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A cycle journey through southwest France

Enjoy a week of superb cycling in south-west France as we ride from the medieval fortress of Carcassonne, through a land of impressive Cathar castles and pretty villages, to the Mediterranean coast and historic town of Perpignan. The rides are varied and mostly on quiet lanes, taking us into the Pyrenean foothills and along the Vermillion Coast, and along the way we stop for wine tasting or to sample local delicacies. Four of the rides are optional, giving you the chance to blend sightseeing and cycling to suit your interests.

Tour Highlights

  • Cathar Castles - visit impressive UNESCO site of medieval Carcassonne and Chateaux de Lastours and Puivert
  • Corbieres hill towns - enjoy delicious French cuisine, wine tasting and visit thermal springs
  • Mediterranean coast - cycle along the edge of the sea and swim off the beaches
  • Perpignan - see the Majorca Palace and learn about the Counts of Roussillon
  • Visit artistic Collioure - a favourite among masters such as Picasso and Matisse

Itinerary

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  • 1
    Join trip in Carcassonne; evening orientation walk

  • 2
    Circular ride along the Canal du Midi to Lastours

  • 3
    Cycle into Corbieres hills; wine tasting and visit hot springs

  • 4
    Circular ride via Rennes-le-Chateau to Puivert Village

  • 5
    Cycle Pyrenean foothills to Perpignan

  • 6
    Ride round the Etang de Canet ou de St-Nazaire

  • 7
    Cycle to Collioure; swim at the beaches

  • 8
    Trip finishes in Perpignan

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Cycle the Cathar Castles
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Why Book this trip
Unlike many other operators, we include the hire of your bike in the overall cost of the holiday: you don't need to bring your own or pay extra to hire one locally. We also provide a support vehicle, spare parts and take care of day to day bike maintenance. All you need bring is your own helmet.
Included meals 7 0 2
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Transport
Taxi, Bicycle
Accommodation
7 nights Standard Hotel
Trip Staff
Explore Tour Leader / Driver
Cycling Information
On this trip we cycle 394 km over 6 days (an average of 65 km per day). The terrain is fairly hilly with the biggest ascents on days 4 and 5 and finishing with flatter rides for the last 2 days. We cycle on a mixture of tarmac roads and dedicated cycle paths. Maps are provided to cycle individually or in groups while the tour leader drives the support vehicle, except on circular routes when the tour leader will cycle with the group. We have graded the route as moderate to challenging.
Included Bike
21 gear RTE 520 hybrid bikes
Group Size
Generally 10 - 16