Following the footsteps of the Cathars
Following the footsteps of the Cathars
Following the footsteps of the Cathars

Following the footsteps of the Cathars

7 day hike in the Pyrennees

  • Easy hike in one of France's most amazing historic settings
  • Ancient Cathar towns & castles and fascinating landscapes
  • Local guide with inside knowledge of the Corbières & Cathars
  • Accommodation in local inns with full board
  • Luggage transfer service

Discover the medieval Cathar castles between Quéribus and Montségur as you follow our guide on this easy hike in Catalonia and Occitania. Immerse yourself in the ancient Cathar history while exploring fascinating landscapes in the sun-kissed Corbières mountains!

This easy hike will take you on an amazing tour through Catalonia and Occitania. Discover the medieval Cathar castles Quéribus, Peyrepertuse, Puylaurens, Puivert and Montségur as you follow our guide on the hiking trail Citadelles du Vertige. Immerse yourself in the ancient Cathar history while exploring the fascinating landscapes of the Corbières between sun-kissed vineyards, shady forests and snow-capped mountains!

Price from 825,- €

Following the footsteps of the Cathars

Guided tour, 7 days

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Itinerary

Day 1: Quéribus – Duilhac
Our tour starts at Foix train station, where you will be picked up (09:00am) and taken to the point of departure of your first hike. From the mountain pass Grau de Maury make your way up to the amazing castle of Quéribus before heading on to Cucugnan and finally Duilhac, where you will spend the first night.
Duration: 3-4hrs – elevation gain: 150m/490ft – elevation loss: 500m/1,640ft

Day 2: Peyrepertuse – La Bastide de Camps
Following a visit of Peyrepertuse, the second largest of the Cathar castles, today's hike will take you through the impressive Galamus gorges, the hermitage of Saint-Antoine de Galamus and to your next accommodation in the beautiful 15th century village of La Bastide de Camps.
Duration: 6hrs – elevation gain: 600m/1,970ft – elevation loss: 600m/1,970ft

Day 3: Puilaurens castle - Puivert

Having crossed beautiful grasslands and up to the bucolic valley of the Boulzane. End of stopover in Puilaurens, "le sommet de Laurent", and visit of the castle. Transfer to Puivert for two nights. Duration: 5-6hrs – elevation gain: 500m/1,640ft – elevation loss: 500m/2,130ft- Transfer duration: 45 min.

Day 4: Puivert - Fougax - Montségur

Today's hike will take you toward the Puivert valley and its beautiful lake castle. Visit the Quercorb museum in Puivert. Then transfer to Fougax for a hike between green forest and ridges with an immense panorama gradually revealing the castle of Montségur with the mountainous peaks of Saint-Barthélemy in the background. Stop over at the village of Montségur, spread out at the foot of the fortress.
Duration: 4-5hrs – elevation gain: 700m/2,296ft – elevation loss: 400m/1,312ft

Day 5: Montségur - Roquefixade

Climb to the legendary castle of Montségur perched on its pog. That's where the tragic story of Catharism came into play. Visit of the castle. Then hike through the Mondini forest to the small village of Roquefixade where we will spend the night.Duration: 5-6hrs – elevation gain: 800m/2,620ft– elevation loss: 500m/1,640ft

Day 6: Roquefixade - Foix

Short climb to the castle of Roquefixade, the "split rock", built on a fault that built on a fault that literally spans one of its vaults. Then hike through the national forest of Pradères, revealing superb views of the Pyrenees of the Pyrenees opposite. Arrival to the city of the Counts of Foix, capital of the Ariège. Visit of the castle and night in Foix.
Duration: 5-6hrs – elevation gain: 550m/1,804ft– elevation loss: 850m/2,788ft

Day 7: Foix
End after breakfast at the hotel in Foix. ( 5 min. to the train station)

Travel dates

  • May 22nd, 22 – May 28th, 22
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  • Jun 05th, 22 – Jun 11th, 22
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  • Jun 19th, 22 – Jun 25th, 22
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  • Jul 10th, 22 – Jul 16th, 22
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  • Jul 24th, 22 – Jul 30th, 22
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  • Aug 07th, 22 – Aug 13th, 22
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  • Aug 21st, 22 – Aug 27th, 22
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  • Sep 04th, 22 – Sep 10th, 22
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  • Oct 23rd, 22 – Oct 29th, 22
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Indicated pricing per person in dormitories
Double bedrooms: from €920 per person.

Surcharge for single room on request ( +€ 190) for 4 nights.

Our trip starts and ends at Foix train station.
Please feel free to arrange your trip to and from Foix by the means of transportation of your choice and extend your trip according to your preferences.

For parties of 8 or more, we're happy to arrange for additional travel dates and/or guided tours in English.

Please fill out our enquiry form indicating the number of your party and your preferred travel dates.

Services

Price includes:
6 nights in double bedrooms or dormitories, full board (lunch picnics), local guide, luggage transfer, transfers according to the programme, admission fees for the castle visits, visitor's tax.

Number of participants

We accept bookings from groups as well as individual travellers!
Guaranteed departure: 6 participants (max. 14 persons)
Not accessible to persons with reduced mobility.
The tour operator reserves the right to cancel this trip up until 21 days prior to departure.

Accommodation

6 nights at local inns (5 nights in small dormitories and 1 night in a double bedroom, or 6 nights in 2-3 bedrooms in hotels and gîtes).
Single rooms on request ( +€ 190) for 4 nights.

Level: medium

Average daily hikes: 5-6 hours with elevation differences ranging from 400m to 800m (1,310-2,620ft).
Your luggage will be transferred from one accommodation to the next, allowing you to enjoy the hike carrying nothing but your lunch picnic and some personal belongings.
Guide: Local, French speaking guide ( English speaking guide on demand , only for group from 8 english speaking participants) with inside knowledge of the Corbières mountains and the Cathar history.
Walking with French people, an authentic experience

How to get there

We recommend a low-carbon train ride to Foix via Toulouse.

Closest airport: Toulouse.

If you're travelling by plane, please consider offsetting your carbon emissions, for example through the atmosfair programme.

For detailed travel information, please request our info sheet by filling out the enquiry form below.

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