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Carcassonne, Avignon & Provence

6 days from £469*
Departing: June - October 2017
* Price shown: 01 October 2017 from London Gatwick - LGW
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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 Avignon 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
Bristol 18 June 2017 £529
Bristol
Bristol 17 September 2017 £579
Bristol
Bristol 01 October 2017 £489
East Midlands
East Midlands 06 September 2017 £729
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 18 June 2017 £529
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 02 July 2017 £559
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 17 September 2017 £529
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 24 September 2017 £529
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 01 October 2017 £469
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 18 June 2017 £599
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 02 July 2017 £629
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 17 September 2017 £599
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 24 September 2017 £599
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 01 October 2017 £559
London Stansted
London Stansted 18 June 2017 £529
London Stansted
London Stansted 02 July 2017 £549
London Stansted
London Stansted 06 September 2017 £519
London Stansted
London Stansted 17 September 2017 £529
London Stansted
London Stansted 24 September 2017 £509
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.

Carcassonne, Avignon & Provence reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Carcassonne, Avignon & ProvenceScores 8.5 out of 10 based on 624 reviews
(9 out of 10)

Chris

Brighton Couple
This was our first escorted holiday and we weren't quite sure what to expect. However we had an amazing time revisiting this area of France after thirty-odd years. It was really good to have someone else (namely Cedric) driving. Also, Gavin, the tour manager was EXCELLENT. His knowledge, courtesy and organisational skills are second to none.
Our hotel, The Mercure, was very well situated. We could see the walls of the old city from our room. Rooms are on the small side but we honestly spent so little time in the room that it didn't matter.
We really enjoyed the guided walk through Carcassonne and all the other excursions including the optional excursions to Collioure (the French St Ives) and the cavern. The drive afterwards through the gorge which was just like being in Corsica.
Confirmed traveller: 07 April 2017
Published on: 20 April 2017
(9 out of 10)

Confirmed traveller

Family
Very good trip on the whole. Flight and transfer arrangements excellent.
Stayed at the Mercure - ideal location 5 minute walk from the citadel. A bar and restaurant was available. Breakfast was excellent offering a variety of choices.
I would not have wanted to stay at the Cerise- no restaurant facility available in the evenings and I certainly would not have wanted to stay at the Ibis which was located at a nearby retail park/ industrial area and seemed to be very isolated???. Our Journey to the Canal (Canal trip) made us realise how far out of the town we were but close to the Citidel. The visits were very good and interesting in particular the coastal town of Collioure, the winery, Pt. du Garde and Narbonne. I feel the only negative comment would be to spend more time at Pt. du Garde (perhaps 2 hours) and less time at Avignon. The 3hour coach trip was long. Having said that we were grateful for the organised trips trips may not have been much to do otherwise.
The optional excursion i.e. the canal trip was okay, whilst going through the locks was interesting, the lack of views of the surrounding countryside was somewhat disappointing. The crew were very friendly, amusing, informative and passenger involvement was good. The trips to the caves and black mountains were also very good.
The Tour manager Gavin Bade was EXCELLENT. Approachable, courteous, friendly, helpful,polite and punctual. He was interesting, informative his wealth of knowledge was incredible, he was superb.
Confirmed traveller: 07 April 2017
Published on: 19 April 2017
(8 out of 10)

PHILIP

Southminster Couple
Too much coach travel involved.
Confirmed traveller: 07 April 2017
Published on: 18 April 2017
(10 out of 10)

CATHERINE

Bishops Stortford Family
We had an excellent time on this very well organised tour. Our hotel (the Mercure) was situated a short walk from the town in a quiet location and the food was lovely (both the breakfast that was included and also when we chose to eat the set priced meal in the evening a couple of times). The excursions were planned to maximise our experience of the region and all trips were enjoyable. The extra one that was offered upon arrival (a trip to a delightful small town for lunch and exploration and then to a cave and finally a beautiful viewpoint of ruined castles) was very memorable and a fitting climax to the holiday. Gavin our tour guide was an amazing source of information about the region and its history and went the extra mile to ensure everyone was well cared for and enjoying their holiday.
Confirmed traveller: 07 April 2017
Published on: 18 April 2017