Montpellier, main town of the Languedoc, offers many different excursions in the region but also in Provence. Here are some examples for coach or private tours, during which you will admire many Unesco World Heritage sites.
Nîmes and petite Camargue
Morning city tour including the most important roman monuments : the amphitheater, the temple called "Square House" but also the gardens of the fountain. Stop at the daily market to discover local products. In the afternoon, drive to the medieval walled city of Aigues Mortes : tour including the ramparts, the church and the town. Time to discover local painters.
Back to Montpellier along the Mediterranean.
Avignon and pont du Gard
Avignon holds many places of interest : the Popes'palast, largest gothic castle, but also the Rocher des Doms, garden overlooking the Rhone river, and the Cathedral. Time for shopping.
On the way back to Montpellier, stop at the Pont du Gard, roman aqueduct.
Main town of the region Camargue, a full day tour allows time to discover the roman monuments ( the amphitheater and theater) and the Romanesque monuments ( St Trophime Church and cloister).
MILLAU Bridge and templar village of la Couvertoirade
Day tour north of Montpellier including :
- the suspension Bridge of Millau, work of Sir Norman Foster.
- the visit of the Templar Village of La Couvertoirade (city walls of the 15th century, handicrafts)
- the cirque of Navacelles and gorges of the Vis river (only for private tours).
St Guilhem le désert
Visit of the medieval village and its Benedictine abbey of Gellone, then stroll to "the end of the world" to discover typical landscapes of the Languedoc. In the afternoon, visit of The Clamouse gorges and stop at St Jean de Fos, well-kown of its potters.
Guided tour of the town of Molières, including Renaissance and Classical private mansion courtyards . Handicraft shops. In the afternoon, guided tour of the Cistercian abbey of Valmagne and wine tasting. On the way back to Montpellier, stop along the salt water lagoon of Thau to discover the oyster production.
The Canal du Midi
Drive to Béziers and stop at the 7 locks of Fonsérannes, most important engineering work on the Canal du Midi. Guided city tour of Béziers (see description ). In the afternoon, visit of the Gallo-roman oppidum of Ensérunes and view on the dried up lagoon of Montady. Stroll in the tunnel of Malpas, odest tunnel in the world for a canal.
Stop at Capestang for a wine tasting.
Carcassonne, Minerve and the Cathar history
In the morning, guided tour of the medieval town of Carcassonne (see description ). Drive through the region Minervois and its vineyards to reach Minerve, a small village surrounded with gorges and natural stone bridges. Wine tasting.
Sète and the salt water lagoon of Thau
In the morning, guided tour of the town of Sète : the fishing port, the daily market and drive up to the mount St Clair, to enjoy a round view over the region and the Mediterranean.
Drive along the Mediterranean coast to reach Marseillan and visit of the Noilly Prat cellars. Then drive along the salt water lagoon of Thau to Loupian for the visit of the former roman Villae and its beautiful mosaics.
A day in Camargue
Drive through the region Camargue to discover the natural life : marshes, pink flamingoes, horses, bulls.... Stop at les Saintes Maries de la Mer, famous for its gypsy pilgrimage.
In the afternoon, stop in a Manade (farm) for an explanation of the gardian' work with bulls and horses.
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