1. France
  2. Languedoc-Roussillon
  3. Carcassonne
  4. Basilique Saint Nazaire

Carcassonne: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

Product ID: 76137
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Discover one of the most beautiful fortified cities of the Middle Ages on a 2-hour walking tour of Carcassonne. Learn more about the Cathar religion and the holy wars that raged at Europe's most comprehensive and formidable defensive fortress.
About this activity
Duration: 2 hours
Starting times 10:30 AM, 4:30 PM
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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Nazaré with its magnificent stained glass windows
  • Hear incredible stories about the defensive techniques used to guard Carcassonne
  • Learn about the Catholic Inquisition that eliminated the Cathars
Full description
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 and Roman architecture. Look at the unique stained glass windows depicting various religious imagery. Get the chance to look at the stunning Château Comtal (Comtal Castle), built inside the city walls. Find open spaces suitable for children and discover Knights Templar uniforms available to purchase in the shops.

Then, go to one of the city's many splendid restaurants to try regional food, such as an authentic cassoulet (a rich, slow-cooked casserole) or duck confit. 
Includes
  • Guide for 2 hours
What’s Not Included
  • Entrance fee to Comtal Castle (Château Comtal)
  • Entrance fee to the Museum of the Inquisition (Musée de l'Inquisition)
  • Food and drinks

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Meeting point

Meeting point is outside Narbonne Gate (main entrance) next to the statue of Lady Carcas.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Please note that this tour involves a lot of walking on cobblestone streets and some walking up stairs. It may not be suitable for those with reduced mobility
• Regrettably, the tour is not wheelchair accessible
• Please wear comfortable shoes (no high heels)
• Sunglasses are recommended in July and August
• Please note that the price of this tour depends on the number of customers per group
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 81 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.2 / 5
  • Safety
    4.6 / 5
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Carcassonne through time.

Very good contact with Roberto who introduced us to the art of war from the Romans to the Renaissance without forgetting Catharism and the Inquisition ... All illustrated by many drawings and photos of the City through ages. A very nice visit that we recommend to all those who are not very familiar with the history of this superb region. Thanks also to Roberto for his humor.

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October 27, 2018

An amazing two-hour walking tour of Toulouse to Carcassonne.

We really had a great time and enjoyed the private walking tour to Carcassonne.The tour guide gave us a complete overview of the history of the city.We really appreciated the opportunity to see the city, its architecture and art. We strongly recommend anyone to visit Carcassonne and get to know it

February 9, 2017

Very knowledgable guide

We enjoyed this tour very much!

August 7, 2019

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Product ID: 76137