The Cité of Carcassonne

Historian and author James McDonald will lead a visit to the medieval Cité of Carcassonne. We will walk around the ancient walls and learn about its history from classical times to the present, concentrating on its role during the Albigensian Crusade in the 13th century. We will also visit the original tomb of Simon de Montfort in the basilica and learn what the original “lists” were.

The Museums of the Ville Basse of Carcassonne

The Beaux Arts Museum of Carcassonne houses impressive examples of European art from the 17th century to the present day and includes works portraying local life and legends. Nearby, the Maison des Mémoires pays tribute to Joë Bousquet, a poet and surrealist known for his friendship with contemporaries such as André Gide and Louis Aragon.

Canal Trip though the Languedoc Countryside

We will enjoy a leisurely cruise along the Canal du Midi through the charming countryside around Carcassonne with its trees, vineyards, and gentle beauty.