Things to do in Occitanie

Our most recommended things to do in Occitanie

Carcassonne: Castle and Ramparts Skip-the-Line Ticket

1. Carcassonne: Castle and Ramparts Skip-the-Line 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. 

Bordeaux: River Garonne Cruise with Glass of Wine

2. 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.

From Arles: Half-Day 4x4 Camargue Safari

3. 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.

Bordeaux: Guided Cruise on the Garonne River

4. 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.

Cité de Carcassonne: Guided Tour

5. Cité de Carcassonne: Guided Tour

Come along on this guided tour and learn all about the history of this fascinating city.  Enter through the main entrance, known as Porte Narbonnaise, to the medieval city. Learn about the fortifications built by the Romans. Cross the main street, Rue Cross Mayrevieille to the castle. Discover the museum inside the castle and develop a better understanding of the Trencavel family that defended the Cathars during the Albigensian Crusade.  Walk along the top of the wall, crossing both medieval and Roman towers as you head towards the church. Hear an explanation about the architecture of the gothic church and see the beautiful stained glass windows, built between the 13th to 16th centuries. Walkthrough the streets of the ancient religious quarter and learn about the inquisition in Carcassonne and Toulouse. The tour will conclude next to the Castle where you'll hear about the restoration work that happened in the 19th century.

Camargue: Safari from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

6. Camargue: Safari from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Depart from the Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer and head out on a 2-hour safari around the scenic Camargue, southern France. Headed by a designated driver and guide, your group will discover the blossoming flora and fauna unique to this bucolic region.  See the famous white Camargue horses roaming freely in the fields from the heights of the convertible 4x4 motor. Snap shots of flamingos and different bird species flying around the edge of the ponds and bodies of water found in this serene area while listening to the story of the Camargue.  Travel to a bull farm where you will encounter black bulls and learn about the bull farming life from your informative guide.

Barcelona: 3 Countries in 1 Day Small-Group Tour

7. Barcelona: 3 Countries in 1 Day Small-Group Tour

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. You will have a little bit of time to visit Andorra la Vella’s tax-free shops for bargain-priced wine 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.

Le Grau-du-Roi: Seaquarium Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket

8. Le Grau-du-Roi: Seaquarium Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket

Discover the aquatic life of the Mediterranean with tickets to the Seaquarium in Le Grau-du-Roi. Benefit from skip-the-line entrance and enjoy up-close encounters with incredible underwater animals. Admire the variety of colorful fish in the tropical area. See Moray eels, scorpion fish, triggerfish, and much more. Head to the seal and sea lion enclosure and be dazzled by these playful creatures. Visit the shark center to learn about this fierce predator, and why they must be protected. Take a breath and dive beneath the waves with a virtual reality experience. This interactive visit is fun for all ages.

Toulouse City Card

9. 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

From Avignon: Provence Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

10. From Avignon: Provence Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy a scenic tour of Provence and see some of its most beautiful sites in one day. The 10-hour tour takes in the well-preserved Roman aqueduct of Le Pont du Gard, built in the 1st century BC as part of the Nîmes aqueduct from Uzès to Nemausus (now Nîmes). Drive to the rocky outcrop of Les Baux de Provence in the Alpilles mountains. Stroll the historic center to see a beautiful 16th-century house and Romanesque buildings. Continue to Saint Rémy de Provence to explore the remains of the Roman city of Glanum, including a triumphal arch set in an olive grove that inspired Van Gogh. After some free time for lunch, you will visit Roussillon, famous for its red and yellow ochre cliffs. Enjoy panoramic views of Gordes, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful villages in France. Drive to Fontaine de Vaucluse, walk up to the cave from which the River Sorgues emerges. This impressive resurgence spring hasn't revealed its secrets yet and many speleologists have searched in vain the exact depth of the well. On Sundays only, enjoy L’Isle sur la Sorgue, a village famous for antique shops and the weekly open air market which is one of the most colorful and typical in the Provence.  

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Very heartwarming!! This place will enchant you. We rode the train around the outside and got lots of history on the castle. Thenwe walked the inside of the castle. Then we ate and drank in the court yard, then we walked the outside perimeter when the lights lit up the castle at dusk. It was the best! On our stroll we walled over the bridge and enjoyed the castle some more!

Nicholas was a fabulous guide. There were only 3 of us and we had an informative and relaxed day. Merci beaucoup!

Really great trip, informative and get to explore cities that you normally wouldn’t

Great trip, very comfortable bus, great driver, tour guide Enrique was very good.

Great Experience, excellent service and attention received.