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A la carte guided tours

Are you passing through Castelnaudary or the local area? Do you just have an hour or two spare? Book your guide and discover our heritage à la carte

The historic centre of Castelnaudary - 1-hour tour - walking

One hour to enjoy the charm of this small town and see its main monuments: from the Halle de Verdun to the Collegiate Church of St Michel, all the little gems in the town will be revealed to you, as well as the history of Cassoulet.

Visit with a guide from the tourist office

Duration: 1 hour

Group rate (12 or more people): Fixed price € 70

The historic centre of Castelnaudary - 2-hour tour - walking

Two-hour discovery tour to discover all Castelnaudary’s heritage: from the Halle de Verdun and its typical façades, to the Collegiate Church of St Michel and the Lauragais Museum with the cassoulet exhibition.

Visit with a guide from the tourist office

Duration: 2 hours
Group rate (12 or more people): Fixed price € 140

Cugarel Mill - 45 minutes - in small groups

The little Cugarel mill opens its doors to you.
This visit will allow you to discover all the original internal mechanism, still intact (17th century) and to learn about the history and traditions of the milling activity in the Lauragais.

Olivier is your guide, a heritage officer from the Tourist Office.

Duration: 45 minutes
Group rate (12 or more people): Fixed price € 70

Seuil de Naurouze -  1 hour - walking

The Seuil de Naurouze is the most iconic site on the Canal du Midi. This is where all the waters of the Montagne Noire come together and give birth to the canal. A dividing point, the waters split there on the edge of an octagonal basin that has retained its 17th century layout. The visit is an opportunity to understand the entire water supply system as well as the art works.

Visit with a guide from the Tourist Office

Duration: 1 hour
Group rate (12 or more people): Fixed price € 70

Saint Papoul Abbey - 1 hour - walking

Saint Papoul Abbey is one of the Sites Pôles du Pays Cathare

The guide will tell you the story of this ancient cathedral and its 14th century Languedoc-style cloister. In the old monks’ refectory, get to know more about the Master of Cabestany (12th century) and don’t miss the tapered roof outside.

Visit with a guide from the tourist office
Duration: 1 hour –
Entrance to the site € 4 per person
Group rate (12 or more people): Fixed price € 70

Musée du Lauragais - 1 hour - walking

presidial

In the city’s former prisons, built under Catherine de Médicis, the cassoulet exhibition reveals all its secrets! Discover the history of the dish, from its most distant origins to its industrialization

Visit with a guide from the tourist office
Duration: 1 hour
Group rate (more than 12 people): fixed price 70€

Pottery NOT - 1 hour - walking

Potier

Classified as a living heritage company, the Not pottery is a place not to be missed in the Castelnaudary area. You will find there all the know-how around the culinary and horticultural pottery. The speciality of the house: the cassole of course! 

Visit with a guide from the tourist office
Duration: 1 hour 

Admission to the site: 5€ / person
Group rate (more than 12 people): €70

Duck farm - 1 hour 30 min - walking

Visit a family farm in Mézerville, with the Tardieu family. They will share their love of their profession with you and present the different varieties of poultry before tasting their farm products. 

Visit with a guide from the tourist office
Duration: 1h30

Admission to the site: 5€ / person (visit and tasting) 
Group rate (more than 12 people): fixed price 140€.

Idea for a day out - walking and rafting

Bateau ecluse

In the morning: walk to the Seuil de Naurouze, the point where the waters divide. This is where the Rigole de la Plaine arrives to give birth to the Canal du Midi. You will discover the various engineering structures and the water supply system. Lunch then enjoy a 2-hour boat trip on the St Roch with historical comments and a lock passage.

Visit with a guide from the tourist office
Duration: 1 day 

Group rate (more than 12 people): 70€ for the visit of the Seuil de Naurouze. 

+ 24€ / person for lunch

+ 12€ / person for the 2h boat trip

Cassoulet demonstration - 1 hour 30 min

Stage autour du Cassoulet - Le Cathare à Belflou

Attend a demonstration of the preparation of a real home-made cassoulet! The preparation of the dish will no longer hold any secrets for you! 

Demonstration of the preparation: the group does not intervene in the preparation, the cook explains the different stages of the dish and the advice to succeed. 

Duration: about 1h30 – estimate on request, maximum 20 people. 

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