Staying in Moissac
Make Moissac your base.
Moissac, a gem in the South West offering 2 distinct landscapes: the white stone of Quercy and the brick of Gascony, with at least 4 ‘Great Sites’ within an hour.
Day 1 :
Morning : Visit the Cloister, about 1h30
- With an audio guide available in English, Spanish, German or Japanese (45 Minutes)
- Also available are a children’s booklet (only in French) and an explanatory video (in French)
- Guided visit in French, if you want a guided visit in a foreign language booking is necessary.
Midday: Visit the Abbey and have a picnic in the garden of the hotellerie Sainte Foix, or have lunch in one of the varied restaurants on the parvis in front of the Abbey.
Afternoon: Cross the town towards the Esplanade de l’Uvarium, about 15 mins on foot.
A cruise with commentary along the Tarn of about 45 mins, departs on the hour from 2 pm to 6 pm except Mondays. Alternatively take a 4 seat pedalo from Rand’Eau Loisir along the banks beyond the Uvarium.
Finally, an outing to the panoramic view point at Boudou about 10km away towards Agen, offers a splendid view of the confluence of the Tarn and the Garonne rivers and the plain of the Garonne.
Day 2 :
Trip to Lauzerte, some 22 km to the north of Moissac, classed as one of the most beautiful villages of France, an icon of lower Quercy. It is the main halt before Moissac on the Via Podensis, el Camino to St James of Compostella. Stop off at a Chasselas grower on your way back - best to make a reservation at the Tourist Office on 05 63 04 01 85 .
The harvest is between September and November.
Day 3 :
Trip to Auvillar, some 24 km to the west of Moissac. Another one of the most beautiful villages of France, whose circular grain market is renowned. A panoramic view point overlooks the valley of the Garonne. Make your way back via Cordes Tolosane and the former Cistercian Abbey of Belleperche and its outstanding museum dedicated to the tableware.
Day 4 :
Head off to Montauban, Gaillac and Albi. Go straight to Albi (1h15mins) a Unesco World Heritage site with its imposing Sainte Cecile Cathedral and the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum. Meander back pausing at Gaillac, a wine town with 13 grape varieties, before Montauban, a Great Site of the Midi-Pyrenees.
Day 5 :
Toulouse is a mere 72km away to the south, 1 hour by train. Discover the ‘pink town’, so called because of the bricks, or if you are feeling fit, you might like to cycle there along the Voie Verte, along the canal, allow 4 hours.