Languedoc | Cathars & Crusaders

Lagrasse church exterior - photo courtesy of Jon Wade
Lagrasse church exterior - photo courtesy of Jon Wade
Fontfroide abbey - photo courtesy of Henri Sivonen
Fontfroide abbey - photo courtesy of Henri Sivonen
Queribus - photo courtesy of Gustavo Maximo
Queribus - photo courtesy of Gustavo Maximo

Southwest France was once a thriving and distinctive kingdom, the home of Catharism – an ascetic Christian sect that eschewed and threatened the power of Rome. In 1209 Pope Innocent III launched the Albigensian Crusade to eliminate the ‘heretics’ of Languedoc. Twenty years of fighting followed, leaving behind spectacular castles and abbeys, and fundamentally altering the religious landscapes of Medieval Europe.

We explore Cathar cities and Catholic abbeys; grand ruinous castles perched on craggy hilltops, and the polished turrets of Carcassonne. Led by experts, this tour draws on the art, archaeology and written sources, delving into the deadly consequences of religious defiance in 13th century France.

  • Ruined castles and deserted villages atop craggy hills, in beautiful green rolling landscapes
  • Heretics and Holy War, the struggle for hearts and minds in Medieval France
  • Stay within the walls of Carcassonne and in a restored 16th century castle in Couiza

Themes

  • Romans
  • Medieval
  • Historic Churches
  • Conflict

Practicalities

  • Special Access
  • All Inclusive

What's Included

  1. Tour Manager
  2. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  3. Meals - All meals included - dinners with wine
  4. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  5. Field Notes
  6. Flights - Scheduled return flights London to Montpellier
  7. Hotels - 3 nights in a French farmhouse-style hotel in Carcassonne, a short walk from the medieval city, 2 nights in a traditional hotel set in a 16th century stone castle in Couiza, with warm and rustic rooms, 2 nights in an upscale, modern 5* hotel located in central Toulouse

Hotel Info

3 nights in a French farmhouse-style hotel in Carcassonne, a short walk from the medieval city
2 nights in a traditional hotel set in a 16th century stone castle in Couiza, with warm and rustic rooms
2 nights in an upscale, modern 5* hotel located in central Toulouse

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