If you are interested in medieval castles and the cathar period, then this day-trip was made for you!
> departure from Toulouse
> visit of Peyrepertuse Castle
> free time for lunch in either Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse or Cucugnan
> visit of Queribus Castle
> drive back to Toulouse
> 365 km / 226 miles in total (via road and motorway).
Circuit beginning and end
> starts from Toulouse
> ends in Toulouse
> optional : the trip can end in Carcassonne at your convenience (no extra charge)
Highlights of the trip
> both situated in the Corbieres mountains, these castles are impressive examples of medieval fortresses built in remote and inaccessible locations.
> Peyrepertuse castle is a real « citadelle du vertige »: a fortress built on a rocky outcrop, towering over its surroundings
> during clear weather the view from the top of both castles is beatufiful.
What to do after the trip?
> if you wish to know more about medieval castles you may want to book our day-trip to Carcassonne and Montsegur castle. This day-trip is ideal to further your discovery of the medieval period in the south-west of France.
> if you wish to visit castles which were built right after the Cathar period we can specially organise a private tour for you. Please contact us for more information and prices.
– 8.15 : pick up in Toulouse (at your hotel)
– drive to Peyrepertuse
– 10.30 : arrival in Peyrepertuse
– visit of Peyrepertuse Castle: the lower castle, the higher castle with St Jordi dungeon
– 12.00 : drive to the village of Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse or Cucugnan to have lunch
– free time for lunch
– 14.00 : drive to Queribus Castle, located next to the village of Cucugnan
– 14.15 : visit of Queribus Castle
– 15.30 : drive back to Toulouse
– 17.50 : drop-off in Toulouse.
– the trip can end in Carcassonne at your convenience (no extra charge).
> January 1st
> December 25th
> Peyrepertuse castle : closed in January (for 3 weeks)
> Queribus castle : closed in January (for 3 weeks)
> from Toulouse to Peyrepertuse Castle : 165 km / 102 miles (via motorway and road)
> from Peyrepertuse Castle to Queribus Castle : 10 km / 6 miles
> from Queribus castle to Toulouse : 185 km / 114 miles (via road and motorway)
> from Queribus to Carcassonne : 95 km / 59 miles (via road and motorway)
> Peyrepertuse and Queribus castles are accessible on foot only (after leaving the car at the car park), one must be physically prepared. Access is not too difficult (less difficult than for Montségur Castle for example), but requires a regular effort uphill. You will need to wear good sport of hiking shoes.
> the roads to get to that region are good but sinuous. If you are subject to travel sickness be sure to bring your medication with you.
> from October to May it can get very misty around Peyrepertuse and Quéribus. If this is the case you may not get a full view over the surrounding countryside.
From November to February
> with an English, Spanish and French speaking driver : 156 € per person
> with an English, Spanish and French speaking driver-guide : 196 € per person
From March to October
> with an English, Spanish and French speaking driver : 195 € per person
> with an English, Spanish and French speaking driver-guide : 245 € per person
What is a shared tour ? you agree to share the tour with other passengers (a maximum of 7 people). The tour can run with 2 people minimum. If only one person wants a tour, he/she will be required to pay double, so as to ensure the tour costs.
From November to February
> with an English, Spanish and French speaking driver : 344 € (that means 49 € / pers. if you are a group of 7 people)
> with an English, Spanish and French speaking driver-guide : 432 €
From March to October
> with an English, Spanish and French speaking driver : 430 € (that means 62 € / pers. if you are a group of 7 people)
> with an English, Spanish and French speaking driver-guide : 540 €
What is a private tour ? the vehicle is booked for you and your party only (7 people maximum). No-one else can join the tour.
Are included in our price :
> transport in an 8 seater minivan (petrol, tolls, parking costs) with driver or driver-guide (at your request), speaking French, English and Spanish.
> commentaries by the driver or driver-guide during the trip
> guided tour of Peyrepertuse and Queribus castles (according to programme) if you chose the driver-guide option
> the driver / driver-guide’s lunch
> bottles of water in the vehicle.
Are not included in our price :
> your lunch
> entrance fees
> personal costs.
> Peyrepertuse Castle : 6,50 € per person from September to June / 9 € per person in July and August.
> Queribus Castle : 6 € per person
> A 35% deposit must be paid on booking (by Visa or MasterCard), or 100% of the price if you book less than 30 days prior to the departure.
> the remaining 65% must be paid 30 days prior to the departure (by Visa or MasterCard).
> if you cancel the tour over 30 days prior to the scheduled departure you will get a full refund (no penalty).
> if you cancel less than 30 days prior to the scheduled departure you do not get a refund (you pay the tour as planned).
Please note that the refund is done to the credit card with which payment was originally made (or via PayPal if your card has expired).
Shared tour : if one person only is booked in for the tour
> in the eventuality of you being the only person booked in for a tour, 30 days or more prior to the scheduled departure: you can get a full refund if you chose to cancel. If you chose to maintain the trip you will have to purchase an extra ticket.
> if you have already paid for two people in order to maintain the tour, but that someone else joins the tour, you will get a full refund for the extra ticket you have paid for.
> please note : if you can’t pay 2 tickets to secure the trip, we are free to cancel your trip if we receive a firm booking for another trip. Of course, we’ll refund you the ticket already paid.
The car park is situated under Peyrepertuse Castle. Entrance tickets are for sale at the end of the car park.
The walk up to the Castle takes about 15 minutes. The walk is not very difficult but requires a constant effort walking uphill. There are a few steps and rocks along the way. Be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes.
The Castle is in ruins, but they are extraordinary ruins!
You will first get to see the lower grounds, shaped like a triangle, where the walls are still standing in places, as well as the dungeon and the former chapel. After crossing the medieval entrance you will get to climb up the Saint Louis stairway, which was dug directly into the rock, in order to access the Sant Jordi dungeon. A breathtaking view awaits you from up there.
The walk back down to the car park takes 20 to 25 minutes.
Here too the car park is under the hill on which the castle stands.
The walk up to the castle takes approximately 10 minutes, it is not difficult.
The castle has no more furniture but it is better preserved than Peyrepertuse.
The most impressive part of the castle is its dungeon, with its beautiful gothic vault. On a clear day you may see all the way to the Mediterranean across the Roussillon plain from dungeon’s terrace.
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