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

1. 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.

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Toulouse: Old Town Self-Guided Exploration Game via App

2. Toulouse: Old Town Self-Guided Exploration Game via App

Play a city game that will take you around the old town of Toulouse while having fun exploring all of the city’s cultural highlights. Each clue will lead you from one place to another by providing you with exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. As you solve the problems and guess the answers, the secret story of each site will be unlocked. Receive all the instructions via email after booking, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure. The game will take you about 1.5 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit which will allow you to go at your own pace.

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Toulouse E-Bike Tour

3. 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!

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Toulouse City Card

4. Toulouse City Card

Enjoy free entry to museums and monuments in Toulouse city center, and benefit from a host of other offers by participating partners with a Toulouse City Card. Get around and about stress-free with complimentary travel on the local public transport network, including the metro, trams, bus network and airport shuttle bus. Benefit from additional discounts at many of the city's top tourist sites and in a number of shops. Cruise along the Garonne River or the Canal du Midi with Bateaux Toulousains, or get a different perspective from the Tourist Train. The personalised card is available for 24, 48 or 72-hour periods and must be validated prior to accessing the platform when using the metro and every time you board a tram, bus or the airport shuttle bus. Present it upon entry at all partner sites to take advantage of the included offer. Toulouse City Card Partners Museums: • Toulouse Museum and gardens - Free • Musée des Abattoirs - Free • Musée des Augustins - Free • Musée Saint-Raymond - Free • Musée Paul-Dupuy - Free • Musée Georges-Labit - Free • Musée du Vieux-Toulouse - Free • Fondation Bemberg - Free • Le Château d'Eau - Free • Muséum du Pastel (Terre de Pastel) - Free • Quai des Savoirs - Free • MATOU - Free • Musée des Augustins (closed until spring 2020) - Free Monuments and Heritage Sites: • Couvent des Jacobins - Free • Amphithéâtre Romain de Purpan - Free • Ancienne Eglise Saint-Pierre-des-Cuisines - Free • Déambulatoire et Crypte de Saint-Sernin - Free Industrial, Aeronautical and Spatial Sightseeing: • Cité de l'Espace - 15% discount • Let's Visit Airbus Aéroscopia museum - 10% discount (booking required) • Industrial, Aeronautical and Spatial Sightseeing: La Halle de la Machine : -1€ discount • Industrial, Aeronautical and Spatial Sightseeing: L'Envol des Pionniers : -1€ discount Tours and Cruises: • Tourist Office guided tours: 1 free walking tour • Tourist Trains - 20% discount • Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour - 20% discount • Cruises on the Garona River or Canal du Midi with Les Bateaux Toulousains - 20% discount • Boat Restaurant - €10 discount on O Toulouse Menu; €5 discount on Menu Occitania • Excursions in the region with City Tour Sud Ouest - €3 discount • Segway Toulouse or Loisirs Mobilboard - 10% discount Shows and Leisure Activities: • N5 Wine Bar - 10% discount (minimum €20 charge on your card) • Zoo African Safari - €3 off full price • National Theater of Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées (TNT) - €6 off full price • Cinémathèque de Toulouse - €1 off full price • Toulouse Olympique XIII - buy one, get one free • Stade Toulousain - 15% off normal adult rate • Calicéo Toulouse - 2 hours for €2 or a full day for €5 less Shopping: • Tourism Office and museum boutiques - 15% discount • Terre de Pastel - 10% discount • Maison de la Violette - 10% discount (excluding tea products) • Graines de Pastel - 10% discount • Violettes et Pastels - 10% discount on the Violet and Pastel ranges • Les Trésors de la Violette - 10% discount on the Violet range • Toulouse Olympique XIII - 10% discount at the Arnauné shop Practical Services: • Banque Travelex - 3% on rates Transport: • Free travel on the buses • Free travel on the metro • Free travel on the trams • Free airport shuttle

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Welcome to Toulouse: Private Walking Tour with a Local

5. Welcome to Toulouse: Private Walking Tour with a Local

Transform the way you travel and make it as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Get a welcome to Toulouse from a local host eager to share all the tips and tricks to help you make the most of your stay. Meet at your hotel or accommodation and get familiar with your local neighborhood. Learn about the best places to eat, buy groceries and the easiest ways to get around. Alternatively, arrange to meet at a central landmark or intersection to start your walking tour. Hear about the top things to do, customized to your interests. By the end, you will feel more comfortable navigating the city with all the information you need.

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Toulouse: Carcassonne Day Trip

6. Toulouse: Carcassonne Day Trip

If you're staying in Toulouse and want to discover the Cité de Carcassonne, the Comtal Castle, the Saint Nazaire Basilica and more historical highlights, this is the perfect day tour for you. Located 1 hour from Toulouse, Carcassonne is one of the 25 great sites of Midi-Pyrénées. In Cathar country and at the heart of the fortified city, you can discover the Château of the Counts of Carcassonne and the Remparts, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will departure from Toulouse at 9:30AM (check-in is at 9:15AM), with a planned arrival in Carcassonne at 10:30AM.  Following your day of discovery, you will depart from Carcassonne at 4:30PM, with a planned return to Toulouse at 5:30PM.

