Independent tours of the Bastide
Description : A tour through the heart of the Bastide Saint-Louis (country estate) to view its many treasures (in French, English and Spanish). Duration: 1 ½ to 2 hours. Reservation recommended.
Every day, throughout the year
3€ per audio guide.
Boat Hire - Société Canalous
Description : Boat hire, weekends and weekly. Boats sleep 2 to 12 people.
Boat trip with Hélios & Lou Gabaret
Description : Commentated boat tour, passing through the locks and discovering the towpaths. View of the medieval city and the vineyards of the Cabardès. “Picnic” cruises available. Departure and return from the port of Carcassonne. French, English and Spanish.
From April 1, till October 31, everyday.
Adults: €8,5 to €11 - Children (aged 3 to 12): €6,5 to €7,5.
Boat trip with the Cocagne
Description : Commented boat tour, passing through locks. View of the medieval city. Departure and return from the port of Carcassonne. Paper aid for the translation in English, Spanish, German and Italian.
From April 1, till october 31, everyday.
Adults 8€ to10 € - Children (aged 6 to 13) 8 €
Description : This exhibition has been realised by the archeologist Marie Elise Gardel, Marie France Pauly, a technician of Bâtiments de France, José Moreno from "Maison de l'habitat", and the historian Jean Louis Bonnet. It highlights the local heritage of the lower town and the medieval city, and and the first fortification of the medieval city around the IV afterJesus Christ until the XIX century 's construction with the hiden treasures of the Bastide.
From Monday to Friday : 10.00 to 12.00and from 15.00 to 18.00 / Saturday from 10.00 to 16.00.
Lunch and Dinner Cruises "Le défi"
Description : Departure at Carcassonne’s harbour to discover unspoiled landscape along the “Canal du Midi” whilst spending a very pleasant time.
Lunch cruise from 12:30 to 14:30. Dinner cruise from 20:30 to 22:30
Lunch price : Adult 38,50 € (wine and coffee included). Dinner price : 39,50 € (wine not included)
Description : This is the house where the poet Joë Bousquet lived as an invalid and invited all the major creators of the first half of the 20th century. A succession of painters, poets and scholars visited him in his room that still looks today as it did in his time. Permanent exhibition of the works of Joë Bousquet Temporary exhibition relating to the cultural heritage of the département or the works of various audois artists. Note : this building houses the offices of the René Nelli Centre for Cathar Studies and the Groupe Audois de Recherche et d'Animations Ethnographiques.
Open Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 12pm and from 2pm to 6pm.
Description : A panoramic picture of European paintings of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Guided tour on request.
From 15/06 to 15/09, every day from 10am to 6pm. From 16/09 to 14/06, Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 6pm, and the first Sunday of every month, October to June, from 2.30pm to 5.30pm.
On a bike in the city…
Description : Bicycle location ( rental ) ( from €10 )
Accessory's location for children and cycling tracks ( trails ), Bicycle repair, Sets available
Allowances “ a la carte “, individual and groups :
-The “ canal du midi “
-Carcassonne with optional audio guide (from €3 )
Theme tours (from 20 €)
-Bike + Boat
-Bike + Visit of a Vineyard + Tasting sessions
-Bike + Visit of the Abbey + Tasting sessions
-Bike + canoe + Tasting sessions
Ride appetizer ( from €15 for adults )
Carcassonne's discovery on bike with wine tasting sessions and local products
Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 19h to 21h ( July and August )
Guided tours with an Interpreter and tasting sessions ( from €40 ) :
-Groups ( from 8 people )
-Carcassonne ( half day )
-Minervois region ( full day )
The Calvary's garden
Description : The Calvary's garden has been created in 1825 under Charles X's reign. The Canon "Cazaindre" (his grave is situated in the garden), has been supported by the "calvary's friends".They organized the disused bastion to create a prayer place. The garden has a snail shape with low walls, bed box trees, old cypress, olive trees and sweet smelling laurels. This little haven of peace is near the St Michel's Cathedral.
Opening time: every day
- summer (until 15/10): from 11 am to 7 pm
- winter: from 9 am to 12 am and from 2 pm to 6 pm
Guided tour of the Medieval City and Bastide Saint-Louis
Description : Accompanied by a guide / interpreter from the tourist office, discover Carcassonne and its famous Medieval City with its 52 towers.
After acquainting yourself with the Legend of Dame Carcas, you will cross the Pont Vieux to enter the heart of the city, La Bastide Saint Louis, one of France’s biggest bastides. The visit will end on the banks of the Canal du Midi.
