Carcassonne Full Day Private Shore Excursion From Port Vendres

Explore the Famous Castle & Ramparts of Carcassonne

Visit the beautiful village of Minerve

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Trip Details


1025€ Per Group 2 – 7 persons

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From March to November


8 Hours (approx.)

Trip Style:

Full Day Shore Excursion from Port Vendres
Minimum 2, Maximum 7.

Larger groups please contact us.

Meeting Point:

Pick up and drop off at your Cruise Ship located in Port Vendres

  • Pick up at your Cruise Ship in Port Vendres
  • Walking Tour in Carcassonne
  • Free time for personal discovery & lunch
  • Stop at Lastours Castles
  • Visit Minerve village
  • English speaking guide

  • Entrance fees
  • Meals and drinks
  • Personal expenses & insurance
  • Gratuities for the Guide

Capture The Best Of the Languedoc Region on this Full Day Private Shore Excursion from Port Vendres

Embark on a vibrant Shore Excursion from Port Vendres Port of Call to the Medieval Fortress of Carcassonne.

Pick up at your Cruise Ship in Port Vendres

From Port Vendres Cruise Port depart for a half-day tour to the fortified city of Carcassonne one of the most famous Unesco World Heritage Sites of the region. On this full-day trip to Carcassonne & the Languedoc region, we will first come and pick you up at your Ship located in Port Vendres. Meet your English speaking driver who will go over the itinerary and program of the day with you. Then you will board your air-conditioned vehicle and it will be time to drive off to this day’s destination. The drive from Port Vendres to Carcassonne is under 2 hours. As you drive, admire the Languedoc landscape with its rolling hills, fields of bright yellow sunflowers and of course the Canal du Midi that you will follow until Carcassonne.

Arrive in Carcassonne

Reach the Medieval City of Carcassonne that looks like some fairy-tale medieval city. Bathed in the late-afternoon sunshine and highlighted by dark clouds, La Cité, as the old walled city is known, is truly breathtaking. The visit of the Saint Nazaire Basilica with its outstanding stained-glass windows that date back to the middle ages is a must during your walking tour. After the visit to the Cité, enjoy some free time for personal discovery. You will also have some time for lunch so why not try one of the most famous dishes or the area: Cassoulet!

Admire the Castles of Lastours

In the afternoon, you will then have the opportunity to admire the Castles of Lastours. The location is a splendid archaeological site, with its four castles: Cabaret, Tour Régine, Surdespine and Quertineux. Below, the medieval village of Cabaret is nestled deep in the valley. Upon arrival, discover the stunning panoramic view from the Belvedere. After the visit, you will then be taken to the small village of Minerve that gives its name to the Minervois region.

Visit the most beautiful village of Minerve.

Completely surrounded by deep canyons, the small Cathare Village of Minerve is a mineral location set in the heart of the Languedoc garrigue landscape. A stroll through the village will clearly make you understand why it is classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Here you can shop for local arts & crafts, taste some delicious Minervois Wines or just wander in the village past bookshops or art galleries.

After the visit of Minerve, it will be time to head back to your ship in Port Vendres. Upon arrival at the ship, this will be the end of our services.

Good to Know

  • Tour is in English, other languages on request
  • This activity is subject to availability at time of booking
  • Tour involves some walking, comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • This tour is not recommended for persons with reduced mobility
  • Price is for small groups of 2 to 7 persons
  • Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour – Read More Here.

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