Our most recommended things to do in Carcassonne

Carcassonne: Castle and Ramparts Entry Ticket

Carcassonne: Castle and Ramparts Entry 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. 

Toulouse: Carcassonne Day Trip by Coach with Comtal Castel

Toulouse: Carcassonne Day Trip by Coach with Comtal Castel

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.

Carcassonne: Ghost of the Citadel Quest Experience

Carcassonne: Ghost of the Citadel Quest Experience

Play the role of a nobleman as you walk around Carcassonne in search of clues and amazing stories. Each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you precise directions, so you won’t need a map, a GPS or a guide. When you solve it and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. Along the way, you’ll reach amazing places, such as the Gambetta Square, Notre Dame de La Santé, Porte de l'Aude, Museum of the Inquisition, and more. You will find out secret stories about the places you discover, and you will help Carcassonne to fight it's haunting ghosts. After you buy the quest, you will receive instruction on how to unlock in the app by e-mail. The game takes about 2-hours to complete, but there’s no time limit, you can finish it at your own pace. You won’t need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point and you’re ready to go on a city exploration adventure. As you solve the clues, you'll discover new locations and stories. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphone. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own voucher. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end.

Carcassonne: Medieval Walls Self-Guided Smartphone App Tour

Carcassonne: Medieval Walls Self-Guided Smartphone App Tour

Carcassonne is the largest medieval city in Europe with its walls still intact. It’s also one of the most recognisable and most visited tourist destinations in France, having been featured in many well-known movies. Despite all this, most tourists barely scratch the surface when they visit Cité de Carcassonne. On this three-hour self-guided walking tour, historian, James McDonald, tells you the stories beyond the walls of Carcassonne. Along the way, you’ll also venture into its centre through various gates including the Aude, Nazaire, and Toulouse Gates. Starting outside the medieval city walls, I’ll show you the Buste de Dame Carcas (a sculpture of Lady Carcas) and tell you the story of how she saved the city from Charlemagne. As you enter the city through Porte Narbonnaise (Narbonne Gate, you’ll begin following the wall, which encircles the old city. Along the way, you’ll also learn about the Cathars who flourished here in the twelfth century, the crusade launched against them, and some of the sieges that took place here. You’ll hear about the many different peoples who have occupied this place, and its military role over more than a millennium. You’ll also: • Find out about the brief Muslim period, in between the Visigoths and the Franks • Hear the tragic story of the Cathars that culminated here • Spot the flying pig in a stone sculpture • Learn why the Papal Inquisition was implemented here long before the Spanish Inquisition existed • Discover the role played by Saint Dominic and his Dominican friars in establishing Inquisition practices to eliminate what they regarded as “heresy” • Take in the impressive and almost century-old Château et Remparts de la Cité de Carcassonne, also known as the Château Comtal, where the castle meets the wall and its surrounding defenses • See the Church of Saints Nazaire and Celse, the city’s two patron saints • Gaze upon the monument de la Jean Pierre Cros Mayrevieille, a doctor of law, a historian and an Inspector of Historic Monuments who saved the city from ruin • Locate the various “kill zones” that enemies risked finding themselves trapped in when attempting to siege the city

Languedoc: Tour and Tasting at Domaine de Baronarques

Languedoc: Tour and Tasting at Domaine de Baronarques

Dive into centuries of winemaking tradition with a tour of the Domaine de Baronaques. Acquired by 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. After arrival at the vineyard, you'll tour the vat-house and barrel-room where wines are fermented and aged, and see the 19th-century French Château, nestled into a tree-covered hill. After the tour, you will have the opportunity to taste the 3 wines produced at the Domaine de Baronaques: Grand Vin Rouge, La Capitalle de Baronarques, and Grand Vin Blanc.

Cité de Carcassonne: Private Guided Tour

Cité de Carcassonne: Private Guided 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.

Carcassonne : The History Digital Audio Guide

Carcassonne : The History Digital Audio Guide

Explore the splendor of the fortified Medieval City of Carcassonne like never before by delving into its captivating history with the exclusive digital audio guide, "The History of the City of Carcassonne," written and narrated by the eminent Carcassonais historian, Mr. Marchand. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Medieval City is one of France's most cherished gems. The digital audio guide provides an immersive experience, unveiling the secrets and stories that have shaped this historic citadel. Let yourself be transported through the cobbled streets and majestic ramparts as Mr. Marchand reveals the significant episodes in the history of Carcassonne. Whether you are in Toulouse, France, Montpellier, or the surrounding areas, don't miss the opportunity to live this unique experience in Carcassonne. Opt for the digital audio guide to the history of the fortified medieval city of Carcassonne for an enriching discovery of the Medieval City. Book now and immerse yourself in the captivating history of this exceptional site.

