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Cities of Art

 

 

 

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(4 Days / 3 Nights - Prices on request)

 

Executive coach for transfers and excursions according to the program.

Services of a professionnal guide throughout the tour (several languages available).

Accommodation in 3 to 5-star hotels.

 

This tour will take you from the vibrant city of Toulouse, to the world renowned medieval citadel of Carcassonne without forgetting a cruise along the Canal du Midi. Do not miss the visit of the superb Abbay de Fontfroide. Also on program the discover of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the pink-bricked town of Albi and the beautiful hilltop village of Cordes-sur-Ciel.

 

Groups must be established before contacting us (9 participants minimum). If you are less than 9, we organise Private & Shared Tours.

 

Our know-how is our essential asset to guarantee high-quality tours all over France, as we have created a real network of partners, from coach companies to guides, hotels and gourmet restaurants. We selected them meticulously to ensure maximum comfort during your whole stay.

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Capitole Toulouse

Day 1 : Toulouse - Sorèze

 

Arrival Toulouse airport.

Pick up by your driver & your guide. Transfer to Toulouse city center. Your guide will take you for a guided tour of Toulouse named the Pink City and covered with russet tiles and colored red-orange bricks. Its prestigious past has left an indelible mark on Toulouse's city center architecture: the St-Sernin Basilica, the largest Romanesque church in Europe, the Church and Cloisters of the Jacobins, the most complete monastery in France, the Capitole with its façade of stone and brick and the marvelous Salle des Illustres with the square bringing the same name, recently renovated. During the tour you will admire all the main sites and monuments as well as numerous beautiful renaissance town-houses built during Toulouse's 'golden age' with wealth from the blue dye (pastel or woad) made in the region.

Then go to Sorèze. Settle into your hotel.

Welcome dinner & overnight at your hotel.


Carcassonne

Day  2 : Carcassonne - Narbonne - Fontfroide Abbey

 

Pick up at your hotel by your driver & your guide and transfer for a guided visit of Carcassonne. When you arrive in Carcassonne, you will visit the Medieval Citadel which dominates the old town. Originally an Iron age oppidum the site was used in the 1st Century for a Roman villa before re-appearing in the Xi-th century as a fortification belonging to the powerful Viscount Trencavel. 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. The spectacular walled town is one of France’s most famous national monuments and a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Then go on to Narbonne, 'City of Art and History' with its very rich architectural patrimony. This old and characteristic town has many monuments to look at: its Gothic cathedral, Archbishop's Palace, and the Via Domitia. We suggest you to visit the traditional Market of Les Halles, exceptional with its 72 traditional shops of fruits, vegetables, fish, cheese and local wines. In Narbonne you will enjoy a wine tasting experience at the Château l'Hopitalet, which is perfectly situated in the heart of the La Clape Massif conservation area and overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Next, drive to Fontfroide, an unspoilt site. On the foothills of the Corbières, the 12th Century site of the Abbey de Fontfroide is one of the most lavished and best preserved Cistercian abbey in France. The site includes a magnificent 3000 foot Rose Garden and a succession of Italian style terraced gardens. Back to Sorèze.
 

Dinner & overnight at your hotel.


Day 3 : Albi & Cordes-sur-Ciel

 

Pick up at your hotel by your driver & your guide and transfer to Albi, magnificent pink-bricked town on the banks of the Tarn. Admire the fortified Cathedral of Sainte-Cécile, before touring the Toulouse Lautrec museum in the old Bishop's Palace.

Later you will visit Cordes-sur-Ciel, a beautiful hilltop medieval village fortress. On your way back to Sorèze you will stop in the Gaillac vineyards for a visit and wine tasting. The Gaillac vineyards produce many delicious wines, from red wines to rose wines and even some surprising 'perlés' wines!

Back to your hotel in Sorèze.

Dinner & overnight at the hotel.

 

 
Day 4: Departure
 
 
Breakfast at your hotel and transfer to Toulouse airport.
 
 

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