29th European Summer School in Logic, Language, and Information
University of Toulouse (France), 17-28 July, 2017

Excursions Summary

ESSLLI Organized Excursions

Both excursions are fully booked. A waiting list is maintained at the help desk, in case of cancellation.

Please book early because there are both minimum and maximum numbers. Excursions will be cancelled if the minimum is not reached by the early registration deadline (April 27th). In such a case, a refund will be sent to those who had booked.

Booking is done using the ESSLLI 2017 registration form, by June 1rst (availability permitting). Even if you are already registered, you can access the registration form again to book an excursion, after sending an email requesting to reopen your account to esslli2017@inp-toulouse.fr

Cordes-sur-Ciel and Wine Tasting
Saturday July 22d, 10h00-20h00

Meeting time: 9h45
Meeting point: Bus stop 19 Bvd Armand Duportal, 31000 Toulouse

A 1h30 bus ride will bring us to Cordes-sur-Ciel (95km North-East of Toulouse). After lunch in a restaurant, we will discover this small medieval village through a guided tour and some free time strolling in the streets.


Then, we will move to the nearby winery Château Bouscaillous for a visit of the winery and the wineyards of the Gaillac terroir ending the day with a tasting session.


Price: 47€
Includes: bus transportation, lunch (complete with drinks), guided visit of Cordes-sur-Ciel (in English), visit of the winery and the wineyards, wine tasting.

Pech-Merle Painted Cave, and Canoeing or Saint-Cirq-Lapopie
Sunday July 23rd, 8h00-20h00

Meeting time: 7h45
Meeting point: Bus stop 19 Bvd Armand Duportal, 31000 Toulouse

Near the Lot river at a 2h00 bus ride from Toulouse (145km North of Toulouse), one can find one of the most beautiful prehistoric painted caves open to the public, a great landscape of rivers and canyons, and the Surrealists' favorite medieval village.
An early morning start will allow us visiting the cave of Pech-Merle painted about 27,000 years ago (1h English-guided visit in small groups + free access to the museum + video).
Bring warm clothes, it is very cool and humid in the cave.


For lunch and afternoon, two options are offered, so we expect to split into two groups.

  • Active option: Canoeing down the Célé river after a picnic by the river, with Nature-et-Loisirs (sandwiches provided, drinks can be bought on site).

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    No previous canoeing experience is required. Gear (life jackets, paddles and sealed containers) is provided. Canoes are shared by 2 people, and you can canoe freely at your own pace, stop and swim where it pleases you. The 15km route proposed should last about 3h30 but shorter options are available.
    Safety: it is highly recommanded to know how to swim to have an enjoyable and carefree ride. Wearing a life jacket is compulsory. It is also recommended to wear suitable shoes (will be wet) and to fix your glasses. Plan for a change of clothes. Protect yourself from the sun and from dehydration. Please do not disturb the fishermen.

    Pech-Merle + Canoeing price: 35+7€
    At booking time, you will be asked to pay 35€. This includes: bus transportation, lunch bag, and canoe hire. The cost of the guided visit of Pech-Merle, 7€, will be paid cash on site.

  • Relaxed option: visit Saint-Cirq-Lapopie (self-guided tour) after a restaurant lunch. This second option can be made active as you please since there are short hikes around, for instance on the chemin de halage along the Lot river just below Saint-Cirq-Lapopie.

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    Pech-Merle + Saint-Cirq-Lapopie price: 49+7€
    At booking time, you will be asked to pay 49€. This includes: bus transportation and lunch (complete with drinks). The cost of the guided visit of Pech-Merle, 7€, will be paid cash on site.

Self-planned Excursions

Toulouse lies at the center of South-West France and is blessed with numerous excursion possibilities. These are more or less easy to self-organize, depending on the transportation options available. Here are a few suggestions. More on the Toulouse Tourist Office website and the regional tourism websites Midi-Pyrénées and Destination Sud.


Toulouse is the European capital of Aerospace. The Airbus museum is reachable by public transportation (Tram 1) and a short walk.

Packages including a tour of the A380 assembly line are available. Advance booking through this agency is essential as there are identity checks for security reasons.


The famous city of Carcassonne (Unesco's world heritage) is reachable in one hour by train. Warning: it is really packed with tourists in summer.


The episcopal city of Albi (Unesco's world heritage) with its famous gothic cathedral is reachable in one hour by train.


Rodez boasts two great museums, of neolithic art with wonderful menhirs and of contemporary art dedicated to artist Pierre Soulages.
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Figeac and the Champollion Museum

Special for Linguists!!
The little town of Figeac with the typical medieval architecture of the Lot region is reachable in about 2h30 by train. Figeac is home of the Champollion Museum of the scripts of the world.


The Pyrénées mountain range is at about one hour and a half drive from Toulouse, or more depending on where you want to go. Some places accessible by train: Foix (1h10), Lourdes (1h50), Ax-les-thermes (2h), Merens-Les-Vals (2h15), Luchon (2h30).


Finally, the Mediterranean sea is at one hour and a half drive from Toulouse. Narbonne is accessible by train (1h15) and its beaches by local bus (about 30min).