Fantastic fun – Wonderful! everyone should experience it because there is no words to explain &our guide was very good educative fun co-operative.
Get to Know ‘La Ville Rose’ from the Expert’s Perspective
Enter the Magnificent Saint Sernin Basilica
Walk Through the Convent Des Jacobins
Hand-Picked Guides Only. English-Speaking, Local Experts
230€ Per Group
All year round except May 1st, December 25th and January 1st
Private Walking Tour.
Minimum 2, Maximum 15.
Hotel pick up in Toulouse.
Tour will end at Capitole Square or in the city center.
Lunch In A Local Restaurant, Return Transfer From Airport/Train Station.
Pick up and return at hotel
Services of a licensed/accredited guide
2 hour guided walking tour
Entrance fees to monuments, museums, attractions
Personal insurance and expenses
Meals and drinks
Gratuities for the guide
The Perfect Way to Get to Know Toulouse
As Lonely Planet puts it:
“Toulouse might just be France’s most overlooked city. Known as ‘La Ville Rose’ (the Pink City) thanks to the dusky-pink bricks used in many of its buildings, it’s the country’s fourth-biggest metropolis and has one of the largest universities outside Paris. But this vibrant southern city has so much going for it: a crackling cultural scene, a beautiful old quarter packed with hôtels particuliers (private mansions) and a glorious location at the confluence of the Canal du Midi and the River Garonne. Throw in some of the southwest’s finest food markets and restaurants, and it becomes hard to think of any trip to France that shouldn’t include a few days in Toulouse.
Depart with your licensed tour guide and first discover Saint Sernin Basilica, one of the most glorious churches on the medieval pilgrimage road to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, a masterpiece of Romanesque art. This exquisite church, built in the 11th to 13th centuries, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Constructed from the red bricks typical of Toulouse, the Basilica has a five-aisled nave and three-aisled transept in the Romanesque style. After the visit of the Basilica, head towards the ‘Couvent des Jacobins’ Church.
A beautiful example of Southern Gothic architecture, the Couvent des Jacobins was founded as a Dominican monastery in the 13th century. Built between 1260 and 1292 it was constructed entirely from the red bricks of Toulouse and has a similar tower to the Basilique Saint-Sernin. The massive and austere exterior contrasts with the delicate interior architecture. Inside the convent’s church, the two-aisled nave features inspiring vaulting with the famous palm-frond shaped ribs radiating from seven central piers in the choir.
Finally, end the tour with the visit of the ‘Capitole’, the city’s Town Hall located on the main square of Toulouse. The name “Capitole” referred not only to the Roman Capitol but also to the Capitulum which was the chapter of the governing magistrates. In the 20th century, the structures surrounding the vast Place du Capitole were redesigned. Some of the interior of the Capitole can be traced back to the 16th century, but the current façade, 135 metres long and built of the characteristic pink brick in Neoclassical style, dates from 1750. The eight columns represent the original eight Capitouls. A thorough redesign of the Place du Capitole in 1995 reserved the space for pedestrians. Today the Capitole houses the city hall, as well as the Theater, an opera company and a symphony orchestra. The Salle des Illustres contains 19th century works of art and sculptures that represent the most famous persons originating from Toulouse.
Good to Know
- This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
- Prices are listed as a guide only.
- Price is per group.
- Currency is in Euro.
- Possible languages: English, Español, Français.
- Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour – Read More Here.
Very informative and relaxed tour – Our guide was great and gave us ample time to tour and relax. She was very knowledgeable and stayed on time.
Efficient and knowledgeable – Friendly, knowledgeable and efficiently organised. We loved the fact that Alain, our guide, was as excited about visiting the estates as we were. We have used them twice already and will certainly do so again.
Loved every minute of it! – We had a wonderful guide Delphine. She took very good care of us! It was great!
The Ophorus Difference
Contagious Enthusiasm – ‘We had the most terrific guide! Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic’ – Virginia B. (Delaware, US)
Flexibility – ‘The guides really took an interest in what WE wanted to do’ Paul C. (UK)
Area Locals – ‘He was so much more than a driver. He really added local color and local flavor.’ Daniel W. (Georgia, US)
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