We have several reservations for groups in 2013. And we expect a few more. However for the weeks in between those reservations we have developed two very special tours. Tours based on the success of our guided tours in the past years. Tours to places that are hard to find. Tours to relatively unknown places. Tours to places with a special energy. Tours to places where we can meditate. Tours to sacred places. Tours to places of great beauty. And tours to places of sorrow and joy.
Travelling in the footsteps of Mary Magdalene. And experiencing the beauty of the Pays Cathare.
We offer a 7 and 10 day program.
And let me know if you are interested to participate in one of those tours and in what period you would like to go.
In the footsteps of Mary Magdalene
The beauty of the Pays Cathare
Saturday Arrival in France. Pick up at the Airport of Carcassonne. Transport to the domain La Source in the valley of Les Labadous south of Rennes-le-Chateau. Checking in. Lunch buffet. Then some time to get to know Les Labadous. In the afternoon we walk up to the plateau where once a temple of Lemuria stood. There we meditate at the fountain with the four lions. Dinner at Les Labadous. In the evening we have a slide presentation about Mary Magdalene in France.
Sunday. First we visit to the market in Esperaza. A lovely, very old-fashioned market. With wonderful home made products. Then we go to the church of Rennes-le-Chateau dedicated to Mary Magdalene in 1059. The church with the 96 anomalies incorporated in the texts, statues, Stations of the Cross and panels by the million dollar priest Berenger Sauniere. We walk around the village, visit the museum, the water system and the altar stone near the Marie. Lunch in the Jardin du Marie. Then some time for shopping in Rennes-le-Chateau. In the afternoon we walk to the cave of Mary Magdalene in the valley of the River of Colours. Where we also visit, if we have time, the Aven cave, the Birthing cave and the Jesus cave. Dinner at Les Labadous.
Monday. We visit the area around Rennes-le-Chateau. First going to the Source of Isis in Campagne-les-Bains. Then we go to Alet-les-Bains, famous for its clear and tasty spring water. Here we visit the beautiful abbey, the enigmatic church, the palace of the bishop, now a restaurant, the water source and the beautiful Galerie des Anges. Afterwards we go up the hill east of Alet to the magic little church of St Salvayre. Then back to Couiza and up to the Camp Grand with its famous capitelles, little stone huts. We pick-nick on the way. Then to Arques. On the way we visit the beautiful bridge in Serres with a magnificent view on the Pech Cardou, the female mountain. And we will also see the place where once the tomb of Poussin stood and the place called the gates of Atlantis. In Arques we visit the castle and the Cathar museum of Deodat Roche. Finally we go to Rennes-les-Bains, the sister village of Rennes-le-Chateau. Here we will enjoy the hot water spring, 27 degrees Celsius, the lovely square with it Italian restaurant, the Fauteuil du Diable and the Source of Le Cercle, the Fontaine des Amours and the Roches Tremblantes. Then back via the Pas de la Roque and La Pique to Les Labadous. Dinner at Les Labadous.
Tuesday. We go west! First to the beautiful church of Brenac, village of flowers. Then to Nebias where we will walk for two hours the natural labyrinth. A magic experience. We can have a pick-nick in the woods. Next we go to the famous Cathar castle Montsegur. On the way we will stop for a while at the curious fountain of Fontestorbes. We can climb the Montsegur, if we feel like it. It is a real pilgrimage. It will take about half an hour to climb. We will stop for a while at the monument at the foot of the mountain, commemorating that on March 16th 1244 more than 225 Cathars were burned alive in the field below the monument. We lay a rose on the monument. If we have time we can go on to Tarascon-sur-Ariege, where we will visit the initiation caves of the Cathars. And where we will take some time for contemplation. On the way back we can visit the chapel of Sabart with its beautiful Black Madonna, discovered by the horse of Charlemagne. Dinner at Les Labadous.
