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Combining two of our week-long treks, this fabulous walking holiday takes you on a 2-week journey of the historic Cathar Trail, following in the footsteps of the Cathars as they fled from France to Spain.

  • Visit the charming medieval walled city of Carcassonne
  • Excellent walks in the High Pyrenees
  • See lesser known Cathar castles off the beaten track
  • Enjoy relaxation & wildlife at Domaine du Bouchard
  • Rest day to enjoy Quillan's history & culture

This is a comprehensive itinerary, taking you from the picturesque medieval city of Carcassonne all the way to the historic town of Foix. Passing and visting several castles en route - including Peyrepertuse, Quéribus and Montségur - you will discover the history of the Cathars, whilst enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Pyrenees with its lush valleys and rolling hills.

For a shorter walking holiday on the Cathar Footpath, why not consider one of our 8-day itineraries from Carcassonne to Quillan, or Quillan to Foix?

Typical Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Travel to Carcassonne

    Fly to Carcassonne and overnight.

  2. Day 2: Explore Carcassonne & travel to Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse

    The delightful medieval city of Carcassonne is well worth exploring. You can follow a the city walk which takes you to the Canal du Midi and the Citadel Carcassonne, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The cathedral is also worth a visit, as well as the preserved medieval castle of Chateau Comtal.

  3. Day 3: Circular walk from Chateau de Padern

    This morning you will be transferred to Padern and begin your walk through fragrant scrubland vegetation and past picturesque vineyards, before arriving at Queribus, with its the prestigious castle.

  4. Day 4: Walk to Bouchard

    Enjoy a particularly picturesque walk today, with opportunities to visit Peyrepertuse Castle and Galamus Gorge, carved out by the River Agly.

  5. Day 5: Walk to Sougraigne

    Departing Bouchard, today you walk to the pretty rural village of Sougraigne.

  6. Day 6: Walk to Pailhères

    Leaving Sougraigne this morning, you cross the salty River Sales where, in the 17th century, salt smuggling was widespread.

  7. Day 7: Walk to Quillan

    Today's trail will take you through varied terrain, some forested, and a series of quaint, sleepy villages, such as Saint Ferriol or Saint Julia de Bec. Arriving in Quillan, you will see the ruins of the castle dating back to the 13th Century, and enjoy panoramic views.

  8. Day 8: Circular walk in Quillan area

    Today's circular walk will give you an insight into the incredible diversity of mountain and Mediterranean vegetation. If you would prefer a rest day, perhaps just spend some time in Quillan's street cafés.

  9. Day 9: Walk to Puivert

    Heading out from Quillan, your trail takes you through vineyards and olive groves, with juniper bushes and shady oaks offering a delicate fragrance to the air. Walking across undulating valleys and hillsides, you'll see Puivert Castle, the castle of the troubadours.

  10. Day 10: Walk to Comus

    Today you have an opportunity to discover the Plateau de Sault, gateway towards the high mountain summits. The dense fir tree forests are home to a variety of deer species, whose tracks you'll undoubtedly see on the trail. 

  11. Day 11: Walk to Montségur

    Offering a splendid change of scenery, the trail leads you to the Pays d'Olmes on a footpath once used by locals at the beginning of the century.  This path was also the main route between the Pays d'Olmes and Pays de Sault regions.

  12. Day 12: Circular Walk

    You have an additional day in Montségur, the bastion of the Cathare resistance, and an area worth exploring. 

  13. Day 13: Walk to Roquefixade

    Today's route will take you across lush green countryside, undulating between mountains and valleys, towards the medieval castle at Roquefixade. After stopping for refreshments in the village of Montferrier and passing through the hamlet of Coulzonne, take a short transfer to your final destination of Foix.

  14. Day 14: Explore Foix or circular walk

    Enjoy a circular walk around Foix or explore the town which was one of the capitals of Gaston Fébus in the 14th century. 

  15. Day 15: Explore Foix, return to the UK

    Take the train to Carcassonne for your return flight to the UK.

Price and Other Information

  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 15 days from £1,649 per person
  • Duration including flights from/to UK: 15 days Price available on request
  • Single room supplement: From £440
  • Walking grade: Moderate to Demanding
  • Guiding: Self-Guided
  • Max alt: 1,300m
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  • What’s included
    • Hotel / guesthouse x 14
    • 14 breakfasts and 12 dinners

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2019 From 1 Jun to 30 Sep £1,649 Book or Enquire

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