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A beautiful and captivating region of France

7 days From £1,695 per person
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Book your 2021 holiday before 18th December and you can transfer your holiday for free - no questions asked. T&C's apply

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2021 Tour code: CAB21

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, visit the historic city of Narbonne and immerse ourselves in the French way of life.

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Itinerary

Days 1-2 - London and Carcassonne

We meet at London St Pancras and board the Eurostar for Paris. We continue to Toulouse where we board a coach to Carcassonne. Our hotel here is the 5-Star DoubleTree by Hilton, where we stay in deluxe rooms overlooking the medieval city.

On Day 2, we explore on a guided tour. UNESCO-listed Carcassonne is renowned for its city walls, defensive towers, and drawbridges - all original features. Accessed by an ancient bridge which crosses the former moat, the Cité encapsulates romantic medieval France and our tour includes entrance to Château Comtal. The rest of your day is free.

Includes
  • Day 1 - Eurostar meal, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast
Carcasonne
Day 3 - Narbonne

Today takes us to Narbonne, watched over by its wonderfully dramatic Gothic cathedral. We set out on a guided walking tour of the Robine Canal, lined with pretty promenades, and an exposed section of the Via Domitia Roman Road, in the town square. Next, we see the grand courtyards of the Archbishop's Palace before moving on to Les Halles market. Built in 1091, this indoor food market is a feast for the senses. Enjoy time to relax in one of the market's fantastic wine bars and get a taste for the region's excellent cheeses and meats with an authentic charcuterie board. Tonight, we enjoy a traditional cassoulet dinner, made with pork and duck and cooked with haricots beans.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Narbonne
Day 4 - Châteaux de Lastours

We explore the historic Châteaux de Lastours area today. Set in the heart of the Cathar countryside, this is a region famous for its sun-drenched vineyards, tranquil villages, and scattered Roman ruins and medieval castles. Home to a collection of four former Cathar fortresses - historic castles once a place of refuge for the Cathars during the 13th century - we visit Belvedere Point, where we have some free time to soak up the views over Châteaux des Lastours before exploring the châteaux themselves. Walk amongst the rugged landscape, admiring the magnificent castles perched atop, and built into, the surrounding hills. We continue to a local restaurant for lunch, accompanied by local wine, before transferring back to Carcassonne.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Châteaux de Lastours
Days 5-6 - Mirepoix and Château de Pennautier

This morning we travel by coach to Mirepoix for the town's weekly market. Located in the medieval square, there's time to sample fresh, local produce as well as home-made crafts and wine. Returning to the hotel, we take a scenic drive through the French countryside, travelling through charming villages, passing ruined castles and verdant woodland.

On Day 6, enjoy a free day to relax in Carcassonne ahead of a wine tasting and a farewell meal in the grounds of Château de Pennautier this evening. Our delicious dinner is accompanied by wines produced in the castle's own vineyards.

Includes
  • Day 5 - Breakfast
  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
Market Stall
Day 7 - Homeward bound

Checking out after breakfast this morning, we take the coach to Toulouse, continuing by rail to Paris for the Eurostar to London St Pancras.

Includes
  • Breakfast
  • Eurostar Meal
Eurostar

Additional information

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotel

DoubleTree by Hilton

DoubleTree by Hilton, Carcassonne

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Trains

Eurostar
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88% of travellers would recommend this tour

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Submitted 19/07/2019

The holiday was excellent, but although the time allowed for crossing Paris on the way back seemed adequate, it was rush hour and we missed the Eurostar we were booked on. For the sake of those who were not staying over night in London we accepted standard class on the next train, but of course this meant we had to pay for our (not too brilliant) food and drink. Also we were scattered all over the train, though at least some of us were able to sit with our partners, due to the kindness of strangers who were willing to swap. Gare du Nord was chaotic. They belatedly tried to give precedence to those on earlier trains, but by then it was too late. Our failure to cross Paris in good time was in spite of the authorities restricting traffic due to the immense heat. I know that one does not want to spend longer than necessary at Gare du Nord, but the stress caused by the shortage of time coupled with the fact that we missed the train was much worse.

Mr H Knowles

Submitted 12/07/2019

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

Anonymous

Submitted 25/10/2018

A thoroughly enjoyable holiday - well organised, beautiful location and a stunning hotel

Mr L Mead

Submitted 14/10/2018

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

Anonymous

Submitted 12/10/2018

Everything from the weather, hotel, location and travel was 5 star from start to finish.

Mrs P Barrett

Submitted 30/09/2018

I had an excellent experience.

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