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Walking all of the Cathar Castles trail in the Pyrénees

     
  Cathar Castles of the Pyrénees H80-3  
 

Cathar Castles of the Pyrenees.  All of the trail : From the Mediterranean or Carcassonne to Montségur.
Start in Carcassonne, Narbonne or the the Mediterranean sea at Port-la-Nouvelle. End in Montségur or Carcassonne.
  8-14 days.

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From the Mediterranean Aude to the Pyrenees Ariegeoises in the heart of the sun blessed Corbieres 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 or 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 mountains and valleys.


We offer this Sentier Cathare walk as a 8 to 14 days package from East (the Med) to Montségur or Carcassonne.

 

 

 

For a short version from Quillan to Montségur (option start in Carcassonne)   -   7 or 8 days  click here.

For a short version of the Cathar Trail from Carcassonne or Narbonne to Quillan (start at the Med)  -   7 or 8 days click here.

A ** package of the H80 is available. Click here H80-2.

 

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Mystic Cathar Castles of the Pyrénees                 H80-3

8 to 14 days  
  Extra day/night possible in Carcassonne.

In this "plus" package you'll stay in ** and **/*** hotels and guesthouses.

Selfguided trekking French Cathar trail in the Pyrénees
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Packages Day programs Prices

H80-3 plus Plus
packages
Basic rate in € p.p. in double room sharing.
Bags transfer maps and written route instructions included
2019 B&B's Dinners Lunches Basic rate p.p.:
2p sharing room
Supplement
July-Aug.
p.p.
Supplement
1-person room
Solo
all-in
 9 days  8  6  0  € 1238  € 25  € 263  € 1937
 10 days  9  8  0  € 1184  € 15  € 300  € 1858
 11 days  10  9  0  € 1298  € 15  € 345  € 2005
 12 days  11  10  0  € 1434  € 15  € 394  € 2176
 13 days  12  10  0  € 1627  € 15  € 439  € 2431
 14 days  13  11  0  € 1762  € 19  € 475  € 2606
Extra nights B&B Dinner Lunch Rate p.p.  2 p sharing room Supplement
July-Aug.
p.p.
Suppl.
1-person
room
Map and written instructions
for a roundwalk
Carcassonne *** hotel Aragon B&B  yes  no  no  € 64 € 12 € 58  free
Narbonne *** hotel Résidence B&B  yes  no  no  € 92 € 0 € 59   free
Montsegur **  Ch. d'Hôtes  yes  yes  no  € 70 € 0 € 40   free
Extra nights possible in any place of the package. Contact us for price details.
Not included:   Lunches. Price of lunches (take away picknicks) : 8 - 12 EURO.

Solo all-in: add 65% at basic rate. Supplement single room included, bike rental not included.

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Discount p.p. for groups and families
See terms and conditions of group discounts

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11 - 15 days packages

Parties of  3 persons :   7 % p.p.
Parties of  4 persons : 11 % p.p.
Parties of  5 persons : 13 % p.p.
Parties of  6 persons : 15 % p.p.
Parties of  7 persons : 16 % p.p.
Parties of  8 persons : 17 % p.p.


Packages Day programs Prices

Walk H80-3  **plus      
Cathar walk Carcassonne-Quillan
8
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9
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10
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11
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12
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13
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14
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Accommodations
Stnd** Packages
First night in Carcassonne or Narbonne (13 and 14d). Day 1  Day 1 Day 1 Day 1  Day 1 Day 1 Day 1 Carcassonne***  Narbonne ***
hotel B&B
Transfer to Port-la-Nouvelle. Walk to Roquefort-des-Corbières (14 km).
Elevation gains: 200m.
Only possible as an extra option
            Day 2 Roquefort-les-Corbières
**
Chambre d'Hôtes
 half board
Walk to Durban-les-Corbières (15 km).
Elevation gains: 200m.
            Day 3 Durban-les-Corbières
**
Chambre d'Hôtes
half board
Walk to Tuchan 13, 19, 25 or 29(without transfer) km
5h00 to 8h00.
Elevation gains: 800m.
Day 2 Day 2 Day 2 Day 2 Day 2 Day 2 Day 4 Tuchan
** bungalowpark half board
Walk to Cucugnan, halfway the  castles of Queribus and Peyrepertuse
20 km:  7 hours
Elevation gains: 750m.
 Day 3  Day 3 Day 3 Day 3 Day 3
Day 4
Day 3
Day 4
 
