Cathar Country Tours of Cathar Castles in the Languedoc, France.

Tours of Cathar Castles in the Languedoc, France

 

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Tour Locations
Aguilar
Albi
Alet-les-Bains
Arques
Avignonet
Béziers
Bram
Cabaret
Carcassonne
Cordes-sur-Ciel
Fanjeaux
Foix
Fontfroide
Hautpoul
Lagrasse
Lastours
Lavaur
Le Bezu
Les Casses
Mazamet
Minerve
Montaillou
Montségur
Muret
Peyrepertuse
Prouille
Puilaurens
Puivert
Queribus
Rennes-le-Château
St Hilaire
Termes
Toulouse
Villerouge-Termenès
 

Cathar Country Tours
Historical Tours of Cathar Castles in deep rural France
Led by James McDonald



Private Tours

We offer customised private tours for individuals, for groups of up to 80, often but not necessarily focussed on the Cathars. We also offer Concierge services.

More on Private a la carte Cathar tours for individuals

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Concierge Services - we support conferences, symposia and events

 

 

 

Private a la carte Cathar Tours of Cathar Castles

We offer Private Languedoc tours customised to your requirements, you chose the places to visit and you set the pace, staying, if you choose, in the best local hotels and eating at the best restaurants.

 

Dates

Flexible

 

Group Size

Groups sizes are variable, but seven is typical.

 

Topics Covered

  • Who Were the Cathars?
  • Cathar Beliefs
  • Historical Context - The High Middle Ages
  • Some Problems
  • Where did Catharism come from?
  • Medieval warfare
  • The Albigensian Crusade
  • Cathar Castles
  • The End of Catharism
  • Some Interesting Questions
  • Consequences, Vestiges and Ramifications

Included is information on related topics such as medieval warfare, heraldry, feudalism, the role of the Catholic Church, the Count of Toulouse, Occitan culture, medieval politics, and source documents.

Many books have been written about alleged links between Cathars, their treasure at Montsegur, Knights Templar, The Holy Grail, and the Mystery of Rennes-le-Château. Included is half a day with Henry Lincoln,co- author of the Holy Blood and the Holy Grail to discuss these the subject.

 

Places Visited

The schedule is flexible. Participants are free to select from the following, and we can probably accommodate requests to visit any other locations within 100 miles of Carcassonne.

 

Suggested Sites

  • Aguilar - Cathar Château
  • Albi - picturesque town which gave its name to the Albigensian Crusade, Cathedral
  • Alet-les-Bains - Natural spring, Medieval Cité, Ruined Abbey / Cathedral
  • Arques - Crusader Château & museum
  • Avignonet - Site of a Château belonging to the Count of Toulouse where a team of inquisitors were murdered in 1242
  • Bram - Circulade & site of an atrocity during the War against the Cathars
  • Carcassonne - Cathar Château (Château Comtal), Cité, Basilica, museum, Canal du Midi
  • Foix - Cathar Château, Capital of the medieval county of Foix
  • Fontfroide - Cistercian Abbey
  • Lagrasse - Benedictine Abbey
  • Lastours (Cabaret) - 3 Cathar Châteaux + medieval village
  • Lavaur - Cathedral, site of atrocity during the Cathar Wars
  • Le Bezu - Cathar Château
  • Mazamet - Museum of Catharism
  • Megalithic Sites - throughout the region
  • Minerve - Cathar Château
  • Montaillou - the famous Cathar village where everyone was arrested by the Bishop of Pamiers
  • Montsegur - Cathar Château, medieval village & museum
  • Peyrepertuse - Cathar Château
  • Puilaurens - Cathar Château
  • Queribus - Cathar Château
  • Puivert - Cathar Château & museum
  • Rennes-le-Château - Roman town, now a Hilltop Village with a notable church & museum
  • Rennes-les-Bains - Roman thermal spa town, & museum
  • St Hilaire - Benedictine Abbey
  • Termes - Cathar Château + medieval village
  • Toulouse - Capital of the county of Toulouse,Museums, Cathedral, important Churches
  • Villerouge Termenes - Château of the Archbishop of Narbonne where the last known Cathar parfait was burned alive.

Dates and schedules can be tailored to special requirements. Examples are:

  • Cathars and Wine Tours in the Languedoc
    (see La Tour du Château)
  • Cathar Castles Photography
  • Cathars and Megalithic sites in the Languedoc
  • Cathars and Archaeology in the Languedoc
  • Cathars and History in the Languedoc
  • Cathars and Languedoc Mysteries
  • The Cathar Crusade and Heraldry in the Languedoc
  • Cycling the Cathar Castles
  • Horse Riding the Cathar Castles
  • Hiking the Cathar Castles

 

Cost

The cost for one week is 3,500 Euros per person (minimum 2 people), including all accommodation, meals and all transport in the Languedoc, but excludes travel there and bar bills.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Private tours for Groups

These tours are designed for groups who book together - typically academic groups, clubs or societies with a shared interest.

Dates and schedules can be tailored to special requirements. Examples are:

  • Cathars and Wine Tours in the Languedoc
  • Cathar Castles Photography
  • Cathars and Megalithic sites in the Languedoc
  • Cathars and Archaeology in the Languedoc
  • Cathars and History in the Languedoc
  • Cathars and Languedoc Mysteries
  • The Cathar Crusade and Heraldry in the Languedoc
  • Cycling the Cathar Castles
  • Horse Riding the Cathar Castles
  • Hiking the Cathar Castles

 

Group Size

Groups sizes are variable, but seven is typical. Not more than 40.

 

Previous Clients

 
 
 

 

Amis du Chateau de St-Ferriol


 

 

Cost

Please contact us to discuss as the cost will depend on group size and your requirements.

 

 

 

Gift Vouchers

If you want to buy tours for someone else, perhaps as a birthday, Christmas or Valentine's day present, we are happy to issue gift certificates. Please contact us for further details.

 

 
 
 
 

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