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Aveyron Facts

- Surface area:
8,735km2
- Elevation:
  144 m (472 ft.) to
   1,463 m (4799 ft.)
- Land use:
  Farming, 59%
   Forest, 30%
- Population:
  roughly 280,000
- Population density:
  Aveyron 31/km2
   France: 112/km2
- The highest density of
   paved roads in all of
   France:
  66,600 kms!!
 

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Your typical 10-day schedule

 

Note:

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)

       

      Serres hamlet. At the centre is the organic farm Véronique's cousin runs. This used to be a summer residence for priests during the 18th and 19th century before being bought out by the family at the turn of the 20th century.► Morning with Rodez airport or train station transits,
      ► Welcome, cheer and greet guests,
      ► Lunch at the Baraqueville house,

      Moyrazès. Quite unusual in Europe are eight sequoias that were planted at the corners of the village's cemetery in 1889. They are the largest known in Aveyron, and can be seen up to 30 kms away. The largest has a circumference close to 9 metres.► 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,

      Roquefort cellars.► Cheese tasting at the Roquefort cheese cellars,
      ► Picnic with wine, cheese, and lots of exceptional local goodies,

      Millau and its viaduct.Millau viaduct visit,

      La Couvertoirade► Experience one of the best preserved templar fortified towns in southern Europe; La Couvertoirade,

      Millau►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,

      Boussac's fortified church.► 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, at the bottom of Belcastel castle.► Picnic by the Aveyron River,
      ► Hike to Peyrusse-le-Roc Château's ruins and/or visit the perched village,

      Peyrussse-le-Roc

      Peyrusse-le-Roc welcome refreshments after a hike, at the village café and restaurant.► Drinks and/or refreshments at Peyrusse-le-Roc,
      ► Valady farmers' market experience and dinner.

  • DAY 4 (Here a Sunday)

      Baraqueville's Market► Experience Baraqueville's market,

      Yummy cakes you'll be enjoying!► Lunch at Baraqueville house with fresh, local produce from the market, and what about the self-indulgent, not-to-miss, Sunday cakes,

      Conques► 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,

      Marcillac► Visit Marcillac village and its red stone village houses,
      ► Enjoy dinner at a restaurant at Baraqueville.

  • DAY 5 (Here a Monday)

      Bozouls perched above the trou.► Be impressed by the trou de Bozouls, a series of deep canyons,

      Espalion► 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,

      Estaing► 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,

      Château de Laguiole► 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,

      Laguiole knife
      ► Have dinner in Estaing.

  • DAY 6 (Here a Tuesday)

      Albi and the Cathédrale Sainte-Cécile► 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,

      Albi► Have lunch at Albi,

      Cordes-sur-Ciel► 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)

      Brousse-le-Château► 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,

      Abbaye de Sylvanès► 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,

      Russian chapel nearby SylvanèsSaint-Affrique► 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 from the top of CollégialeVillefranche de Rouergue famous market► 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► Cahors is your next visit with its bridge, and so heritage-filled,

      Saint-Cirq Lapopie► 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)

      Najac► Be impressed by Najac fortress, visit the village and the church,
      ► Lunch with aligot and confit de canard,

      Rodez► 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,

      Sauveterre de Rouergue► 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.

      Rodez airportRodez train station 

 


Top banner: Tom, Heather, Véronique, and Patrick having dinner and fun at Sauveterre de Rouergue producers' market.