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  • France 
  • Pyrénées 

The Cathar country by bike Carcassonne

Around Carcassonne

From
680€/person

Presentation of your trip

Discover the Cathar country by bike from Carcassonne and its medieval walled town. Get on your bike and discover this fabulous region, its middle-aged bustling history at the time of the crusade against the Albigeans. 
The Cathar country hosts plenty of medieval secrets and shows you its natural richness, beautiful landscapes and impressing cultural heritage.
 


 

  • DestinationFrance, Pyrénées
  • TypeFree
  • Length of trip7 days and 6 nights
  • ActivitiesCycling/All Terrain Biking
  • Physical level

Possible periods for this trip

  • Jan.
  • Feb.
  • March
  • Apr.
  • May
  • June
  • Jul.
  • August
  • Sep.
  • Oct.
  • Nov.
  • Dec.
Description of the tripProgramTravel conditionsDates and price

Trip details

Highlights

  • A journey rimmed with several medieval vestiges
  • A preserved nature
  • Get into the heart of the local culture: historical, natural and gastronomic

Complementary informations

  • 7 days 6 nights - 5 biking days
  • At liberty, with baggage carried by vehicle

Program

  • Day 1

    Arrival in Carcassonne

    • Type of accommodation : Hotel (B&B)

    Arrival at Carcassonne hotel. Free evening in the superb walled-town, stroll between its numerous paved streets… The citadel is listed among UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. 
    Night in Carcassonne. 


     

  • Day 2

    From Carcassonne to Rennes les Bains via Limoux

    • Distance : 68 km
    • Duration : 5h
    • Elevation gain : 950 m

    Leave Carcassonne walled town, the 2nd most visited French tourist site after the Mont-St Michel, and reach Limoux and its famous ‘Blanquette’, a traditional sparkling wine since the 16th century. Follow your way to the Pays de Couiza. Cross this territory and rejoin Arques and its castle from the 14th century.
    Night in Rennes les Bains.


     

  • Day 3

    From Rennes to Lagrasse : Gorges and Abbey

    • Distance : 58 km
    • Duration : 4h30
    • Elevation gain : 920 m
    • Type of accommodation : Bed & Breakfast

    After the discovery of Arques and its rich heritage, reach Lagrasse, in the western Corbières, which is still a natural and wild area, typical of this territory. Once you are arrived there, take your time to visit the Abbey of Lagrasse. This abbay was created, according to a legend, by Charlemagne during the 8th century. 
    Night in Lagrasse.


     

  • Day 4

    From Lagrasse to Cucugnan : Durfort and Termes castles

    • Distance : 53 km
    • Duration : 4h
    • Elevation gain : 910 m
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel

    Keep discovering the Cathar country history and ride towards the ruins of Durfort castle. Reach the powerful fortress Termes, keeping the medieval spirit. Cucugnan village is waiting for you after a few kilometres, offering you a great view over the Corbières vineyards.
    Night in Cucugnan.


     

  • Day 5

    Cucugnan, Quéribus, Peyrepertuse, Gorges de Galamus, Rennes les Bains

    • Distance : 53 km
    • Duration : 4h30
    • Elevation gain : 1150 m
    • Type of accommodation : Bed & Breakfast

    After the contemplation of Queribus castle, at the top of its rocky spur, ride towards the castle of Peyrepertuse, an ancient royal fortress. Continue your visit through the Gorges de Galamus and admire another nature’s masterpiece. Head for Rennes les Bains and relax in this charming thermal city.
    Night in Rennes les Bains.


     

  • Day 6

    Rennes les Bains, Rennes le Château, Carcassonne

    • Distance : 69 km
    • Duration : 5h
    • Elevation gain : 920 m
    • Type of accommodation : Bed & Breakfast

    Ride over Rennes le Chateau legendary village and discover its passionnating enigmatic history. Then, finish your stay over pleasant roads, over the course of small villages and green surroundings. You arrive peacefully to Carcassonne and its medieval walled town. 
    Night in Carcassonne.


     

  • Day 7

    Carcassonne

      End of the trip after breakfast.

    • End of trip

    Travel conditions

    • Luggage

      Carrying is limited to business of the day and picnic. Luggage is carried by vehicle. Please allow 1 bag per person, maximum 15kg/bag.

    • Attendees

      From 2 people.

    • Formalities

      • A valid official ID.
      • We recommend travel insurance with repatriation included. 
         
    • DEPARTURE AND MEETING POINT

      Departure from Carcassonne (11).

      How to get there:
      By car: Highway of the south of France.
      By train: Carcassonne train station.
      By plane: Carcassonne airport then shuttle to the city center.

    • Accommodation

      6 nights in hotels and bed and breakfast in half board (except in Carcassonne, B&B).

      Double room formula: you sleep in comfortable rooms for 2 people in hotels, guest rooms. Sheets and towels are provided. A bathroom is reserved for you. (Single room option - See rates on our website).

    • Food

      No question of dieting during your stay but it is rather an opportunity to taste the local cuisine. We attach great importance to the quality of food: dietary balance, energy intake and specialty of the country are the ingredients of each meal.
      Picnics are not planned, as well as diners on days 1 and 6 in Carcassonne. Diners on other days are included.

    • Options

      • +1 day or -1 day,
      • Formula 3 days: tailor-made program from the 3 stages you choose yourself,
      • Additional accommodation before or after the stay,
      • Single room supplement,
      • Bike rental (subject to return of bikes by the customer in Carcassonne).
    • Accompanying

      Free Ride:
      Equipped with the orientation material we give you: maps with highlighted route and detailed topoguide, you go alone to discover circuits designed by our team. You are guided by carefully prepared directions, for maximum precision.

    • Difficulty level

      Physical level: 2/3
      You have a good physical condition and regularly practice cycling part of the year. Stages of 50 to 70km per day with positive gradients of 900 m per day on average.

    • Options

      • +1 day or -1 day,
      • Formula 3 days: tailor-made program from the 3 stages you choose yourself,
      • Additional accommodation before or after the stay,
      • Single room supplement,
      • Bike rental (rental price subject to return of bikes by the customer in Quillan).

    Dates and price

    Information

    Free departure dates: you choose your own departure dates according to your availability.
    For constituted groups, we adapt the level, duration, price and program on demand.

    Free departure from

    Price TTC per person

    Freedom package with luggage transfer by cab - double room
    Registration at 2 people820
    Registration at 3 people770
    Registration at 4 people730
    Registration at 6 people680

    Options

    Single room supplement: +125€/pers

    The price includes

    • The reservation of accommodation,
    • Maps with highlighted route, card holder,
    • GPS tracks in electronic format . gpx,
    • 2 nights in bed and breakfast in Carcassonne,
    • 4 nights half board: dinner, night and breakfast included,
    • The transport of luggage.

    The price does not include

    • Drinks,
    • Personal expenses,
    • The diners of days 1 and 6 in Carcassonne,
    • Picnics,
    • Personal bike equipment (helmets, gloves),
    • Bicycles,
    • Transportation to the meeting point,
    • Insurance.

    The destination

    • Pyrénées

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