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Carcassonne: Castle and Ramparts Skip-the-Line Ticket

1. Carcassonne: Castle and Ramparts Skip-the-Line Ticket

Carcassonne was settled as early as the 6th century BC and later became an important Roman town. It was fortified in the 4th century and was a strategic site in the Middle Ages. It took on its definitive shape in the 13th century with the king’s decision to construct the distinctive double-walled ramparts and extend the castle. The city was restored by Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century and is a testimony to 1,000 years of military architecture and 2,500 years of history. Left in ruins after the the Cathar Crusade (1209-1229), the Inquisition and exile of the Trencavel family, Eugène Viollet-le-Duc was commissioned by the French state in 1844 to restore the city of Cathar. Completed in 1911 under the direction of his pupil Paul Boeswillwald, the royal city was returned to its original splendor, finally being inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 1997. In a new, self-guided addition to this tour, guests are invited to see the magnificent views from the medieval western ramparts. 

Languedoc-Roussillon: Pont du Gard Private Tour & History

2. Languedoc-Roussillon: Pont du Gard Private Tour & History

Come and discover the highest Roman bridge-aqueduct in the world and its history with a licensed tour guide during a 1h30 private tour and admire its architecture, rare for its time and the best preserved now. Built by the Romans around 50 AD, the Pont du Gard is the major element and most prestigious vestige of the ancient aqueduct of Nîmes, designed to bring water from the Eure spring, at the foot of the town of Uzès, to Nîmes. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985. You will also have time after the guided tour, to visit the museum by yourself (valid only during the opening hours of the museum).

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4.0 / 5

based on 43 reviews

Absolutely great to walk all around the ramparts with stunning views. Even though we had skip the line tickets for a set time, we did spend a bit of time waiting in line to be able to go in, not too long though (5-10 mins). Great to go at own pace. If you do walk around the ramparts, there are a lot of stairs and some are quite narrow so be prepared!

The tour of the castle and the ramparts are highly recommended. Had ordered skip the line tickets so we had no queues, a real plus!! We went on a slightly lesser day, cloudy and around 25 degrees which was ideal. Had 2 children aged 9 and 10 who went up and down the stairs without any problems. Top location, especially if you're in the area!!

Very very good. We had a problem with our accommodation in Carcassonne and we couldn't go to the citadel on the day we had reserved the tickets. We went the next day and they told us no problem. We entered without queuing and enjoyed the citadel, which is beautiful and a highly recommended experience.

Such a fantastic and historically interesting experience. Great views of Carcassonne too from the ramparts. Highly recommend this and a great family day out.

It was great to book on line and not have to queue!