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Templar Quest in the Languedoc, France
Knights Templar, Cathars & Troubadours, Rennes-le-Château

We offer specialist tours focused on the history of Knights Templar in the Languedoc, France. These tours include guided visits to important historical sites and talks by experts. Topics covered include the origin and role of the Templars, their supposed heresies, links with the Cathars, the Mystery of Rennes-le-Château, and other esoteric traditions.

The Languedoc is a special place. Deep in the French countryside ("La France Profonde") it attracts visitors from around the world, and not only for its climate, food, wine and spectacular scenery. Its history is astounding, stretching back long before France existed. Some of the earliest cave art in Europe can be seen here, and megalithic stones dot the countryside. Hercules performed some of his labors here. Hannibal brought his elephants through here on his way to the Alps. A Count of Toulouse was the first to take a crusader cross, and the first to establish Knights Templar and Knights Hospitaller back in Europe. A supposed "heresy" called Catharism flourished here, until it was crushed by the first European Crusade and the fist papal Inquisition in the world. The Dominican Order was created here, specifically to help eliminate Catharism.

The medieval Cité of Carcassonne, in the Languedoc, France
Carcassonne, Languedoc: Cathar Capital

There is even more. The troubadour tradition developed here, before the Languedoc was annexed to France. Nostradamus came from here. The modern Kabbalah was created here. According to local tradition Mary, the mother of Jesus, lived here for many years. According to some the the Holy Grail and the Ark of the Covenant are hidden here, perhaps in the mysterious village of Rennes-le-Château.

La Couvertoirade - Village of the Knights Templar in the South of France.
La Couvertoirade - Village of the Knights Templar in the South of France - Templar Tours, France

Our organized tours are led by English speaking experts who live locally in the Languedoc and have researched its history. They are all published authors and accomplished public speakers who have appeared in television documentaries.

You will not need to speak any French during your stay in France.


The Tour Magdala at Rennes-le-Château, in the Languedoc, France
The Tour Magdala at Rennes-le-Château


Talks and visits include:

  • The Cathars: their Origins, their Beliefs and their fate
  • Heresy and Inquisition in the middle ages
  • The Troubadour tradition and courtly love
  • Knighthood and chivalry
  • The Templars. Their Origins, their European presence, their trial and their fate.
  • Rennes-le-Château: from Holy Blood, Holy Grail to Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, investigating the enigmatic Abbé Saunière
  • Languedoc Mysteries: Otto Rahn and Montsegur, Mary Magdalene and the Gnostic Gospels.


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