Aveyron Discovery

Tour highlights

  • A guided visit of the Roquefort cheese caves
  • A visit to the 1000 year old Peyrebrune Tower
  • Browse the Market of Rodez
  • A tour of the Lagiuole d'Aubrac workshop
  • A trip to the Viaduc de Millau – the tallest bridge in the world!
  • An afternoon of 'vélorail'
  • Conques Abbey and its stained glass windows by artist Pierre Soulages

Day 1 – 5: Camping les Genêts and Villefranche de Rouergue

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Day 1 - Arrive at Camping Les Genêts

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

Day 2 - Aire du Viaduc, Millau and Castelnau Peygarols

Enjoy an excursion to the Aire du Viaduc this morning, 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 3 - A free day to spend at your leisure

Day 4 - Villefranche de Rouergue and Sauveterre de Rouergue

Today take a coach excursion to these two beautiful medieval towns.

In the morning, take in the sights and smells of the Aveyron at the wonderful market of Villefranche de Rouergue. Afterwards, you will have a guided tour of the town.

In the afternoon, stop off at Sauveterre de Rouergue where you will have some free time to explore at your leisure.

Day 5 - Free Day

Day 6 – 11: Aubrac, Belcastel and the Olt Valley

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Day 6 – Aubrac

Visit the cutlery workshop of Laguiole d’Aubrac, famous for their tableware but in particular their iconic, shaped knives.  Learn all about the history and the craftsmanship that goes into these knives with a guided tour.

After lunch at a local farm, visit the Jeune Montagne cheese cooperative. Established in 1960 by a group of young milk farmers, the cooperative today upholds the production of the traditional regional speciality cheeses from the Aubrac area. Find out all about it and more, with a guided tour and an opportunity to taste some of their wonderful produce.

Day 7 – A free day to spend at your leisure

Day 8 – Belcastel and Conques Abbey

After a guided visit to the castle of Belcastel, discover the abbey in Conques, home to the contemporary stained glass windows by Pierre Soulages, a renowned French artist and sculptor.  In the afternoon, visit the cooperative wine cellar of Marcillac wine.

Day 9 - Free Day

Day 10 – 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.  Then visit the ‘Veraconcept’ artisan glassblower and in the afternoon, explore the fortified village of St Eulalie d’Olt.

Day 11 - A free day to spend at your leisure

Day 12 – 18: Rodez, Roquefort and Peyrebrune Tower

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Day 12 –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.

Day 13 – A free day to spend at your leisure                                      

Day 14 - A visit to the Roquefort cheese caves

We take you on 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! Lunch is included on this trip.

Day 15 - A 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 your previous day’s activities.                                                            

Day 16 – 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 hill top, 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 17 - Free day and farewell meal

Spend the day at your leisure. End the day with a farewell meal and traditional dancing this evening.

Day 18 - Depart campsite before midday                                                                             

Please note that this itinerary is subject to change.

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