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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. 

Camargue: Half-Day 4x4 Guided Safari Adventure

2. 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.

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.

Cité de Carcassonne: Guided Tour

4. 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.

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.

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.

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

7. 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.

Camargue: Guided Electric Bike Tour

8. 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 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.

From Avignon: Provence Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

10. 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.  

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What people are saying about Occitanie

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This tour was incredible and made unforgettable by our tour guide Nikola. He was so knowledgeable and very entertaining. We all learned so much and had so much fun. The stops we made along the way were beautiful as well and perfectly set up. Couldn’t of asked for a more perfect day.

My partner and I join this guided tour of Carcassonne on a week day and thoroughly enjoyed it. Our guide Natalie was very knowledgeable giving us both historical and quirky facts about this medieval village.

Guide spoke excellent English and was knowledgeable. The route we took was interesting with lots of time for photos and questions. The group we were in was small and we walked at a good speed

Mark was excellent. A very entertaining 10 hrs. Never got bored.

Very enjoyable tour. With good historical information.