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Ophorus Tours - Carcassonne Small Group Private Shore Excursion From Port-Vendres

Port-Vendres

Carcassonne Small Group Private Shore Excursion From Port-Vendres

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An Idyllic Private Full Day Trip from Port Vendres Cruise Port to Medieval Carcassonne, Lastours Castle Belvédère and the village of Minerve.

Highlights

  • Pick up and drop off at Port Vendres Cruise Terminal
  • Explore the famous Castle & Ramparts of Carcassonne
  • Visit Saint Nazaire Basilica with its beautiful stained glass windows
  • Discover the amazing Lastours Belvedere
  • Learn about the Cathars as you visit Minerve village
  • English speaking Driver or Driver/Guide
  • Tour can be fully customized to suit your interests

Program & Itinerary

Carcassonne looks like some fairy-tale medieval city. Bathed in late-afternoon sunshine and highlighted by dark clouds, La Cité, as the old walled city is known, is truly breathtaking. The visit of the Basilica with its outstanding stained-glass windows is a must. From Port Vendres Cruise Port depart for a full day private tour to the fortified city of Carcassonne one of the most famous Unesco ...

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

Carcassonne looks like some fairy-tale medieval city. Bathed in late-afternoon sunshine and highlighted by dark clouds, La Cité, as the old walled city is known, is truly breathtaking. The visit of the Basilica with its outstanding stained-glass windows is a must. 

Pick up at your Cruise Ship in Port Vendres

From Port Vendres Cruise Port depart for a full day private 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, 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 the medieval town & Cité of Carcassonne is just under 2 hours. As you drive, admire the Languedoc region landscape with its rolling hills, fields of bright yellow sunflowers and of course the Canal du Midi that you will follow until Carcassonne. This full day tour also enables you to take in some panoramic views of the area especially as you pass the Alaric mountain range.

Visit the Walled Town of Carcassonne – La Cité

Follow your private guide on a walking tour to discover the famous Cité de Carcassonne. Here, you will admire the castle and ramparts at the heart of the medieval city; explore the Cathedral and the Basilica of Saint-Nazaire; and visit la porte Narbonnaise, which was the principal entrance to the Cité. A dreamlike destination with a romantic ambiance, this guided tour is tailor-made to enchant you. After the visit, enjoy some free time for personal discovery and lunch.

Discover the Superb site of the Lastours Castles

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.

Visit the most beautiful village of Minerve

After the visit, you will then be taken to the small village of Minerve that gives its name to the Minervois region. 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 Sète. Upon arrival at ship, this will be the end of our services.

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  • Pick up at your Cruise Ship in Port-Vendres

  • Guided Walking tour of Carcassonne

  • Free time in Carcassonne for personal discovery and lunch (at own expense)

  • Visit the Lastours Belevedere

  • Visit the most beautiful village of Minerve

  • Drop off at your Cruise Ship in Port-Vendres

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Ophorus Tours - Carcassonne Small Group Private Shore Excursion From Port-Vendres
Ophorus Tours - Carcassonne Small Group Private Shore Excursion From Port-Vendres

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If you want to share your tour with others, you can put it on Cruise Critic. Most of the time this gives good results. You must do this yourself as we are not accepted on their site as a professional business. We accept split payment transactions by credit card.

  • Small group, personalized experiences
  • Worry free shore Excursion, guaranteed return to Ship
  • Entrance fees to Count's Castle can be booked as extra
  • Prices are per group from 2 to 7 persons - Larger groups please contact us
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible

COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available for travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

Meeting point

Port Vendres Cruise Ship Terminal

Departure

Pick up at Cruise Ship – Port Vendres Cruise Ship Terminal.
Please proceed to exit where your guide will be waiting for you with a sign bearing lead traveler name.

Return

Drop off at Cruise Ship – Port Vendres Cruise Ship Terminal

Reviews

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  • ThunderDownUnder111

    23, May 2019

    We had a fantastic private excursion from Sète, France (where our cruise ship docked) to Carcassonne, France (fortified town which is a UNESCO World Heritage...
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Included

  • Pick up and drop off at Cruise Ship in Port-Vendres
  • Guided Walking tour of Carcassonne
  • Optional entrance fees to Count's Castle
  • Visit Lastours Belvedere
  • Visit Minerve village
  • English speaking driver or driver/guide
  • Premium A/C vehicle

Excluded

  • Entrance fees to monuments, museums
  • Meals and drinks
  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Gratuities for the guide

FAQ

  • What type of vehicles are used during your shore excursions from Port-Vendres?

    Our company uses only premium cars & minivans that are recent, comfortable and fully equipped including individual A/C, shaded windows and large leg space.
  • Who conducts your private shore excursions from Port-Vendres?

    All our tours are conducted by English speaking drivers or driver / guides. For a more personalized experience, we can also organize any private tour with both a driver and a guide. On this particular tour, if the tour is conducted by a driver/guide, she/he will be an expert on medieval history & architecture.
  • How long is the drive from Port-Vendres to Carcassonne?

    From Port Vendres Cruise ship to reach Carcassonne, the driving time is approximately of just under 2 hours.
  • How strenuous is this shore excursion from Port-Vendres?

    This tour involves quite some walking in Carcassonne and in the small village of Minerve. Both locations have cobbled streets and uneven grounds which makes it sometimes difficult to walk. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you book this tour if you are in good physical condition and that you do not have any walking difficulties.

    Every participant should wear good walking shoes on this tour.
  • Will we have some free time for personal discovery in Carcassonne?

    Yes, after the morning guided visit of Carcassonne, the rest of your time in the Medieval Cité is for you to enjoy. It will be also here that you will have some time for lunch. Your driver or driver/guide will indicate a meeting point and time for your afternoon tour departure.
  • Is lunch included on this private shore excursion from Port-Vendres?

    No, we never include lunch on our private tours. However, if you would like to organize a lunch in a local restaurant then please let our team of travel experts know and they will do the rest. Indicate what type of restaurants you are looking for in terms of budget and meal or better let us know your choice and our team will make the corresponding arrangements.

    On this particular shore excursion, you will have a large choice of restaurants in Carcassonne. Why not try Cassoulet, one of the famous local delicacies? Be prepared for a hearty meal!
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