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Tour Highlights

  • Two nights in the stunning, fortified walled-city of Carcassonne
  • In-depth explorations of five fairy-tale-like Cathar castles, including the breathtaking Chateau de Montesegur—the last Cathar Castle to fall during the Albigensian Crusade
  • A visit to the charming town of Albi—which gave its name to the crusade set against the Cathars—beautifully set on the banks of the Tarn River
  • A guided tour of historic Abbaye de Fontefroide, a beautifully-restored, 11th-century abbey that is indelibly linked to the Albigensian Crusade
  • A visit to the magnificent Church of St. Sernin—the largest Romanesque-style church in Europe—which contains an array of high-quality Romanesque sculpture
  • See the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Albi and Carcassonne
  • A night in the picturesque spa village of Ax-les-Thermes, nestled in the Pyrenees Mountains where the rivers Oriege, Ariege, and Lauze converge
  • Two days exploring the stunning ancient city of Toulouse, the capital of the Haute-Garonne region of southwestern France
  • A Scholarly Sojourns signature picnic in the stunning Languedoc countryside
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