We know why we love cycling in this region of France, but in case it’s new to you here’s why you'll love it too:
The Tarn and Tarn et Garonne region of France is a well-kept secret – lush and green, warm and pleasant. It is a region of dramatic gorges, rolling hills, lush forests and picture perfect Bastide towns. Vineyards line the south of the region producing respected red, rose and white Gaillac wines, whilst the fantastic market towns offer a myriad of regional delicacies from fresh produce to cured meats and cheese. Our routes have been specifically designed to allow you to make the most of all these things.
What to expect on a typical day on our cycling holidays
After a good night's sleep, you'll wake to a freshly prepared breakfast on the sunny terrace overlooking the extensive grounds between 8.30 - 9.30am. You'll then gather in the courtyard as we outline your route for the day.
Today is day three of your holiday and, following yesterday's short route, you'll be circling the beautiful Gresigne Forest. Descending through local Gaillac vineyards you'll amble along flat, quiet, rural roads, spotting the local wildlife and admiring the numerous restored pigeonnieres (dovecotes). We recommend a stop at the legendary Bastide village of Puycelci for a lazy lunch. Why not reward yourself after the short climb with a glass of wine or two before a brief turn of the town?
At your leisure you'll rejoin the route and take in the sights of the interesting looking chateau towering above the Aveyron river - perhaps stopping for souvenirs or a post-card. Alernatively you might fancy an afternoon dip in the river followed by a cold beer in the late afternoon sun before finally meeting us at the pre-arranged pick-up point.
Back at As Plos Heights, you could read in the shade of one of the towering oaks with a pre-dinner drink before enjoying a fresh and hearty three-course meal and local wines on the terrace - where you recount the day's adventures with your fellow guests and compare photographs in the setting sun.
Sample the best of the region's wine
As part of organised tours we have built in an optional day of wine tasting at some of our favourite local producers. This is your chance for a day off the bike and to sample some of best wines that the Gaillac region has to offer. The area is famous for its punchy Braucol and Duras grapes but white and sparkling wines from the Mauzac variety should not be missed. Don't let prejudice get in the way of a good rosé - the area produces some of the country's best rosé wine and we think you'll agree - afterall wine has been produced here since the 1st century!
Still undecided? Find out more about why you will love cycling in our region, check out our short YouTube video or