Combine the visit of the two most visited sites in our region within one day : the red city of Albi in the morning, and the Medieval city of Carcassonne in the afternoon.
> departure from Toulouse
> visit of Albi
> free time
> drive to Carcassonne
> visit of Carcassonne
> free time
> drive back to Toulouse
> 280 km (173 miles) in total.
Circuit beginning and end
> starts from Toulouse
> ends in Toulouse
> if you book a private tour, we can drop you in Barcelona, Montpellier or Lourdes for instance (please contact us for prices).
Highlights of the trip
> the historical centre of Albi is a beautiful example of a medieval red-brick city.
> Sainte-Cécile Cathedral church is the most impressive religious building in the South-West of France.
> The Toulouse-Lautrec museum is the richest collection of works by the artist, born in Albi in 1864. A fascinating museum to discover.
> the medieval city of Carcassonne is the largest fortress in Europe today. By following the tour you will be travelling through time !
> during the tourist season (from April to October), many shops will welcome you along the medieval streets of Carcassonne.
What to do after the trip?
> if you are interested in religious architecture, you should join the half day trip to Moissac (amazing romanesque cloister)
> if you like medieval villages you should take a trip to Cordes sur Ciel and Conques
> If you are interested in the Cathares and Albigensian Crusade period have a look at our day trip to the castles of Peyrepertuse and Queribus.
– 8.30 : pick up in Toulouse at your hotel
– drive to Albi
– 9.30 : stop for a panoramic view of Albi
– guided tour of Albi : Ste-Cecile Cathedral church + Toulouse-Lautrec museum + Berbie gardens
– 11.30 : free time
– please note that during this excursion there is little time to have lunch. Please buy a snack (which you can eat in the car on the way to Carcassonne if you wish).
– 12.15 : drive to Carcassonne, through La Montagne Noire, or « Black Mountain » (via Castres and Mazamet)
– 13.50 : guided tour of the walled city of Carcassonne
– 15.00 : free time to discover Carcassonne on your own (you may visit the Count’s castle, or/and do shopping)
– 16.25 : stop for photos overlooking Carcassonne
– 16.45 : drive back to Toulouse
– 17.50 : drop-off in Toulouse.
> January 1st
> December 25th
> Toulouse-Lautrec Museum in Albi : January 1st, May 1st , November 1st, December 25th, and every Tuesday from October to March.
> the Count’s castle (Chateau comtal) of Carcassonne : closed on January 1st, May 1st, November 1st, November 11th and December 25th. The medieval city stays open all year round, only the Count’s castle is closed on the dates detailed above.
> 280 km (173 miles) in total.
From November to February
> with an English, Spanish and French speaking driver : 156 € per person
> with an English, Spanish and French speaking driver-guide : 196 € per person
From March to October
> with an English, Spanish and French speaking driver : 195 € per person
> with an English, Spanish and French speaking driver-guide : 245 € per person
What is a shared tour ? you agree to share the tour with other passengers (a maximum of 7 people). The tour can run with 2 people minimum. If only one person wants a tour, he/she will be required to pay double, so as to ensure the tour costs.
From November to February
> with an English, Spanish and French speaking driver : 344 € (that means 49 € / pers. if you are a group of 7 people)
> with an English, Spanish and French speaking driver-guide : 432 €
From March to October
> with an English, Spanish and French speaking driver : 430 € (that means 62 € / pers. if you are a group of 7 people)
> with an English, Spanish and French speaking driver-guide : 540 €
What is a private tour ? the vehicle is booked for you and your party only (7 people maximum). No-one else can join the tour.
Are included in our price :
> transport in an 8 seater minivan (petrol, tolls, parking costs) with driver or driver-guide (at your request), speaking French, English and Spanish.
> commentaries by the driver or driver-guide during the trip
> guided tour of Albi and Carcassonne (according to programme) if you chose the driver-guide option
> bottles of water in the vehicle.
Are not included in our price :
> your lunch
> entrance fees
> personal costs.
> Albi, Cathedral chancel : 5 € per person
> Albi, Toulouse-Lautrec Museum : 10 € per person
> Carcassonne, Count’s Castle : about 10 € per person (if you want to visit it during the free time).
> A 35% deposit must be paid on booking (by Visa or MasterCard), or 100% of the price if you book less than 30 days prior to the departure.
> the remaining 65% must be paid 30 days prior to the departure (by Visa or MasterCard).
> if you cancel the tour over 30 days prior to the scheduled departure you will get a full refund (no penalty).
> if you cancel less than 30 days prior to the scheduled departure you do not get a refund (you pay the tour as planned).
Please note that the refund is done to the credit card with which payment was originally made (or via PayPal if your card has expired).
Shared tour : if one person only is booked in for the tour
> in the eventuality of you being the only person booked in for a tour, 30 days or more prior to the scheduled departure: you can get a full refund if you chose to cancel. If you chose to maintain the trip you will have to purchase an extra ticket.
> if you have already paid for two people in order to maintain the tour, but that someone else joins the tour, you will get a full refund for the extra ticket you have paid for.
> please note : if you can’t pay 2 tickets to secure the trip, we are free to cancel your trip if we receive a firm booking for another trip. Of course, we’ll refund you the ticket already paid.
Albi is a town with 50 000 inhabitants. Its historical centre was classified by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2010. Being mostly built of bricks, the city is a beautiful example of a “red city”.
You will visit the impressive Sainte-Cecile Cathedral church, which looks like a fortress from the outside, but is entirely painted and sculpted on the inside.
Next to the Cathedral is the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum, presenting the largest collection of works by the artist, born in Albi in 1864. Discover his most famous works, such as Moulin Rouge: La Goulue, and Aristide Bruant posters, but also his early works, such as Artilleryman saddling his horse, which he painted at 15 years old, and many other works depicting his mother, or his cousin Gabriel for example.
After seeing the beautiful “French gardens” at the foot of the museum, discover on your own the other heritage treasures of the historical centre : Saint-Salvy cloister, the medieval streets lined with half-timbered houses, the Vigan square, the covered market (open every morning from Tuesday to Sunday)…
The open-air market takes place on Saturday morning in Albi, around the covered market.
Carcassonne is a town of 45 000, which is divided into the « lower city », where most of the population lives, and the Medieval city, where only 80 people live.
The most interesting part is undoubtedly the medieval city. Entirely restored during the 19th century, it is today the largest medieval fortress in Europe.
Defensive walls, towers, murder holes, crenelation, barbicans, fortified doors, moat : welcome to the Middle-Ages ! Carcassonne is a unique place where childhood dreams come to life!
If you chose to visit Carcassonne with our driver-guide, you will first discover the Narbonnaise gate, main entrance into the city. The tour takes you for a walk between the two defensive walls, before discovering the medieval streets leading to the Count’s Castle, former residence of the great Trencavel dinasty, who ruled the city until the 13th century. Finally the tour will take you to Saint-Nazaire church, where a fantastic collection of Medieval stained glass windows awaits you.
The city of Carcassonne has been enlisted as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO since 1997. The increase in visitor traffic was followed by the opening of many souvenir shops and restaurants. Most shops open around 10 AM, everyday of the week, including Sundays and Bank Holidays.
The tourist season starts for the Easter Holidays (April) and ends in early November.
If you come to Carcassonne between November and April please note that most shops and restaurant may be closed.
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