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Published on: 05 November 2016
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?
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."
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.
Every day a new experience
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Departure Airport||Date||Price From|
|Belfast International||06 Sep 2017||£609.00|
|Bristol||02 Apr 2017||£479.00|
|Bristol||30 Apr 2017||£479.00|
|Bristol||14 May 2017||£509.00|
|Bristol||21 May 2017||£509.00|
|Bristol||11 Jun 2017||£529.00|
|Bristol||18 Jun 2017||£529.00|
|Bristol||17 Sep 2017||£539.00|
|Bristol||01 Oct 2017||£489.00|
|Bristol||08 Oct 2017||£489.00|
|East Midlands||06 Sep 2017||£579.00|
|London Gatwick||02 Apr 2017||£469.00|
|London Gatwick||30 Apr 2017||£469.00|
|London Gatwick||14 May 2017||£509.00|
|London Gatwick||21 May 2017||£509.00|
|London Gatwick||11 Jun 2017||£529.00|
|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 Gatwick||08 Oct 2017||£469.00|
|London Heathrow||30 Apr 2017||£549.00|
|London Heathrow||14 May 2017||£579.00|
|London Heathrow||21 May 2017||£579.00|
|London Heathrow||11 Jun 2017||£599.00|
|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 Heathrow||08 Oct 2017||£559.00|
|London Luton||06 Sep 2017||£549.00|
|London Stansted||30 Apr 2017||£449.00|
|London Stansted||14 May 2017||£489.00|
|London Stansted||21 May 2017||£489.00|
|London Stansted||11 Jun 2017||£529.00|
|London Stansted||18 Jun 2017||£529.00|
|London Stansted||02 Jul 2017||£549.00|
|London Stansted||17 Sep 2017||£529.00|
|London Stansted||24 Sep 2017||£509.00|
|London Stansted||01 Oct 2017||£469.00|
|London Stansted||08 Oct 2017||£469.00|
|Manchester||06 Sep 2017||£579.00|
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.
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.