Aveyron Discovery

At a glance

  • 17 night escorted tour - tour code IAV
  • Prices start from £1,395 for 2 people plus outfit
  • Tour departs on 18 June 2018
  • 17 nights at Camping Club Les Genêts
  • Excursions and meals as detailed in itinerary
  • Dedicated tour hosts to accompany the group

Day 1 – 6: Camping Club Les Genêts and Peyrebrune Tower

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Day 1 - Arrive at Camping Club Les Genêts (D07)

Meet your fellow members at the welcome meeting followed by a welcome meal for you all at the campsite’s restaurant.

Day 2 – Free day to spend at your leisure

Today is at your leisure to do as you wish. Take things easy at the campsite or venture out to explore more of the Aveyron region.

Day 3 - Aire de Viaduc, Millau and Castelnau Peygarols

Enjoy an excursion to the Aire du Viaduc, site of the tallest bridge in the world. The Millau Viaduct towers over the landscape and is a spectacular sight to see. You will also visit the beautiful village of Castelnau Peygarols where you will have a guided tour.

Day 4 – Free day to spend at your leisure

Day 5 – An excursion to Peyrebrune Tower and Brousse le Château

Enjoy this cultural visit to the remnants of the 11th Century Peyrebrune Tower, the Lévézou region’s last castle. Set on a hilltop, the tower dominates the local skyline and offers fantastic views out over the valley below.  In the afternoon, explore Brousse le Château, honoured as one of the most beautiful villages in France, where a medieval château rises above the convergence of the Tarn & Alrance rivers.  In the evening, enjoy a visit to a local farm with a meal to finish the day.

Day 6 – Free day to spend at your leisure

Day 7 – 12: Roquefort cheese caves and the Olt Valley

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Day 7 – A visit to the Roquefort cheese caves

Enjoy a guided visit around the famous cheese caves, where thousands of cheeses are aged so that they can bear the name Roquefort. Your tour is followed with a cheese tasting session.  Then, enjoy an afternoon of ‘Vélorail’ – cycling over the railway!

Day 8 – Free day to spend at your leisure

Day 9 - Laissac Cattle Market and Village of Estaing

Experience the South of France’s largest cattle market!  After a guided explanation of the market, you will have plenty of time to explore at your own pace. In the afternoon, visit the picturesque village of Estaing including the Cellar of Estaing, one of the smallest wine producers to have the ‘AOC – Appellation d’Origine Controllée’ certification for its wines in France.  At the end of the day, head up to the Manoir d’Alexandre, where you will have another chance to buy some local produce.

Day 10 – Free day to spend at your leisure

Day 11 - The Olt Valley

Today you will visit ‘Chez Gigi’ in St Martin de Lenne and taste the ‘gâteau à la broche’ - their unique rotisserie cake.  Visit the ‘Veraconcept’ artisan glassblower and in the afternoon and explore the fortified village of St Eulalie d’Olt.

Day 12 – Free day to enjoy at your leisure

Day 13 – 18: Belcastel and Pareloup Lake

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Day 13 – The city of Rodez

You have a full day excursion to the historic city of Rodez, which has buildings dating back to the 14th Century. Spend the morning perusing the market stalls followed by some free time in the city to wander as you please or perhaps just to enjoy a leisurely lunch.  In the afternoon, discover the old town and take a guided tour of the gothic style cathedral.  End the day with a visit to a local farm and an evening meal there centred around its own produce.                                 

Day 14 - Free day to spend at your leisure

You might like to take advantage of the sandy beach on the campsite’s lakefront to relax after a couple of days sightseeing.

Day 15 - Belcastel and Conques Abbey

In the morning, take a guided visit of the beautiful village of Belcastel and its château. Then, in the afternoon, you will have a guided visit of the abbey in Conques, home to the contemporary stained glass windows by renowned French artist and sculptor, Pierre Soulages.

Day 16 – Free day to spend at your leisure

Day 17 - Pareloup Lake and farewell meal

Spend the morning relaxing and then enjoy a leisurely boat trip on Pareloup Lake on board the Papillon Jaune.  End the day with a farewell meal and traditional dancing back at the campsite this evening.                            

Day 18 - Depart campsite before midday

Please note that this itinerary may be subject to change and minimum numbers may apply

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