A walking retreat for the lover of history, local folklore and admirer of breath-taking lanscapes. Following in the ancient footsteps of the Cathar people brought to popularity by the writings of Kate Mosse and Dan Brown, this week promises to take you up the impressive heights of some of the most spectacular castle ruins in Europe, to medieval towns and cathedrals wrought by the Cathar plight and a Cathar initiation cave where Mary Magdalene reputedly took her refuge in order to meditate and retreat.

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walkersYour retreat is based in the Razès, just 25 minutes south of Carcassonne, and boasts magnificent views of the Malepère Massif, Corbières, Pyrenees and Montagne Noire.  During your week, you'll visit each of these areas as you retrace the history of the Cathars as they lived and moved through Occitanie. The retreat promises to give you an insight on who the Cathars were, why they were persecuted and chased down by the Catholic church in the 12th century, where they lived and the strong moral codes by which they lived.

This is a week brimming over with activity, taking you out daily to see some of the most loved and well-known of the Cathar castles as well as several of the nearby medieval towns and their cathedrals. You'll receive a daily briefing on both the history and the place of visit, giving you the time to have your own questions about the Cathars answered.

The Plight of the Cathars 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;
  • historical briefings on the Cathar people, ther castles, cities and sights;
  • walks to, around and entrance into four Cathar castles including the largest in Europe;
  • visits to the medieval towns of: Minerve, Montségur, Carcassonne, Rennes-le-Château, Mirepoix, & Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse;
  • visit to the Mary Magdalene cave with optional musical meditation dedicated to Mary.

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 from 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 The Plight of the Cathars 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.