The Languedoc area of the Occitanie region in SW France has a complex and fascinating history which dates back to neolithic times. Our proposed historic Languedoc itinerary will satisfy even the most ardent amateur history buff!
From prehistoric caves through to Greek settlements, Roman ruins to spectacular 11th C Cathar castles, numerous medieval forts and beautiful abbeys, a week exploring this corner of SW France will leave you amazed and awestruck in equal measure.
It’s the Medieval period that left the biggest impression on this area and the Cathars and Knights Templar in particular.
Through selected guided visits, our local experts will share their extensive knowledge with you to help you better understand this turbulent episode in France’s history.
You’ll dig beneath the tourist face of Carcassonne, the largest surviving medieval walled city in Europe, now a UNESCO world heritage site.
Tour the vineyard area of the south of the Aude department and visit the ruins of Cathar castles such as Cucugnan, Queribus and Peyrepetuse. Be sure to wear your walking shoes!
Visit the hilltop village of Rennes-le-Chateau, formerly the site of a Prehistoric encampment and later a Roman colony before playing an important role in Cathar history at the start of the 13th C.
Dip into the Ariege department and discover the Medieval town of Mirepoix, the impressive chateau at Foix and the Cathar castle ruins of Roquefixade and Montsegur.
Finally, learn about the influence of the Benedictine monks through a visit to the impressive Fontfroide abbey near Narbonne.
This single centre, fully flexible itinerary is based in Carcassonne and is the basis from which your own personal itinerary will be created.
We suggest you fly into Toulouse, Carcassonne or Perpignan from where you can hire a car.
The price for this Historic Languedoc trip will depend on your accommodation choice, the number of people, the time of year and which elements of the itinerary you wish to include.
This itinerary can be combined with any of the other itineraries on our site to create a complete trip to France.