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The Ariège

22 Jun — 28 Jun 2020 | Tour Directors: Juliet Heslewood, Moira Tait

ACE Aquileia tour: Basilica of Aquileia

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Tour Directors

Andrew Wilson portrait

Juliet Heslewood,

MA

author and art historian

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Andrew Wilson portrait

Moira Tait,

MA, FRAS

Archaeologist with interests in Paleolithic and Mesolithic Europe

full biography and other tours

Itinerary

Day

1

Depart London Heathrow 0735 on British Airways, arriving Toulouse 1025. Transfer via the bastide town of Mirepoix (walking tour) and Vals (fortified Romanesque church) to Le Manoir d’Agnès, Tarascon-sur-Ariège, for six nights.

Day

2

Morning lecture: Paleolithic / Cave Art followed by visit to Le Parc de la Préhistoire (cave art reconstructions, exhibits on Magdalenian life). Afternoon: Grotte du Mas-d’Azil (huge natural cave, museum) and Museum of Prehistory.

Day

3

Excursion to St-Bertrand-de-Comminges (cathedral) via Saint Just-de-Valcabrère (Romanesque). Afternoon: Gargas Caves (hand stencils and figurative engravings).

Day

4

Whole day exploring caves of the region including the Grotte de Niaux (extraordinary Paleolithic cave paintings) – visit details subject to confirmation.

Day

5

Morning lecture: The Cathars followed by Chateau de Puivert (links to the Cathars). Afternoon: Montségur (view of castle, memorial and village museum).

Day

6

Excursion to fortified city of Carcassonne (tour of town and citadel) and Abbaye de St Hilaire.

Day

7

Depart Toulouse 1050, arriving Heathrow 1150.

Tour Dates

22 Jun — 28 Jun 2020

Days

7

Cost

£2195

Tour Code

ARIE-20

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PRACTICALITIES

This tour has a more strenuous itinerary; a good level of fitness is essential and participants should be comfortable walking over rugged terrain. The Niaux cave visit will entail walks of up to 3km in dark conditions with flashlights, on uneven and sometimes slippery surfaces.

FLIGHTS

For customers happy to organise their own flights or travel arrangements, we are happy to offer a reduction of:

£180

Cost of £2195 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, one lunch, dinner with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £355.

 
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