Embark on a unique adventure trip through one of France's least known regions: Blessed with unspoilt landscapes and an impressive cultural heritage, the historic Rouergue province in Southern France provides for an unexpected holiday experience. Set out to explore its untamed rivers and wild canyons, its historical villages and fortified towns. After each day's hike, your hosts will welcome you with a homemade meal, allowing you to indulge in the region's culinary delights. A train ride through the Aveyron Gorges and the Diège Valley will allow you to sit back and soak up the beautiful landscape. Enjoy an exciting and pleasurable trip with your partner, friends or family!
Day 1: Arrival in Villefranche-de-Rouergue
Welcome to Villefranche-de-Rouergue! Having received your itinerary and maps for your hikes, check into your charming B&B and enjoy an excellent dinner at one of the town's finest restaurants.
Day 2: Villefranche-de-Rouergue – Farrou
Your first hike will take you to the heights of Villefranche, offering a stunning view of the historic city. Following the trail through forest and along the river, you will reach tonight's accommodation. Feel free to spend the rest of the day relaxing at the inn's swimming pool, jacuzzi and tennis court, followed by a delightful dinner on the porch.
Day 3: Farrou – Villeneuve d’Aveyron – St Julien d’Empare
Set out towards Villeneuve d'Aveyron, an ancient, 13th century fortification. Explore the city roaming through its labyrinth of streets and visit the Romanesque-Gothic church with its 14th century murals. Afterwards, a taxi will take you to Villeneuve and Naussac, followed by a beautiful hike across the Causse plateau. Upon your arrival in Saint-Julien, take a dip in the hotel's pool and spend a relaxing evening on the romantic hotel terrace.
Day 4: Train ride from Capdenac to Najac & sightseeing
A scenic train ride through wild canyons and peaceful landscapes will take you to Najac. Spend the afternoon relaxing on the bank of the Aveyron river or exploring Najac, voted among France's most beautiful villages. Its 12th century castle, built on a steep hill in the middle of the Aveyron's great meander, stands as a master piece of medieval military architecture. Spend the night at an outstanding hotel famous for its creative yet traditional cuisine and its artful rooms.
Day 5: Hike around Najac
Explore the beautiful landscapes around Najac, enjoying amazing views and visiting the ruins of various medieval castles. Today you will also discover one of the region's most famous culinary delights, the Gâteau à la broche, a cone-shaped, multi-layered cake baked over an open fire. Feel free to help bake the cake before indulging in the sweet result! Return to your hotel in Najac for another excellent dinner.
Day 6: Monteils – Villefranche-de-Rouergue
A car will take you to Monteils, a charming village on the Aveyron. A visit to Ferme Carles will allow you to learn about duck breeding and taste the delicious specialties roasted in a copper kettle over a log fire: foie gras, rilettes, fritons, sausages and confis. Continue your hike through the Aveyron Valley, passing picturesque hamlets and marvelling at the diversity of the Causse and Ségala landscapes. Upon arrival in Villefranche-de-Rouergue, take a stroll through the town and enjoy an excellent dinner before turning in for a good night's sleep in your downtown guest room.
Day 7: Departure
Round off your trip with a typical French breakfast of freshly baked bread and croissants with jam. Should you depart on a Thursday, be sure to visit the local farmers' market, one of the region's most beautiful and famous markets, and do not leave without seeing the town's royal fortress and historic sights!
Additional day (optional): Villefranche-de-Rouergue
You may wish to extend your stay in Villefranche-de-Rouergue to spend an additional day exploring the town's small alleys and visit its many sights (admission free of charge!): the Chapelle des Pénitents noirs, the Carthusian monestary Saint-Saveur, the royal fortress, the collegiate church Notre Dame with its impressive belfry, the chapel Treize Pierres with its frescos by Nicolas Greshny, the contemporary chapel Emilie De Rodat and the Château de Graves. We also recommend visiting one of the many expositions held at the Cabrol Museum, the Sepia Galery or the Atelier Blanc located in a park at the bank of the Aveyron. You may also venture on a canoeing or horseback tour to discover the Aveyron Gorges from another very unique perspective.
Indicated pricing per person in double room occupancy
Single rooms: +€175/person
Surcharge for single travellers: €275
This tour is offered daily depending on vacancies.
The hike begins and ends at Villefranche de Rouergue train station.
Please feel free to arrange your trip to Villefranche de Rouergue by the means of transportation of your choice and extend your trip according to your preferences.
6 nights in double bedrooms, full board (lunch picnics), luggage transfer service, English road sheet, maps and informational material.
Train or airfares to/from destination, beverages, admission fees, administrative fees (€25), travel cancellation insurance.
Minimum number of participants: 1 (single bookings at a surcharge).
Not accessible to persons with reduced mobility.
The tour operator reserves the right to cancel this trip up until 21 days prior to departure.
6 nights in lovely family-owned hotels or B&Bs.
Start off your days with a copious breakfast at your accommodation and pack your lunch picnic prepared by your hosts, consisting of fresh, regional specialties. Every night you will enjoy an excellent traditional dinner at your hotel or a nearby restaurant.
Easy daily hikes between 10km/6mi and 24km/15mi on marked hiking trails with minor altitude differences.
A small settlement centered around a single road, Najac started to expand rapidly as of the mid-13th century with new districts emerging and the main road evolving into a central town square. On account of its strategic position on the Aveyron_river, the Count of _Toulouse eventually made Najac the capital of the Bas-Rouergue and built its famous fortress to defend the region and its citizens against intruders. Over the course of the centuries, Najac was continually subject to several battles fought between the kings of France and England, the Counts of Toulouse, Protestants and Catholics.
Discover Najac's historic buildings in the old city centre and climb the hill on the other side of town to enjoy the panornamic view of the Aveyron valley and the medieval city.
We recommend a low-carbon train ride to Najac via Paris and Brive-la-Gaillarde or Figeac.
For detailed travel information, please request our info sheet by filling out the enquiry form below.