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Carcassonne, Avignon & Provence 2018

8 days from £559*
Departing: April - October 2018
* Price shown: 18 April 2018 from East Midlands - EMA
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OFFER ENDS 31st AUGUST*

Tour Provence's glorious rolling countryside

Discover the stunning walled fortress-city of Carcassonne, see the medieval papal enclave of Avignon and the spectacular Pont du Gard, and cruise along the tree-lined Canal du Midi on this wonderful, eight-day holiday to the South of France. Visit the Cathar city of Albi, birthplace of Toulouse-Lautrec, and riverside Castres, 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
  • A day exploring the charming cities of Albi and Castres

What does the price include?

  • Seven 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 tour of the Languedoc citys of Albi and Castres
  • 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. A good choice is Le Parc run by Michelin-starred chef Franck Putelat

Fascinating fact: The Pont Saint-Benezet in Avignon once spanned the entire river but kept being swept away by floods. Eventually, repairs were simply abandoned.

You say: "We had an amazing time revisiting this area of France after 30-odd years!"

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 livelier but still lovely Ville Basse - or lower town.

Carcassonne, Avignon And Provence Tour Itinerary

Day One: Fly to Carcassonne or Toulouse

Fly to France, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your welcoming hotel in Carcassonne. Relax after checking in, and later take the opportunity to dine out and sample the famous local cuisine during your stay.

Day Two: Included guided tour of Carcassonne

Today's guided tour of Carcassonne will bring this fascinating medieval city to life. One of the most striking walled settlements in the whole of Europe, Carcassonne is a remarkable place. Don't miss your chance to explore the double-walled Cite at it's heart. 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 exploration of Carcassonne, today, or join our full-day excursion to Collioure. Discover the curved bay, and the palm-fringed promenade that runs along it beneath the protective gaze of the Chateau Royal, of this pretty port that was once home to Matisse before we continue to Narbonne.

The skyline of this former Roman capital of southern Gaul, is dominated by an imposing 13th-century cathedral. See its central canal, and the section of the ancient Via Domitia (the Roman road that once ran from Briancon on the Italian border to La Joquera in Spain) in the main square, before we climb 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

Our first stop on today's included excursion is the astonishing UNESCO-listed Roman aqueduct, the Pont du Gard. Straddling the River Gard, its three tiers of arches are among the most striking masterpieces of Roman engineering in the world.

Leaving the Pont du Gard, we'll head to Avignon. This historic city is dominated by the vast Palais des Papes, the 14th-century home of popes and cardinals. See the remains of the Pont Saint-Benezet, the "Pont d'Avignon" of the famous French folk song, which once spanned the entire river but kept being swept away by floods, and perhaps stop for a drink in one of the cafes on the Place de l'Horloge.

Day Five: Day at leisure

Today you're free to rest, relax and explore as you see fit. Why not return to Carcassonne's beguiling Cite for a long lunch and a lazy stroll?

Day Six: Included Canal du Midi cruise

Today 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 link the Atlantic and the Mediterranean.

Day Seven: Included tours of Albi and Castres

Your final day's included excursion takes you into the Haut Languedoc and to the historic Cathar city of Albi. Nestled beside the River Tarn beneath its red-brick cathedral, Albi was the birthplace of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and the city's Palais de la Berbie castle houses over 1000 of the painter's works.

We'll return to Carcassonne via Castres, stopping to explore its quiet paved streets and see the tightly clustered houses overhanging the banks of the River Agout.

