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About Sete

With so many canals flowing through town, it's no surprise Sete is known as the Little Venice of Languedoc. Sete charms simply by not trying. It's first and foremost a busy working port, but set in a beautiful position, with the Med in front and the Thau lagoon behind, a shimmering stretch of salt water, full of mussel and oyster beds and wildfowl, including flamingos. There are 8 miles of glorious beaches to enjoy.

But, if you want to walk off your seafood platter, climb the 400 steps to the chapel of Notre Dame de la Salette, for stunning views over the town and the lagoon, and equally spectacular frescoes. Back outside, you may light the huge electric cross of Saint-Clair by making a donation.

 

Shore excursions in Sete

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Aigues-Mortes

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Known as a ‘jewel carefully set in a case of stone’, Aigues-Mortes is sure to enchant you.

As soon as you leave Sète, the typical landscape of the Camargue greets you, a vast flat expanse of salt marshes and lagoons inhabited by a rich variety of birds and animals. Approaching Aigues-Mortes, you will see the impressive walls of the medieval city where its quaint cobble-stoned streets are now home to many cafés and shops.

Aigues-Mortes, built in the 13th century was once a seaport. The town now stands 3 miles inland. It was fortified for Louis IX during the Crusades and the ramparts and towers, including the Tower of Constance, still stand.

As you begin your walking tour, your friendly guide will paint a picture of days gone by. Before you head back to the comfort of your coach, you will have time to explore Aigues-Mortes at leisure and stroll through the charming town. You may choose to browse the colourful shops with their array of souvenirs and local produce.

On your return journey you will be able to view the modern seaside resort of La Grande Motte, famous for its pyramid-style buildings.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 30 minutes guided walking included on this tour. Entrance fees to the Tower of Constance and the ramparts are not included. As capacity on this tour is limited we advise early booking. For Sunday calls please note that shops in Aigues-Mortes may be closed.

Carcassonne

Activity highShopping

Duration: 7 hours

Step back in time and discover the medieval magic of the fortified town of Carcassonne.

Embark on a drive along the motorway and past saltwater lagoons, through vineyards towards the Corbiéres mountains to Carcassonne.

One of Europe’s medieval gems - the city of Carcassonne is a fortified and inhabited town which evokes memories of a prestigious past. A 1½ hour guided tour brings to life this perfect example of a 13th century town in the days when life was so different.

A double row of castellated walls, 52 towers and 3 km’s of ramparts protect the Basilica and narrow, cobbled streets.

Afterwards, you’ll visit the Basilica of Saint-Nazaire, the jewel of the old city. All that remains today of this Romanesque cathedral, is the barrel-vaulted nave. You’ll also see the Count’s Castle built in the 12th century by the Viscounts of Carcassonne.

Free time will be given for lunch, to browse amongst the souvenir and antique shops and enjoy a pleasant walk through the narrow streets within the walled city, before you relax on the journey back to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The journey time to Carcassonne is 2 hours’ but a comfort stop will be made en-route. Comfortable non slip shoes are recommended. There is approximately 1 hour of walking included on this tour with steps and uneven ground to negotiate inside the city walls.

Montpellier

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 4 hours

A thousand years of trade and culture has made Montpellier a vibrant, elegant and artistic city .

Montpellier, the capital of Languedoc became famous in the early 13th century when the famous Medicine University was created. The narrow, largely traffic-free streets of the older quarter, situated on a low hill are lined with elegant residences from the 17th and 18th centuries.

During your drive through Montpellier, you’ll have the opportunity to see the striking contrast between the different styles of architecture. The city attracts visitors through its Mediterranean charm and ability to capture the modern world.

From the heart of the old town your guide will host you on a walk, allowing you to soak up the atmosphere of this charming city, which dates back to the 12th century. Buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries line narrow streets and surround the quaint squares.

Enjoy free time at the Place de la Comédie, Montpellier’s central hub, before you head back to the comfort of your coach for the journey back to Sète.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The drive from Sète is approximately 45 minutes. There is approximately 1 hour of walking over uneven and cobbled streets, comfortable shoes are recommended.

Montpellier and Flaugergues Castle

Activity highRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4½ hours

Experience a taste of medieval France with a visit to Montpellier and the charming Château Flaugergues and sample the local wine.

Embark on a scenic drive through the French countryside, as your knowledgeable and friendly guide paints a picture of what awaits you in the medieval city of Montpellier. Montpellier, the capital of Languedoc became famous in the early 13th century when the famous Medicine University was created. Stroll through the narrow streets of the older quarter, which are lined with elegant residences from the 17th and 18th centuries as your guide takes you back to the sights and sounds of years gone by. Time permitting; you will have free time at the Place de la Comédie, Montpellier’s central hub. Continue, with a short drive to Château de Flaugergues, where you will be welcomed by the owners Mr and Mrs de Colbert, for an exclusive visit of the oldest Château of Montpellier – 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, 17th century Brussels tapestries and beautiful French style gardens. To complement your visit, you will be invited to taste the wines produced by the estate before you head back to the comfort of your coach for the journey back to Sète.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot.There is approximately 2 hours’ total walking included on this tour. Steps are to be negotiated at the château.

Montpellier On Your Own

Activity low

Duration: 3¾ hours

Visit the capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon region to explore independently.

Located 45 minutes drive from Séte, Montpellier is the third largest French city on the Mediterranean coast after Marseille and Nice. The city became famous in the early 13th century as the home of the Medicine University. On arrival in the city you will be taken to a central location where you'll have approximately 2½ hours to spend at your leisure.

Explore the broad boulevards lined with shady trees or spend some time in the 18th Century Place de la Comedie, bordered by cafe terraces and the imposing 19th century Opera House.

Venture away from the main tourist areas you may discover l’Ecusson. The narrow backstreets of this attractive area are home to stylish cafes, bistro’s and shops where you can pick up a chic souvenir.

As you make your way back to your meeting point, keep your eyes peeled for a view of the Arch of Triumph which bears an uncanny resemblance to Paris’ Arc de Triomphe.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This excursion is unguided therefore passengers should pay close attention to the meeting time and place. All walking on this excursion is at your own discretion.

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