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Cité de Carcassonne: Private Guided Group Tour

4.8 / 5

21 reviews

Activity provider: CiteCarcassonne.net

Cité de Carcassonne: Private Guided Group Tour

Activity provider: CiteCarcassonne.net
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From US$ 139.04 per group up to 12

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Come along on a guided tour of this medieval fortified town and discover the human and architectural history of this famous UNESCO-heritage listed site.

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Duration 2 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Live tour guide
English, Italian, French
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • Learn all about the fortified city of Carcassonne
  • Gain historical insight through the fantastic museum
  • See the beautiful and intriguing architecture
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Entrance to the town
  • Guided tour
  • Entrances fees inside the castle (7€ per adult, free for under 18s)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

The meeting point is at the main entrance to the castle, in front of Porte Narbonnaise. In the square you will find the statue of Dame Carcas.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  •  You will climb 200 steps to reach the top of the ramparts. There is no elevator.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 21 reviews

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Nathalie was very accommodating on a very hot day. She shared many interesting facts along the way for the Cite of Carcassonne regarding history and restaurant suggestions. She was upbeat and ready to answer questions. I was surprised with the general maintenance (trash) around the perimeter. I bet it’s difficult to manage with the number of visitors. But overall the Cite is definitely worth experiencing.

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August 4, 2022

Nathalie gave us a wonderful tour of the Cité of Carcassonne! She managed to pitch her descriptions so that they held the attention of kids and adults at the same time! The visit of Carcassonne was a much better experience due to how she shared her knowledge of place and historical context with us!

July 8, 2022

Our guide Nathalie was great, very friendly. She takes the time to explain and rehearse if necessary. I, who did not like history lessons, and well there I was very attentive. We went on July 15th and it was very crowded which made the visit a bit choppy as we had to wait for the families to pass so that our guide could start the explanations otherwise it was impossible to hear something with the cries of children. The visit lasted about 2 hours but it seemed short to us because we were absorbed by the history of the city. We did not visit the castle for lack of time and we regret it. Because I think it should be done to complete the visit well. Remember to wear adequate shoes and no heels because the streets are made of cobblestones and are sometimes slippery.

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July 19, 2021

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