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Bordeaux City Sights Walking Tour
"Your 2-hour walking tour starts from the tourist office in central Bordeaux. The exact route may vary depending on the weather and number of people in the group but your guide will be sure to show you as many of the city’s highlights as possible.Walk to Monument aux Girondins a dramatic fountain statue commemorating the Girondists a group of political martyrs who were executed for their militant support during the French Revolution.Continue along the banks of the Garonne River to Place de la Bourse home to the stock exchange. This square was laid out in the 1700s by King Louis XV's architect Gabriel to act as a dramatic frame for an equestrian statue of the monarch.Make your way to Rue Sainte-Catherine the pedestrian street in the heart of the historical city center
From EUR10.00
 
Garonne River Cruise Including Lunch from Bordeaux
"Board your cruiser near Bordeaux's city center and enjoy a welcome cocktail as you settle in and begin gliding along the Garonne River. One of the largest rivers in France the Garonne runs through Bordeaux and offers sightseers beautiful views of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed buildings that line the historic waterway.Admire typical French classical and neoclassical architecture as you cruise past Place de la Bourse a dramatic 18th-century square laid out by King Louis XV's architect. Cruise along Quai Richelieu to the arch of Porte de Bourgogne pass under the Pont de Pierre bridge and admire the flamboyant Gothic spire of Basilica of St Michael.With Bordeaux's sights drifting by sit down to a lovely 3-course lunch freshly prepared on board (see sample menu below. Drinks are at your own expense). View the Port of Bassens and glide under the Pont d'Aquitaine suspension bridge to elegant Château Grattequina the turning-point of your cruise.Your 3-hour Bordeaux lunch cruise ends back at the starting point.Sample Menu:Starter (choice of one): Homemade terrine Mullet tartare with dill vinaigrette Main course (ch""
From EUR55.00
 
Bordeaux Segway Tour
"Head to central Bordeaux at your chosen start time to meet your guide and receive a 10-minute orientation session. Clip on your helmet and learn how to use your 2-wheeled self-balancing battery-powered transportation device; simply lean in the direction you want to go. Once you feel comfortable on your Segway hit Bordeaux's streets for your 1-hour sightseeing tour with informative commentary from your guide.Ride down Bordeaux's historic streets to the UNESCO World Heritage–listed banks of the Garonne River. Take in panoramic views of this ancient waterway marked by an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble that was created in the age of the Enlightenment.Glide to Place des Quinconces to discover one of the largest public squares in Europe and on to Place de la Comédie to view the impressive Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux side-by-side with chic boutiques and inviting cafes.Cruise down atmospheric Rue Sainte-Catherine Bordeaux's main shopping street
From EUR30.00

Train Tips (9)

To and from Toulouse by train

I travelled to Toulouse from Paris on a TGV train (TGV = Train of Great Speed), leaving the station Paris-Montparnasse at 12:28 and arriving Toulouse-Matabiau five and a half hours later, at 17:57. There was one brief stop in Bordeaux along the way.

When I left Toulouse a few days later it was on a TGV train to Bordeaux, but this time I travelled first class because when I booked there was a special deal available on the website voyages-sncf.com for only 25 Euros.

Both the French and the German railways have complicated price structures with constantly changing prices, so all I can suggest is that you look at both websites and see what is on offer. I have never tried any of the alternative websites, but The Man in Seat 61 says it is sometimes possible to get lower prices on sites like capitainetrain.com.

Actually I didn’t find much difference between first and second class. Both are comfortable but a bit cramped, since they try to fit as many passengers as possible into a small space. I used to travel first class in Germany quite often (back in the days when my textbook publisher paid for the tickets). In German trains first class is somewhat roomier than second – three seats in each row instead of four – but what you are mainly paying extra for is to be travelling with wealthy people rather than with people like me.

Directions: VélÔToulouse bicycle station number 61
Aerial view and photo of the station on monumentum.fr
Website: http://www.gares-en-mouvement.com/

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Nemorino
Aug 10, 2015

SNCF

The mainline station is Matabiau, in the northern part of the city centre.

It connects with the metro (Marengo station) and the bus station is 100m to the west.

You can buy tickets online in advance (may help with cost) and pick them up from the automatic machines. They have an English option (and German, I think). The machines will also sell you the ticket. Quicker than waiting in a queue. They wouldn't take my credit card, but the debit one worked.

€26 for a return trip to Albi - off peak on a Monday, and on a slow TER train.

Over €40 return to Carcassonne on a Saturday - TGV one way, and a regional express the other.

Neither booked in advance, and both "flexible" up to a point.

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iaint
Mar 24, 2014

Buy your train tickets in advance!!!!!

