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Port-Vendres, France-port

Explore pretty Collioure, a favorite destination of Matisse, with its distinctive pinkish-beige houses, colorful harbor, winding streets and lovely church and nearby Elne with its impressive fortified cathedral and beautiful cloister. Or visit magnificent Carcassonne, a breathtaking fortified hilltop city of turrets, churches, stained glass and lovely squares resurrected from ruin in the 19th-century. Look for antiques, contemporary art and reproductions as well as local crafts. Try some tempting roast lamb or the catch of the day accompanied by local cheese and fruit with the appropriate wine.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Carcassonne On Your Own
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Executive Collection Full Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Picturesque Collioure & Wine Tasting
  • The Fortress At Salses-Le-Chateau
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • The Village of Ceret
    Light Activity /WalkingMinimal Activity Required

Carcassonne On Your Own

Light Activity /Walking

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.