Excursions & Coach Trips in Occitania

Barinca Travel & Tourism is a local ground operator who organises guided tours from 1 person to groups, and 1 day excursions & complete coach trips for groups. The tour manager and guides speak English.

Packages | Group Tours

For individuals & small groups

Maybe you have done it before, hiring a guide indivi-dually or with a small group. You can hire a guide from 150,- euros a day (not per person). Also, you can hire a car, driver and guide in one, to take you to a special place where public transport won't go to. This is possible from 1 person to max. 6 people.

For groups

Barinca can be your local agent to arrange coaches, accommodation, guides and tour managers, lunches and itineraries for touroperators, companies and schools. They can also arrange complete coach trips or parts of a coach trip in southern Provence, Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrénées (Occitania).

Barinca Travel & Tourism

Barinca T&T works with touroperators, companies, schools, authors, celebrities and film crews to create a wonderful, well organised tour in this unique part of France. Whether you are alone or with a large group, we can help you create a tour that meets your wishes and help you execute your tour.

Topic Examples

- Cathar Castles
- Rennes-le-Chateau enigma
- Wine Tours (Peter)
- Historical Occitania
- Walking/riding/rafting
- Prehistoric Occitania
- The Pyrenees
- Incentives for companies
- School outings
- Spiritual tours
- Documentaries/filmlocations


For questions or more information, please contact Barinca through e-mail: anneke@barinca.fr

Under the nom de plume of Jeanne D'Août, Anneke has written a thriller novel called "White Lie, the Quest for the Forbidden Relic" about the history of Occitania, the secrets of the Knights Templar, the Cathars, the enigma of Rennes-le-Chateau and relic hunter Otto Rahn. More info: www.jeannedaout.com


We recently spent a day touring around the Languedoc region with our local guide Anneke. She offers private tours of the area at a very reasonable price. We have always been intrigued by the mysteries surrounding the Rennes-le-Chateau and the Cathars, but after failing to find some of the ‘hidden’ sites in our previous trips by ourselves, we decided to hire Anneke. Anneke is professional, passionate, and one of the friendliest people you will ever meet. She was willing to accommodate our needs of visiting a long list of sites where we were eager to see, and offered other significant sites that were worth visiting. Her in-depth knowledge of the history and culture was truly meaningful, it only made us determined to come back again in the near future. Everyone at Rennes-le-Chateau knows her, which shows her presence as a qualified guide as well as caring friend. If you ever have a chance to visit the Languedoc region, we highly recommend contacting Anneke for a great experience!

From Tripadvisor.com, click here to go to the Tripadvisor web page.

Dear Anneke & Peter,
My sincere thanks for a memorable visit to your region in September. Not only did you show me the hidden sides of the Languedoc which I loved, but, you were also saved my trip by checking on my flight to France and notifying me that it had been cancelled!! You had also suggested an alternative flight but with limited seats and I was able to act on that and you then met me at Girona (Barcelona ) and with slightly adjusted tour for that day and the next, I visited all areas over my 5 day stay that I had wished and more. Nothing was ever too much trouble for you and with your friendliness, good humour and thoughtfulness I felt 'at home'. Your suggestions of what to do/see on my times not touring proved to make my stay in Quillan memorable. Our visit and my stay in Carcassonne was another pleasure and thank you once again for organizing our day and my accommodation. Anneke, your extensive knowledge of the area is incredible and you brought all our tours to life for me. Your love of what you do and the region is obvious and I highly recommend you to anyone, young, old who wish to visit.
With warm wishes and thanks again,
Andrea, Australia

Dear Anneke and Peter,
Thank you so much for your extraordinary help and dedication during our recent trip to France. I have worked in the tourism business for 20 years and I have been very impressed with your obvious concern for the needs of the clients. You ensured that everything went ahead so seamlessly. You took care of the clients as if they were members of your own family. Everyone on the trip had the highest of praise for you both. I love your social conscience, your very apparent love for what you do and the fact the you genuinely adore the places you brought us to. You brought the past to life with your stories and insights and adapted your commentaries to the interests of the group. Every single detail was anticipated and taken care of by you so no one had to wonder what was happening next. It was great fun and we all wished the journey would never end. It is great to have seen such a wonderful mix of spirituality, compassion and professionalism. From the bottom of my heart I thank you.

With kind regards,
Mark Mulvey - Tour Manager

Barinca T&T Guides

TV moments
On February 23rd, 2013, Anneke was interviewed on a live TV talk show in Las Vegas about her novel White Lie and the secrets of Occitania. To see the interview, click here.

In May, 2012, Anneke was interviewed for a UK documentary about the life and times of Otto Rahn, a German researcher on a Grail quest, who lived in the 1930-ies. He had stumbled upon the forgotten Cathar tragedy during his visits to Occitania, where he wrote most of his book: "Crusade Against the Grail". The documentary was aired all over the world.

On 30th August 2009 Anneke was interviewed for the RTL TV show "Via Vacance France" in the medieval town of Carcassonne.

Photo: Filming in Carcassonne for the holiday program
Via Vacance France (RTL4 The Netherlands);
Anneke (on the right) together with presenter Pauline de Wilde.
Broadcasted: 14th February 2010 on RTL4 at 16.30 hrs.