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Our most recommended Midi-Pyrénées Neighborhood tours

Bordeaux: Guided River Cruise

1. Bordeaux: Guided River Cruise

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.

Bordeaux to Dordogne: Castles & Villages Private Tour

2. Bordeaux to Dordogne: Castles & Villages Private Tour

Enjoy a private full-day tour of Dordogne and discover the history of the King’s Musketeers, learn about Eleanor of Aquitaine, and visit prehistoric cave paintings. After the pick-up from your hotel in Bordeaux, Sarlat, Limoges, Toulouse, Agen Bergerac, or elsewhere nearby, you will head off on an exciting day filled with history, magnificent panoramic vistas, the finest gastronomy, and wine tasting. Whatever you desire can be incorporated into this private tailor-made tour. One of the places you can visit on this tour is Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, a lovely town which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site partly because of its proximity to the famous Lascaux Caverns and partly because of the newer site of Grottes de Cougnac. Here you can visit the caves and see the original art. Les Eyzies is also home to the National Prehistoric Museum. You also have the option of visiting Sarlat-la-Canéda, one of the most attractive and alluring medieval towns in south-western France. The town was developed around a large Benedictine abbey of Carolingian origin. Its town center of impeccably restored stone buildings – now a pedestrian zone – is perhaps the most representative of 14th century France. Discover another UNESCO World Heritage Site – Château de Rocamadour – perched up high on the side of a gorge of one of the Dordogne River’s tributaries, famous for its sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. You can also explore the Château de Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, with magnificent views over the landscape. Among other castles you can visit is the Château de Beynac, one of the best preserved and best known castles in the Dordogne region. Its austere appearance perched on top of a limestone cliff, dominating the town on the north bank of the Dordogne River over the sheer cliff face. It boasts double crenelated walls, double barbican, and double moats, one of which was a deepened natural ravine. Another castle to visit is the Château des Milandes, once the home of the Josephine Baker, an American dancer, singer, and actress who found fame in her adopted homeland of France. Josephine Baker and her husband renovated this beautiful castle, installing central heating, electricity, and running water. They lived here with 12 adopted children from 9 different nationalities to create what they tenderly call the “World Village”. You can also explore Domme, another typically charming Bastide village built on the cliffs overhanging the Dordogne River. It was here that many of the Kinghts Templar were imprisoned and you can still see some of their graffiti on the tower gates. Another option on this tour is to visit the Jardins de Marqueyssac, an amazing garden filled with topiary creation and a picturesque promenade with panoramic views over the Dordogne River. Visit the Eyrignac gardens, the French garden inspired by the 18th century Italian design. They were entirely modified into an English romantic garden in the 19th century. On this private tour you also have the possibility of visiting Chateau de Commarque, Chateau de Jumilhac, Monpazier, Puymartin, Eyrignac, Monbazillac, La Roque Gageac, Montfort, and Salignac.

Welcome to Toulouse: Private Walking Tour with a Local

3. Welcome to Toulouse: Private Walking Tour with a Local

Transform the way you travel and make it as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Get a welcome to Toulouse from a local host eager to share all the tips and tricks to help you make the most of your stay. Meet at your hotel or accommodation and get familiar with your local neighborhood. Learn about the best places to eat, buy groceries and the easiest ways to get around. Alternatively, arrange to meet at a central landmark or intersection to start your walking tour. Hear about the top things to do, customized to your interests. By the end, you will feel more comfortable navigating the city with all the information you need.

Immerse yourself in the time of the cathedrals in Albi

4. Immerse yourself in the time of the cathedrals in Albi

Join a unique guided tour of Albi where you will be transported back to the 14th century by your guide, portraying Perette, a local woman in period costume. Through her eyes, you will experience the city's transformation as it bolstered the power of Albi's bishop and discover the everyday life of its inhabitants. Follow Perette, born in Albi in 1360, through the world of craftspeople. An expert in navigating the city's labyrinthine streets, she witnessed the tumultuous events of her time: the devastating plague of 1375, mercenary invasions, the endless conflict with the English. She also saw Albi Cathedral rise, a testament to the Catholic triumph over Catharism. Begin your journey at the tourist office. From there, you'll explore the city's landmark sites, including the exterior of Albi Cathedral, the courtyard of the Episcopal Palace, the Combes district, and the St Salvi cloister. Throughout the tour, Perette will share fascinating anecdotes about her life and that of the 14th-century city-dwellers. This immersive tour is perfect for small groups, whether you're on your own, with family, or with friends. Whether you're visiting Albi or a local curious about the history of your city, don't miss this unique opportunity to time-travel with Perette!