Day 5
Day 6
Cucugnan
** half board
Walk Cubières-sur-Cinoble
17 km. 5h.
Elevation gains: 750m.
   Day 4 Day 4 Day 4 Day 5 Day 5 Day 7 Cubières-sur-Cinoble Accueil au Village
** half board
Walk to Bugarach
15,8 km. 4h00
Elevation gains: 650m.
     Day 5  Day 5 Day 6 Day 6 Day 8 Bugarach
**
gîte d'étape
half board
Walk to Quillan
24,5 km. 7h.
levation gains: 700m.
      Day 6 Day 7 Day 7   Quillan
*** Hotel Chaumière
Walk Quillan to Puivert
(transfer from Puivert to Camurac)
20,5 km. 5h45.
Elevation gains: 700m.
 Day 4   Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 8 Day 9 Camurac
**
gîte d'étape
half board
(Transfer from Camurac to Puivert)
Walk
From Puivert to Belvis.
(transfer from Belvis to Camurac)

17 km. 4h45 Elevation gains: 600m.
Day 5  Day 5 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 9
Day 10
Camurac
**
Chambre d'Hôtes
half board
(Transfer from Camurac to Belvis)
Walk from Belvis to Camurac/Comus.
20 km. 5h30.
Elevation gains: 600m.
Day 6  Day 6 Day 8 Day 9
Day 10
Day 10
Day 11
Camurac
** Chambre d'Hôtes

half board
Walk from Camurac to Montségur.
14,5 km. 3h30. 
Elevation gains: 500m.
Day 7  Day 7 Day 9 Day 10
Day 11
Day 11
Day 12
Montségur
** Chambre d'Hôtes

half board
Transfer to Carcassonne + Night in Carcassonne  included in the package   Day 8       Day 12 Day 13 Carcassonne
*** hotel B&B
End of the package after breakfast Day 8  Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14 Leave after breakfast
Transfer from Montségur to Carcassonne, Narbonne or Foix  possible. Day 8

€155 Carc
€260 Narb

 n.a. Day 10

€155 Carc
€260 Narb

Day 11

€155 Carc
€260 Narb

Day 12

€155 Carc
€260 Narb

 n.a.  n.a. Transfer to
Carcassonne or
Narbonne
Transfer to Foix (SNCF). Day 8

€60

 n.a. Day 10

€60

Day 11

€60

Day 12

€60

 n.a.  n.a. Transfer to Foix (SNCF).



Packages Day programs Prices

PROGRAM walking stages

Narbonne

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.


Port-la-Nouvelle
Not very special a place to stay. Only if you want to start the Cathar walk at the med. First walk of 29 km.
the package starts with a transfer from your first hotel in Carcassonne or Narbonne early in the morning. The transfer will let you start where you decide to start on the Sentier Cathare.

Optional is to cut the first stage in 2: first walking stage from Port-la-Nouvelle to Roquefort-des-Corbières and second stage from Roquefort-des-Corbières to Durban Corbières.


Durban-Corbières.
Very old town In the centre of Corbières vineyards. 
Click here for an impression of the scenery.

(Long stage of 13, 19 25 or 28 km, max 8 hour).
If you start from Carcassonne or Narbonne we advise to start the walk at the Col Extreme from where only 13km to Tuchan.

Tuchan
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.

Cucugnan (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 llok at the other phenomenal Cathar castle of Quéribus, only 5 km ahead.

Camps-sur-l'Agly
On a place with a fantastic view on the Canigou mountain and the Gorges de Galamus, you could stay easily for another day.

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

From Quillan to Puivert
Start at your hotel in Quillan. (If you want a transfer to shorten this first walk you can get one from Quillan to Nébias. Suppl. €5,-Please let us know in advance). Nebias is a small Pyrenean village, the walking trail known as the Sentier Cathare leads all the way to Puivert castle. In its time this castle was far more festive than military a castle of troubadours. The surrounding terrain is scrubby, there is a pleasant vegetation of box tree, and juniper which gives a subtle fragrance to the air, to be enjoyed in the shade of the oaks. From undulating valleys and hillsides the castle comes suddenly into view, the imposing site gets ever nearer. A ridge walk will lead you towards the castle doors, it’s possible explore the towers, dungeons and the famous hall of the musicians. This feudal castle was a hive of activity in the XII century, a meeting and performance place for the most famous troubadours of the era. The village of Puivert itself also represents an interest and vestige to the past, the museum of Quercorb is a superb exhibition that really evokes the life of the area at the end of the last century. There is a model of Puivert castle showing how it would have been in the XIV century. (Please note it is also possible for clients to be transferred directly to Puivert from Quillan and from their chambre d’hote walk in the village and visit the castle.)

