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Gaillac - Cordes-sur-Ciel - Najac - Albi

Price: 139.00 EUR
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Countries: France
Route: Toulouse - Gaillac - Cordes-sur-Ciel - Najac - Albi - Toulouse
Duration: 10 h
The first stop of our tour will be at Gaillac which was occupied since the Gallo-Roman period, but its name appears in documents mentioning the foundation of the Benedictine abbey of Saint Michel in 819. Its prosperity declares itself with the cultivation of the vine by the monks. The wine trade but also pastel (isatis tinctoria) in the sixteenth century, transported on the river Tarn, will allow Gaillac to thrive and develop at the same time a maritime activity. The second stop of our tour will be at the magnificent Albigensian fortified town boasts an exceptional Gothic heritage. The upper town of Cordes-sur-Ciel has preserved its stunning Gothic houses, among which the Grand Fauconnier house, the Prunet house and the Grand Veneur house. A stroll in the medieval town is a real delight, especially because streets are lined with craft shops and artists' galleries. The next stop will be at the medieval town of Najac Listed among the most beautiful villages of France,  in the old province of Rouergue . Its 13th-century royal fortress, perched on top of a rocky spur, picturesque houses with thackstone roofs, Gothic church, pretty fountains and viewpoints over the peaceful Aveyron Valley make it a dream destination for lovers of old buildings and authenticity.Last stop of the tour will be at old Albi  Admirably situated on the edge of the River Tarn, forms a magnificent group of buildings with its brick-built fortified cathedral, its former episcopal palace and its old houses. Albi's combination of brick and stone buildings have earned it the apt nickname . Masterpiece of the Southern Gothic style, the Sainte-Cécile cathedral boasts a richly-decorated interior containing magnificent frescoes, a Flamboyant Gothic rood screen and beautiful statuary. Next to the cathedral, the Berbie palace, an former episcopal palace, is home to the Toulouse-Lautrec museum. The charming and very romantic gardens of the Berbie palace offer a beautiful view of the river and of the Pont-Vieux bridge. A walk in the narrow streets of the historic centre reveals the presence of beautiful old brick-built timber-framed houses, as well as Renaissance mansions, such as the Enjalbert house and the Reynès mansion. After that we will return to Toulouse.
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