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Toulouse: 70-Minute City Tour by Open-Top Minibus

1. Toulouse: 70-Minute City Tour by Open-Top Minibus

Experience a new way to see Toulouse aboard a convenient, open-topped minibus. See the city's most famous attractions and historic monuments from a different perspective. Pass the landmark attractions of the “Ville Rose” and hear anecdotes about the city from the audio guide (available in French, English, Spanish, Italian, German, Russian, Chinese and Japanese). Journey through the old town and admire the main churches of the Cathédrale Saint-Étienne de Toulouse (Toulouse Cathedral) and Basilica of Saint-Sernin. Pass the Renaissance façade of the Hôtel d'Assézat, where the art gallery of the Bemberg Foundation contains a stunning collection of 19th and 20th-century French paintings. Go to the banks of the River Garonne and Canal du Midi to discover a link between the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. Along the way, marvel at the typical pink terracotta bricks of much of the city.

Toulouse E-Bike Tour

2. Toulouse E-Bike Tour

Discover Toulouse and its highlights with your Ebike! Guided by a professional cycling monitor, you'll love the experience. Once you've tried one of these Ebikes, you'll be fond of it. The best of Toulouse is to see with our special E-Bike Tour. Toulouse is like a big village, the historical center is still living at medieval time, and it's really pleasant to ride along narrow street full of surprises with an E-bike. Once you'll be given your E-Bike, you'll receive some tips from your Monitor. Then you'll be able to hit the pink city in small group (8 people Max). The tour starts in the city center and you'll be able to see all the highlight during this very special trip.  Riding an E-Bike is simple and it's a lot of fun. Want to disconnect from your routine? Let the electric bike assistance guide you and enjoy the experience!

Excursion Albi Cathédrale Sainte Cécile and Cordes Sur Ciel

3. Excursion Albi Cathédrale Sainte Cécile and Cordes Sur Ciel

Set out from Toulouse to discover Albi, the Sainte Cécile Cathedral, and the Toulouse Lautrec Museum or the medieval city of Cordes sur Ciel with round trip bus transportation. In Albi you can admire the many architectural gems, including the Sainte Cécile Cathedral. Visit the Toulouse Lautrec Museum, located in the Palace of Bishops. Near to Albi, you can also explore the enchanting city of Cordes-sur-Ciel. Its Gothic architecture holds the secrets to many legends. During your free time here, you can stroll through the cobbled streets of the city. Return transport is included in the tour package, but once in the cities you will be free to explore at your own pace without a guide. The tour departs Toulouse at 9:30am and returns back around 6:30pm.

Toulouse City Card

4. Toulouse City Card

Enjoy free entry to museums and monuments in Toulouse city center, and benefit from a host of other offers by participating partners with a Toulouse City Card. Get around and about stress-free with complimentary travel on the local public transport network, including the metro, trams, bus network and airport shuttle bus. Benefit from additional discounts at many of the city's top tourist sites and in a number of shops. Cruise along the Garonne River or the Canal du Midi with Bateaux Toulousains, or get a different perspective from the Tourist Train. The personalised card is available for 24, 48 or 72-hour periods and must be validated prior to accessing the platform when using the metro and every time you board a tram, bus or the airport shuttle bus. Present it upon entry at all partner sites to take advantage of the included offer. Toulouse City Card Partners Museums: • Toulouse Museum and gardens - Free • Musée des Abattoirs - Free • Musée des Augustins - Free • Musée Saint-Raymond - Free • Musée Paul-Dupuy - Free • Musée Georges-Labit - Free • Musée du Vieux-Toulouse - Free • Fondation Bemberg - Free • Le Château d'Eau - Free • Muséum du Pastel (Terre de Pastel) - Free • Quai des Savoirs - Free • MATOU - Free • Musée des Augustins (closed until spring 2020) - Free Monuments and Heritage Sites: • Couvent des Jacobins - Free • Amphithéâtre Romain de Purpan - Free • Ancienne Eglise Saint-Pierre-des-Cuisines - Free • Déambulatoire et Crypte de Saint-Sernin - Free Industrial, Aeronautical and Spatial Sightseeing: • Cité de l'Espace - 15% discount • Let's Visit Airbus Aéroscopia museum - 10% discount (booking required) • Industrial, Aeronautical and Spatial Sightseeing: La Halle de la Machine : -1€ discount • Industrial, Aeronautical and Spatial Sightseeing: L'Envol des Pionniers : -1€ discount Tours and Cruises: • Tourist Office guided tours: 1 free walking tour • Tourist Trains - 20% discount • Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour - 20% discount • Cruises on the Garona River or Canal du Midi with Les Bateaux Toulousains - 20% discount • Boat Restaurant - €10 discount on O Toulouse Menu; €5 discount on Menu Occitania • Excursions in the region with City Tour Sud Ouest - €3 discount • Segway Toulouse or Loisirs Mobilboard - 10% discount Shows and Leisure Activities: • N5 Wine Bar - 10% discount (minimum €20 charge on your card) • Zoo African Safari - €3 off full price • National Theater of Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées (TNT) - €6 off full price • Cinémathèque de Toulouse - €1 off full price • Toulouse Olympique XIII - buy one, get one free • Stade Toulousain - 15% off normal adult rate • Calicéo Toulouse - 2 hours for €2 or a full day for €5 less Shopping: • Tourism Office and museum boutiques - 15% discount • Terre de Pastel - 10% discount • Maison de la Violette - 10% discount (excluding tea products) • Graines de Pastel - 10% discount • Violettes et Pastels - 10% discount on the Violet and Pastel ranges • Les Trésors de la Violette - 10% discount on the Violet range • Toulouse Olympique XIII - 10% discount at the Arnauné shop Practical Services: • Banque Travelex - 3% on rates Transport: • Free travel on the buses • Free travel on the metro • Free travel on the trams • Free airport shuttle

