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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 Carcassonne .

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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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H78QQ plus Plus
Basic rate in € p.p. - double room sharing.
Bags transfer maps and written route instructions included
2023 BnB's Dinners Basic rate p.p.:
2p sharing room
single room
8 days
7 7 € 1019 € 32 € 338
9 days
8 8 € 1150 € 32 € 397

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Extra nights BnB   Dinner Rate p.p. 2 p sharing room supplement
HS p.p.
single room
Quillan *** la Chaumière yes Yes € 77 € 5 € 42
Cucugnan Le Vigneron *** yes yes € 95 € 0 € 52
  • Not included: Lunches.

  • Solo all-in: add 69% 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 10 % p.p.
Parties van 5 personen 12 % p.p.
Parties van 6 personen 10 % p.p.
Parties van 7 personen 12 % p.p.
Parties van 8 personen 13 % p.p.
See terms and conditions of group discounts

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Walk H78QQ-plus Cathar walk

Start in Quillan, first night. Day 1 Day 1 Quillan
Chaumière ***
Half board
Walk to  Bugarach. 24 km 7hr Day 2 Day 2 Bugarach
** Le Presbythère
Half board
Walk to  Cubières-sur-Cinoble
18 km. 5 hr.
Day 3 Day 3 Cubières-sur-Cinoble
Accueil au Village **
Half board
Walk to  Peyrepertuse and Cucugnan. 24 km
Chateau de Peyrepertuse
Day 4 Day 4 Cucugnan
*** le Vigneron
Half board
2nd day Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse
Roundwalk Chateau de Peyrepertuse and gthe castle of Queribus 10 à 16km
  Day 5 Cucugnan
*** le Vigneron
Half board
Walk to  St. Paul-de-Fenouillet ** 20km Day 5 Day 6 St. Paul-de-Fenouillet Half board
Walk to  Lapradelle-Puilaurens ** 21km Day 6
Day 7
Lapradelle-Puilaurens Half board
Walk to  Quillan ** Day 7 Day 8 Quillan
Chaumière ***
Half board
End of the package after breakfast Day 8 Day 9

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PROGRAM walking days W78QQ-plus  8 days (the 9 days program with a second day in Cucugnan to visit the Castle of Queribus)

Day 1  Arrival in Quillan

Day 2  Walk Quillan - Bugarach

Day 3  Walk Bugarach - Cubieres sur Cinoble Option by the Puech de Bugarach

Day 4 Walk Cubieres - Cucugnan by the Gorges du Galamus and Chateau de Peyrepertuse.

Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse 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.

Day 5 Walk Cucugnan - St.Paul de Fenouillet

Day 6 Walk St.Paul de Fenouillet - Puilaurens  Chateau de Puilaurens

Day 7 Walk Puilaurens - Quillan

Day 8  Leave after  breakfast in  Quillan

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.

We can inform you once or twice a year on our walks and cycling tours. You can add your name and email-address here in our contact-form

Contact (mail)
Phone: +31 657 602 708

You will carry a small backpack only 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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