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Reader Holidays - Carcassonne, Avignon and Provence from Daily Echo
Departing April - October 2014
*Price shown: 06 Apr 2014 - PQO
The glorious South of France
Join us in the stunning walled fortress-town of Carcassonne - one of France's greatest medieval glories. Visit the fascinating papal city of Avignon, and the spectacular Pont du Gard, and perhaps join our optional excursions to the port-town of Collioure and cruise along the Canal du Midi, on this wonderful, six-day holiday.
What The Price Includes
- Return flights from your local airport to Toulouse or Barcelona
- Return airport-to-hotel transfers
- One suitcase allowance per person
- Five nights' bed and breakfast accommodation at the Ibis Carcassonne Est (upgrade hotels available for a supplement)
- A guided walking tour of the Medieval City of Carcassonne
- A full-day visit to Avignon and the Pont du Gard
- The services of a Newmarket Tour Manager
- Government taxes and service charges
Single rooms are available for a supplement
Exquisite Carcassonne is crowned by the fairytale turrets and battlements of the Cite, which overlooks the River Aude. Enjoy wandering the narrow streets and discovering one of the many restaurants within the walls of the extraordinary medieval fortress, beneath which the Ville Basse - or lower town - is a lively centre of activity, built alongside the river.
Fly to France or Spain, meet your Newmarket Tour Manager and transfer to Carcassonne and your welcoming hotel.
Today's included guided tour of the medieval city of Carcassonne - one of the most striking walled settlements in the whole of Europe - will introduce you to the city, after which you are free to explore at leisure. Restored in the mid-19th Century, the bastion includes the inner Chateau Comtal and the beautiful Church of St-Nazaire.
Continue your exploration, or join today's optional excursion to the exquisite port-town of Collioure. Visit the palm-fringed promenade that curves around the bay, before enjoying a visit to charming, riverside Lagrasse and a stop to view the spectacular Cathar Castle at Queribus.
Today's included excursion takes you first to the spectacular, UNESCO-listed Roman aqueduct, the Pont du Gard. Straddling the river Gard, it has three levels and is regarded as a masterpiece of Roman engineering. We then make the short journey to delightful Avignon. Don't miss the curious half-bridge of St-Benezet - the 'Pont d'Avignon' of the famous French folk song - or the Palais des Papes - the 14th-century home of popes and cardinals.
A last full day in which to explore Carcassonne affords the opportunity to cruise a section of the tree-lined Canal du Midi, part of the 240-kilometre-long waterway connecting the Atlantic with the Mediterranean. Later, enjoy your last evening - perhaps dining in Carcassonne's wonderful Cite.
We leave Carcassonne, transferring to the airport for the flight home, at the end of a wonderful holiday.
Wining and Dining
The Languedoc region is one of France's greatest fruit and vegetable-growing areas, all ripened to perfection under this wonderful sunny Mediterranean climate. Fresh fish and seafood, sourced from Sete's important fishing port are widely available, and Toulouse's famous 'confit de canard' (delicious pieces of duck preserved in duck fat) is a favourite, along with tapenade or olive paste, found on many Languedoc dining tables. The renowned truffle is also a speciality from the region's hills. Languedoc is the world's largest producing wine region and offers excellent white wine including Picpoul de Pinet, and delicious reds such as Fitou, and the locally produced Minervois.
The transfer time from Barcelona Airport to your hotel is approximately five hours, and from Toulouse Airport to your hotel is approximately 90minutes.
Day Four Excursions
The extensive programme on Day Four of your holiday will involve an early start and a late finish as we head into Provence.
Please note that, for 2013 departures, the optional excursion on Day Three will include a wine-tasting in Limoux, rather than a visit to Lagrasse.
The following hotels are offered with this holiday (subject to availability and supplementary pricing)
Cerise Residence Carcassonne
This hotel offers apartment-style accommodation. It is conveniently located and, although it does not have a lounge or a bar, it is within easy walking distance of the restaurants and bars in the medieval part of the city.Further Hotel Information »
This hotel offers apartment-style accommodation. It is conveniently located and, although it does not have a lounge or a bar, it is within easy walking distance of the restaurants and bars in the medieval part of the city.
Facilities & Amenities
This hotel boasts its own indoor swimming pool and Hamman (Turkish Bath), a lift and a reception.
Accommodation is reserved in apartments with private facilities. Each apartment has a bedroom, a living room with a sofa bed and a kitchenette.Hide Hotel Information »
Ibis Carcassonne Est
The modern Ibis Hotel is located on the outskirts of Carcassonne, in a shopping estate. A local bus service connects the hotel with the medieval city throughout the day, and in the evening the centre is a taxi ride away. Staff here are friendly and welcoming and though located away from the city centre, the Ibis offers great value for money and is a good base for the holiday.Further Hotel Information »
The modern Ibis Hotel is located on the outskirts of Carcassonne, in a shopping estate. A local bus service connects the hotel with the medieval city throughout the day, and in the evening the centre is a taxi ride away. Staff here are friendly and welcoming and though located away from the city centre, the Ibis offers great value for money and is a good base for the holiday.
Facilities & Amenities
The hotel boasts an air-conditioned restaurant and a bar, and the 'Cafe Vins et Cie'.
Guest rooms are compact and have satellite TV, private facilities and air conditioning.Hide Hotel Information »
Mercure Carcassonne Porte de la Cite
The Mercure is ideally situated at the foot of the medieval city.Further Hotel Information »
The Mercure is ideally situated at the foot of the medieval city.
Facilities & Amenities
This hotel has a restaurant, a bar, a terrace, gardens and an outdoor swimming pool (weather permitting).
Tastefully decorated and comfortable rooms have private facilities, air conditioning, safety deposit boxes, satellite TV, and tea- and coffee-making facilities.Hide Hotel Information »