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Dramatic Vistas of the Tarn

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This single center holiday provides some of the finest walking in France including hiking the Tarn and Jonte Gorges, Aven Armand and in the Cevennes National Park – where you’ll find 4000+ flowers including 80 different orchids.

  • Reviews 39 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Self-guided
  • Activity Level Easy
    3/8
All about the Dramatic Vistas of the Tarn.

Dramatic mountains, deep valleys, vast limestone plateaux and plunging gorges – it’s little wonder that the awe-inspiring scenery of the Causses and the Cevennes is a UNESCO-recognised Cultural Landscape. On this seven-night holiday you’ll discover the natural beauty and fascinating geology of this incredible region – traverse the imposing plateaux of the Causses, picnic above plunging gorges as vultures swoop and circle overhead, cool your feet in fresh mountain streams and visit the amazing rock formations of Montpellier-le-Vieux. A short drive leads to other regional highlights including the Tarn Gorge, Aven Armand, the caves of Dargilan, the Cirque de Navacelles and the unique village of Roquefort.
We provide fully detailed route notes for a wide variety of walks this week, ranging from level 1 to level 2, with many ranking amongst the most popular in France. Each showcases a different aspect of this dramatic region – choose a rewarding ascent through pine forest and beech woods to the lofty summit of Mont Aigoual (1565m) or a tranquil stroll alongside the crystal-clear waters of the River Tarn; you can even potter around the region’s charming towns and villages such as Roquefort whose underground labyrinth of cellars harbours 5,000 tons of the famous cheese! Some of the best walks start directly from the hotel and with a hire car included you have even more flexibility, with the Cevennes National Park an easy drive away.
Your base for the week is the very stylish 4 Star Grand Hotel de la Muse et du Rozier, situated in a wonderfully tranquil spot against a backdrop of wooded hills with gardens leading down to the river. Watch herons and kingfishers as you relax on the terrace, take advantage of the private riverside ‘beach’, enjoy a dip in the heated swimming pool* or fish for trout on the River Tarn. Evening meals unite sumptuous regional produce and the best seasonal ingredients to produce traditional menus with an innovative twist. The hotel restaurant is closed on Monday and we have left 6 evenings free to choose a local restaurant.
* Open 15 June – 15 Sept.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • All breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • 7 nights single-center accommodation in a **** hotel
  • Choice of walking levels
  • Route directions and maps
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Room upgrades and extra nights at selected hotels (inquire for prices and details)
  • Rental car (not included, inquire for rates), pick up at Toulouse airport and drive to hotel.
  • Half Board (available at a pre-bookable supplement)

Highlights

  • Regional Natural Park of the Grands Causses and Cevennes National Park
  • Some of the finest walking in France with a choice of walking levels: Tarn and Jonte Gorges, Aven Armand
  • Sweeping plateaux, plunging gorges, gushing rivers, rock formations
  • Authentic Belle Epoque style hotel: heated pool, private beach, tranquil gardens, superb gastronomic cuisine
  • 4000 species of wildflowers; masses of vultures, kestrels and kingfishers
  1. Day 1 Day 1 - Arrive at Le Rozier

    Arrive at our 4-star hotel in Le Rozier in time for dinner. (Staying at Grand Hotel de la Muse et du Rozier, breakfast and evening meal included tonight)

  2. Day 2 Day 2 - Valley of the Tarn 18km/11.5mi/4.5hr

    A perfect way to start your week with a leisurely and totally flexible walk alongside the River Tarn. There are little river beaches and ideal picnic spots looking down on the crystal-clear waters. Griffon vultures, reintroduced in 1978, glide effortlessly on the thermals. (Staying at Grand Hotel de la Muse et du Rozier, breakfast included)

  3. Day 3 Day 3 - The Causse Noir Corniche 15km/9.5mi/5hr

    This walk takes you through open pine woods interspersed with box and juniper and up to the amazing ruins of the C11 St Michael’s Hermitage and the extraordinary prehistoric Mushroom Rock. There are fantastic views of the Jonte Gorge, and from the Point Sublime (a great picnic spot) you’ll enjoy a spectacular panorama. You’ll also catch your first glimpses of the unique rock formations known as the ’Vases’ across the valley on the Causse Mejean. (Staying at Grand Hotel de la Muse et du Rozier, breakfast included)

  4. Day 4 Day 4 - The Sauveterre Corniche 12km/7.5mi/4.5hr

    Today’s highlights include stunning views of the Tarn Gorge and also long-distance views south west as far as Millau. Your first stop is the fascinating semi-troglodyte village of Eglazines, from where you climb on to the open causse – it’s a big sky up there! Marvel at amazing formations such as the ’rock garden’ on the descent to the quaint village of Liaucous. (Staying in Grand Hotel de la Muse et du Rozier, breakfast included)

