Dates: October 21 - October 29, 2017
Total Duration: 9 days
Cost: $4,495 per person, double occupancy
Deposit (per participant): $1,000
Activity level: Moderately Active
Humanities & Directed Studies
Tour Operator: Thomas P. Gohagan & Co.
Region: Western Europe
Experience the South of France during this one-of-a-kind, nine-day itinerary amid unspoiled landscapes, traditional French villages and lofty Cathar fortresses of the beautiful and historic Languedoc-Roussillon Midi-Pyrénées region. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of medieval Carcassonne and the picturesque hilltop village of Cordes-sur-Ciel. Discover the seldom-visited département of Aude, dotted with quaint towns, lush olive groves and ample vineyards, where medieval monks first produced crisp Blanquette, a sparkling wine that predates Champagne. Enjoy a 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 through the UNESCO-designated "red city" of Albi. Stay in the historic Hotel Mercure Albi Bastides on the River Tarn and the stylish Château de Floure, a 16th-century country estate. Enjoy a forum with local residents who will share insights into their daily lives. Toulouse pre-program and Cathar Country post-program options are available.