Excursions and Tours

 

Agropolis International and Arevatrip propose a number of one-day excursions on Saturday November 14. The options are designed to explore the cultural, gastronomic and environmental diversity of the region. Each excursion requires a minimum of 25 participants to operate. The cost of the excursions is 70 € each and includes travel, any entrance fees and lunch. After October 30 2009, the price will be 85 €. Payments are possible by credit card or bank wire. For bookings, please go to http://www.arevatrip.com/TDWG/ 

The staff at Arevatrip can also help you with touring activities before, during or after the conference.

Excursion 1 – In the Heart of Camargue (70€)

Saturday 14/11/2009 0915: Departure from Corum conference center will be at 0915 with the bus and with Maxime as the local guide.

1015: Guided tour of the small fortified town of Aigues Mortes

The origins of Aigues Mortes have been lost in the mists of time. Men used to fish, collect salt, and tame the whims of such a wild nature and malarial climate long before Saint Louis who decided in 1240 to build a city close to his kingdom in order to have a direct access to the Mediterranean Sea. Seven centuries later, the fortification still dominates the Camargue as one of the most well preserved medieval French buildings.

During this guided walk in the town, you will also visit the “Tour de Constance”; constructed to replace the former tower of Saint Louis - The Matafère. The Tour de Constance was built in 1242 to protect the port and the city. It is Aigues-Mortes’ only defensive structure. A fixed frame bridge linked the small castle with the tower which was originally surrounded by a ringed moat. In 1249, it was known as la Tour du Roi – the King’s tower.

1200: Lunch will take place in a restaurant situated in a small village called Franquevaux and built on the ruins of an old monastery. The setting is really typical and romantic, and you will have the chance to taste typical local dishes. If the weather is fine, we can have lunch out under the trees. 

1400-1645: Visit to the Scamandre protected area in the heart of the Regional Parc of Camargue, a wetland of exceptional importance situated in the Rhône delta – between the two main branches of the river – on the shores of the Mediterranean. It attracts large numbers of nesting and migrating birds such as pink flamingos. Human activities such as the extensive breeding of bulls and horses, fishing, rice growing and salt production are very much in evidence, and they make a major contribution to the preservation of the wetlands and its biodiversity.

The Camargue, and specially the Petite Camargue (west from the Petit Rhône in the départements (counties) of Bouches-du-Rhône, Gard and Hérault), are famous for the diversity of their landscapes and of habitats that have been generated by traditional human activities. This diversity is the result of topographical variations and of the specific coastal dynamics in the Rhône delta: Gulf of Lions beaches, vast sedge meadows in the Scamandre, Crey and Charnier ponds, humid meadows in the Vistre’s low-valley, dunes in l’Espiguette, lagoons and their emblematic pink flamingos. A large number of rare plant and animal species are present in these globally protected habitats. In the parc, you will enjoy a guided stroll on informative and entertaining paths, but you can also walk by your own at your rhythm. But don’t forget the meeting point for bus departure at 1630!

1715: Back to civilization!

NOTE: This excursion could be replaced by another one in case of bad weather

 

Excursion 2 - Wine Tour in the Country Near Montpellier (70€)

Wine barrels

Saturday November 14, 2009

This excursion has had to be CANCELLED due to the limited number that have registered. If you have registsred, please contact Arevatrip. Our apologies for this change.

1000: Departure from Le Corum conference center
1100: Visit to the picturesque village of St Guilhem le Désert.  
1230: Lunch 
1430 -1600: Visit of the underground cellar of the famous Daumas Gassac wine, and of course, tastings! You will have also the opportunity to buy wine and olive oil at the shop.
1700: Back at Le Corum

  Last Modified: 15 March 2010