LANGUEDOC & CAMARGUE

7 day Independent or Escorted tour Montpellier is one of the loveliest towns in France. This typical Mediterranean city is situated not far from the blue sea and its sandy beaches. The centre of Montpellier is rich in medieval monuments and of those from the Renaissance and Classicism periods. Its university of medicine is the […]

7 day Independent or Escorted tour

Montpellier is one of the loveliest towns in France. This typical Mediterranean city is situated not far from the blue sea and its sandy beaches. The centre of Montpellier is rich in medieval monuments and of those from the Renaissance and Classicism periods. Its university of medicine is the oldest in the world.
Lovely squares and many restaurants and cafés invite you to appreciate the Mediterranean way of life. This tour leads you from Sommières, a very nice medieval town on the Vidourle River crossed by a 2000 years old Roman bridge. A little bit of paradise awaits you after Sommières, this region is called “Vaunage”. Their inhabitants were protestants and made a bloody rebellion against the not so “sunny” Louis XIV from 1703 to 1705 and payed unfortunately a great tribute.
On the way to Nîmes, with its many Roman monuments, you ride along vineyards in the Mediterranean landscape of the Garrigues. After the Roman town you will ride along the Rhône-Sète Canal through the typical inner seas to the medieval town of Aigues-Mortes. You cross and discover the untouched Camargue. From Aigues-Mortes, you ride along the beaches of the Mediterranean Sea back to Montpellier.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in the one of the nicest towns of France, Montpellier.

Hotel***, dinner in an excellent restaurant in the town. 

Day 2

Montpellier – Sommières, 40 km

Through the impressive landscapes of the Languedoc and little villages to Castries with one of the nicest castles of the Languedoc, called the “Versailles of Languedoc”. Then to Sommières, a little medieval town where a roman bridge crosses the river of Vidourle. Lovely Hotel *** on the Vidourle with excellent restaurant, a gastronomic highlight again! 

Day 3

Sommières – Nîmes, 30 km

You cross today the famous region of the Vaunage, the centre of the protestants, who fighted against the troops of king Louis XIVth from 1703 to 1705 and paid a very high tribute. Romantic villages accompany you to Nîmes, the “Rome of Gaule”. Visit of the old town and the numerous roman monuments. Marvellous hotel *** in a historic building (16th century) and dinner in an excellent restaurant. 

Day 4

Nîmes – Aigues-Mortes, 50 km

Through the “Little Camargue” and along the Rhône-Sète Canal accross some little villages to Aigues-Mortes, a totaly conserved town of the Middle Ages, surrounded by seas, Camargue and the salines. Hotel ***, dinner in a very good restaurant. 

Day 5

Aigues-Mortes – Camargue – Aigues-Mortes, 30 km

Trip in the untouched Camargue, that you can only explore by feet or by bike. An extraordinary excursion in the nature! Back to the hotel ***, dinner in a very good restaurant. 

Day 6

Aigues-Mortes – Montpellier, 50 km / 30 miles

You’ll discover the coast, the sandy beaches and the Rhône-Sète Canal inmidst the seas. The port of the little fishertown Le Grau du Roi invites you to drink a coffee before you cross the touristic town of La Grande Motte and its futuristic architecture. You arrive in Montpellier. Hotel *** and dinner in an other very excellent restaurant of the town (2 Michelin Forks), an absolutely gastronomic highlight again! This is part of the program of Gourmet-Days in Montpellier.

Day 7

 End of the tour. 

Tour Character – moderate

Flat contour along quiet country trails. A few low hills are encountered. You cycle mostly on dedicated cycle paths and some quiet country roads. Suitable for novices, families and experienced cyclists alike.

Airport / Transfers

The nearest major airport is Montpellier. There are regular shuttles between the Airport and Montpellier city centre.

Bus/rail transfers from Nime and Marseilles Airports are also available. For passengers travelling from Paris, the best way is by TGV express train to Nime (4 hours), then the local bus from there (approx. cost is $140.00).

 

Escorted Tour Schedule & Price

2014 Departure Dates

Sunday 23.03., 06.04., 20.04., 18.05., 01.06., 15.06., 31.08, 14.09.,28.09,. 12.10.
NOTE: minimum number requirement applies

 

Price per person double occupancy only CAD $1825
Single Supplement $300
 Optional Electro Bike $170

 

This tour includes:

• 6 nights accommodation in a double room with private facilities. The hotels we use on this tour are very good quality family run hotels of very good 2 and 3 star standard.
• breakfast AND 3-course dinner daily.
• experienced English speaking tour guide.
• luggage transport from hotel to hotel.
• entrance fees as per itinerary
• modern hybrid bicycle with 21 gears, pannier and theft insurance
• Detailed travel material, guides, and route descriptions of places of interest

 

Independent Tour – Schedule & Price 

Independent tours depart every Sunday from March 24th to October 27th.
Minimum number requirements apply. Choose any date you like if you have four or more in your party.

 

Price per person  CAD $1280
Single Supplement

 

$300
Optional Electro Bike $170
Half-board option (6 x evening dinners) $280
High season surcharge (July & August dates) $150

 

This tour includes:
• 6 nights accommodation in a double room with private facilities. The hotels we use on this tour are well located, family run hotels of very good 2 and 3 star quality.
• 6 breakfasts.
• luggage transport from hotel to hotel.
• modern hybrid bicycle with 21 gears, pannier & theft insurance
• Detailed travel material, route guide, maps and descriptions of places of interest
• 7-Day Service-hotline