Cheval d'Oc


Saturday, Day 1

Arrival Day 

Guests are met at the Toulouse Airport from midday onwards and will be driven to the Inn traveling through the beautiful scenery of the French countryside. Private airport transfers also operate to and from: Béziers, Carcassonne and Montpellier airport - subject to listed Arrival and Departure flight's requirements (Saturday to Saturday OR Saturday to Wednesday).

A welcome glass of champagne  introduces you to the hosts, followed by a dinner (depending on the time of arrival). You will then have time to relax and settle in to your private suite.

Sunday, Day 2

Local market & Minerve 

After a nice breakfast, served at your own convenience, you will discover the local sunday market in the heart of the village at the foot of the roman cathedral.  We will then take you to the impressive village of Minerve, which boasts a 12th century Cathar fort surrounded by deep limestone gorges. Besieged by Simon de Montfort in 1210, its hilltop location affords spectacular views reaching as far as the foothills of the Pyrenees. A fascinating recreation in miniature of the bloodthirsty Cathar rebellion and small museum complete this intriguing visit. 

Monday, Day 3 
Port Lligat , Spain - Casa-Museo Salvador Dali.

After breakfast, we drive you to the beautiful city of Cadaques, Spain. Tiny, hidden bays line the coast around sleepy Cadaques, creating a series of private beaches near the French border.  Enjoy the The Portlligat Museum-House - This is where Salvador Dali  lived and worked in his studio from 1930 to 1982. We will suggest excellent local auberges for your own romantic lunch (not included in the price) by the Mediterranean sea...before returning to the Inn.

Tuesday, Day 4 

Morning tour of a local attraction  L'Oulibo. 

L’Oulibo olives and olive oils have a rich Mediterranean heritage derived from several generations of families in the South of France. From their passion for cultivating the tree that symbolises peace, these men founded the L’Oulibo Cooperative. Many orchards have been planted and these plantations render an annual harvest of around 800 tons of olives and 1000 tons of olive oil.

After the visit, we will serve an aperitif and al fresco BBQ late lunch in a privately owned olive grove overlooking the Canal du Midi, where some of the olive trees date as far back as 1760! 

Wednesday, Day 5
We will spend the day in the largest medieval fortification preserved in Europe today. The City of Carcassonne is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site was inhabited from the 7th century BC making it one of the largest known settlements in Southern Gaul! In 508, Clovis unsuccessfully attacked Carcassonne! The first known count of Carcassonne, Bellon, appears in a decree of the French Emperor Charlemagne in 812! The City's first restoration was undertaken in 1847. Many towns in France and elsewhere boast some vestiges of fortification, yet it is rare to find any with such a complete set as Carcassonne. With its 52 watchtowers, portcullis and extraordinary repertoire of defences, it has seen many armies that tried to storm this Camelot setting. You can walk the ramparts, visit the Château Comtal, and step back in time while having your lunch and/or afternoon tea (not included in the price) at the only Michelin-star restaurant in the medieval citadel or choose one of the many other brasseries and local restaurants...

Thursday, Day 6 
We will drive you to the medieval village of Lagrasse. It has been officially labelled "one of the most beautiful villages in France", with an 8th century Benedictine abbey within which monks still reside.  Many skilled artisans’ workshops are located amongst the narrow, winding streets. We will be visiting Château Villemagne,  an established family-run winery domaine producing distinctive Corbieres wines. After returning to the Inn, we will all enjoy a local wine tasting evening with tapas for dinner. 

Friday, Day 7
A relaxing day...
Most of our guests usually keep this last day enjoying a quiet romantic walk by the canal du Midi, as well as  visit  the village’s historic monuments.  Alternatively, you can also choose to enjoy a game of cards or chess...while sipping a glass of a favorite local french drink: Pastis at the bar area.

Saturday, Day 8
Departure Day
After breakfast, there will be a private transfer to the airport. Please note that you will arrive at the airport by noon at the latest. The hosts will make sure that any departure flights you have booked on that morning, before noon, will obviously be met.

Antique Fairs: Visits to local antique shops and brocantes are also possible and highly recommended. One brocante is even taking place on the Canal du Midi! Please note though that these antique fairs and flea markets are not available all year round. These fairs have for many years been most attractive locations for dealers, interior designers and private collectors from around the world. Should you be interested in this specific activity, please ask us for more information prior to booking your vacation to avoid disappointment.