The Original One-Week Tour
Click here for confirmed dates for the Original Cathar Country Tour weeks.
Please find below a day by day description of the original tour.
James has prepared this useful link for participants In response to demand from our June 2017 group. Chronological guide to events during the Albegensian Crusade.
- 7 nights accommodation
- Visit over 10 important historic sites
- 1 dinner at Chateau St Ferriol
- 5 lunches at selected restaurants
- 1 dinner at hotel
- 2 dinners at gourmet restaurants
- Visit to authentic local produce boutique
- Entrance fees
- Local taxes
- James McDonald as guide
- Dedicated driver and air-conditioned minivan
- Concierge service for travel to and from tour meeting and departure points
- Walking sticks provided if required
- Crib sheet of important dates and characters
- List of recomended restaurants for free dinner evenings in Quillan and in Toulouse
You will discover the Medieval history of the French Languedoc Roussillon, a lost corner of wilderness and vineyards peppered with castles and historic vestiges. The Languedoc today is stunning even by French standards and offers an authentic and unspoiled France. Innumerable vestiges from its history as a corridor for Western civilisations over five thousand years are scattered across its rural landscapes and stone villages.
You will be accompanied by James McDonald on a seven day discovery of the Cathars. James is an expert on Cathar beliefs and their struggle with the Catholic Church, that in the 12th century set out to eradicate their humane, gnostic beliefs.
You will visit Abbeys, castles and fortified towns.
The tours are not scripted and James shares this moving and important history with impressive erudition and genuine deep enthusiasm.
Sophie will take care that you have an opportunity to enjoy the wonderful cuisine, produce and wine that Occitania offers today and that routes are carefully planned to ensure that you enjoy a range of stunning varied landscapes.
Whilst in the heart of rural France our mother hotel and our castle base are less than two hours from Toulouse and less than three hours from Barcelona.
Our groups are a maximum 7 participants except for larger groups by special arrangement.
Click here to find out about public transport directions fromToulouse to Quillan
Click here to learn live scheduled dates for the Count's tour.
- 7 nights accommodation and breakfast
- 2 dinners at Chateau St Ferriol
- 5 lunches at gourmet restaurant
- 3 dinners at hotel
- 1 dinner at gourmet restaurant
- Entrance fees
- Local taxes
- James McDonald as your Guide and a dedicated driver and air-conditioned minivan
- Concierge service for travel to and from tour meeting and departure points.
Fixed Original Tour dates open
The Original Cathar Tour including Termes and Arques, Fontfroide and Villerouge, Puivert and Montségur, Carcassonne and Toulouse.
Lunch is at the Abbey town of Lagrasse or in a small outdoor family run tavern in Termes. In the afternoon we will visit the castle at Arques, a spectacular construction of the fourteenth century, built by the family of one of the crusade leaders.
Dinner is at local gourmet restaurant.
|Small local produce coop in the Car park
In the afternoon we will visit the castle of Villerouge, once a residence of the Archbishops of Narbonne, where the last known Cathar Parfait was burned at the stake.
In the parking area of Villerouge there is a wonderful Co-opertative local produce shop that includes crafts, high quality 'artisanale' cosmetics and foods. A good opportunity for a quick present shop.
Dinner will be at the Hotel.
Not only is the Chateau at Montsegur an amazing destination but the views on the climb of enormous cave entries in the distant hills, Puivert castle, Roquefixade castle, Montbel Lake will make you tingle. If you look down at your feet and to the sides of the track you will discover an abundance of wildflowers and woodland.
Here you will discover Toulouse’s beautiful centre and see how the Cathars are remembered in the city’s civic art and some of the monuments and sites that bring to life medieval battles and the activities of the Inquisition.
Lunch will be at a favourite cafe Place Capitol. In the afternoon we will visit more historic sites in the heart of the city, which was besieged three times during the period of the Cathar Wars. In late afternoon we will return to Castelnaudary for dinner and our hotel.
There are currently 2 places remaining for the June 2017 original tour. We will be able to schedule a second one for June. Please do not be disappointed if the current dates do not work for you. We may be able to schedule another week to suit your dates.
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