Congress Tours

Congress tours will be carried out on Wednesday 23 May 2012, from 11 am to 6 pm.

Congress tours are optional, but registration is compulsory and payment should be made along with congress fee.

All excursions include car transportation, lunch and local product sampling and tasting.

The number of participants is limited by the number of seats in buses. First registered, first served...

Tours that do not meet sufficient participants may be cancelled. Accordingly, participants are invited to mention a second choice. They will be automatically transferred to their second choice destination if the first one happens to be cancelled.

Information about particular clothing requirements will be provided after the final list of tour participants is closed.

Congress Tour 1: Canal du Midi and oppidum Ensérune

Coordinator and guide: Pierre Gondard
Between the mountains and the sea, the Iberians, the Greeks, the Phoenicians, Celts, Romans, Visigoths, the Berbers and the Franks all mixed their blood and their cultures.
Rural development, roads and monuments of the 6th and 2nd centuries B.C. and the 6th, 12th, 17th, 19th and 20th centuries of our era structure a unique landscape that we will invite you to discover from the oppidum of Ensérune: - presentation of the Montady and Colombiers lagoons: origins of these landscapes and the various agro-pastoral uses of these Mediterranean environments over the centuries. - interpretation of the succession of transport infrastructures (from the legend of Hercules, the passage of Hannibal, the constructions of Domitius, Colbert and Riquet, up to the motorway and the TGV).
11h15 : Departure from Le Corum.
12h30 : Lunch in Colombiers, on the banks of the
Canal du Midi.
14h00 :
Visit of the oppidum of Ensérune and its museum (oppidum d’Ensérune et du musée)
16h00 : Tasting of regional wines at a local vineyard (cave Montloup).
16h30 : Return to Montpellier. Arrival in Le Corum scheduled for 6:00 PM.

©. Thomas Hallbert

Congress Tour 2: Thau pond and shellfish farming

Coordinator and guide: Rutger de Wit

The Thau lagoon (L’étang de Thau) is the largest lagoon of the Languedoc-Roussillon region, with an area of approximately 7 500 hectares and an average depth of five meters. It is a salt water lagoon separated from the Mediterranean by a cordon of coastal sand linking the volcano of Agde and the Mont Saint-Clair in Sete. It is prolonged to the east by the Eaux-Blanches lagoon, today partially filled. During this visit, we will discuss issues confronting coastal environments (urbanization, eutrophication, impact of global warming) and the fishermen and shellfish farmers that depend on them. We will sample the local products: oysters, tielles (a seafood pie), muscat….
12h00 : Departure from le Corum.
12h30 : L
unch (and sampling oysters) in the Ferme Ultra Marine. 14h00 : Visit to the oyster beds.
16h00 :
Panoramic visit of Sète, followed by a tasting of muscat.
rrival in Le Corum scheduled for 5:30 PM.

© Les évasions d’une Catalane !

Congress Tour 3: Lattara archaeological Museum

Coordinator and guide: Bernard Moizo

The archaeological museum is located near the ancient Lattara, once an important port of the Western Mediterranean. Located in the old delta of the coastal river, the Lez, Ledum flumen, Lattara was occupied from the 6th century B.C. up to the 3rd century A.D. Located in the old Mas Saint-Sauveur, near the site of excavations of the antique port of Lattara, the Archaeological Museum displays the results of the excavations carried out at Lattes by Henri Prades and the Painlevé archaeological group beginning in 1963 and, since 1983, by a multidisciplinary scientific team of the CNRS (French national center for scientific research). The Archaeological Museum depicts features of local daily life during antiquity. Departure from the Corum at noon for lunch along the seashore. Visit of the museum and the Lattara excavation site (musée et site de fouilles de Lattara). Departure for Montpellier at 5:45 PM with a stop at the Château de Flaugergues.

© Loïc Damelet

Congress Tour 4: Causse du Larzac and Navacelles circle

Coordinator and guide: Stéphanie Carrière

The Causse du Larzac is a high karst plateau in the southern Massif central. The uniqueness of the landscape—shaped by terrain and land use, featuring distinctive architecture—led to the creation of the Great Causses regional natural park and its recognition by UNESCO as a world heritage site.
11h15 : Departure from le Corum
12h30 :
Lunch at the domaine du Gaillac on the Causse du Larzac.
14h30 :
Visit of the Museum of the traditions of the South-Aveyron.
16h00 :
On the way back, we will make a stop to admire the panorama of the cirque of Navacelles, a natural cirque formed by an intersected meander of the Vis river.
Arrival in Montpellier is scheduled for 6:30 PM.


