A chat with sir Stevenson – The Stevenson bike tour

A chat with sir Stevenson – The Stevenson bike tour 8 days / 7 nights
From 815 € *
/ PERSON
  • Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
  • Distance: 251km
  • Level: Athletic

Basing this ride loosely on the Stevenson Trail – an incredible journey undertaken by writer Robert Louis Stevenson on his donkey Modestine – we have adapted the Scot’s route to make a fantastic itinerary for an electric bike. This trip could also have been called the “Cévenole Hills” because the Scottish writer loved travelling through the undulating Cévennes national park.

Cycle through the countryside, completely immersed in the natural and cultural riches of the Haute-Loire, Lozère and Gard as you criss-cross the River Loire, Allier, Lot, Tarn and Gardon. A condensed trip reserved for cyclists with strong thighs!  

A chat with Sir Stevenson” is a long-distance trip that requires the rider to be competent at fixing any minor mechanical problems themselves (puncture, slipped bike chain) and have a proficient cycling ability (pedalling in a standing position and tackling some challenging trails).  

The itinerary has plenty of uphill and downhill stretches, a mixture of long uphill climbs followed by steep descents that are made bearable thanks to the breathtaking scenery!

Revel in the joy of pedalling effort-free through the forest before joining the country lanes of the Haute-Loire. This trip is perfumed by broom shrubs and fresh Haute-Loire air, with basalt columns, forests, volcanos and the Loire gorges as a backdrop.  

    • Expert tour with significant drop : +4555m – Country roads and paths (some hard trails)
    • Family tour : Children from ages of 14 (according to cycle ability)
    • Price (per person, on a basis of 2 people sharing)
      • Guesthouses & 2 or 3* hotels
Fares Half-board 
Travelling with an e-bike
Half-board basis* included
Luggage transfer included
Journey back to Le Puy included
€955/ pers.
Option – Travelling with a trekking bike  €885 pers.
Option – Travelling with your own bike €815/ pers.
Option Single room +€180

*Your first stay in Le puy is booked on the bed & breakfast option to allow you to choose your restaurant in town

  • See Extras & services section for : 
    • A wellness and superior comfort option***  Domaine des Barres – Langogne : +25€ / adult
    • Riding on your own bike or with a standard mountain-bike
    • Lone traveller 
    • Multi-risk and cancellation insurance
    • Extra night
    • Agency fees : See the “Price Info” section

Click on the schedule to book your e-bike trip – See General terms and conditions

 

 

 

Advantages of going on an electric bike tour with L’Autre Chemin:

  • You travel independently
  • We provide modern electric bikes that are both comfortable and easy to ride. 
  • Your stopovers are in guesthouses or family-friendly hotels, providing a comfortable and authentic base from which you can discover the local area and enjoy a real change of scenery.
  • Your luggage is transported to each stopover (you only need to carry what you need for the day with you).
  • All of the itineraries have been tried and tested to ensure that our packages are both extraordinary and accessible.
  • Day after day

    Please note that every stopover is given as an indication and may be modified according to the availability of accommodation 

    DAY 1 : YOUR ARRIVAL IN LE PUY-EN-VELAY

    A nice opportunity to discover the ancient town an the European capital of Saint-James way.
    On the morning come and join us in Coubon wher you can leave your car and take your bikes.

    To do, to see :
    • Le Puy-en-Velay
    > Crozatier Museum
    > Notre-Dame de France
    > L’Hôtel-Dieu
    > Saint-Michel d'Aiguilhe chapel
    > The medieval town
    > The Cathedral
    > Pass 3 monuments


    Day 2 : Coubon - le Bouchet-Saint-Nicolas -46km

    Revel in the joy of pedalling effort-free through the forest before joining the country lanes of the Haute-Loire. This trip is perfumed by broom shrubs and fresh Haute-Loire air, with basalt columns, forests, volcanos and the Loire gorges as a backdrop.
    Ride along Robert Louis Stevenson Trail to the village of Monastier-sur-Gazeille, made famous by the Scottish writer. Make your way towards the Loire Gorges, to the village of Goudet on the banks of the Loire, before pedalling back up to the amazing Bouchet volcanic lake.

    To do, to see :
    • Le Monastier sur Gazeille
    > Saint Chaffre Abbey
    > St Jean Baptiste Church
    > Fontains
    > Croyances populaires museum
    > School museum
    > Cultural European hall (exhibitions)
    > La Recoumène bridge
    > Bunjee jump> L’Abbaye de Saint Chaffre qui mélange Roman et Gothique.

    • Saint-Martin-de-Fugères
    > The Church

    • Goudet
    > The village
    > The tower bell of the church
    > The Beaufort castle standing over the Loire
    > Beaches (be careful, swimming is not supervised)
    > The walk along the Loire on the small trail

    • le Bouchet-Saint-Nicolas
    > The volcanic lake


    Day 3 : Bouchet-Saint-Nicolas - Langogne - 30km

    Il vous faudra du courage aujourd'hui pour vous hisser sur les hauteurs des Gorges de la Loire pour retrouver le Bouchet-Saint-Nicolas et son célèbre lac volcanique puis Landos, Pradelles (labellisé plus beaux villages de France) avant de quitter la Haute-Loire pour gagner Langogne. Une journée sur le chemin de Stevenson...

    To do, to see :

    • Landos
    > The St Félix church
    > The Ribains swamp

    • Arquejols
    > Viaduc
    > Jagonas castle

    • Pradelles
    > One of the most beautiful village of France
    > Rail biking of Pradelles
    > The net-gothic church
    > Water leisure center
    > The panorama on the Gévaudan

    • Langogne
    > The lake of Naussac and its nautical activities
    > The Calquières spinning
    > Sacred art museum


    Day 4 : Langogne - Chasseradès - 48km

    Now it’s time to get down to business, with some steep uphill and downhill stretches! To distract yourself from the effort, drink in the stunning scenery of the Gévaudan, including the Mercoire forest and the Château de Luc. Immerse yourself in the natural surroundings as you catch your first glimpse of the Allier River!