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Bordeaux to Dordogne: Castles & Villages Private Tour

7. Bordeaux to Dordogne: Castles & Villages Private Tour

Enjoy a private full-day tour of Dordogne and discover the history of the King’s Musketeers, learn about Eleanor of Aquitaine, and visit prehistoric cave paintings. After the pick-up from your hotel in Bordeaux, Sarlat, Limoges, Toulouse, Agen Bergerac, or elsewhere nearby, you will head off on an exciting day filled with history, magnificent panoramic vistas, the finest gastronomy, and wine tasting. Whatever you desire can be incorporated into this private tailor-made tour. One of the places you can visit on this tour is Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, a lovely town which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site partly because of its proximity to the famous Lascaux Caverns and partly because of the newer site of Grottes de Cougnac. Here you can visit the caves and see the original art. Les Eyzies is also home to the National Prehistoric Museum. You also have the option of visiting Sarlat-la-Canéda, one of the most attractive and alluring medieval towns in south-western France. The town was developed around a large Benedictine abbey of Carolingian origin. Its town center of impeccably restored stone buildings – now a pedestrian zone – is perhaps the most representative of 14th century France. Discover another UNESCO World Heritage Site – Château de Rocamadour – perched up high on the side of a gorge of one of the Dordogne River’s tributaries, famous for its sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. You can also explore the Château de Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, with magnificent views over the landscape. Among other castles you can visit is the Château de Beynac, one of the best preserved and best known castles in the Dordogne region. Its austere appearance perched on top of a limestone cliff, dominating the town on the north bank of the Dordogne River over the sheer cliff face. It boasts double crenelated walls, double barbican, and double moats, one of which was a deepened natural ravine. Another castle to visit is the Château des Milandes, once the home of the Josephine Baker, an American dancer, singer, and actress who found fame in her adopted homeland of France. Josephine Baker and her husband renovated this beautiful castle, installing central heating, electricity, and running water. They lived here with 12 adopted children from 9 different nationalities to create what they tenderly call the “World Village”. You can also explore Domme, another typically charming Bastide village built on the cliffs overhanging the Dordogne River. It was here that many of the Kinghts Templar were imprisoned and you can still see some of their graffiti on the tower gates. Another option on this tour is to visit the Jardins de Marqueyssac, an amazing garden filled with topiary creation and a picturesque promenade with panoramic views over the Dordogne River. Visit the Eyrignac gardens, the French garden inspired by the 18th century Italian design. They were entirely modified into an English romantic garden in the 19th century. On this private tour you also have the possibility of visiting Chateau de Commarque, Chateau de Jumilhac, Monpazier, Puymartin, Eyrignac, Monbazillac, La Roque Gageac, Montfort, and Salignac.

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Toulouse: Private Guided Walking Tour

8. Toulouse: Private Guided Walking Tour

Explore the history and modern development of the "Rose City" with an expert local guide. Learn more about Occitan culture as you stroll through the city. Walk through the Old Town and see sights such as historic Capitoline Square, Hotel d'Assezat, Victor Hugo Market, and Rue Saint Rome. Marvel at the neo-Classical architecture of the Basilica of Our Lady of the Daurade, located in the Old Town. Just outside this district, admire the Basilica of Saint Sernin. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is notable for its well-preserved Romanesque architecture.

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Excursion Albi Cathédrale Sainte Cécile and Cordes Sur Ciel

9. 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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From Toulouse: Peche Merle and Saint Cirq LaPopie Day Trip

10. From Toulouse: Peche Merle and Saint Cirq LaPopie Day Trip

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Saint Cirq LaPopie region in the company of an American driver/guide. After getting picked up from your hotel in Toulouse, head to Peche Merle, admiring the scenery of the Occitania region along the way. At the cave, admire prehistoric paintings such as that of the Spotted Horses, which is over 29,000 years old. Afterward, head to the beautiful village of St. Cirq-LaPopie which is perched on a cliff overlooking the colorful Lot river valley with magnificent panoramic views. Enjoy a stroll through this medieval village and see for yourself why it was elected the French favorite village in 2012.  On the way back to Toulouse, stop to admire an impressive 14th-century fortified bridge in Cahors. This tour is customizable and can be altered according to your personal wishes. 

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What people are saying about Toulouse

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 451 reviews

The E-Bike Tour is just the right way to get an overview about inner city Toulouse. John gave just the right dosage of history and details on how Toulouse has developed. And since he has been living in many different cities it is fun to benefit from his wide experience. I recommend to start with the tour and continue on foot afterwards if you have not been to Toulouse before. Enjoy.

An original way to discover the city and look up to its treasures that we might not see otherwise. Be careful, the puzzles are sometimes a little complicated ... But that adds spice to the walk

Would recommend this experience 100% Everything was professional and great value for money you pay. The audio worked very well and the driver was really good.

Comprehensive bus tour of the main attractions in Toulouse. The English audio commentary was very good, spoken by an English girl who lives in the city.

The seating was comfortable. There were options for different languages with the headsets. The information was great and the views were fantastic!