Pyrenees – Cathar Castles, Tuchan/Queribus to Quillan

Corbieres, France

Holiday overview

Destination

France


Type

Self Guided


Difficulty

Moderate


Month

Jan - Dec


Price

£ 619 pp


Duration

6 nights


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:

Tuchan/Queribus to Quillan

6 nights – 5 days walking – £619 per person based on two people sharing.

Supplement £20.00 per night for single room. Supplement for one person walking alone £100.00 (Tuchan/Quillan), £185 for both sections.

Extra nights can also be booked at extra cost

 

Included:

Tuchan/Queribus to Quillan

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, lunchesDeparture Dates:April to October

Tuchan/Queribus to Quillan

 

Day 1:

Arrive Tuchan for overnight at Hostellerie du Mont Tauch.

 

Day 2: Short transfer to Padern

Today we walk from the Chateau of Padern through contrasting landscapes to the fortress of Queribus and from there we continue to Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse for overnight at Auberge du Vieux Moulin.

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

 

Day 3: Duilhac to Bouchard

We walk through the unforgettable Galamus Gorges up to the Chateau of Peyrepertuse and continue to the private domaine of Bouchard. Overnight chambre d’hote Domaine du Bouchard.

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

 

Day 4: Domaine du Bouchard to Sougraigne

Our walk today is in the very heart of the Cathar country as we walk between the Fenouilledes and the Corbieres. We traverse the Bugarach massif and the Salso Col before arriving in the beautiful small village of Sougraigne for overnight.

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

 

Day 5: Sougraigne to Granes

We pass the village of Rennes les Bains and on to Rennes le Chateau with its small castle dominating the surrounding hills. We spend the night at a charming chambre d’hote in Granes.

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. We traverse the high saddle of the Col des Trois Quilles before arriving in Quillan. Overnight – Hotel Quillan.

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

 

Day 7:

After breakfast our trip ends

 

NB – walking times are approximate only