Pyrenees – Cathar Castles, Tuchan/Queribus to Quillan

Corbieres, France

Holiday overview

Destination

France


Type

Self Guided


Difficulty

Moderate


Month

Apr - Oct


Price

£ 675 pp


Duration

6 nights


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Between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean, in the heart of the sun baked Corbieres region of south-west France, this walk progresses from wild, lush countryside to mountains and sun-blessed vineyards, with a cultural heritage which derives from some of the most mysterious and dramatic pages of the history of France.

Between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean, in the heart of the sun baked Corbieres region of south-west France, this walk progresses from wild, lush countryside to mountains and sun-blessed vineyards, with a cultural heritage which derives from some of the most mysterious and dramatic pages of the history of France. Scenery in abundance, from pine, oak and beech forests, to rivers and deep gorges and distant mountain peaks. Yet the walking is not especially difficult and the flowers and wildlife are substantial additional pleasures.

 

Price:

£675 per person based on two people sharing.

£795 in a single room

£940 for a solo walker in a single room

Extra nights can also be booked at extra cost

 

Included:

  • 6 nights accommodation,
  • 6 breakfasts,
  • 5 dinners,
  • luggage transportation,
  • maps and route instructions,
  • transfers as necessary for the programme.

 

Not Included: 

  • Flights, train tickets,
  • drinks with meals,
  • lunches

Departure Dates: April to October

 

Day 1:

Arrive Tuchan.

Dinner and overnight at Chambre d’hotes La Remise.

 

Day 2: Short transfer to Padern

Walk from the Chateau of Padern through contrasting landscapes to the fortress of Queribus and from there continue to Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse for overnight at Auberge du Vieux Moulin.  Dinner at Auberge la Batteuse

16 kms/10 miles. 5 hrs. Altitude gain/descent: +436m -260m

 

Day 3: Duilhac to Cubieres

Walk through the unforgettable Galamus Gorges up to the Chateau of Peyrepertuse and continue to Cubieres.  Dinner and overnight at Accueil au Village.

16 kms/10 miles. 5 hrs. +250m -340m

 

Day 4: Cubieres to Sougraigne

The walk today is in the very heart of the Cathar country as the route takes you between the Fenouilledes and the Corbieres.  Traverse the Bugarach massif and the Salso Col before arriving in the beautiful small village of Sougraigne.  Dinner and overnight  for overnight at L’Ecluse au Soleil..

15kms/9.5 miles. 5hrs. +250m -605m

 

Day 5: Sougraigne to Granes

Pass the village of Rennes les Bains and on to Rennes le Chateau with its small castle dominating the surrounding hills. Spend the night at a charming chambre d’hote in Granes.  Dinner and overnight Chambre d’hotes Sue Bell.

19kms/11.9 miles. 5hrs30. +445m -450m

 

Day 6: Granes to Quillan

The route from Granes to Quillan follows the GR along a well known path that used to be an important link and means of communication between the small Pyreneen hamlets. Traverse the high saddle of the Col des Trois Quilles before arriving in Quillan. Overnight – Hotel Quillan  (dinner not included).

18 kms/11.25 miles. 5hrs. +350m -440m

 

Day 7:

Departure after breakfast

 

NB – walking times are approximate only

Getting to Tuchan

From Perpignan: bus to Vingrau (4 buses per day – journey approx. 1h20).  Taxi from Vingrau to Tuchan (8 miles)

From Carcassonne: Bus or train to Quillan, then taxi to Tuchan

From Quillan: 

SNCF train station – bus and train to Carcassonne.

 

Hotels:

Chambres d’hotes La Remise – Tuchan

Auberge Vieux Moulin – Duilhac

Accueilo au village – Cubieres

L’Ecluse au Soleil – Sopugraigne

Chambres d’hotes Sue Bell – Granes

Hotel Cartier – Quillan

 

What to take:

  • Sturdy walking boots and walking socks (with a change of socks in rucksack),
  • rucksack/day pack,
  • 1 x water bottle with 1 litre capacity,
  • insect repellent,
  • sun glasses, sun hat, sunblock/cream,
  • compass, torch,
  • first-aid kit.

 

Insurance:

We recommend that you take out appropriate holiday insurance covering you against illness, injury, and loss or damage to luggage. This insurance should also cover the possibility of your having to cancel your holiday for any reason.