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Hiking the Cathar Castles of the Pyrénées

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From the Mediterranean Aude to the Pyrenees Ariegeoises in the heart of the sun blessed Corbières region Quillan or Carcassonne you can find the secret trails and castles of the chateaux Cathar. Imposing stone castles built high up in rocky crags of pogs. These fortresses are the symbol of a tragic, political intrigue and drama that shook the South of France. This walking holiday combines a historical interest that stirs the imagination as well as some memorable walking through lush unspoilt mountains and valleys.
We offer this Cathar trail as a 6 to 8 days walk along the trail from East (the Med) to the center of the Cathar trail.
For walks along the whole of the trail from the Med to Montségur and Foix click here .

For a ** standard version 6, 7 or 8 days plus click here : H78-2 .

You can start this walk in Quillan if you want and walk in a circle back to Quillan via Peyrepertuse and Puilaurens.

Mystic Cathar Castles of the Pyrénées H78-plus

6 to 8 days Extra day/night possible in Carcassonne. In this "plus" package lodging in ** and **/*** hotels and guesthouses. Selfguidedmap cathars trekking French Cathar trail in the Pyrénées

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H78 plus Plus
Basic rate in € p.p. - double room sharing.
Bags transfer maps and written route instructions included
2024 BnB's Dinners Basic rate p.p.:
2p sharing room
single room
6 days (Tuchan-Quillan) 5 5 € 815 € 18 € 260
7 days (Carcassonne-Quillan) 6 5 € 1050 € 32 € 337
8 days(Carcassonne-Carcassonne) 7 5 € 164 € 47 € 415
10 days(Carcassonne-Carcassonne) 9 6 € 1184 € 52 € 553
7 days (Narbonne-Quillan) 6 5 € 1151 € 12 € 316
8 days(Narbonne-Carcassonne) 7 5 € 1166 € 12 € 384

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Extra nights BnB   Dinner Rate p.p. 2 p sharing room supplement
HS p.p.
single room
Carcassonne *** hotel BnB yes no € 69 € 15 € 68
Narbonne Résidence*** hotel BnB yes no € 106 € 13 € 103
Cucugnan Le Vigneron *** yes yes € 104 € 9 € 62
  • Not included: Lunches.

  • Solo all-in: add 76 % at basic rate. Supplement single room included

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Supplement taxi transfer from Foix or Montségur to Carcassone on last day : € 140 per pax up to 4 personen.
Supplement taxi transfer from Foix to Toulouse airport on last day : € 155 per pax up to 4 personen.
Supplement taxi transfer from Foix to Quillan on last day : € 105 per pax up to 4 personen.

The price includes: the moving on of baggage between hotels, the dossier containing your maps, route notes and all necessary details needed for your holiday.

The price does not include: Drinks, entrance fees, additional transfers and holiday insurance.

Discount on basic rates for small groups and families.
H78 plus packages
Parties van 3 personen   7 % p.p.
Parties van 4 personen   9 % p.p.
Parties van 5 personen 11 % p.p.
Parties van 6 personen 11 % p.p.
Parties van 7 personen 11 % p.p.
Parties van 8 personen 12 % p.p.
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Walk H78-plus Cathar walk

First night in Carcassonne *** (or Narbonne ***)  Day 1Day 1Day 1Carcassonne *** Aragon BnB
Transfer to Monze. Night in Lagrasse ***

21 or 26 km

    Day 2Lagrasse ***
Dinner, BnB
Féline-Termenès *** 25 km     Day 3Féline-Termenès
Dinner, BnB
Transfer to Villeneuve-les-Corbières or Col d'Extrème
Walk to Tuchan 13, 19, 25 or 29km
5h00 to 8h00.
Elevation gains: 800m.
Day 1Day 2Day 2Day 4 Tuchan **
Relais d'Aguilar
Dinner, BnB
Walk to Cucugnan Le Vigneron
20 km: 6½ hours
Elevation gains: 750m.
Day 2Day 3Day 3Day 5 Cucugnan *** Le Vigneron.
Walk Cubières-sur-Cinoble
17 km. 5h.
Elevation gains: 750m.
Day 3Day 4Day 4Day 6 Cubières-sur-Cinoble
Chambre d'Hote
Dinner, BnB
Walk to Bugarach
15,8 km. 4h00
Elevation gains: 650m.
Day 4Day 5 Day 5
Day 7
Bugarach **
Dinner, BnB
Walk to Quillan ***
24,5 km. 7h.
levation gains: 700m.
Day 5Day 6Day 6Day 8 Quillan**
Casalys BnB
Night in Carcassonne ***.
Transfer to Carcassonne not included in the package.
Bus to Carcassonne at 10h27.
  Day 7Day 9 Carcassonne ***
End of the package after breakfastDay 6Day 7Day 8Day 10

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PROGRAM walking days W78-plus

Narbonne or Carcassonne.
Narbonne is a town in the Languedoc-Roussillon région of France. It is less than an hours drive from Spain. It was once a busy port, but it is now about 9 miles from the Mediterranean Sea. The town is linked to the nearby Canal du Midi and the Aude River by the Canal de la Robine, which runs through the centre of town. If you want to visit the beach you go to Narbonne Plage. Which has a 3 mile beach and a marina with 600 mooring.

Not very special. Only if you want to start the Cathar walk at the med. 2 long walks to get in Durban.

Very old town In the centre of Corbières vineyards. Night in Guesthouse.

Tuchan lies in a plain and bordered to the west by Mont Tauch which at 900 meters dominates the town. It has always been productive but whereas you might at one time have seen flocks of sheep or goats wandering around and cereals being cultivated you can now only see varieties of vines like syrah, carignan, grenache, muscat all growing in orderly rows. The town lives off the grape and its current relative prosperity is due to the success of Fitou wine and the successful marketing by the Mont Tauch Co-operative.

The village at the foot of one of the most beautiful Cathar-castles: Chateau de Peyrepertuse : in the mounts and hills of the Hautes Corbières, Peyrepertuse stands out and above at 800 m high above the the garrigues (brushwoods). From the castle you look at the other phenomenal Cathar castle of Quéribus, only 5 km ahead.

On a place with a Breathtaking view on the Canigou mountain and the Gorges de Galamus, you could stay easily for another day.

You'll walk to the top of it Pech de Bugarach.

The program is an example of the itinerary we aim to adhere. If due to situations beyond our control the itinerary may be modified.


You walk on walking trails with good footpaths and tracks. You need to be used to walking and taking regular exercise to enjoy this holiday. There is between 4h30 and 6h00 effective walking each day. The ascents and descents are constant. There will be between 350m and 750m ascension per day.

Contact (mail)
Phone: +31 657 602 708

You will have to carry a small backpack with a water bottle, camera, picnic and wind jacket.
The main luggage will be transported by taxis between the different hotels.

LODGING in ***/** hotels and chambres d'Hôtes in double or twin rooms

Carcassonne or Narbonne or the Med at Port la Nouvelle.

At the hotel in Quillan or Carcassonne.
Transfers to airport or Carcassonne are not included, but we can arrange for that.

We propose a independent walking formula without a guide. You choose your departure date and we will take care of all the rest. We transport your bags between the hotels, provide the maps and good walking notes.

Departs day 1: every day all year round.


- From Toulouse it is 105 km by motorway to Carcassonne.

- By Train : There are regular trains from Toulouse or Montpellier to Carcassonne, Narbonne or Port-la-Nouvelle.

- by Air: Toulouse, Montpellier or Carcassonne.

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