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Embark on a week long walking holiday along the beautiful Tarn Valley, discovering the varied landscapes, the vineyards, the wooded hills and the charming villages.

Type of Holiday:
Price:

From £698pp (from £982pp inc rail) based on 2 people sharing

Duration: 6 days, 7 nights
Departures: Various departures from April to October
Start point: Albi
End point: Albi
 

Greentraveller's Top Tips: If you've extra time to explore Albi before catching the train, this charming village plays host to plenty of interesting markets worth visiting. These include a vegetable market every morning except Mondays and an arts and crafts fair on Saturdays. Alternatively, Parc Rochegude is very close to the train station and an excellent place to enjoy the great outdoors. 

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Overview of Walking Holiday along the Tarn Valley

Discover the beautiful landscape of the Tarn Valley, which is Mediterranean in character.

Start your trip in the wonderful small city of Albi which nestles on the River Tarn's banks. You won't miss its magnificent cathedral whose fortifications are testimony to more turbulent times: the crusades and later the Wars of Religion. As you walk eastwards from Albi through the Tarn Valley, you'll pass villages of mellow stone-work, take in varied landscapes, and walk up wooded hills that reveals the countryside which is more southern in character, with cork oaks and cypress trees. Unspoiled and full of cultural interest, the Tarn is a wonderfully rewarding region. You'll walk along the river through woodland and farmland as well as the occasional hamlet such as Villeneuve.

Staying the night in comfortable hotels, you will be introduced to the distinctive, rich cuisine of the region, and its excellent wines, such as the flinty Gaillac whites.

Accommodation:

Hotel Chiffre, Albi This family-run hotel is centrally located, just five minutes' walk from the main sights.

Hotel du Pont, Ambialet Located by the bridge into the village, with gardens leading down to the water's edge, this friendly, comfortable hotel has been run by the same family for over two centuries. There is an outdoor pool as well as a pleasant terrace overlooking the river.

Hostellerie des Lauriers, Villeneuve A small inn converted from a handsome 18th-century stone building, with an indoor pool and a terrace overlooking the river.

Relays du Chasteau, Brousse-le-Château This simple inn has been run by the same family for several generations and its restaurant is popular with the locals.

What our customers say:

Miss Johnson of Cardiff
We went to the Le Clos Sainte Cecile restaurant in Albi mentioned in your notes, it was also recommended by the Hotel Chiffre, and it was excellent. I would also like to add how friendly everyone was, in the hotels and the taxi drivers.

Mrs Maddicott of Oxfordshire
Beautiful countryside - marvellous views - particularly good food and service at Brousse-le-Château. We had a most enjoyable holiday. All was organised to a high degree of efficiency and all the hotel staff were most friendly and helpful. We thought that this was one of the very best of our five or six Inntravel holidays.

Mr Dodd of Nottingham
Highlight: the morning sunshine through the mist as we climbed up out of Ambialet to start the day's walk.

For more reviews of this trip, see: Reviews of Walking along the Tarn Valley in France

What price includes

 
  • 7 nights' B&B in two 2-star hotels; two 3-star hotels
  • 5 dinners and 4 picnics
  • Savour local regional cuisine
  • detailed route notes and maps
  • Luggage transported
 

Location

 

Plan your journey by train

Meeting point:
Hotel Chiffre, Albi

Nearest train station to meeting point:
Albi

Transfer to meeting point:
Guests make their own way to meeting point
From Albi railway station, the Hotel Chiffre is a 5-minute walk.

How to get there:
Train from London to Albi (via Paris and Matabiau)

 
Plan your journey by train to Toulouse
 

Plan your journey by train

Finish point:
Hotel Chiffre, Albi

Nearest train station to finish point:
Albi

Transfer to finish point:
Guests make their own way to station
The Hotel Chiffre is a 5-minute walk to Albi railway station.

How to get back:
Train from Albi to London (via Montauban and Paris)

 
Plan your return train journey from Toulouse