  5. Day 5 Day 5 - The Tarn and Jonte Corniches 13km/8mi/4hr

    What a spectacular day, as you set off on one of the most dramatic walks in France, with stunning views across the Tarn and Jonte Gorges. You’ll see griffon vultures soaring overhead – at over 8ft, their wingspan is colossal – and you’ll discover amazing natural wonders such as the Anvil, the China Vase and the Vase of Sevres. (Staying at Grand Hotel de la Muse et du Rozier, breakfast included)

  6. Day 6 Day 6 - Les Rochers de Roques-Altes 12km/7.5mi/3.5hr

    Drive south, perhaps stopping first to explore the small towns of Le Rozier or Peyreleau before taking a path to the impressive Rochers des Roques-Altes. Stop for a picnic and enjoy panoramic views over the idyllic waters of the winding Dourbie Gorge, before heading back to the car and on to the atmospheric chaos of Montpellier-le-Vieux, a sprawling mass of dolomite limestone which locals once believed to be an ancient, forgotten city, hidden in the woods! (Staying at Grand Hotel de la Muse et du Rozier, breakfast included)

  7. Day 7 Day 7 - La Bourgarie and the Cinglegros Rock 11km/7mi/4hr

    Drive up onto the Causse Mejean to the hamlet of La Bourgarie. A gentle stroll across the plateau past traditional caussenade farm buildings and through the woods takes you to the amazing Cinglegros Rock. Then it’s on to the Baus del Biel, a 40m-high natural limestone arch – a superb work of nature. If you’ve made an early start, why not drive across the causse to visit Aven Armand, a remarkable cavern containing a ’petrified forest’ of 400 stalagmites and stalactites. (Staying at Grand Hotel de la Muse et du Rozier, breakfast included)

  8. Day 8 Day 8 - Leave Le Rozier
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Where you stay
Grand Hotel de la Muse et du Rozier
Our walking base is the stylish Grand Hotel de la Muse et du Rozier, located on the banks of the river Tarn, near the confluence of the rivers Tarn and Jonte. It’s a tranquil spot, with wooded hills behind and gardens leading down to the river. The hotel itself is modern, light and airy, with big picture windows and conservatories, and with each room carefully decorated to maximise peace, calm and tranquillity. The hotel benefits from lots of sitting areas – ideal for that after dinner drink or relaxing with a book after a day’s walking. The bedrooms at the Muse et Rozier are tastefully designed and spacious, with each boasting fantastic views over the river Tarn, as well as a small sitting area where you can drink in those views. In addition, the hotel boasts a heated outdoor swimming pool and private riverside beach, and trout fishing is possible in the Tarn.
Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 1 dinner included

Activity Level: 1 (Leisurely) or 2 (Leisurely/Moderate)

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader.

We provide fully detailed route notes for a wide variety of walks this week, ranging from level 1 to level 2, with many ranking amongst the most popular in France. Each showcases a different aspect of this dramatic region – choose a rewarding ascent through pine forest and beech woods to the lofty summit of Mont Aigoual (1565m) or a tranquil stroll alongside the crystal-clear waters of the River Tarn; you can even potter around the region’s charming towns and villages such as Roquefort whose underground labyrinth of cellars harbours 5,000 tons of the famous cheese! Some of the best walks start directly from the hotel and with a hire car included you have even more flexibility, with the Cevennes National Park an easy drive away.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 21/07/2016
5/5

Mr Wallis

Hotel in a beautiful location, welcoming and friendly staff, superb food and an excellent area for walking.A week was much too short!

Reviewed On 12/06/2019
5/5

Mr Newman

We were lucky with the weather and the time of year (early June): the flowers were wonderful. The landscape is impressive and continuously interesting. The hotel situation - right beside the river - could not be better; staff and food were excellent. We enjoyed all the walks, and saw lots of wildlife - vultures, eagles, peregrines and many smaller birds as well as an otter (seen from the hotel!). We would go back tomorrow....

Reviewed On 24/05/2019
4/5

Mrs Kiernan

Holiday itself was excellent, hotel especially so, the problem was the car rental (see next box).

Reviewed On 12/09/2018
5/5

Mr Good

Great location on the river for hill walking and kayaking. Hotel fab and food top class.

Reviewed On 13/08/2018
5/5

Mrs Toward

Area and scenery stunning. Walking some of the best and hardest we’ve done recently. Description of walks word perfect and gave us confidence to try harder walks as we could trust the notes were accurate. Hotel and setting stunning. Staff helpful and spoke good English. Food good - i’m Vegetarian and they cooked something every night. This can sometimes be difficult in France but not here. We were nearly put off by some of the lukewarm reviews about the hotel and food. Don’t be - we would recommend. As one of the other reviews said - we had looked at this holiday for a long time and been out off by mixed reviews. In fact this was our best headwater holiday so far. Thank you.

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