carcassonne
Departing by Air
Duration 8 Days
Available Until October 2019

This wonderful, six-day holiday to the South of France includes a guided tour of the stunning walled fortress-city of Carcassonne, visits to medieval papal enclave Avignon and the spectacular Pont du Gard, and a cruise along the tree-lined Canal du Midi. Tour Provence’s glorious rolling countryside, and perhaps join an optional excursion to coastal Collioure and Narbonne’s Chateau de l’Hospitalet to enjoy a regional-wine tasting.

Carcassonne, Avignon and Provence Tour Highlights

  • Pont du Gard, Europe’s most stunning Roman aqueduct
  • Avignon’s majestic UNESCO-listed sights
  • Canal du Midi, Europe’s oldest & largest man-made canal
  • A guided walking tour of the medieval, walled fortress of Carcassonne
  • A day exploring the charming cities of Albi and Castres

Price Includes

  • Seven nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation at the Ibis Carcassonne Est (upgrade hotels available for a supplement)
  • Return flights from your local airport to Carcassonne or Toulouse
  • A tour of Carcassonne
  • A trip to the Pont du Gard
  • A visit to the citadel of Avignon and it’s UNESCO-listed Episcopal Ensemble
  • A visit to the celebrated Languedoc towns of Castres and Albi – with it’s UNESCO-listed Episcopal City of St Cecile
  • A Canal du Midi cruise
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach transfers and travel throughout
  • One piece of hold luggage per person
  • The services of a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Itinerary

Day One: Fly to France or Spain

Fly to France, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to Carcassonne and your welcoming hotel. With accommodation reserved on a bed and breakfast basis, you’ll have the opportunity to dine out and sample the famous local cuisine during your stay.

Day Two: Included guided tour of Carcassonne

Today’s expertly guided tour of the medieval city of Carcassonne brings to life this extraordinary stronghold. After this fascinating introduction, you’re free to explore the citadel at your own pace. Restored in the mid-19th Century, the bastion includes the inner Chateau Comtal, the beautiful Church of St-Nazaire and many shops and restaurants.

Day Three: Optional Collioure and Narbonne excursion

Continue your own exploration, today, or join our optional excursion to Collioure. This pretty port was once home to Matisse, and you’ll discover its curved bay and the palm-fringed promenade that runs along it beneath the protective gaze of the Chateau Royal.

From Collioure we’ll continue to Narbonne, where an imposing 13th-century cathedral dominates the skyline of this former Roman capital of southern Gaul. After free time to explore, we’ll head to the Chateau de l’Hospitalet to enjoy a wine tasting and take in the spectacular Mediterranean views.

Day Four: Included Pont du Gard and Avignon excursion

The third of your included excursions takes you, first, to the astonishing UNESCO-listed Roman aqueduct, the Pont du Gard. Straddling the River Gard, its three levels of gradually increasing arches are one of the most striking masterpiece of Roman engineering in the world.

You’ll then make the short journey to Avignon. Here, you’ll see the curious half-bridge of St-Benezet, the “Pont d’Avignon” of the famous French folk song, and the vast Palais des Papes, the 14th-century home of popes and cardinals.

Day Five: Included Canal du Midi cruise

On our last full day we’ll enjoy an included cruise along a section of the tree-lined Canal du Midi, part of the 240-kilometre-long waterway constructed in the 17th Century to connect the Mediterranean to the Atlantic. Later, enjoy your last evening – perhaps dining in one of the atmospheric restaurants in Carcassonne’s extraordinary Cite.

Day Six: Fly back to the UK

Say “au revoir” to Carcassonne, transfer to the airport and check in for your flight home at the end of a wonderful tour of the South of France.


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