Your typical 10-day schedule
Keep in mind, as each tour is fully customized, our main goal is to make sure you bring back home lifetime memories and "goosebump moments". You'll experience the real, authentic, and genuine France, the France I want to share with you, mine.
Hence the 'typical 10-day schedule' presented here is for illustration purpose only. It will inevitably vary, be adjusted and customized to your needs, wants, desires and/or curent availability where applicable and/or weather and/or season of the year (i.e. farmers' markets where you share and eat food and/or drink wine on the spot with locals are only available in July or August).
(Click on a day to see what your experience could be.)
DAY 1 (Let's say a Thursday here)
► Visit of Moyrazès village,
► Discover Planques village,
► Visit of Bruéjouls village,
► Enjoy Panat village and its incredible valley view,
► Visit of Serres hamlet with experience of a typical aveyronnaise farm (see photo above),
► Farmers' market with local organic producers (see video above),
► Visit of Cassagnes village with its valley panorama,
► Drinks at Marcillac village,
► Vineyard visit and wine tasting and shopping at Clairvaux village,
► Visit of Planques village and dinner at restaurant.
DAY 2 (Here a Friday)
► Meander through Saint Léons village streets,
► Visit of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon village,
► Cheese tasting at the Roquefort cheese cellars,
► Picnic with wine, cheese, and lots of exceptional local goodies,
►Millau viaduct visit,
► Experience one of the best preserved templar fortified towns in southern Europe; La Couvertoirade,
►Millau town visit,
► Dinner in a Millau restaurant.
DAY 3 (Here a Saturday)
► Enjoy an almost private visit with great great niece of Toulouse-Lautrec the famous painter. She will show you the exteriors and interiors of the Château du Bosc, his favourite residence in Aveyron,
► Visit the unusual but so well preserved Boussac fortified church,
► Find yourself overwhelmed visiting Belcastel village and admire early middle-age Belcastel Château,
► Picnic by the Aveyron River,
► Hike to Peyrusse-le-Roc Château's ruins and/or visit the perched village,
► Drinks and/or refreshments at Peyrusse-le-Roc,
► Valady farmers' market experience and dinner.
DAY 4 (Here a Sunday)
► Experience Baraqueville's market,
► Lunch at Baraqueville house with fresh, local produce from the market, and what about the self-indulgent, not-to-miss, Sunday cakes,
► Discover one of the best known pilgrimage town, Conques. Visit Conques village, its abbey, its treasures (literally) and enjoy a tea time break,
► Meander through Salles-la-Source village to discover its Romanesque-style church,
► Visit Marcillac village and its red stone village houses,
► Enjoy dinner at a restaurant at Baraqueville.
DAY 5 (Here a Monday)
► Be impressed by the trou de Bozouls, a series of deep canyons,
► Enjoy a visit of Espalion village like a pilgrim coming through but discover its Chapelle de Perse, a jewel of Romanesque art dating back to the ninth century,
► Love Estaing a picture-postcard village, another one in Aveyron awarded the title of one of the "most beautiful villages of France", and have drinks/refreshments right there,
► Visit Laguiole village and learn that Laguiole (French pronunciation: laɡjɔl ) is not only known for its famous knife, but for its cheese of guaranteed origin, visit a knives' factory,
► Have dinner in Estaing.
DAY 6 (Here a Tuesday)
► Albi, visit its old town, Toulouse-Lautrec museum, Sainte-Cécile Cathedral which building began in 1282, enjoy the beautiful gardens around the cathedral, learn about Lapérouse, the famous eighteenth century navigator and explorer,
► Have lunch at Albi,
► Get seduced by the enchantment of Cordes-sur-Ciel. This village, steeped in legend, sits on its rocky outcrop like a stone nest. It's among the most precious of Gothic architectural treasures,
► Have dinner at Cordes-sur-Ciel.
DAY 7 (Here a Wednesday)
► Reach the picturesque village of Brousse-le-Château, nestling on the bank of the river Tarn, awarded the pretigious title of one of the "Most Beautiful Villages". Visit the village and its château,
► Picnic by the Tarn River,
► Enjoy the Cistercian architecture of Sylvanès; its 12th to 13th century abbey-church, scriptorium, capitular room, as well as abbey bedrooms. Discover close-by a Russian Chapel,
► Spend some time at St. Affrique where Véronique lived for a few years and have a few drinks and/or refreshments,
► Dinner at restaurant at Baraqueville.
DAY 8 (Here a Thursday)
► Villefranche de Rouergue visit of the town and its famous market, probably one the most famous in Midi-Pyrénées!. You'll be visiting the Collégiale, and the numerous chapels as well,
► Lunch at Villefranche de Rouergue,
► Cahors is your next visit with its bridge, and so heritage-filled,
► You'll enjoy a panorama when above Saint-Cirq Lapopie. You'll visit the village, its artisans and you'll know why the village was named their favourite by the French in 2012!
► Dinner at Saint-Cirq Lapopie.
DAY 9 (Here a Friday)
► Be impressed by Najac fortress, visit the village and the church,
► Lunch with aligot and confit de canard,
► Experience Rodez, considered a city but seems like a town instead. Visit its cathedral, a Gothic-style masterpiece whose 87-metre high bell tower overseeing the city, the Fenaille Museum and the brand new Soulages Museum,
► Enjoy for the rest of the day the village of Sauveterre de Rouergue, established in 1281, meander through its streets, discover its artisans, its bastide,
► Have dinner at the farmers' market!
DAY 10 (Here a Saturday)
Au revoir!! Transit back to Rodez Airport or Rodez train station.
Top banner: Tom, Heather, Véronique, and Patrick having dinner and fun at Sauveterre de Rouergue producers' market.