Night and evening meal in chambre d’hôtes at Camurac.
5h45 effective walking, +115m altitude, -210m, 20,5kms


From Puivert to Belvis

Today’s trail is for the most part in the forest, the Cathare footpath traverses the forest of Lescale and Picaussel in the direction of the Pays de Sault. A vast, airy wide open plateau  situated high up between 950 et 1300m, the plateau is the gateway towards the high mountain summits. Does, stags, roe deer are at home in these thick fir tree forests, if you don’t have the chance to observe them you will surely see their tracks and hear them nearby. The forest is also home to foxes, squirrels and fouines, just thirty years ago lynx, wolves and bears would also have been present.
During this day’s walking you will be surprised by the diversity of the vegetation, different species of trees  such as oak, fir, silver birch and ash. On the outskirts of the forest the land is covered with the box tree, heather and juniper. The village of Belvis has a traditional architecture typical of the style to be found in mountain villages between 900 and 1000m, slate roofs, houses huddled closely together and concentrated around the church interwoven with small alley ways.

Night and evening meal in Chambres d'Hôtes at Camurac.
4h15 effective walking, +583m altitude, -25m, 15,8 kms
 

From Belvis to Comus
Today we have a section of the walk that offers a wonderful transition of scenery. The walk will lead you into the county of Ariègeand the ‘Pays d’Olmes‘ by a footpath that was once used at the beginning of the century by the local inhabitants whether for simple means of communication and travelling or for commercial exchanges. It was the main route between the ‘Pays de Sault’ and the ‘Pays d’Olmes’ regions.

Night and evening meal in Chambre d'Hôtes at Camurac.
5h15 effective walking, +660m altitude, -772m, 20 kms.
 

From Camurac/Comus to Montsegur
The lay of the land dictated the route and the natural route of access between the villages of Comus and Montségur was by the gorge of the Frau. For one kilometre the gorge is notched out of high chalk walls, the path passes between  cliffs soaring impressionably straight up, vertically, towards the sky. The name itself Frau means fear or apprehension.
Before penetrating into the gorges, you will pass through the picturesque, rural villages of Camurac and Comus. It is here in these out of the way corners that the phenomena of the ‘inquisition’ hit particularly hard across the Pays de Sault and the lands of Ariège in the XII and XIII centuries, the views are captivating.

The castle of Montségur balancing high on the pog, a high mountain pinnacle is a very emblematic  symbol.  Built between  1204 and 1211 by Raimon de P?eille at the request of  the local Cathare clergy, this site was to become during the first part of the XIII century the religious capital of the Cathare church. You will find here, a place and atmosphere out of the ordinary.

Night and evening meal in Chambre d'Hôtes at Montsegur
3h15 effective walking, +660m altitude, -772m, 13 kms.

Walk Around Montségur
The site of Montségur, the very bastion of the Cathare resistance certainly requires an additional day for exploring. The village itself is quite unique, the houses and buildings are in long curved lines one after another. They flank the mountainside in a well defined pattern and are linked by small streets and pedestrian walkways. There is a museum and some art and craft shops. From the museum a pathway leads to the foot of the pog, a high rocky buttress, it takes about 30 min to walk up to the summit where you arrive at a sumptuous belvedere. The panoramic view extends for miles around over the Massif de Tabe, with the Pic de Soularac and further East the mountain of the Frau. Having visited the castle a circular walk in the direction of the ridge of Taulat will allow you to discover high altitude mountain plains, still used to graze the local cattle.

Night and evening meal in Chambre d'Hôtes in Montségur.
6h30 effective walking, +774m altitude,-580m, 12kms.
 

In 2020 the last 2 stages of the Sentier Cathare (Montségur-Roquefixade en Roquefixade-Foix) are not possible. 

Day 6: From Roquefixade to Foix
The last section of the sentier Cathare presents the double particularity of visiting a medieval castle at the beginning and at the end of the day. The route itself follows for most of the time a ridge walk between the small village of Roquefixade and the county, country town of Foix.   The town of Foix was a counts town and its castle linked to Gaston Febus is characteristic by its three towers and high, unusual rocky base. Foix is the principal town of Ariègeand in during the Summer months it is a centre of music and animation, a season of festivities and merriment as well as the colourful Friday morning market.

Night and evening meal in a hotel at Foix.
5h00 effective walking +350m altitude, -720m, 18.5kms.
 

Day 7 Last visit of Foix
This morning, the last possibility to visit the centre of the old town and to wander through the old streets and to visit the castle .

2h00 effective walking.
 

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

IMPORTANT PRECISIONS

LEVEL
The walks are on good footpaths and trails. 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.




 
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