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Carcassonne & Cathar Trails

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7 Days & 6 Nights
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Carcassonne & Cathar Trails

  • Cathar country of the Languedoc-Roussillon & the French Pyrenees
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site of Carcassonne and its fortified city
  • Landscapes shaped by the history of the ever-rebellious Cathars
  • Bastide of Mirepoix with its colourful half-timbered houses and squares
  • Regional French cuisine and wines of character, such as Roussillon red
Make your way on foot from the fortified city of Carcassonne into the foothills of the Ariège Pyrenees, stronghold of the Cathars. Here, the Middle Ages have left an indelible footprint. Mystical Medieval castles, Romanesque abbeys and a multitude of history all serve to provide a walking tour which stirs the imagination. These landscapes are full of intrigue with lush valleys, dramatic gorges, rolling hills, snow-peaked mountains and pretty villages in the shadow of dramatic castles. Experience appealing and delicious regional cuisine, robust wines, and characterful hand-picked accommodations.


Day 1 Arrive in Carcassonne Day 2 Carcassonne City and Landscapes Walk 5.5 miles / 9 km Day 3 Transfer to Vals. Walk to Mirepoix 9 miles / 14 km Day 4 Walk Lac de Montbel to Mirepoix 12.5 miles / 20 km Day 5 Transfer to La Bastide sur l’Hers. Walk to Montségur. Transfer to Mirepoix. 12.5 miles / 20 km Day 6 Free day to explore Mirepoix Day 7 Onward Travel

This trip has a carbon score of 5kg per person per night, meaning it’s one of our best trips! For comparison, a carbon count of 5kg is equivalent to 1 Neapolitan margherita pizza. Here at Macs, we pride ourselves on being a responsible travel company and continue to adopt, develop and innovate ways to positively impact the environment. Find out more information about how we've carbon counted our trips.


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We use independent suppliers to support communities along our routes, as well as work with organizations to help maintain & restore paths.
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