The fishing village of Sète serves as gateway to Montpellier, in the North. Other noteworthy destinations in this area include Carcassone, Aigues Mortes, the Abbaye de Fontfroide, and Pezenas. For a look at the real fisherman's life, however, stay right where you are. Sète is the Mediterranean's biggest fishing port. Canals winding through town make it fun to stroll around, and there are a number of good walking paths leading to the beach (about 30 minutes to the west). View more
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The Cap d'Agde Golf Club is on championship grounds offering relatively hilly courses with many natural water hazards and bunkers to taunt you. The links-like fairways and sea breezes are also factors that need to be contended with; however it is a playable course for all skill levels with amazing views.
Cap d'Agde Golf Club
Depart the pier for the scenic, short drive to the Golf Club. Upon arrival view this magnificent golf course that overlooks the Sea and Agde seaside resort. The course is surrounded by palm trees, sand and mini lakes with 3 various combinations of 18 hole circuits. The championship course was opened in 1989 and was designed by Ronald Fream. There are great additional facilities including a driving range, training bunkers and pitching and putting greens. At the edge of the Mediterranean, in the heart of a sublime landscape, the Golf International of Cap d'Agde is an invitation to live your passion in an unforgettable intensity.
At the conclusion of your round of golf return back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of activity walking on the golf course and is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. This tour has limited participation, but requires a minimum number of participants to operate. There are 18 holes, 72 par, approximately 6867 yards with Links and Woodland. Appropriate golf attire is required as well as soft spikes.
Experience the scenic, Old World beauty of the Languedoc region during this half-day excursion that combines a walking tour of the old market town of Pezenas with a visit to the Abbey of Valmagne. Pezenas contains narrow streets to explore with some grand 17th century homes and its town centre was one of the first in France to be protected as an historic monument. The Abbey of Valmagne was one of the richest Cistercian abbeys in southern France from the 12th to the early 14th century.
Depart the pier for the approximate 30-minute drive to the charming little town of Pezenas.
A former fortified Roman city and the seat of the government of Languedoc, today Pezenas is a city of artists. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour through the Old City. Along the way, see the narrow roads, 17th-century mansions with elegant balconies and ornate doorways, and visit the Roman Catholic Church. There is a well preserved Jewish ghetto dating from the middle ages and one of the most important religious monuments in Pezenas is the 18th century Collegiale Church of Saint-Jean.
Following your guided tour, some free time is made available for you to explore the fine array of artisans' shops before re-boarding the coach for the brief drive to the Abbey of Valmagne.
Abbey of Valmagne
Originally founded under the Benedictine order in 1138 by Raymond Trencavel, the Abbey of Valmagne became one of the richest Cistercian abbeys in the South of France during the 12th and 13th centuries, housing up to 3,200 monks.
Upon arrival, visit all of the elements of a typical abbey; the cloister and its charming Tuscany garden, the Chapter House and the Gothic church that has become a cellar for Valmagne with organic wines from the Languedoc Roussillon.
Your tour concludes with the return drive to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 700m (1/2 mile), and is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. We recommend wearing comfortable clothing, walking shoes and have sun protection. This tour has limited participation, but requires a minimum number of participants to operate. Tour sequence may vary.
An outdoors experience awaits you on the canals of the "little Venice" of France. Discover the beauty of this Mediterranean fishing town in a unique manner and perspective. After crossing some of the numerous canals, sample local flavours with food and wine as your reward after kayaking before your excursion is over.
Old Port District
Depart the pier by coach to the kayak base located in the Old Port district. Known as the 'Venice of Languedoc' due to the many canals criss-crossing the centre of the city, Sete owes its foundation to the construction of its harbour at the end of the 17th century by order of King Louis 14th.
Sete Canal Kayaking
Upon arrival at the kayak base, receive your sea-kayaking instructions and gear, then embark your sea kayak and begin your guided excursion through the canals of Sete. An English speaking group leader will guide you along the way as you take in the splendid sights of the city.
Food and Wine Tasting
Following your sea-kayaking voyage, a refreshment stop is made at one of the main jetties to sample some local delicacies, including four local Thau wines, oysters and octopus pie, or 'tielles'. Kayak back to your starting point to end your leisurely day on the water.
Your excursion concludes with a short drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.4 miles (about 2.3 kilometres) and kayaking for approximately 2.5 hours. This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition, and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with flat, closed-toe sport shoes, and bring sun protection and a towel from the ship. Guests must be at least 21 years old to participate in tastings of alcoholic beverages. The tour sequence may vary. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment. Maximum weight of guest allowed is 95 kilos (209 pounds).
Savour the wonderful sights and flavours of Sète and the Chateau de l'Engarran during this half-day sightseeing excursion. The Languedoc region still feels very traditionally French, with medieval villages, good food and wine and a countryside that is as beautiful as anything in the Luberon or Tuscany.
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximate 30-minute tour of Sète, a unique French town located on the Mediterranean Sea. Known as the 'Venice of Languedoc' due to the many canals criss-crossing the centre of the city, the foundation of the construction of its harbour began at the end of the 17th century by order of King Louis 14th.
Mount Saint Clair
Your first stop is at the peninsula of Mount Saint Clair. Upon arrival, take in panoramic views of your surroundings and learn about the history of the site. From here, proceed for a visit to the small chapel of Our Lady of La Salette, which is perched atop Mount Saint Clair and revered by the local population.
Continue with a drive to the surroundings of Montpellier and visit the "Château de l'Engarran" which is a prestigious wine estate that dates back to the 18th century. Classified as a Historical French Monument, this winery has been dedicated to love, women and wine. The visit combines art, architecture, poetry and wine with guided commentary and wine tasting with the owner.
Following a guided tour and tasting at the Château your excursion concludes with a 45-minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least 21 years old to participate in tastings of alcoholic beverages. The tour sequence may vary. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Take a walk through French history during this picturesque, full-day guided tour of the medieval walled city of Carcassonne. Since the pre-Roman period, a fortified settlement has existed on the hill where Carcassonne now stands. In its present form it is an outstanding example of a medieval fortified town, with its massive defenses encircling the castle and the surrounding buildings, its streets and its fine Gothic cathedral.
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximate two-hour drive along the highway to Carcassonne. Although this majestic site was inhabited as early as the 3rd century B.C., the expansive walled city we see today was gradually built between the 4th and 13th centuries A.D. Arguably, nowhere else in Europe exists a more intact walled city of this importance and in such an impressive setting.
Upon arrival, a guided orientation tour of Carcassonne offers a unique insight into its past and present. This fairy-tale collection of drawbridges, towers and atmospheric cobbled streets is a must-see on any trip through this part of southern France. Its medieval core, the cité, was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1997. Although both the Romans and Visigoths were here, Carcassonne really flourished under the well-to-do Trencavel family of the late 12th century.
Ample free time is afforded to have a meal on your own, and browse the myriad of shops and attractions.
At the conclusion of your visit, re-join your guide, return to the coach parking lot and re-board the coach for the approximate two-hour drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking on cobbled slopes, with stairs to negotiate at Carcassonne, and is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. The orientation tour is optional, and those not taking part may spend additional free time at their leisure within the walled city. This tour has limited participation, but requires a minimum number of participants per guide to operate.