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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: 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

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: Secrets of the Castle's Defense audio tour

Carcassonne: Secrets of the Castle's Defense audio tour

Discover the defensive ingenuity and rich history of Carcassonne Castle with a self-guided smartphone tour. Move through the castle’s storied walls at your leisure, stopping to immerse yourself in the fascinating tales and hidden features that draw you in. Download the app and tour to your mobile device and access it even when offline. Follow an easy-to-follow map to guide you seamlessly from one location to the next. Pause to shop or enjoy a bite at one of the many quaint eateries. Kick off your adventure at Porte Narbonnaise, walk along the Lices to discover the castle's defense mechanisms, and wrap up your tour with visits to the castle and the beautiful Basilique Saint Nazaire. Enjoy captivating stories about the region's rulers and fun facts about the castle's name. As you explore, you'll learn about Carcassonne's rich history, spanning from its Roman beginnings to its medieval prominence. When you need a break, simply pause and resume when you’re ready.

Carcassonne : Guided walking tour to discover the city

Carcassonne : Guided walking tour to discover the city

Our tour allows you the freedom to explore this magnificent medieval city at your own pace, while enjoying detailed and captivating explanations. What We Offer : High-Quality Audio Guides: Enjoy clear and engaging descriptions of each iconic site, enriched with historical anecdotes, cultural information, and fascinating stories about the city of Carcassonne. Total Flexibility: Explore Carcassonne at your convenience, without the constraints of schedules or groups. Whether early in the morning or late at night, our guide is always available for you. Easy Accessibility: Compatible with all smartphones and tablets, our audio tour is simple to use. Just download the files and follow the instructions to start your journey. Economical and Eco-Friendly: No need for paper guides or brochures, our service is entirely digital. Enjoy an affordable rate while contributing to environmental preservation. Highlights of the Tour The Medieval City: Discover the secrets of the ramparts, fortified gates, and towers of the famous City of Carcassonne. Basilica of Saint-Nazaire: Admire the Gothic and Romanesque architecture of this basilica and listen to stories about its historical significance. The Count’s Castle: Dive into the history of the counts of Carcassonne and explore the various rooms and courtyards of the castle. Hidden Treasures: Learn anecdotes about lesser-known but equally fascinating places in the city. Get Equipped: Use your earphones or headphones for an immersive experience. Follow the Guide: Launch the audio guide and let it lead you through the streets and monuments of Carcassonne. Why Choose Our Audio Tour? Freedom and Autonomy: Explore Carcassonne at your own pace, without stress or rush. Enriched Content: Our guides are written by local experts, offering authentic and in-depth perspectives. Comfort and Simplicity: All you need is your smartphone and earphones for a smooth and enjoyable visit. Book your self-guided audio tour today and discover Carcassonne like never before!

Toulouse to Carcassonne & Albi: Private Sightseeing Tour

Toulouse to Carcassonne & Albi: Private 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.

Château Comtal: Our most recommended tours and activities

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: 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

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: Secrets of the Castle's Defense audio tour

Carcassonne: Secrets of the Castle's Defense audio tour

Discover the defensive ingenuity and rich history of Carcassonne Castle with a self-guided smartphone tour. Move through the castle’s storied walls at your leisure, stopping to immerse yourself in the fascinating tales and hidden features that draw you in. Download the app and tour to your mobile device and access it even when offline. Follow an easy-to-follow map to guide you seamlessly from one location to the next. Pause to shop or enjoy a bite at one of the many quaint eateries. Kick off your adventure at Porte Narbonnaise, walk along the Lices to discover the castle's defense mechanisms, and wrap up your tour with visits to the castle and the beautiful Basilique Saint Nazaire. Enjoy captivating stories about the region's rulers and fun facts about the castle's name. As you explore, you'll learn about Carcassonne's rich history, spanning from its Roman beginnings to its medieval prominence. When you need a break, simply pause and resume when you’re ready.

Carcassonne : Guided walking tour to discover the city

Carcassonne : Guided walking tour to discover the city

Our tour allows you the freedom to explore this magnificent medieval city at your own pace, while enjoying detailed and captivating explanations. What We Offer : High-Quality Audio Guides: Enjoy clear and engaging descriptions of each iconic site, enriched with historical anecdotes, cultural information, and fascinating stories about the city of Carcassonne. Total Flexibility: Explore Carcassonne at your convenience, without the constraints of schedules or groups. Whether early in the morning or late at night, our guide is always available for you. Easy Accessibility: Compatible with all smartphones and tablets, our audio tour is simple to use. Just download the files and follow the instructions to start your journey. Economical and Eco-Friendly: No need for paper guides or brochures, our service is entirely digital. Enjoy an affordable rate while contributing to environmental preservation. Highlights of the Tour The Medieval City: Discover the secrets of the ramparts, fortified gates, and towers of the famous City of Carcassonne. Basilica of Saint-Nazaire: Admire the Gothic and Romanesque architecture of this basilica and listen to stories about its historical significance. The Count’s Castle: Dive into the history of the counts of Carcassonne and explore the various rooms and courtyards of the castle. Hidden Treasures: Learn anecdotes about lesser-known but equally fascinating places in the city. Get Equipped: Use your earphones or headphones for an immersive experience. Follow the Guide: Launch the audio guide and let it lead you through the streets and monuments of Carcassonne. Why Choose Our Audio Tour? Freedom and Autonomy: Explore Carcassonne at your own pace, without stress or rush. Enriched Content: Our guides are written by local experts, offering authentic and in-depth perspectives. Comfort and Simplicity: All you need is your smartphone and earphones for a smooth and enjoyable visit. Book your self-guided audio tour today and discover Carcassonne like never before!

Toulouse to Carcassonne & Albi: Private Sightseeing Tour

Toulouse to Carcassonne & Albi: Private 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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4.6
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You are paying for transportation and entry to the castle; you get a QR link with basic information about the site, but there is no guide. Entry into the town (except for the castle) is free. We did not have a car, so this bus trip was a perfect option for us. We had the perfect amount of time to meader through shops, take a leisurely lunch, tour the castle, and end with a glass of wine before we headed back to the bus to depart.

An easy day spent in carcassone. Would have been nice to have some sort of tour guide for the castle portion itself. Fun exploring the little village around the castle with its shops and restaurants.

An easy-to-understand explanation of the fortifications of the castle complex presented the defense system of the Middle Ages very well.

Very nice excursion: very happy to have returned there 20 years later. The Inquisition Museum is worth the detour.

nice experience, when I arrived there was no queue.