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Bordeaux: River Garonne Cruise with Glass of Wine

1. Bordeaux: River Garonne Cruise with Glass of Wine

Discover Bordeaux from the River Garonne onboard the yacht, Le Luna. Enjoy a different perspective on the historic city with expert commentary as you sip on your choice of wine, hot drink or soft drink, and enjoy a piece of canelé cake. From the river, see some of the most famous sights of the city including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Gothic Cathedral. Admire 18th and 19th-century mansions and art museums. Learn about the rich history of the city from your expert guide as your cruise along on a vintage post-war yacht. Enjoy a glass of local wine and a small traditional cake from the region, known as a canelé.

Carcassonne: Castle and Ramparts Entry Ticket

2. Carcassonne: Castle and Ramparts Entry 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. 

From Barcelona: Guided Day Trip to Andorra and France

3. From Barcelona: Guided Day Trip to Andorra and France

Enjoy a day full of nature and culture in three different countries on this full-day trip from Barcelona to Andorra and France. Visit Ax-les-Thermes, Pas de la Casa, and Andorra la Vella, and enjoy a combination of guided visits and free time to explore at your own pace. Depart from Barcelona on a comfortable air-conditioned bus. Then, arrive at Ax-les-Thermes, a small town in the French Pyrenees known for its ski resorts and hot springs. You will have some free time to explore the town at your own pace and taste its traditional cheeses and bread. Later, you will head to the border crossing Pas de la Casa, where you will see the highest port in the Pyrenees and the Grandala winter sports station. Have the opportunity to step into another country and take magnificent pictures from a unique viewpoint. Then, continue to Andorra la Vella. Upon arrival in the capital, your guide will show you Casa de la Vall, the Sant Esteve Church, and Dali's watch, among many other landmarks. Enjoy free time on Meritxell's Avenue for food or shopping before returning to Barcelona.

Barcelona: Guided Day Trip to Andorra, France, and Spain

4. Barcelona: Guided Day Trip to Andorra, France, and Spain

Cross 3 borders in a single day on this full-day adventure that leaves from Barcelona. Step foot in Spain, France, and Andorra, and stop in charming medieval villages and beautiful natural landscapes along the way. Make an early start from Barcelona and soon be in the medieval Catalan village of Baga, surrounded by the rocky peaks of Cadi-Moixero National Park. Explore Baga’s central square and medieval church before crossing the border into France, where you will stop in the charming and beautiful ancient spa town of Ax-Les-Thermes. Your guide will recommend some of the best natural fountains to visit, and those best suitable for soaking your feet in. You'll then have free time to enjoy the healing waters, browse the local artisan shops and look out for a souvenir to remember your visit. After an hour of wandering around this typical French village, its time to choose from one of the many local restaurants for a traditional French lunch.  After lunch, you’ll take the scenic route over the Pyrenees Alps into neighboring Andorra, to the capital Andorra la Vella. We will stop at the border control in the high mountain pass, and get you that all important passport stamp. Afterwards, we will stop again for breathtaking views of the mountains, and a chance to get some unforgettable pictures. From there we will head down to the capital, where you will have a little bit of time to visit Andorra la Vella’s tax-free shops for bargain-priced wines and souvenirs. On the return drive, admire the Romanesque church of St. Climent and the stunning valley views before continuing on your way back to Barcelona, arriving in time for pre-dinner drinks and tapas or whatever else your evening holds.

Bordeaux: Guided River Cruise

5. Bordeaux: Guided River Cruise

Explore Bordeaux from a new perspective with a river cruise on the Garonne with live commentary. Sail into the heart of the French wine region and admire the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Port de la Lune. Learn about the architecture of the Middle Ages and Renaissance as you relax on board. Make your way to the pontoon close to Pont de Pierre and meet your friendly guide and group for the day. Settle down on your boat and start your cruise along the Garonne river. Listen to live commentary from your guide as you admire the beautiful buildings that line the riverbanks. Pass by the Place de la Bourse historical square, the district of Saint-Pierre, and the iconic Cite du Vin.

From Arles: Half-Day 4x4 Camargue Safari

6. From Arles: Half-Day 4x4 Camargue Safari

Discover Camargue Natural Regional Park on an exciting 4x4 excursion with an experienced guide. See native wildlife like horses, bulls, and flamingos and stop in the charming village of Saintes Maries de la Mer. Meet your guide and embark on this incredible half-day 4 x 4 tour. Located between the arms of the Rhône River, the Camargue is a wind-swept land made of salt and water. Birds have made it their safe haven and people have managed to intermingle with biodiversity in this unique place, breeding bulls and horses, as well as developing the rice culture.   Camargue manages to seduce with its breathtaking landscapes and doesn't fail to impress. This territory, where water and alluvium, ponds, marshes and land all mix, has been the base of exceptionally rich human history. Discover the ponds and marshes, home to pink flamingos and many other birds. You will be welcomed on  private land to admire the famous Camargue bulls and horses. Discover the heart of the Camargue Natural Regional Park and learn about its nature and history from your guide.

Toulouse: City Sightseeing Tour by Bus with Audio Guide

7. Toulouse: City Sightseeing Tour by Bus with Audio Guide

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.

Camargue: Half-Day 4x4 Guided Safari Adventure

8. 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. Meet at the designated meeting point in Camargue, board the 4x4, and stop at a breeding ranch to experience Camargue's animals, including its 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: Carcassonne Day Trip by Coach with Comtal Castel

9. Toulouse: Carcassonne Day Trip by Coach with Comtal Castel

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.

Pont du Gard Skip the Line Admission Ticket

10. 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. Until October 1, 2023, dive into a world where the transparent meets the tangible with the temporary exhibition Light as Space! Explore the captivating works of artist Yasuhiro Chida. Discover the fascinating world of this renowned Japanese artist, through a one-of-a-kind immersive experience. The artist has created a universe where illusion and reality merge, inviting the public to interact with his bewitching and captivating installations.

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The guide Carlos and the driver Cedric was incredible! From the care about driving safe to the explanations and kindness of Carlos, totally wonderful experience they gave to us! The place is amazing, very beautiful, and the schedule was perfect! I would highly recommend it!!! Must go! Gabriela had a tour in 29th of April

Alex - tour guider is such a professional. He enriched every beast of the tour with his vast knowledge about historical periods, geology, migrations, wars, traditions, folklore and political events which happened in the past. Strongly recommend this amazing trip with stunning views up in the mountains.

We started throwing stars and then the axe. We had an hour and when we got the scoring system going we became very competitive... we didn't graduate to knives and the proper axes but were quite happy

The river cruise was relaxing and enjoyable. We definitely recommend. Great sites, view and information from tour guide, accompanied by a drink. Great fun.

Fabulous boat ride great commentary from the host , very knowledgeable