If you are interested in medieval castles and the cathar period, then this day-trip was made for you!
> departure from Sete
> visit of Peyrepertuse Castle
> free time for lunch in either Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse or Cucugnan
> visit of Queribus Castle
> drive back to Sete
> 330 km / 205 miles in total (via road and motorway).
Circuit beginning and end
> starts from the port of Sete (cruise terminal)
> ends at the port of Sete (cruise terminal)
> optional : the trip can end in Carcassonne, Barcelona or Toulouse at your convenience (please contact us to know the 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.
The ideal duration of this trip to Carcassonne is 9 hours : 2.10 hour from Sete to Peyrepertuse, 4.45 hours to visit both castles and have lunch, and 2 hours to return to Sete.
Of course, we can make this trip shorter if your cruise ship stays less time in Sete.
– pick up in Sete (cruise terminal)
– drive to Peyrepertuse (2.10 hour)
– arrival in Peyrepertuse
– visit of Peyrepertuse Castle: the lower castle, the higher castle with St Jordi dungeon
– drive to the village of Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse or Cucugnan to have lunch
– free time for lunch
– drive to Queribus Castle, located next to the village of Cucugnan
– visit of Queribus Castle
– drive back to Sete (2 hours)
– drop-off in Sete (cruise terminal).
– the trip can end in Carcassonne, Toulouse or Barcelona at your convenience (contact us to know the extra charge).
> January 1st
> December 25th
> Peyrepertuse castle : closed in January (for 3 weeks)
> Queribus castle : closed in January (for 3 weeks)
> from Sete to Peyrepertuse Castle : 150 km / 93 miles (via motorway and road)
> from Peyrepertuse Castle to Queribus Castle : 10 km / 6 miles
> from Queribus castle to Sete : 170 km / 105 miles (via road and motorway)
> from/to Sete : 330 km (205 miles) in total
> 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 Montsegur 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 Queribus. 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 : 154 € per person
> with an English, Spanish and French speaking driver-guide : 187 € per person
From March to October
> with an English, Spanish and French speaking driver : 198 € per person
> with an English, Spanish and French speaking driver-guide : 231 € 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 : 330 € (that means 47 € / pers. if you are a group of 7 people)
> with an English, Spanish and French speaking driver-guide : 418 €
From March to October
> with an English, Spanish and French speaking driver : 418 € (that means 60 € / pers. if you are a group of 7 people)
> with an English, Spanish and French speaking driver-guide : 506 €
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 and WIFI in the vehicle.
Are not included in our price :
> your lunch
> entrance fees
> personal costs.
> Peyrepertuse Castle : about 8 € per person
> Queribus Castle : about 8 € per person.
> Booking : payment of a deposit (150 euros) (online secure payment by Visa or Mastercard) or payment in full if you prefer
> Balance to be paid on the day trip.
> if you cancel the tour over 24 hours prior to the scheduled departure you will get the full refund of the paid amount (no penalty).
> if you cancel less than 24 hours 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 Transferwise 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, 24 hours 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.
> 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.