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5 Days Fine Dining and Cycling Holiday in Saint-Martory, France
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Château de Saint-Martory, 31360 Saint-Martory, France

France Cycling Holiday

Chateau de Saint-Martory is a landmark castle located south of Toulouse on the banks of the Garonne river, close to the Central Pyrenees. They have been hosting cycling fans from all over the world for the past 10 years. The region surrounding the chateau has an almost infinite variety of terrain, with winding country lanes leading in every direction. You can challenge yourself on nearby Tour de France climbs, take an easy day on the flat Garonne River cycling route or get lost in the quiet river valleys and farm country to the north.

Key information

  • Trip type: Guideduided
  • Lodging: Center-based
  • Terrain: Ridge-top roads, climbs, and downhill
  • Starts in: Saint-Martory
  • Ends in: Saint-Martory
  • Difficulty level: Moderate (Cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometime,31-45 miles per day)
  • Type of bike: Road bike, e-bike
  • E-bike: Available to rent
  • Minimum 5 participants

Highlights

  • Explore Saint-Martory region
  • Service of tour guide and support vehicle
  • Admire French landscapes from your saddle
  • Cycling route is designed by a former US national champion
  • Stay in a chateau with 5 centuries of history
  • Daily meals with wine and cheese tasting
  • 4 nights accommodation

Styles


4 cycling days in English
The organizer also speaks: French
Airport transfer included: Toulouse–Blagnac Airport
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Accommodation

The Chateau: Five centuries of history

The Chateau de Saint-Martory is a beautifully restored castle from the Renaissance period. It is located 45 minutes away from Toulouse Int'l Airport, on the banks of the Garonne River, with the Pyrénées mountains at close range. The Chateau is surrounded by historical rural buildings and beautiful woods.

The Chateau's history dates back to the early XVI century when the Montpezat family, lords of Tajan, abandoned their medieval fortress to build the Renaissance chateau on the river banks in order to control the trade on the Garonne River and enjoy life. Shortly after the revolution, the Prince of Berghes married the daughter of the new owner and decided to make the Chateau de Saint-Martory their summer residence.

Architect Ruprich Robert, a fellow of Viollet le Duc, was hired to modernize the building and turned it into a major example of Gothic Revival. The property subsequently changed hands several times before being acquired by the father of the present owner in the early 1990s.

The Chateau itself has seven rooms with ensuite bathrooms. The farmhouse, across the lawn, offers two brand new bedrooms and bathrooms on the upper floor. If needed, additional lodging is possible in the village.

Adjacent to the Chateau, the farmhouse and its courtyard provide a top-notch ride staging area. There is a secure bike storage, a workshop area with a shop stand and toolset, a kitchen/prep area for ride food, restrooms, and plenty of space for vehicles.

Contiguous to the Chateau, the pool area is a very peaceful and relaxed place in a spectacular natural setting. The pool was built on a parcel surrounded by an ancient stone wall and the historical greenhouse converted into a poolhouse. On the same parcel the Chateau's orchard offers its fruit from June until October and the BBQ focuses everyone's attention in summer months.

Program

The routes that they will suggest were all designed by their partner Chris Gutowsky, former US national champion and founder of Velosport Vacations, a specialist cycling travel company. The same goes for the logistics of your trip, from special meals to massage services, onsite mechanic etc.

This special program runs from April 1 to May 12 and from October 9 until October 27, 2019. In these months you can expect mild temperatures and sunny weather.

Chris Gutowsky has been in the cycling industry for almost 40 years. When his pro career ended, he decided to focus on travel organization. Today, Velosport Vacations creates and manages customized cycling travel programs for groups.

Velosport Vacations and Chateau de Saint-Martory partnered in 2017 to offer the best possible experience to both Velosport Vacations and the Chateau’s clients. Having cycled extensively around Saint-Martory, Chris Gutowsky will be the key person responsible for suggesting or selecting routes based on the level of your group. He may also be present to ride with you during your stay. All the routes designed by Chris will be available in GPS format for your cycling computer. Two examples of routes:

River valley loop 2: Serious warm up (58 miles, 3650 ft)

A long "double-loop" to the north, this route provides good options for groups of varied fitness. Several long ridge-top roads offer wonderful views. And the midpoint town of Aurignac is a great place for a quick coffee stop, or even lunch on the road.

Core workout: TDF Cols (86 miles, 8130 ft)

After a flat warmup to Saint Girons, the route climbs to and over the isolated Col de la Core. This challenge is soon followed by the shorter but better known Col de Portet Aspet, then a downhill profile finish.

Program

Arrival is on the afternoon of day 1, with a first easy ride to get back in shape and test your equipment. Departure is on day 5 at noon.

Bookings are made on a first come first served basis. Bookings for any given period can only be confirmed when at least 5 cyclists have expressed interest.

The package can be made exclusive for groups of nine persons or more. In such case, the property will be privatized for you and the duration of the stay can be prolonged (e.g., a full week during the Easter Holidays).

Optional bike rental is possible through a local rental service company which has a distributor in nearby Luchon. They offer premium bikes which you may be interested in testing. The bikes will be delivered to the Chateau. For more information regarding bike hire, please send inquiry to Chateau de Saint-Martory.

Location

This holiday will take place in Saint-Martory, Occitanie region.

Features

Activities

  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Barbeque facilities
  • Garden

Services

  • Conference room
  • Wedding

Food

Full breakfast is served starting at 7 a.m. before you depart for your ride. Weather permitting, buffet lunches will be served outdoors.

For dinners, a private chef will offer French cuisine at is best, accompanied by great wines from the cellar. One evening will be reserved for the "all cheese and wine" tasting experience.

In addition to main courses, you will always have a choice of slow sugars such as pasta bowls and the chateau will provide fruit and protein bars as appropriate to make sure you are fit to ride!

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Historical Heritage

Strategically located on the road to St Jacques of Compostelle, the region is charged with history. The chateaux Cathares, Saint Bertrand de Comminges abbatial, Foix castle and the numerous landmarks of Toulouse, to quote only a few, offer visitors a fantastic opportunity to discover French history and art.

Sports and Adventure

Chateau de Saint-Martory is a paradise for sport fans. The nearby Pyrénées offer a wide range of summer and winter mountain sports.

Gastronomy

The Southwest is a unique region in terms of wines and gastronomy and Chateau de Saint-Martory helps their guests discover the best local specialties during their stay. Chateau de Saint-Martory can organize for you gastronomic excursions to discover foie gras producers and winemakers who have been their partners for years, but also to meet their cousins from Lannepax, famous producers of Armagnac Delord.

Chateau de Saint-Martory offers an interesting selection of wines in their cellar, which varies according to the years, the aging process of vintages, and recent acquisitions. They can organize professional tastings of their wines with the help of a sommelier from the region or simply suggest some choices for a 100% cheese dinner.

What's included

  • All meals and wines
  • All snacks and drinks
  • Daily massage
  • Mechanical services
  • Ride guide (two for groups of 7 or more)
  • Assistance vehicle (two for groups of 7 or more)
  • Airport transfers

What's not included

  • Bike hire

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Chateau de Saint-Martory is located 40 minutes away from Toulouse International Airport, with over 20 daily direct flights to the UK and Ireland.

Airport: Toulouse–Blagnac Airport Airport transfer included: Toulouse–Blagnac Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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