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7 Days Wonderful Cycling Holiday in Languedoc, France
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Le Guilhaume d'Orange, 2 Avenue Guillaume d'Orange, 34150 Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, France

Incredible Cycling Holiday in France

This cycling trip will take you through all the best places Languedoc has to offer! Your tour starts in St Guilhem le Desert, a UNESCO world heritage site famous for its cloister and declared as one of the “Most beautiful villages of France”. From there, you will ride on the famous Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage route, cycling through vineyards and typical villages of the south of France. Do not miss out on the world renowned Languedoc wines!

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Lodging: Point to Point
  • Terrain: Hilly terrain, some climbs
  • Difficulty level: Easy (Cyclist doesn't need to have certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills, 10-30 miles per day), 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)
  • Total Distance: 180 miles / 290 kilometers
  • Vacation type: Leisure cycling
  • Type of bike: Hybrid bike (included)
  • E-bike: Available to rent / 135 EUR
  • Road bike: Available to rent / 135 EUR
  • Tandem bike: Available to rent / 40 EUR

Highlights

  • 5 days of cycling
  • Explore Carcassonne
  • Cycle along the Canal du Midi
  • Experience the world-renowned Languedoc wines
  • Four breakfasts, one lunch, and five dinners
  • Technical and emergency support
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


5 days with instruction
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Accommodation

You will be staying at various 2-star, 3-star, 4-star hotels.

Program

Day 1: Montpellier

Arrive in Montpellier and you will be transferred to Saint Guilhem le Desert (UNESCO site number 1) to start your bike tour. You will stay at a nice hotel where you will have an orientation by the staff before you can explore this fabulous village. Dinner included; and then after go to the central plaza for cafe or drink of your choice to soak up the ambiance of village dating to the year 804! Dinner included.

  • Meals: Breakfast on your own, lunch included, and dinner included.
  • Accommodation: Various 2-star, 3-star, 4-star hotels

Day 2; Saint Guilhem Le Desert to Villenuevette

  • Distance: 28 miles / 45 kilometers 
  • Elevation gain: 567 meters 

Take some more time after breakfast to explore this fascinating village before you go out on a nice cycling trip to Villeneuvette. On this cycling itinerary, you will travel through rural and quiet countryside with several stops possible in villages along the way. You will ride on the pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela in Spain (UNESCO site number 2) and the resting place of St James (UNESCO site number 2).

This is also an important wine country, so tasting is very possible. You will pass the Lake of Salagou before you reach Villeneuvette and your charming hotel. This little village is an outdoor place with some famous land formations that remind of the Italian Dolomites!

  • Meals: Breakfast on your own, lunch on your own, and dinner included.
  • Accommodation: Various 2-star, 3-star, 4-star hotels

Day 3: Languedoc Wine Region to Lignan Sur Orb

  • Distance: 28 miles / 45 kilometers
  • Elevation Gain: 477 meters 

Another day in the quiet back country of this region of Causse et Cévennes (UNESCO site number 3) going to the village of Lignan. From Villeneuvette, you will drop down onto a plain and can enjoy some flat riding and vineyard country.

  • Meals : Breakfast on your own, lunch on your own, and dinner included
  • Accommodation : Various 2-star, 3-star, 4-star hotels

Day 4: Canal du Midi to Siran

  • Distance: 37 miles / 60 kilometers
  • Elevation gain: 584 meters 

Leaving Lignan after breakfast, you will drop further south and west toward the Canal du Midi (UNESCO site number 4). The ride starts out flat before getting somewhat rolling. You will pass numerous villages dating from another time. The highlight, and maybe your lunch spot, is Minerve. It is an old Catharbastion and ranked “one of the most beautiful village of France”. At the end of the ride you are in the village of Siran.

