ALBI, CORDES SUR CIEL AND GAILLAC – 10H - $406.10
Departure from Toulouse
From 08.30 to 18.15
You will visit the impressive Sainte-Cecile Cathedral church, which looks like a fortress from the outside, but is entirely painted and sculpted on the inside.
Next to the Cathedral is the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum, presenting the largest collection of works by the artist, born in Albi in 1864.
After seeing the beautiful “French gardens” at the foot of the museum, discover on your own the other heritage treasures of the historical centre: Saint-Salvy cloister, the medieval streets lined with half-timbered houses, the Vigan square, the covered market (open every morning from Tuesday to Sunday)…
The open-air market takes place on Saturday morning in Albi, around the covered market.
The name of the village is enough to make you want to visit: “Cordes sur Ciel” means “Cordes upon the sky”.
We will drive you to the top of the village (the walk up is quite difficult). You will then walk along the medieval streets to admire the Gothic façades of the 14th century town mansions. From mid-April to mid-October the artisans’ workshops and galleries are open to the public: sculptors, painters, glass-workers, cutlers….
Before we leave the village we will take you to the best spot overlooking it, which only local guides know, and which is only accessible by car. From there you will get a breathtaking view over Cordes.
During the Roman period only white wine was produced here. Since the end of the 19th century red grape varieties have been planted, and red wine now represents 60% of the annual production. The main red grape varieties used are Braucol, Duras, Syrah and Gamay. For white wine the main grape varieties are Mauzac, Loin de l’oeil and Sauvignon.
On the third weekend of November many wine producers organise events to celebrate the arrival of the « Gaillac Primeur» which is produced with the grapes picked in August/September of that same year.
Gaillac wine is not a “vin de garde”, or “wine to keep”, you can keep it for a period of about 5 years maximum.
- Transport in an 8 seater minivan with driver-guide
- Commentaries by the driver-guide during the trip
- Guided tour of Albi and Cordes-sur-Ciel
- The Gaillac wine estate visit and wine tasting session
- Entrance fees
- Personal costs.