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Beneath Mont Lozère

The Cévennes - the secret hills of the south
 
Self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking with your luggage transported is the free and easy way to experience this wild and varied scenery. You’ll enjoy rewarding, full days of walking in the uplands and a great mix of accommodation.
 
Beneath Mont Lozère. 6 nights
Beneath Mont Lozère. 6 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in the Cévennes

Unspoiled and largely undiscovered, the Cévennes National Park (granted UNESCO World Heritage status in June 2011) is a land of rugged mountains coated in heather, broom and open grassland that turns golden in the sun, while the slopes of the deep valleys below are cloaked with majestic chestnut woods. The region seems scarcely to have been touched by the march of time; ancient ways continue and historic buildings are preserved. Indeed, you can imagine that the wild landscapes of the Park, home to eagles and vultures, have changed little since Robert Louis Stevenson passed through on his Travels with a Donkey.
By leading across the wild uplands as well as the lower valleys, our challenging but rewarding route promises very varied walking, with each season bringing its charms, be it vivid broom in spring, colourful expanses of heather in high summer or ripening chestnuts in autumn. You stay in an appealing combination of welcoming hotels and traditional guesthouses (chambres d’hôtes), with some delicious regional cuisine.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.
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  • Arrival in La Garde-Guérin
    Night 1: at Auberge La Régordane (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Circular walk from La Garde-Guérin: 10km, 4.5hrs; shorter option: 7km, 3.5hrs
    The Chassezac Gorge is the focus of your first day, with a choice of two walks to take you right down to the river. In addition to the spectacular paths up and down the valley sides, you also follow part of an abandoned irrigation canal, and pass the ruins of a chestnut drying house.
    The Chassezac Gorge
  • Choice of walks from La Garde Guérin to Le Pont-de-Montvert: 13.5km or 15.5km

    High-level option: 15.5km, 6hrs
    After a short transfer, you ascend Le Pic Cassini for far-reaching vistas of the Cévennes National Park and Mont Lozère massif, before taking some lesser-used paths to make your way down to source of the Tarn. You will follow the nascent river past the impressive Pont du Tarn, and several appealing picnic spots, before heading across moorland to reach Le Merlet, near le Pont-de-Montvert, your base for the next two nights.

    Low-level option: 13.5km, 5hrs
    There is a lower-level alternative for the first half of the walk, heading past the low-key ski centre at Mas de la Barque instead of heading up Le Pic Cassini.
    River Tarn
  • Choice of walks from Le Pont-de-Montvert: 13km or 17km

    Circular walk via Le Pont-de-Montvert: 13km, 5hrs
    We suggest a scenic walk alongside the River Tarn and to the attractive old village of Le Pont-de-Montvert.

    Circular walk via the 'Stevenson Trail': 17km, 6.5hrs
    Alternatively, you could choose a longer route along part of the 'Stevenson Trail' over open uplands and back through forest. During the summer holidays, you may see other walkers travelling with their bags strapped to the backs of donkeys, just as Robert Louis Stevenson did with his donkey, 'Modestine'.
    Le Pont-de-Montvert
  • Le Pont-de-Montvert to Génolhac: 22km, 8.5hrs; shorter option: 16km, 5.5hrs
    Today's route is a long but lovely walk through the sleepy hamlets of Felgérolles and Masméjan, to reach the banks of the Alignon stream and a rarely used path up to L’Aubaret; there is the option to take a transfer to this point and shorten the walk. From here on you enjoy huge horizons and beautiful views interspersed with shady streams. After crossing an open plateau strewn with surreal rock formations, you descend an ancient paved track to the village of Génolhac. Your base for the last two nights is the welcoming Le Temps des Cerises.
    The route to Génolhac
  • Circular walk via Montclar: 17km, 6.5hrs; shorter option: 10km, 3.5hrs
    Your final day is spent on a circuit that takes you up from Génolhac through the pretty area of Montclar before descending via a village into a quiet valley. You then rise out of the valley once more to cross the Col de Valoussiere before the last section back to Génolhac. This route can be shortened to avoid a steep ascent.
    The route to Montclar
 

Accommodation

You stay mostly in guesthouses rather than hotels (see our page about chambres d’hôtes for more information), but all your accommodation is welcoming and comfortable, offering great regional cuisine.
 