  • Meals: Breakfast included, lunch on your own, and dinner on your own.
  • Accommodation : Various 2-star, 3-star, 4-star hotels

Day 5: Carcassonne

  • Option 1: 24 miles / 39 kilometers
  • Option 2: 45 miles / 73 kilometers 
  • Elevation gain 1: 221 meters
  • Elevation gain 2: 604 meters 

While you are just a short distance from Carcassonne (UNESCO site number 5), the eventual goal for the day, you are invited on a ride along the canal direct into Carcassonne or a longer diversion to Fabrezan and Lagrasse and then dropping back into La Cite where you hotel is situated just outside the fortress walls. Please note that if you rent a road bike you will not be cycling on the canal path. Instead you will be on roads nearby. Only the longer route option is possible if you rent a road bike.

  • Meals: Breakfast included, lunch on your own, and dinner on your own.
  • Accommodation: Various 2-star, 3-star, 4-star hotels

Day 6: Carcassonne Castle

  • Option 1: 27 miles / 44 kilometers
  • Option 2: 42 miles / 67 kilometers 
  • Elevation gain 1: 760 meters
  • Elevation gain 2: 1020 meters 

Bike ride optional today. With all there is to see and do in Carcassonne, we inserted this day to use as you wish. This will include two cycling tours, 44 kilometers or 67 kilometers, over flat terrain to see more of the surroundings but leaving time to explore this United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization World Heritage Site at Carcassonne.

  • Meals: Breakfast included, lunch on your own, and dinner on your own.
  • Accommodation: Various 2-star, 3-star, 4-star hotels

Day 7: Departure Day

Departure after breakfast. Trains from Carcassonne possible. Extra nights also possible, please inquire.

  • Meals: Breakfast included, lunch on your own, and dinner on your own
  • Average / Day: Distance: 53,29 kilometers / 33,00 miles - Elevation gain: 604,71 meters

Equipment

Hybrid bike

The Scott Sub Sport 20 features a sporty trekking geometry that suits trips of all distances. Equipped with a Shimano 30 speed transmission, integrated front and rear lights, a custom Racktime carrier and compatibility with Snap'it accessories, this bike is begging to go on an adventure. All sizes available: Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large.

  • Frame: SUB Sport 20 6061 Tig welding Fork: SF14 NEX DS HLO PM 700C
  • Shifters: Shimano Deore SLM 590
  • Chain ring and crank arms: Shimano FC-T3010 Black 48x38x26
  • Cassette: Shimano CS-HG200-9 11-34 T Black
  • Brakes: Tektro Disc Brake SCH-F15 Stem: JD-ST103A
  • Saddle: Syncros Urban Commuter 2.5
  • Seat post: HL SP-56
  • Rims / spokes: X12 Disc, 32h / Pillar Steel 14G
  • Tires: Continental City Ride II or Schwalbe Spicer or Marathon
  • Weight: 17 kg / 37.48 lbs

Road bike

Cannondale's carbon construction method uses precisely placed high stiffness fibers over a base of high tensile strength fibers and high impact resins to deliver extreme light weight and perfectly tuned stiffness, without sacrificing strength. They have all sizes for you: Extra Small, Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, approximately eight kilograms (18 pounds). You can rent a road bike for 95 EUR.

  • Frame: Synapse, BallisTec Carbon, Di2 ready, SAVE PLUS, BB30A
  • Fork: Synapse SAVE PLUS, BallisTec Carbon, 1-1/8" to 1-1/4" tapered steerer
  • Headset: Synapse Si, 1-1/4" lower bearing, 25mm top cap
  • Chain ring and crank arms: Shimano 105; 50/34 for front. Rear is 11-speed , 11/32
  • Brakes: Shimano 105
  • Stem: Cannondale C4 Alloy, 31.8, 6 deg.
  • Saddle: Cannondale Stage Ergo w/ Crmo Rails
  • Seat post: Cannondale C3, 6061 Alloy, 25.4x300mm (48-51) 350mm (54-61)
  • Tires: Schwalbe Lugano, 700x25c

E-bike

With its integrated rack, seamless assist and comfortable upright position, the Mavaro is all about freedom: the freedom to enjoy weekend treks or trips to the store, the freedom to escape the car for the daily commute or the freedom to feel the wind in your face - effortlessly. You can rent an e-bike for 95 EUR.

