Carcassonne is the largest surviving medieval walled city in Europe, now a UNESCO world heritage site, incorporating: a Medieval Cité, the Château Comtal, and the spectacular Basilica of Saint Saint Nazaire and Saint Celse.
- One-day scheduled tours
- One day of one-Week scheduled tours
- One day of Private tours
This tour is usually a full day.
Very easy walk on the flat, but with steps
Scheduled Tour Dates & Times
Available as scheduled and private tours
Times for the day tour: 9.45am - 5 pm.
What You'll See and Do
The largest surviving medieval walled city in Europe, now a UNESCO world heritage site, incorporating:
Medieval Cité: The vestiges of the medieval walled city, reflecting Roman, Visigothic, Moorish, Frankish, Occitan and French phases of building. The double curtain walls and lists in between.
Château Comtal (Count's Castle) : exterior and interior of the medieval castle constructed by the Viscounts of Carcassonne within the Cité walls.
Basilica of Saint Saint Nazaire and Saint Celse: Exterior and interior, including the tomb-stone of Simon de Montfort.
What You'll Learn About
- Oppida, Castra and Bourgs.
- The Counts and Viscounts of Carcassonne - The Trencavel family.
- Carcassonne and Catharism
- Cathar v Catholic Theology
- Carcassonne and the Albigensian Crusade
- Medieval siege warfare and siege engines: siege techniques and counter techniques.
- The Siege of 1209, including lead-up and consequences
- The cathedral, now a basilica + Simon de Montfort and Saint Dominic
- The siege of 1240, including lead-up and consequences
- The Inquisition at Carcassonne
- 19th century restoration of the Medieval Cité, Château Comtal (Count's Castle), and Basilica of Saint Saint Nazaire and Saint Celse
Tour Start Point
Statue of Dame Carcas outside the
11000 Carcassonne -
Lat. N 43.206652
Long. E 2.365955
The tour is lead by the author and historian James McDonald >>>