Toulouse: Carcassonne Day Trip

5. Toulouse: Carcassonne Day Trip

If you're staying in Toulouse and want to discover the Cité de Carcassonne, the Comtal Castle, the Saint Nazaire Basilica and more historical highlights, this is the perfect day tour for you. Located 1 hour from Toulouse, Carcassonne is one of the 25 great sites of Midi-Pyrénées. In Cathar country and at the heart of the fortified city, you can discover the Château of the Counts of Carcassonne and the Remparts, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will departure from Toulouse at 9:30AM (check-in is at 9:15AM), with a planned arrival in Carcassonne at 10:30AM.  Following your day of discovery, you will depart from Carcassonne at 4:30PM, with a planned return to Toulouse at 5:30PM.

Welcome to Toulouse: Private Walking Tour with a Local

6. 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.

Languedoc: Tour and Tasting at Domaine de Baronarques

7. Languedoc: Tour and Tasting at Domaine de Baronarques

Dive into centuries of winemaking tradition with a tour of the Domaine de Baronaques. Acquired by the Baroness Philippine de Rothschild and her 2 sons in 1998, the vineyard has been in existence since the 17th century, when it was under the possession of the Abbey de Saint-Polycarpe. Across over 270 acres of lush vineyards, experience the raw materials that coalesce to form a wine celebrated across the globe. After arrival at the vineyard, you'll tour the vast vineyard lands, the vat-house and barrel-room where wines are fermented and aged, as well as the 19th-century French Château, nestled into a tree-covered hill. After a full tour of the premises, you'll have the opportunity to taste the 3 wines produced at the Domaine de Baronaques: Grand Vin Rouge, La Capitelle de Baronarques and Grand Vin Blanc.

Toulouse: Old Town Self-Guided Exploration Game via App

8. Toulouse: Old Town Self-Guided Exploration Game via App

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.

Toulouse: 2.5-Hour Private Walking Tour

9. Toulouse: 2.5-Hour Private Walking Tour

Explore the historic city of Toulouse with a guide on a tour that can be customized for your convenience, and get information about the sights you will see along the way. Start with a visit to the Basilica of Saint-Sernin, constructed in a Romanesque style between 1080 and 1120. Marvel at the quality of the many sculptures at the largest remaining Romanesque building in Europe, and discover why it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list as part of the "World Heritage Sites of the Routes of Santiago de Compostela" in 1998. Then, visit the large brick building of the Church of the Jacobins, built over a century in the Gothique Méridional (southern Gothic) style. Learn how it received the body of Thomas Aquinas (Saint Thomas D'Aquino) from Pope Urban V in 1368 to encourage pilgrims and the up-keep of the church. Hear how it was used by Napoleon as a stable for his horses during his war campaigns. Next, visit Hôtel d'Assézat before ending at the Capitole de Toulouse. Admire the 8 columns of the marble facade, built according to plans by Guillaume Cammas Caunes-Minervois to symbolize the first 8 sheriffs of Toulouse.

Toulouse Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

10. Toulouse Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

Get to know Toulouse at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts.Visit the importan Basilique Saint-Sernin and Couvent des Jacobins, walk through Grand Rond and admire Saint Stephen’s Cathredal. After downloading the scavenger hunt tour on your mobile device (via a link and login credentials received upon booking), use the mobile app and integrated maps to reach 10 of Toulouse’s most important attractions on foot.At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the tour.As you walk through the city, enjoy the flexibility to pause your game at any time to take a break, snap the perfect photos, stop for lunch, or visit a museum. Choose to continue the tour later or save the rest for another day.

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What people are saying about Toulouse

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 473 reviews

A lovely introduction to the vineyard experience. We saw the vats and barrels of wine. We were informed about the process. Then we were able to taste four wines with an expert guide who had taken us through the whole tour. I highly recommend this experience.

Great trip and bus was on time and comfortable. Carcassonne was beautiful and food there was excellent. Had two young girls and they enjoyed the trip and the castle a lot. Would recommend

If you take it for three days it can only be worth it if you use public transportation since the majority of museums that are free are 5€ or I could have had a student reduction.

Good value with unlimited travel on public transport and free admission to most of the city's museums. The pass also gives reductions on many other activities.

very useful for getting around and enjoying the city