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Guestbook entries:

“Solid and well equipped bikes.”
Lasse
Norway. (p. 2)

"Fantastische fietsen."
Marian & Ria
Holland. (p.4)

"Meget hyggelig personell, bra utleie sykkel og en fantastisk dag på sykkel."
Nina & Sven
Norway (p. 9)
  
"Super fahrräder und tolle empfehlungen und tipps für die tour. Sehr netter empfang."
Thomas & Ruth
Germany. (p. 14) 

"Kiitos kovasti! Pyörät ja maisemat aivan loistavia."
Riikka & Alex
Finland. (p. 24)
 
“Vélo de très bonne qualité, accueil très sympa. Il ne fallait pas manquer ça!”
Vincent et Cathy
France. (p. 26)

"Es war eine wunderschöne Fahrradtour nach Poilhes. Die Räder haben wunderbar funktioniert."
Paul & Martha
Germany. (p. 27)
 
"Très bons vélos pour le Canal Du Midi...les vélos sont très bien adaptés."
Fabian & Jacky
France (p.30)

"From Lac St Ferreol to Sète...thank you for the outstanding, friendly, and caring professional service."
Anne, Rob, Sarah, Bruce
New Zealand (p. 32)

"The bikes were perfect for the Canal."
Susan & Gerard
(p. 33)

"Es war eine wunderbare tour entlang des canal du midi, und der service of Relax Rentals fahrrad-verleih was super."
Jens & Gemy
Germany (p. 38)

"Très belle balade avec des vélos supers pour cette promenade le long du canal."
Marie
France (p. 40)

Author of Dutch cycle guide for Canal Du Midi rented bikes from us to cycle to Bordeaux:
luc oteman rented bikes with us

"Prima service van Relax Rentals! Van harte aanbevolen voor een fietstrip langs het Canal Du Midi."

"Alles hat gut geklappt. Hatten drei eigene fahrräder dabei, alle drei hatten einen platten. Jedoch keines des gemieteten velos."
Mastin
Switzerland (p. 46)

“The service Relax Rentals provided was faultless/excellent. Will definitely use them again.”
Sam
UK. (p. 46)

 

Albi-Beziers Cycling Route
Independent bike tour - Cycling over railroads converted to bike paths

Independent Cycle Routes = Bike rental + map + hotel recommendations

6 days, 188 Km.  Difficulty: Easy to Medium.  Must change trains either in Toulouse and/or Narbonne.  A few hills after Bedarieux. 

Take train+bike from Béziers to Mazamet for about 38 euros. 
Also option of taking train+bike from Bedarieux to Béziers for about 9 euros.

Departure dates: Everyday, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

map albi beziers bicycle tour

fully equipped touring bike luggage storage in Beziers detailed roadbook technical assistance telephone assistance

This is an independent bicycle tour:  If you prefer to book your own hotels or use campings, than this independent tour option is just for you.  We will provide you with a fully equipped bicycle (the same as used on the full package tours), waterproof panniers, maps, and hotel recommendations, the rest is up to you.  We can also store excess luggage for you until you come back.

For alternate routes similar to this route please visit our Languedoc Bike Routes page.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1.  Arrival Béziers.  Get fitted to bikes and transfer luggage to our waterproof panniers and handlebar bag.  Excess luggage can be stored by us until you come back.  Cycle to train station 400 meters from our store and board train to Albi.  Arrive in Albi in late afternoon. 

Among the buildings of Albi is the Sainte Cécile cathedral, a masterpiece of the Southern Gothic style, built between the 13th and 15th centuries. It is characterised by a strong contrast between its austere, defensive exterior and its sumptuous interior decoration. The episcopal city, situated in the center of Albi, around the cathedral, was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 2010.  The Pont Vieux (Old Bridge) dates from 1035 and Albi grew rich partially from the tolls it charged to cross this bridge.  The bridge is still in use after almost a millennium.  Later, in the 1200's the city prospered due to its manufacturing of pastel colors from the woad plant.  Albi is the home of the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum. More than 1000 works, including the 31 famous posters, are held here. This body of work forms the largest public collection in the world devoted to Toulouse-Lautrec.  Older than the Palais des Papes in Avignon, the Palais de la Berbie, formerly the Bishops' Palace of Albi, now the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum, is one of the oldest and best-preserved castles in France. This imposing fortress was completed at the end of the 13th century.  

