This autotour in the Pyrenees gives pride of place to local producers because visiting the Occitanie region also involves discovering the gastronomy of our little corner of the Pyrenees: Ariège!

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Arize - Lèze

The Arize-Lèze destination, halfway between Toulouse and the Pyrenees, on the slopes overlooking the valley, was born, there are [...]

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1 - Dominik Benz Vineyard

Day 1: 10 km stage: You will be welcomed at La Résidence l'Oustal del Carla *** at Carla Bayle.

This residence with swimming pool made up of houses, like the village, is located on the edge of the lake and has a magnificent view of the Pyrenees. It is the ideal place to relax in peace when you return from your walks. To start, meet Domink Benz, wine creator at Le Fossat and fall under the spell of this peaceful and hilly place in the Occitanie region. After a visit to the vineyard on the slopes swept by the light breath of the autan wind, Dominik will introduce you to his cellar around a tasting of organic wine of different grape varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Tannat (old native grape variety, very Corsica) …

Installation in the rooms, dinner at the restaurant by the lake. Overnight.

2 - On the way to the Regional Natural Park of the Ariège Pyrenees

Day 2: 160 km stage: Breakfast and on the way to the Ariège Pyrenees Regional Natural Park!

After passing through the tunnel and the porch of the Mas d'Azil cave, the only cave in Europe that can be crossed by car, you will be met by your guide in Saint-Lizier.
This episcopal city, a stopover on the road to Saint Jacques de Compostela, listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, is a small haven of peace facing Mont Valier. True balcony on the Pyrenees endowed with a heritage of exceptional quality, Saint-Lizier will enchant you with its cathedral, the treasure of the bishops, the cloister, the pharmacy of the XVIIIth century, the palace of the Bishops and the cathedral of Notre Dame de la Sède.

Lunch at the Moulin Gourmand in Engomer. Taste a family cuisine and 100% local.

You then discover the secrets of homemade production. At the Moulin Gourmand, we have managed to preserve the original ethic: working with local milk, selling only raw milk cheeses made in-house and always by hand. Le Moulin Gourmand is the smallest cheese producer in Bethmale. Here we preserve traditional know-how such as the manufacture of Brousse and the preparation of Millas in a cauldron.
Continue your journey to the workshop of one of the last clog-makers in France. Pascal Jusot makes his clogs entirely by hand in Arret en Bethmale. He will tell you the famous legend of these traditional Couserans clogs sought after by collectors and worn by local folk groups.

Before leaving, be sure to stop at Lake Bethmale, whose heart shape recalls the legend of the lovers of Bethmale and its color with blue green reflections, that of the witch's dress...
Your return route will be lined with magnificent little Romanesque churches, such as that of Vic d'Oust.

Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight.

3 - Visit of the village of Carla Bayle

3 Day: Perched on its promontory, the charming village of Carla Bayle invites you to stroll through its little alleys, along its half-timbered houses. You will discover its church and its temple, witnesses of the history of the wars of religion and the homeland of the Enlightenment philosopher, Pierre Bayle.

Lunch at the Carla Bayle inn.

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Prices / Validity

Adult: 190 €
Price Min. Max.
(from 21/11/2022 to 31/12/2023) Min. €190

The price does not include

Transportation, personal expenses, optional travel / cancellation insurance.

The price includes

2 nights in residence *** with closed parking, double room basis, meals from dinner on the 1st day to lunch on the last day with wine and coffee, guided tours and entrances to the sites mentioned On the program, the road book, the tax stay.

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  • Hotel Residence