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Cathar Citadels

 

 

Services and Highlights

(4 Days / 3 Nights - Prices on request)

 

Executive coach for transfers and excursions around the Cathar Citadels

Services of a professionnal guide throughout the tour (several languages available)

Accommodation in 3-star & 4-star hotels.

 

 

Be stunned by the castles of Quéribus and Peyrepertuse that are built on a rocky outcrop and enjoy visiting Montségur, capital of the Cathar church. Also, discover many beautiful medieval villages, and visit the world renowned Cité de Carcassonne, classified as a UNESCO Heritage site. You will also enjoy a wine tasting session in Limoux.

 

 

Groups must be established before contacting us (9 participants minimum). If you are less than 9, we organise Private & Shared Tours.

 

Our know-how is our essential asset to guarantee high-quality tours all over France, as we have created a real network of partners, from coach companies to guides, hotels and gourmet restaurants. We selected them meticulously to ensure maximum comfort during your whole stay.

 

 

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Carcassonne

Day 1: Toulouse - Minerve - Carcassonne- Lastours - Quillan

 

Welcome by your driver & guide in Toulouse and departure for Minerve. This extraordinary village perched on a limestone pedestal and surrounded by gorges in the Languedocien garrigue is classified as one of the 'Most beautiful villages in France'.

 

This afternoon is devoted to exploring the Medieval Citadel - la Cité de Carcassonne - which is visited on foot. Carcassonne was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997. Originally an Iron age oppidum, the site was used in the 1st century for a Roman villa before re-appearing in the 11th century as a fortification belonging to the powerful Viscount Trencavel. During the Albigensian crusade new battlements were added as it became an emblem of Royal power.

 

Next stop at the four towers of Lastours: an archaeological complex comprising of medieval castles, a working archaeological site and visitor center explaining the strategic, religious and historical importance of the site.

 

Transfer to Quillan.

 

Dinner & overnight at your hotel. 

 

 

Day 2: Quéribus - Peyrepertuse

 

 

Pick up at your hotel by a private coach & your guide.

 

Departure for Rennes-le-Chateau, small medieval castle village, known internationally for being at the center of various conspiracy theories. The story became the origin for hypotheses in documentaries and bestselling books such as The Da Vinci Code.

 

Then go to Queribus and Peyrepertuse castles built on impressive rocky outcrop.

 

Back to your hotel in Quillan.

 

Dinner & overnight at your hotel.

 

 

Crédit Photo : Fotolia & Phovoir


Montségur

Day 3: Montségur - Foix - Limoux

 

Pick up at your hotel by a private coach & your guide.

Departure for Montségur: seat and capital of the Cathar church. The famous siege of the citadel in 1244 lasted over 11 months before the 600 Cathars and soldiers within capitulated. 230 Cathars, unwilling to deny their faith, were burnt at the stake.

Onward to Foix for a visit of its château, seat of the last Count of Foix, Gaston Phoebus. Built on the site of 7th and 8th century fortifications in 1034, the castle became the stronghold of the Count of Foix and played a significant role in medieval military history.

Departure for the medieval Bastide of Mirepoix to visit its superb Grand Place with fine half-timbered arcades and houses. Particularly fine sculpted wood facades dating from 1501 are to be found on the Maison de Justice and the Maison des Consuls: coiffured women, bearded faces and tortoises.

On the way to Quillan, stop en route for a wine tasting in Limoux, home to a champagne-method sparkling white. Back to your hotel in Quillan.

Dinner & overnight at your hotel.

 

 

Day 4: Departure

 

Private transfer to Toulouse airport.

 

 

 

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