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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. 

Le Grau-du-Roi: Seaquarium Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket

2. Le Grau-du-Roi: Seaquarium Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket

Discover the aquatic life of the Mediterranean with tickets to the Seaquarium in Le Grau-du-Roi. Benefit from skip-the-line entrance and enjoy up-close encounters with incredible underwater animals. Admire the variety of colorful fish in the tropical area. See Moray eels, scorpion fish, triggerfish, and much more. Head to the seal and sea lion enclosure and be dazzled by these playful creatures. Visit the shark center to learn about this fierce predator, and why they must be protected. Take a breath and dive beneath the waves with a virtual reality experience. This interactive visit is fun for all ages.

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

3. 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.

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.

Cité de Carcassonne: Guided Tour

5. 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.

Pont du Gard Skip the Line Admission Ticket

6. Pont du Gard Skip the Line Admission Ticket

Visit Pont du Gard, one of the world’s best-preserved examples of Roman ingenuity. Its chequered history has also inspired numerous artists. The 2,000-year-old section of the Roman aqueduct once provided water to Nîmes. The highly photographed bridge was listed by UNESCO in 1985 as a World Heritage Site. Located between Montpellier, Marseille and Avignon, this site is a real landmark of Provence and the south of France. With your ticket, gain access to the first level of the bridge, the museum and the film to discover more about the history of the Ludo area specially designed for children, the open-air walk Mémoires de Garrigue, and the temporary exhibitions. Temporary exhibition: From 2 April to 30 September 2022, let's love each other at the Pont du Gard. The traveling exhibition "De l'amour", conceived by Universcience - Palais de la découverte in Paris, allows you to discover the territories of love. Like the Pont du Gard, this exhibition is universal. Sometimes warm, sometimes intimate, the atmosphere will plunge you into the discovery of Love with a capital "L" under all its angles.

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.

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

8. 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: Full-Day Best of Provence Tour

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

Discover the breathtaking beauty of Provence during this guided full-day tour from Avignon. Enjoy the town of Fontaine de Vaucluse and stop in the lavender fields for photos. Go for a walk in St-Rémy-de-Provence and take in the views from Pont du Gard.  Be picked up from a meeting point in Avignon and board a comfortable and air-conditioned van for the scenic drive to Fontaine de Vaucluse. Take in the relaxing atmosphere in this town that is next to a spring at the foot of the Vaucluse Mountains. Admire the Provençal landscapes in of Luberon and have a chance to have a photo stop in lavender fields in summer (from June 15th to July 31st). Head over to Gordes which is listed as "one of the most beautiful villages in France." Walk in the red streets of Roussillon and marvel at panoramic views of the Alpilles in Baux-de-Provence. Take a stroll through the beautiful city of St-Rémy-de-Provence. Stop at the ancient Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard before returning to your meeting point. 

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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What people are saying about Occitanie

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4.6 / 5

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Wonderful trip through the medieval castle. There were no audio guides but the places of interest all had written text in multiple languages. Well worth the price of admission.

Such a fantastic and historically interesting experience. Great views of Carcassonne too from the ramparts. Highly recommend this and a great family day out.

Great Bertrand. Great enthusiasm, plenty of knowledge and allowed us a tour a travers les sentiers battus

Great bike ride through Toulouse enjoying all the major tourist sites.

Best tour ever with a very knowledgable and entertaining guide