LOW DEPOSITS UNTIL 31st MARCH
JUST £75 PER PERSON*
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 Airport||Date||Price From|
|Bristol||11 Jun 2017|| £479.00|
|Bristol||18 Jun 2017|| £529.00|
|Bristol||17 Sep 2017|| £539.00|
|Bristol||01 Oct 2017|| £489.00|
|East Midlands||06 Sep 2017|| £669.00|
|London Gatwick||11 Jun 2017|| £479.00|
|London Gatwick||18 Jun 2017|| £529.00|
|London Gatwick||02 Jul 2017|| £559.00|
|London Gatwick||17 Sep 2017|| £529.00|
|London Gatwick||24 Sep 2017|| £529.00|
|London Gatwick||01 Oct 2017|| £469.00|
|London Heathrow||11 Jun 2017|| £549.00|
|London Heathrow||18 Jun 2017|| £599.00|
|London Heathrow||02 Jul 2017|| £629.00|
|London Heathrow||17 Sep 2017|| £599.00|
|London Heathrow||24 Sep 2017|| £599.00|
|London Heathrow||01 Oct 2017|| £559.00|
|London Stansted||11 Jun 2017|| £479.00|
|London Stansted||18 Jun 2017|| £529.00|
|London Stansted||02 Jul 2017|| £549.00|
|London Stansted||06 Sep 2017|| £519.00|
|London Stansted||17 Sep 2017|| £529.00|
|London Stansted||24 Sep 2017|| £509.00|
|London Stansted||01 Oct 2017|| £469.00|
|Manchester||06 Sep 2017|| £619.00|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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