Best of the Tarn and Jonte Gorges - Guided

One centre holiday
This walking holiday in the Tarn and Jonte gorges is a concentration of the very best walking that the region has to offer. Breath taking views,  spectacular rock formations, soaring vultures, vast open landscapes of the Grands Causses and refreshing dips in the Tarn and Jonte rivers as welcome reward at the end of a day's walking...
We have carefully chosen charming accommodation, set just outside the pretty village of Peyreleau, in the gorge of the Jonte.
And as a one centre holiday,  you have time to really settle in, absorb the atmosphere and relax.
  • Vue André Chamson
  • col de l'Homme Mort
  • Troupeau visit François
  • Anne et Sylvie Bonperrier
  • Troupeau transhumant Col de Pierrefiche
  • Piscine
  • Swimming Herault
  • Troupeau bleu
  • John Bridson

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival in Montpellier or Millau

    Transfer time 2 hours (Montpellier), 30 minutes (Millau)

    We will meet you in either Montpellier (16h00) or Millau (18h00) train station and drive you to your accommodation in the pretty village of Peyreleau in the Aveyron. Presentation of your holiday over drinks before dinner.

  • Day 2: Corniches of the Causse Noir

    Walking time 4 hours, Ascent/descent 150m

    For our first walk we have a spectacular introduction to the region of Les Grands Causses and the gorges. Easy paths lead us across the Causse Noir to a cliffside medieval castle perched in a seemingly impossible position high in the gorge of the Jonte. After picnicking amongst the rock formations, we explore a nearby 11th century priory (as well as other surprises) hidden deep in the forest. We return with plenty of time for an invigorating dip in the river before dinner!

  • Day 3: Gorges of the Tarn and Jonte

    Walking time 5 hours, Ascent/descent 500m

    A glorious day's walking that explores both the Tarn and Jonte gorge on a circular path. Winding through extraordinary rock formations, we enjoy countless view points over the gorges. These inaccessible cliffs are home to all four European species of vulture and regular sightings of these magnificient birds add to the drama of the landscape.

  • Day 4: Causses et Cévennes - UNESCO World Heritage site

    Walking time 4 hours, ascent/descent 250m

    Today we will discover how closely the traditions of pastoralism, present on the Grands Causses for thousands of years, are interwoven with the history of the region and how this has shaped the present day landscape and contributed its exceptional biodiversity. Ancient drovers paths lead us across wild stretches of the causse, home to a wealth of plant, insect and bird life.

  • Day 5: Cliffs of the Causse Sauveterre

    Walking time 5 hours, Ascent/descent 500m

    Another breath taking day exploring two semi-troglodyte villages, only accessible on foot, clinging to an improbable cliffside location high in the Tarn Gorge. Small paths lead us up the gorge side and through the two villages whose position defies belief. The views back over the gorges are equally impressive. From here, we continue climbing up onto the top of the Causse Sauveterre where the walking becomes easy, with soft forest paths underfoot, largely flat. We then have a dramatic descent with heady views ahead to Le Rozier in the valley below.

  • Day 6: La Sabliere

    Walking time 3h

    For your final day's walking we change perspective by following a riverside path in the gorge of the Tarn, visiting a stunning hamlet, accessible only by foot or by boat. With numerous opportunities to swim or paddle, this is a gentle 'wind down' day before an afternoon transfer back to either Millau (16h00) or Montpellier (18h00).

Disclaimer

The above itinerary may be modified due to weather or terrain conditions, equipment concerns or the physical condition of the participants. The final choice of the walks will be decided by the guide who may adapt the programme for reasons of security.

Dates & prices

From To Price Status
€725.00
Guaranteed
Départ Spécial Transhumance
€695.00
Guaranteed with 4 pers. min.
€695.00
Guaranteed with 4 pers. min.
€695.00
Guaranteed with 4 pers. min.
€695.00
Guaranteed
€695.00
Guaranteed with 4 pers. min.
€695.00
Guaranteed with 4 pers. min.
€695.00
Guaranteed with 4 pers. min.
€695.00
Guaranteed

En option :

  • Supplément chambre simple €300.00

PRICE OF THE HOLIDAY:

From 795 €

OUR PRICE INCLUDES :

Transfers between the train  station in either Montpellier or Millau (as best suits your travel plans) and your accommodation at the start and end of your holiday
5 nights half board accommodation in a shared double room in a charming B&B
5 picnics
5 walks guided by a local accompagnateur en montagne (mountain leader) with an intimate knowledge of the area

OUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

Travel to reach Montpellier or Millau
Booking fees (15€ per person) – FREE if you pay by French cheque or by bank transfer
Personal expenses, drinks
*Cancellation or repatriation insurance
In a general sense, everything that is not included in ‘Our price includes'

Comfort

You spend the week in a charming B&B set just outside the village of Peyreleau, in the Aveyron. Dinner will be served either in your B&B or in a village restaurant. During the week you will have the chance to sample the local specialities of the region.















