Occitanie
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Our most recommended Occitanie Castle & Palace Tours

  • Cité de Carcassonne: Private Guided Tour

    1. Cité de Carcassonne: Private Guided Tour

    Come along on this private 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. Walk through 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 restoratio...

    Heavily recommended when visiting Carcassonne - great to hear more about the history, and special places which I am sure we wouldn't have seen without the tour. (e.g. tomb stone and the bell).

  • Cité de Carcassonne: Guided Group Tour

    2. Cité de Carcassonne: 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.

  • Bordeaux to Dordogne: Castles & Villages Private Tour

    3. Bordeaux to Dordogne: Castles & Villages Private Tour

    Enjoy a private full-day tour of Dordogne and discover the history of the King’s Musketeers, learn about Eleanor of Aquitaine, and visit prehistoric cave paintings. After the pick-up from your hotel in Bordeaux, Sarlat, Limoges, Toulouse, Agen Bergerac, or elsewhere nearby, you will head off on an exciting day filled with history, magnificent panoramic vistas, the finest gastronomy, and wine tasting. Whatever you desire can be incorporated into this private tailor-made tour. One of the places you can visit on this tour is Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, a lovely town which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site partly because of its proximity to the famous Lascaux Caverns and partly because of the newer site of Grottes de Cougnac. Here you can visit the caves and see the original art. Les Eyzies is also home to the National Prehistoric Museum. You also have the option of visitin...

  • The Châteaux of Grès de Montpellier & Wine Tasting

    4. The Châteaux of Grès de Montpellier & Wine Tasting

    Meet your guide at 09:30 or 14:00 on the Esplanade de l’Europe and take off for a visit of 2 historical châteauxs producing wines around Montpellier. You will get to know their story and taste their excellent range of wines. During the tour you will visit château de Flaugergues, a sumptuous bourgeoisie summer house dating back to 17th century, before tasting their excellent range of wines. You will then visit the famous Château Puech Haut, settled in beautiful surroundings in the middle of vineyards and olive trees. You can admire a unique and original exhibition of painted oak barrels You will return to Montpellier around 12.45 or 17:30.

    We had a fantastic tour led by Marc! He was incredibly knowledgeable as he is both a sommelier and owns a vineyard, and he speaks perfect English. We learned a while lot about wine making from soil to bottle, and could not recommend this tour more!

  • Carcassonne: 2-Hour Walking Tour of the City

    5. Carcassonne: 2-Hour Walking Tour of the City

    Marvel at the well-preserved architecture at one of Europe's most beautiful cities on a walking tour of Carcassonne. Benefit from the knowledge of a local expert with years of experience. Travel back to the Middle Ages and admire the thoughtful engineering used to construct the city's defences and the most comprehensive and formidable defensive fortress on the continent. Discover the city's 52 towers, and learn about the archaeological signs that pinpoint in which century in which they were built. See the slots that were designed to crush the enemy, where boiling oil could be poured through as well as the misleading stairs that sent the enemy into a state of confusion. Get an insight into the Cathar religion and the holy wars that raged in the city.  Go to the Basilica of Our Lady of Nazaré to admire its Gothic and Roman architecture. Look at the unique stained glass windows depicting...

    Our guide Robert was super knowledgable and had lots of interesting facts to tell us about the city. He was super nice and funny and the tour was very interesting. Both my dad and I were impressed. Thank you!

  • Carcassonne: Fortress Walking Tour

    6. Carcassonne: Fortress Walking Tour

    Throughout this guided tour you will discover the mythical narrow cobble streets of this old fortress. The monumentality of this citadel will impress you, as your guide tells you all the details of its fascinating history. You will be provided details about the rempart's construction, as you observe the castle from outside. Your guide will explain everything about the mysterious Cathars and military architecture, delving into all of the construction's secrets. Be prepared to also hear small anecdotes about the medieval period as you end with the discovery of the magnificent Basilica of St. Nazaire and St. Celse.

  • Lourdes: Private Full-Day Guided City & Sanctuary Tour

    7. Lourdes: Private Full-Day Guided City & Sanctuary Tour

    Join a private guide on a full-day walking tour of Lourdes city center and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes. Meet your guide conveniently at your hotel and set off on your informative tour.   With your licensed guide, uncover the story of Bernadette Soubirous, a 14-year old peasant girl who saw the Mother Mary for the first time on February 11, 1858, and 18 times in total between that date and July 16, 1858. Thoroughly explore the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, visiting the Grotto of the Apparitions, the Basilicas of the Immaculate Conception, the Rosary, and St. Pius X.   In the city center, see Soubirous’ birthplace and the cachot (prison/dungeon) where she lived at the time of the apparition. Your tour also includes a visit to the medieval Lourdes Castle, today a museum of popular arts and traditions. Take advantage of the experience of your guide to further plan your stay in...

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What people are saying about Occitanie

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 18 reviews

We were extremely lucky to have our tour guide, Nathalie, to ourselves. She was very friendly and knowledgable and went to great lengths to ensure our tour was comfortable and informative. We asked her lots of questions about the Cathars and their history and she was happy to provide explanations - all in English. An excellent tour which gave us a good understanding before our visit to Château Comtal. Thank you.

We had a fantastic tour led by Marc! He was incredibly knowledgeable as he is both a sommelier and owns a vineyard, and he speaks perfect English. We learned a while lot about wine making from soil to bottle, and could not recommend this tour more!

Heavily recommended when visiting Carcassonne - great to hear more about the history, and special places which I am sure we wouldn't have seen without the tour. (e.g. tomb stone and the bell).

Nathalie was a very knowledgeable and friendly guide. She made our visit fun and recommended a great place to eat. Thank you and we hope to have a tour with you again, Judith and Annika

Nathalie was amazing! Very jovial and polite, she knows so much about the area and will always do her best to accomodate your language! Warmly recommended to anyone coming from the UK!