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Carcassonne: Castle and Ramparts Skip-the-Line Ticket

1. Carcassonne: Castle and Ramparts Skip-the-Line Ticket

Carcassonne was settled as early as the 6th century BC and later became an important Roman town. It was fortified in the 4th century and was a strategic site in the Middle Ages. It took on its definitive shape in the 13th century with the king’s decision to construct the distinctive double-walled ramparts and extend the castle. The city was restored by Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century and is a testimony to 1,000 years of military architecture and 2,500 years of history. Left in ruins after the the Cathar Crusade (1209-1229), the Inquisition and exile of the Trencavel family, Eugène Viollet-le-Duc was commissioned by the French state in 1844 to restore the city of Cathar. Completed in 1911 under the direction of his pupil Paul Boeswillwald, the royal city was returned to its original splendor, finally being inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 1997. In a new, self-guided addition to this tour, guests are invited to see the magnificent views from the medieval western ramparts. 

Toulouse: 70-Minute City Tour by Open-Top Minibus

2. Toulouse: 70-Minute City Tour by Open-Top Minibus

Experience a new way to see Toulouse aboard a convenient, open-topped minibus. See the city's most famous attractions and historic monuments from a different perspective. Pass the landmark attractions of the “Ville Rose” and hear anecdotes about the city from the audio guide (available in French, English, Spanish, Italian, German, Russian, Chinese and Japanese). Journey through the old town and admire the main churches of the Cathédrale Saint-Étienne de Toulouse (Toulouse Cathedral) and Basilica of Saint-Sernin. Pass the Renaissance façade of the Hôtel d'Assézat, where the art gallery of the Bemberg Foundation contains a stunning collection of 19th and 20th-century French paintings. Go to the banks of the River Garonne and Canal du Midi to discover a link between the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. Along the way, marvel at the typical pink terracotta bricks of much of the city.

Cité de Carcassonne: Guided Tour

3. Cité de Carcassonne: Guided Tour

Come along on this guided tour and learn all about the history of this fascinating city.  Enter through the main entrance, known as Porte Narbonnaise, to the medieval city. Learn about the fortifications built by the Romans. Cross the main street, Rue Cross Mayrevieille to the castle. Discover the museum inside the castle and develop a better understanding of the Trencavel family that defended the Cathars during the Albigensian Crusade.  Walk along the top of the wall, crossing both medieval and Roman towers as you head towards the church. Hear an explanation about the architecture of the gothic church and see the beautiful stained glass windows, built between the 13th to 16th centuries. Walkthrough the streets of the ancient religious quarter and learn about the inquisition in Carcassonne and Toulouse. The tour will conclude next to the Castle where you'll hear about the restoration work that happened in the 19th century.

Camargue: Half-Day 4x4 Guided Safari Adventure

4. Camargue: Half-Day 4x4 Guided Safari Adventure

Explore Camargue, France, on a guided safari adventure tour aboard a 4x4 with an open roof view. Visit authentic landscapes including the rice fields and ponds of a local marsh. See Camargue horses and bulls and marvel at the flight of flamingos. Plus, taste local foods and wines. Get picked up from your accommodation before starting your adventure. Board the 4x4 and stop at a breeding ranch to experience Camargue's animals. See the Camargue horses and bulls. Then, explore the middle of the marsh of the old Vistres. Travel through the rice fields and along the ponds and canals. Get a chance to see flamingos and other wildlife. Then, transport to another time while stopping at the heart of the medieval city of Aigues-Mortes. During the tour, enjoy a gourmet break at the Mas du Notaire, where the tour turns from sight to taste. Take part in a wine tasting and enjoy local foods and drinks (PDO bull saucisson, fougasses, fruit juices, etc.). End the tour on a full stomach as you're dropped off back at your accommodation.

From Montpellier: Wine & Food Trip to Pic Saint-Loup

5. From Montpellier: Wine & Food Trip to Pic Saint-Loup

This is a picturesque getaway away allowing you to explore the delightful countryside outside of Montpelier on a half or day tour. You will be picked up at your hotel or accommodation for a commented road trip. The destination is Pic Saint Loup, a Montpellier highlight, and a commune of the Coteaux du Languedoc, some 20 km inland from the city. Discover a terroir, visit two wineries, meet the winemaker, and taste the wine. You will drive to a quaint and relaxed medieval village. Thereafter, on the way to the family house, you will be served a table meal with produce from the nearby farm, prepared by the mother of the tour guide - an expert cook.

