Tour of Termes

Tour of the ruins of the hilltop Château-fort (castle) of Termes, deep in the rural Corbiers, once located inside a city.

Tour Options
Tour Access Difficulty Rating
Scheduled Tour Dates
What You'll See
What You'll Learn About
Tour Start Point
Your Tour Leader

 

 

 

Tour Options

  • One-day scheduled tours
  • One day of one-Week scheduled tours
  • One day of Private tours

This tour is usually combined with a visit to Arques, Lagrasse, or to Villerouge Termenes

 

 

 

Difficulty Rating

Moderate walk, rough paths, mostly without handrails. c30 mins hilly access

 

 

Scheduled Tour Dates & Times

Available as scheduled and private tours

Times for the day tour: 9am - 5 pm (including a second location in the afternoon)

 

 

 

What You'll See and Do

  • Vestiges of the Medieval Cité of Termes: The vestiges of the medieval walled city

    Vestiges of the Medieval Château-fort (castle) of Termes

 

 

 

What You'll Learn About

  • Castra
  • The Lords of Termes and the Termenès
  • The Lords of Termes and the Abbeys of Fontfroide and Lagrasse
  • Terms and Catharism
  • Cathar v Catholic Theology
  • Termes and the Albigensian Crusade
  • The siege of Termes + Termenet, in 1210 according to primary sources
  • The fate of Raymond de Termes
  • The fate of Benoît de Termes
  • The fate of Olivier de Termes, The Fifth Crusade
  • Termes and The Five Sons of Carcassonne
  • The later history of Termes

 

 

 

Tour Start Point

Ticket Office,
4 Cami dal Castel leadng to the Château de Termes,
11330 Termes,
Aude
Languedoc-Roussillon
France.

Lat. N 43.000059
Long. E 2.561637

 

 

 

Tour Leader

The tour is lead by the author and historian James McDonald >>>

 

 

 

Termes - View from the Castle
 
 
The Castle at Termes

 

 
View from the Castle at Termes
 
 
Restoration work at the Castle at Termes
 
 
The Castle at Termes
 
 
The modern village of Termes
 
 
The Castle at Termes
 
 
The Castle at Termes
 
 
The Castle at Termes
 
 
The Castle at Termes
 
 
Terminet and the Castle at Termes
 
 
The Castle at Termes
 
 
Reconstruction of the Castle and city of Termes, around 1211
 
 
The Castle at Termes with the modern village of Termes in the forground
 
 
The Castle at Termes
 
 
Reconstruction of the Castle and city of Termes, around 1211
 
 
 
Castle of Termes

 
 
Castle of Termes
 
 
 
Castle of Termes
 
 




Our Tours

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Scheduled One-Week Tours

Join one of our scheduled week-long tours which take place in May/June and September each year, including iconic sites such as Montsegur.

Private Tours for Individuals

Customised Tours for 1 person to 5 people: you get to chose how long the tour is, where you visit, and what topics you want to learn about.

Private Group Tours

Customised Tours for groups of 6 or more: you get to chose how long the tour is, where you visit, what topics you want to learn about, and where you stay.

One-Day Scheduled Tours

Join one of our limited number of scheduled day-tours which take place in May/June and September each year, including iconic Cathar sites such as Montsegur.

Talks, Lectures, Seminars

If you want an entertaining but intellectually rigorous and historically accurate account of Catharism, the Albigensian Crusade and the Medieval Languedoc..

Other Services

We offer a Concierge service to help you plan tours focused on the Languedoc / Occitania (including topics other than the Cathars). We also offer services to established Tour Operators organising visits to Cathar Country.