Carcassonne Castle & palace tours

Our most recommended Carcassonne Castle & palace tours

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 addition to this tour, guests are invited to see the magnificent views from the medieval western ramparts. 

Cité de Carcassonne: Guided Tour

2. Cité de Carcassonne: Guided Tour

Come along on this guided 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. Walkthrough 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.

Cité de Carcassonne: Private Guided Group Tour

3. Cité de Carcassonne: Private 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.

Paris: Fly Over France Virtual Reality Experience

5. Paris: Fly Over France Virtual Reality Experience

From the center of Paris, travel across the most emblematic and beautiful places that France has to offer thanks to a flight simulator and a high-technology headset ! Thanks to exceptional aerial images and spectacular moments of free flight, the experience allows you to rediscover the most beautiful places and landscapes of France: the village of Gordes in the heart of the Luberon, the abbey of Mont Saint-Michel, the impressive cliffs of Etretat, the needles and glaciers on the Mont Blanc route... At the end of an unforgettable journey, from the sea-spray of Normandy to the roof of Europe, you will cover more than 10,000 kilometers without leaving Paris!

From Toulouse: Private Carcassonne and Albi Sightseeing Tour

6. From Toulouse: Private Carcassonne and Albi Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the best of the Carcassonne region. After getting picked up from your hotel in Toulouse, enjoy a scenic 45-minute drive to the medieval fortified city of Carcassone. Here, stroll around the city's cobblestone streets and centuries-old buildings. Learn more about its history, and how the city was once a stronghold of the Cathars. You will have 2 hours of free time in Carcassonne, during which you can visit the museum where you will be transported to an era of Crusaders, Pilgrims, and Templar knights. Afterward, continue to Lastours. Here, enjoy a walk to the Belvedere Montfermier, where you can admire panoramic views of the surrounding area and its many castles. Finish your tour in Albi, aka the Red City. Here, pay a visit to the imposing Saint-Cécile Cathedral and the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum, where you can admire works by local painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. At the end of your tour, get dropped off back at your hotel in Toulouse.

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What people are saying about Carcassonne

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 18 reviews

This was a really nice tour that fit well into our day visit to Carcassonne. We learned lots about the history of the cité (crusades, inquisition, architecture, secret treasure, etc.) before exploring on our own. The guide was great and had a good level of English. She also recommended nice lunch and coffee spots for us to visit in the cité after the tour. Merci beaucoup et à bientôt!

Very heartwarming!! This place will enchant you. We rode the train around the outside and got lots of history on the castle. Thenwe walked the inside of the castle. Then we ate and drank in the court yard, then we walked the outside perimeter when the lights lit up the castle at dusk. It was the best! On our stroll we walled over the bridge and enjoyed the castle some more!

My wife and I were very fortunate to have our guide, Natalie, to ourselves for the walking tour of Carcassonne. We learned so much more from her (about the history of The City, its peoples, and the surrounding area from pre Roman times to the present day) than we could ever have done without her extensive knowledge. Well recommended.

Incredible experience! the places overflown in France are magnificent! At times, we take control of our flying machine to pilot ourselves, it's super fun and we're full of sensations! I highly recommend.

Small group tour with a local. Relaxed pace as we talked about the Medieval City and placing it within history. Great balance of information and humour. The recommendation for dinner was much appreciated.