Reader Holidays - Carcassonne, Avignon and Provence from Daily Echo
Departing October 2014 - October 2015
*Price shown: 19 Oct 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, cruise along the Canal du Midi, and perhaps join our optional excursion to the port-town of Collioure, on this wonderful, six-day holiday.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions
- A guided walking tour of historic, medieval Carcassonne
- A full-day visit to majestic Avignon and the stunning, Roman Pont du Gard
- A cruise along the Canal du Midi
- Five nights' bed and breakfast accommodation at the Ibis Carcassonne Est (upgrade hotels available for a supplement)
- Return flights from your local airport to Carcassonne, Toulouse or Barcelona
- Comfortable coach transfers and travel throughout
- One suitcase allowance per person
- Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
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 your welcoming hotel. Accommodation is reserved on a bed and breakfast basis, giving you the opportunity to dine out and discover some exceptional local cuisine during your stay.
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 Narbonne - once the Roman capital of all of southern Gaul - with its imposing 13th-century cathedral.
Today's included excursion takes you first 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. We then make the short journey 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.
Our last full day brings with it 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 one of the atmospheric restaurants in Carcassonne's wonderful Cite.
We leave Carcassonne, today, transferring to the airport for the flight home at the end of a wonderful holiday.
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from Toulouse Airport to your hotel is approximately 90 minutes. From Carcassonne Airport, it is approximately 15 minutes. From Barcelona Airport, the transfer time to your hotel is approximately four hours, 30 minutes.
Combining hotel transfers
We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair or electric scooter, please let us know as soon as possible so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Canal du Midi boat trip
The Canal du Midi boat trip is included for departures in 2015. For 2014 departures, it can be booked as an optional excursion.
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 (open from 8am to midday and 4-8pm).
Accommodation is 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 mall. A local bus service connects the hotel with the medieval city during the day, and in the evening the centre is a taxi ride away.Further Hotel Information
The modern Ibis Hotel is located on the outskirts of Carcassonne, in a shopping mall. A local bus service connects the hotel with the medieval city during the day, and in the evening the centre is a taxi ride away.
Facilities & Amenities
The hotel boasts an air-conditioned restaurant and a bar, and friendly, welcoming staff.
The guest rooms are cosy, 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, within walking distance of one of its ancient gates.Further Hotel Information
The Mercure is ideally situated at the foot of the medieval city, within walking distance of one of its ancient gates.
Facilities & Amenities
This hotel has a restaurant, a bar, a terrace, gardens and an outdoor swimming pool (available weather permitting).
Tastefully decorated and comfortable, the rooms have private facilities, air conditioning, safety deposit boxes, satellite TV, and tea- and coffee-making facilities.Hide Hotel Information