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HIKING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE CATHARS

Our organized and accompanied hiking packages *

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HIKING TROUGH A JURASSIC PARK LANDSCAPE & CATHAR CASTLE VISIT

Les Terres Rouges and a visit of the Château d'Arques:

A very beautiful loop hike with beautiful views on the Pyrenees, the Bugarach summit and Rennes le Château. An amazing discovery of this (small) Grand Canyon - landscape from a Western movie.

The marvelous, very eroded red earth forms a succession of small canyons, which the iron oxides have beautifully colored with these surprising shades ranging from wine-colored pigmentation to orange, passing through purples and practically all shades of Red. You should know that it is in this type of rock formation that we can find many fossils and in particular dinosaur eggs. Under a dazzling blue sky, purged of all clouds, we discover this miniature “Jurassic Park”.  

A few kilometers after this magnificent landscape of the Terres Rouges, a green valley opens up. In this unexpected softness, soars the keep of Arques, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture.

  • Les Terres Rouges loop, departure from the small village of Serres

  • Gourmet picnic basket

  • Visit of the Castle of Arques

  • Accompanied hike (French, English, German or Dutch)

Day hike:  13 km          Difficulty:  Average         Elevation: 450 m

In the area: the dinosaur museum in Espéraza, Rennes les Bains, Rennes le Château

package as from € 75 per person

DAY HIKE IN OUR BEAUTIFUL PYRENEES - LAKE OF APPY

Magnificent hike in our Pyrenees: the beautiful Etang d'Appy next to the Soularac summit and the St Barthélemy summit.  

On the southern slope of the Tabe massif dominated by the Saint Barthélémy peak (2348m above sea level) and the Soularac peak (2368m), the beautiful lake of Appy, renowned for its fish, is the opportunity for a loop hike of more 800m of elevation.

Breathtaking views by crossing the Col de Cadène and the Col de l'Étang d'Appy (2025m).

We can enjoy a good moment of relaxation during this very pretty hike!

  • Loop via the lake of Appy, departure from the ski resort of Mont d'Olmes

  • Gourmet picnic basket

  • Accompanied hike (French, English, German or Dutch)

  • Option: ski lift to Col de Cadène

Day hike: 10 km          Difficulty: Medium to difficult         Elevation: 800 m

In the area: the Castle of  Montségur, the pretty town of Mirepoix

package as from 85 € per person

DAY HIKE IN OUR BEAUTIFUL PYRENEES - CASTLE OF MONTSEGUR

Superb loop hike on the Taulat plateau with a magnificent view from the rock of Gourgue (1618m) on the castle of Montségur and the massif of Tabe. Unmissable in the Cathar Country: perched at an altitude of 1,200 m in the Ariège, the Castle of Montségur has symbolized for centuries the stronghold of the Cathar resistance. The Legend says that this castle steeped in history housed the fabulous treasure of the Cathars.

What could have led the Cathars to come and take refuge here? How did they live? What were their customs and beliefs? So many questions that will be answered by going up the steep path that leads to the heights of Montségur.

Come relive the epic of these "good men and women" in this citadel of vertigo!

The panorama is breathtaking. ​

  • Loop by the rock of Gourgue, departure from the parking lot of the Castle of Montségur

  • Gourmet picnic basket

  • Accompanied hike (French, English, German or Dutch)

  • Option: visit to the castle of Montségur with an explanation of the history of Catharism (French, English, or Dutch)

Day hike:  6 km          Difficulty:  Medium to difficult          Elevation: 650 m       

Option Castle of Montségur: an additional climb of 30 to 40 minutes with an elevation of 150m.

In the area: the castle of Roquefixade, the pretty town of Mirepoix

package as from 90 € per person - option the visit of the Castle of Montségur with the explanation 45 €

TAILORED HIKES 

All-inclusive ideas: organised or accompanied hikes, in the footprints of the Cathar Country between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean.

Thousands of trails to visit the citadels of vertigo, on the paths of the Natural Park very close to Narbonne, to admire the superb panoramas and observe migrating birds, observe the flora and fauna of the Pyrenees or the Black Mountain. We remain at your disposal to find you the hike according to your wishes and your pace.

guided hike as from 25 € per person

* in partnership with Audétour - www.aude-tour.com and  Bal'Aude - www.bal-aude.be