Itinerary - 2014

Sacred mystery tours in France with historian Henry Lincoln.  Travel sacred France and explore the real Da Vinci code. Discover ancient mysteries, secret codes, treasure of Rennes-le-Château, Mary Magdalene, Knights Templar, and more...

Travel Sacred France 2014 with Henry Lincoln 

Cité of Carcassonne - Survivor of the Albigensian Crusade

Cité of Carcassonne - Survivor of the Albigensian Crusade

Ancient Mysteries: A Quest

September 18 - 26, 2014

Adventure France with cultural historian Allysha Sujati Lavino and 

Henry Lincoln, famed historian and author of Holy Blood, Holy Grail 

...where history and mystery come alive.  

Explore secret codes, Rennes-le-Château, Mary Magdalene, Knights Templar, and the beautiful French life with exclusive presentations by expert Henry Lincoln.

DAY-BY-DAY ADVENTURE ITINERARY

DAY 1:  We begin our trip in Toulouse, where our coach whisks us off to Carcassonne before heading down to mysterious Rennes.

Visit the classic ‘Fairy-Tale City’ of your imagining ~ legendary from before the Middle Ages until today, it has shimmered from a storybook into our world.  We travel across Time’s drawbridge into the soft-paced, mysterious and secretive life of age-old Occitania…  now simply known as France.

Roman Foundations…  Incredible Fortifications…  and every sweet treat imaginable as we settle into the delicious, “French life” ~ a gentle way of eating, drinking, walking, living.

Secrets "which even kings would have great pains to draw from him."  

Secrets "which even kings would have great pains to draw from him."

 

Evening brings our first magic ~ with other tourists gone, we stroll by night  round the ramparts, listening to the whisperings of stones. 

As we travel through the heart of France, can we see the Mysteries?

The River Sals in Rennes-les-Bains

When the river runs with salt do we hear the name "Magdalene."

DAY 2:  We explore the Basilica of St. Nazaire, where Lincoln regales us with the old, nigh-lost tales of the mystery we shall discover together.

“Farewell” to Carcassonne, as we travel to the countryside ~ to the heart of those “Da Vinci” Mysteries.

Our tour takes us to Rennes-les-Bains, a tiny town famous for its healing waters and just a short trip down the hill from Rennes-le-Château and Saunière’s little parish church that caused such a fuss!  Why is it dedicated to Mary Magdalene?  What is she trying to tell us?

The Door of Rennes - "Terribilus est locus iste!"

The Door of Rennes - "Terribilus est locus iste!"

We will come to know many wonderful places – cloaked in secrecy – that the tourist never finds.

DAY 3:  French food is a joy that lights our journey every day.  Our four-course Welcome Dinner of the night before is a delicious memory that lingers when we wake to a table laden with fresh morning delicacies.

Our hosts in Rennes-les-Bains whose home rests on Roman foundations 2000 years old!

Our hosts in Rennes-les-Bains whose home rests on Roman foundations 2000 years old!

 

 

Our French hosts, Erick and Laurence at Au Coeur de Rennes ~ The Heart of Rennes ~ a trip into the past with old-fashioned hospitality creates a loving space for Adventure.

We are standing in the midst of Mysteries we have not yet begun to understand...

"... things so difficult to discover that nothing now on this Earth can prove of better value nor be its equal..."

"... things so difficult to discover that nothing now on this Earth can prove of better value nor be its equal..."

Happily, Henry Lincoln ~ who first deciphered the authentic clues from which The Da Vinci Code was imagined ~ takes us on a journey up to Rennes-le-Château for a personal guided tour!  Now we see just how deep this age-old Mystery goes, and get to the Truth behind the fiction.

What secret could be worth centuries of Blood, Faith, Fire, and Secrecy?

Et in Arcadia ego... Hidden codes in Poussin's Shepherds  

Et in Arcadia ego...

Hidden codes in Poussin's Shepherds

 

Lincoln the Mystery Master teaches us to see for ourselves secrets hidden by our Ancestors ~ to see through their eyes.  We become detectives alongside Lincoln…  learn that best-selling novels only scratch the very shallow surface of a mystery much more real,  beautiful, unbelievable ...  and quite possibly life-changing!

DAY 4:  What we have learned at Rennes-le-Château lets us travel and explore the incredible landscape around us in a new way.

