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Your Holiday at a Glance
|Guided walking holiday||
|Dates for 2020||
|Accommodation and Meals||
|What's not included||
Historic Villages & Valleys of the Tarn
Hundreds of medieval towns known as Bastides are scattered throughout the Midi-Pyrenees. From high on rocky hilltops, villages such as Puycelsi, Penne and Cordes have kept watch over the surrounding countryside for centuries. Our guided walking holiday in the Tarn and Aveyron will allow you to explore several of these towns as well as discover the valleys that cut through the countryside giving it a distinctive character of deep rocky gorges, steep wooded valleys and high sunny plateaux.
Your guided walking holiday in south west France includes a mixture of moderate walks allowing ocassional walkers of average fitness to enjoy the ever changing views and landscapes of the Tarn and to see the beautiful array of wildlife and flowers. The area is particularly well known for its beautiful spring orchids thanks to the limestone and chalky nature of the land. The Autumn brings the deer to the forest at Gresigne as well as wild boar and a fantastic array of birds of prey.
The days on this guided walking holiday are mixed, allowing walkers of moderate ability to enjoy the ever changing views and landscapes and see the beautiful array of wildlife and flowers. Some moderate ascents up and down gorges and hills amounting to about 350m. Most walks are well within the grade. The walks can be varied to the fitness of the group. Paths are generally good, although they can be rough in places.
Day 1: Arrival
Welcome, pick-up from airport and drive to first guest house
Day 2: St Antonin Noble Val
Visit St Antonin Noble Val nestled at the opening of the Aveyron Gorge, this beautiful medieval town was the backdrop to the film ‘Charlotte Gray.` We take time to visit the Sunday market before walking up the escarpment and following a path across the Causse or limestone plateau. 12kms 300m climb
Day 3: The old drovers path
Further information about the walks in Tarn and Aveyron will be sent to you prior to your holiday. We will endeavour to keep to these walks as far as possible on our guided walking holiday; however they are subject to change. In addition, we like to maintain a certain degree of flexibility to take account of the group’s abilities and interests, and the local conditions. The final selection of walks will be made by your guide during the week after consultation with the group.
Accommodation & Meals
You’ll stay in 2 beautiful guest houses conveniently located for your walks. They are 3 star equivalent, in historic properties offering an authentic and very comfortable stay in B&B style guest houses. The welcome is warm and generous and the local cuisine and wine is first rate. The guest houses or hotels will depend on availability and the size of your group.
Below is an example of the type of accommodation used.
|Les Vents Bleus||B&B||Beautiful old vineyard, restored to create a guest house full of charm with swimming pool, warm welcome and lovely food||4 corns|
Transfers from Toulouse and Rodez airports are included in the price of the holiday. The low cost airlines, Easy jet and Ryanair have scheduled flights from the UK to these airports.
Please visit our travel shop for links to useful sites for reserving airport parking or booking train tickets
Note: Please check concerning the availability of a holiday before booking any flights. In addition, we can only guarantee transfers from the practical airports listed above. If you need further information or would like to discuss any aspect of your travel arrangements, please contact us, we’re here to help you.
Eurostar and the TGV provide a relaxing journey from London to TOULOUSE MATABIAU changing at Paris or Lille. Please use Rail Europe's train finder in our travel store to organise your train journey.
Please contact us before booking to check for practical times.
Channel ferry crossings from Dover are provided by a number of operators including P&O Ferries, Eurotunnel and DFDS Seaways.
Once in France, the journey from Calais to the Tarn area takes about 9 hours (excluding long breaks). Tolls amount to about 50 euros each way.