Headwater - Dramatic Vistas of the Tarn, Self-Guided Walk

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Trip code: 
W07TA
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Min age:
12

Visit UNESCO-recognised Cultural Landscapes

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.

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

Key information

  • 7 nights single-centered accommodation
  • 6 days walking
  • Choice of walking levels
  • Departures on Saturdays
  • Countries visited: France

What's included

  • All breakfasts and 6 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • Route directions and maps
  • Luggage transfers

What's not included

  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Travel insurance
  • Single supplements
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

6

Days of Walking & Trekking
Terrain:

The routes mainly follow paths and tracks , some of which are slightly rocky in places. Some of the walks involve road walking which is usually at the begining or the end of the day.

Day by day breakdown
Day 218.0km/11.5miles
Day 315.0km/9.5miles
Day 412.0km/7.5miles
Day 513.0km/8.0miles
Day 612.0km/7.5miles
Day 711.0km/7.0miles

Responsible Travel

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here

Itinerary

London
to
London
  • Day 1

    Arrive at Le Rozier

    Arrive at the hotel in time for dinner.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Valley of the Tarn

    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.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    The Causse Noir Corniche

    This walk takes you through open pine woods interspersed with box and juniper and up to the amazing ruins of the 11th century 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.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    The Sauveterre Corniche

    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.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    The Tarn and Jonte Corniches

    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.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    Les Rochers de Roques-Altes

    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!

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    La Bourgarie and the Cinglegros Rock

    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.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    Leave Le Rozier

    Leave Le Rozier

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

France

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 6 dinners included

Weather

Is this trip for you?

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.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotel

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 this evening free to choose a local restaurant.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

Call us on 020 8772 3936