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Your Holiday at a Glance
Independent walking holiday
|Dates for 2020||
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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 centre based self-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 independent 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.
Please note that you require your own vehicule for this walking holiday. Below is an example of the walks that are possible.
The days on this self-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 according to your interests. Paths are generally good, although they can be rough and stony in places. A number of transfers to the start of walks are included in the holiday price. You require your own transport to access most of the walks. It would be possible to do the holiday without a car but the choice of walks would be limited.
Day 1: Arrival
Welcome at your guest house in the Tarn.
Cordes sur Ciel
Further information about the walks in Tarn and Aveyron will be sent to you prior to your holiday.
Accommodation & Meals
You’ll stay in two guest houses conveniently located for your walks. Our first choice of accommodation is presented below. They are in historic buildings and offer an authentic and very comfortable stay in a B&B style guest house. The welcome is warm and generous and the local cuisine and wine is first rate.
Below are examples of the type of accommodation used.
|Les Vents Bleus||B&B||Beautiful old vineyard property, restored to create a guest house full of charm with swimming pool, warm welcome and lovely food||4 corns|
|Les Miquels||B&B||Les Miquels is a chambre d'hôte style guest house, located in a small 18th century hamlet just outside the beautiful bastide village of Castelnau-de-Montmiral. The hamlet which was restored by Laurence and Dominique in 2004 has a number of typical buildings from the region including a dovecote, well and bread oven. Large grounds and swimming pool|
Transfer between Gaillac train station and your guest house in the Tarn included in your holiday price.
Eurostar, TGV and then TER French trains allow you to get to Gaillac train station from where you'll be given a transfer to your guest house in the Tarn near Castlenau. Changes between the Eurostar and TGV are at Lille or Paris. TGV's run from Paris Austerlitz to Toulouse from where you can change for a train to Gaillac, heading towards Rodez or Albi. For some trains you can also change at Montauban rather than Toulouse and then take a train or bus (run by the train company) to Gaillac.
There are flights from French and UK airports to Toulouse. Operators from UK airports include Easyjet from Bristol and Gatwick, Jet2.com from Leeds - Bradford and Manchester, and British Airways from London Heathrow. From the airport, take a shuttle bus to Toulouse train station and from there, a local train to Gaillac. Shuttle bus is found at door B3 on the ground floor and the journey costs about €5.50.
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. 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.
Self Drive from UK
Channel ferry crossings from Dover are provided by a number of operators including P&O Ferries & DFDS seaways. Crossings are also provided by train with Eurotunnel.
Once in France, the journey from Calais to your guest house takes about 10-11 hours (excluding long breaks). You can leave your car at your guest house for the duration of your walking holiday.