Extend your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 6 nights: 04 May - 30 September 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    4 - 23 May £928 £190
    24 May - 8 June £965 £195
    9 June - 30 August £998 £195
    31 August - 24 September £965 £195
    3rd & 4th person discount -£105
    Single traveller supplement £105

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

    6 nights: 04 May - 30 September 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    4 - 23 May £1168 £190
    24 May - 8 June £1205 £195
    9 June - 30 August £1238 £195
    31 August - 24 September £1205 £195
    3rd & 4th person discount -£105
    Single traveller supplement £105

    Includes all elements in the 'walk price', plus standard-class travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet International to Lille or Paris, with onward travel as described below.

    Included travel from the UK: UK-Paris (Eurostar), Paris–Génolhac (TGV/regional rail), approx.duration 9h30 plus 0h35 taxi transfer. Home, Génolhac–Paris (TGV/regional rail), Paris–UK (Eurostar), approx duration 10h plus 0h05 taxi transfer. 

    If you book your holiday less than 3 months in advance of your travel date, seats may no longer be available at the tariffs on which our prices are based, but we may be able to offer you seats on the sames services at a supplement.

    6 nights: 04 May - 30 September 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    4 - 23 May £978 £190
    24 May - 8 June £1015 £195
    9 June - 30 August £1048 £195
    31 August - 24 September £1015 £195
    3rd & 4th person discount -£160
    Single traveller supplement £160

    Includes all elements in the 'walk price', plus a return ferry crossing between Dover and Calais with P&O Ferries for your party and one car.

    We also include a transfer back to the first hotel at the end of your holiday to collect your car.

    A supplement of £35 per car per single journey applies for outbound travel 5-7 Apr & 19-21 Apr, and for inbound travel 21-22 Apr 2019. A supplement of £45 per car per single journey applies outbound on Fridays & Saturdays 24-25 May & 12 Jul-17 Aug 2019 inclusive, and inbound on Saturdays & Sundays 1-2 Jun & 19 Jul-2 Sep 2019 inclusive.

  • Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Le Merlet (with dinner) Double room Single room
    04 May - 30 Sep 2019 £78 £98
    Le Temps des Cérises (with dinner) Double room Single room
    04 May - 14 Jun 2019 £98 £132
    15 Jun - 31 Aug 2019 £110 £144
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2019 £98 £132
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Nîmes, Montpellier, Marseille

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Marseille (via Paris) Air France 
    Birmingham - Montpellier (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Marseille easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Marseille Ryanair 
    Edinburgh - Marseille (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Edinburgh - Marseille (via Amsterdam) Air France 
    Edinburgh - Marseille (via Paris) Air France 
    Edinburgh - Montpellier (via Amsterdam) Air France 
    Edinburgh - Montpellier (via Paris CDG) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Marseille easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Humberside - Marseille (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Marseille easyJet 
    Gatwick - Montpellier easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Marseille British Airways 
    Heathrow - Montpellier (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Marseille easyJet 
    Luton - Montpellier easyJet 
    Luton - Nîmes Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Marseille Ryanair 
    Stansted - Nîmes Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Marseille easyJet,  Ryanair 
    Manchester - Marseille (via Paris) Air France 
    Manchester - Montpellier(via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Marseille (via Paris) Air France 
    Newcastle - Montpellier (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Southampton - Marseille (via Paris) Air France 
    Southampton - Montpellier (via Paris CDG) Air France 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Nîmes

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Nîmes to Génolhac (1h25-1h45), taxi Génolhac station to hotel (0h35) £32 1600
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    hotel transfer to Génolhac (0h05), rail Génolhac to Nîmes (1h25-1h45) £10 1500

    Connecting travel options - flying via Montpellier

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Montpellier to Génolhac (2h-2h20), taxi Génolhac to hotel (0h35) £41 1500
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    hotel transfer to Génolhac (0h05), rail Génolhac to Montpellier (2h/2h20) £14 1500

    Connecting travel options - flying via Marseille

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Marseille to Génolhac (3h25/3h45), taxi Génolhac to hotel (0h35) £52 1400
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    hotel transfer to Génolhac (0h05), rail Génolhac to Marseille (3h30-4h50) £24 1700
What is included
  • 6 nights
  • 6 dinners
    5 picnics
    6 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes
  • transfer on day 4
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to France, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The official language is French. The currency is the Euro. French time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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