In France, embark on an in-depth exploration of the medieval art and architecture that have shaped The Met Cloisters for a century. Begin in Perpignan in the foothills of the French Pyrenees, with inside looks at the exquisite Romanesque monasteries that influenced The Met Cloisters' design. In the nearby UNESCO World Heritage Site of Carcassonne, join the owner of a former 11th-century Cistercian monastery, the Abbaye de Fontfroide, for a private tour.
Over a four-night stay in Toulouse, enjoy private visits to the city's most remarkable historical landmarks and art collections, including the spectacular Roman busts and mosaics at the Musée Saint-Raymond. Take an excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Albi, featuring visits to the towering Cathédrale Sainte-Cécile d'Albi, the world's largest brick cathedral; and the Palais de la Berbie, a former archbishop's palace hosting the world's largest collection of Toulouse-Lautrec paintings. Conclude in Paris, where you'll have a curator-led tour of the Musée de Cluny, housed in a medieval mansion built atop ancient Gallo-Roman baths. Also, delight in a rare treat: An expert familiar with the enormous rebuilding of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris will offer us an exclusive update on its ongoing renovations.