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Talk with Kate Mosse
Private tour of Carcassonne
Le Donjon hotel - located within the walls of the citadel, this is one of Carcassonne’s most atmospheric hotels
Visit to Rennes les Bains
A world heritage site, Carcassonne is home to perhaps the most majestic medieval castle you will find anywhere – the stuff of children’s fairy-tales. Its dramatic setting, where every battlement has a story to tell, is the evocative backdrop to Kate Mosse’s best-selling Languedoc trilogy. The British author fell under the spell of the city almost three decades ago, and it has been inspiring her work ever since. She previously has written in the pages of the Mail on Sunday: “It's my passion for the history and landscape of the Languedoc region, and Carcassonne's medieval citadel in particular, that inspires my storytelling. Whenever I see its 52 turrets and towers, the mellow stone against the blue sky, I can hardly believe it is real.”
This tour, based in the historic heart of Carcassonne, explores the unique history of the city and the area around – and features a special appearance from the writer, who has done so much to bring its astonishing history to life. This will be a brilliant tour for anyone who has enjoyed Kate Mosse’s work as well as any fans of this magnificent part for France.
"One glance at the citadel was all it took – I've been head over heels in love with Carcassonne ever since. I hope you can join me here in this dazzling city, with so many stories to tell.”
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Day 1: Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Paris and onwards by TGV to Narbonne.
Transfer from Narbonne Station to Hotel Donjon in Carcassonne for 6-night stay.
Day 2: Carcassonne and evening talk and dinner with Kate Mosse
A guided day on foot with your tour manager, Alex Patrimonio to introduce you to the delights of this spectacular citadel town. Highlights include the Chateau Comtal and Basilique-St Nazaire. Lunch at a bateau restaurant and cruise on the canal du Midi will enhance a relaxing and informative day. Return to hotel with time to freshen up before evening talk from Kate Mosse, welcome drink and dinner with wine at the hotel’s brasserie
Day 3: Morning walking tour of Carcassonne with appearance from Kate Mosse.
This morning we continue our exploration of Carcassone with an appearance from Kate, who will elaborate on its significance in her writing. Afternoon excursion to Rennes-le-Chateau & Rennes-les-Bains, the spa town that featured in the best-selling “Sepulchre.”
Day 4: Full day Mirepoix and Montsegur Castle.
A morning visit to Mirepoix on market day offers a wonderful flavour of southwest life. Its huge square, lined with ancient houses is packed with stalls. The afternoon is spent at the ruins of the Cathar castle of Montsegur, the last stronghold of the Cathars, situated atop the hill above the town, reached by a steep path. In 1243, 10, 000 papal troops laid siege to the castle for 10 months. When captured, 205 Cathars refused to convert and were burnt alive.
Day 5: Full day Narbonne and Beziers
A major city during Roman times Narbonne’s delightful, restored, medieval centre is where you’ll find the majority of its sites. These include the impressive 13th century Cathédrale Saint-Just et Saint-Pasteur and the Archbishop’s Palace. Famous for bullfights, rugby and wine, Beziers is dominated by its massive 14th century Cathedrale St-Lazaire. In 12-0, several thousand of its citizens were massacred in the crusade against the Cathars. The papal tropps were told to “Kill them all. God will recognise his own!”
Day 6: Full day Toulouse
Toulouse was once the home to the resplendent court of the count of Toulouse who controlled much of southern France and it continues to be an important city today, particularly in terms of aviation. The old city, the Ville Rose, is compact and easy to explore – the two churches St-Sernin and Les Jacobins, together with some Renaissance townhouses are architectural gems.
Day 7: Transfer to Narbonne station for return TGV and Eurostar to Paris and onwards to Ebbsfleet or St Pancras.
NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 49 passengers.
PLEASE NOTE: As with most trains, passengers are responsible for carrying baggage onto and off the train. Baggage can be stored on overhead shelves or at the entrance to the carriages. Trollies are available at St Pancras and Paris, but bags do need to be carried on to the platform.
Travel Editions recommends a luggage delivery service called thebaggageman, where your suitcase can be picked up from your home before departure and delivered straight to your hotel; therefore removing the worry about carrying your cases onto and off the trains. Please click here for more information and we have arranged a 10% discount exclusive to Travel Editions clients off the thebaggageman service. Tel: 01844 264890
The four-star Donjon Hotel is one of very few located within the city walls and offers a high standard of accommodation in an ideal position to appreciate the atmosphere of one of France’s most appealing towns. Features include an adjacent brasserie, bar and very comfortable bedrooms with all modern amenities.
Pre-tour accommodation is available at the Premier Inn, London Kings Cross St Pancras, about a 5 minutes walk from St Pancras International, at an approximate rate of £120 per room. Bookings can be made direct with the hotel on 0871 527 8672 or visit their website.
Kate Mosse is an international bestselling author with sales of more than five million copies in 38 languages. Her fiction includes the novels Labyrinth (2005), Sepulchre (2007), The Winter Ghosts (2009), Citadel (2012), and The Taxidermist's Daughter (2014), as well as an acclaimed collection of short stories, The Mistletoe Bride & Other Haunting Tales (2013). Kate's latest novel is The Sunday Times No.1 bestseller, The Burning Chambers (2018). The Co-Founder and Chair of the Board of the Women’s Prize for Fiction and in June 2013, Kate was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to literature. Kate divides her time between Sussex and Carcassonne, the hilltop town in southern France that has featured as a vivid backdrop to several of her novels.
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