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Albi & the Languedoc

19 Jun — 25 Jun 2019 | Tour Director: Juliet Heslewood

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Tour Director

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Juliet Heslewood,

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Itinerary

Day

1

Depart Heathrow 1400 on British Airways, arriving Toulouse 1650. Transfer to Hostellerie du Grand Saint Antoine, Albi, for six nights.

Day

2

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).

Day

3

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).

Day

4

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).

Day

5

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.

Day

6

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).

Day

7

Depart Toulouse 1115, arriving Heathrow 1215.

Tour Dates

19 Jun — 25 Jun 2019

Days

7

Cost

£2145

Tour Code

ALBI-19

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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.

 
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