This guided biking tour will keep you in awe. On this history-rich, French segment of the Way of St. James, you will come across medieval villages and spend some time in a thermal town!
On this 8-day biking tour, you will follow the the routes of St. James on his trek to Santiago de Compostela. The different biking stages cross the legendary pilgrimage route between Villefranche de Rouergue, Cransac-les-Thermes and Najac at regular intervals and are between 6 and 44 kilometres in length. Travel through the Vallée du Lot and visit Conques, one of the most beautiful villages in France. Be charmed by the diverse and never-ending bredth of landscape under the shade of the chestnut trees. The region is renowned for being rich in architectural and gastronomical heritage.
Day 1: Arrival and overnight stay in Villefranche-de-Rouergue
You will spend the night in a comfy, three-star hotel on the Place de Saint-Jacques close to the city centre. Before enjoying a night's rest, you will dine in one the city's best restaurants.
Day 2: Villefranche-de-Rouergue – St Julien d’Empare
Participants set off on their bikes on the the region's limestone plateau at a laid-back pace. They will travel upriver along the green banks of the Diège, past the castle Marinesque built in the 14th and 15th Century, and through the marshlands of Montaris.
Dinner and overnight stay in a **-hotel in St Julien d‘Empare, contains swimming pool
Biking stage length: 35 km
Day 3: St Julien d’Empare – Conques
The next stage stretches along the Lot river. Cyclists will pass through Vallée du Dourdou on their way to Conques. In Conques, participants may choose to visit the village's galleries. There is a light show and music in the summer months (May to September).
Dinner and overnight stay in a **-hotel and restaurant in the city center
Biking stage length: 44 km
Day 4: Conques – Cransac-les-Thermes
The day starts off with a visit to the romanesque abbey of Conques (10th to 12th century). Cyclists will follow the route uphill till St-Cyprien sur Dourdou before reaching Cransac-les-Thermes, the only thermal town in the Aveyron region. There, participants may opt to visit the Museum La Mémoire de Cransac, Mine et Thermalisme.
Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel with swimming pool in Cransac-les-Thermes
Biking stage length: 24 km
Day 5: Cransac-les-Thermes – St-Rémy
Cyclists will go to_Peyrusse le Roc_, a medieval village rich in historical landmarks. You may want to visit the house that had accommodated many of the pilgrims passing through. In the afternoon, participants will set off to Villeneuve d’Aveyron to see a bastide and a church from romanesque and gothic times (13th century).
Dinner and overnight stay in a ****-hotel and restaurant with swimming pool und hammam
Biking stage length: 42 km
Day 6: St-Rémy – Villefranche-de-Rouergue
Cyclists continue to Villefranche-de-Rouergue along the Alzou river on the tour's shortest leg. You will have some time to visit the city's attractions including the king's bastide from the 13th century, the baroque chapel from the 17th century, the monastery from the 15th century, St. James' chapel and more.
Dinner in another great restaurant. Hotel for the night will be the same from Day 1.
Biking stage length: 6 km
Day 7: Villefranche de Rouergue – Najac – Villefranche-de-Rouergue
Najac is the next stop. Participants will visit the impressive medieval bastide that looks down on the village. Then they will cross the same bridge that the pilgrims used to cross the Aveyron river in the 12th century, the Saint Blaise bridge. Finally, participants will take the train back to Villefranche-de-Rouergue.
Hotel will be the same from the night before. Dinner will be served at yet another fine restaurant.
Biking stage length: 26 km
Day 8: End of the tour
Participants will enjoy one final breakfast in Villefranche-de-Rouergue before departing.
Indication of price per person in double room occupancy
Single room with extra charges + €225,- possible.
Our cycling programm begins and ends at Villefranche-de-Rouergue.
Your organise the arrival and return by yourself and extend your trip on your option.
For groups of 6 persons at least, we can arrange dates and content for the trip.
An organised guided tour in english can also be set.
7 nights in twin rooms, all breakfasts & dinners (full board), lunchtime picnics incl. water, train transfer on Day 7, luggage transfer service (max. 25 kg per person), a professional english-speaking guide, entrance fees for attractions
Train/plane fare to/from Villefranche de Rouergue, additional charges for single rooms (+€ 225), processing fee (€ 25), bike rentals, drinks during luncheons, personal spending, travel cancellation expenses insurance
Touring bike : € 110
E-bike : starting from € 150
All bike rentals are payable on site. Price includes helmets, repair kits and bicycle locks.
Minimum number of participants: 5 (max. 12)
Not accessible to persons with reduced mobility.
The tour operator reserves the right to cancel this trip up until 21 days prior to departure.
During this trip, you will spend all seven nights in twin rooms with private bathrooms in 2 or 4-star hotels. Single rooms with additional charge.
This sightseeing bike tour is suited for those who cycle regularly. The daily biking legs are between 6 and 44 kilometres in length. Short breaks during legs are always possible.
Cycling with French people, an authentic experience
French speaking licensed guide
There is no single route on the Way of St. James. One should think of the Way as a network of routes that all lead to the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela. That is where the grave of St. James is said to lie.
If we talk of the Way of St. James today, we think of the Camino Francés, which leads straight through Spain. You will pass through one of the lesser-known routes, the Via Podiensis. This stage of the Way leads through Puy-en-Velay in Auvergne to Jean-Pied-de-Port in the Pyrenees via Conques. The route itself has been recognized as a world heritage site by UNESCO. The long-distance path GR65 runs congruent to the Via Podiensis for the most part. Guides for this tour speak English.
We recommend a low-carbon train ride to Toulouse or Montauban followed by a connecting train or bus to Villefranche-de-Rouergue.
Detailed information can be found on our information sheet!
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