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Château de Camon

September 9-17, 2020 Back by Popular Demand

Château de Camon
Basilica of Saint Nazaire in the fortified city of Carcassone
Fortified city of Carcassone
courtyard of the Abbey of Saint Hilaire

Exploring the Languedoc

Smith Travel is once again offering a week away at the Château de Camon. Journey to the Languedoc region in the south of France and explore history from cave drawings to 12th century medieval castle ruins.

Settle in for a week at the Château de Camon and go back in time to the Middle Ages as you experience modern luxury and hospitality in this beautifully refurbished 10th century Benedictine monastery. Partake in the specialty sparkling wine of the region at a bio-dynamic vineyard and savor Michelin-star inspired meals at the Château. From medieval castle ruins to Gothic-Romanesque churches, explore the antiquities of the Aude and Ariège regions of southern France on this highly customized itinerary.

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Trip Highlights

  • Wonder at the well-preserved prehistoric wall paintings of horses, ibex, stags and bison at Grotte de Niaux
  • Discover the beauty and mystery of castle ruins, including Montségur, the final refuge of the persecuted Cathars
  • Explore the fortified town of Carcassonne, including the inner fortress of Château Comtal and the loveliest stained glass of St. Nazaire church

Faculty Speaker

  • Jonathan Gosnell, Professor of French Studies

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Trip Details

  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Activity Level: Moderately active; this trip involves walking on uneven cobblestone streets as well as considerable hiking to reach ancient castle ruin sites. Travelers should be in good physical condition to enjoy the tour to its fullest.
  • Cost: $3,950 per person, based on double occupancy
  • Single Supplement: $880 per person
  • Deposit: $500 per person, payable to Discover Europe
  • Co-sponsors: This is a Smith-only departure