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Back in time in Languedoc

Journey through the rolling countryside of Provence, as its historic UNESCO-listed crowning glories are thrillingly brought to life.

On this hugely popular tour to one of France’s most scenic corners, you'll discover the medieval fortress-city of Carcassonne, and marvel at the stunning papal city of Avignon, its monumental Palais and its famous bridge. See Roman engineering architecture at its finest at the Pont du Gard, visit historic Albi and Castres, and cruise on the tree-lined Canal du Midi – all against the background of a land famed for sunshine, food and light rosé wine.

What does this price include?

  • Seven nights' bed and breakfast accommodation at the Ibis Carcassonne Est (upgrade hotels available)
  • A tour of Carcassonne
  • A full-day trip to Avignon and the Pont du Gard
  • A visit to the Languedoc towns of Castres and Albi
  • A Canal du Midi cruise
  • Return flights to France
  • One piece of hold luggage per person
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach transfers and travel throughout
  • The services of a friendly, experienced tour manager

Your Itinerary

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  • Fly to Toulouse, or directly to Carcassonne, meet your tour manager and make the scenic transfer to your welcoming hotel in UNESCO-listed Carcassonne. Relax after checking in, and later take the opportunity to dine out and sample the famous local cuisine during your stay.

  • Join your guide for a fascinating included walking tour of Carcassonne, one of the most striking walled settlements in the whole of Europe, and where the remarkably preserved, double-walled Cité is the jewel in its spectacular crown. Restored in the mid-19th Century, this fairy-tale bastion includes the inner Château Comtal and the beautiful church of St-Nazaire, which offers spectacular views across the fortress from its tower.

    Wander the narrow, sometimes steep, streets of this medieval time-capsule, past the colourful cafés, restaurants and craft shops that are squeezed into its tiny buildings, or take in the views from the city walls.

    After the tour, you'll have the rest of the day free to explore at your leisure. Beneath the turrets of the Cité and across the languid River Aude, the equally charming Ville Basse, the second of Carcassonne’s two "towns", offers a wider variety of places where you can enjoy lunch or dinner.

  • Today’s included excursion takes you, first, to Castres, stopping to explore its quiet paved streets and see the tightly clustered houses overhanging the banks of the River Agout.

    We'll return to Carcassonne via the Haut Languedoc region and the historic Cathar city of Albi, nestled alongside the River Tarn beneath the vast, red-brick cathedral, and birthplace of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Spend some time discovering the city, perhaps visiting the great Gothic church and the adjacent Palais de la Berbie castle, which houses over 1,000 of Toulouse-Lautrec’s works, or wandering the atmospheric old town.

  • Today you're free to relax and explore. Why not return to Carcassonne's beguiling Cité for a lazy stroll and a long lunch – one of the great pleasures of a holiday in this corner of the world?

  • An unforgettable day awaits, today, as you journey to two of southern France’s most sparkling jewels. Our first stop is the breath-taking, three-tiered Roman aqueduct now known as the Pont du Gard. This towering stone watercourse straddles the River Gard, was granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1985, and is regarded as a masterpiece of Roman engineering.

    From there, we'll continue to historic Avignon, encircled by its low ancient walls, and dominated by its monumental centrepiece, the fortified Palais des Papes. This 14th-century home to popes and cardinals also supported a court of assorted princes, barons and other nobility who helped the city build a dubious reputation as one of medieval Europe’s most decadent and colourful places. Don’t miss the remains of the Pont Saint-Benezet, the "Pont d'Avignon" of the famous French folk song, that juts out into the fast-flowing waters of the River Rhône as they make their way towards the Mediterranean. Avignon’s bustling main square, the Place de l’Horloge, is lined with cafés and restaurants, perfect places to stop for a rest and a relaxing drink.

  • Today you'll enjoy a delightful included cruise on the tree-lined Canal du Midi, part of the 240 kilometre-long waterway constructed in the 17th Century to connect the Atlantic and the Mediterranean.

  • On your last day, you're free to enjoy Carcassonne or join our full-day tour of France’s south-west corner. You'll begin with a visit to the exquisite port-town of Collioure, one-time home to the artist Matisse. Discover the palm-fringed promenade that curves around the bay of this particularly attractive coastal settlement overlooked by the monumental Château-Royal before we continue to Narbonne.

    Once the Roman capital of all of southern Gaul, Narbonne is dominated by an imposing 13th-century cathedral, its central canal and its now exposed section of the famed Roman road, the Via Domitia, that runs beneath the main square, before we climb to the Chateau de l'Hospitalet to enjoy a wine tasting and take in the spectacular Mediterranean views.

  • 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.

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Ibis Carcassonne Est, Carcassonne

Good value for money and located on the outskirts of Carcassone, a local bus service connects the hotel to the town. Alternatively, for the energetic, the town centre a 30-minute walk. The hotel has a restaurant and bar. Cosy rooms have satellite TV, private facilities and air conditioning. 

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Cerise Residence, Carcassonne

This hotel offers apartment-style accommodation. It is conveniently located within easy walking distance of the restaurants and bars in the medieval part of the city.

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Mercure Carcassonne Porte de la Cite, Carcassonne

The Mercure is ideally situated at the foot of the medieval city, within walking distance of one of its ancient gates.

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Further Information

  • The transfer time from Toulouse Airport to your hotel is approximately 90 minutes. From Carcassonne Airport, it is approximately 15 minutes.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • Visit to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

  • 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.

  • New rules apply when travelling to European Union countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The following are useful guidelines which will help you prepare for your next adventure. Note that these new rules do NOT apply when travelling within the United Kingdom or to the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland. You do require government issued ID when travelling by air though.


    British passport holders need to have at least six months validity left on their passport and it needs to be less than ten years old; passports which have a longer validity than ten years are not valid for travel once the tenth anniversary of issue has passed. These rules do not apply to travel to Ireland where you can continue to use your passport as long as it’s valid for the length of your stay.


    If you’re a tourist, you do not need a visa for short trips to most EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. You’ll be able to stay for up to 90 days in any rolling 180-day period. Different rules will apply to Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania; if you visit these countries, visits to other EU countries will not count towards the 90-day total. Travel to Ireland will not change and stays there will not count towards the 90-day total.

    European Travel Information & Authorisation System (ETIAS)

    Towards the end of 2022, it is likely that non EU citizens will be required to apply online for an authorisation to visit most European countries. The current details suggest there will be a charge of €7 per person and the authorisation will be valid for all trips made to the EU in a three year period from issue. We will advise you of confirmed details prior to your tour’s departure.

    Border Control

    At border control, you may need to show proof of your return journey - your travel documentation issued by us will be sufficient for this. You will also need to use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens if manual checks are required.

    Healthcare Cover

    You should always get appropriate travel insurance with healthcare cover before you go abroad which covers pre-existing conditions. You should understand the terms and conditions of your travel insurance and be happy with its cover for healthcare and travel disruption. Newmarket sell a comprehensive travel insurance policy. Ask our travel consultants for more information.

    You should also apply for a UK Global Heath Insurance Card (GHIC) which lets you get urgent state healthcare in Europe at a reduced cost or sometimes for free. Note GHIC is only valid in EU countries and not in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    Mobile Roaming

    Roaming charges have been re-introduced by some UK providers when visiting the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Prior to travel, please do check with your phone operator for the most up to date information.

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