Congress tour 5: Pic St Loup and garrigues

Coordinator and guide: Bertrand Schatz

In the departments of Gard and Hérault, between the plains and the Cevennes mountains, extends the vast territory of the garrigues, joining the predominantly urbanized coast to the rural mountain landscapes. The garrigues landscapes have experienced major changes—demographic, economic, social and ecological—in recent decades. New challenges have appeared: fires, water management, urbanization, the future of agriculture, the maintenance of biodiversity...Once a major zone of trade and production, the country of the garrigues has retained a rich historical heritage (Romanesque churches, sheep farms, capitelles, typical villages and local knowledge...). It also contains a rich natural heritage. Indeed, the narrow Mediterranean fringe of France, of which the garrigues form one of the most characteristic environments, is home to three-fourths of all species found in the country (and more than one-third of these live only here).
11h30 : Departure from le Corum
12h30 :
lunch and wine testing at Les Matelles, a medieval village close to Montpellier.
14h00 :
Excursion in the garrigue and discovery of the world of the grape, guided by the Ecologistes de l’Euzière.
Departure back to Montpellier is scheduled for 5:30 PM.

© Cercle Saint Loup

Congress Tour 6: Truffle growing nearby Uzès

Coordinator and guide: Yildiz Aumeeruddy-Thomas

This excursion will bring the participants to Uzès, an anciently established Roman town lying about 80 km in the hinterland of Montpellier within the garrigues vegetation typical of the Mediterranean region.
Our objective will be to visit this famous black truffle growing area. Truffle is an underground mushroom, an important ecto-mycorrhiza, which is a mutualistic fungus of holm oak, a dominant tree of
garrigues. The landscape produced through truffle management is a biocultural landscape. Truffle thrives in the grassland/old holm oak ecotone formations typical of the ancient agrosylvo-pastoral areas of the Mediterranean region that hosts a high level of biodiversity. These areas are endangered due to rural exodus and abandonment of pastoral activities.
Participants will have the unique opportunity to visit the farmland of Michel Tournayre, President of the “Syndicat des Trufficulteurs” of Languedoc Roussillon who is an important figure of the renewal of truffle growing in this region. The truffle Museum that he has created exhibits the history of truffle. He will accompany participants in his 15 hectares of truffle growing land, transmitted through four generations, to show different aspects of local practices. Franck Richard, an ecologist specialized in fungus-tree mutualistic interactions will kindly assist and provide information on the complex ecology of this fungus. Although it is not the season for black truffle, participants will nevertheless have the opportunity to use the truffle dogs to search for the summer truffle (
Tuber aestivum) in order to understand this close relationship that links man, truffle dogs, truffle and oak trees. Participants will have the opportunity to see the old historical town of Uzès during a short and typical meal taken downtown.
- 11h00 : Departure from le Corum.
- 12h30 : Picnic-lunch with country and regional products organized by Michel Tournayre on his estate.
- 14h00 : Visit of truffle production areas and truffle museum.
- 16h15 : Return with a short stop-over in Uzès.
- 17h30 : Visit to the Mas du Ministère to taste wine.
- Arrival in le Corum scheduled for 6:30 PM.


Thank you in advance to bear in mind that there will be no possibility to taste black Perigord truffle because the excursion will not fall within the appropriate season.

© Commune de la Rochebeaucourt et Argentine

Congress Tour 7: patrimony of the University of Montpellier 1

Coordinator and guide: Élisabeth Motte-Florac

This excursion will allow participants to discover some of the rich museographic heritage of the University of Montpellier 1 through a series of visits organized expressly for the congress delegates:
- 11:00 Departure from Le Corum. Walk or tram public transportation to the old school of medicine:
- 11:30: visit of the entry of the
old school of Medicine (main hall, library, dissertation room, Theatrum anatomicum);
- 12:00: visit of an exhibition of old books (library of the Faculty of Medicine)

- 12:45: Buffet in the hall of the old school of medicine
- 14:00: Bus transportation to the
Faculty of Pharmacy: visit of the Musée de la Pharmacie (Museum of Pharmacy) and the Droguier de la faculté de Pharmacie (Drug collection of the Faculty of Pharmacy);
- 16:00: Bus back to the Botanic Institute. Two option proposed:
a/ end the tour with a visit of the jardin des plantes (botanical garden); b/ visit of the Musée d’Anatomie (Anatomical museum) and the Musée Atger (Atger museum) in the nearby old school of medicine.
- 18:00: end of the visits.

© J.-M Périn, Inventaire général, ADAGP 2001