Arrival and exploring historic Uzes
We will pick you up at your arrival airport or train station and transport you and your bike to the picturesque town of Uzes which is the starting point of your tour.
The town of Uzes dates from Roman times. Wander through the circular streets, which follow the route of the medieval walls that once protected the castle in the 11th century.
Relax in La Place aux Herbes in the historic centre with its many outdoor cafés and arcades and admire the tall Fenestrelle cathedral tower fashioned after the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
No formal cycling today. Take your time to explore the town while we assemble your bikes for tomorrow’s ride
Pont du Gard – Uzes to Sommieres
Today’s ride begins with a short cycle to the magnificent roman Pont du Gard. The Pont du Gard, a UNESCO World Hertiage site stands almost 50m high on three levels and 275m wide – a technical as well as an artistic masterpiece.
After visiting the Pont du Gard the route continues through the vineyards to the village of Sommieres. The village has a Roman bridge, a medieval centre, a fortified gate and the ruins of a castle. It is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a day of cycling.
Distance: 75km, Climbing 920m
Through the vines: Sommieres to St. Guilham le Desert
This route meanders through two distinct Languedoc wine appellations – the Terres de Sommieres and then Pic-St-Loup with the dramatic Cevennes hills in the background before decending into the Gellon valley to arrive at St. Guilham le Desert.
St-Guilhem le Desert is both the name of an abbey and the village that grew up around it. The village has retained its medieval personality with old houses in amber stone, an ancient tower, and a shady square with a fountain at its centre.
Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert is counted among the Plus Beaux Villages of France and is home to numerous artists’ studios.
Take to the hills: St Guilham le Desert to Pezenas via Lodeve
This route is challenging as it is full of short and sharpish hill climbs through the red rocky hills which are typical of the area, but there are also many charming villages in which to take a break.
It is worth stopping for lunch and a bit of sightseeing in Lodeve. The cathedral is a particularly well preserved example of local Gothic architecture.
The route then passes along the edge of Lac du Salagou. Enjoy the more leisurely inclines and the breathtaking open vistas over this beautiful lake.
Finish in Pezenas, which is a bustling artistic centre full of unique bars and restaurants.
Distance: 100km, Climbing 1990m
(Shorter and less strenuous routes are also available)
Pezenas was once the capital of ancient Languedoc and has maintained a regal character. Explore the pedestrian only historic centre and the ancient Jewish Quarter. You will want to keep a camera handy.
Pezenas is a local artistic hub. Pop in to the many artisan workshops and galleries; there are marked routes you can follow.
On Saturday there is an all day market in the Cours Jean Jaures. You will be spoiled for choice with an abundance of quality restaurants from local to gourmet cuisine.
Rest day: relax and explore the historic town of Pezenas
Along the Mediteranean: Pezenas to Montpellier
This relatively flat route traces the coast, passing through the quaint fishing villages of Marseillan and Sete. Be sure to stop at one of the local oyster trucks or beach cafes for a taste of the local delicacy.
Much of the route follows cycling paths and you can take a leisurely pace today to enjoy the seaside views.
Distance: 80km, Climbing 550m
Montpellier and heading home
Enjoy breakfast in one of the open air cafes on the main square Place de la Comedie
If time allows, explore the old town, visit the Musee Fabre or the Cathedral St. Pierre .
Final day and heading home