An unforgettable walk in a region of grandiose landscapes where the contrast between the rocky and arid landscape of the Causses, with its wild aspect of ochre vertical cliffs, and deep green valleys where the cycle of life is constantly changing, is striking.
An unforgettable walk in a region of grandiose landscapes where the contrast between the rocky and arid landscape of the Causses, with its wild aspect of ochre vertical cliffs, and deep green valleys where the cycle of life is constantly changing, is striking. This is a magnificent itinerary, France in the raw, against a backdrop of wonderful scenery. Stay in small, simple but comfortable hotels and, of course, each day, your luggage is moved for you.
£659.00 per person. Single supplement: £165.00.
Accommodation for 6 nights in small comfortable hotels/guest houses (chambre d’hote) in double room with private facilities, 6 breakfasts, 4 dinners (drinks not included), boat ride on the Tarn with the boatmen of la Malène, transport of luggage between overnight stops, transfers as mentioned in the programme and route instructions and maps.
Transport to/from Le Rozier, meals not mentioned above, drinks with meals, insurance.
April to end of October
Day 1: ARRIVE LE ROZIER
Arrival at Le Rozier at the confluence of the Tarn and the Jonte, dominated by the imposing Rocher de Capluc at the foot of the escarpment of the great Causses of Sauveterre, of Causse Noir and of Causse Méjean. A good circular walks available if you arrive in time (4 hours). Dinner not included this evening.
Day 2: LE ROZIER – CORNICHE DU MÉJEAN – LE ROZIER
Circular walk to the confluence of the rivers Tarn and Jonte, a majestic and spectacular walk through the land of the Yellow Vultures, (‘les vautours fauves’) giants of the air which with their exceptional wingspan will cruise above you and accompany your steps. The views are magnificent and worth all the effort. Transfer and overnight Meyrueis. 10 kms/7 miles/4 hours
Day 3: MEYRUEIS – NIVOLIERS
Walk via the spectacular site of Nîmes-le-Vieux, and the farms of Fretma, which offers an insight into the daily life of the farmers of the Causse. A wonderful walk across the Causse Méjean. 22 kms/13 miles/5 hours
Day 4: NIVOLIERS – MAS ST-CHÉLY
Cross the Causse Méjean and walk alng the banks of the Tarn, above the village of Castelbouc. Wonderful views over the immensity of the Causse Sauveterre. 20 kms/12 miles/4.30 hours
Day 5: MAS ST-CHÉLY – LA MALÈNE – CAUSSES DE SAUVETERRE
Head for La Malene, the focal point of the Gorges du Tarn and of the Causses de Sauveterre and du Méjean. This is the village of the gorge boatsmen. Waterborne you will see some spectacular sights as a boatman will show you the flora and fauna on the river banks, the extraordinary crags and rock formations, and caves that can be seen only from the river. 14 kms/9 miles/4.30 hours walking, 2 hours on boat
Day 6: ALMIÈRES – LE ROZIERA
Charming path along the River Tarn, at the heart of the gorges. Following a course between bank and cliff, the route will take you along a corridor between the causses, bristling with bizarre rock formations. 21 kms/12.5 miles/5.30 hours
Day 7: DEPARTURE
Breakfast and departure.