Languedoc: Vineyards, Markets and Roman Ruins

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  • Central Square: St Guilhem le Desert, Languedoc, France
  • Lodeve Cathedral

Languedoc: Vineyards, Markets and Roman Ruins

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Fully guided and supported, point-to-point cycling tour through the vineyards and hills of the Languedoc region.

The Languedoc region abounds with quiet back roads that wind through the rolling countryside and a multitude of small independent and family-owned vineyards. Our experienced guides will show you the best routes and places to stop along the way. Our support team will manage the logistics to ensure you can focus on taking in the stunning scenery and enjoying your ride.

7 days

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The Languedoc region is not only the oldest and largest wine-growing area in the world, but it is also one of the most historically interesting regions in Europe. Of 37 “Grand sites de France” areas protected for their natural beauty or historical significance, 10 are located in Languedoc.

Tour includes:

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Transfer for you and your bike from Montpellier or Nimes airport or Avignon rail station
  • Guided rides with support vehicle to transport luggage and supplies
  • Breakfast each day
Minimum group size for all guided trips is 4 persons.

Accommodation

One we have agreed with you the exact route and daily distances that you prefer, we will arrange accommodation with our partner hotels or gites in the region. All our accommodation is bike-friendly,and includes breakfast each day.

Standard pricing is based on double occupancy, but single occupancy can be arranged for a small supplement.

Sample itinerary

Languedoc offers a landscape of contrasts, boasting coastline and mountains, ancient history and lively contemporary market towns full of gastronomic delights and culture. Our proposed itinerary will provide you with a sample of all of the above!

Level: medium, some hill climbs, designed for active riders (can be adjusted for more avid riders)

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.

  • Uzes street scene
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.

  • Uzes to Sommieres

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.

  • Sommieres-to_St-Guilham
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.

  • St-Guilham-to-Pezenas
Distance: 100km, Climbing 1990m
(Shorter and less strenuous routes are also available)
Explore Pezenas
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.

  • Pezenas-with-bougainvilla
  • Pezenas street scene
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.

  • Pezenas-to_Montpellier
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 .

  • Montpellier
Final day and heading home

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