In the morning, departure for the city of Albi, a newly declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Built around the original cathedral and episcopal group of buildings the historical city center covers 63 hectares. Among the buildings of the town is the Saint Cecilia cathedral, a masterpiece of Southern Gothic architecture, built between the 13th and 15th centuries characterized by a strong contrast between its austere, defensive exterior and its sumptuous interior decoration. Close to the cathedral, the Palais de la Berbie, formerly the Bishops’ Palace of Albi and that now houses the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum, one of the largest international contemporary museums.
Lunch on your own.
The afternoon, departure for Cordes sur Ciel: As you draw near Cordes on the road, you get a glimpse of Cordes high up on its rock, but you will have to use your feet to climb up there. As you ascend, you travel back into medieval times : porches, battlements, sculpted façades and hidden corners. The wealthy traders’ XIIIth century mansions are splendid gothic buildings. The façades of the Grand Ecuyer or of the Grand Veneur take you back then and there. You are back to the Middle Ages.
The lanes up to the city are bordered with art galleries and craft workshops : artists and craftsmen first came to have a look and they never left. Painters,writers, ceramists, sculptors or jewellers settled in this inspiring place. The house of the Grand Fauconnier hosts the modern and contemporary ,art museum, a successful association of heritage and creation. On misty mornings, Cordes sur ciel truly floats over the sky and deserves its name. This is a commented Tour given by an accredited Tour Guide, who will guide you all day.
Return to your gîte at the end of the afternoon.
This excursion includes :
-Transport from your gîte to Albi and Cordes sur Ciel
-High standard minivan 8 passengers seats
–Accredited Tour Guide (we can take out this option on demand)
This excursion does not include :
– Meals, drinks
– Personal insurance and expenses
– Entrance fees to monuments, museums, attractions