    To do, to see :
    • Saint-Flour-de-Mercoire
    > The forest
    > The small church
    > Le Ron de la Baoune -Grantici chaos
    > Stevenson fir tree

    • Cheylard-l'Evèque
    > Notre Dame of all Graces

    • Luc
    > The ruins of the medieval castle
    > The first meanders of l'Allier

    • Chasseradès
    > The Saint-Blaise Church


    Day 5 : Chasseradès - Pont de Montvert - 40km

    Today, 2 passes to the program, the first since Mirandol and the second the pass of Finiels to cross the Mont-Lozère. A sporting day but which reserves you incredible landscapes on the Cevennes.

    To do, to see :

    • Mirandol
    > The viaduct

    • Le Bleymard
    > Le Lot
    > The Saint-Jean Chapel
    > Roofs made of Tournel lauzes
    > The Lozère Mount
    > Le Lot

    • Finiels
    > The granitic blocks
    > The view on the Cévennes
    > Local architecture

    • Pont de Montvert
    > The Tarn valley
    > The house of the Mont-Lozère
    > The little road to l'Hermet


    Day 6 : Pont de Montvert - Cassagnas - 44km

    Ride along the banks of the Mimente, which opens out into beautiful basins of crystal clear, fresh water, until you reach Cassagnas. Now, following Stevenson’s footsteps, the trail winds up through a magnificent forest to the summit of the mountain before diving down into the fragrant landscapes that are characteristic of the South of France. You are now entering the Gard region.

    To do, to see :

    • Le Col du Sapet
    > The incredible view

    • Florac
    > A waters crossroads : Le Tarn, Le Tarnon, la Mimente et le Pêcher
    > The house of the Cévennes park located in the castle
    > The small streets

    • Saint-Julien d'Arpaon
    > The cool and beautiful Miment valley
    > The remains of the XIIIrd century Castle
    >The chestnut forest


    Day 7 : Saint-Julien d'Arpaon - Saint-Jean du Gard - 38km

    A nice biking day to reach Saint-Jean du Gard following the banks of the Mimente river and the hill crests which offer a gorgeous scenery and dense forest full of chestnuts trees. Breathe the south of France flavours, you reach the Gard Départment.

    To do, to see :

    • Between Cassagnas et Saint-Germain la Calberte
    > The ruins of a gallo-roman villa
    > The scenic view

    • Saint-Germain la Calberte
    > Chestnuts
    > The XIst Century castle
    > The Saint-Germain Church
    > The statue of l'Homme cévenol

    • Saint-Etienne Vallée Française
    > The village
    > The church
    > The castle of Cambiaire
    > The fresh swimming in le Martinet

    • Saint-Jean du Gard
    > The old-bridge
    > The clock tower
    > The Saint-Jean-Castle
    > The Maison Rouge spinning and its horse-shoe stairs
    > The Stevenson fount
    > The steam train


    Day 8 : Back to Coubon - Departure at 8h30 ou 13h30

    You, your luggage and your bike will be taken in front of the Office of Tourism for your return to the agency L'Autre Chemin.


  • Extras & services

    As an optional extra, L’Autre Chemin offers:

     

    Lone traveller?

    L’Autre Chemin offers high quality accommodation in a single room, for a surcharge:

    • Single room surcharge for Chat with Sir Stevenson package: +€180

     

    Riding on your own bike or with a standard mountain bike

     

    • Traveling with your bike: €140 off on the price tour / person who uses his own bike
    • Traveling with a bike without electric assistance: €70 off on the price tour / person travelling with a trekking bike (On request and according to availability)

     

    Multiple-risk and cancellation insurance with our partner Europ Assistance

    For peace of mind while you travel, L’Autre Chemin offers a range of multiple-risk and cancellation insurance packages. 

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  • Accommodation

    L’Autre Chemin has teamed up with a selection of guesthouses and small, traditional hotels to ensure that every stopover is an opportunity to learn about the architecture, lifestyle, gastronomy and local people of this region.

     Examples of accommodation ont the Chat with Stevenson bike tour

    Gîte la Retirade

    La Retirade

     

    Hôtel les Bellugues - Saint-Jean du Gard
    Les Bellugues

     

  • Price info

    Price (per person, on a basis of 2 people sharing)

    Guesthouses & 2 or 3* hotels

    Fares Half-board 

    Travelling with an e-bike
    Trip with half-board basis*
    Luggage transfer included
    Journey back to Le Puy included

    €955/ pers.
    Travelling with a trekking bike (On request and according to availability) €885/ pers.
    Travelling with your own bike €815/ pers.

     

    Prices include: Accommodation with half-board option (except your stay in Le Puy based on bed & breakfast) in a twin or double bedroom (on a basis of 2 people sharin) plus French holiday tax, provision of an electric hybrid bicycle, 1 cycle bag (1/ adult bike – except with standard mountain-bike option), helmet, basic repair kit, 1 roadblock and 1 Stevenson trail map / booking file, a GPS / booking file and only with e-bike or bike hire option, plus telephone assistance and baggage transfers (1 bag weighing 15kg max.) to every stopover, the transfers from Saint-Jean du Gard to Le Puy-en-Velay person and bike.

    Prices do not include: Transport and transfers to the starting point, lunches, drinks, spending money, any optional visits or activities, cancellation or multiple-risk insurance and agency fees : €20.

     

    Agency fees

    €20 / booking folder