Canyon and Valley of the Hérault River.
The region of the Languedoc is a real insider's tip! You start your bike holidays in one of the most beautiful towns of France, Montpellier. Then you cycle on through the Garrigue, the Mediterranean scrubland, with its scented thyme and rosemary. After Gignac and Aniane you reach the canyon of the Hérault River, which leads you to one of the oldest villages of France, Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert. The roman abbey is a UNESCO world heritage site. Through huge vineyards you cycle on to Clermont-l’Hérault. After having a swim in the clear waters of ‚Lac du Salagou’ you ride to the picturesque village of Mourèze and you will discover an amazing landscape of dolomite rocks. In Villeneuvette you can visit the former royal cloth factory, which has existed since 1666. The following day you get to Pézenas, where Molière was born, and where he did his theatrical debuts. The buildings of this town are mostly from the 15th and 16th century. The bike tour leads you on to the Mediterranean Sea and the Greek town of Agde before you return to Montpellier by train. Visit the museum ‚Musée Fabre’ with its rich collection of paintings.
Day 1: Arrival in Montpellier
Montpellier is one of the most beautiful towns in France. You stay in a 3*** hotel in the famous suburb of Antigone.
Day 2: Montpellier - Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, ~40 km/25 miles
At 9:30am you will meet us at the hotel for your personal briefing. You cycle then through the Garrigue towards Gignac and Aniane and afterwards through the canyons of the Hérault until you reach the picturesque medieval village Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert.
Day 3: Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert - Villeneuvette, ~25 km/16 miles
Visit the village and its abbey (UNESCO world heritage site) and then follow the Herault River southwards. Take a break at the cave stalactites at ‚Grotte de Clamouse’ and cycle on through the vineyards and small villages until you reach Clermont l’Hérault.
Day 4: Villeneuvette - Lake Salagou - Villeneuvette, ~25 km/16 miles
Today you cycle to Lake Salagou’ and then to Salasc and Mourèze and its amazing formation of Dolomite Rocks. In the late afternoon you get to the former royal cloth factory from the 17th century in Villeneuvette.
Day 5: Villeneuvette - Pézenas, ~25 km/16 miles
You follow the Herault River and pass beautiful villages before arriving in Pézenas, Molière's birthplace. Here you'll stay in an extravagant 4**** Chambre d'hôte de Prestige.
Day 6: Pézenas - Agde/Sète - Montpellier, ~20-50 km/12-31 miles
On small roads you cycle along famous white wine vineyards to Agde, which once was founded as a Greek colony. After visiting the old town with its Romanesque fortified church, made of basalt stone you take the train back to Montpellier where you should visit the historical center with the oldest faculty of medicine in France, and the square around the opera house with its nice cafes and bistros. You can also continue cycling to Sète and take the train there.
Day 7: Individual departure or extra nights
6 nights in comfortable 3*** hotels and 4**** gites, some with a swimming-pool
train ticket Agde - Montpellier on last day
luggage transport (1 piece per person)
carefully chosen roads and paths
detailed documentation, brochures, plans, maps, etc.
France-Bike signs along the route
GPS tracks on request
France-Bike security vest
self-guided tour - 7 days / 6 nights
arrival every Sunday
season I (695 €/person in double)
season II (+60 €/person)
season III (+90 €/person)
"arrival any day"
possible for 4 persons minimum without supplement
supplement of 60 €/person for 3 persons
supplement of 90 €/person for 2 persons
route (2) ~135 or 165 km/85 or 100 miles
on quiet and mostly flat roads, sometimes gently hilly
how to get there
by car: motorway A7, exit Montpellier
by train: station Montpellier, direct from Paris with TGV
by plane: airport Montpellier, direct from London, Paris, Amsterdam, Dublin, Copenhagen and Stockholm
free in hotel garage on request, in July and August 30 €/week
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