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

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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.

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2-Hour Private Walking Tour of Carcassonne

3. 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 is divided into 2 parts; the town and the famous Cité de Carcassonne. Typically we pay more attention to the Cité, but if you would like to visit the town the tour can be customized to suit. Discover the castle and ramparts at the heart of the medieval city; explore the Cathedral and the Basilica of Saint Nazaire; and visit la porte Narbonnaise, which was the principal entrance to the Cité. A dream like destination with a romantic ambience, the tour is tailor-made to enchant you.

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From Avignon: Full-Day Best of Provence Tour

4. From Avignon: Full-Day Best of Provence Tour

Visit the best sights in Provence during this full-day tour from Avignon. Your driver-guide, a specialist of Provence, will accompany you throughout the day.  Start in the beautiful villages of the Luberon and the famous Fontaine de Vaucluse. Admire the provençal landscape in the Luberon and have a chance to have a photo stop in lavender fields in summer (from June 15th to July 31st). Then, head over to Gordes listed as "one of the most beautiful villages in France". Walk in the red streets of Roussillon and discover the ochre lands. After this, enjoy the panoramic views of the Alpilles in Baux-de-Provence and take a stroll through the beautiful city of St-Rémy-de-Provence. Finish your amazing day at the majestic Pont du Gard.

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Carcassonne: City Exploration Smartphone Game

5. 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.

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Pont du Gard, Uzès & Nîmes: Half-Day Tour with Entry Fees

6. Pont du Gard, Uzès & Nîmes: Half-Day Tour with Entry Fees

Visit of the charming medieval town of Uzès, founded during the Roman era and the site of an aqueduct that was built to supply the city of Nîmes. The Pont du Gard is the most well-known stretch of the aqueduct left standing. On this 5-hour program, you’ll see the traces of Roman civilization in Uzès as well as substantial monuments from the Middle Ages. Visit the famous 2,000-year-old Pont du Gard, a section of the Roman aqueduct that provided water to Nîmes. The highly photographed bridge was listed by UNESCO in 1985 as a World Heritage Site. You’ll discover the treasures of Nîmes, including the Coliseum that is considered to be second only to the Coliseum in Rome. Its Roman amphitheater is still in use and today has a seating capacity of 10,000.

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Cité de Carcassonne: Private Guided Group Tour

7. 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.

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From Montpellier: Half-Day Vineyard & Pic Saint-Loup Tour

8. From Montpellier: Half-Day Vineyard & Pic Saint-Loup Tour

Set off from Montpellier and delve into the stunning natural landscape of the Languedoc region. Take in the delicate aromas of the "garrigue", Mediterranean flora, as the scenery passes by. Admire the magnificent Pic Saint-Loup. Visit 2 different wine-growing estates with diverse histories and styles. Listen to the expert wine-growers as they explain everything from the working of the vines to vinification and aging. A short tasting workshop will teach you the art of describing and appreciating a wine. Then, return to Montpellier

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Montpellier: St. Guilhem le Désert and Moureze Day-Trip

9. Montpellier: St. Guilhem le Désert and Moureze Day-Trip

Your experience begins as you meet in Montpellier with your local guide. It will be at this point you will receive a presentation of the excursion itinerary before your departure in an air-conditioned minibus. In a small group, discover the small medieval village of Mourèze and its cirque with other-worldly rock formations. Shortly before lunch time, you will return to the minibus to explore a unique lake which is sure to make an impression on you. It will be at this location you will be free to enjoy a picnic at the water's edge, as you chat with your guide. In the early afternoon, admire beautiful gorges and a medieval bridge which is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will later finish the day strolling through the winding streets of a medieval village full of artisanal shops in a natural and enchanting setting. History is also very present in this area, which boasts an impressive abbey with a glorious past.

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Toulouse: Carcassonne Day Trip

10. 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.

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4.6 / 5

based on 1,583 reviews

Our guide Julia was so knowledgeable on Carcassonne's history. She gave an excellent tour. She answered all of our many many questions and presented the tour in an engaging and lively way. We really enjoyed the experience and would recommend it to other travellers. It was worth it.

I've enjoyed this activity a lot!!! I can not thank enough to David for this precious trip! It was AWESOME! So many beautiful places in one trip, I just was so overwhelmed with the views and the beaty. David is an amazing guide, very engaging and funny. Very recommended tour!:)

Our guide Thierry was delightful, helpful and informative. He adapted the tour as required and guided rather than dictated us to make the best use of the available time.

Showed our QR code at the door and saved much time by not having to stand in line.

Just the right amount of time for the money we paid. Very knowledgeable guide.