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Toulouse: Albi Cathédrale St Cécile, Cordes, & Ciel Day Trip

1. Toulouse: Albi Cathédrale St Cécile, Cordes, & Ciel Day Trip

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.

Car rental : Toulouse center, airport and train station:

2. Car rental : Toulouse center, airport and train station:

Access our wide range of vehicles (city cars, family cars, vans, automatic cars, manual cars, ...) and choose the vehicle that suits you best. We'll then arrange for the vehicle to be delivered to the airport, train station or directly to your home. Make the most of your trip in our comfortable vehicles by taking our recommended itineraries to memorable places: - Chateau de Carcassonne (1 hour 11 minutes) - Mediterranean Sea (1 hour 37 minutes) - Atlantic Ocean (1 hour 50 minutes) - Pyrenees (1 hour 30 minutes) - Aveyron Gorges (1 hour) - Albi (1 hour) - Rocamadour (2 hours) - Andorra (2 hours 30 minutes) Price includes one-day vehicle rental (morning to evening or 24 hours) To reserve a vehicle for several days, please contact the FlexiRent agency directly. All-risk insurance and 250 kilometers per day are included, so you can explore the region at your leisure. Child seats are also available.

Immerse yourself in the time of the cathedrals in Albi

3. Immerse yourself in the time of the cathedrals in Albi

Join a unique guided tour of Albi where you will be transported back to the 14th century by your guide, portraying Perette, a local woman in period costume. Through her eyes, you will experience the city's transformation as it bolstered the power of Albi's bishop and discover the everyday life of its inhabitants. Follow Perette, born in Albi in 1360, through the world of craftspeople. An expert in navigating the city's labyrinthine streets, she witnessed the tumultuous events of her time: the devastating plague of 1375, mercenary invasions, the endless conflict with the English. She also saw Albi Cathedral rise, a testament to the Catholic triumph over Catharism. Begin your journey at the tourist office. From there, you'll explore the city's landmark sites, including the exterior of Albi Cathedral, the courtyard of the Episcopal Palace, the Combes district, and the St Salvi cloister. Throughout the tour, Perette will share fascinating anecdotes about her life and that of the 14th-century city-dwellers. This immersive tour is perfect for small groups, whether you're on your own, with family, or with friends. Whether you're visiting Albi or a local curious about the history of your city, don't miss this unique opportunity to time-travel with Perette!

Albi: Private Guided Walking Tour

4. Albi: Private Guided Walking Tour

Explore France’s so-called Red City with the help of a local guide on this private walking excursion through Albi. You’ll learn about its medieval history while marveling at architectural feats such as the Berbie Palace and Sainte-Cécile Cathedral.  Start your tour at the Place Sainte-Cécile, and learn about the history of the breathtaking Cathedral of Sainte-Cécile, around which the whole town was constructed in medieval times.  Then, discover the Palais de la Berbie (Berbie Palace), one of the oldest castles in France. With a history dating back to the 13th century, the palatial complex tells a rich history of Albi’s royal past, and is now the site of the Toulouse-Lautrec museum. From the vantage point of Albi’s famous Pont Vieux (Old Bridge), you’ll have an unbeatable panorama of one of the most beautiful towns in Southern France, and unobstructed views of the surrounding River Tarn. Along the way on your tour you’ll be guided through Albi’s key sites and most picturesque streets, admiring the charming cobbled walkways and embellished houses. Your guide will provide you with a local’s knowledge of the area and teach you about the history of the town dating back to the Bronze Ages.

Stroll with Madame de Lapérouse in 18th-Century Albi

5. Stroll with Madame de Lapérouse in 18th-Century Albi

Madame de Lapérouse, born Eléonore Broudou in the 1750s, will accompany you through the historic city of Albi. As the wife of the famous Albigeois navigator Jean-François de Galaup, she lived in Albi during the reign of Louis XVI and witnessed historical moments such as the destruction of the city walls and the activity of the city's port. She will share with you not only the history of the city but also the gossip about the prominent families of the time. Your journey will begin in front of the tourist office. You will then explore major historical sites such as Place du Vigan, the surroundings of the house of Lapérouse, and the gardens of Berbie. Throughout this walk, Madame de Lapérouse will enlighten you with captivating anecdotes about life in 18th-century Albi. Whether it's a solo visit, a family outing, or a trip with friends, this theatrical experience in historical outfits will provide you with an unparalleled immersion into the 18th century. Don't miss this unique opportunity to discover Albi through the eyes of Madame de Lapérouse!

Toulouse to Carcassonne & Albi: Private Sightseeing Tour

6. Toulouse to Carcassonne & Albi: Private Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the best of the Carcassonne region. After getting picked up from your hotel in Toulouse, enjoy a scenic 45-minute drive to the medieval fortified city of Carcassone. Here, stroll around the city's cobblestone streets and centuries-old buildings. Learn more about its history, and how the city was once a stronghold of the Cathars. You will have 2 hours of free time in Carcassonne, during which you can visit the museum where you will be transported to an era of Crusaders, Pilgrims, and Templar knights. Afterward, continue to Lastours. Here, enjoy a walk to the Belvedere Montfermier, where you can admire panoramic views of the surrounding area and its many castles. Finish your tour in Albi, aka the Red City. Here, pay a visit to the imposing Saint-Cécile Cathedral and the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum, where you can admire works by local painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. At the end of your tour, get dropped off back at your hotel in Toulouse.

Duo flight

7. Duo flight

Begin an extraordinary adventure by soaring through the skies in a hot air balloon, floating over the scenic landscapes of Albi. The excitement starts the instant you reach the launch area, greeted by the fascinating process of the Inflating a hot-air balloon. Marvel as the balloon's fabric stretches and ascends into the heavens, marking the commencement of your journey above. As you board this magnificent aircraft, prepare to be whisked away for an hour-long flight at an altitude of 2000 feet. The serene silence of the open air will envelop you, allowing your imagination to soar as you gaze upon the Tarn's rich heritage and stunning landscapes below. This peaceful journey offers a unique perspective on the area, blending adventure with tranquility. Additionally, the experience reaches a fulfilling conclusion. Upon landing, you will receive a certificate of ascent, and there will be an opportunity to enjoy a snack with the team, perfectly concluding the adventure. Afterwards, we will ensure your return to the meeting point.

The Episcopal City of Albi

8. The Episcopal City of Albi

Let yourself be guided, from the gardens of the Palais de la Berbie, the former bishop's palace overlooking the Tarn and the Pont-vieux, to the Saint-Salvi cloister, passing through the medieval districts of Castelviel, the original district and the Castelnau, new district of the 13th. You won't see the time passing! The ideal visit with family or friends to immerse yourself in the medieval era of the 13th century and discover the jewel of this heritage listed by Unesco in 2010.



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