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Cathar Country Tours - Day Tours

Narbonne Gate to the Cite Medievale | By the statue of Dame Carcas, 11000 Carcassonne, France
+33 6 62 27 75 56
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Cathar Country Tours offers a personalised and 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. We have welcomed visitors to this extraordinarily beautiful part of the world since 2003. Tours can be tailored according to budget, length of stay and group size.
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Narbonne Gate to the Cite Medievale | By the statue of Dame Carcas, 11000 Carcassonne, France
+33 6 62 27 75 56
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

1  Thank gdmyers
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Paul B
Reviewed 3 September 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
Reviewed 16 July 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

2  Thank Wendy W
Reviewed 10 July 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

2  Thank Steve M
Reviewed 28 June 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

1  Thank patsize
Reviewed 16 June 2017

James McDonald is a fascinating storyteller, historian and author. He took us through the Cathar country on 3 different day tours and Sophia accompanied us on the 4th day. We were infused with the culture and history of the Languedoc and Cathars, visiting Minerve, Lastours,...More

1  Thank purcellstravel
Reviewed 14 June 2017

My husband and I spent 3 days in the beautiful Cathar country of France and came away with memories to last a life time. I organized everything via email from Australia with the beautiful Sophie. I gave Sophie a list of the things and places...More

2  Thank _malderton2
Reviewed 10 June 2017

First I should point out that I was "asking the earth" by trying to arrange a very short notice excursion with only a couple of days notice. The service we received was absolutely first class and Sophie managed to pull the rabbit out of the...More

1  Thank tonyvanskure
Reviewed 14 May 2017

My husband and I just spent two days with James McDonald as our guide to the Cather Country. The first day was spent in the town of Carcassonne visiting the sights there. The second day James took us to Lastours and Minerve....both fascinating and about...More

3  Thank EWLTexas
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13 June 2017|
Response from CatharCountry |
Hello Heather We will have a tour to Lastours and Minerve open to indivuduals on August 17th. We also have a tour to the amazing castles of Peyreperteuse and Queribus open for August 15th Both work using Carcassonne as a... More
Marianne M
12 December 2016|
Response from CatharCountry |
Hello Marianne Thank you for your enquiry. I may be able to help. Which particular destinations are you interested in? If you would like to send me your e-mail I can send you our full schedule as confirmed so far.