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Multi-activity trip in the Languedoc

A beautiful week by bike, on foot or on the water to discover on the first part the Passa Païs in the Natural Park of the Haut Languedoc. Then join the site (classified UNESCO) of Salagou and discover all its richness. Finish your cycling trip on the Mediterranean coast on the banks of the Thau Lagoon and then in Sète. A small glass of white wine, oysters, magnificent landscapes, isn’t this what we call happiness?

Reference PP0801
  • Itinerant trip
  • 8 days
  • Moderate
  • From March to October
  • Minimum age 12 years old
GPSGPS-app available
1150€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • The construction of a cycling trip is often similar to a good recipe. Different authentic ingredients rigorously selected, a good method, it often gives an excellent result to share with family or friends. For your cycling trip from the high Languedoc to the sea, the ingredients are: A breathtaking diversity of landscapes. A first part 100% secured on the Passa Païs cycle path and then on secondary roads through vineyards, olive trees and scenic villages. UNESCO classified sites like the Grand site du Salagou. A cultural stage in the medieval town of Pézenas. All this sprinkled with différent riding way (on foot, by canoe and of course by bike). It’s ready, bon apétit !

    Day 1


    Arrival in Mazamet

    Arrival in Mazamet

    Day 2


    Mazamet - Labastide Rouairoux

    From Mazamet, the Bike path of the Passa Païs offers you a landscape full of greenery and calm. You are in the valley of Thoré, at the foot of the Black Mountain, ideal to recharge your batteries.
    You will take the path of the old railroad, connecting Mazamet to Bédarieux and you will penetrate a set of oaks and ash trees, which will offer you freshness and intimacy.
    On about 25km, you will cross multiple tunnels, more or less long, lighting up on your way and you will cross many points fitted out to take a break.
    Regularly, you will find on your way bridges, opening windows of light on the surrounding massifs, to benefit at most from the nature which surrounds you.
    You will go along some villages in which you will be able to stop to discover places like the departmental museum of Textile in Labastide Rouairoux, a privileged witness of the region’s industrial past.
    The track has a stabilized surface and a very soft profile.

    Day 3


    Labastide Rouairoux - Mons la Trivalle

    You will leave behind the Montagne Noire and enter the Jaur valley.
    The Passa Païs will then offer you new landscapes, transition between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean climate. You will be surrounded by green oaks, pines and chestnut trees: you are in the Hérault.
    The horizon opens up before you and offers you new colors and new vegetation. Some passages of higher level allow you to take height and to reach another point of view on the nature which surrounds you.
    While stopping at Saint Pons de Thomières, you will discover its abbey church classified as a Historic Monument with its marble heart, formerly extracted from local quarries.
    It is the largest Romanesque cathedral in the Occitan region.
    You will take the bike path again and discover until the village of Olargues, a landscape more and more changing offering you a relief of schist and a vegetation of scrubland.
    In Olargues, a medieval village, a halt is necessary to take advantage of this magnificent village, one of the most beautiful in France, located at the edge of the river at the foot of the Caroux.
    You will have a few kilometers to ride to Mons la Trivalle, name meaning "mount of the three valleys", which is the gateway to the Orb valley.
    Classified as a protected natural site, it is the ideal place for cycling. Balance between ocean, mountain.

    Day 4


    Mons La Trivalle options

    This day at the same accomodation allow you to combine 2 options (doable in one day)

    Hiking in Heric Gorges 3h

    Before leaving Mons la Trivalle, you will discover the beauty of the Heric gorges by taking a 5 km hiking trail that will lead you to the hamlet of Heric,
    On the way, you will find many natural pools and you will reach the hamlet at the end of your walk. Typical houses of the region, they are built with roofs in Lauze, supported by frames designed in chestnut, authenticity assured.
    You will then take the opposite way, to appreciate the beauty of the Caroux mountain, mountain of light.

    Canoe Orb river 3h

    Cycling is good, but to discover the Orb and its valley, canoeing remains the best option. Reach the departure base located only a few kilometers from the center of Mons La Trivale. A shuttle will drop you off downstream at Colombières. A 5 km descent will allow you to discover the Carroux from a very refreshing angle. You will navigate in the river on an active course. It is necessary to know how to swim and to be at least 8 years old.
    Departures are possible from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm every half hour.
    19,00 € / child
    19,00 € / teen
    24,00 € / adult

    Day 5


    Mons la Trivalle - Mourèze

    You will continue your trip on the Passa Païs in the direction of Poujols sur Orb, a pretty little village at the foot of the Caroux and Espinouse massifs.
    This stage offers you an open scenery composed of chestnut trees, low shrubs of scrubland and multiple flowers.
    You will then pass through the famous spa town of Lamalou les bains, with its historic town center and quiet streets. Do not hesitate to visit the bell museum on your way, in Herepian, just after.
    You will then arrive in Bédarieux, at the gates of the Regional Natural Park of the Haut Languedoc, the end of your trip on the Passa Païs, which will have shown you all its facets.
    You leave Bédarieux to take the direction of the UNESCO Site of the Lake of Salagou and the Cirque of Mourèze in an ocean of greenery.
    The path is gentle and lets you appreciate the beauty of the wild nature of the Haut Languedoc.
    The more you advance on the path, the more the scenery becomes red, typical color of the land of the Salagou site.
    But before you get there, you head towards the village of Mourèze, famous for its dolomitic cirque and its white rocks.

