• Follow in the footsteps of acclaimed artist Toulouse-Lautrec, taking in his dedicated museum in Albi and his beautiful rural home, the Chateau du Bosc
• Investigate the narrative of the Albigensian Crusade through the Languedoc’s distinctive historical features and medieval architecture
• Visit some of France’s most beautiful towns and villages, including the fortified towns of Cordes-sur-Ciel and Carcassonne
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Depart Heathrow 1400 on British Airways, arriving Toulouse 1650. Transfer to Hostellerie du Grand Saint Antoine, Albi, for seven nights.
Morning lecture: Toulouse-Lautrec – From Albi to Paris followed by walking tour of Albi and visit to Cathédrale Sainte-Cécile (unique 13th century red brick cathedral). Afternoon: Musée Toulouse-Lautrec (housed in Albi’s former Bishop’s Palace).
Excursion to Toulouse: Capitole (subject to confirmation) and Les Jacobins (red brick church built in distinctive southern Gothic style) followed by the Hotel d’Assézat (16th century palace housing one of Europe’s most impressive art collections) and Basilica of St Sernin (largest Romanesque church on the Compostela route and UNESCO World Heritage site).
Morning: Cordes-sur-Ciel (fortified 13th century town) for short walking tour and opportunity to visit market. Continue to Moissac for Church of St Pierre (famous abbey on the Compostela route). Afternoon: Musée Goya in Castres (collection of Spanish paintings)
Morning: Chateau du Bosc (former home of Toulouse-Lautrec). Continue to Sauveterre-de-Rouergue (example of a bastide town). Afternoon: Monestiés for the chapel of St Jacques (extraordinary religious statuary). Evening lecture: The Cathars and the Languedoc.
Whole day excursion to the fortified medieval city of Carcassonne: Chateau Comtal and the Church of St Nazaire (Romanesque and Gothic architecture with beautiful stained glass windows).
Morning in Moissac: Church of St Pierre (famous abbey on the Compestela route). Free afternoon in Albi.
Depart Toulouse 1115, arriving Heathrow 1215.
13 May — 20 May 2020
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I thought Juliet was an excellent Tour Director. She certainly knows her subject in depth and is very good at projecting her considerable knowledge in a user-friendly manner.
Customer on a recent ACE tour with Juliet Hesslewood
A good level of fitness is required for this tour, and participants should be prepared for navigating cobbled streets and uneven ground. The tour includes some coach journeys of up to 2 hours in duration.
For customers happy to organise their own flights or travel arrangements, we are happy to offer a reduction of:
Cost of £2495 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, dinner with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £195.