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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.

  • 2-Hour Private Walking Tour of Carcassonne

    4. 2-Hour Private Walking Tour of Carcassonne

    The walled city of Carcassonne in Languedoc is world renowned as a spectacular fortified medieval city. But this rocky spur has been occupied since the 6th-Century BC, first as a Gallic settlement and later as a fortified Roman city. The Visigoths seized the city in the 5th-Century, and were followed by the Saracens, who remained in control for a mere 30 years before the Francs expelled them. Restored by Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th-Century, the city fortress was consecrated in 1997 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, while the former military enclosure of the lower town’s "La Bastide Saint-Louis" is listed as a conservation area. Take a 2-hour private walking tour, personalized to your own schedule and rhythm, visiting the sights you would like to visit. Explore medieval architecture and discover the rich culture that has inspired poets and writers, including William Faulkner. The city i...

    Jacqueline was an excellent guide. She had great energy, friendly, and was very knowledgable. We really enjoyed our tour with her.

  • Toulouse: Carcassonne Day Trip

    5. 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.

  • Languedoc: Tour and Tasting at Domaine de Baronarques

    6. Languedoc: Tour and Tasting at Domaine de Baronarques

    Dive into centuries of winemaking tradition with a tour of the Domaine de Baronaques. Acquired by the Baroness Philippine de Rothschild and her 2 sons in 1998, the vineyard has been in existence since the 17th century, when it was under the possession of the Abbey de Saint-Polycarpe. Across over 270 acres of lush vineyards, experience the raw materials that coalesce to form a wine celebrated across the globe. After arrival at the vineyard, you'll tour the vast vineyard lands, the vat-house and barrel-room where wines are fermented and aged, as well as the 19th-century French Château, nestled into a tree-covered hill. After a full tour of the premises, you'll have the opportunity to taste the 3 wines produced at the Domaine de Baronaques: Grand Vin Rouge, La Capitelle de Baronarques and Grand Vin Blanc.

  • Carcassonne: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

    7. 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: City Exploration Smartphone Game

    8. Carcassonne: City Exploration Smartphone Game

    Explore medieval France through the bustling streets and imposing city walls of Carcassonne with this city exploration game for your smartphone. Book the game, use the access code e-mailed to you and then head to Gambetta Square to start your quest. Go at your own pace to solve the clues and see the city at the same time. Finish your quest at Chateau Comtal.

    A very nice way to explore the city. Some directions are (at least in translation) somewhat confusing, and at least one of our clues/locations was out of business, so the tour might benefit from a little update, but we had a lot of fun, and would definitely recommend!

  • Carcassonne: 2-Hour Walking Tour of the City

    9. 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!

  • Carcassonne: Fortress Walking Tour

    10. Carcassonne: Fortress Walking Tour

    Throughout this guided tour you will discover the mythical narrow cobble streets of this old fortress. The monumentality of this citadel will impress you, as your guide tells you all the details of its fascinating history. You will be provided details about the rempart's construction, as you observe the castle from outside. Your guide will explain everything about the mysterious Cathars and military architecture, delving into all of the construction's secrets. Be prepared to also hear small anecdotes about the medieval period as you end with the discovery of the magnificent Basilica of St. Nazaire and St. Celse.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,086 reviews

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 !!

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.

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).

Nathalie was a very knowledgeable and friendly guide. She made our visit fun and recommended a great place to eat. Thank you and we hope to have a tour with you again, Judith and Annika

Nathalie was amazing! Very jovial and polite, she knows so much about the area and will always do her best to accomodate your language! Warmly recommended to anyone coming from the UK!