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3 Days in Toulouse: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, September 2014

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At the foot of the mighty, snow-capped Pyrénées Mountains, Toulouse is a city committed to its graceful past centuries, boasting fine medieval architecture such as the 11th-century Basilica Saint Sernin and Pont-Neuf (New Bridge), a recently constructed (1544–1626) beauty arcing in graceful stonework across the Garonne River. Toulouse, however, also has eyes for the future: It is home to the Toulouse Space Center (CST), Europe’s largest, and dozens of other aerospace groups, both public and private.

Day 1: Wandering the City
While the modern city of Toulouse sprawls, the historic district remains small and pedestrian-friendly. Indeed, this is the best way to navigate the ancient, narrow streets, built long before the automobile, and visit most of the monuments and museums. You’ll need to arrange transportation to some of the city’s outlying sites, however, including the Airbus A380 assembly factory, where the world’s fastest planes are displayed. Or, book a Toulouse city tour, which may include transport to Airbus and the Jardin des Plantes botanical gardens, as well as a scenic return trip on the Canal du Midi, part of a canal system linking the Atlantic and Caribbean.

Day 2: Into the Enchanted Countryside
Admit it. You’ve always been enchanted by the idea of a picture-perfect castle, the ideal backdrop for slaying dragons and embarking on epic quests. The fortified Cité de Carcassonne rises to a symphony of stone turrets and spires, just 54 miles (87 km) from town. Dating to perhaps 100 BC, it has seen empires, crusades, wars and revolutions aplenty in its time. If you’re up for an extra hour on the road, however, consider making the 107-mile (172 km) pilgrimage to Lourdes instead. The photogenic city is best known for the Virgin Mary’s appearance here in 1858.

Day 3: Day Trips from Toulouse
There’s certainly plenty to keep you busy for another day within the city limits. If you’re traveling with a young family, you might consider Space City (Cité de l'Espace), which mixes science, space travel and kid-friendly entertainment into a pleasant morning or afternoon. The Les Abattoirs Modern Art Museum and Georges Labit Abattoirs antiquities museum are both worth a longer look, or head back into the countryside, following the footsteps of painter Henri de Toulouse Lautrec as he painted some of the region’s most beautiful medieval towns, Albi and Cordes-sur-Ciel. Finish off your day with a fine wine from Gaillac vineyards, one of France’s oldest.

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Private Tour: Carcassonne Day Trip from Toulouse Including Michelin-Star Lunch and Wine Tasting

Discover the treasures of the fascinating historic city of Carcassonne on this private day trip from Toulouse. With a passionate local guide, tour ...  Read more

Location: Toulouse, France
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $241.51

Private Tour: Cabardès Wine Tasting and Castles of Lastours Day Trip from Toulouse

Explore the vineyards and wine cellars of Cabardès on this 6.5-hour private tour, and enjoy tastings of the locally made produce in two wineries. ...  Read more

Location: Toulouse, France
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $101.69

Private Tour: Albi Sightseeing and Gaillac Wine Tasting from Toulouse

Enjoy a cultural experience and wine tasting in two notable towns just outside of Toulouse on this private half-day trip to Albi and Gaillac. In Albi, explore ...  Read more

Location: Toulouse, France
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $101.69

Private Tour: Fronton Wine Tasting Trip from Toulouse

Sip your way through one of France’s oldest wine regions on this Fronton wine tour from Toulouse. Visit two wineries to meet passionate winemakers, learn about ...  Read more

Location: Toulouse, France
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $101.69

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