We wanted to see more of the countryside near Carcassonne and made arrangements with Antoine Juncker of Sun-tours.fr (PC only) and were not disappointed. We were picked up at Porte Narbonnaise of Carcassonne. We had him to ourselves and after a few moments of discussing what we were really hoping to see, he very generously gave us 4 plus hours of sights and villages and more with informed commentary (French and English). He was a delight to be with and certainly worth far more than his fee. 6/5 stars
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Thank you Peter for your interest in Rick Steves’ Europe and for taking the time to write on our forum with your recommendations. Rick and all of us recognize the value of your message. We continually listen to and learn from travelers, so your travel recommendation may, in the future, help others.
I'll forward your suggestion to our guidebook editor for consideration when we research the next edition. The guidebook researchers may try to make contact when they are on assignment in Europe next year. I am sure the people in Europe appreciate your message to us and, hopefully, we will be able to visit with them in the future.
Thanks again and Happy Travels!
I am delighted you are interested in my suggestion about Antoine and tours from Carcassonne, France. I begin planning my trips to Europe at least 2 years in advance seeking as many options as I can. I work on the premise that I would rather decide not to go somewhere rather than I wish I had known and missed a gem. I found Antoine after repeated net searches and we began making preparations early in 2013. I did so much research, I cannot now remember the links that led to his website. He knows that his website will only accessible on a PC as there are animated sections that require FLASH which does not operate in a Mac-OS based computer like Apple, iPad, etc.
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