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Cathar Country Tours - Day Tours

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Address: Narbonne Gate to the Cite Medievale | By the statue of Dame Carcas, 11000 Carcassonne, France
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+33 4 68 20 11 42
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Cathar Country Tours offers a personalised and unique experience of the...

Cathar Country Tours offers a personalised and unique 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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If you are looking for a tour of the Cathar country, look no further. Not only is James the most interesting and knowledgable guide but he is also a very nice man. He clearly... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 December 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

If you are looking for a tour of the Cathar country, look no further. Not only is James the most interesting and knowledgable guide but he is also a very nice man. He clearly loves this part of France and is passionate about sharing the history of the region with you. His is fascinating to listen to, telling stories of... More 

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Andalucia, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

This is really an up-date from my September 2015 review to say that Cathar Country Tours are as good as ever. I have just returned from what is turning into an annual trip through this countryside with James. His knowledge continues to astound me - year after year. As a true scholar, he never stops researching and updating his encyclopaedic... More 

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Ashland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016

Sophie and James provide an extraordinary experience. Sophie's personal touch and wonderful care of clients is matched by James' erudite commentary and down to earth approach. We took a full day, private tour with James that was worth every penny and more. Our favorite site was Montsegur Castle because of its heroic story and expansive views of this exquisite region.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2016

As a family of five, we booked a day trip with James to see Montsegur and the Chateau de Puivert. to get a taste of some of the Cathar castles. Sophie was very friendly and extremely helpful in advising which area to choose. James was an excellent guide and kept us entranced with his stories of long ago. ~Even our... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2016

Cathar Country Tours provides outstanding information and guidance about this fascinating part of Southern France. James McDonald is deeply versed in the history of the Cathars and the Troubadours. He is an expert, entertaining and insightful guide to the many historical sites and to the compelling if tragic story of the brave and enlightened Cathars, Sophie is warm and professional... More 

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Cuenca, Ecuador
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2016

James and Sophie and two wonderful people. Touring Carcassonne with James was far more than we could have envisioned. It is one thing to get a fabulous history lesson. It is another to be taken back in history, taught how life was, and get to walk exactly where the action took place. Having family history in this area of France... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2015

James and Sophie have done a superb job with Advanced Cathar Tour. Once again you are in the pleasant company of James, Sophie and your driver, Robert who is always so courteous. James threads the story of the Cathars and the Albigensian crusade into the tour so each little village or landmark comes to life - the Languedoc is a... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2015

I contacted Sophie Duncan and she recommended great hotels and arranged a lovely lunch as a part of our day with James McDonald hiking up Montsegur and learning about the Cathars along the way. They even printed maps at their home for us! Sophie also arranged for a morning tour and talk with Tim Wallace-Murray at Rennes le Chateau which... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2015

I reserved a tour with James for my husband and I to visit Lastours and Minerve. I was very interested in the history of the Albigensian people and the crusade against them in the Middle Ages. My husband at the start came along to humor me! We met with James at our hotel. He was very pleasant and one could... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2015

We spent 2 full days with James in a tour that was specially designed for us. James is knowledgable and pleasant to be with. He gave us information that is not in tour books and was very well prepared.

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