This discussion is required and is worth up to (10) points. An additional two (2) points can be had through “Early Bird Submission.”
The prompt for this discussion is as follows:
Imagine that you have started up your very own travel company, and you’re creating a package tour for history-minded clients, intrigued by “the Albigensian Crusade” and the legends of the Cathars. Plan out an action-packed five day tour to “Cathar Country,” designed to give those participating an understanding of some of the most important surviving sites and monuments connected with this theme. Think carefully what you want to bring into the mix and menu (cities, villages, churches, castles, … ???), and the logistics of a five day tour, moving from site to site at a pace that will not run your flock ragged. But come up with an exciting five day itinerary, and indicate as well what you, as the tour guide, will be talking about when you are “on site” with your group.
In planning your itinerary and its content, you are free to use any good website or YouTube video to help stimulate your thinking and planning. But I most highly recommend that you work with Marcus Cowper’s guide, Cathar Castles: Fortresses of the Albigensian Crusade, included in resources for Week/Module 11 (“Albigensian Crusade”). CLICK HERE FOR DIRECT LINK.
Once again, as with all forum assignments, basic expectations are that you put up three postings. The main posting should be a reasoned response to the discussion prompt, totaling ca. 500 words. You don’t need to include references on this forum. Just come up with a good and exciting itinerary and basic plan for what you’ll lecture about, on site. And remember, any good tour guide has entertaining stories derived from “the primary sources,” so pick your favorites and add them to the mix!
Plagiarism of any sort — including reproducing other classmates’ posting ideas — will not be tolerated.

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