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Cathars Trail: Carcassonne - Quillan - Montségur            H77-2
 
Packages Day programs Prices
6 or 7 days / 5 or 6 nights / 4 or 5 days of walking .

This walk is available as:

  • standard package (** accommodations, no dormitories) (You stay on this page).
  • plus package  (with on or two *** hotels)

Selfguided moving on walking trip in the Pyrénées in South of France

For the whole trail (from the Med in the East to the West) surf to the H80-webpages.

Walking the Cathars trail in the Pyrénées

 









Cathars Castles of the Pyrenees : From Carcassonne or Quillan to Montségur and Foix walking in France H77 H78


From the Mediterranean to the Pyrenees Ariégeoises in the heart of the sun blessed Corbières region, or between Montségur and Foix is where you can find the secret trails and castles of the chateaux Cathares. 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 unspoilt mountains and valleys.


We offer the Cathars trail on this page as a week itinerary from Quillan to Foix, but you can book a 7 to 13 days walk along the trail from the beginning of the Sentier  Cathare in the East  at the Med to Montségur in the West.

 


Packages Day programs Prices
 
H77-2  Standard
packages
Basic rate in € p.p. in double room sharing.
Bags transfer maps and written route instructions included
2020 B&B's Dinners Lunches Basic rate p.p.:
2p sharing room
Supplement
July-Aug.
p.p.
Supplement
single room
 5 days  4  3  0  € 432  € 0  € 113
 6 days  5  4  0  € 544  € 0  € 141
 7 days  6  4  0  € 636  € 0  € 173
 8 days  7  6  0  € 817  € 0  € 224
 9 days  8  6  0  € 910  € 0  € 256

You can book this trip here

Extra nights B&B Dinner Lunch Rate p.p.  2 p sharing room Supplement
July-Aug.
p.p.
Supplement
single room
Carcassonne
** hotel le Vieux Pont
 yes  no  no  € 60 € 0 € 32
Montségur
**  Ch. d'Hôtes Pélérin
 yes  yes  no  € 64 € 0 € 34
Quillan
** Casalys Ch. d'Hôtes
 yes  no  no  € 39 € 0 € 20
Not included:   Lunches. Price of lunches (take away picknicks) : 8 - 12 EURO.

SOLO 166% of basic rate. single room included


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, picnics, entrance fees, additional transfers and holiday insurance.

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

5-9 days tours

Parties of  3 persons :   6 % p.p.
Parties of  4 persons :   9 % p.p.
Parties of  5 persons : 11 % p.p.
Parties of  6 persons : 13 % p.p.
Parties of  7 persons : 14 % p.p.
Parties of  8 persons : 15 % p.p.

Transfer at the end:
In Foix you can leave by train,
In Montségur you need a transfer back to Quillan (and bus to Carcassonne) or to Foix.

Supplement taxi transfer from Carcassone to Quillan on last day : €  144 per pax up to 4 persons.
Supplement taxi transfer from Montségur to Quillan on last day : €  96 per pax up to 4 persons.

Supplement taxi transfer from Montségur to Carcassonne on last day : €  154 per pax up to 4 persons.
Supplement taxi transfer from Montségur to Foix on last day : € 64 per pax up to 4 persons.








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Walk H77    Cathars walk. Carcassonne-Quillan-Foix 6
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Accommodation
Standard Package
Start in Carcassonne   Day 1   Day 1 Carcassonne ** B&B
Start in Quillan, first night Day 1 Day 2 Day 1 Day 2 Quillan ** B&B
Walk Quillan to Puivert
20,5 km. 5h45. Elevation gains: 200m.
Day 2 Day 3
Day 2 Day 3 Camurac **
From Puivert to Belvis.
15,8 km. 4h15 Elevation gains: 400m.
Day 3
Day 4
Day 3 Day 4
Camurac **
Walk from Belvis to Camurac.
20 km.5h15. Elevation gains: 270m.
Day 4
Day 5
Day 4 Day 5
Camurac **
Walk from Camurac to Montségur.
14,5 km. 3h30.  Elevation gains: -400m  +200.
Day 5 Day 6 Day 5
Day 6
Montségur **
Walk from Montségur to Roquefixade.
17,0 km. 4h15.  Elevation gains: -160m.
    Day 6
Day 7 Roquefixade *
Walk from Roquefixade to Foix. 
18 km. 4h50. 
Elevation gains: -300m.
    Day 7 Day 8 Foix ***
End of the package after breakfast Day 6
(leave by taxi transfer)
Day 7
(leave by taxi transfer)
Day 8
(leave by train)
Day 9
(leave by train)
Leave not included


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PROGRAM walking days

 

Day 1: 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.

Transfer from Puivert to Camurac
5h45 effective walking, +115m altitude, -210m, 20,5kms

Day 2: From Puivert to Belvis

Transfer from Camurac to Puivert
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.

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

Day 3: 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 Ariège and 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.
 

Day 4: From Camurac/Comus to Montségur

Transfer to Belvis
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 Péreille 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 Montségur
3h15 effective walking, +660m altitude, -772m, 13 kms.


Day X: 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 Montségur.
6h30 effective walking, +774m altitude,-580m, 12kms.
 

Day 6: From Montségur to Roquefixade
The ‘Sentier Cathare’ or Cathare footpath progresses through the heart of the region known as the ‘Pays d’Olmes’, in past times a land renown for the weaving of cloth, wool, fabrics and certainly specialised in the production of combs made from cows corns.
Still in the county of Ariège, traversing lush, green countryside, undulating between valleys and mountainsides the trail will lead you towards the medieval castle of Roquefixade. Crossing through the village of Montferrier and the hamlet of Coulzonne you may well run in to some locals and experience a warm exchange or interesting insight into the life here.

Night and evening meal in chambre de hote at Roquefixade.
4h30 effective walking +400m altitude, -760m, 17kms.
 

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 Ariège and 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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BAGS TRANSFER
You only will have to 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.

ACCOMMODATION
In **hotels and chambres d’hotes in double or twin rooms

STARTING POINT
Carcassonne or Narbonne or  the Med  at Port la Nouvelle.

END
At the hotel in Quillan or Carcassonne.
Transfers to airport or Carcassonne are not included, but we can arrange for that.

SELF-GUIDED
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.

DATES
Departs day 1: every day all year round.  

HOW TO GET THERE

- 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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