• 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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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, Basilica of St Sernin (largest Romanesque church on the Compostela route and UNESCO World Heritage site). Continue to Les Jacobins (red brick church built in distinctive southern Gothic style – subject to confirmation) and the Hotel d’Assézat (16th century palace housing one of Europe’s most impressive art collections).
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).
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) and Lescure for the Romanesque Church of St Michel. 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).
Depart Toulouse 1115, arriving Heathrow 1215.
19 Jun — 25 Jun 2019
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Cost of £2145 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 £175.