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Cathar Country Tours - Day Tours

Narbonne Gate to the Cite Medievale | By the statue of Dame Carcas, 11000 Carcassonne Center, Carcassonne, France
+44 7954 168897
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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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Narbonne Gate to the Cite Medievale | By the statue of Dame Carcas, 11000 Carcassonne Center, Carcassonne, France
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Reviewed July 12, 2018

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

1  Thank Brenda F
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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

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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

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