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Carcassonne, Avignon & Provence

6 Days From £449*
Departing April - October 2015
* Price shown: 30 Apr 2017 from London Stansted - STN
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Tour Carcassonne, Avignon and Provence in the South of France.

A sense of discovery. The freedom to explore places at your own pace, and the ability to have them revealed and brought to life for you. Coming home from a trip not just rested, but enriched and fulfilled; That's what you can expect from this tour that takes in Carcassonne, Avignon and Provence.

If you appreciate French history, architecture, culture and scenery, and love crepes, olives and fine wines, you'll enjoy every moment of this six-day holiday in the South of France. Find out what else lies ahead?

Carcassonne, Avignon & Provence Tour Highlights

What you can look forward to

  • A guided walking tour of the medieval, walled fortress of Carcassonne
  • A full-day visit to grandiose Avignon, home to several UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • A visit to the exceptionally well-preserved Roman aqueduct of Roman Pont du Gard, another UNESCO World Heritage site
  • A cruise along the tree-lined Canal du Midi, Europe's oldest, largest, manmade waterway that UNESCO declared 'a work of art'
  • Plenty of opportunities to practice your French

It's all included in the price

  • Five nights' bed and breakfast accommodation at the Ibis Carcassonne Est (upgrade hotels available for a supplement)
  • Return flights from your local airport to Carcassonne, Toulouse or Barcelona
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach transfers and travel throughout
  • One suitcase allowance per person
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms available for a supplement

Must try: A cassoulet - a local casserole dish containing meat, pork skin and white beans, and a glass of Limoux Rouge.
Fascinating fact: At a height of 160 ft, the Pont du Gard is the highest of all elevated Roman aqueducts, and descends by just 2.5 cm (1 in). This gradient of one in 3,000 demonstrates the great precision of Roman engineers using simple technology.

You say: "A completely different world? it's just magnificent."

Resort Information

Exquisite Carcassonne is crowned by the fairytale turrets and battlements of the Cite, which overlooks the River Aude. Enjoy wandering the narrow streets and discovering one of the many restaurants within the walls of the extraordinary medieval fortress, beneath which the Ville Basse - or lower town - is a lively centre of activity, built alongside the river.

Carcassonne, Avignon & Provence Tour Itinerary

Every day a new experience

Day One: Arrive in Carcassonne

Fly to France or Spain, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your welcoming hotel. With accommodation reserved on a bed and breakfast basis, you've got the opportunity to dine out and sample the famous local cuisine during your stay.

Day Two: Tour the church of St-Nazaire and the medieval city

This expertly guided, included tour of the medieval city of Carcassonne brings to life one of Europe's most striking walled settlements. Following 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 trip to Collioure and Narbonne

Continue your own exploration, or join your fellow travellers (and new-found friends) on an optional excursion to the port-town of Collioure. Visit the palm-fringed promenade that curves around the bay, before enjoying a visit to Narbonne, where an imposing 13th-century cathedral dominates the skyline of this former Roman capital of southern Gaul.

Day Four: Visit Avignon and the Pont Du Gard UNESCO World Heritage Site

This included excursion takes you first to the UNESCO-listed Roman aqueduct, the Pont du Gard. Straddling the River Gard, it's regarded as a masterpiece of Roman engineering.

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 Palais des Papes, the 14th-century home of popes and cardinals.

Day Five: Cruise along the Canal du Midi

Take an included cruise along the tree-lined Canal du Midi, part of the 240-km-long waterway connecting the Atlantic with the Mediterranean. Later, enjoy your last evening - perhaps dining in one of the atmospheric restaurants in Carcassonne's impressive Cite.

Day Six: Tour concludes, fly home

The sixth day is when you say au revoir to Carcassonne, transfer to the airport for your return flight and say bonjour to home, family and friends.