  • Frame: Cannondale Mavaro SI City W/Integrated Rack
  • Fork: Headshock Fatty OPI DL50 XL
  • Headset: Cannondale Headshok
  • Crank arms: FSA METROPOLIS CK-632/IS 172.5
  • Cassette: Shimano HG50-10, 36-11
  • Brakes: Magura MT4 180/160 mm H’
  • Stem: Cannondale Adjustable Headshok
  • Saddle: SELLE ROYAL ARIEL
  • Seat post: Cannondale C3
  • Rims: Cannondale C2
  • Tires: Schwalbe Little Big Ben 40-622
  • Weight: 20.10 kg / 48.72 lbs

Tandem Bike

A more upright and adventurous model brings the strength, stability, and smooth-rolling comfort of 29" wheels to the twoup crowd. You can rent a tandem bike for 30 EUR.

  • Frame: Tandem 29, SmartFormed 6061 Alloy, 1.5 head tube, BB30
  • Fork: Cannondale Fatty Tandem 29, OPI, 1.5"steerer
  • Headset: Tange Custom 1.5"
  • Crank arms: Truvativ Firex Tandem, 44/33/22, 38t timing
  • Brakes: Magura MT5 hydraulic disc, 203/203mm
  • HStem: Cannondale C3 1.5", 3-D forged, 5 deg. / Control Tech extender stoker
  • Saddle: Cannondale Ergo Performance
  • Seat post: Cannondale C3, 6061 Alloy, 31.6x350mm front / 27.2x400 rear
  • Rims: DT Swiss Tandem, 40-hole
  • Tires: Schwalbe Racing Ralph Performance, 29x2.1", folding, tubeless ready
  • Frame: Tandem 29, SmartFormed 6061 Alloy, 1.5 head tube, BB30
  • Fork: Cannondale Fatty Tandem 29, OPI, 1.5"steerer
  • Headset: Tange Custom 1.5"

Skill level

Beginner:

  • Can cycle for 2-3 hours
  • Assistance required
  • Comfortable with curves and leans
  • Basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • Short distance ascents and descents

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 Montpellier and will take you to Saint Guilhem le Desert, Villenuevette, Languedoc Region, Lignan Sur Orb, Canal du Midi, and Siran in France.

Languedoc

Located in the most southern part of France, the province of Languedoc is an area with scenic landscapes and a beautiful climate. Bordering the Mediterranean Sea to the east and the Pyrenees Mountains to the south, the region provides visitors a lovely variety of landscapes to cycle through.

The South of France with its warm, inviting climate and ancient heritage, offers visitors a combination of relaxation, adventure, and a step back in history. Whether it is riding along the Canal du Midi on the Garonne River, visiting one of the many Cathar castles, the medieval city fortress of Carcassonne, or just relaxing by the Mediterranean Sea while drinking some local Corbieres wine, there truly is something for everyone in Languedoc and southern France.

Food

Four breakfasts, one lunch, and five dinners are included in the price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Four breakfasts, one lunch, and five dinners
  • Hybrid bike rental included
  • Orientation in person with local guide
  • Detailed road book, including details maps, touristic information, step by step itinerary, and cue sheets
  • 1 GPS Garmin Oregon for three people
  • All luggage transfers
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • Technical and emergency support available at all times

What's not included

  • Airfare to and from the trip
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Drinks
  • Other meals

How to get there

Arrival by train

The train ride from Paris Gare de Lyon to Montpellier St Roch is three hours and 20 minutes. The train ride from Montpellier to Paris is also three hours and 20 minutes.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% 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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