Things to do in Midi-Pyrénées

Our most recommended things to do in Midi-Pyrénées

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.

Bordeaux: Guided Cruise on the Garonne River

2. Bordeaux: Guided Cruise on the Garonne River

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.

Toulouse City Card

3. 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

Toulouse: Carcassonne Day Trip

4. 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.

Excursion Albi Cathédrale Sainte Cécile and Cordes Sur Ciel

5. 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.

From San Sebastian: Lourdes Private Full-Day Tour

6. From San Sebastian: Lourdes Private Full-Day Tour

Departing from Donostia-San Sebastian, you'll visit the Sanctuary of Lourdes in France. You'll have time for the principal mass in the basilica, time to pray, go to see the cave, get some water, walk around the sanctuary and visit Bernadette's house. It will be an exclusive and complete private guided tour and you will be the only people on the tour. Thr driving time is roughly 2 hours in each drection and you'll have around 4.5 hours to spend exploring Lourdes. Departure times can be arranged and adjusted as you wish due to this being a private tour.

Toulouse: Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Audio Tour

7. Toulouse: Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Audio Tour

Get to know Toulouse at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts. Visit the important Basilique Saint-Sernin and Couvent des Jacobins, walk through Grand Rond and admire Saint Stephen’s Cathedral. After downloading the scavenger hunt tour on your mobile device (via a link and login credentials received upon booking), use the mobile app and integrated maps to reach 10 of Toulouse’s most important attractions on foot. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the tour. As you walk through the city, enjoy the flexibility to pause your game at any time to take a break, snap the perfect photos, stop for lunch, or visit a museum. Choose to continue the tour later or save the rest for another day. Start your tour at the much-photographed Basilique Saint-Sernin de Toulouse. Visit the architecturally exemplary church of Notre Dame du Taur, while the Place du Capitole will give you a taste of downtown life. Take a photo at the Pont Neuf Toulouse, which will amaze you with its view, and indulge in the beauty of the exhibits of the Musée des Augustins. Visit the incomparably beautiful Cathédrale Saint Etienne. Pass through a Grand Rond with a unique experience of relaxation in the chaos of the city. Admire the famous University of Toulouse and marvel at Saint-Exupère with its rich exterior and interior.

Bordeaux: Wine and Trade Museum Entry Ticket & Wine Tasting

8. Bordeaux: Wine and Trade Museum Entry Ticket & Wine Tasting

Pre-book your entry ticket to Bordeaux’s Wine and Trade Museum and enjoy the added perks of a presentation of the vineyard and a wine tasting of two wines paired with local snacks. Receive a paper guidebook for your self-guided exploration of the cellars. The Bordeaux Wine and Trade Museum pays tribute to the great wine merchants and the rich winemaking history of Bordeaux. Set in the building of Louis XV's royal broker, you’ll discover three centuries of the history and fame of Bordeaux’s great wines. The vaulted cellars, built around 1720, retrace the work of the coopers and the maturing of wine in barrels in the tradition of the wine merchants of the 19th century. With an included paper guide, you’ll get to go on a self-guided walk through two cellars. At the end of your visit, you can attend a presentation on the Bordeaux vineyards and learn about the notions of grape varieties, appellations d'origine contrôlée, terroir, and more. Alongside your commented wine tasting with in-house selected local wines, you can taste raisins dorés (coated raisins) and canelés de Bordeaux (small French pastry flavored with rum). Before the end of your visit, you can savor more of the wines in the wine cellar (costs not included).

Languedoc: Tour and Tasting at Domaine de Baronarques

9. Languedoc: Tour and Tasting at Domaine de Baronarques

Dive into centuries of winemaking tradition with a tour of the Domaine de Baronaques. Acquired by Baroness Philippine de Rothschild and her 2 sons in 1998, the vineyard has been in existence since the 17th century, when it was under the possession of the Abbey de Saint-Polycarpe. Across over 270 acres of lush vineyards, experience the raw materials that coalesce to form a wine celebrated across the globe. After arrival at the vineyard, you'll tour the vat-house and barrel-room where wines are fermented and aged, and see the 19th-century French Château, nestled into a tree-covered hill. After the tour, you will have the opportunity to taste the 3 wines produced at the Domaine de Baronaques: Grand Vin Rouge, La Capitalle de Baronarques, and Grand Vin Blanc.

Toulouse: Pub Crawl Tour with a Guide

10. Toulouse: Pub Crawl Tour with a Guide

During the evening, you will be led by a guide to 3 different bars and club where you will have 3 free shots and discounts on drinks. In each place, you will do cool activities and the most important : meet a bunch of new people coming from all over the world participating to the Pub Crawl. Once you arrive at the meeting point, you will be able to discover 2 bars and 1 nightclub to dance all night long. Each place has its own personalized atmosphere you will love. This is the best way to discover the greatest nightlife city of France.

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What people are saying about Midi-Pyrénées

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The main thing is that it made me take a tour big enough to see a lot of the city. You have to enter all the churches because they have a lot of history and are very beautiful. I would only add, as an option, more info within each destination, since architecture, paintings, etc. have many interpretations that one does not know about, even more so if one does not speak French. Some churches have screens and posters in Spanish but in Una they showed a documentary video that made me realize that I was missing a lot of art history and I had time to listen to it even if it was

My tour with Denise was great! she has lots of fun facts about Toulouse and gives great advice on where to eat, where to shop, and where to visit. I am very glad to have had her as my guide.

Really enjoyed it, the guide and the staff were all very nice. Both French and English was spoken and it was a very interesting and unique tour.

Great trip, knowledgeable guide and good way to get an idea of the additional places to visit

Great Experience, excellent service and attention received.