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How to Spend 1 Day in Toulouse

How to Spend 1 Day in Toulouse

With just one day to explore Toulouse, every moment counts, so prebook hotel and airport transfers, look for tours that visit multiple attractions, and save money on entrance fees with a Toulouse Pass. Here are some ideas for how to spend one day in Toulouse. 

Morning: Explore the Pink City

Toulouse is nicknamed theVille Rose (Pink City) for the many rose-hued buildings that line its Old Town, and the historic center is the obvious starting point for a tour. Take a hop-on-hop-off-bus tour to get your bearings in the city, or opt for a walking tour or bike tour instead to get a closer look at the city’s highlights. However you travel, admire the grand buildings around Place du Capitole, the Basilica of Saint Sernin, and the botanical gardens (Jardin des Plantes). Tours typically take in the views along the scenic Garonne riverfront, home to landmarks including Notre-Dame de la Dalbade cathedral and the New Bridge (Pont Neuf), then cross the river to see historic sites such as the Hospital des Graves and the Raymond VI Gardens. 

Afternoon: Shopping in Toulouse’s Quarters

Time your arrival at the Victor Hugo Market, Toulouse’s main market hall, for lunch—this is the place to sample local specialties such as Toulouse sausage, violet jam, and cassoulet. Nearby, the famous French department store Galeries Lafayette is at the heart of the city’s main shopping quarter and offers an incredible view over the city from its top-floor observation deck. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the atmospheric neighborhoods of Saint-Étienne and Les Carmes, where the streets are lined with markets, antique shops, and independent boutiques. Do as the locals and stop for agoûter (coffee and cake) at one of the terrace cafés. 

Night: Cruise the Canals

Experience Toulouse from the water on an evening boat cruise. Set sail along the Garonne River and admire the waterfront landmarks as the sun sets over the city skyline; cruise the Canal du Midi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its impressive 17th-century engineering; or opt for a dinner cruise and dine aboard as you take in the sights. Back on land, discover Toulouse’s nightlife. On the left bank of the Garonne, the Saint-Cyprien quarter is a popular haunt for students; the waterfront Place Saint-Pierre has a number of chic wine bars; and the nightclubs along Jean-Jaurès stay open into the early hours. 

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Historical Walking Tour of Toulouse

Historical Walking Tour of Toulouse

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Spend the morning or afternoon on a historical journey through Toulouse’s past. Explore the city’s landmarks, architecture, and monuments on a two-and-a-half-hour walking tour with a historian guide. Visit the Romanesque style Basilica of Saint-Sernin, a UNESCO World Heritage site, see the Capitole of Toulouse, with its impressive marble façade, and stop at many other sites to learn about the city's fascinating history and significance in France.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.00
Price varies by group size
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$59.00
Price varies by group size

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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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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$21.68
From
$21.68

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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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$19.27
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$19.27
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$439.52
per group
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$439.52
per group
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$37.53
Price varies by group size
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$37.53
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

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
  • Free Cancellation
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$43.35
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$43.35

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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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$46.96
Price varies by group size
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$46.96
Price varies by group size

Toulouse Private Walking Tour

Toulouse Private Walking Tour

This is the perfect tour for a city break. Toulouse is a wonderfull and vibrant city. This is the best way to discover the city in a short time with a local and guide. Easy walk 2 hours
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$156.40
Price varies by group size
From
$156.40
Price varies by group size