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Carcassonne & Albi

Carcassonne 6 nights Price from £2,450 per person
Departs: 09 Oct 2020, 07 May 2021, 08 Oct 2021
Departs: 09 Oct 2020

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This tour is based at the pinnacle of the mediaeval citadel of Carcassonne where we stay at the luxurious Hotel de la Cité, built into the ramparts with panoramic views of the countryside. It is from here that we will explore the many distinctive regions of this beautiful part of southwest France. The arrival of the Cathars in the 11th century signalled the beginning of a turbulent and bloody period for the Languedoc as they fought with the established church to defend their religious beliefs. Thus began the Albigensian Crusades as the population struggled against the tyranny of Pope Innocent III. The precipitous mountain strongholds, majestic abbeys and breathtaking scenery all come alive as our tour lecturer Simon Monckton unravels the region’s complex history.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Return flights
  • Six nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Three dinners at the hotel – including one in the gastronomic restaurant ‘La Barbacane’
  • All entrances fees and gratuities as described
  • The services of a Kirker Tour Lecturer

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Carcassonne

    We fly from London to Toulouse and transfer to Carcassonne where we stay for the duration of the tour at the beautiful 5 star Deluxe Hotel de la Cité, one of the finest hotels in France and certainly one of the most dramatically situated.
  • Day 2 - La Cité

    We spend the first day in Carcassonne, a town of two halves, La Cité itself and the more modern town below the hill.
  • Day 3 - Pays de Foix

    Today is spent in Pays de Foix. We visit the tiny church carved deep into a rock at Vals and then continue to Mirepoix, a perfect example of a small bastide where ancient halftimbered houses line the streets. Finally we see one of the most impenetrable of all Cathar castles at Montsegur which was the centre of Catharism.
  • Day 4 - Albi

    Today we drive to Albi, a city whose buildings are made of delicately coloured pink and ochre stone. Here we visit the 13th to 16th Century Cathedral of Ste. Cecile and the wonderful collection of works by Toulouse-Lautrec in the museum. 
  • Day 5 - Toulouse

    The day is spent in Toulouse, a city still undeservedly little known. Here we see the Musee des Augustins with its important collection of Romanesque sculptures. We will also visit Europe’s largest Romanesque church, St. Sernin; an important stopping point on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela.
  • Day 6 - Narbonne

    We travel to Narbonne which was the Roman capital of Transalpine Gaul. While little remains from the Roman period, it remained an important centre through to the 13th and 14th centuries when the present cathedral was begun in the ambitious northern Gothic style. We explore the old part of the city before heading to the former Cistercian abbey of Fontfroide.
  • Day 7 - Flight

    We drive back to Toulouse airport for the flight to London.

Flight Details

Flights with British Airways:
Depart Heathrow at 13:40 arrive Toulouse at 16:30
Depart Toulouse at 11:15 arrive Heathrow at 12.15

Supplelment for British Airways Club Europe available on request

 

Departure Dates and Prices

Our prices are per person, based on sharing a twin/double room. Supplement for single occupancy as shown. Supplement for deluxe room with garden view: £150 per room.

2020

09 Oct 2020

Status Limited

Price from£2498

Single Supp.£498

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2021

07 May 2021

Status Available

Price from£2450

Single Supp.£498

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08 Oct 2021

Status Available

Price from£2450

Single Supp.£498

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Included Hotels

Hotel

Hotel de la Cité
Deluxe
Carcassonne, France, Europe

One of our favourite hotels in France and certainly one of the most dramatically situated, the De La Cité has been beautifully restored. The original beamed ceilings, stained glass windows, wood panelling and floral tapestries have been retained and the hotel is situated in its own gardens with an outdoor summer swimming pool.

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Simon Monckton

Tour Leader

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Recent Testimonials

Carcassonne & Albi

By Miss M, Clwyd, 07 February 2019

I could not fault the tour leader's support, professionalism, organisation & knowledge. As usual, Kirker has been first class and the holiday and hotel exceeded all expectations. My garden room at the hotel was superb & the hotel staff were excellent. Many thanks for a great holiday.

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