Languedoc Week Cycling Tour Itinerary

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VéloRoo’s Languedoc Week Cycling in France Tour is all about discovering the historical eras of the Hérault, capturing the traditional essence of this unspoiled region and most of all making friendships with fellow cyclists along the way.

At VéloRoo we understand that not everyone wants to spend all day in the saddle or to get back on the bike after a relaxing lunch. That’s why our tours are accompanied and fully supported with our VéloRoo bus.

On the Languedoc Week Cycling in France Tour the emphasis is to –

  • enjoy superb riding
  • enjoy fabulous lunches showcasing the produce of our region
  • enjoy a different afternoon activity each day – relaxation / a swim / village exploration / some extra riding if you are keen

VéloRoo offers you the perfect balance between cycling, holidaying and sightseeing – allowing you to Live, Laugh, Ride ….

Feel free to contact us in regards to your travel plans and we will help with information and suggestions where we can.

This is an example of our tour. At times we may need to change routes or other details due to weather, road works, the season or events.

A typical day
7:30am – Breakfast, dressed ready to ride.
8am – Head off on our ride
Mid ride coffee stop and snack
12pm – Arrive at the restaurant for lunch (approx 2 hours for lunch – the enjoyment of food and wine is taken seriously here)
3pm – Return to the B&B.
4pm – 6pm – Each afternoon varies between visiting local sites, village explore, free time, perhaps a swim in a local watering hole or the option of an extra ride into the hills
7:30pm – Dinner

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Day 1 – Wednesday – mercredi

Todays Ride
20km with 227m accumulated elevation

Included meals – dinner

arrival time – We aim to kick off our first day together by early afternoon.

We will collect you from either Beziers train station or Beziers International airport at an arranged time and transport you to your Chambre d’hotes, your home away from home for the week. It’s time to unpack and get ready to Live, Laugh, Ride ….

After fitting you up on your bike we will go for approx 20km afternoon ride. As well as confirming your bike fit, our circuit will give you a wonderful glimpse of the region you will be discovering.

7:30pm Dinner at your B&B. A perfect way to get to know your travelling companions and talk about the region you will be riding through over the coming week.

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Day 2 – Thursday – jeudi

Todays Ride – Discover Circulade Villages
55km with 672m accumulated elevation

Included meals – breakfast / lunch / dinner

7:30am Breakfast, dressed and ready to ride.
8:00am. On today’s route we explore the unique Languedoc medieval Circulade villages dating back 1000 years and recognized as Europe’s oldest examples of town planning. With each village’s own history we will explore their unique features. The roads have been selected to offer beautiful views of the undulating vineyard landscape and the first ranges of the dramatic Escandorgue Mountains. You will also see the many castles and domain chateau’s that are a feature of the area.

11:30am. We will return to the B&B for showers before heading to lunch.

12:30pm Enjoy a beautiful lunch made with fresh local produce in one of our neighbouring villages. We take pleasure in showcasing local restaurants that take pride in the quality and presentation of their food. It’s also a good sign when it’s a regular spot for locals! After lunch (2:30pm) we will take a trip to Beziers to see the Canal du Midi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Ecluse de Fonserannes, a staircase lock allowing boats to be raised a height of 21.5m over a distance of 300m and the Cathedral of Saint Nazaire.

7:30pm. A relaxing dinner at the B&B.

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Day 3 – Friday – vendredi

Today’s Ride – Explore the region Avant Monts – before the Mountains.

56km ride with 988m of accumulated elevation. 

Included meals – breakfast / lunch / dinner

7:30am Breakfast, dressed and ready to ride.
8:00am. Today’s venture takes us north into the Avant-Monts region. On quiet rural roads you will cycle through an area of diverse rural heritage, a mix of landscapes and beautiful panorama’s over the vineyards towards the Mediterranean. Our 4 climbs through 4 different valleys, present 4 very different landscapes.

11:30am. We will return to the B&B for showers before heading to lunch.

12:30pm Today’s lunch spot is a cafe priding itself on its fresh organic local produce used its delicious lunch dishes.

After lunch we will revisit one of the villages from this mornings route and walk through it’s narrow streets up to the site of its medieval castle and its restored fortified chapel to take in the wonderful expansive view over the plain below.

