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How to Spend 3 Days in Toulouse

How to Spend 3 Days in Toulouse

Toulouse is ideally situated for visiting the historic villages and UNESCO World Heritage sites of the Occitanie region, and with three days, there’s time to take in all the highlights and enjoy a day trip out of the city. Here are some ideas for how to spend three days in Toulouse.   

Day 1: Sightseeing in the Pink City

A hop-on-hop-off-bus tour is a convenient way to explore Toulouse. Jump off to stroll around the historic center and admire the elegant pink-hued buildings that give the city its nickname, the Ville Rose (Pink City). Must-see sights include the grand Place du Capitole, the Romanesque Basilica of Saint Sernin, and the UNESCO-listed Canal du Midi. A walking tour of the Left Bank offers insight into Toulouse’s history—including the Hospital des Graves and the Roman ruins of the Raymond II Gardens—and a cruise along the Garonne River takes in waterfront landmarks such as the Notre-Dame de la Dalbade cathedral and the New Bridge (Pont Neuf). Don’t miss a visit to the Victor Hugo Market, where you can sample local specialties such as Toulouse sausage and cassoulet (bean stew) and take in the view from the top floor of the Galeries Lafayette department store. 

Day 2: Space City and City Neighborhoods

Journey to outer space at the interactive Space City (Cité de l'Espace), one of Toulouse’s most visited attractions—book skip-the-line tickets to dodge the long summer queues. Back in the city, spend the afternoon discovering Toulouse’s atmospheric neighborhoods and visiting its many museums. Art lovers should head to the Musée des Augustins and Les Abattoirs, while a visit to the Natural History Museum can be combined with a walk around the neighboring Jardin des Plantes botanical gardens. To save on museum fees, consider investing in a Toulouse Pass. The quarters of Saint-Étienne and Les Carmes are ideal for shopping and strolling, and the many restaurants, terrace cafés, and wine bars spring to life after sunset.  

Day 3: Take a Day Trip

There are a number of options for day trips from Toulouse, but to maximize your time, look for a tour that visits multiple destinations or combines sightseeing with wine tasting in the Gaillac wine region. Popular options include the medieval town of Albi, the hometown of painter Henri de Toulouse Lautrec; the picturesque hilltop village of Cordes-sur-Ciel; and Carcassonne, a fortified medieval citadel with a dramatic hilltop setting and UNESCO World Heritage status. A little farther south, the city of Lourdes is one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in France and home to the sacred Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes.

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Day Trip to Albi, UNESCO Cathedral and Medieval Village from Toulouse

Day Trip to Albi, UNESCO Cathedral and Medieval Village from Toulouse

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See more of France with a day-trip from Toulouse to Albi and Cordes sur Ceil. Don’t worry about the hassles of driving, navigating, or translating, as you enjoy the itinerary prepared. Explore medieval villages, spend some time in the Toulouse Lautrec museum and visit the Sainte Cécile cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage listed sight.
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  • 1 day
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$25.86
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Toulouse Turism Pass City Card

Toulouse Turism Pass City Card

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Maximize your time in Toulouse with a great-value 24-, 48- or 72-hour Toulouse Card. Enjoy free entrance to museums and monuments including the Château d'Eau, Musée des Augustins, and Couvent des Jacobins; up to 20% discount on Garonne River cruises, hop-on hop-off bus tours, and Segway tours; unlimited use of public transport, including airport shuttle buses; plus special offers at many of the city’s shops and shows.
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$21.33
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Toulouse Sightseeing Bus Tour

Toulouse Sightseeing Bus Tour

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Get to know Toulouse on an open-top hop-on hop-off tour. Great for visitors who want to see the city in a flexible way, at their own pace. Choose your departure time, and then stay on the bus for the full 70 minutes or customize the tour spending longer at sights that catch your interest. The audio tour is offered in eight languages and includes all major Toulouse sights.
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Carcassonne Half DayTour from Toulouse

Carcassonne Half DayTour from Toulouse

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Explore Carcassonne on a two-hour walking tour. Leave the logistics hassle of driving to your driver, and delve into the city’s rich history on your guided tour starting with the medieval castle walls surrounding the old city. Learn about centuries of bloody history and battles for territory, and marvel at the long history of the Canal du Midi, a link to the Atlantic and the Mediterranean excavated in the 17th century. This tour is ideal for history buffs or anyone wanting to learn more about France's varied past.
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  • 2 hours
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Albi, Cordes and Gaillac Day Tour from Toulouse

Albi, Cordes and Gaillac Day Tour from Toulouse

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Explore some of southwestern France’s picturesque towns and villages on a full day tour with wine tasting from Toulouse. See Albi’s Gothic cathedrals and visit the Toulouse-Lautrec museum in Albi, stop to admire the medieval hilltop village of Cordes sur Ciel, and then taste locally produced wines in Gaillac. This tour is ideal for visitors looking to get out of the city and learn more about France’s history and culture.
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  • 8 hours
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Gaillac Wine Half Day Tour from Toulouse

Gaillac Wine Half Day Tour from Toulouse

Discover the natural beauty of the Gaillac wine-growing region with a half-day tour from Toulouse. Visit two wineries and taste several wines they produce including sparkling, white, rose, and red wines. Hotel pick-up and drop-off in Toulouse are included.
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  • 4 hours
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Toulouse Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

Toulouse Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

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Get to know the city through the eyes of a passionate local. With no set itinerary, you can customize the tour or leave it up to the local for an insightful introduction to the city. Make travel about the people you meet not just the places you see.
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  • 2 to 6 hours
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Toulouse E Bike Tour

Toulouse E Bike Tour

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high-end electric bike with a guide. Get a thorough safety briefing and then set off to see the sights. Pedal through the St. Etienne neighborhood and see the Cathedral then ride along the Canal de Brienne, where you take in river views, and get to know some local secrets down hidden alleyways.
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  • 3 hours
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Toulouse Historical Left Bank Walking Tour

Toulouse Historical Left Bank Walking Tour

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Explore Toulouse with a guide on a 2.5-hour historical walking tour and learn about the city’s long history. Tour the left bank of the Garonne River and learn about significant landmarks as you admire historical architecture. Visit the Hospital des Graves where you see the Dome and Hospice, and walk through the Raymond VI Gardens to see a Roman fortress wall and tower. This tour is ideal for visitors wanting to go deeper into Toulouse’s fascinating history while spending time outside exploring.
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St Cirq LaPopie and Pech Merle Cavern Tour from Toulouse

St Cirq LaPopie and Pech Merle Cavern Tour from Toulouse

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Private sightseeing tour with an American driver-guide (Expatriate - in France since 1992) Visit the colorful and historic Midi-Pyrenées Region North of Toulouse. From Toulouse we'll first visit the Pech Merle Cavern with amazing prehistoric paintings. Next we'll drive to St Cirq-LaPopie - one of the most beautiful villages in France . . . One of the greatest advantages to my tours is flexibility. I may propose or start the day with an itinerary in mind, or list of places to visit, but from there the day will unfold according to your personal wishes. My objective is to help you to maximize your time spent here in France - so that you will most comfortably enjoy all the beauty and history - that you return home filled with spectacular memories of a marvelous adventure.
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  • 7 hours
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