Carcassonne
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  • Carcassonne: Castle and Ramparts Skip-the-Line Ticket

    1. Carcassonne: Castle and Ramparts Skip-the-Line Ticket

    Carcassonne was settled as early as the 6th century BC and later became an important Roman town. It was fortified in the 4th century and was a strategic site in the Middle Ages. It took on its definitive shape in the 13th century with the king’s decision to construct the distinctive double-walled ramparts and extend the castle. The city was restored by Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century and is a testimony to 1,000 years of military architecture and 2,500 years of history. Left in ruins after the the Cathar Crusade (1209-1229), the Inquisition and exile of the Trencavel family, Eugène Viollet-le-Duc was commissioned by the French state in 1844 to restore the city of Cathar. Completed in 1911 under the direction of his pupil Paul Boeswillwald, the royal city was returned to its original splendor, finally being inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 1997. In a new, self-guided addit...

    Habría sido muy interesante poder adquirir por este medio un ticket con visita guiada. Por lo demás, un acceso a la actividad muy fácil y operativo.

  • Cité de Carcassonne: Private Guided Tour

    2. Cité de Carcassonne: Private Guided Tour

    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 restoratio...

    Heavily recommended when visiting Carcassonne - great to hear more about the history, and special places which I am sure we wouldn't have seen without the tour. (e.g. tomb stone and the bell).

  • Cité de Carcassonne: Guided Group Tour

    3. Cité de Carcassonne: Guided Group Tour

    Come along on this 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 (in English, French or Italian) about the architecture of the Gothic church and see the beautiful stained glass windows, built between the 13th and 16th centuries. Walk through the streets of the ancient religious quarter and learn about the inquisition in Carcassonne and Toulouse.

  • Toulouse: Carcassonne Day Trip

    4. Toulouse: Carcassonne Day Trip

    If you're staying in Toulouse and want to discover the Cité de Carcassonne, the Comtal Castle, the Saint Nazaire Basilica and more historical highlights, this is the perfect day tour for you. Located 1 hour from Toulouse, Carcassonne is one of the 25 great sites of Midi-Pyrénées. In Cathar country and at the heart of the fortified city, you can discover the Château of the Counts of Carcassonne and the Remparts, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will departure from Toulouse at 9:30AM (check-in is at 9:15AM), with a planned arrival in Carcassonne at 10:30AM.  Following your day of discovery, you will depart from Carcassonne at 4:30PM, with a planned return to Toulouse at 5:30PM.

  • Carcassonne: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

    5. Carcassonne: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

    Marvel at the well-preserved military and religious architecture of one of Europe's most beautiful cities on a walking tour of Carcassonne. Benefit from the exclusive services of a regional expert with years of experience. Travel back to the Middle Ages and admire the thoughtful engineering used to construct the city's defense. See evidence of the most comprehensive and formidable defensive fortress on the continent. Discover the city's 52 towers (35 internal and 17 external), and learn about the archaeological signs that pinpoint in which century they were built. Imagine the slots that were designed to crush the enemy, where molten and boiling oil could be poured. See the misleading stairs that sent the enemy into a state of confusion, and get an insight into the Cathar religion and the holy wars that raged in the city.  Go to the Basilica of Our Lady of Nazaré to admire its Gothic a...

    Guide was very knowledgeable. We liked his visuals - maps, etc. Very interesting. He had great sense of humor. He explained things very well.

  • Carcassonne: 2-Hour Walking Tour of the City

    6. Carcassonne: 2-Hour Walking Tour of the City

    Marvel at the well-preserved architecture at one of Europe's most beautiful cities on a walking tour of Carcassonne. Benefit from the knowledge of a local expert with years of experience. Travel back to the Middle Ages and admire the thoughtful engineering used to construct the city's defences and the most comprehensive and formidable defensive fortress on the continent. Discover the city's 52 towers, and learn about the archaeological signs that pinpoint in which century in which they were built. See the slots that were designed to crush the enemy, where boiling oil could be poured through as well as the misleading stairs that sent the enemy into a state of confusion. Get an insight into the Cathar religion and the holy wars that raged in the city.  Go to the Basilica of Our Lady of Nazaré to admire its Gothic and Roman architecture. Look at the unique stained glass windows depicting...

    Our guide Robert was super knowledgable and had lots of interesting facts to tell us about the city. He was super nice and funny and the tour was very interesting. Both my dad and I were impressed. Thank you!

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What people are saying about Carcassonne

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The activity consists of a tour of the vineyards and the winery, where we learn a little about its history. Then, we tasted 3 wines: a white and two reds. When booking the language options were French or English, but when we arrived at the winery one of the hostesses spoke in Spanish, so we could choose that language :) The place is incredible and the attention is excellent. It lasted approx. 40 'and we pay € 10 per person. It was a wonderful experience. We highly recommend !!

All very well, it would be good to stop before arriving and be able to take a panoramic view of Carcassonne.

With a luxury coach directly to the nearest port of Carcassonne and back Smoothly arranged and neat bus

Very beautiful estate and experienced guide listening to visitors.

very good we recommend and see you soon for new adventures