In this beautiful and unspoilt part of Occitanie called the Pays Cathare, there are thousands of kilometres of scarcely-trod pathways and ancient hidden trails waiting to be discovered by those seeking a walking retreat with a unique twist.

From the Mediterranean to the Pyrenees, these lands are marked by the plight and flight of the Cathar people and this retreat has you walking in the footsteps of the infamous Cathar martyrs across some of France's most legendary paths.

Next retreat dates: 5th-12th October 2019 and 21st-28th November 2019. Check our Event Calendar.

joSome of France's most renowned walking routes are right here on our doorstep and this retreat week presents you with some of the most popular. If you like walking and want to come and re-connect with the great outdoors, this retreat offers you the chance to walk in the footsteps of the Cathar giants following parts of the famous Sentier Cathare and the Sentier des Bonshommes.

Rambling through uniquely diverse countryside ranging from the sweet herb odours of the Mediterranean scrublands to the dense green pines of the Pyrenees, across the open rocky lands of the Minervois to the gently rolling hills and valleys of the Razès, your eyes will feast upon the numerous birds of prey and wild orchids thriving around some of the best preserved castle ruins in Europe.

Rambling the Cathar Trails includes:

  • airport transfers to and from Carcassonne or Toulouse airports;
  • a welcome Blanquette aperitif and briefing upon your arrival;
  • a wine-tasting event at the celebrated local winery;
  • two evenings out at local restaurants in the medieval towns of Mirepoix and Fanjeaux;
  • walks to, around and entrance into four Cathar castles including the largest in Europe;
  • your own copy of your guide's book entitled one woman walking;
  • visits to the medieval towns of: Minerve, Montségur, Carcassonne, Rennes-le-Château, Mirepoix, & Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse;
  • visit to the Mary Magdalene cave.

walkersRetreat Prices (per person):

Self-catering €910
Bed & Breakfast €980
Half-board €1,060

Due to the nature of this retreat with its many days out, only self-catering, bed & breakfast and half-board options are proposed. This gives you the flexibility of taking advantage of the cheap lunch-time menus or formules (3-course meal typically costing €14) available from local restaurants if you want. Alternatively, we can provide a picnic lunch for €8 per person.

Retreat Exclusions:

  • Cost of your flights to and fro Carcassonne or Toulouse airport;
  • Lunches (picnics may be purchased);
  • Holiday insurance;
  • Personal consumptions/purchases made on days out other than those listed above.

Contact Us to get your Rambling the Cathar Trails Itinerary.

Ready to book your retreat?

Simply choose your catering and transport options and click on the PayPal button below. A 30% deposit is required at the time of booking; the balance 70% is due 8 weeks prior to your arrival. Deposits are refundable up to 8 weeks prior to the retreat start date.