All accommodation is in small hotels on a twin-share
basis, usually en-suite. Regional dishes include hearty country meals
like cassoulet and pot au feu and also, being less than an hour from
the Mediterranean, a surprising range of superb fresh fish.
The tour, although often hilly, keeps to the foothills
and avoids the longer, hard climbs of the high Pyrenees. You also
have the reassurance of our support vehicle if you want a lift up
any of the hills or to the overnight stop. There are always longer
options for those seeking more of a challenge.
nights B&B on twin-share basis.
from Carcassonne included if you meet us at the recommended transfer
Day 1: Meet at Carcassonne then a short transfer
to Limoux, home of the fabled Champagne-style Blanquette de Limoux.
2: After an introductory talk, you bike on quiet roads to Mirepoix.
3: Today you have the option of a direct route or a longer
ride via some of the charming small hillside villages. Overnight
at Lavelanet, a town well worth exploring. 15 or 35 miles.
4: First thing there is the option to visit the castle at
Montsegur, one of the last bastions of the Cathars. You then cross
the Pays de Sault before a long descent to the tranquil market town
of Quillan, in the Aude valley. 35 miles.
5: Today's route takes you over the Col de St Louis before
joining the Fenouilledes valley. There's time to visit the fantastic
castle at Queribus before reaching the hotel and castle at Duilhac.
6: Beginning with a ride through the Gorge de Galamus, you
bike along small country lanes to the village of Sougraigne. The
magnificent Pech de Bugarach will be in your sights for much of
the day. A warm welcome and superb food awaits! 25 miles.
Jun 24-Jul 1
Tour Price: $1,105
7: After passing through the spa town of Rennes les Bains,
there's an optional climb to the fabled hilltop village of Rennes
le Chateau. You then rejoin the Aude valley, returning to Limoux
and a celebratory last night dinner. 35 miles.
8: Transfer to Carcassonne.