Day Eight: 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
Birmingham
Birmingham 11 April 2018 £599
Birmingham
Birmingham 18 April 2018 £599
Birmingham
Birmingham 25 April 2018 £615
Birmingham
Birmingham 02 May 2018 £639
Birmingham
Birmingham 09 May 2018 £639
Birmingham
Birmingham 16 May 2018 £639
Birmingham
Birmingham 06 June 2018 £669
Birmingham
Birmingham 13 June 2018 £669
Birmingham
Birmingham 20 June 2018 £669
Birmingham
Birmingham 27 June 2018 £669
Birmingham
Birmingham 04 July 2018 £689
Birmingham
Birmingham 29 August 2018 £689
Birmingham
Birmingham 05 September 2018 £669
Birmingham
Birmingham 12 September 2018 £669
Birmingham
Birmingham 19 September 2018 £669
Birmingham
Birmingham 26 September 2018 £639
Birmingham
Birmingham 03 October 2018 £619
Birmingham
Birmingham 10 October 2018 £599
Bristol
Bristol 18 April 2018 £599
Bristol
Bristol 02 May 2018 £639
Bristol
Bristol 16 May 2018 £639
Bristol
Bristol 13 June 2018 £669
Bristol
Bristol 27 June 2018 £669
Bristol
Bristol 29 August 2018 £689
Bristol
Bristol 12 September 2018 £669
Bristol
Bristol 26 September 2018 £639
Bristol
Bristol 10 October 2018 £599
East Midlands
East Midlands 11 April 2018 £559
East Midlands
East Midlands 18 April 2018 £559
East Midlands
East Midlands 25 April 2018 £575
East Midlands
East Midlands 02 May 2018 £599
East Midlands
East Midlands 09 May 2018 £599
East Midlands
East Midlands 16 May 2018 £599
East Midlands
East Midlands 06 June 2018 £649
East Midlands
East Midlands 13 June 2018 £649
East Midlands
East Midlands 20 June 2018 £649
East Midlands
East Midlands 27 June 2018 £649
East Midlands
East Midlands 04 July 2018 £659
East Midlands
East Midlands 29 August 2018 £659
East Midlands
East Midlands 05 September 2018 £649
East Midlands
East Midlands 12 September 2018 £649
East Midlands
East Midlands 19 September 2018 £649
East Midlands
East Midlands 26 September 2018 £619
East Midlands
East Midlands 03 October 2018 £599
East Midlands
East Midlands 10 October 2018 £559
Glasgow
Glasgow 18 April 2018 £589
Glasgow
Glasgow 02 May 2018 £629
Glasgow
Glasgow 16 May 2018 £629
Glasgow
Glasgow 13 June 2018 £679
Glasgow
Glasgow 27 June 2018 £679
Glasgow
Glasgow 29 August 2018 £689
Glasgow
Glasgow 12 September 2018 £679
Glasgow
Glasgow 26 September 2018 £649
Glasgow
Glasgow 10 October 2018 £589
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 11 April 2018 £579
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 18 April 2018 £579
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 25 April 2018 £595
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 02 May 2018 £619
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 09 May 2018 £619
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 16 May 2018 £619
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 06 June 2018 £649
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 13 June 2018 £649
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 20 June 2018 £649
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 27 June 2018 £649
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 04 July 2018 £669
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 29 August 2018 £669
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 05 September 2018 £649
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 12 September 2018 £649
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 19 September 2018 £649
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 26 September 2018 £619
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 03 October 2018 £599
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 10 October 2018 £579
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 11 April 2018 £649
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 18 April 2018 £649
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 25 April 2018 £665
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 02 May 2018 £689
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 09 May 2018 £689
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 16 May 2018 £689
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 06 June 2018 £719
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 13 June 2018 £719
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 20 June 2018 £719
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 27 June 2018 £719
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 04 July 2018 £739
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 29 August 2018 £739
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 05 September 2018 £719
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 12 September 2018 £719
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 19 September 2018 £719
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 26 September 2018 £689
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 03 October 2018 £669
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 10 October 2018 £649
London Luton
London Luton 11 April 2018 £579
London Luton
London Luton 25 April 2018 £595
London Luton
London Luton 09 May 2018 £619
London Luton
London Luton 06 June 2018 £649
London Luton
London Luton 20 June 2018 £649
London Luton
London Luton 04 July 2018 £669
London Luton
London Luton 05 September 2018 £649
London Luton
London Luton 19 September 2018 £649
London Luton
London Luton 03 October 2018 £599
London Stansted
London Stansted 11 April 2018 £559
London Stansted
London Stansted 18 April 2018 £559
London Stansted
London Stansted 25 April 2018 £575
London Stansted
London Stansted 02 May 2018 £599
London Stansted
London Stansted 09 May 2018 £599
London Stansted
London Stansted 16 May 2018 £599
London Stansted
London Stansted 06 June 2018 £649
London Stansted
London Stansted 13 June 2018 £649
London Stansted
London Stansted 20 June 2018 £649
London Stansted
London Stansted 27 June 2018 £649
London Stansted
London Stansted 04 July 2018 £659
London Stansted
London Stansted 29 August 2018 £659
London Stansted
London Stansted 05 September 2018 £649
London Stansted
London Stansted 12 September 2018 £649
London Stansted
London Stansted 19 September 2018 £649
London Stansted
London Stansted 26 September 2018 £619
London Stansted
London Stansted 03 October 2018 £599
London Stansted
London Stansted 10 October 2018 £559
Manchester
Manchester 11 April 2018 £579
Manchester
Manchester 18 April 2018 £579
Manchester
Manchester 25 April 2018 £595
Manchester
Manchester 02 May 2018 £619
Manchester
Manchester 09 May 2018 £619
Manchester
Manchester 16 May 2018 £619
Manchester
Manchester 06 June 2018 £669
Manchester
Manchester 13 June 2018 £669
Manchester
Manchester 20 June 2018 £669
Manchester
Manchester 27 June 2018 £669
Manchester
Manchester 04 July 2018 £679
Manchester
Manchester 29 August 2018 £679
Manchester
Manchester 05 September 2018 £669
Manchester
Manchester 12 September 2018 £669
Manchester
Manchester 19 September 2018 £669
Manchester
Manchester 26 September 2018 £639
Manchester
Manchester 03 October 2018 £619
Manchester
Manchester 10 October 2018 £579

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.

Canal du Midi cruise

Your cruise may take place in the morning or afternoon of Day Six (or occasionally earlier during your holiday) depending on local conditions.

Foreign Office Travel Advice

Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

*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.