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Cathar castles

Cathar castles

On this ramble, you will discover the fortified castles of the Cathar country. These veritable eagles’ eyries built on the summits of rocky outcrops served as sentinels watching over the Kingdom of France. They were the final refuge of the Cathars before they were exterminated by the Inquisition, the Papacy and the King of France. After the Roussillon region was annexed to the Kingdom of France by the Pyrenees Treaty in 1659, these fortresses lost all their strategic relevance and were gradually abandoned. Some were even used as stone quarries by the villagers! Nevertheless, despite time and destruction, these ruined castles still exude a feeling of nobility and pride. You will conquer them by following some steep rocky paths but your physical exertion will be amply rewarded. They will tell you their history and offer you grandiose and unrestricted views over the region and the Pyrenean mountain range.

STANDARD : accommodation in 2 star hotels with terroir dinners

Tour description

Day 1: Arrival at Quillan
Day 2: Loop around Tuchan via the Aguilar chateau (16 Km)
                taxi transfer from Quillan to Tuchan in the morning
Day 3: Padern – Cucugnan (13 km)
                taxi transfer from Tuchan to Padern in the morning
Day 4: Loop around Cucugnan via Peyrepertuse castle (17 km)
Day 5: Loop around Caudiès de Fenouillèdes via Puylaurens castle (16 or 22 Km)
               taxi transfer from Cucugnan to Caudiès in the morning
Day 6: Puivert – Quillan (18 km)
               taxi transfer from Caudiès to Puivert in the morning
Day 7: Montségur – Roquefixade (17 km )
               taxi transfer from Quillan to Montségur in the morning
               transfer by taxi to Foix in late afternoon.
Day 8: Foix – end of the tour after breakfast

What’s included?

  • Accomodation and breakfast
  • Dinners according to description and selected range of services
  • Hotel to hotel luggage transfer along the trail.
  • A set of maps (1/25 000 scale) with the route marked on and detailed route notes describing the trail.
  • A daily itinerary together with information about facilities and places of interest along the trail.
  • Emergency assistance in English

 

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Standard: 2-star hotel - regional dinner (according to description)

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