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 did his theatrical debuts. The buildings of this town are mostly from the 15th and 16th century. The 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. And of course we have chosen fantastic food for you on this trip. Bon appétit!
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
We cycle through the Garrigue towards Gignac and Aniane, then 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). You follow the river Herault (visit the cave stalactites at ‚Grotte de Clamouse’). After cycling through vineyards and small villages you reach Clermont l’Hérault.
Day 4: Villeneuvette - Lake Salagou - Villeneuvette, ~25 km/16 miles
Today you cycle to the Lake ‚Lac du Salagou’, 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 river Herault and pass through beautiful villages before arriving in Pézenas, Molière's birthplace. You'll stay in the extravagant 4**** Chambre d'hôte de Prestige.
Day 6: Pézenas - Agde/Sète - Montpellier, ~20 or 50 km/12 or 31 miles
On small roads you cycle through the famous white wine vineyards and on to Agde, which once was 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 till Sète and take the train there.
Day 7: Individual departure or extra nights
6 nights in comfortable 3*** hotels and 4**** gite
train ticket Agde - Montpellier on last day
luggage transport (1 piece per person)
English, French and German speaking guide, Prof. Dr. Dr.c.e. Josef Smets, specialist for French history and culture
France-Bike security vest
guided tour - 7 days / 6 nights
arrival on Sundays
17.03., 21.04., 19.05., 16.06., 15.09., 13.10.2019
season I (1095 €/person)
17.03. and 13.10.2019
season II (+60 €/person)
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 Est
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
is available on request
If the minimum number of 8 participants is not achieved, France-Bike will inform you at least 28 days before the tour start.
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