Carcassonne Private Guided Walking Tour with a Licensed Guide
Explore the famous Castle & Ramparts of Carcassonne
Optional visit of the Count's Castle
Visit Saint Nazary Basilica including its beautiful stained glass windows
English speaking licensed guides, local experts
Tour can be fully customized to suit your interests
Why take this tour?
- 2-hour guided walking tour with licensed guide
- stroll through the narrow streets
- visit the Basilica
- Optional visit of Count's Castle
A 2-hour private walking tour to discover the famous Cité de Carcassonne. Here, you will admire 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 dreamlike destination with a romantic ambience, this tour is tailor-made to enchant you.
Today, meet your English speaking licensed tour guide that is accredited to conduct visits in hisorical monuments, museums and historical towns. After a short presentation of the program and itinerary, it will be time to begin your tour in the medieval city of Carcassonne.
Main entrance gate to the Medieval City of Carcassonne, the Narbonne Gate (named after the town of Narbonne) was built around 1280 during of Philippe III and is made up of 2 huge spur towers. In the 19th century Viollet le Duc rebuilt the crenellations and the slate roof and added a draw bridge that did not exist originally. On the right, one can see the sculpture of Lady Carcas. Your tour guide will certainly mention her Legend during the tour.
This space between the two ramparts, a little over 1 km in circumference, was leveled in the 13th century, when the 2nd wall was being erected. It is always interesting to begin the tour of the Lists by heading to the right towards Porte d'Aude as rapidly, one discovers the old ramparts that date back to Roman times. By seeing this, the visitor faces more than 20 centuries of history! Your guide will certainly show you how to spot the old ramparts compared to the new (13th century) ones.
Ultimate defense, the Count's castle (Château Comtal) was built in the twelfth century by the Trencavel, viscounts of Carcassonne, and was constantly restored or modified over the following centuries. The Castle is in fact a fortress within a fortress.
The Basilica of Carcassonne is without a doubt one of the highlights of a visit to the walled city. Only expert licensed tour guides will be able to conduct unique visits of this architectural splendor of the middle ages. Built between the 11th and 14th century the Basilica combines two distinct architectural styles: Romanesque and Gothic. The first church to be built on this location dates back to the 6th century under the reign of the Visigoths.
2 hour walking tour of Carcassonne
English speaking licensed tour guide, other languages on request
Entrance fees, tasting fees or activity fees
Personal insurance and expenses
Gratuities for the guide
Things to know
Before you book
Tour involves some walking, comfortable walking shoes are recommended
This tour is not recommended for persons with reduced mobility
This tour is not wheelchair accessible
Before you go
Please be ready 10 minutes before meeting time
Tour available all year round (except May 1st, Dec 25th and Jan 1st)
Group size of 1 to 15 participants maximum
Tour is operated in English, other languages on request
- Face masks required for travelers in public areas
- Face masks required for guides in public areas
- Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
- Social distancing enforced throughout experience
- Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
- COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
Up to 24 hours before the beginning of the activity: full refund
Less than 24 hours before the beginning of the activity or no-show: no refund
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