Sète (Sete), France

Introduction to Sète (Sete)

In historic Languedoc-Roussillon, Sète is the Mediterranean's largest fishing port and a bustling harbour town.

The authentic mood of the colourful Vieux Port, reserved for fishing boats, and the town's mellow facades, pedestrian streets, shaded squares, and many canals, bridges and quays offer delightful strolling. The quality of its light has attracted many artists, and the Paul Valery Gallery houses many interesting works.

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Carcasson, Sete, France

CARCASSONNE (TOUR E)

  • Discover Carcassonne, a fortified UNESCO town
  • Admire the imposing Count’s Castle
  • Explore its medieval core
Activity Tour
Price£55.00-£65.00
DurationApprox 6.5 Hrs
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Explore the historic walled city of Carcassonne. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this fairy tale collection of drawbridges, towers and atmospheric cobbled streets was reputedly the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, and today you have the opportunity to explore this magnificent area.

 

Upon arrival in Carcassonne, join your guide for a walking tour of the old part of city, discovering the Narbonne Gate, considered the most important architectural feature of Carcassonne; the citadel; the outer wall with its 14 towers and the inner wall of  24 towers. You can also view the List, an area between the two city walls, which was leveled in the 13th century when the second wall was erected. A stroll along the List is like reliving 20 centuries of history.

 

Proceed to the Basilica of Saint-Nazaire - the jewel of the old city - and all that remains today of the Romanesque cathedral. Enjoy time at leisure, where within the walled city, you can explore the narrow, cobbled streets, spend time browsing the many boutiques or enjoy the relaxing ambiance in a local café.

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOUR? This tour involves a strenuous amount of walking over cobbled ground, therefore it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. For reference, there will be approximately three and a half hours of time at leisure, where walking will be at the discretion of the individual. Please note that this tour does not include lunch – this will be at your own expense.


TOUR C

DISCOVER MOUNTPELLIER (TOUR C)

 

  • Explore Montpellier on foot
  • Marvel at the fantastic contrast of a medieval village and a very modern town
Activity Tour
Price£30.00-£40.00
DurationApprox 4 Hrs
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Discover the highlights of Montpellier and learn more about its development, which has unfolded over the centuries. Take a journey through 1,000 years of history along the medieval streets and the courtyards of private mansions.

 

You will depart from Sète for Montpellier, the capital of Languedoc Roussillion, nestled between the sea, vineyards and the mountain landscape. Upon arrival, enjoy a sightseeing tour, which will showcase the fantastic contrast of a medieval village and one of the most modern towns in the South of France.

 

Disembarking your coach, join your guide for a walking tour through the historic Old Town, richly adorned by elaborate Renaissance mansions and museums. As you stroll through the pedestrianised, narrow streets, admire the magnificent architecture before enjoying some time at leisure to explore the wonders of this city independently.

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a strenuous amount of walking - approximately two hours - plus an additional one hour of time at leisure, where walking is at the discretion of the individual. There will be a few steps to negotiate, therefore this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users.


Tour B

HERAULT RIVER, CANAL DU MIDI & THAU LAGOON (TOUR B)

  •  Discover the beauty of Canal Du Midi, flanked by more than 10,000 trees
  •  Relax and enjoy a picturesque cruise along the Herault River
  •  Appreciate the Exceptional Thau Lagoon nature reserve
Activity Tour Boat Tour
Price£40.00 - £35.00
DurationApprox 4 Hrs
LimitationVery Limited
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
  •  Discover the beauty of Canal Du Midi, flanked by more than 10,000 trees
  •  Relax and enjoy a picturesque cruise along the Herault River
  •  Appreciate the Exceptional Thau Lagoon nature reserve


Today you will have the opportunity to appreciate the calm and tranquillity of the picturesque villages on the banks of the Herault River, Canal Du Midi & Thau Lagoon, which have preserved their charm over the years.

Enjoy a drive along the coastal road to Grau d’Agde, where you will board a local boat and travel along the Hérault River, the canal du Midi and Etang de Thau. During your approximate two hour cruise, you will sail along the river as far as the foot of Saint Etienne cathedral, passing through the circular lock at prades and the bagnas lock.

Continuing travel along the canal du midi, crossing the nature reserve before entering the Etang de Thau to tour the oyster beds. 

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves a small amount of walking, however it is not considered suitable for guests who have limited mobility or wheelchair users. There will be a few steps to negotiate. This tour is subject to favourable weather conditions.


Chateau Flaugergues, Sete, France

MONTPELLIER & CHATEAU FLAUGERGUES (TOUR F)

  • Enjoy a guided walking tour of Montpellier
  • Indulge in some wine tasting at the stunning Flaugergues Castle
Price£45.00-£55.00
DurationApproximately 4 1/2 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

On this tour, discover the medieval city of Montpellier before visiting the magnificent Flaugergues Castle, where you can taste some of the château’s award-winning wines.

Leaving Sète, travel through the scenic French countryside to reach the historic city of Montpellier, nestled between the sea, vineyards and mountains. The city has a 1,000 years of trade and culture accounting for its energetic and vibrant spirit.


Upon arrival, enjoy a guided walking tour of Montpellier's historic Old Town. Stroll through the narrow cobbled streets and admire the fascinating buildings, museums, and Renaissance mansions dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. Admire the towering fortress-like Cathedral of St Pierre, the only church in Montpellier not completely destroyed during the Wars of Religions between the Catholics and the Protestants in the 16th century.