    Day 6


    Mourèze - loop Salagou lake

    You leave from Mourèze to discover the splendor of the Salagou lake and its grandiose scenery.
    Its red earth and green mountains will simply allow you to escape. With its hilly landscape and fire-colored soil, you will be sure to be disoriented and will not want to leave this place.
    You will also be able to take advantage of the many water activities offered on the lake. The second part of the route is beautiful but very hilly through the vineyards of Mount Liausson. You are free to choose the easy way back to Mourèze by the same way in.



    Day 7


    Mourèze - Pézénas

    You leave Mourèze to go down towards the Mediterranean and the scenery starts to change.
    The olive trees make their appearance and you are surrounded by vineyards. You cross the domain of Cabrières, famous for its wines.
    During this stage you will cross different villages allowing you to enjoy the historical charm of the region, churches and castles built in the 13th, 16th or 18th century.
    At the end of the stage, you will arrive in Pézenas, emblematic city of the Hérault, known for its culinary specialties, its historical city center of the Middle Ages, its paved streets and its flea markets. City of
    Molière and Bobby Lapointe, Pézenas has a thousand stories to tell. On the first Sunday of May and the second Sunday of October, it is the "Grand Déballage", an antique fair that stretches over nearly a kilometer. More than 200 professional exhibitors are present all day long.

    Day 8


    Pézénas - Sète

    It is high time to reach the big blue! On your way today: Local gastronomy and coastline.
    The first part of the stage allows you to enjoy the vineyards of Languedoc. Among the most famous appellations of the region, cross Pinet and its emblematic dry white wine. Then head south! The Thau Lagoon can be approached from the town of Mèze. From there you have the choice to take the maritime shuttle to reach Sète or to complete your itinerary by bike. For the cyclists who continue, a stop in Bouzigues is highly recommended if you are a seafood fan!
    The bike path around the Thau Lagoon is very pleasant and safe. You enter Sète through the historic fisherman’s quarter of the Pointe courte. The city of water and light is well worth your time before heading off to new adventures. Go to its large sandy beaches to relax after your stay.
    Before leaving, don’t forget the tielle Sétoise (delicious local specialty).
  • Accommodation
  • Category B

    You stay in hotels with *** standards or bed & breakfasts selected for their style and quality. Breakfast is included.
    * Example of the type of accommodation
  • Bikes, luggage and documents
  • Bikes

    On your arrival day, we provide you with:

    • a touring bike adjusted to your size or a tandem
    • equipped : front rack pack with an integrated file compartment, saddlebag, helmet (on demand), reflective vest, repairing toolkit with patches etc.

    We also provide you with the appropriate equipment for your children : baby seat, bike trailer or trailer bike depending on their age and size.

    Electric bikes are also available for adults (+1m55).

    You can of course also bring your own bikes, in this case a reduction will be applied (see the Tarif tab)


    Our services include luggage transport in order to let you enjoy your trip comfortably and without stress :
    • We transport your luggage from one accommodation to the next using a private vehicle.
    • Your luggage is directly delivered in your accommodation before you arrive.
    • We provide a saddlebag for the things you shall need during the day.

    Our word of advice : as we know from experience, we strongly recommend you to avoid wearing a backpack during your cycling trip.
    If you expect to arrive at the next accommodation before 5 p.m., we recommend that you take an extra set of clothes with you in your bicycle bag.

    Travel documents

    A cycling holiday is the best way to explore a region and discover its culture, landscapes and local traditions.

    Your tour is self-guided to give you the freedom to ride at your own pace. You will be provided all the information you need to enjoy the itinerary and its points of interests.

    We can provide you with travel documents in paper format (for a supplement of €15 for printing and postage), which include:
    • a roadbook with maps that we drew at the easiest scale to follow on a bike
    • a roadbook with step-by-step description giving the direction to follow at each intersection and highlighting the points of interest

    Example of a map and of a step-by-step description

    Our GPS App

    For this trip, you can also use our smartphone app featuring GPS guidance (without extra fee).

    You will find in the app all the information given in the map and step-by-step roadbooks. You will be located on the itinerary with the GPS device of your phone. The route and directions to follow will be both viewable on the screen of your phone and announced aloud. As you ride along the itinerary, you will be given information about visits, restaurants, services and useful alerts on the way.

    -> You need to have a smartphone and download Le Velo Voyageur app on your Apple or Android store before the trip. All details concerning the downloading and the use of the application will be given after we have confirmed the booking and the balance is paid. Once the trip is downloaded, the GPS guidance can be used off-line.
  • Practical information
  • To get to departure point:

    • By plane: flight from Paris to Toulouse or Castres
    • By train: Regionnal train from Toulouse.The duration of the trip is 1h40. To plan your trip, www.raileurope.com.
    • By car: Parking available in Mazamet

    To leave from Sète:

    Fast train connexion to Paris or regional train.

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