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The Cathar trail

The Cathar trail

The Cathar trail has little to do with an historical route. However this footpath, which starts on the Mediterranean bordure ending in Foix, sited in the Ariege Pyrenees, shall lead you onto the tracks of one of many historical dramas. There you shall discover many contrasted and breathtaking landscapes along with remains of fortified castles built on the former frontier between French and Aragon Kingdoms. These fortresses, true eagle nests perched atop rocky outcrops were used by the Cathars, heretics to the eyes of the Roman Catholic Church, and which persecuted and aimed at destroying them for nearly a century. The landscapes are magnificent and diversified, thus making you pass from ocean to mid-height mountain views with their rugged relief while enjoying the Pyrenees as background. The plain gives way to vineyard covered hillsides while forests and grasslands make way for arid and semi barren causses (limestone plateau in south central France). You shall cross deep and narrowed gorges and climb few high pitches before reaching the remains of Cathar castles, Monségur, Quéribus, Puilaurens, Aguilar, Peyrepertuse etc.

STANDARD : accommodation in 2 star hotels with terroir dinners

Tour description

Day 1: Arrival at Port La Nouvelle
Day 2: Port La Nouvelle – Durban Corbières (26 km)
Day 3: Durban – Tuchan (26 km)
Day 4: Tuchan – Cucugnan (18 km)
Day 5: Cucugnan – St Paul de Vernouillet (20 km)
Day 6: St Paul de Vernouillet – Puilaurens (25 km)
Day 7: Puilaurens – Quillan (20 km)
Day 8: Quillan – Puyvert (18km)
                return by taxi to Quillan in late afternoon
Day 9: Puyvert – Belcaire (22km)
                transfer by taxi from Quillan to Puyvert in early afternoon
Day 10: Belcaire – Montségur (22km)
Day 11: Montségur – Roquefixade (15km)
Day 12: Roquefixade – Foix (18 km)
Day 13: 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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