Mention France as a holiday destination and the mind instantly becomes filled with images of fine wine, delicious cheese, sunshine and chateaux. Despite it being just a short hop across the English Channel, Newmarket Holidays knows that France is a world away from the UK. Newmarket Holidays have put together a range of French tours to suit every taste. In the south-east of France, there lies a number of stunning towns and cities that will captivate the typical Newmarket Holidays traveller.
On its tour of Carcassonne, Avignon and Provence, Newmarket Holidays offers a six-night break at fantastic value for money. Accommodation for Newmarket Holidays travellers is available to suit a range of budgets, and is located in the heart of historic medieval Carcassonne or on the outskirts of this charming walled city. Flights to and from the UK are included in the tour price, as are a number of spectacular highlights that capture the cultural essence of this timeless landscape.
Newmarket Holidays customers benefit from a guided walking tour of Carcassonne, with its dramatic battlements and fairy-tale turrets. Overlooking the river Aude from a dominant position, the fortress is one of the most celebrated and well-preserved of the Cathar-castles that are scattered across the Langeudoc region. Newmarket Holidays customers will delight in the myriad winding streets that weave their way through the city.
The history theme continues, on this Newmarket Holidays tour, with a visit to the ancient town of Avignon and its curious half bridge of St Benezet – celebrated in the famous French Folk Song about the “Pont d’Avignon”. Newmarket Holidays customers can be certain of capturing all the key tourist sites on any Newmarket Holidays tour, and this one is no exception. A visit to the breathtaking Roman aqueduct, the Pont du Gard at Avignon is a must when visiting the area. The Newmarket Holidays tour takes in this site, whichwas granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1985 and is regarded as a triumph of Roman Engineering.
As with all Newmarket Holidays, this tour of the historic cities of south-east France also includes optional excursions offering Newmarket Holidays customers the chance to tailor the trip to suit their individual preferences. A cruise along the charming Canal-du-Midi, and a chance to take in the pretty port-town of Collure on a day-trip deep into Cathar country, are laid on for Newmarket Holidays travellers to participate in if desired.