Prices

 Departure AirportDatePrice From
Belfast International06 Sep 2017 £609.00
Bristol02 Apr 2017 £479.00
Bristol30 Apr 2017 £479.00
Bristol14 May 2017 £509.00
Bristol21 May 2017 £509.00
Bristol11 Jun 2017 £529.00
Bristol18 Jun 2017 £529.00
Bristol17 Sep 2017 £539.00
Bristol01 Oct 2017 £489.00
Bristol08 Oct 2017 £489.00
East Midlands06 Sep 2017 £579.00
London Gatwick02 Apr 2017 £469.00
London Gatwick30 Apr 2017 £469.00
London Gatwick14 May 2017 £509.00
London Gatwick21 May 2017 £509.00
London Gatwick11 Jun 2017 £529.00
London Gatwick18 Jun 2017 £529.00
London Gatwick02 Jul 2017 £559.00
London Gatwick17 Sep 2017 £529.00
London Gatwick24 Sep 2017 £529.00
London Gatwick01 Oct 2017 £469.00
London Gatwick08 Oct 2017 £469.00
London Heathrow30 Apr 2017 £549.00
London Heathrow14 May 2017 £579.00
London Heathrow21 May 2017 £579.00
London Heathrow11 Jun 2017 £599.00
London Heathrow18 Jun 2017 £599.00
London Heathrow02 Jul 2017 £629.00
London Heathrow17 Sep 2017 £599.00
London Heathrow24 Sep 2017 £599.00
London Heathrow01 Oct 2017 £559.00
London Heathrow08 Oct 2017 £559.00
London Luton06 Sep 2017 £549.00
London Stansted30 Apr 2017 £449.00
London Stansted14 May 2017 £489.00
London Stansted21 May 2017 £489.00
London Stansted11 Jun 2017 £529.00
London Stansted18 Jun 2017 £529.00
London Stansted02 Jul 2017 £549.00
London Stansted17 Sep 2017 £529.00
London Stansted24 Sep 2017 £509.00
London Stansted01 Oct 2017 £469.00
London Stansted08 Oct 2017 £469.00
Manchester06 Sep 2017 £579.00

Cerise Residence Carcassonne

Carcassonne

This hotel offers apartment-style accommodation. It is conveniently located and, although it does not have a lounge or a bar, it is within easy walking distance of the restaurants and bars in the medieval part of the city.

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Ibis Carcassonne Est

Carcassonne

The modern Ibis Hotel is located on the outskirts of Carcassonne, in a shopping estate. A local bus service takes clients close to the medieval citadel during the day, and in the evening the centre is a taxi ride away. Alternatively, it is a 30-minute walk to the Old Town.

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Mercure Carcassonne Porte de la Cite

Carcassonne

The Mercure is ideally situated at the foot of the medieval city, within walking distance of one of its ancient gates.

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Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from Toulouse Airport to your hotel is approximately 90 minutes. From Carcassonne Airport, it is approximately 15 minutes. From Barcelona Airport, the transfer time to your hotel is approximately four hours, 30 minutes.

Combining hotel transfers

We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Carcassonne, Avignon and Provence Reviews collected by Reevoo

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Carcassonne, Avignon & ProvenceScores 8.5 out of 10 based on 616 reviews
(9 out of 10)

ADRIAN

Peterborough Couple
Cool but clear and mainly sunny weather. Magical places to see. An extraordinarily knowledgeable and enthusiastic tour leader in Gavin Bade. Great stuff!
Confirmed traveller: 21 October 2016
Published on: 05 November 2016
(9 out of 10)

ALAN

Torquay It varies according to
Having studied mediaeval European history at university I had always wanted to visit Carcassonne and this holiday and its itinerary suited me just fine.
Confirmed traveller: 21 October 2016
Published on: 03 November 2016
(9 out of 10)

AVRIL

Plymouth Friends
It was an extremely organised & highly enjoyable trip. Our tour guide Gavin was brilliant. His knowledge of the area knew no bounds!
Confirmed traveller: 21 October 2016
Published on: 01 November 2016
(8 out of 10)

BERNARD

christchurch Couple
we enjoyed our holiday very much
Confirmed traveller: 21 October 2016
Published on: 01 November 2016
(9 out of 10)

JANET

Lancing Couple
Well organised trip, with a good choice of places to visit and just enough free time to enjoy too. The tour manager was efficient, helpful and well versed in the history of the area.
Confirmed traveller: 21 October 2016
Published on: 01 November 2016
(9 out of 10)

B/Barbara

Horsham Friends
An enjoyable well organised holiday , with a very knowledgable tour manager. Pity he couldn't have given a more condensed version to the group.
Confirmed traveller: 21 October 2016
Published on: 01 November 2016
(7 out of 10)

WENDY

Bury St Edmunds Single traveller
A beautiful part of the world for anyone who loves history and attractive geography.
The trip was somewhat spoiled by an overbearing and self important tour manager,Gavin and the rather shabby Cerise Apartments. However Carcassonne, Avignon and the whole area were delightful.
Confirmed traveller: 14 October 2016
Published on: 07 November 2016