We are offering a tour designed for for academics, experts and
aficionados who already have an in-depth knowledge of Cathar history,
including those who have already attended the "Original"
one week tour.
We visit different sites and discuss topics such as the likely
origins of Catharism, primary documents and various academic theories
and esoteric traditions about them. This tour is also slightly
more physically demanding than the "Original" One Week
tour and visits some less well known sites.
Groups sizes are variable, but seven is typical.
- Topics covered in the "Original"
Tour, in further depth, plus
- Cathars outside the Languedoc
- Cathar Origins - Bogomils and Manichaens
- Saint Bernard, Cistercians and Knights Templars
- Saint Dominic and the Dominicans
- Primary Sources
- Academic controversies
- The develoment of the Inquisition
- Key Personalities
- The English connection
- The Troubadour connnection
- Modern theories - popular and academic
Included is information on related topics such as techniques
of medieval warfare, castle architecture, heraldry, feudalism,
the role of the Catholic Church, the Count of Toulouse, Occitan
culture and medieval politics.
Places Visited, Outline Itinerary
Schedule over 7 nights:
DAY 2 Albi -& Cordes sur Ciel
Albi - picturesque town which gave its name to the Albigensian
Crusade. Spectacular Cathedral.
Cordes sur Ciel - Hilltop town founded by the Count of
Toulouse for refugees from the Crusaders.
DAY 3 Mazamet, Hautepoul, Bram
Mazamet - Museum of Catharism with an interesting recreation
of Cathar ceremonies.
Hautepoul - Site of a siege during the War against the
Bram - Circulade & site of an atrocity during the
War against the Cathars
DAY 4 Lastours & Minerve
Lastours (Cabaret) - medieval village + 3 Cathar Châteaux
which withstood repeated sieges by the Crusaders.
Minerve - Cathar Château and castrum where between
140 and 180 Cathars were burned alive in 1211.
DAY 5 Free Day
Possible visits to.
- Lagrasse - Benedictine Abbey
- Peyrepertuse - Cathar Château
- Puilaurens - Cathar Château
- Queribus - Cathar Château
- Aguilar - Cathar Château
- St Hilaire - Benedictine Abbey
- Fanjeaux - Headquarters of Saint Dominic
- Bezièrs - Site of a massacre of the whole population
of the town by Crusaders.
DAY 6 Avignonet, Lavaur & Les
Avignonet - Site of a Château belonging to the Count
of Toulouse where a team of inquisitors were murdered in 1242
Lavaur - Cathedral, site of atrocity during the Cathar
Wars (over 400 were burned here)
Les Casses - Site of a mass burning of Cathars. (60 Cathars
were burned here)
DAY 7 Foix & Montaillou
Foix - Cathar Château, Capital of the medieval counts
Montaillou - the famous Cathar village where everyone
was arrested and interrogated by Jacques Fournier, the Bishop
For the current cost (per person) click
We aim to be as flexible as possible. Just let us know if you
have any special requirements and we will try to accommodate them.
Our tours are primarily historic, factual and focused on the
Cathars, though we do touch on some of the popular mythology now
attached to the area - "Languedoc Mysteries" (including
beliefs concerning Mary Magdelene, Rennes-le-Château and
its reputed treasure, Bugerach, Languedoc Templars, the Sacred
Feminine, Black Madonas, etc) - mainly to debunk popular stories
about them. For those interested in a spiritual rather than a
strictly historical tour we recommend tours offered by another