This tour offers you the chance to visit two of the ‘Cathar Castles’, Châteaux Quéribus and Peyreperteuse that are located on the southern border of the Corbières. Its quite a long drive to reach this area from Carcassonne so we take the Autoroute towards Perpignan and en-route we get to see the lagoons that divide the land from the Mediterranean.
When we leave the fast road we drive through some breath-taking scenery to reach the village of Maury nestling in the Agly Valley. Here we visit one of the finest producers of Côtes de Roussillon wines as well as delicious Maury, the chefs’ choice for pairing with chocolate. We will have a private tour of the cellar where we will explain how the wines are made and then take a look at the impressive barrel room and finish off with a fabulous tasting of the Côtes de Roussillon red and white wines plus the delicious Maury. Possibly some of the most interesting wines in this part of the South of France.
Now it’s time to head for the Château Quéribus which can be viewed from below or you can take the slightly strenuous walk up to view it and if it’s a clear day it’s one of the best vantage points in the area. After this visit we take the short drive to little village of Cucugnan made famous by Alphonse Daudet in his book Letters from my Windmill published in 1869 where he wrote the lovely tale of the Curé de Cucugnan and here we will enjoy lunch at an Auberge that serves local traditional dishes.
Your guide will regale you with some of the history of the Cathar’s as we head for the Château Peyreperteuse perched high with views across the spectacular scenery. You can take the steep walk up to the castle which is a bit of a hike but you are well rewarded for your efforts.
Now it’s time to turn for home. Its a long day but well worth it in order to see these impressive castles and taste these superb wines.
This tour is available as a Scheduled tour every Sunday or as a Private tour any day of the week
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For larger groups please request a quotation
- Visit to one winery
- Châteaux Quéribus & Peyreperteuse (entrance fees not included)
- Restaurant lunch with wine
- Pickup and transport
Please note entrance into the castles is not included in the price. We do this because often people do not wish to walk up to both of them and sometimes people prefer just to drive up close which we can do. If you want to visit the castles it is essential you wear suitable footwear such as trainers or walking shoes.
How to Book
To reserve a Scheduled tour please select the tour and date you prefer from the choices available at the top right hand side of this page. Our Scheduled tours are for small groups of between 4 and 8 people. When you request a place on a Scheduled tour we will reserve your place and when we have a total of 4 reservations the tour will be confirmed.
To arrange a Private tour either complete the enquiry form or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know the date or range of dates you are available, how many people are in your party and where you are staying.