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Day 4 – Saturday – samedi

Today is a chance to experience a local market and enjoy walking the streets of a medieval town. After breakfast we take you to the Pezenas markets for a morning to enjoy some shopping and leisure time.

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DSC07044Lunch today will be at a local waterfront restaurant on the Mediterranean coast.

 

In the afternoon we return to the B&B for a relaxing afternoon.

 

 

7:00pm. Depart for dinner. Tonight we dine in a restaurant located within the walls of a 12th century abbey in the heart of a medieval village.

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Day 5 –  Sunday – dimanche

Cathars Crusade!

50km ride with 838m accumulated elevation

Included meals – breakfast / lunch / dinner

7:30am Breakfast, dressed and ready to ride.
8:30am. Today we head West to the Cathar refuge village of Minerve, which also lays claim to being classified as one of France’s most beautiful villages – Les Plus Beaux Villages de France. After an hour’s ride (9:30am at 20km)  we stop for coffee at the world renowned wine town of St Chinian. Leaving St Chinian behind we ride along the southern ramparts of the Cevennes, offering undulations and striking scenery before our final descent into the spectacular gorge of the river Cesse, and onto Minerve perched high on an outcrop above the river bed.

12:30pm Dine on the terrace overlooking the gorge of the River Cesse which surrounds the village of Minerve. After lunch you have time to explore by foot the cobbled streets of this fascinating village with its history from a time of religious intolerance. The village also has many local artisan shops to browse.

4:00pm Board the VéloRoo bus for trip home. (1hr)

5pm – 7pm Free time to explore your local village

7:30pm. A relaxing dinner at the B&B.

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Day 6 –  Monday – lundi 

It’s all about Wine
52 kilometers ride. 771m accumulated elevation.

Included meals – breakfast / lunch / dinner

7:30am Breakfast, dressed and ready to ride.
8:00am. Today’s ride showcases the diverse landscapes of the lower Haut Languedoc. From wild heavily wooded hills, through garrigue scrub en route to the unique schiste wine region of our local appellation AOC Faugeres. Our route takes in many villages where wine has been the life blood dating back to Roman times. The roads we travel on are predominantly free of traffic providing a sense of remoteness whilst sometimes only being a few kilometres from the main road. At approx 10:00am (37km) we will stop for a coffee in one of the major wine producing villages.

11:30am. We will return to the B&B for showers before heading to lunch.

12:30pm We return to one of the circulade villages to enjoy a delicious 3 course lunch in their vine covered courtyard.

After lunch we will revisit 2 of the villages from this mornings route. At the first we will visit the ruins of a chateau dating back to the XIIth century and the adjacent chapel with beautiful romanesque windows with outstanding views from the Mont de la Gaurdiole to the Pyrenees. We will then visit a 16th century restored working windmill perched on a 417m hill.

7:30pm A relaxing dinner at the B&B.

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Day 7 – Tuesday – mardi

Gorges l’Orb 
50km ride with 1071m accumulated elevation

Included meals – breakfast / lunch / dinner

7:30am Breakfast, dressed and ready to ride.
8:00am. Our last riding day together is one we are delighted to share with you. Today’s cycling route will highlight the diversity of the landscape over a relatively short distance. Starting with our beautiful winery landscapes we head into the foothills with a gentle climb through medieval village streets to the limestone plateau and into the native scrub land. At 9:30am (20km) we will stop for a coffee overlooking the L’Orb river. After taking in the views, we discover the L’Orb river gorge,  flanked either side by the mountains. With picturesque views we follow the river to its junction with the river Jaur. After a short back track we cross the river and commence climbing. But don’t worry the scenery is your reward as the expanding views unfold before you.

12:30pm We arrive at our lunch stop in a quaint little village tucked away in the valley. After our last long lunch together we take the VéloRoo bus back to your B&B where you can enjoy a few hours to relax as you choose.

7:30pm Our farewell dinner at the B&B.

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Day 8 – Wednesday – mercredi

Included meals – Breakfast

Breakfast at your leisure.

Your chance for an optional morning ride if your travel plans permit. This ride will not have vehicle support.

Transfers to Beziers train station or Beziers airport at pre arranged times.

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