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Carcassonne and Cathar Castles of France

4.3 stars(27 reviews)

A beautiful and captivating region of France

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2022 Tour code: CAB22

About the tour

From timeless vineyards and sun-drenched hills to imposing Cathar castles and historic abbeys, this holiday showcases the very best of the Languedoc region. We explore the walled Cité of Carcassonne and discover the famous flavours of historic Narbonne, fully immersing ourselves in the French way of life.


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Hotel Du Roi & Spa by Sowell

Hotel Du Roi & Spa by Sowell, Carcassonne

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4.3 stars4.3 / 5 · 27 reviews

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5 stars

Submitted 30/Sep

This holiday is way up there besides other favourite holidays with GRJ. COVID requirements in France did not affect the enjoyment of the holiday, in fact they made it feel a safer place to be. Firstly the Hotel du Roi lived up to everything you would expect from a 5* Hotel; high quality rooms, facilities, food and attentive staff. I even had a glass of champagne (included in the breakfast buffet) watching the sun rise over the Cite on the morning of departure! There was a good balance between planned trips and free time. The planned activities were most enjoyable and informative about local history. Our day in Narbonne coincided with the National Patrimoine Day (Heritage Day) when as well as the entrance fee to Museums & other Historic places being free, there were exhibitions & celebrations take place in the streets. It was so interesting & enjoyable. Another highlight for me was the visit to Mirepoix on market day followed by a coach drive through the French countryside. Carcassonne itself is a very interesting place to stay. The hotel was well placed by the river for both the Cite and the town in the other direction. Plenty to do all around. I took myself off for a boat ride along the Canal du Midi which I thoroughly enjoyed. Finally a word to solo travellers who might be considering a holiday with Great Rail Journeys. This was my 6th holiday with them since I was widowed and I intend to do many more. As a lone traveller you feel safe with them. Any problems, should they arise, are not your problem but expertly resolved by the Tour Manager. Fellow travellers have always been very inclusive and I have never felt left out, in fact far from it.

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Edward Wallis

5 stars

Submitted 29/Sep

The holiday was excellent, the area of France is very lovely to visit. Only slight concern was the lack of correct and accurate information regarding the Covid certification paperwork and issues over luggage transfers but this is an issue with suppliers not GRJ. Excellent Tour Manager, very knowledgeable! ????

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Margaret Norris

4 stars

Submitted 29/Sep

A good hol. Where is the case?

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Mr H Knowles

4 stars

Submitted 12 Jul 2019

The tour manager was very good particularly when we encounted major problems at the Gare du Nord on the return journey. The trip down the Canal du Midi was boring but all the other organised trips were good. The hotel at Carcassonne was of a good standard

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Mr L Mead

5 stars

Submitted 14 Oct 2018

Excellent itinerary, fantastic hotel, first rate tour manager and great weather!

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Mr G MB Brady

3 stars

Submitted 06 Oct 2018

Hotel good, visit to market waste of time but more importantly party size - 40- far too large!

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Carcassonne and Cathar Castles of France

A beautiful and captivating region of France


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