From Avignon: Provence Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

6. From Avignon: Provence Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy a scenic tour of Provence and see some of its most beautiful sites in one day. The 10-hour tour takes in the well-preserved Roman aqueduct of Le Pont du Gard, built in the 1st century BC as part of the Nîmes aqueduct from Uzès to Nemausus (now Nîmes). Drive to the rocky outcrop of Les Baux de Provence in the Alpilles mountains. Stroll the historic center to see a beautiful 16th-century house and Romanesque buildings. Continue to Saint Rémy de Provence to explore the remains of the Roman city of Glanum, including a triumphal arch set in an olive grove that inspired Van Gogh. After some free time for lunch, you will visit Roussillon, famous for its red and yellow ochre cliffs. Enjoy panoramic views of Gordes, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful villages in France. Drive to Fontaine de Vaucluse, walk up to the cave from which the River Sorgues emerges. This impressive resurgence spring hasn't revealed its secrets yet and many speleologists have searched in vain the exact depth of the well. On Sundays only, enjoy L’Isle sur la Sorgue, a village famous for antique shops and the weekly open air market which is one of the most colorful and typical in the Provence.  

Camargue: Guided Electric Bike Tour

7. Camargue: Guided Electric Bike Tour

Explore Camargue, France, on this guided electric bike tour. Immerse yourself in the heart of authentic landscapes and make unexpected discoveries. Marvel at local landscapes, see Camargue horses and bulls, and enjoy local foods and wines. See Camargue animals while visiting a breeding ranch. Watch the herds of Camargue horses and bulls. Later, get a chance to see pink flamingos and other wildlife along the tour route. Afterwards, enjoy a gourmet break at the Mas du Notaire, where the tour turns from sight to taste. Take part in a wine tasting and enjoy local foods and drinks (PDO bull saucisson, fougasses, fruit juices, etc.). End the tour with a full stomach.

Toulouse E-Bike Tour

8. Toulouse E-Bike Tour

Discover Toulouse and its highlights with your Ebike! Guided by a professional cycling monitor, you'll love the experience. Once you've tried one of these Ebikes, you'll be fond of it. The best of Toulouse is to see with our special E-Bike Tour. Toulouse is like a big village, the historical center is still living at medieval time, and it's really pleasant to ride along narrow street full of surprises with an E-bike. Once you'll be given your E-Bike, you'll receive some tips from your Monitor. Then you'll be able to hit the pink city in small group (8 people Max). The tour starts in the city center and you'll be able to see all the highlight during this very special trip.  Riding an E-Bike is simple and it's a lot of fun. Want to disconnect from your routine? Let the electric bike assistance guide you and enjoy the experience!

From Avignon: Full-Day Best of Provence Tour

9. From Avignon: Full-Day Best of Provence Tour

Visit the best sights in Provence during this full-day tour from Avignon. Your driver-guide, a specialist of Provence, will accompany you throughout the day.  Start in the beautiful villages of the Luberon and the famous Fontaine de Vaucluse. Admire the provençal landscape in the Luberon and have a chance to have a photo stop in lavender fields in summer (from June 15th to July 31st). Then, head over to Gordes listed as "one of the most beautiful villages in France". Walk in the red streets of Roussillon and discover the ochre lands. After this, enjoy the panoramic views of the Alpilles in Baux-de-Provence and take a stroll through the beautiful city of St-Rémy-de-Provence. Finish your amazing day at the majestic Pont du Gard.

Excursion Albi Cathédrale Sainte Cécile and Cordes Sur Ciel

10. Excursion Albi Cathédrale Sainte Cécile and Cordes Sur Ciel

Set out from Toulouse to discover Albi, the Sainte Cécile Cathedral, and the Toulouse Lautrec Museum or the medieval city of Cordes sur Ciel with round trip bus transportation. In Albi you can admire the many architectural gems, including the Sainte Cécile Cathedral. Visit the Toulouse Lautrec Museum, located in the Palace of Bishops. Near to Albi, you can also explore the enchanting city of Cordes-sur-Ciel. Its Gothic architecture holds the secrets to many legends. During your free time here, you can stroll through the cobbled streets of the city. Return transport is included in the tour package, but once in the cities you will be free to explore at your own pace without a guide. The tour departs Toulouse at 9:30am and returns back around 6:30pm.

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This was the first wine guide/tasting I ever had in France. It was the best experience I have ever had! The guide, JP, was brilliant. His English was outstanding, very knowledgeable about wines and what comes with it (the process, types, etc.), and passionate which made the experience more exciting. In this tour you walk through gardens, vineyard, learn the history of the properties, taste 10 wines or so (5 from each vineyard), visit the vats and barrels, and are given plenty of time to ask all the questions you'd! Highly, highly recommend! Was a wonderful day!

Bertrand was terrific! Lots of good information about Languedoc and Pic St Loup wines in particular. He was precisely on time, meeting point was easy to find, and we had a great time with the other people on the tour. Dinner was fantastic and the wine was superb. I would highly recommend this tour!

Very long 4x4 ride with Dorothée, who made us discover magnificent places by explaining to us all the history of the Camargue. A very nice tasting, visit to a herd, in short, an activity to recommend.

Maxime was fabulous. Very professional and easy to work with. Very considerate and knowledgeable. We had a great time.

Very informative guide and was great to learn of the history.