Wednesday. We go east! In the footsteps of Mary Magdalene. First to the village of Bugarach with its enigmatic church. And with its famous mountain the Pech Bugarach. A male mountain full of magic and mysteries. Then further east to the Gorges the Galamus, a narrow road hacked out of the rocks in the 19th century. There we visit the hermitage of St Antoine with its cave of Mary Magdalene. And the beautiful church hacked out of the rocks. We can have a pick-nick at this place. Via St Paul de Fenouillet and Maury, famous for their Roussillon wines, we will go to the magic Cathar castle of Queribus. We can visit the castle. Then to Cucugnan with its Mill of Omer and its church with Mary Enceinte, the pregnant Mary. According to the Church the Virgin Mary but to every one else Mary Magdalene.
Further east past Padern, Tuchan and the chateau of Aquilar to the famous cave of Perillos. A truly magical cave. If we have time we can go on to Fitou, where Mary Magdalene most likely landed after fleeing Palestine. Dinner at Les Labadous.
Day 6 Thursday.
We go north! First to Limoux, the city of Carnival and the famous Blanquette de Limoux (better than champagne). Here we visit the church of St Martin. Then onwards to the basilica of ND de Marceille. With its Black Madonna and its spring with healing waters. Healing for the eyes. Then to Carcassonne, a UNESCO World heritage site. Where we can walk around, visit the castle and the basilica of St Nazaire and do some shopping. And have lunch. Then northeast to Caune Minervois, famous for its abbey and its red marble. Close by is the beautiful church of ND du Cross. With its spring and its famous Black Madonna. Then, passing the magic dolmen de Fades we come to Minerve, enclosed by water. With its monument with the dove and its underground river. Dinner at Les Labadous.
Day 7 Friday.
Maybe a good day to rest. Or else, if we have time and energy we could go to Foix, city of the famous Cathar priestess Esclarmonde of Foix. The White Lady. In Foix we can visit the church of St Volusien with a sculpture of the Last Supper where next to Jesus, clearly, a woman is sitting. Then on to Baulou. To the famous cave of Baulou where a beautiful statue of Mary Magdalene is all that remained of the Monastery of Carol. Destroyed on the order of the bishop of Pamiers. From Baulou we go back to Foix, maybe have lunch there and then northeast to Vals, with its famous Rock church. Then back to Mirepoix, a lovely city with many, lovely shops, good restaurants and a magnificent cathedral dedicated to Saint-Maurice. In the cathedral is a chapel dedicated to Mary Magdalene. Dinner at Les Labadous.
Day 8. Saturday.
Checking out and transport to Carcassonne.
The costs are 1.150 euros per person.
Transport to and from Carcassonne Airport
Accommodatiom at Les Labadous, demi pension (breakfast and dinner) based on two people sharing a room or gite. For a single room we ask 150, - euro extra
Transport to all the sites mentioned in the program
Professional tour guide Jaap Rameijer
The book “Maria Magdalena in Frankrijk” and “Jamie op zijn wolk” written by your guide Jaap Rameijer
Excluded: lunches or pick-nicks, drinks on the way and entrance fees to various place
Minimum 6 persons, maximum 16 persons.
In the ten-day program we will include a visit to Aigues Mortes and Les-Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer in the Camarque as well as a visit to the Cave of Mary Magdalene in the Baume Massif 10 kilometres northeast of Marseille. Next day we will go to the basilica of St-Maximin-la-Ste-Baume, the first and foremost pilgrim site of Mary Magdalene.
St-Maximin-la-Ste-Baume is situated 50 kilometres east of Aix-en-Provence and houses, so it is said, the tomb of Mary Magdalene. It is full of the most wonderful paintings, panels and statues of Mary Magdalene.
In the ten-day program we will have one day off. Where you can do what you want and go where you want.
The costs will be 1.400, - euros per person
The same things will be included as in the seven-day program. It will also include transport to the places mentioned above, as well a stay of one night at the Hotellerie La Ste Baume in Plan d’Aups at the foot of the Cave of Mary Magdalene. Including breakfast and dinner.
The Hotellerie is run by Dominican nuns and houses a lovely chapel with beautiful wall paintings of Mary Magdalene.
The same things will be excluded as in the seven-day program. No lunches or pick-nicks, drinks on the way and entrance fees to various places.
Minimum 6 persons, maximum 16 persons.