I fully endorse all the positive comments below. We booked the half day trip to Caunes Minervois and Cabrespine. Antoine was charming, humorous and relaxed, and spoke perfect English (and is also fluent in Spanish). As he uses minibuses the trip numbers are always going to be small, and we were lucky enough to be just the two of us. Antoine let us go at our own pace. He has the happy knack of imparting historical facts and modern political and sociological background in an interesting way, without it ever feeling like a boring ol' history lesson; and then, having pre-fed us the info, he let us wander round the sights on our own. He also made a slight detour to allow us to see (but not climb to - phew) two of the Lastours castles. And when we weren't talking about history and the local area, we were engrossed in chats about football and rock music - truly a delight to have so affable and knowledgeable a guide. Best to pre-book via his website, as he seemed to have got busy by the time we were in Carcassonne.
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