Carcassonne On Your Own
Duration: 8 hours
Tour Code: ptv-004
Spend the day discovering the enchanting medieval town of Carcassonne at your leisure during this "On Your Own" tour.
Traveling from the pier in Port Vendres, it's a scenic 2-hour drive to Carcassonne, which sits perched atop a hill that overlooks the lush Languedoc countryside. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, this ancient walled city is for the most part, one enormous castle. Adding to its grandeur are 56 imposing watchtowers that rise from an impressive double row of fortified walls that surround the city. Throughout history, Carcassonne was considered an important location, both for strategic purposes and for trade and its exceptional fortifications certainly bear witness to this.
Upon arrival, you will have approximately 4-hours of free time to explore the city as you please. Tucked away on its charming cobblestone streets you will find colorful shops and cafés and there are certainly plenty of things to see and do. Perhaps take time to visit the towers, stroll about the ramparts, or visit the museum "Musée de la Torture", where within its walls you will find displays of original torture equipment that date back to the time of the Catholic Inquisition during the 13th century.
At the appointed time and location, you will rejoin your coach and make the return trip to Port Vendres and your awaiting ship.
Please note: Walking on this tour is primarily at the guests' discretion. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun caps; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. This tour does not include the entrance fee into the city, any optional taxi transfers, food or beverages. Those who are not back at the pick-up location at the appointed time will be responsible for making their own way back to the ship at their own expense.