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6 Days
8th June 2024
From £2195

Enjoy the glorious walled city of Carcassonne, Cruise on the Canal du Midi, and Journey on Le Train Rouge.

Price is per person sharing a double or twin room and is based on 25 passengers. Single supplement of £390 applies.



Day 01

Meet at the airport and transfer to your hotel in Carcassonne. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 02

Start the day with a guided tour to discover the wonders of this unique city. As you approach, you will be struck by the impressive walls, which stretch for over three kilometers around the city's perimeter. The Basilica of Saint-Nazaire the "Jewel of the City" (11th-14th centuries), is an example of the harmonious coexistence between the Romanesque and Gothic, and whose stained glass windows are the most beautiful in the Midi region. The Chateau Comtal (Count's Castle) is the most significant monument in Carcassonne's fortified cité. Then take a stroll along the ramparts for breathtaking views of the city and the surrounding countryside. After lunch continue to the Bastide Saint Louis, built during his reign. Enjoy some free time at the end of the day to walk through the charming streets of the citadel. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 03

An oenology experience at Chateau Caux et Sauzens, a rich and varied vineyard spread over more than 70 hectares with a cultivation respecting the natural environment. Enjoy a tasting of their wines alongside the Midi Canal. After lunch we head to Châteaux de Lastours, a vast archaeological complex with its four castles, Cabaret Tour Regine, Surdespine and Quertineux, built on top of a rocky base and its medieval village, the Castrum de Cabaret, deeply embedded in the valley. The afternoon continues at Villeneuve-Minervois, capital of the Cathare Country Truffle. A gormet moment at the Truffle Museum to taste the mythical 'Black Diamond'. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 04

Castelnaudary is the capital city of the famous cassoulet. Begin the day with a visit to Seuil de Naurouze, an iconic site on the Canal du Midi, where all the waters of the Montagne Noire come toghether and give birth to the canal. For lunch, enjoy an authentic 3 coursee cassoulet meal. Legend has it that cassoulet, so dear to Occitan cuisine, was invented in the middle of a 100-year war, during the siege of Castelnaudary by the English. After lunch we take a 2 hour cruise to enjoy the Canal du Midi, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 05

A must see for visitors to the region. The historic train ride takes you through the stunning Pyrenees mountains, offering breathtaking views of countryside and picturesque towns. The train itself is a marvel of engineering, with its bright red colour standing out against the verdant landscape. On board you are transported back in time to a bygone era of travel, complete with vintage carriages and classic steam locomotives. The train climbs steeply through the mountains, passing deep gorges, rugged peaks and cascading waterfalls. A unique and unforgettable exp[erience that offers a glimpse into the history and natural beauty of Occitanie. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 06

Transfer to the airport for your journey home. 

Your holiday includes

  • Return flights and transfers in the UK and at destination
  • 5 nights at 4* Hotel, Carcassonne - Breakfast and 5 evening meals
  • Guided tour of Carcassonne
  • Château Comtal
  • Château Caux et Sauzens with wine tasting
  • Chateâux de Lastours
  • Villeneuve-Minervois and truffle tasting
  • 3 course Cassoulet dinner at local restaurant
  • Canal du Midi Cruise
  • Le Train Rouge
  • English speaking tour guides
  • Tour Manager throughout your stay

Hotel Details

Five nights - 4* Hotel accommodation, Carcassonne 



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