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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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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 masterpieces 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 17 September 2017 £579
Bristol 24 September 2017 £489
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 17 September 2017 £529
London Stansted
London Stansted 24 September 2017 £459
London Stansted
London Stansted 01 October 2017 £469

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.

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*Low deposit of £49 per person applies to new bookings made between 1st and 31st August 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 673 reviews
(9 out of 10)


heathfield Friends
Another super trip. Well organised as usual and the excursions were enough to keep us amused throughout the week. The mercury hotel we would recommend highly and worth the extra expense. The food was superb and not expensive. Far nicer in fact then that we experienced in the citadel. The historical narrative to the holiday was v informative too much to grasp in fact but welcome all the same. Only small disappointment was just how touristy the citadel is....every building a either a tourist shop or a visit there was enough. Best enjoyed for its majestiness when viewed from a distance we thought.
Confirmed traveller: 07 July 2017
Published on: 09 August 2017
(8 out of 10)


rugby Single traveller
Nothing went wrong and I had a lovely time.
Hotel was more like a motel, not ideal for a holiday but as the food and the people were really outstanding there it wasn't so important about the small size of the rooms, no tea or coffee in the room nor the location.
tour manager just passable. why she managed to stand in a corner and miss me on arrival I have no idea. and she wasn't prepared well. 2 copies of one bus service for 3 people when there are 3 possible buses is a bit sloppy. and we had to change our plans due to a bad road accident but she had no plan b. no idea what to do at all.
best part of the holiday was that the sites were well chosen and your company seemed to attract some great people as holidaymakers so I had a fantastic time. never felt I was alone. mainly went to see pont du guard but I wasn't the only one who needed more time there. However it is difficult ultimately to see how else the holiday could be arranged to enable this. brochure or joining instructions could have given a little more info.
coach driver was excellent.
Confirmed traveller: 07 July 2017
Published on: 28 July 2017
(8 out of 10)


Wymondham Couple
The Cerise Hotel was good and close enough to the Cite. I think including the Ibis as an option was a mistake and perhaps some info on where the nearest supermarkets would have been good. Some trips were more than a little way away and a bouchon ( accident) on the Payage made a long trip even longer, so perhaps something closer would be good. We felt the Manager was okay but could have been a bit more helpful with weather predictions, the next day agenda and not be afraid of recommending Restaurants. Overall it was well organised and no one got lost despite having some numbties as fellow passengers
Confirmed traveller: 07 July 2017
Published on: 25 July 2017