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The Best of Languedoc

Day 1: Toulouse - Carcassonne

 

Arrival in Toulouse.

Pick up by your driver-guide & transfer to Carcassonne.

Guided tour of the medieval Citadel of Carcassonne, Unesco Heritage. It is a town within a town, a maze of narrow cobbled streets within severe ramparts of thick walls and turreted towers, but bustling with life and color.
 
Check in into your 4-star hotel which is facing the remparts of the medieval city. A privileged position, on the banks of the river 'Aude'. Discover a magnificent panorama over the old city of Carcassonne.

 

Overnight at your hotel.

Day 2: Carcassonne - La Livinère - Minerve - Château Penautier

  

Breakfast at your hotel.

Pick up at your hotel by your driver-guide and short drive to the Domaine Ostal Cazes in La Livinère, one of the most prestigious wine AOC in the region. Enjoy a guided visit of the vigneyards and winery. Wine tasting session in the wine cellars.

 

Transfer to Minerve. Between the Montagne Noire and the Canal du Midi, the Cathar city of Minerve offers an imposing entrance to the Haut-Languedoc Regional Natural Park, and is listed as one of the 'most beautiful villages of France'. The village of Minerve is perched on a rocky headland and surrounded by vineyards boasting the Minervois AOC label. In the middle Ages, this powerful city was a refuge for the Cathar heretics. The natural bridges carved out by the Cesse and Brian rivers make this a really remarkable site.

 

Transfer to Bize-Minervois for a visit of the Olive Oil Farm 'Oulibo'. Discover all the process of olive oil making during a guided tour of the production hall. End your visit by an olive oil & olive tasting.
 
On the way back to Carcassonne, stop at the Chateau Penautier for a guided tour of the wine cellars followed by a wine tasting session.
 
Transfer back to your hotel in Carcassonne & overnight at your hotel.

Day 3: Carcassonne - Rennes-le-Château - Queribus - Peyrepertuse

 

Breakfast at your hotel.

Pick up at your hotel by your driver-guide and departure for Rennes-le-Chateau, small medieval castle village, known internationally for being at the centre of various conspiracy theories. The story became the origine for hypotheses in documentaries and bestselling books such as The Da Vinci Code.
  
After lunch transfer to Queribus. Craddle of the Cathar country; regarded as the last Cathar stronghold. Quéribus is high and isolated. It stands on top of the highest peak for miles around. From a distance it can be seen on the horizon, sticking up into the sky.
 
Transfer only a short driveto Peyrepertuse Castle; a ruined fortress and one of the so-called Cathar castles.The name of Peyrepetuse derived from the ancient language called Occitan and means Pierced Rock. The castle was built on a strategic location along the French/Spanish border by The kings of Aragon in the 11th Century.
As we head towards Carcassonne, our last stop is at Chateau Lastours in Portel-les-Corbières for a guided visit of the vigneyards and winery. Wine tasting session in the mordern glass cellar in the heart of the Corbière wine AOC.
 
Transfer to your hotel & overnight in Carcassonne.
 


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