 

Following your walking tour, re-board your coach for your short journey to the Château de Flaugergues, a stunning 18th century château and winery.  Here you will be welcomed by the owners, Mr and Mrs De Colbert, for an exclusive visit of the oldest of the Montpellier folies (elegant houses). Flaugergues exudes the charm of a house that has been home to the same family for many years. During your visit, you can admire the monumental staircase, the 17th century Brussels tapestries and the beautiful French-style gardens, featuring rare varieties of trees and a unique olive grove.

 

Afterwards, enjoy a wine tasting session featuring some of the wines produced in the 40 acre vineyard that surrounds the château, a tradition which was started by the Romans, continued by the Monks of Grand Mont and followed by the many generations who have lived here until this day.

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There is a moderate amount of walking involved, therefore we do not recommend this tour to guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. The walking tour of Montpellier lasts approximately one and a quarter hours and there is around one and a half hours of walking at the château.


Tour D

PEZENAS & VALMAGNE (TOUR D)

  •  Discover Pezenas, a town rich with the sort of good living that the Languedoc is famous for
  •  Visit all elements of a typical abbey: the gothic church , the cloisters, the chapter house and the refectory
  •  Sample the wine of the domain
Activity Tour
Price£35.00 - £30.00
DurationApprox 4 Hrs
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
  •  Discover Pezenas, a town rich with the sort of good living that the Languedoc is famous for
  •  Visit all elements of a typical abbey: the gothic church , the cloisters, the chapter house and the refectory
  •  Sample the wine of the domain


Enjoy a visit to Pezenas, a charming little town surrounded by vineyards as well as an opportunity to explore the Valmagne Abbey - which rises serenely above the surrounding sea of Languedoc vineyards.

In Pezenas, you will be able to admire the mansions with elegant balconies and ornate doorways and the narrow streets unchanged since the 17th century, as you explore on foot. You will then continue on to the great rose-colored Abbey, founded in the 12th century. Up until the 14th century it was one of the wealthiest in the South of France, housing up to 3,200 monks.  Here we can explore the Abbey.

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves a strenuous amount of walking, over cobblestones and uphill terrain. Therefore it is considered not suitable for guests who have limited mobility or wheelchair users.


Tour A

SCENIC SETE & THE THAU LAGOON (TOUR A)

  • Enjoy the delights of Sète from the comfort of your coach
  • Discover the famous oyster farms
  • Explore The Thau Lagoon
Activity Tour
Price£30.00-£40.00
DurationApprox 3 3/4 Hrs
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included

Discover a taste of the unspoilt Mediterranean as you enjoy some splendid views of scenic Sète, as well as a visit to the Thau Lagoon.

 

Departing from the port of Sète, relax as you enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city, which has been heavily influenced by the Greek and Roman cultures, before heading up to Mount St Clair to admire outstanding views over Sète, the Mediterranean Sea and the Thau Lagoon. From Mount St Clair, you will notice that you are surrounded by water. It was for this reason that the French writer Paul Valery named Sète ‘the Singular Island’. Enjoy a visit to the chapel of Notre-Dame-De-La-Salette, which was constructed built on the site of an ancient fortress built by Louise XIII.

 

Back on your coach, travel along the coastal road to reach the fishing port of Marseillan for a brief photo stop before continuing onto Bouzigues, the centre of oyster and mussel production dating back as far as the Greeks. The oyster beds themselves are very photogenic, and best enjoyed by walking along the path that follows the edge of the lagoon. Thau Lagoon is the largest of a string of “étangs” (lakes) that stretch along the Languedoc-Roussillon. The Etang de Thau has an ongoing tradition for oyster farming, which you will learn about during your tour.

 

Before all too long, you shall r-board your tour coach for the return to the ship.

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a minimal amount of walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility,  provided  individuals can board the coach unaided.


Aigues MortuesWalled City, Sete, France

THE WALLED CITY OF AIGUES MORTUES (TOUR G)

  • Discover the walled city of Aigues-Mortes
  • Learn about its history during a guided walking tour
  • Enjoy some time at leisure exploring this breathtaking French city 

 

Price£35.00-£45.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Enjoy visiting Aigues-Mortes, the walled city in the La Petite Camargue region.

 

Departing Sète, relax on a scenic drive through the French countryside towards the walled city of Aigues-Mortes, located in the heart of La Petite Camargue. The city was transformed from a place of salt production to a major port in the 13th century when Saint Louis, King of France, decided to liberate the holy places from the infidels.

Enjoy a guided walking tour of this fascinating city, admiring Constance Tower, which is one of the most majestic pieces of architecture from the medieval times, and served as a lookout post to fend off the Saracens. You will also visit one of the oldest monuments in the city – the Notre Dame des Sablons Cathedral, which dates back to the 12th century, and is said to be where Louis IX prayed before setting off on his crusade.

Leaving your guide, take time to explore at leisure and stroll through the charming streets lined with cafés, art galleries and boutique shops before re-joining your coach for your journey back to your awaiting ship.

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There is approximately one hour of walking during the walking tour of Aigues-Mortes, over flat and cobblestone streets, therefore it is considered suitable for guests with limited mobility. 

 


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