Carcassonne: City Exploration Game and Tour

Carcassonne: City Exploration Game and Tour

Combine the excitement of a sightseeing city tour with an City Exploration game fun on this self-guided smartphone walking tour in Carcassonne. Find attractions easily with the app's navigation function. Download the app and start the game by going to the first location. Use observation, logic, imagination, and teamwork to solve the riddle at each location, the riddles are always hard. Pause the app at any point if you want to take a break, stop for coffee, or spend some more time visiting one of the sights. Play the game at your own pace. Start your tour at Square André Chénier! Visit the world famous Église Saint-Vincent de Carcassonne. Photograph the Place Carnot and admire the famous Saint Michael of Carcassonne. Musée des Beaux-Arts will leave you speechless. Learn about Pont Vieux. Porte de l'Aude with its imposing architecture will surprise you! Basilique Saint Nazaire is worth the time and space in your mobile memory. The famous Château et Remparts de la Cité will be your next step, while the icing on the cake of this unique tour will be Porte Narbonnaise. Download the ‘’World City Trail ‘’ app from the store. Then start your tour and enjoy!

Carcassonne: Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Tour

Carcassonne: Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Tour

Get to know Carcassonne at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts and legends. An ideal outdoor activity for first time visitors, couples, groups, families, and children. Can be used as a great team-building activity. To get started, download the app on your device, then use the app and integrated maps to find your way to 10 attractions in Carcassonne. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the city sightseeing game. Solve a location-based riddle at each attraction to unlock the next location. Work as a team and use logic, imagination, observation, and problem solving to make your way around the city. Along the way, you can stop for a coffee, grab lunch, or take a break at any time. Start your tour at Square André Chénier! Visit the world famous Église Saint-Vincent de Carcassonne. Photograph the Place Carnot and admire the famous Saint Michael of Carcassonne. Musée des Beaux-Arts will leave you speechless. Learn about Pont Vieux. Porte de l'Aude with its imposing architecture will surprise you! Basilique Saint Nazaire is worth the time and space in your mobile memory. The famous Château et Remparts de la Cité will be your next step, while the icing on the cake of this unique tour will be Porte Narbonnaise. Download the ‘’World City Trail ‘’ app from the store. Then start your tour and enjoy!

Carcassonne: Medieval Builder-Themed City Tour with a Guide

Carcassonne: Medieval Builder-Themed City Tour with a Guide

Immerse yourself in the 13th century and explore the city of Carcassonne, a medieval gem. Meet Guilhem, a 13th-century master builder, alive and captivating, embodied by a professional and passionate professional guide. Son of Pierre the builder, one of King Louis IX's engineers, and an Occitan mother, Guilhem will introduce you to the city of Carcassonne in an informative and entertaining way. The tour will lead you through the medieval city of Carcassonne, marked by the extensive construction work of the 13th century. You will discover the daily life and tools of a builder of the era, and delve into the history of Catharism through Guilhem's perspective. Points of interest such as the Narbonne Gate, the lices (outer walls), the moat of the Comtal Castle, and the exterior of the Basilica are sure to pique your curiosity. This tour is more than just a simple historical stroll, it's a plunge into the past where anecdotes rub shoulders with History, in a fun and interactive setting. Perfect for adults and children of all ages, let yourself be carried away by Guilhem's energy for a tour enriched with historical objects, full of discoveries and surprises.

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4.6
(1,974 reviews)

A really nice day trip. No complaints about transportation. It's nice that the entrance ticket to the castle was included in the price and we could go straight to the castle when we got there. I think there could have been a little less free time, maybe 1-2 hours less.

It has been everything we expected, the castle is beautiful, as for the service, the value for money is 10/10. We arrived at the meeting point, they explained the return time to us and gave us the tickets. I recommend it without hesitation

Wonderful experience — our guide did a wonderful job of tailoring the tour to suit the adults/teens as well as the two younger children in our group. Highly recommend!

It would have been nice to have a map of the Carcassonne area already in the car. It would have made it easier to move around. Otherwise everything is ok.

Tour of Carcassonne ancient city. Walking 2 hours.