The Land of the Cathars
From Carcassonne to the Corbières area
Between the Montagne noire to the North and the Corbières to the South, this land which
owns fortified castles and citadels forms a natural path between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.
Carcassonne, capital of the Aude department, ancien Roman colony, is the only city in France which owns two monuments classified as World Heritage of Humanity: the Canal du Midi and the famous medieval city of Carcassonne. This territory offers five diverse wine Appellations as different as each other: Cabardès, Corbières, Fitou, Limoux et Malepère.
FROM 599 € / PERSON
Duration 3 days and 2 nights
Activities ****hotel and high quality guest-room - breakfast – lunch at ***Michelin restaurant - 1 dinner – 7 visits include 4 castles and 3 abbeys - 5 wine tastings
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From Carcassonne to the Corbières area
This Cathar land extends itself on a big territory where steep paths cross through vines, garrigues and maquis,
swept by the winds and chiseled by the hot sun in summer. This land deserves as much as it meditates. Come to discover it during
this exceptional luxury stay, between history, relax and gastronomy.
From Carcassonne to Peyrepertuse, from Saissac to Arques, from Lastours to Termes, the blows and penalties of the Inquisition have won over an authentic civilization built on principles of tolerance and sharing.
Your stay will start by visiting the city of Carcassonne, with its three kilometers long double stone walls guarded by fifty two towers, classified as World UNESCO Heritage since 1997. Then you will visit two wine estates situated around the city.
The second day will be dedicated to visit the most beautiful monuments and historical sites of the area: the « 5 Fils de Carcassonne », the castles of Peyrepertuse, Quéribus, Aguilar and the abbeys of Saint Hilaire and Alet Les Bains. You will also taste wines coming from two iconic Appellations wine estates.
During the last day, you will visit the last one of the « 5 Fils », the castle of Termes, before to have lunch at one of the best french gastronomic restaurants managed by the famous chef Gilles Goujon at Fontjoncouse. In the afternoon, you will discover one of the most beautiful villages of France: Lagrasse, with its 8th century old Benedictine abbey. Then a wine tasting and animation will wait for you at Douzens.
- One night in a ****hotel for 2 guests
- One night in a high quality services guesthouse
- Breakfast on day two and day three
- Entrance tickets for all museums
- Lunch at a *** restaurant on day three
- Dinner on day two
- All wine tasting
- A detailed and personalized road-book including detailed maps, cultural informations on the region heritage, information on wineries and their wines, and a step-by-step itinerary.
- Drinks outside included meals and wine tasting Personnal shopping during the tour
Arrival at ****Hotel.
Arrival at Carcassonne at your ****hotel where you will receive your road-book, your accreditations and tickets.
Visit of Carcassonne, historical city of legends.
Your guide will pick you at the hotel and will make you walk through the streets of Carcassonne. You will discover this important medieval place, which was the cradle of the famous dynasty of the Trencavel, its St Michel Cathedral and the St Vincent Church.
We invite you to discover seven wines from the Malepère Appellation at a winery estate which is an ancien Gallo-Roman camp, located in front of the city.
Back to Carcassonne.
Take time to relax at your ****hotel. Enjoy its Carita SPA and its well-being space.
Don’t hesitate to ask your advisor in order to find the best restaurants, or personalize your stay in adding a gourmet dinner in it.
The Saint Hilaire abbey
Saint Hilaire is altogether a beautiful Roman abbey and a dynamic village full of charm and activities. The 8th century old monastery built under Charlemagne reign is the most ancien Abbey of the Aude department. In this abbey was created the famous Blanquette de Limoux by its monks.
Wine tasting at Brugairolles at a winery which is a reference for the big wines of Aude and Languedoc.
Open lunch. You can have lunch at the vineyard or at Limoux. Don’t hesitate to ask your advisor to hep you in discovering the best places to go.
Visit of an abbey
After visiting Limoux, you will have a stop at the village of Alet-les-Bains in order to visit its 12th century old Cathedral abbey. Its cloister does not exist anymore, but its famous chapter house and its church allow you to feel the richness from what was the most important abbey of the region..
Visit of the castle of Peyrepertuse
After leaving on your side the famous village of Rennes-le-Chateau, you will discover the castle of Peyrepertuse which stands on top of the village of Duilhac.
Visit of the castle of Aguilar
The castle of Aguilar is situated at three kilometers from the village of Tuchan. It is a citadel which deserves a visit because it harbors medieval architecture surprises.
Take time to taste some wines at Cascatel-des-Corbières and visit the vineyard, the wine cellar and the winery.
Dinner within a short distance from the winery where a special gourmet and wines dinner will be served to you. Then you will enjoy an exceptional night at the winery.
Villerouge - Termenes and the castle of Termes
The castle is located in the heart of the medieval village of Villerouge-Termenes where Guilhem Bélibaste, the « last perfect » Cathar was cremated in 1321. During the 14th century, the castle was owned by the archbishop of Narbonne. A few kilometers later, you will discover the famous castle of Termes which was famously known to be impossible to be violated because of its natural and built defenses.
Wine tasting at a winery to discover the Appellation of Corbières. You will visit the cellar and will taste all the wines made in this estate.
Lunch at a *** Michelin restaurant
Lunch at one of the world best restaurants, the auberge du vieux puits at Fontjoncouse, which is managed by Gilles GOUJON, ambassador of the mediterranean culinary art and best « Ouvrier de France ».
You will visit one of the most beautiful villages of France, Lagrasse, which owns the Sainte Marie Abbey built under Charlemagne era and which became later one of the most important abbeys in France. You will finish your stay at an atypical place which deserves a halt, something between a museum, a cellar and a vinegar place.