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Cathar Country Tours - Day Tours

Narbonne Gate to the Cite Medievale | By the statue of Dame Carcas, 11000 Carcassonne, France
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Fascinating Historian

James McDonald is a fascinating storyteller, historian and author. He took us through the Cathar... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Pensacola Beach, Florida
Outstanding Guided Tour of Cathar Country

My husband and I spent 3 days in the beautiful Cathar country of France and came away with memories... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tamworth, Australia
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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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Narbonne Gate to the Cite Medievale | By the statue of Dame Carcas, 11000 Carcassonne, France
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

1  Thank _malderton2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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

2  Thank EWLTexas
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...More

4  Thank Val R
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 -...More

3  Thank Traveller T
Reviewed 7 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...More

3  Thank travelerM7604TB
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...More

4  Thank Susan W
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...More

5  Thank RalphLIC
Reviewed 1 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...More

2  Thank chinesedoc1
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Hi, I will be in Carcassonne and Toulouse from August 15-19 and am looking for a single day tour that will give me a good understanding of the Cathar period and landmarks (perhaps even one of the castles) departing from either location. Do you have anything planned? Can you provide any advice? Thanks, Heather (from Australia)
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
Hi there, are there any Cathar Country day tours scheduled between 28th December and 7th January? There are two of us, both English speakers with very little French! We are happy to join up with another group. Many thanks Marianne
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.