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Albi & the Languedoc

30 May — 5 Jun 2018 | Tour Director: Juliet Heslewood

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Juliet Heslewood, MA

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Itinerary

Day

1

Depart Heathrow 1355 on British Airways arriving Toulouse 1645. Transfer to Hostellerie du Grand Saint Antoine, Albi, for six nights. Lecture: Toulouse-Lautrec – From Albi to Paris.

Day

2

Morning: walking tour of Albi and visit to the Cathédrale Sainte-Cécile (13th century red brick fortress). Afternoon: Musée Toulouse-Lautrec (housed in Albi’s former Bishops’ Palace). Lecture: The Cathars and the Languedoc.

Day

3

Morning: Chateau du Bosc (former home of Toulouse-Lautrec). Continue to Sauveterre-de-Rouergue (characterful 13th century fortified town). Afternoon: Monestiés and the chapel of St Jacques (extraordinary 15th century statues representing scenes from the Passion), the Romanesque church of St Michel at Lescure.

Day

4

Whole day excursion to Toulouse: Basilica of St Sernin (Romanesque church and UNESCO World Heritage site), Capitole. Continue to Les Jacobins (red brick church built in distinctive southern Gothic style) and the Hôtel d’Assézat (16th century palace housing one of Europe’s most impressive private art collections).

Day

5

Morning: Cordes-sur-Ciel (fortified 13th century town). Continue to Moissac for visit to the abbey church of St Pierre (early 12th century Romanesque cloisters and entrance).

Day

6

Whole day excursion to the medieval city of Carcassonne: Chateau Comtal and the church of St Nazaire (Romanesque and Gothic architecture with beautiful stained glass windows).

Day

7

Depart Toulouse 1115, arriving Heathrow 1215.

Tour Dates

30 May — 5 Jun 2018

Days

7

Cost

£2065

Tour Code

ALBI-18

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Cost 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.

 
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