LANGUEDOC II:  MORE SECRETS

7 DAY TOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1 - FRIDAY

Arrival...

Today you will be picked up from Narbonne train station or Carcassonne train station or airport (other pickups by prior arrangement).

You will check-in to our award winning B & B which has been ranked in the top 25 in France!

Sleep on deep sumptuous super king mattresses with the finest 100% cotton linen usually found in exclusive hotels.  All of our contemporary en-suite bathrooms have luxurious pure cotton bath towels and beautiful organic bathroom products.

Award Winning B & B.jpg

This evening you will join us for our welcome dinner…

Sainte-Hélene Chambres d'hôtes © LMW

Domaine Gayda; 'Real' South of France Tours; Small Group Tours

DAY 2 - SATURDAY

Mirepoix & St Hilaire Abbey

This morning after breakfast we drive to and visit Mirepoix, one of the oldest bastide towns in the south of France, with its beautiful market square filled with timber framed houses featuring etched wooden caricatures, including Mirepoix’s Saint Maurice cathedral which has the 2nd widest gothic arch in Europe.

Mirepoix; 'Real' South of France Tours; Small Group Tours

Mirepoix © LMW

Lunch today is at Domaine Gayda - a fabulous wine domain in the Malpere appellation.

St Hilaire Abbey; 'Real' South of France Tours; Small Group Tours

St Hilaire Abbey © LMW

After lunch we take the short drive to tour

the pretty abbey of St Hilaire where the world’s first recorded sparkling wine was made from 1531 by the monks of the day.

This evening we have dinner at a local restaurant.

© Domaine GAYDA

DAY 3 - SUNDAY

St Chinian Market & Plus Beaux Village of Olargues

After breakfast we travel to the foothills of the Haut-Laungedoc to the pretty town of St Chinian for a relaxed stroll through the Sunday market with it’s spectacular canopy of plane trees.

St Chinian Sunday Market; 'Real' South of France Tours; Small Group Tours

St Chinian Market

We will drive higher into the Haut-Languedoc to the Plus Beaux village of Olargues for lunch at a lovely Michelin rated restaurant overlooking Pont du Diable (Devil's Bridge) over the river Le Jaur.  

Olargues & Roquebrun; 'Real' South of France Tours; Small Group Tours

Olargues & Roquebrun © LMW

After lunch we will enjoy a stroll around the village before heading back to Sainte-Hélène.

We drive home via the pretty riverside village of Roquebrun...

 

Time for a rest before we have another fun and informative tapas and wine tasting evening presented by Wendy Gedney.  Can she find wines you haven’t tried before?

DAY 4 - MONDAY

Chateau de Salses & Collioure

After breakfast we travel to the old Spanish border area to visit Chateau de Salses.  The Chateau was in a strategic position between Catalonia and France.  Built in the late 15th century the fortress guarded the original border on the Spanish side.

Chateau de Salses

For today’s lunch we travel to the village of Fitou…

Collioure at sunset; 'Real' South of France Tours; Small group tours

Collioure © LMW

Then we take the short drive to the beautiful Mediterranean town of Collioure near the current Spanish border which inspired many famous artists including Matisse and Picasso.  There will be plenty of time to wander the streets and soak up the atmosphere before heading back to Sainte-Hélène.

This evening we will have dinner at a local restaurant in Collioure…

Will it be during the vendanges/grape harvest?

Today you will enjoy a wine tour of our local Minervois appellation…this tour is likely to be during the vendanges (grape harvest) which makes for a very interesting time at the wine domains.

DAY 5 - TUESDAY

Minervois Vineyard Tour

Vendanges; 'Real' South of France Tours; Small Group Tours

© LMW

Cassoulet; 'Real' South of France Tours; Small Group Tours

For today’s lunch you will be served cassoulet, Languedoc’s most famous dish,

in the small wine village of St Jean de Minervois

which has it's own appellation

for Muscat wines.

Cassoulet © LMW

This afternoon we continue our tour to another Minervois wine domain.

This evening is at your leisure…

DAY 6 - WEDNESDAY

Historic Port of Sète, Canal Boat Trip & Marseillan

This morning we drive towards the Mediterranean coast and visit the town of Sète which was designed and constructed as the end port for the Canal du Midi.  From here we will take a boat to explore the well known canal way through Sète.

Sète; Real South of France Tours

Photograph courtesy of Sète Tourism

Today lunch will be at a canal side restaurant in Sète.

After lunch we will travel down the etang coast to Marseillan and take an exclusive guided tour of the famous Vermouth producer,  Noilly Prat with over 200 years of tradition.  The tour concludes with a tasting of their Vermouth collection.

Noilly Pratt Vermouth; 'Real' South of France Tours; Small group tours

This evening at your leisure....

© Noilly Pratt

DAY 7 - THURSDAY

Château de Pennautier & Cabrespine Cavern or Grotte de Limousis

After breakfast on our final tour day we visit the grand Château de Pennautier.

This Château is listed as an historic monument of France, and

King Louis XIII, who established the Château de Versailles, stayed here in 1622!

Pennautier

Photo courtesy of Château de Pennautier

Lunch today is in the Château restaurant...

This afternoon we visit Cabrespine cavern which is the largest cave in France open to the public.  It’s taller than the Eiffel Tower and quite spectacular!  If our tour group has visited this cave before we will visit the nearby Grotte de Limousis which is equally beautiful...

Cabrespine Cavern; 'Real' South of France Tours; Small group tours

Cabrespine Cavern © LMW

This evening we complete our ‘Real’ South of France Languedoc II tour with another fabulous wine and food extravaganza with Marcel and Petra!

DAY 8 - FRIDAY

Farewell...

After breakfast we say farewell to our new found friends as we transfer you to our designated drop off points to continue your travels.

Friends made on 'Real' South of France Tours; Small group tours
Friends made on 'Real' South of France Tours; Small group tours

 © KMW