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Carcassonne, Avignon & Provence

6 days from £459*
Departing: September - October 2017
* Price shown: 24 September 2017 from London Stansted - STN
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LOW DEPOSITS - JUST £49 PER PERSON!

OFFER ENDS 31st JULY*

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.

Itinerary

Day One

Fly to France, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your welcoming hotel. Accommodation is reserved on a bed and breakfast basis, giving you the opportunity to dine out and discover some exceptional local cuisine during your stay.

Day Two

Today's included guided tour of the medieval city of Carcassonne - one of the most striking walled settlements in the whole of Europe - will introduce you to the city, after which you are free to explore at leisure. Restored in the mid-19th Century, the bastion includes the inner Chateau Comtal and the beautiful Church of St-Nazaire.

Day Three

Continue your exploration, or join today's optional excursion to the exquisite port-town of Collioure. Visit the palm-fringed promenade that curves around the bay, before enjoying a visit to charming Narbonne - once the Roman capital of all of southern Gaul - with its imposing 13th-century cathedral.

Day Four

Today's included excursion takes you first to the spectacular, UNESCO-listed Roman aqueduct, the Pont du Gard. Straddling the River Gard, it has three levels and is regarded as a masterpiece of Roman engineering.

We then make the short journey to delightful Avignon. Don't miss the curious half-bridge of St-Benezet - the 'Pont d'Avignon' of the famous French folk song - or the Palais des Papes - the 14th-century home of popes and cardinals.

Day Five

Our last full day join our included cruise along the tree-lined Canal du Midi, part of the 240-kilometre-long waterway connecting the Atlantic with the Mediterranean. Later, enjoy your last evening - perhaps dining in one of the atmospheric restaurants in Carcassonne's wonderful Cite.

Day Six

We leave Carcassonne, today, transferring to the airport for the flight home at the end of a wonderful holiday.
Departure Airport Date Price From
Bristol
Bristol 17 September 2017 £579
Bristol
Bristol 24 September 2017 £489
East Midlands
East Midlands 06 September 2017 £729
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 17 September 2017 £529
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 24 September 2017 £479
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 01 October 2017 £469
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 17 September 2017 £599
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 24 September 2017 £549
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 01 October 2017 £559
London Stansted
London Stansted 06 September 2017 £519
London Stansted
London Stansted 17 September 2017 £529
London Stansted
London Stansted 24 September 2017 £459
London Stansted
London Stansted 01 October 2017 £469
Manchester
Manchester 06 September 2017 £659

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.

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.

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.

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 £49 per person applies to new bookings made between 21st June and 31st July 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 & Provence reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Carcassonne, Avignon & ProvenceScores 8.5 out of 10 based on 663 reviews
(6 out of 10)

Barbara

Indian Queens, Cornwall Single traveller
Carcassonne is an amazing place which tends to take people's breath away. The Cathars and the medieval history of this area was my main reason for taking this holiday. It is a pity that the Ibis Hotel is so far from the centre of Carcassonne and I am afraid we were given no helpful advice about buses and taxis. A map with the hotel marked on it is an essential item - and possibly bus stops - but we were given nothing! The main problem was the unusual extreme heat which made walking into the town a nightmare! So I and several others stayed in the hotel in the evenings - which luckily had a good restaurant. But I understand that Carcassonne is magical at night and I missed that! I cannot, however, emphasise enought the importance of a well-marked map of the hotel and of means of transport. I had a similar difficulty in Prague in October last year. A map showing the location of your hotel is paramount for the purpose of taking taxis - in Carcassonne especially, where there are at least 2 Hotel Ibis!
Confirmed traveller: 16 June 2017
Published on: 05 July 2017
(10 out of 10)

ANNA

Stroud, Gloucestershire Couple
We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday, it was well thought out, with a very knowledgeable
tour operator. Though we did a lot of travelling, it was really worth it. The staff at the IBIS hotel were very good and excellent breakfasts!
Confirmed traveller: 16 June 2017
Published on: 26 June 2017
(8 out of 10)

DAVID

Worthing Couple
Really enjoyable & well organised. Tour manager very knowledgeable & arrangements very
thorough.
Confirmed traveller: 16 June 2017
Published on: 22 June 2017
(6 out of 10)

GRAHAM

Milton Keynes Couple
The holiday was good,but it would have been better if the tour manager had spent time with us to show us round when we arrived at a place.This was true of the optional excursions,when not a lot was included in the price.
The weather was good and the hotel was very nice and Julian who did the walking tour of Carcassonne and the airport transfer at the end of the holiday was excellent.
Confirmed traveller: 16 June 2017
Published on: 22 June 2017