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Carcassonne, Avignon & Provence

8 days from £649*
Departing: April - October 2019
* Price shown: 23 October 2019 from LTN - EZY2077
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LOW DEPOSITS - JUST £49 PER PERSON*

Tour the Timeless Landscapes of the Ancient Languedoc

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.

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 visit to the citadel of Avignon and it's UNESCO-listed Episcopal Ensemble
  • A visit to the celebrated Languedoc towns of Castres and Albi - with it's UNESCO-listed Episcopal City of St Cecile
  • 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.

Your 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 Jonquera 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 Gardon, 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
ABZ
ABZ 10 April 2019 £979
ABZ
ABZ 08 May 2019 £1009
ABZ
ABZ 15 May 2019 £1009
ABZ
ABZ 12 June 2019 £1019
ABZ
ABZ 19 June 2019 £1019
ABZ
ABZ 26 June 2019 £1039
ABZ
ABZ 03 July 2019 £1039
ABZ
ABZ 04 September 2019 £1029
ABZ
ABZ 11 September 2019 £1029
ABZ
ABZ 18 September 2019 £1019
ABZ
ABZ 25 September 2019 £989
ABZ
ABZ 16 October 2019 £969
ABZ
ABZ 23 October 2019 £949
BHX
BHX 10 April 2019 £919
BHX
BHX 08 May 2019 £959
BHX
BHX 15 May 2019 £959
BHX
BHX 12 June 2019 £979
BHX
BHX 19 June 2019 £979
BHX
BHX 26 June 2019 £999
BHX
BHX 03 July 2019 £999
BHX
BHX 04 September 2019 £979
BHX
BHX 11 September 2019 £979
BHX
BHX 18 September 2019 £969
BHX
BHX 25 September 2019 £949
BHX
BHX 16 October 2019 £919
BHX
BHX 23 October 2019 £899
BRS
BRS 10 April 2019 £699
BRS
BRS 15 May 2019 £709
BRS
BRS 12 June 2019 £739
BRS
BRS 26 June 2019 £759
BRS
BRS 04 September 2019 £749
BRS
BRS 18 September 2019 £739
BRS
BRS 25 September 2019 £729
BRS
BRS 16 October 2019 £689
DUB
DUB 15 May 2019 £809
DUB
DUB 12 June 2019 £819
DUB
DUB 04 September 2019 £829
DUB
DUB 18 September 2019 £819
DUB
DUB 16 October 2019 £779
EDI
EDI 08 May 2019 £759
EDI
EDI 12 June 2019 £779
EDI
EDI 26 June 2019 £799
EDI
EDI 11 September 2019 £779
EDI
EDI 25 September 2019 £749
EDI
EDI 23 October 2019 £699
GLA
GLA 10 April 2019 £699
GLA
GLA 15 May 2019 £729
GLA
GLA 19 June 2019 £739
GLA
GLA 03 July 2019 £809
GLA
GLA 04 September 2019 £779
GLA
GLA 18 September 2019 £769
GLA
GLA 16 October 2019 £699
GLA
GLA 23 October 2019 £679
HUY
HUY 10 April 2019 £939
HUY
HUY 08 May 2019 £979
HUY
HUY 15 May 2019 £979
HUY
HUY 12 June 2019 £989
HUY
HUY 19 June 2019 £989
HUY
HUY 26 June 2019 £1009
HUY
HUY 03 July 2019 £1009
HUY
HUY 04 September 2019 £999
HUY
HUY 11 September 2019 £999
HUY
HUY 18 September 2019 £989
HUY
HUY 25 September 2019 £959
HUY
HUY 16 October 2019 £939
HUY
HUY 23 October 2019 £919
LBA
LBA 10 April 2019 £919
LBA
LBA 08 May 2019 £959
LBA
LBA 15 May 2019 £959
LBA
LBA 12 June 2019 £979
LBA
LBA 19 June 2019 £979
LBA
LBA 26 June 2019 £999
LBA
LBA 03 July 2019 £999
LBA
LBA 04 September 2019 £979
LBA
LBA 11 September 2019 £979
LBA
LBA 18 September 2019 £969
LBA
LBA 25 September 2019 £949
LBA
