Languedoc - Cathars & Crusaders

8 days

From £2,995

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Summary

Languedoc is a stunningly beautiful region of south-east France bordering the Pyrenees. In the Middle Ages its language and culture were fundamentally different from the rest of France and it was also a stronghold of Catharism, an ascetic Christian sect that eschewed the orthodox beliefs of the Roman Catholic church. In 1209 Pope Innocent III launched the Albigensian Crusade against this sect, named after the city of Albi. For thirty years the Catholic establishment of royal France, was pitted against the age-old traditions and customs of the region, resulting in horrific acts of war and fundamentally altering the cultural and political landscape of the Languedoc. A lasting legacy of this movement was the Inquisition, founded to root out those who stubbornly adhered to the heretical faith, but another was a fine architectural heritage. Against the backdrop of fabulous landscapes we shall explore great cities with Roman roots - Albi, Narbonne, Beziers, Toulouse and Carcassonne - but also hill-top villages, Catholic abbeys and spectacular castles perched, often in an apparently impossible manner, on craggy ledges and summits.

Tour highlights:

  • See ruined castles and deserted villages atop craggy hills, set among beautiful green rolling landscapes
  • Be inspired by the contrasting serenity of Fontefroide Abbey
  • Stay within the walls of Carcassonne and in a restored 16th century castle in Couiza
  • Let the beauty of Cordes-sur-Ciel inspire you

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£2,995

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  • Pay a low deposit of £99, was £500.

Single supplement: £490

Includes flights

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  • FREE 'Travel Safe' kits for every traveller
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  • Enhanced Health and Safety audits
  • Distanced seating on coaches
  • 'Get me home' service and private airport transfers
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Meet your Experts

Dr Pamela Marshall FSA

Guide Lecturer

Pamela is an expert in the archaeology of standing buildings. Her interests range from the Classical to the Renaissance, but she specialises particularly in the medieval period.

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Tour dates & prices

Included in your cost:

  • Expert Guide Lecturer
  • Professional Tour Manager
  • Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
  • Accommodation
  • Meals as per the itinerary, wine and tea or coffee with dinner
  • Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
  • All taxes & gratuities
  • Field notes
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single Supp. Availability
17 May 2021 ALCR210517 17 May 2021 (Monday) 24 May 2021 (Monday) Dr Pamela Marshall FSA £2,995
(inc. flights)
£99
£500
£490 Book Now
27 September 2021 ALCR210927 27 September 2021 (Monday) 4 October 2021 (Monday) Dr Pamela Marshall FSA £3,075
(inc. flights)
£99
£500
£540 Book Now
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