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Heart of France Tour
Normandy Self-guided tour: starts any Saturday between May and October.
Daily mileage varies from 62 km or 39 miles to 81 km or 50 miles.
Tour departs from Aurillac. Aurillac is best accessed by train from Toulouse (a 3 1/2 hour train ride);
Limoges (a 3 hour train ride).
From 695 euros per person in double occupancy.
Accommodations in 2- and 3-star properties.

Heart of France Tour: Cantal - 7 Nights/8 Days

This Auvergne trip will take you through Salers
This tour starts and ends in Aurillac
  Ever dreamed of a cycling paradise? Cantal comes so close that you are bound to experience a cycling nirvana! Riding on virtually traffic-free road through eye-popping scenery so breathtaking that pictures snapped from a disposable camera look good!

All the villages you will ride through and stay at exude incomparable charm. In the evening, our hotel partners will provide the ideal finish to a day of sensory perfection.

This tour can be combined with our Cycling Perigord and Quercy Tour.

This can be combined with some of the numerous cyclosportives that take place in this part of France...
Day 1: Arrive in Aurillac
Upon arriving in the picturesque market village of Aurillac, you'll be ushered to your hotel. There you'll meet with Philippe, our regional expert who will verse you on all you need to know about your self-guided tour, including contact numbers, maps and recommendations. Dinner and overnigt at your hotel.
Day 2: Aurillac to Vic-sur-Cere (73 km or 45 miles)
Today's ride wanders northeast through the heart of the famous Monts-du-Cantal. Emerald green valleys ornamented with tiny villages and distant Medieval castles entertain the eyes like a continuous visual happy hour. You'll spend the night in Vic-sur-Cere. If time and/or legs allow you can pedal the nearby Castle of Pesteil. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Day 3: Vic-sur-Cere to Salers (60 km or 38 miles)
The Puy-Mary, a climb made famous in the 2004 Tour de France (and in the 2004 Etape du Tour) highlights this 60-kilometer route. The views from atop furnish privileged view of the Monts-du-Cantal. At night, you'll lodge in Salers, recognized as one of the most beautiful villages in France.
Day 4: Loop around Salers (62 km or 39 miles)
Along the wasy, you'll have the opportunity to tour the Chateau d'Anjony, a virtual grandstand to 16th century art and architecture. And the hillside village of Tournemire, which overlooks the River Doire Valley, showcases tiny slate roof buildings constructed from volcanic rock lending it must-visit status. But again, because it is your tour, you decide on whether or not to visit. At night, you'll again lodge in Salers.
Day 5: Salers to Laroquebrou (70 km or 44 miles)
The ride winds through a rural landscape highlighted by lush pine and beech forests and postcard villages. Pleaux, with its turreted stone buildings rate as a virtual monument to Medieval architecture, making it visit-worthy. At night, you'll lodge in Laroquebrou, another Old World village of stunning architectural choreograhy.
Day 6: Options around Laroquebrou
Using Laroquebrou as a home base, you'll follow a route that we call the Pedal and Plunge Loop! This 68-kilometer ride snakes past glacially carved Saint Etienene Lake. The village of Siran, another rural center full of gold star Medieval architecture, warrants a high wow-rating. You'll spend the night back in Laroquebrou.
Day 7: Laroquebrou to Aurillac (81 km or 50 miles)
Today's ride winds through France's famous Chestnut Grove. Along the way, your eyes will be treated to an agrarian setting flecked with distant farms and pastoral villages. Marcoles, a former fortified town features architecture dating back to the 13th century. Before reaching Aurillac, you'll have the option to visit the Conros Castle, a virtual museum featuring 16th century frescoes, a vaulted arms room and a permanent "ode aux parfums" exhbition.
Day 8: Departure
Exit Aurillac on your own schedule.
Booking & Pricing
This package has been priced at 695 euros per person based on double occupancy.

Our price includes:

  • 7-night accommodations in 2- and 3-star properties (4 nights in 3-star hotels; 3 nights in 2-star hotels)
  • Daily breakfast (6)
  • 5 dinners - Drinks are not included
  • Meeting with our local representative on Day 1
  • Luggage transfers
  • Detailed marked maps and/or cue sheets
  • All tax and service charges

This price does not include:

  • Drinks
  • Lunches
  • Travel insurance
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Bike rentals. Rental bikes can be arranged through us. Please contact us for more information.
For further information: Please contact us at your earliest convenience as this trip is subject to hotel availability.
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