NB: This is our favoured accommodation. It is possible that on certain dates we may use a different B&B/small hotel of the same category. 


Practical info

MEETING POINT

16h00 on Day 1 at the train  station in Montpellier or at 18h00 at the starin station of Millau, whichever suits your travel plans best. If you come by car then the details of your accommodation in Peyreleau will be sent to you after your booking is confirmed.  The village of Peyreleau (Aveyron) is seperated from the village of Le Rozier (Lozère) by the River Jonte.

AT THE END OF THE HOLIDAY

There will be a transfer back to the train station at Millau (16h00) and Montpellier (18h00) on day 6.

MANAGEMENT

Your holiday will be guided and overseen by Sarah Wright, local Accompagnateur en Montagne, (mountain leader) It is possible that the holiday will be accompanied by another local guide on certain departure dates.

HOW TO GET HERE

In order to limit your carbon missions, we encourage you to use public transport.

IF YOU COME BY TRAIN:
Montpellier or Millau train station

IF YOU COME BY CAR:
The village of Peyreleau is situated at the confluence of the gorges of the Tarn and Jonte, 20 km to the east of Millau (Aveyron). Take the autoroute A75 until Aguessac (5km north of Miilau) then the D907 and D996 to Le Rozier. Parking (non-supervised) is available in the village for the duration of your stay. 

IF YOU COME BY PLANE:
Montpellier: direct flights  from London (Easyjet).
Beziers: direct flights from London, Bristol, Edinburgh, Manchester. There are regular trains between Beziers and Millau -  see link to the SNCF website. 
Toulouse: a little further away but served by numerous international flights, Toulouse airport is certainly worth considering - there are regular connections by train and bus to Millau (4 hours).  See link to the SNCF website

Should you want to book accommodation in Montpellier, Millau or Le Rozier/Peyreleau at the start or end of your holiday, please see the following websites:


EQUIPMENT

Your rucksack should be large enough to carry your personal affairs for the day, ie. around 30 litres.  A rucksack with a hip belt will be more comfortable (as this allows the weight to be spread more evenly, notably across the hips), padded shoulder straps, and a chest strap. You should always carry a warm piece of clothing, a rain coat, water bottle, first aid kit and personal items including part of the picnic.As well as these daily necessities, a bin bag and 2 freezer bags are invaluable to protect your belongings in case of rain.

WALKING BOOTS

Choose boots with ankle support and non-slip but supple soles. Your shoes are one of the most important elements of your walking holiday. They should be above all comfortable, light, water proof and breathable. Do not come on holiday with brand new shoes ! Make sure that you have already done at least 2 or 3 walks in them before your trip.

CLOTHES   

A wind and waterproof jacket that is breathable (GORETEX or similar). Ponchos are not acceptable. 
A fleece (the mountain weather can be changeable and turn cold)
A pair of walking trousers, a pair of shorts, t-shirts (choose modern breathable, fast drying materials rather than cotton)
A change of clothes for the evenings
A swimming costume and towel

OTHER ITEMS

Water bottle (2 litre minimum per person).
A pair of telescopic walking poles (highly recommended)
Sun glasses and sun cream Sun hat
Personal tolietries and a towel  
A pair of sandals/comfortable shoes (for the evenings)
Camera
Small first aid kit (plasters, compeed, elastoplast, head ache pills, after bite etc)

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY OF THE WALKS :

Medium (M) – between 4h  and 6h30 walking  per day. Between 400m et 700m uphill each day.
We recommend that  you exercise regularly and undertake an endurance sport (walking, cycling) at least twice a week for the 2 months prior to the trip.

AMOUNT CARRIED :

All you need to carry each day is a small rucksack with your water, picnic, first aid kit and other personal essentials (see equipment list).

NATURE OF THE TERRAIN :

The walking is on the whole easy but is on rocky paths that may be uneven and steep in places. Accessible to all those in good physical condition. Certain short passages in the gorges are slightly vertiginous - please contact us to discuss if you have concerns.


WALKING TIMES:

These are given as a general guideline only and take into account the terrain. They are based on an average walking speed and do not allow for breaks, picnic stops etc. They are calculated by using an average speed of 300m per hour for a climb uphill and 450m per hour for a descent.


WATER:

The use of a “camel back” (water pouch which fits in your rucksack with a tube and mouth piece) is recommended. (You may also want to bring a small thermos flask for a tea or coffee during your walk).

THE WALKING ITINERARIES:

These may be modified due to weather or terrain conditions, equipment concerns or the physical condition of the participants. The final choice of the walks will be decided by the guide who may adapt the programme for reasons of security.

THE CLIMATE:

For local forecast see link: Meteo France