On this individual cycling trip in the South of France, you will discover wild gorges and amazing valleys in one of the most beautiful region in France. Between the gorges of the Aveyron and the valley of the Lot you will enjoy an unique cultural tour.
From the gorges of the Aveyron river to the valley of the Lot river, this bicycle trip leads you through amazing landscapes with countless castles, forts, chapels and collegiate churches. With its pronounced mild climate, this region extends on a high between 145m in the valley of the Lot and 500m in Villefranche and hosts a truly contrasting landscape: the valley of the Lot in the north is topped with limestone rock, making for amazing and breathtaking views. The valley and the gorges of the Aveyron in the south are shaped by abrupt slopes and wild forests. The limestone plateaus are rocky, arid and covered with oak trees, junipers and boxes. Spring livens them up even more as it brings very diverse colors with it. Good meals are part of the culture in Rouergue. During this trip, you will have amazing dinners on a traditional art in comfortable accommodations.
Day 1: Arrival in Villefranche-de-Rouergue
After your arrival in Villefranche-de-Rouergue, you have the possibility, if it is early enough, to go visiting Villefranche, the royal fort on the estuary of the Aveyron and the Alzou, the baroque chapel of the black penitents from the 17th century, the collegiate church Notre Dame from the 14th and 15th century, and the Chartreuse St Sauveur from the 15th century. If you have to rent a bicycle, their will be surrended at this time.
You have dinner in a restaurant in the city centre and spend the night in a lovely and familial chambre d'hôte in the surroundings.
Day 2: Villefranche-de-Rouergue – Saint-Julien
You begin the trip by cycling in the direction of Villeneuve d'Aveyron, a bastion from the 13th century and discover its streets labyrinth and its roman gothic church with wonderful wall paintings from the 14th century. In Spring and Autumn you will see the Causse and the valley of the Lot on their best side, submerged with diverse colors and enchanting lights. Your stage today ends in Saint-Julien, a small dorf in Quercy, where you will settle in a comfortable hotel with a swimmingpool.
Distance: 38 km / 24 mi
Day 3: Tour in the valley
You can chose the programm for today. You can go dicover the valley of the Lot and the Diège, or spend the day at the swimming pool of the accommodation, go for a walk or make a side trip to Peyrusse-le-Roc, where you can have lunch in an excellent rural inn restaurant.
Distance: 35 km / 22 mi
Day 4: The valley of the Lot
After the breakfast you cycle to the valley of the Lot, passing by the castle of Larroque Toirac and then over Montbrun_ to Cajarc. There you settle in your new accommodation, the Hotel-Restaurant La Ségalière.
Distance: 30 km / 18.6 mi
Day 5: The valley of the Lot
Along the green bank you cycle through the valley by the castle of Cénevières to the village St. Cirq Lapopie. A forified church from the 16th century stands over this village. You have to take the time to go for a walk along hanging gardens and the beautiful fronts from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. You can also use this day to relax or to go hiking through the charming landscape. You will come back to the Hotel-Restaurant in Cajarc to have dinner.
Distance: 20, 30 or 50 km / 12.4, 18.6 or 31 mi
Day 6: Cajarc – Saujac – St Rémy
In the middle of the green landscape the stage today leads you over Saujac to St. Rémy, north of Villefranche-de-Rouergue. In Saut de la Mounine, at the foot of an abrupt cliff, you will have an amazing point of view. On the evening you will be welcomed by an ancient coaching inn, where you can relax by the swimmingpool, the Jacuzzi or by playing tennis. The bedrooms have air-conditioning and, in the Summer, you will enjoy the Cuisine du Chef on the terrasse.
Distance: 40 km / 25 mi
Day 7: St Rémy – Villefranche-de-Rouergue – Departure
After the breakfast you will drive back to Villefranche-de-Rouergue, where you will give back the bikes, take your luggage and drive home.
Distance: 5 km / 3 mi
Quotation for one person in double bedroom occupancy
Surcharge price for an individual cyclist: 295,- €
Discount for small groups from 4 persons.
Daily departure from April until the beginn of November
Our bicycle tour begins and ends in Villefranche-de-Rouergue.
Your organise the arrival and return by yourself and extend your trip on your option.
With your enquiry, please let us know the number of your party and the dates of your holiday.
6 nights in double bedroom, half board, transport of the luggage, description of the itinerary in English, visitor's tax
Travel to/from the Villefranche-de-Rouergue, rental of the bikes, lunches, drinks, entrance fees for the visits, arrangement fees (25,- €), insurance in case of cancellation
Bike rental prices:
Touring bike: 115,- €/Person/ 6 days
Electric bike: 180,- €/Person/6 days
Minimum number of participants: 2 persons
With a surcharge in the price, this trip can be done by only 1 person.
Not accessible to persons with reduced mobility.
Last possibility of cancellation from the tour operator: 21 days before the beginning of the trip
Nights in double bedrooms in Chambre d'hôtes (B&B) and in 2 to 3 stars hotels, some part with a swimming pool, inclusive half board.
The owner of these familialy managed accommodations share gladly their knowledge about the region, the cycling paths and the regional culinary arts. In the B&B there are naturally a private bathroom and WC.
The copious breakfast will be prepared with fresh products and home-made jam. In the evening, you will enjoy typical regional cuisine.
According to the availability in the accommodations, the stages may vary a bit.
Stages without particular difficulties.
However, the participants should be in a good shape.
Average length of the stages: 30 to 40 km a day / 18.6 to 25 mi a day (On the 4th day, it can raise to 50 km / 31 mi) on relatively flat paths.
Transport of the luggage: You have to carry on you bike your picnic and your personnal belongings (Wallet, camera…)
Your luggage will be transported from one accommodation to another every evening.
We recommend an eco-friendly journey with the train from Paris-Montparnasse 1&2 or Paris Austerlitz to Villefranche-de-Rouergue
You can find more information on our detailed info sheet, that we send you gladly on enquiry!