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Carcassonne, Avignon & Provence

6 Days From £469*
Departing April - October 2015
* Price shown: 01 Oct 2017 from London Stansted - STN
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The rolling countryside of Provence

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

  • A guided walking tour of the medieval, walled fortress of Carcassonne
  • Avignon's majestic UNESCO-listed sights
  • The three-tiered arches of the Pont du Gard, Europe's most stunning Roman aqueduct
  • A cruise along the Canal du Midi, Europe's oldest and largest, man-made waterway

What does the price include?

  • 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 or Toulouse
  • A tour of Carcassonne
  • A trip to the Pont du Gard
  • A tour of Avignon
  • 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

Single rooms are 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 160ft, the Pont du Gard is the highest of all elevated Roman aqueducts, and descends by just 2.5 cm (1 in). This gradient of 1:3000 demonstrates the great skill of ancient Roman engineers.

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

Your Base: Hotels in Carcassone

Carcassonne is one of the most striking walled settlements in the whole of Europe, the double-walled fortress of its Cite crowned with fairy-tale turrets. Wander the narrow (and sometimes steep) medieval streets past colourful cafes, restaurants and craft shops, or head across the River Aude to the livlier but still lovely Ville Basse - or lower town.

Carcassonne, Avignon And Provence Tour 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 Avigon 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.


 Departure AirportDatePrice From
Bristol11 Jun 2017 £479.00
Bristol18 Jun 2017 £529.00
Bristol17 Sep 2017 £539.00
Bristol01 Oct 2017 £489.00
East Midlands06 Sep 2017 £669.00
London Gatwick11 Jun 2017 £479.00
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 Heathrow11 Jun 2017 £549.00
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 Stansted11 Jun 2017 £479.00
London Stansted18 Jun 2017 £529.00
London Stansted02 Jul 2017 £549.00
London Stansted06 Sep 2017 £519.00
London Stansted17 Sep 2017 £529.00
London Stansted24 Sep 2017 £509.00
London Stansted01 Oct 2017 £469.00
Manchester06 Sep 2017 £619.00

Cerise Residence 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


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


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.

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.

*Low deposit of £75 per person applies to new bookings made between 7th February and 31st March 2017 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to selected air-inclusive holidays. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

Carcassonne, Avignon and Provence Reviews collected by Reevoo

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


Weston-super-Mare Couple
We felt the holiday was severely mis-described. The 'apartment style hotel' was NOT a hotel. No restaurant, no bar, no proper reception. THAT was NOT a hotel. It resembled a
Student Halls of Residence, but without a refectory or bar!!

It was grim. Bland corridors dimly lit by sensors (but not all worked). It would have been more at home in Eastern Europe/Soviet Bloc countries, NOT in the south of France.

On arrival our only option at that time of night (and this time of season) was to eat at the Mercure hotel ~ as advised & arranged by Gavin. The brochure leads you to believe the place is vibrant and buzzing ~ with plenty of options nearby. This was NOT true, possibly in August but not October. It should have emphasised as SEASONAL.

Our first meal and a few drinks cost the best part of E120 ~ which included an inedible steak. Extortionate. But Gavin stayed glued to his mobile until we were all eventually seated (after a LONG, LONG, LONG wait) then he disappeared, without asking if we had any queries, were we were OK, did we know our way back? Like any normal rep would do. He just disappeared ~ unprofessionally ~ without announcement (after he had enjoyed his wine - while on duty?) He was clearly there to enjoy himself, no matter what. He should have found us a cheaper choice, which we did the next night. Ten minutes walk away and a 3 course meal E10 CHEAPER. Far better atmosphere, quality food, drink & service. Surely Gavin wouldn't recommend somewhere merely for personal gain, as inferred by other travellers!!

Breakfast choice was a monotonous, unchanging, very poor selection. And not replenished frequently. Fresh fruit was bruised/bad. No hard boiled eggs. Un-drinkable tea. Motorway service stations serve better food in a far nicer environment.

This was worse than a Youth Hostel ~ and nothing like any 'Hotel' we have ever stayed at for any of our years of European travel.
Confirmed traveller: 21 October 2016
Published on: 02 December 2016

Thank you for your feedback, we are very sorry that your experience in Carcassonne was not entirely favourable as we usually receive very positive feedback about this tour from customers who have enjoyed all that Carcassonne has to offer and praised the service provided by Gavin who is one of our most successful and popular Tour Managers as other reviews will show. We will respond to you privately with a more detailed reply.

(9 out of 10)


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)


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)


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


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)


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)


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