Private Guided Tour of Carcassonne Medieval city

Carcassonne… The medieval city “par excellence”… Your Private Guided Tour of Carcassonne Medieval city takes you through the monuments, the streets and squares of the city to discover its glorious medieval past, which is now witnessed by many buildings, restored by Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century… Your Private Guide, who is local and knows the city very well, will share with you the secrets of the former capital of the Medieval Cathars
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Private Guided Tour of Carcassonne Medieval city : History

Carcassonne became famous in its role in the Albigensian Crusades, when the city was a stronghold of Occitan Cathars. In August 1209 the crusading army of Simon de Montfort forced its citizens to surrender. Raymond-Roger de Trencavel was imprisoned whilst negotiating his city’s surrender, held in his own dungeon and allowed to die. Montfort was appointed the new viscount. He added to the fortifications. Carcassonne became a border citadel between France and the kingdom of Aragon (Spain).

In 1240, Trencavel’s son tried to reconquer his old domain but in vain. The city submitted to the rule of the kingdom of France in 1247, and King Louis IX founded the new part of the town across the river. He and his successor Philip III built the outer ramparts. Contemporary opinion still considered the fortress impregnable. During the Hundred Years’ War, Edward the Black Prince failed to take the city in 1355, although his troops destroyed the Lower Town.

In 1659, the Treaty of the Pyrenees transferred the border province of Roussillon to France, and Carcassonne‘s military significance was reduced. Fortifications were abandoned, and the city became mainly an economic centre that concentrated on the woollen textile industry.
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Private Guided Tour of Carcassonne Medieval city : take the Tour

Discover Carcassonne… From unknown ancient ramparts to the most renowned monuments, your Private Guided Tour takes you to the discovery of Carcassonne and its history, not forgetting to share with you the many stories and legends of the city…

And why not completing your Tour with a Private Guided Tour of the marvellous Cathar castles, located around Carcassonne ?
Private Guided Tour of Carcassonne Medieval city - The ramparts © Philipp Hertzog

Private Guided Tour of Carcassonne Medieval city : details

Your Private Guided Tour of Carcassonne Medieval city lasts 2 hours.

If you don’t have your own vehicle, we can also organize transportation with a private limousine or van.

Relax! Your Private Guided Tour is entirely custom-tailored : depending on your requests, we adapt to your wishes, we visit at your own pace, you skip the line and have priority access to monuments.

Save time & money: we complete your Private Guided Tour with recommendations for the best neighboring restaurants, hotels and exhibitions, in order to provide a unique experience.

You are accompanied by an independent local professional guide / or specialist, selected based on his / her interest in History and regional habits.

Private Guided Tour of Carcassonne Medieval city : book now

Each Private Guided Tour is custom-tailored and different : prices start at 259€ per group (up to 4 persons).

Please contact us for booking your Private Guided Tour of Carcassonne Medieval city

…or to offer it to a friend !