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Cycle into the south of the Languedoc
Cycle into the south of the Languedoc
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7 days
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Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
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FRSB950
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Cycle into the south of the Languedoc
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Crossing the land of the Cathars

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Bike Tour: Cycle into the south of the Languedoc - 7 days

 

Highlights

  • Beautiful medieval towns: Carcassonne, Lagrasse
  • Mystic Cathar fortresses: Quèribus, Thermes, Peyrepertuse
  • Splendid mediterrenean nature and landscapes
  • Comfortable hotels, 2 swimming pools, 3 dinners
  • Fine wine region AOC's Limoux, Corbières and Côtes de Roussillon & Maury
FRSB950 - Cycle into the south of the Languedoc Cathares
itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Carcassonne
Day 2: Carcassonne - Lagrasse
Day 3: Lagrasse - Cucugnan/Dulhac
Day 4: Roundtrip via Cathar Castles or Galamus
Day 5: Cucugnan/Duilhac - Sougraigne
Day 6: Sougraigne - Limoux
Day 7: Limoux - Carcassonne

Day 1:    Arrival in Carcassonne

Arrival in Carcassonne. Go quickly to your hotel to check in. Then go for a walk through the old center, looking for the castle, the double walls surrounding the town, St. Nazaire Cathedral, the narrow streets with brick paving full of shops or one of the many museums.

Day 2:    Carcassonne - Lagrasse
45 km

The first part along the umbrageous Canal du Midi, the 17th cent masterpiece of architect Pierre Riquet, is flat. After Capendu there is a steep climb, but on top of the ‘col’ a magnificent view of the rough Corbières awaits you. Through the great Gorge d’Alsou you go on to the fantastic medieval abbey town Lagrasse. Be sure to visit here the Benedictine Abbey Sainte-Marie l’Orbieu, founded in 799.

Day 3:    Lagrasse - Cucugnan/Dulhac
47 km

Here in the hills of the Corbières you can choose between two routes.  Either south along the Orbieu river and the Cathar Castle Termes with its spectacular views or via the charming Villerouge-Termenès where in 1321 the last ‘Bonhomme’ of the Cathars died at the stake. Both tours unite again and follow a route through a wonderful gorge with quiet villages.

Day 4:    Roundtrip via Cathar Castles or Galamus
25 km

There’s a lot to do in the neighbourhood of the pleasant wine village Cucugnan. You’re just a short distance away from Quéribus and Peyrepertuse, two of the most spectacular Cathar castles. And to make the choice more difficult: you can also make a more streneous, but sensational tour through the Gorge de Galamus, which is without any doubt the most beautiful gorge in this part of France.

Day 5:    Cucugnan/Duilhac - Sougraigne
42 km

Today are scheduled: wonderful views, charming villages and a river to swim in. Cycle in the shade from Peyrepertuse along the Pic de Bugarach: an impressive, monolithic rock formation. The last 10 kms to Sougraine, in the Sals valley, go down or are flat. Are you going to enjoy the pool or are you going on to the pleasant spa Rennes-les-Baines (6 km).

Day 6:    Sougraigne - Limoux
31 km

You cycle on, after a short climb, on quiet and flat roads. Visit, if possible, Rennes-le-Chateau to solve the mystery of Berenger Saunière. And don’t forget to visit the 16th cent Chateau de Ducs de Joyeuse in Couiza. Continue your trip along undulating vineyards and dreamy wine villages and taste on your way a ‘Blanquette’ or ‘Crémant’. You finish in Limoux, the home of the original champagne, where a ‘gastronomic’  table has been booked for you.

Day 7:    Limoux - Carcassonne
27 km

Today one more short, conclusive  trip to Carcassonne, it’s the end of your journey.

 

accommodation

All accommodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services.

We choose comfortable 2*/3* hotels or B&Bs where all rooms have private en-suite bathroom and every morning breakfast are included and 3 dinners during the trip.

Hotel Aragon *** (Carcassonne)
B&B L'Auberge du Vigneron (Cucugnan)
B&B Le jardin de la Sals (Sougraigne)
Grand Hotel Moderne Pigeon (Limoux)
included

Included

  • 6 nights in selected 2/3* hotels
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners
  • Luggage transfers
  • Tourist city taxes
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and maps
  • 24/7 Bilingual Emergency hotline

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Transport to first and from last accommodation
  • Trains, busses or any transport wherever necessary
  • Other Lunches & Dinners
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, additional transfers, etc
  • Hybrid bike rental

Extras

  • Single Room Supplement
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Additional nights 
  • Transfer from the train station to your hotel
  • Transfer back from your last accommodation
  • Hybrid bike rental (130 €)
  • E-bike on request
practical info

6 nights included

2/3 Star Hotels

Breakfast included every morning & 3 dinners during the trip

Maps and tourist information on all the places of interest

The possibility of renting hybrid bikes (130 €) or E-bikes (210 €)

24/7 Bilingual Emergency hotline

Luggage transport to your next hotels

You can park your car in a parking garage ("Parking cité Porte Narbonnaise") in Carcassonne. Costs: ca. € 20,- per week.

GPS tracks are available on request

Travel

The airport of Carcassonne is served by several low cost airlines.

For time tables and further information look at the website of the SNCF or TER-SNCF.

Acces to driving routes see the website ViaMichelin.

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