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About Cathar Country Tours
Cathar Country Tours offers a unique top-of-the-range experience of the Languedoc’s historical treasures, focused on the rich history of the Cathars. Your guide, the author James McDonald, is an expert on all aspects of Catharism and has lived in the region since 1997. His wit and erudition make complex histories accessible and he consistently receives five-star reviews. We have welcomed visitors to this extraordinarily beautiful part of the world since 2003. Tours are in English and range from one to seven days, and include private tours as well as scheduled tours.
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Reviewed June 24, 2018

My 2 friends and I had a fantastic tour of Carcassonne with James McDonald. He more than fulfilled our expectations with his in-depth knowledge of the Castle, Cathars and more! It was very much personalized for us and not dry! I can’t recommend him highly...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed June 13, 2018

If you really want to fully understand the Cathars and their history in general and as it relates to Carcassonne's Cite Medievale, then you will be beyond delighted with this one-day experience. I sought out this excursion for me and It fulfilled every expectation I...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed June 9, 2018

As a student of Cathar HistoryI was blown away by the depth of knowledge possessed by James McDonald. Not only is he a nice guy, he is a font of knowledge and your find that your 6-8 hour day is suddenly over, and that you're...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed October 21, 2017

I recently joined a small group of Americans on a day tour with James. We visited Montaillou and Foix to learn about the fascinating history of the Catholic Church's persecution of the Cathars in the 13th century. James has an amazing grasp of the history...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed October 11, 2017

I choose the 7 day small group tour arranged by Sophie, with James leading the daily excursions around the Languedoc visiting Cathar historical sites. We spent five nights in the city of Quillan, centrally located for our day trips around the area and close to...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed October 1, 2017

Sophie arranged a private one day tour for our group of four with Tim Wallace-Murphy. We visited a number or sites related to the Cathars and Templars as we had a specific interest in Rennes-le-Chateau and Sauniere. Sophie went out of her way to arrange...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed September 3, 2017

James was a remarkable guide. His knowledge was unparalleled - the depth of passion and information he brought was exceptional. While being delighted to talk to my husband and I about the theology & practices of the Cathars, he also did a great job engaging...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank Brenda F
Reviewed July 16, 2017

James brings the story of the Cathars to live and puts it in the context of the broader historical events of the time. Fascinating to hear and discuss. Add to that excellent food and wine sometimes in out of the way places, plenty of physical...More

Date of experience: June 2017
2  Thank Wendy W
Reviewed July 10, 2017 via mobile

Sophie emailed me back and forth and answered all of my questions. We took the train from Carcassonne to Sete. It was easy and the machine that sells the tickets has an English version so it was easy to purchase them. James was punctual and...More

Date of experience: June 2017
2  Thank Steve M
Reviewed June 28, 2017 via mobile

This was an excellent tour. The MacDonald's gave us wonderful meals and so much information about the history of the region. Dining at St. Ferriol was one of the highlights as was Carcasonne. I also enjoyed the day off to explore. The composition of the...More

Date of experience: June 2017
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June 29, 2018|
Response from James M | Property representative |
The email address on our site is correct. We received your emails and replied to you, but our numerous emails to you appear to getting intercepted by your particularly stringent email filter. I suggest you whitelist our... More
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May 31, 2018|
Response from James M | Property representative |
Hi, Sincere apologies for not replying earlier. These messages are not being forwarded to us by Tripadvisor, so please contact us directly via the email address given on our website. Many thanks, James.