Toulouse ◆ Carcassonne ◆ Albi
Bask in the South of France’s natural splendor during les beaux jours de l’automne (the beautiful days of autumn) on this exclusively designed, nine-day sojourn amid the unspoiled landscapes, traditional French villages and lofty Cathar fortresses of the rich historical provinces of Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi‑Pyrénées—a well-kept secret of allure and intrigue—recently redesignated the Occitania region. Immerse yourself in the authentic way of life and vivid local culture and delve into the complex history, traditions and legends of its many past inhabitants, from the ancient Greeks and Romans to the Occitans and the Cathars.
During this comprehensive itinerary, one of the widely acclaimed
Town & Country Life® series, experience a unique combination of both town and country, from the UNESCO World Heritage‑designated medieval Cité de Carcassonne with its two concentric stone walls and 53 towers to the impossibly picturesque hilltop village of Cordes-sur-Ciel, built in the 13th‑century by the Count of Toulouse, and the rarely ventured département of Aude’s ample vineyards, where medieval monks first produced crisp Blanquette, a sparkling wine that predates Champagne. Enjoy two specially arranged wine tastings and a private cruise on the breathtaking Canal du Midi, a UNESCO World Heritage site and historic link between the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. Marvel at the natural wonders of the Corbières region and the Pyrénées Mountains and walk the storybook cobblestone lanes amidst the Southern Gothic-style architecture and distinctive red-brick buildings of the UNESCO-designated episcopal city of Albi. Interact with local residents who will share insights into their daily lives in the Occitania region during the exclusive Town & Country Life® Forum.
Enjoy accommodations in the comfortable Hotel Mercure Albi Bastides, ideally located overlooking the River Tarn with terrace views of the medieval heart of Albi, and in the charming Château de Floure, an authentic 16th-century French country estate. Golden Age of Toulouse Pre-Program and Medieval Cathar Mystique Post-Program Options are available to enhance your exploration of France’s best-kept secret.
This one-of-a-kind small group travel program invites you to explore le coeur (the heart) of France’s most fascinating yet undiscovered region at the best time of year, and it is an excellent value. Make your reservations today!
The Travel Program outlined here is subject to the features, final pricing and terms and conditions set forth in the published Travel Program brochure.
Vieux Pont, Albi