This region has always been the setting for

strange tales…

 But things remain hidden, secret for centuries ~

They are being rediscovered in our time!

The Land of the Fairies

The Land of the Fairies

Now we are truly on an Adventure…  a journey where we learn to see for ourselves as the codes set down by our ancestors quietly, and at last, begin to make sense!  Perhaps we are being led along an unexpected but specific path …  an ancient path …

Today is reserved for a trip to a beautiful spot few will ever be lucky enough to find.  We will not tell you where you are going except that it is an ancient wonder, aligned with the “Sacred Geometry” of the region.  Saying the name of the little town nearby would not begin to describe the place, so we give no name. 

We unlock Mysteries with our Questions.

Cathars fled to mountain fortresses like Puilaurens to escape the Crusade.

Cathars fled to mountain fortresses like Puilaurens to escape the Crusade.

We tell stories recounted in France for centuries…                                     

and for centuries more, were long forgotten.

See, Ask, Explore!

DAY 5:  Today is for reveling in this stunning land of Romance and History.  A beautiful wide loop, traveling through the Southern French countryside, takes us by several magical landmarks.

A Templar commandery and church - our first stop – are perfectly aligned with the mountains around.  And we journey again ~ through the beautiful stone gap of the Défilé de la Pierre Lys, on to Puilaurens, the easiest to climb of the mountaintop Cathar castles, with stunning views ~ perfect for a picnic.

Why was there a Crusade against the Cathars?

Here we are filling their space.

The breath-taking views of the Gorges de Galamus, lead us to a hermitage, perched as if floating over the cliffs.  The cavern-turned-chapel overlooking the vast green-dappled valley, is a place of Silence ~ for internal reflection …  and Mystery.

The Aude has a long history ... but always has it been beautiful.

The Aude has a long history ... but always has it been beautiful.

DAY 6:  The “ordinary” world is still all around us.  Each little town in France has its centuries-old marché.  Down the road in Quillan, we find everything ~ from the practical to the edible and many gifts in between.  For hundreds of years and still, this is how locals shop for everyday goods.

Another little-known treasure for the afternoon.  St. Salvayre, rediscovered by Henry Lincoln, is a ruined hamlet that no one would ever think to visit,  but people pass by secret wonders every day without realizing they are there.

DAY 7:  As we near the end of our Adventure, we venture to the famed “Fortress” of Montségur, where the Albigensian Crusade against the Cathars was finished.  What must it have been like here on this high mountain?

The climb is steep and rocky, trudging into other worlds where the stones echo with the remembering we bring to them.

Legend says the Cathars sang joyfully as they descended Montségur to the fires of the Inquisitors.

Legend says the Cathars sang joyfully as they descended Montségur to the fires of the Inquisitors.

Montségur is a brave place,  a beautiful place,  full of feeling.  We remember and tell these tales of courage and magic and faith …  of those who came before us.

On our way back, we pause at the nourishing Fontaine de Fontésorbes where a natural miracle of water flows from the cliffs.

DAY 8:  Our last day together we roam the countryside of Southwest France, following our hearts and the mystery of sacred geometry.  We finish with a picnic at “The Center of the World,” as Henry Lincoln calls it - “The Heart of the Mother Goddess.”

Today is a celebration!  Our picnic place overlooks Rennes-le-Château and this French landscape of unbelievable mystery and natural patterns.  An easy but stunning hike up takes us into an afternoon reveling in nature, mystery, and good company.  We delight in food, dance, song, Earth energies, and the culmination of our cherished time together.

"Oh live this day so that the next may add more smiling to your store of joy!"

"Oh live this day so that the next may add more smiling to your store of joy!"

Our last dinner continues the party with long and lavish courses intermixed with drumming and dancing.  This is our ritual farewell ~ the grand party preceding any great parting. 

Day 9:  We break fast as we ever have, with a table heavy-laden by Laurence.  Farewells with our hosts and lovely Rennes-les-Bains.  We take a moment to find some small way to give something back ~ a practice we have picked up from the locals, who believe that to live in such a beautiful, mysterious place, we must give back.

We are ready to head home as the newest members of the Guilds of Old Wisdom…

guardians of Ancient Truths.

We have come to love this sweet, magical country.

Now it becomes a part of us.

We carry the old secrets, the timeless truths, back out into the world.

9 Days / 8 Nights, All-Inclusive - $4,700

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