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3 Off-the-beaten-path Itineraries in France

By November 28, 2018June 2nd, 2020No Comments


Besieged & beautiful – The Tale of the cathars in Occitanie

7-days/6-nights – 4 Star Hotel, double room sharing in Toulouse & Carcassonne – starting at $2,275 per person* 
The Cathars: a zealous Christian religious movement some nine hundred years ago appeared in Languedoc. They denounced many basic tenets of the Catholic Church. Their growing popularity alarmed Pope Innocent III, resulting in a crusade in 1208 to eradicate them. 

With this backdrop, follow your expert guide as you visit “head-spinning Citadels” that are superbly positioned on mountain peaks, discover the role played by Saint-Dominic and his Dominican order, learn about the Inquisition specifically created in the 12th century to combat the Cathars, stroll through intact medieval villages that have retained their 13th century architectural wonders or awe at the formidable Cathedrals and churches built only to demonstrate the power of the Roman Catholic Church. 

Package Includes

-Arrival/departure transfers in Toulouse
– Accommodation in 4-star hotel, double room sharing in Toulouse & Carcassonne
– Breakfast from day 2 to 7
– Services of an English-speaking driver guide specialized in Cathar history
– Private guided walking tour of Toulouse, Albi and Carcassonne
– Visit of Cordes, Lavaur, Mirepoix, Minerve and Lagrasse villages
– Visit of Montsegur, Lastours, Queribus and Puilaurens Cathar citadels
– Travel in recent, comfortable and fully equipped compact vans 
– Bottles of water in the minivan


DAY 1  Arrival Transfer in Toulouse (Airport/Train Station)
DAY 2 Guided Walking Cathar Tour of Toulouse/ Villages of the Vere Valley
DAY 3 Albi Guided Walking Tour/ Cordes-Sur-Ciel Village Visit/ Lavaur Visit
DAY 4 Montsegur Castle Cathar / Mirepoix Visit / Carcassonne
DAY 5 Carcassonne Guided Walking Tour / Minerve Village Visit / Lastours Castles Visit
DAY 6 Lagrasse Village Visit / Cathar Citadels of Queribus and Puilaurens Visit
DAY 7 Departure Transfer to Toulouse (Airport / Train Station) 

TOUlouse & occitanie

5 days/4 nights – 4 Star Hotel, Double Room Sharing in Toulouse – Starting at $1,385 per person
This 5-day tour is a perfect introduction to the regional province known as the Occitanie. Based in Toulouse, your daily tours will head towards all the major sights this authentic region has to offer. Your program includes the visits of major cities such as Toulouse and its unique architecture made of Terracotta bricks, Albi with its extraordinary Cathedral and home to the Toulouse Lautrec museum and finally Carcassonne, Europe’s largest military fortress that dates to Roman times. The tour also includes the discovery of some of the most picture-perfect hilltop villages such as Cordes-sur-Ciel and Saint-Cirq-Lapopie. Finally, the visit of Pech Merle cave that still bears drawings that date back 22,000 years, will certainly remain as a highlight of the itinerary. 

package includes

– Arrival/departure transfers in Toulouse
– Accommodation in 4-star La Cour des Consul Hotel & Spa (double room)
– Breakfast from day 2 to 5
– Services of an English-speaking driver guide
– Private guided walking tour in Toulouse, Carcassonne and Albi
– Private guided tour in the Toulouse, Carcassonne and Albi
– Private guided tour in the Toulouse Lautrec Museum in Albi
– Wine tasting session in Gaillac including wine tasting fees
– Visit of Pech Merle cave
– Visit of Saint-Cirq Lapopie village
– Travel in recent, comfortable and fully equipped compact vans
– Bottles of water in the minivan


DAY 1 Arrival Transfer (airport/ train station) in Toulouse
DAY 2 Toulouse guided walking tour / Carcassonne visit
DAY 3 Albi visit / Cordes-Sur-Ciel village visit / Gaillac wine tasting session
DAY 4 Pech Merle Cave / Saint-Cirq-Lapopie Village visit
DAY 5 Departure Transfer (airport / train station) in Toulouse


11-Day / 10-Night Occitanie Itinerary Rail & Self Drive
Have you heard of Occitanie? It’s the former regions of Languedoc Roussillon and Midi Pyrenees. Think of it as ‘Southwest France by the Med’, bordered by the Pyrenees to the south, the Mediterranean to the east and just southeast of Bordeaux, where our itinerary begins. 

We’ve combined 1st class rail between major centers and a rental car for idyllic country driving to the most beautiful villages in France. Plus, they included the most charming boutique accommodations found in each town. A lovely departure from the big-name classics. This package is for discerning clients who love culture, fine food & wine, design and a little luxury. 

Package includes 

• 2-nights, Bordeaux: Yndo Hotel
• 2-nights, Toulouse: Le Grand Balcon
• 2-nights, Carcassonne: Le Domaine d”Auriac
• 2-nights, Nimes: Jardins Secrets
• 2-nights, Montpellier: Domaine de Verchant
• Eurobound Amenities – Breakfast & VAT

• 1st Class rail, from/to: 
• Rental Car, mid-size, automatic, A/C, zero deductible, 6-days

• Bordeaux: 1/2 day city walking tour 
• Toulouse: 1/2 day city walking tour 
• Carcassone: 1/2 day city walking tour
• Nimes: 1/2 day city walking tour
• Montpellier: 1/2 day city walking tour

• Restaurant suggestions 
• Activity suggestions 


DAY 1 Paris / Bordeaux: Via TGV 
DAY 2 Bordeaux
DAY 3 Bordeaux / Toulouse: Via TGV
DAY 4 Toulouse
DAY 5 Toulouse / Carcassonne: Via rental car
DAY 6 Carcassonne
DAY 7 Carcassonne / Nimes: Via rental car
DAY 8 Nimes
DAY 9 Nimes / Montpellier: Via rental car
DAY 10 Montpellier
DAY 11 Montpellier / Paris: Via TGV

ready to book your french getaway? Contact one of our travel advisors to get started. 

photos courtesy of visit toulouse and tourism carcassonne

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