Toulouse Old Town Treasure: Outdoor Escape Game

5. Toulouse Old Town Treasure: Outdoor Escape Game

Play a city game that will take you around the old town of Toulouse while having fun exploring all of the city’s cultural highlights. Each clue will lead you from one place to another by providing you with exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. As you solve the problems and guess the answers, the secret story of each site will be unlocked. Receive all the instructions via email after booking, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure. The game will take you about 1.5 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit which will allow you to go at your own pace.

Immerse in Toulouse in the 18th century

6. Immerse in Toulouse in the 18th century

We invite you to an immersive experience, led by a professional guide wearing historical outfit. Meet the charming Mrs. de Cambon, a local figure of the 18th century, lively and inspiring, portrayed by a professional and passionate guide. A descendant of Pierre-Paul Riquet, the designer of the Canal du Midi, and wife of a notable member of the Toulouse Parliament, Mrs. de Cambon will introduce you to her neighborhood in a lively and humorous manner. This tour will take you through the streets of the Saint Etienne district, marked by the refinement and elegance of the 18th century. You will explore secret squares, learn about the fashion of the time, and hear the intriguing stories of Toulouse high- society. Points of interest like Saint Etienne Cathedral, the former archiepiscopal palace, and Mage Square will be featured. This tour is more than just a simple historical walk, it's an immersion into the past where anecdotes meet History, in a fun and interactive atmosphere. Perfect for adults and children over 8 years old, let yourself be carried away by the verve of Mrs. de Cambon for a tour full of humor and surprises.

Toulouse Food & History Tour with a Chef

7. Toulouse Food & History Tour with a Chef

Welcome to our Food & History Tour, a 3-hour small-group culinary journey designed to introduce you to the unique tastes of Southwestern French cuisine. Led by an award-winning Spanish chef de cuisine, this gastronomic stroll delves into the heart of this region's food culture. With us, you'll get to sample the best of Toulouse - from freshly-baked goods and aromatic cheeses to delicious charcuterie, traditional recipes, and local wines. Our tour is not just about indulgence; it's an edible history lesson. As we wander through the picturesque neighborhoods of Carmes and Saint-Etiénne, we'll share fascinating food-related tales and historical anecdotes dating back from the Roman era to the Middle Ages and through to modern times. Come, and embark on a journey where history and gastronomy fuse to create an unforgettable exploration of Toulouse's rich culinary and cultural heritage. Itinerary: 1. Rue Maletache: Discover the origins of Toulouse's 1463 big fire that started at a boulangerie, paired with a taste of the city's most iconic baked good. 2. Place du Salin: Step into the past at the southern gate of Roman Tolosa and the Royal Saltworks. Discuss salt's medieval significance and savor renowned Noir de Bigorre Pork PDO charcuterie. 3. Marché de Carmes: Trace the evolution of a Carmelite convent turned car park, and delve into a premier covered market to sample three raw-milk artisanal cheeses. 4. Bar a Vin: Enjoy a pit stop at a wine shop to sip on the region's sparkling white wine, boasting a history that outdates champagne by 150 years. 5. Place de la Trinité: Dive deep into tales of heresy, inquisition, and religious crimes through the Calas Gate, which ended up with the execution of an innocent man, followed by a sampling of the finest pâté en croûte in the vicinity. 6. Cathédrale de Saint-Etiénne: Marvel at the eclectic architecture of this unique cathedral and end on a sweet note with Toulouse's most decadent dessert from an emblematic pâtisserie. *Depending on the shops' opening hours, the day of the week, and the season, we might take some delightful detours. But worry not – with the Toulouse Food & History Tour deliciousness is guaranteed no matter the route!

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What people are saying about Midi-Pyrénées

Felipe was engaging, enthusiastic and knowledgeable with pretty good English. He answered all my questions and took me to many historical places of interest and religious centres, as well as giving me a good taste of central Toulouse. He also suggested a couple of good little restaurants. Thanks, Felipe!

Christian’s tour of Dordogne was wonderful. It was so special to be able to get away from the city and tour the countryside - river, valley, farmland, castles and medieval villages. Christian entertained us with many stories - historical and contemporary. He was very friendly and relaxed.

My tour with Denise was great! she has lots of fun facts about Toulouse and gives great advice on where to eat, where to shop, and where to visit. I am very glad to have had her as my guide.

Highly recommended. We had a spectacular time. Stopping in Sarlat for lunch is a must. Cristian explains a lot and very well.

Very interesting, the sailor explains very well. I highly recommend this activity.