Just 1.30 hour from Sete, visit the Medieval fortified city of Carcassonne, enlisted as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO since 1997.
> departure from Sete
> visit of Carcassonne fortress
> free time
> drive back to Sete.
Circuit beginning and end
> starts from the port of Sete (cruise terminal)
> ends at the port of Sete (cruise terminal)
> we can drop you in Toulouse, Collioure, Barcelona or Avignon for instance (please contact us for prices).
Highlights of the trip
> the medieval city of Carcassonne is the largest fortress in Europe today. By following the tour you will be travelling through time !
> during the tourist season (from April to October), many shops will welcome you along the medieval streets.
What to do after the trip?
> if you are interested in the Cathares and the Albigensian Crusade then you may want to book a trip to the castles of Peyrepertuse and Queribus.
The ideal duration of this trip to Carcassonne is 8 hours : 1.30 hour from Sete to Carcassonne, 5 hours in Carcassonne and 1.30 hours to return to Sete.
Of course, we can make this trip shorter if your cruise ship stays less time in Sete.
– pick-up at the port of Sete (cruise terminal)
– drive to Carcassonne (1.30 hour)
– walking tour of the walled city of Carcassonne with me (about 1 hour) if you choose the driver-guide option
– free time for lunch and stroll around Carcassonne
– stop near Carcassonne for the best view over the city
– drive back to Sete
– drop-off at the port of Sete (cruise terminal).
> January 1st
> December 25th
> the Count’s Castle (Chateau Comtal) of Carcassonne : closed on January 1st, May 1st, November 1st, November 11th and December 25th. The medieval city stays open all year round, only the Count’s Castle is closed on the dates detailed above.
> from/to Sete : 170 kilometres (105 miles) in total (via motorway).
From November to February (low season) :
> with English / Spanish / French speaking driver : 352 euros
> with English / Spanish / French speaking driver-guide : 440 euros
From March to October (high season) :
> with English / Spanish / French speaking driver : 396 euros
> with English / Spanish / French speaking driver-guide : 484 euros
What is a private tour ? the vehicle is booked for you and your party only (7 people maximum). No-one else can join the tour.
Are included in our price :
> transport in an 8 seater minivan (petrol, tolls, parking costs) with driver or driver-guide (at your request), speaking French, English and Spanish.
> commentaries by the driver or driver-guide during the trip
> guided tour of Carcassonne with me (according to programme) if you chose the driver-guide option
> bottles of water + WIFI in the vehicle
> the driver’s meal.
Are not included in our price :
> entrance fees
> personal costs
> your meal.
> Carcassonne, Count’s Castle : about 10 € per person.
– Booking : payment of a deposit (150 euros) (online secure payment by Visa or Mastercard) or payment in full if you prefer
– Balance to be paid on the day trip.
– if you cancel the tour over 24 hours prior to the scheduled departure you will get the full refund of the paid amount (no penalty).
– if you cancel less than 24 hours prior to the scheduled departure you do not get a refund (you pay the tour as planned).
Please note that the refund is done to the credit card with which payment was originally made (or via Transferwise if your card has expired).
Carcassonne is a town of 45 000, which is divided into the « lower city », where most of the population lives, and the Medieval city, where only 80 people live.
The most interesting part is undoubtedly the medieval city. Entirely restored during the 19th century, it is today the largest medieval fortress in Europe.
Defensive walls, towers, murder holes, crenelation, barbicans, fortified doors, moat : welcome to the Middle-Ages ! Carcassonne is a unique place where childhood dreams come to life!
If you chose to visit Carcassonne with our driver-guide, you will first discover the Narbonnaise gate, main entrance into the city. The tour takes you for a walk between the two defensive walls, before discovering the medieval streets leading to the Count’s Castle, former residence of the great Trencavel dinasty, who ruled the city until the 13th century. Finally the tour will take you to Saint-Nazaire church, where a fantastic collection of Medieval stained glass windows awaits you.
The city of Carcassonne has been enlisted as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO since 1997. The increase in visitor traffic was followed by the opening of many souvenir shops and restaurants. Most shops open around 10 AM, everyday of the week, including Sundays and Bank Holidays.
The tourist season starts for the Easter Holidays (April) and ends in early November.
If you come to Carcassonne between November and April please note that most shops and restaurant may be closed.