In the same day, discover the two most visited villages of our region.
> departure from Toulouse
> visit of Cordes sur Ciel
> free time in Cordes sur Ciel
> drive to Conques
> visit of Conques
> free time for lunch in Conques
> free time in Conques
> drive back to Toulouse
> 395 km / 245 miles in total (via road and motorway).
Circuit beginning and end
> starts from Toulouse
> ends in Toulouse.
Highlights of the trip
> « The Favourite village of the French » is a French television show which is broadcast every June/July since 2012. Cordes sur Ciel won the contest and became favourite village of the French in 2014.
> «The most beautiful villages of France» is an organisation created in 1982, which brings together 160 villages in France. Most of these villages are situated in southern France. Cordes sur Ciel and Conques are some of them.
> Conques has been enlisted as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO since 1998. It is is a major pilgrim stop on the Way of St James to Compostella.
> several photo stops: our driver knows the best spots for unforgettable photos, he will be pleased to take you there.
What to do after the trip?
> our region is lucky to have another village which was voted « Favourite village of the French » in 2012: it is Saint-Cirq Lapopie. You can visit this village with us by booking the day-trip to Rocamadour, Saint-Cirq Lapopie and Cahors.
– 8.00 : pick up in Toulouse (at your hotel)
– drive to Cordes-su-Ciel, via motorway and road through the vineyards of Gaillac
– 9.15 : photo-stop in Cordes sur Ciel (nice view)
– 9.35 : guided tour of Cordes sur Ciel (one of the most beautiful villages of France)
– 9.55 : free time in the village
– 10.45 : drive to Conques (one of the most beautiful villages of France)
– 12.35 : photo-stop in Conques (nice view)
– 12.50 : guided tour of Conques (the village, church porch and tympanum)
– 13.25 : free time for lunch, to visit Sainte-Foy Treasure and Sainte-Foy church and to do some shopping
– 15.40 : departure from Conques
– second photo-stop in Conques (other nice view)
– drive back to Toulouse, via road and motorway
– 18.10 : drop off at your hotel in Toulouse.
> January 1st
> December 25th
> Conques Treasury : closed on January 1st and December 25th.
> from Toulouse to Cordes sur Ciel : 90 km / 55 miles
> from Cordes sur Ciel to Conques : 120 km / 75 miles
> from Conques to Toulouse : 185 km / 114 miles
> 395 km / 245 miles in total.
From November to February
> with an English, Spanish and French speaking driver : 156 € per person
> with an English, Spanish and French speaking driver-guide : 196 € per person
From March to October
> with an English, Spanish and French speaking driver : 195 € per person
> with an English, Spanish and French speaking driver-guide : 245 € per person
What is a shared tour ? you agree to share the tour with other passengers (a maximum of 7 people). The tour can run with 2 people minimum. If only one person wants a tour, he/she will be required to pay double, so as to ensure the tour costs.
From November to February
> with an English, Spanish and French speaking driver : 344 € (that means 49 € / pers. if you are a group of 7 people)
> with an English, Spanish and French speaking driver-guide : 432 €
From March to October
> with an English, Spanish and French speaking driver : 430 € (that means 62 € / pers. if you are a group of 7 people)
> with an English, Spanish and French speaking driver-guide : 540 €
What is a private tour ? the vehicle is booked for you and your party only (7 people maximum). No-one else can join the tour.
Are included in our price :
> transport in an 8 seater minivan (petrol, tolls, parking costs) with driver or driver-guide (at your request), speaking French, English and Spanish.
> commentaries by the driver or driver-guide during the trip
> guided tour of Cordes-sur-Ciel and Conques (according to programme) if you chose the driver-guide option
> driver’s / driver-guide’s lunch
> bottles of water in the vehicle.
Are not included in our price :
> your lunch
> entrance fees
> personal costs.
> Conques Treasury : 6,20 € per person.
To book a tour please send us an email or fill in our contact form, indicating which tour you wish to book and the date you wish to start on.
> a 35% deposit must be paid on booking (by Visa or MasterCard), or 100% of the price if you book less than 30 days prior to the departure.
> the remaining 65% must be paid 30 days prior to the departure.
> if you cancel the tour over 30 days prior to the scheduled departure you will get a full refund (no penalty).
> if you cancel 30 days or less prior to the scheduled departure you will not get a refund (you pay for the tour as planned).
Please note that the refund is done to the credit card with which payment was originally made (or via PayPal if your card has expired).
Shared tour : if one person only is booked in for the tour
> in the eventuality of you being the only person booked in for a tour, 30 days or more prior to the scheduled departure: you can get a full refund if you chose to cancel. If you chose to maintain the trip you will have to purchase an extra ticket.
> if you have already paid for two people in order to maintain the tour, but that someone else joins the tour, you will get a full refund for the extra ticket you have paid for.
> please note : if you can’t pay 2 tickets to secure the trip, we are free to cancel your trip if we receive a firm booking for another trip. Of course, we’ll refund you the ticket already paid.
Cordes sur Ciel is enlisted as one of the most beautiful villages of France.
The name of the village is enough to make you want to visit: “Cordes sur Ciel” means “Cordes upon the sky”.
And you won’t be disappointed! Cordes sur Ciel was voted “Favourite village of the French” in 2014, during a popular television show. The village was founded upon a rocky outcrop in 1222 by the Count of Toulouse, and most of its defensive walls are still standing. Some days the base of the hill can be hidden in the mist, leaving only the top of the village visible, as if it was hovering in the sky. Quite an extraordinary sight!
We will drive you to the top of the village (the walk up is quite difficult). You will then walk along the medieval streets to admire the Gothic façades of the 14th century town mansions. During tourist season (from mid-April to mid-October) the artisans’ workshops and galleries are open to the public: sculptors, painters, glass-workers, cutlers… So will be the restaurants and cafés, which are usually closed during the winter season.
Many artists have fallen in love with Cordes sur Ciel (French writers such as Albert Camus and Hector Malot for example), and it is said that Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki was inspired by Cordes sur Ciel when directing his film Castle in the Sky in 1986.
Before we leave the village we will take you to the best spot overlooking it, which only local guides know, and which is only accessible by car. From there you will get a breathtaking view over Cordes.
On Saturday mornings a little market takes place at the foot of the village.
If you have booked the private tour option we can modify the programme so as to have lunch in Cordes sur Ciel (instead of Albi).
Conques is enlisted as one of the most beautiful villages of France.
The little village of Conques is far off the main roads: this enabled it to keep an authenticity which all visitors appreciate. Peace and quiet gives a distinctive atmosphere to the village, especially in the evenings and early mornings (which you will experience if you sleep there overnight). The village is a major stop on the pilgrimage way to Compostella (“Chemin de Saint Jacques de Compostelle” in French, or “Camino de Santiago” in Spanish), and you are likely to cross many pilgrims walking (or having a rest) in and around Sainte Foy church.
First we will stop at “Le Bancarel”, a site overlooking Conques, for the best panoramic view over the age-old village.
You will then discover the quaint medieval streets of the village, which was built around Sainte Foy church and its beautiful 12th century tympanum, presenting a Last Judgement scene. Its stained glass windows were added in 1992, a contemporary addition by the famous local artist Pierre Soulages.
If you are interested in religious art you should visit the “Treasury of Conques”, which is one of the richest in Europe, notably for its reliquary bust of Sainte Foy, a young Christian martyr who died in the 3rd century AD.
Before leaving the village we will take you to another wonderful spot overlooking the village.
For lunch, we advise you to try the local and excellent Aligot (dish made from melted cheese blended into mashed potatoes) at the restaurant Auberge Saint-Jacques.