Spanish seaside Cadaques by night
& French Catalonia countryside
...from Carcassonne to Toulouse
Castle & abbey into Catalunya culture Tour
Departure Carcassonne / Toulouse
Arrival Toulouse / Carcassonne
journey thema hiking, pilgrimage route to Santiago, sacred place,
local scenery: world natural heritage Site, Mountains, mountain village
per person : 800 €
charter : 2,000 € (1 ~ 4 people) 2,800 € (5 ~ 7 people)
French driver will guide you in english.
*Customers' meals, lodging and entrance fees are not included.
Mileage 840 Km
After leaving Carcassonne, you will travel through the vineyards, which are spread over dry, mineral-rich lands, to the most beautiful village of France, Lagrasse in the Corbieres country.
There is a windmill above the village, and the bread made from ground flour is as delicious as you can order from all over France. There are also sweets such as cookies.
Let's shop in a nearby village for a picnic at Peyrepertuse Castle or have a lunch in an auberge.! Queribus Castle is overlooked from the Peyrepertus Castle, which rises above the rocky mountain peaks of the cathari landscape. Please think about the life of believers who did not abandon their faith until the end.
Climb slopes, gravel roads, and stairs over 30 minutes. There are also exposed rocky areas, so please wear comfortable, non-slip shoes.
Visit Collioure , a lovely colored port town near the border with Spain. Artists are legions...
Take a stroll through the city of Catalan tradition and culture, such as the blue sea, the old town with its colorful houses, which attracted painters such as Picasso and Matisse.
After passing through the border and stay in Cadaques, a white port town in Spain let's experience other mediterranean atmosphere.
France's most picturesque village of Eus, lined with stone houses on a hilltop, offers a panoramic view of Mount Canigo.
Visit the Saint Martin du Canigou Abbey, which stands quietly in the mountains . With its beautiful Romanesque cloister, the monastery has a history of being destroyed and destroyed by the turmoil after the French Revolution. Now, Monks who will receive you are very interesting. If you climb the stairs, you can see a panoramic view. Spiritual place to live.
Since it is not possible to tour freely, we will take a tour by Sister (from 15:00).
It takes about 40 minutes to climb, so if you are confident in your physical strength, please try climbing. *Reservation required for transportation by jeep (pay).
You will stay in Villefranche de Conflans, which is a World Heritage site and was built by Vauban, a military architect of Louis XIV. Seafood or fresh farmer hand made products are cooked daily.
From the Villefranche-de-Conflent station, take the Railway Pyrenees mountain train "Le Train jaune" -to Font-Romeu, which is about 40 minutes away from the train station.
The track, which is about 62 km long and 100 years old, is included in the provisional list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
After departure, go through several short tunnels and head up to the plateau with a close view of the valley.
It crosses two historic monuments, including the beautiful arched stone bridge and the oldest suspension bridge for railways in use today in France.
Lunch will be served at Foix, the gateway to Ariege, at the foot of the Pyrenees. Gastronomic place...
Count of Foix was so powerful that it was said to have ruled half of the Pyrenees along with Count Toulouse and is famous for protecting the Cathars.
(Castle that remains now is a castle that was built after the French king who defeated the Cathari; there took part of 10% of the inhabitants) : accessories, lifestyle and villagers of the origins in this Cathari Museum should be seen to care in the futur about minorities or society organising its own way of life but ended right here, burnt and exterminate until the last one at the end of a 45 years civil war; like a cruisade.
Arrival to Toulouse.
09:00 Departure from Carcassonne
12:15-14:45 Peyrepertuse Castle
18:30 Arrival to Cadaques (hotel)
09:30 departure From Cadaques
11:15 to 11:45 Eus
13:45 to 16:45 Abbey of Saint Martin du Canigou
17:00 Arrival to Villefranche de Conflans (hotel)
09:00 Depart Villefranche de Conflents
09:30-11:30 Le Train-Jaune
13: 15-15 :45 Foix (lunch)
16:30-18:00 Montsegur Castle
19:30 Arrival to Toulouse (hotel)