Here's the scene. You are supposed to be taking a train from Toulouse to another French city. You have already looked at the train schedule and you know which train you want. So you go to the train station and find yourself shepherded into two waiting rooms with long lines. All of a sudden your well planned timetable is going up in smoke.

Do yourself a favor, buy your tickets the day before you leave, not on the day you are supposed to leave. Waiting in the line to buy tickets at the station will make you late, wanting to pay with a credit card will consign you to waiting in line.

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GentleSpirit
Nov 20, 2013

Toulouse Matabiu Station

The train didn't come to Toulouse until the mid 1800's. Today Toulouse's train station is one of the centers of train transport in Southern France,

The main terminal building was opened in 1903. It is said that the stone for the main building was taken from the Roman city of Saintes.

One thing you will notice on the facade are the coats of arms of the cities that the old train line served. Today it serves many more.

The easiest way to access the train station is from SNCF Marengo metro station on the Toulouse subway. You can walk but its not the greatest neighborhood directly around the station. Taxi from the station to near St Sernin is 10 euro, which is outrageous considering that you could easily walk it in 15-20 minutes if you know where you are going.

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GentleSpirit
Nov 20, 2013
 
 
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Ligne C

La ligne C est en quelque sorte le RER toulousain. C'est une ligne de trains, spéciaux, à cadence élevée, qui relie Toulouse à Colomiers.
Les rames sont très modernes, accessibles aux personnes handicapées, et mettent une quinzaine de minutes pour faire le parcours.

The C line is in a way the RER toulousain. It is a line of trains, special, to elevated cadence, that joins Toulouse in Colomiers.
The oars are very modern, accessible to the handicapped people, and put about fifteen minutes to make the course.

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Klod5
Nov 03, 2004

Gare Matabiau

A Toulouse, la gare SNCF (des trains) est couramment appelée "Matabiau", nom du lieu où elle a été construite. Ce nom veut dire "tuer le taureau" (ce serait ici que le taureau utilisé pour le martyr de Saint-Cernin aurait été rattrapé et tué).
A coté de la Gare des trains, se situe la gare routière (autobus), et l'ensemble est desservie par une station de métro (Marengo-SNCF), et plusieurs lignes de bus.
C'est de là que partent les Noctambus, les bus de nuit.

In Toulouse, the SNCF station (of the trains) is called " Matabiau", name of the place where it has been constructed, fluently. This name means "to kill the bull" (it would be here that the bull used for the martyr of Saint-Cernin would have been caught up and killed).
To quoted of the Station of the trains, be located the road station (bus), and the whole is gone against by a station of subway (Marengo-SNCF), and several lines of bus.
It is of there that leaves the Noctambus, the buses of night.

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Klod5
Nov 01, 2004

Le Petit Train

Many French towns now offer a guided tour on a little train, and Toulouse was not exception.

It was an ideal way of seeing quite a lot of the town in the short time I had there, and convenient, in that it departed from outside the hotel.

Although the commentary was in French, I was provided with a (direct) written english translation, which gave me the backgound to the sites we passed.

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Emmjai
Jun 12, 2003

Train Station.

Toulouse rail line is on the route from Bordeaux and Narbonne.. Trains are run by SNCF. Timetables on SNCF site or BAHN.de

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Sep 17, 2012

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there are big railway...

there are big railway lines,with direct trains from nice,marseille,lyon,bordeaux,bayonne,perpignan,paris.The name of the station is:toulouse-matabiau.Also an airport:toulouse-blagnac.

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Aug 24, 2002

Things to Do Near Toulouse

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Jacobins Church & Cloister

The last stop on our guided walking tour “Grand Monuments of Toulouse” was the Jacobean (Dominican) convent, adjacent to the Jacobean Church. This convent suffered serious damage during the French...
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Musée des Antiques - St Raymond

Saint-Raymond is a museum for connoisseurs of the Roman antiquity installed in a former university college from the 16th century. The museum is dedicated to the art and to the archaeology of the...
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La Garonne

You’ll never guess what the lady in this sculpture (in the first photo) is supposed to represent. Joan of Arc? No, she’s not Joan of Arc, though the shaft she is holding in her right hand does look...
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Place du Capitole

I have known for a long time that the opera house in Toulouse is called the “Théâtre du Capitole”, but I didn’t realize (never having been there before) that the Opera and the City Hall were in the...
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Briques roses - Pink bricks

If in combination with dressed stone as on the facade of the Capitole (photo n°1) or some private buildings (n°2) bricks in all their shades are pleasant to look at, there are public or religious...
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Musée des Augustins

The major art museum of Toulouse was founded during the French Revolution and is still located in the old Augustinian Convent, which was constructed beginning in the fourteenth century. By the...
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