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 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.
Your Base: Hotels in Carcassone
Carcassonne, Avignon And Provence Tour Itinerary
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 One: Fly to France or Spain
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 Two: Included guided tour of Carcassonne
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.
Day Three: Optional Collioure and Narbonne excursion
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.
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.
Day Four: Included Pont du Gard and Avignon excursion
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.
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 Five: Included Canal du Midi cruise
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.
Day Six: Fly back to the UK
The transfer time from Toulouse Airport to your hotel is approximately 90 minutes. From Carcassonne Airport, it is approximately 15 minutes.
Hotel transfer times
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.
Combining hotel transfers
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.