Train+Bike Info: Take the train from Béziers to Albi.  Price about 38 euros per person, with bike free.  Reserve tickets ahead of time.  Buy tickets here.  Make sure you are on a TER train.  If it says CAR that means bus, and it might not be possible to bring your bike.  Avoid TGV as they may require you to put the bike into a bag (in order to keep the other passengers' luggage clean).  TGV and Intercity also cost 10 euro per bike extra.

albi seen from other side of the river cathedral in albi albi palace of berbie henri de toulouse lautrec poster

 

Day 2.  Albi - Castres.  41 Km.  You will be cycling over an ancient railroad converted to a bike path running from Albi to Castres.  The track is wel marked and passes through several villages.  There are also water fountains along the path to refill your water bottles.  The Tarn Department has many dovecotes, or large pigeon houses.  They were a status symbol for the rich during the middle ages, and some measure up to 15 meters high.  Along the way you will spot a few of these.  You will cycle past the town of Lautrec, which is classified among The Most Beautiful Villages in France for its medieval site and superb architectural heritage.  Lautrec is a good place to stop for lunch.  This region is also the main production area of pink garlic.  You will also pass through fields of sunflowers.  The bike path is level and for large parts shaded.

bicycle path from albi to castres bike path from albi to castres people cycling from albi to castres pigeon house along voie verte albi castres

Day 3.  Castres - Mazamet.  25 Km.  Castres became an important stop on the international pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela in Spain because its abbey-church, built in the 9th century, was keeping the relics of Saint Vincent, the renowned martyr of Spain.  Pierre de Fermat, a famous mathematician, lived in and is burried in Castres.  Before you leave today, you will have time to visit the Musée Goya in Castres.  It is one of the best museums in France, with a concentration on Spanish art including works by Goya and Picasso.  Leaving Castres, you will be following small paved roads with little traffic today.

castres jardin de leveche castres and its river painting found in castres goya museum bicycle path close to castres

Day 4.  Mazamet - St Pons.  36 Km.  At Mazamet you join the brand new Voie Verte (bike path) called Passa Pais.  This path is an old converted railroad.  You will pass old trainstations, go over bridges, and pass through tunnels.  The path is level and car free.  You will have plenty of time to take breaks along the way.  There are also several caves along the way.  You might be able to spot menhirs, large stones placed vertically by humans between 3500 and 2000 BCE.

passa pais bicycle tour one of the many tunnel on passa pais to cycle through inside a passa pais bicycle tunnel

Day 5.  St Pons - Bedarieux.  39 Km.  You are cycling through the Parc Naturel Du Haut Languedoc. The park is rich in flora and fauna, including owls, eagles, otters, the very rare European genet (a catlike mammal), and crawfish and trouts in its many streams. Many protected species live in the park.  Along the way you will pass many natural wonders such as the thermal springs at Lamalou-Les-Bains, the stunning canyon of Gorges d'Heric (feel free to stop here and take a small hike), and caves.  You will also pass through Olargues, voted one of "the most beautiful villages in France."  In Olargeus, make sure to visit the Pont Du Diable.  In St Pons you can visit the new museum of pre-history, located accross the street from a church founded in 936.

olargues pont diable along bike tour gorges de heric along bicycle route passa pais lamalou les bains along voie verte passa pais

Day 6.  Bedarieux - Beziers.  47 Km.  You will follow small paved roads through vineyards with little to no traffic.  On the way you will pass through several small villages.  There will be a few hills to climb along the way, especially the first 5 Km.

beziers seen from bridge over orb river general landscape between bedarieux and beziers bedarieux

Other route options:

OPTION A:
Day 1: Cycle from Beziers to Narbonne.
Day 2: Take train from Narbonne to Albi.

Benefits:  Get used to bicycle without being too far from our homebase.  Get to see part of the Canal Du Midi, including the aquaduct across the Orb River, the Nine Locks, and the Tunnel de Malpas.  Get to visit Narbonne.  Also no need to change trains in Narbonne since you will already be there.

Option B:
Day 1: Arrival in Beziers. Take train+bike to Albi.
Day 2: Spend extra day in Albi.
Day 3: Continue with trip as outlined above.

Benefits:  Get to explore Albi for a whole day.

Option C:
Cycle distance from Mazamet to Bedarieux in one day.  This route is flat, well marked, and unable to get lost on.  So if you have cycled 75 Km in one day before, this might be a good option for you.  However, the scenery is very beautiful, and it will be a pity really to race through it.

 

 

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