibus!
7 nights in classy 3*** hotels
luggage transport (1 piece of luggage per person)
2 transfers on plateaus
signs along the route
detailed travel material
GPS tracks on request
Half board available 230 euros
Garage of hotel about 60,00 €/week
By car: Motorway to Millau, by train: train station in Millau, by plane with Ryanair from London to Montpellier. You could also take the France-Bike bus from Montpellier to Millau for 50,00 €/person. We can give you further information on request.
Departures on Saturdays from 27 Apr to 16 Sept 2019. Min. 2 x people. Other departures possible for min 4 x people. Single rooms on request.
If you would like to rent a bike (100 euro) or e-bike (180 euro) or helmet (5 euro) please contact our office wehn booking: [email protected]
Slow Tours offers a number of other Cycling Tours in Europe
Arrival in Millau
Millau → High Plateau of Larzac and Dourbie canyon → Millau, ca. 50 km/31 miles
The bus will transport you up to the High Plateau of Larzac (more than 1000m above sea level) and to the largest Templar town in the South of France, La Couvertoirade. You then ride along the Plateau and ride down to the Dourbie canyon to the medieval village of Nant with a very nice Romanesque church before you continue your ride in the canyon back to Millau.
Millau → Tarn canyon → La Malène, ~45 km/28 miles
Riding along the Tarn valley and then into the Tarn canyon with rock faces and cliffs more than 600m tall until arrival in La Malène where you stay in a medieval hostel with extremely good cuisine.
La Malène → Tarn canyon → Florac, ~45 km/28 miles
You continue to ride through the Tarn canyon and pass the medieval village of Sainte Énimie with a gothic bridge, before you arrive at Florac. Very typical hotel with excellent local cuisine.
Florac → High Plateau of Méjean → Meyrueis, ~35 km/21 miles
The bus will take you up to the High Plateau of Méjean (more than 1000 m/3280 feet above sea level) and you discover a new landscape. With a bit of luck, you'll see some Przewalski horses - the last primal horse breed in existence. You'll visit one of the biggest caverns in Europe, "Aven Armand" and begin a long descent to the medieval town of Meyrueis
Meyrueis → Jonte canyon → Millau, 45 km/28 miles
Today, you'll cycle the whole Jonte canyon whose cliffs tower 800m above the river in places. You may also see vultures and eagles circling overhead. Then back into the Tarn canyon and on to Millau.
Millau → Tarn Valley, ~30 km/18 miles
Visit Millau, well known for its leather production. With the bike visit the largest suspension bridge in the world, built by Norman Foster.
Departure Day or extend your stay. Ask us about extra nights
If you would like to drive yourself before or after your tour, ask us for a quote on any brand new Renault, Peugeot or Citroen vehicle for driving in Europe.
Pick up your vehicle from most capital cities in Europe and return it to your drop off destination. Top insurance cover. Email [email protected] for a competitive quote
Shows in English in Paris: Paris offers a wide variety of shows accessible to English-speakers. One-man shows, classic & modern theatre, musicals, cabarets and more are all performed in the city every night. You can get the full programme of shows in Paris to fit your city break dates by emailing [email protected]