LBA 16 October 2019 £919
LBA
LBA 23 October 2019 £899
LGW
LGW 10 April 2019 £669
LGW
LGW 08 May 2019 £709
LGW
LGW 15 May 2019 £709
LGW
LGW 12 June 2019 £709
LGW
LGW 19 June 2019 £709
LGW
LGW 26 June 2019 £729
LGW
LGW 03 July 2019 £769
LGW
LGW 04 September 2019 £719
LGW
LGW 11 September 2019 £719
LGW
LGW 18 September 2019 £709
LGW
LGW 25 September 2019 £699
LGW
LGW 16 October 2019 £669
LGW
LGW 23 October 2019 £649
LHR
LHR 10 April 2019 £749
LHR
LHR 08 May 2019 £779
LHR
LHR 15 May 2019 £779
LHR
LHR 12 June 2019 £789
LHR
LHR 19 June 2019 £789
LHR
LHR 26 June 2019 £809
LHR
LHR 03 July 2019 £829
LHR
LHR 04 September 2019 £799
LHR
LHR 11 September 2019 £799
LHR
LHR 18 September 2019 £789
LHR
LHR 25 September 2019 £779
LHR
LHR 16 October 2019 £749
LHR
LHR 23 October 2019 £729
LTN
LTN 08 May 2019 £709
LTN
LTN 26 June 2019 £729
LTN
LTN 11 September 2019 £719
LTN
LTN 23 October 2019 £649
MAN
MAN 10 April 2019 £719
MAN
MAN 08 May 2019 £759
MAN
MAN 15 May 2019 £759
MAN
MAN 12 June 2019 £779
MAN
MAN 19 June 2019 £779
MAN
MAN 26 June 2019 £799
MAN
MAN 03 July 2019 £809
MAN
MAN 04 September 2019 £779
MAN
MAN 11 September 2019 £779
MAN
MAN 18 September 2019 £769
MAN
MAN 25 September 2019 £749
MAN
MAN 16 October 2019 £719
MAN
MAN 23 October 2019 £699
MME
MME 10 April 2019 £939
MME
MME 08 May 2019 £979
MME
MME 15 May 2019 £979
MME
MME 12 June 2019 £989
MME
MME 19 June 2019 £989
MME
MME 26 June 2019 £1009
MME
MME 03 July 2019 £1009
MME
MME 04 September 2019 £999
MME
MME 11 September 2019 £999
MME
MME 18 September 2019 £989
MME
MME 25 September 2019 £959
MME
MME 16 October 2019 £939
MME
MME 23 October 2019 £919
NWI
NWI 10 April 2019 £939
NWI
NWI 08 May 2019 £979
NWI
NWI 15 May 2019 £979
NWI
NWI 12 June 2019 £989
NWI
NWI 19 June 2019 £989
NWI
NWI 26 June 2019 £1009
NWI
NWI 03 July 2019 £1009
NWI
NWI 04 September 2019 £999
NWI
NWI 11 September 2019 £999
NWI
NWI 18 September 2019 £989
NWI
NWI 25 September 2019 £959
NWI
NWI 16 October 2019 £939
NWI
NWI 23 October 2019 £919
STN
STN 10 April 2019 £669
STN
STN 08 May 2019 £709
STN
STN 15 May 2019 £709
STN
STN 12 June 2019 £709
STN
STN 19 June 2019 £709
STN
STN 26 June 2019 £729
STN
STN 03 July 2019 £799
STN
STN 04 September 2019 £719
STN
STN 11 September 2019 £719
STN
STN 18 September 2019 £709
STN
STN 25 September 2019 £679
STN
STN 16 October 2019 £669
STN
STN 23 October 2019 £649

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.

Airport development fees

An Airport Development Fee has been introduced at a few UK Airports. You will be required to pay this charge at the following airports prior to checking in for your flight: Blackpool, Durham Tees Valley, Newquay and Norwich. The amount varies from airport to airport, but it is generally between £5 and £10 per person. Please visit the airport's website for further information.

*This low deposit offer applies to new bookings made between 11th September and 3rd October 2018 only. This offer applies to selected flight-inclusive holidays only. Exclusions apply. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.