||Guided tour by tourist train
1st July to 30th September,
daily 10.30 to 12.30 and 14.00 to 18.30.
1st October to 31st May, Wednesdays 14.00 to 18.00;
school holidays (Zone A), public holidays, Saturdays, Sundays,
10.30 to 12.30 and 14.00 to 18.00
Tel : 05 62 71 08 51
Fax : 05 62 71 08 51
An unusual way to discover the delights of the Ville rose in a short time..
Departure: Place Wilson.
The "Tourist Train" is a great way to take a guided tour by train in a short period of time: 30-40 min. It is accompanied by commentary. As you travel you will see attractions that have made Toulouse interesting and great. Some of the sights are the Capitole, the basilica of Saint Sernin, Saint-Pierre des Cuisines, the banks of the Garonne, the Quai de la Daurade and the Hotel d'Assézat. You will return by way of the Rue Alsace Lorraine to the Place Wilson.
Walking Tour - Guides
You will find this walking tour will take you through areas of Toulouse that will interest you and charm you. It is by foot that you can get the pulse of the Pink City, from shopping centres to parks, to historic areas to magnificent buildings and basilicas. You will find yourself on busy streets and quiet places along the Garonne River. It is all here before you. Have fun!
The Shopping Area
The shopping area of Toulouse is interesting, with its buildings like the basilique Saint-Sernin and the musée archéologique Saint-Raymond, the Capitole and the Hotel Dumay. The walk starts in the Place Saint-Sernin. It is here where you will see the magnificent basilique Saint-Sernin. By the way, make sure you visit the Sunday morning flea market in the shopping area of Toulouse!
From the center of Toulouse, the Ville Rose, you can take the cobblestone Rue du Taur where you will see the Capitole, home of the Town Hall. Always at hand, start your walk with a visit to a café for breakfast. The Florida is home to a local artist, Raymond Moretti. Except for mornings of the local market, you can have a magnificent view of the cross of Languedoc, the landmark of Toulouse from brasseries in the Place du Capitole like the Bibent, the Mon Caf and the Grand Café de l'Opéra. Wend your way to salle des Illustres where you might see an exhibition regularly held. You will find the Office of Tourism as you come out on the Square Charles-de-Gaulle in the castle keep of the Capitole. It is at the Office of Tourism that you ccan pick up information on attractions and events that Toulouse has to offer. It is here where you can reserve a place to take an excursion by boat, on the bateau-mouche Le Capitole, by Tourist Train or by Tourist Taxi. As you continue your way, you will come to a little park with statues sculpted by Toutain, a local sculptor.
If you take the Rue Lafayette on the other side of the Rue Alsace-Lorraine, you will come to Place Wilson. There you will find cafés and brasseries such as: the Cardinal, the Capoul and the Bistro Romain. Place Saint-Georges where you will find the VanGogh and the Emile, restaurants is an area active with the hustle and bustle of cafés and large terraces, the Wallace. Follow on to the cobbled Rue Boulbonne with its boutiques. If you take the Rue d'Astorg you will come to Cathédrale Saint-Etienne. This is an area that is noted for the Haute-Garonne War Memorial and many beautiful little parks.
If you follow the Rue de Metz you will come to the Musée des Augustins. It is here that you will find the Musée des Beaux Arts which has found its home in an Augustinian monastery. This is a place for those who love food, famous for delicatessens such as: the Comtesse du Barry, Pillon and the Domaine de Lastours which sell regional goodies. If its restaurants that you crave, head for the Place Esquirol where you'll find L'Autre Salon de Thé or La Grillée.
Go north from Place Esquirol on the Rue des Changes and you will come to the medieval Grande Rue. You will find shops that feature goods from boutiques to gadgets. If you like architecture the Hotel d'Astorg, Hotel de Comére and the Hotel Dumay will be of interest to you. Follow Rue St Rome and turn right on Baour-Lormian. It leads to Place Salengro in the centre where you can find breakfast from a simple cup of coffee at Chiche to patisseries. Eventually, you will come to the Place du Capitole via the Rue Pantaléon where you'll find Violettes et Pastel, a shop that sells local produce.