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Explore the sleepy villages, meandering river and rolling hills of the beautiful Tarn Valley under your own steam on two wheels, starting and ending in the delightful town of Albi, staying in authentic country inns and going at your own pace.


From £868pp (from £1208 inc rail from London), based on 2 people sharing

Duration: 7 nights/6 days
Departures: Various departures from April-October start any day (May-Aug) Thu-Mon (Sep & Oct); Wed-Mon (Apr)
Start point: Albi
End point: Albi

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Cycling in France - The Timeless Tarn

From the delightful town of Albi, home to the fabulous Toulouse-Lautrec Museum, you head east along the River Tarn into countryside that becomes increasingly rugged. From neat vineyards and tree-covered hills, you enter a land of cork oaks and cypress trees, with sleepy villages lining the meandering river. The landscapes are very Mediterranean and ideal for exploring on two wheels.

This route takes you along both banks of the river mainly cycling along quiet lanes, and with many riverside stretches. You stay in a series of welcoming country inns which offer all the flavours of the South-West, including tasty duck dishes, hearty cassoulets and fresh fish from the river. To accompany this are the region’s fine wines - flinty Gaillac whites that are especially refreshing after a day in the saddle.


All the places we stayed at were very friendly and gave us a true taste of having a hotel in France. We do not like to stay in hotels that are the same all over the world so the individual places you found were all excellent. The other 2 couples who came with us also agree with our comments and they want to go again. The description was easy grade 1-2 so we did expect less hills. However we did cycle up the hills (no-one walked up) and that gave us a sense of achievement. The highlight was the canoe ride down the Tarn from the hotel on our rest day. We laughed so much and the temperature was over 40C so very hot. It gave us the energy for the longer ride the next day which we all enjoyed.
Mr Robinson (Cornwall)

We feel that the one outstanding thing about this particular trip was the value for money. It is excellent value for money due to the fact that five very good meals were included in the price of the holiday. We loved cycling through the beautiful French villages untouched by time. A Saturday afternoon watching several serious French teams from all over the region take part in a Petanque knock-out competition in Trebas was very entertaining!
Mrs Jackson (Gwynedd)

What price includes

  • 7 nights' B&B accommodation
  • 5 dinners
  • detailed route botes & maps
  • luggage transported
  • high quality bikes
  • visit the Toulouse Lautrec Museum in Albi



Plan your journey by train

Meeting point:
Hotel Chiffre, Albi

Nearest train station to meeting point:
Albi Railway Station

Transfer to meeting point:
Operator collects guests from station

How to get there:
London to Albi via Paris and Tolouse

Plan your journey by train to Albi

Plan your journey by train

Finish point:
Hotel Chiffre, Albi

Nearest train station to finish point:
Albi Railway Station

Transfer to finish point:
Operator drops guests off at station

How to get back:
Albi to London via Paris and Toulouse

Plan your return train journey from Albi