Guided tour

Cité de Carcassonne: Private Guided Tour

Cité de Carcassonne: Private Guided Tour

From US$ 20.37 per person

Take a private guided tour of the medieval fortified town and discover the human and architectural history of this UNESCO-heritage listed location. Enter the medieval castle and museum and see the spectacular ramparts.

About this activity

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Duration 1.5 - 2 hours
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Live tour guide
French, English, Italian
Private or small groups available


  • Learn all about the fortified city of Carcassonne
  • Gain historical insight through the fantastic museum
  • See the beautiful and intriguing architecture
Full description
Come along on this private tour and learn all about the history of this fascinating city.  Enter through the main entrance, known as Porte Narbonnaise, to the medieval city. Learn about the fortifications built by the Romans. Cross the main street, Rue Cross Mayrevieille to the castle. Discover the museum inside the castle and develop a better understanding of the Trencavel family that defended the Cathars during the Albigensian Crusade.  Walk along the top of the wall, crossing both medieval and Roman towers as you head towards the church. Hear an explanation about the architecture of the gothic church and see the beautiful stained glass windows, built between the 13th to 16th centuries. Walk through the streets of the ancient religious quarter and learn about the inquisition in Carcassonne and Toulouse. The tour will conclude next to the Castle where you'll hear about the restoration work that happened in the 19th century.
  • Entrance to the town
  • Guided tour
  • Castle entrances fees
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts

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Meeting point

Meet next to the target of the UNESCO and the statue of Dame Carcas, next to the bridge that joins the square and the main fortified door.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Entrance fees to the castle are €7/adult (under 18s are free).
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 199 reviews

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We were extremely lucky to have our tour guide, Nathalie, to ourselves. She was very friendly and knowledgable and went to great lengths to ensure our tour was comfortable and informative. We asked her lots of questions about the Cathars and their history and she was happy to provide explanations - all in English. An excellent tour which gave us a good understanding before our visit to Château Comtal. Thank you.

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June 16, 2021

Brilliant walking tour with Nsthalie

Our guide Nathalie met us and immediately put us at ease by being friendly and welcoming. She walked at a very comfortable speed and was very informative about the castle, cathedral and cite in general. Her English was good and she was very patient when we asked lots of questions about the beautiful city. She gave a very personal tour around what we were interested in and what she thought were important to know about the area and history. I would definitely recommend the tour and nathalie to people visiting carcassonne. Excellent value for money.

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September 22, 2019

Carcassonne is a must!

The guide Nathalie was so knowledgeable and we appreciated her effort to speak English. The information was a little detailed for our 9 and 10 year old daughters. We loved the walk through the castle and along the castle wall over looking the town and amphitheater ending with the chapel. So very well priced €20 per adult and free for the kids. We were the only family.

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August 24, 2019

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