2.5 hour Guided tour. Departure from the Tourist Office in the Medieval City.
Open from apr. 1st to oct. 31st : 10:00 am.
English guided tour
Concessions: €8 - 12/17 , + 65 , unemployed
Description : The mediaeval walled town lies on the right bank of the River Aude and is featured on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. It has 52 towers and 2 rings of town walls making a total of 3 km of battlements. There is no restriction on access to this area of Carcassonne. It is still home today to its population of approximately 120 and it boasts a large number of shops and craftsmen.
Open all year
Access to the Medieval City is free.
Description : Built in the 17th century as a refuge of final defence, this was the residence of the Trencavel, the viscounts of Carcassonne. Guided tours, conference tours, educational activities (for young visitors). Audio guides. Access to the ramparts. Lapidary museum. Film on large screen.
October through March : 10:00am to 5:00pm. April through September : 10:00am to 6:30pm. Closed 1st january, 1st May , 1st et 11th November et 25th December
Château and ramparts (free access, film, lapidary museum and 45 minute guided tour of part of the ramparts by tourist information officers)
Adults: €8.50. European Union residents under 26: free. 18-25 year-olds outside EU area: €5
Château, ramparts and 1-hour, 1 ½-hour or 2 ½-hour visit with a guide-lecturer (free access to fortifications, château, film, lapidary museum before or after the visit). Adults: €12.50. 18-25 year-olds: €9.
Extra: audio guides for the tour of the Château: €4.50 for one, €6 for two (Children: €2)
Description : The jewel of the Cité ! Cathedral from the 11th and 14th century. A mass is celebrated there every Sunday at 11am
Open all year. Weekdays: from 8.00am to 6pm (closes at 8pm during the summer) - Sundays: from 8.00am to 10.30am and 12.30pm to 6pm (closes at 8pm during the summer).
Cultural Centre in Memorial of Former Soldiers
Description : Exhibition. Retrospective of military history supported by objects, costumes, accessories, documents
Monday to Friday from 9am to 12pm and 2pm to 6pm.
Description : Presentation of documents, school furniture and supplies from the Jules Ferry years. Activities and exhibitions. Use a sergent-major pen nib and write in violet ink.
Open all year from 10 am to 6 pm (7 pm in Summer)
Full price: €3.50
Reduced price (students, job-seekers, retired people): €3
Admission free for accompanied children under the age of 12.
School, self-guided tours: €25
Sightseeing tour by train
Description : Take the little train for a sightseeing tour of the Medieval City's turrets and ramparts (Duration 20 min. Multi-language explanations). Departures from the Narbonnaise Gate.
Open from May 1, till September 30 (except on the first Sunday of September).
Adults: €7 - Children and adolescents aged 10 to 25: €6 - Young children aged 2 to 10: €4.
Tour in a horse-drawn carriage
Description : Guided tour of Carcassonne in a horse-drawn carriage. Discover buildings from all eras thanks to a comprehensive, 20-minute commentary. Route takes you between the two ramparts on the fortified walls, departing from Porte Narbonnaise.
Open from April 1, till September 30, and during the All Saints’ Day holidays.
Adults: €7 - Children from 2 to 12: €4
Forest Acrobatic Park
Description : Seven courses of varying difficulty with more than 80 workshops, including two Tyrolean traverses above the Lake.
Open every day from 1pm to 6pm during June, July and August. Otherwise open on Wednesdays, weekends, public holidays and school holidays from 1pm to 6pm between March and November. Winter opening by arrangement only.
From 8 € to 16 € depending on course (height restrictions apply). Minimum age: five years old.
Description : - Exhibition of works by Jean Beaubois, - Temporary exhibitions, - Library of art books and books on art, - Children's library, - Storytelling workshop, - Restoration workshop.
Open for parties with advanced booking (phone between 12:00 pm - 2:00pm)
Description : From big kangaroos to emus, from gold prospectors to aborigines, from boomerangs to didgeridoos, come and share in the "Australian dream".
Open from April 1, till November 11, from 10:30 am on Sundays, Public Holidays and French School Holidays. Open from 2 pm on all other days.
Adults : 9 euros - Children: 6,5 euros (4-12 years old)
Site Officiel de l'Office de Tourisme et de la ville de Carcassonne - www.carcassonne.org
Site Officiel de l'Office de Tourisme et de la ville de Carcassonne - www.carcassonne.org