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9 Days Mediterranean Sea Cycling Holiday in Languedoc, France
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Carcassone, France

Thrilling Road Cycling Holiday in France

A superb route from the medieval city of Carcassonne, passing vineyards and Cathar castles to the shores of the Mediterranean sea. The castles of Queribus, Peyrepertuse and Aguilar, the gorges of Galamus, the majestic vultures, the Fitou vineyards, the Côtes du Roussillon, the Muscat from Rivesaltes... And that is all before you start to tell you about the fantastic cycle routes! This is a truly exceptional tour.

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Lodging: Point to Point
  • Terrain: Mostly paved
  • 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 sometimes, 31-45 miles per day)
  • Total distance: 240 miles to 244 miles / 387 kilometers to 393 kilometers
  • Vacation type: Leisure cycling, Road cycling
  • Type of bike: Road bike
  • E-bike: Available to rent for 231 EUR

Highlights

  • 7 days of cycling
  • Loop of the Cathar castles
  • Detailed route notes with maps
  • See the medieval city of Carcassonne
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


7 days with instruction
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Accommodation

Your first night will be in Carcassonne, your second night will be in Rennes les Bains, your third night will be in Rivesaltes, your fourth night will be in Port-la-Nouvelle, your fifth and sixth night will be in Tuchan, your seventh night will be in Lagrasse, and your last will be in Carcassonne.

Program

Day 1: Carcassonne

Carcassonne, a hilltop town in the Languedoc area of southern France, is a wonderful place to start your holiday. Famous for its medieval citadel, explore the lanes, bars and restaurants that nestle inside the fortress. Dinner in one of the hidden gardens is a must. Overnight in a three star hotel or chambre d'hôtes with swimming pool.

Day 2: Carcassonne to Rennes les Bains

After breakfast, your cycle ride will take you north. Very quickly you will swap the bustling Carcassonne for the surrounding peaceful roads. The hills begin as you enter Cathar country and a visit to the Abbaye de Saint-Hilaire. From here, your ride takes you through atmospheric vineyards that will tempt you to try their wines.

Cross Limoux before heading towards Rennes-Le-Chateau. Continue on to Rennes les Bains, a small village known for its thermal baths, where you will spend the night. Overnight in a three star hotel at the heart of the village.

  • Distance: 60 kilometers

Day 3: Rennes les Bains to Rivesaltes

A wonderful day's ride where nature is really in the spotlight. Superb landscapes follow one after another, including through the Gorges de Galamus, where vultures fly majestically above you. It is possible to stop in one of the vineyards or take a short stroll to the Galamus hermitage, perched on a cliff and overlooking the gorge.

The itinerary continues through the Côtes du Roussillon via little-known roads which are a dream for cyclists. Your day ends in Rivesaltes, the capital of the Muscat wine, where it is suggested you try the "muscat ambré". Overnight in a three star hotel in the heart of Rivesaltes.

  • Distance: 75 kilometers

Day 4: Rivesaltes to Port-la-Nouvelle

For this stage you will take the cycle path that runs along the river all the way to the coast. Now is your opportunity for a refreshing swim in the Mediterranean sea! The route crosses some small towns on the coast, giving you many opportunities to stop before reaching Port-la-Nouvelle where you will stay the night. Overnight in a three star hotel next to the sea.

  • Distance: 50 kilometers

Day 5: Port-la-Nouvelle to Tuchan

From Port-la-Nouvelle, you will turn your back to the sea to enjoy the tranquillity of the nearby hills, where the cicadas will remind you of their presence. The views down to the coast are wonderful and the climb through the maquis scrub is nothing but beautiful. The route winds upwards to reach the pretty village of Tuchan. Overnight in a chambre d'hôtes.

  • Distance: 52 kilometers

Day 6: Loop of the Cathar castles

Today, you will start your cycle ride heading south through the vineyards. Work those calf muscles on the hills to reach the château de Quéribus and a bit further, the château de Peyrepertuse. Cycle past some stunning gorges to reach Tuchan once more. The distance and altitude climbed can be easily reduced by not visiting the two castles. Overnight in a chambre d'hôtes.

  • Distance: 65 kilometers

Day 7: Tuchan to Lagrasse

Today's ride takes you through more vineyards before entering an area of hills, forests and rivers (sometimes dry in summer). Visit some of the Cathar monuments, including Villerouge Termenès. Finish today's wonderful cycle ride in Lagrasse, classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Overnight in a chambres d'hôtes.

  • Distance: 49 kilometers to 55 kilometers

Day 8: Lagrasse to Carcassonne

A shorter ride today means you can either enjoy Lagrasse in the morning or Carcassonne upon arrival. Your ride will take you through rural countryside and little villages until you reach the much celebrated medieval town of Carcassonne. Overnight in a three star hotel or chambre d'hôtes with swimming pool.

  • Distance: 36 kilometers

Day 9: Carcassonne

End of your holiday after your breakfast.

Please add:

Other bikes available for rent

  • "Giant" (brand) electric bike with panniers. Distances possible depends upon battery usage: 231 EUR
  • Mountain bike rental with panniers and handlebar bag: 133 EUR
  • GPS tracks on USB key: 25 EUR

Skill level

Intermediate:

  • Can cycle for 3-4 hours
  • Average riding experience
  • Little assistance required
  • Comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • Average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • Steep ascents and descents

Location

This cycling holiday will start from Carcassonne and will take you to Rennes les Bains, Rivesaltes, Port-la-Nouvelle, Tuchan, Lagrasse, France.

Food

Daily breakfast is included in the price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

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

What's included

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • Detailed route notes with maps
  • Contactable assistance throughout

What's not included

  • Travel to the meeting point
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Entry to tourist sites
  • Optional activities
  • Insurance
  • Personal spending

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% 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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