Tour: Southern France, the Aude – Land of the Cathars

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  • Duration: 14 days
  • Departs: 2018-08-04
  • Arrives: 2018-08-17
  • Price per rider, starting: CHF 7 260
  • Book by: 2018-04-15
  • Participants-rider: Min. 6 - Max. 8

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The Aude, a region in southern France; warm and friendly people, varied landscape, unspoiled nature, lots of castles, full of legends and sadly with a very troubled history where the believes of the Albigensians (also known as the Cathars) came to a end.

The time of the Cathars also called true and good Christians, starts around 1140 until 1310. It was their belief and many people lived happy according to these “rules and beliefs”. When you know more about it, you’ll notice that it is actually not a religion or some kind of it, but a simple way of living. They talked in a normal language that everyone could understand and not in that complicated latin. They even had the support of the landlords and the kings.
Rome wanted to rule the World and saw a kind of “competition” that they had to kill before it became bigger. The 20-year military campaign initiated by Pope Innocent III costed the lifes of thousands of children, women and men and eliminated Catharism.
We ride into their strongholds and the hearth of the Land of the Cathars. We follow some of their old itineraries along cathedrals, castles, various landscapes until their last refuge, the fortress of Montségur. It is a tour through a cultural melting pot with incredible roads through mountain scenery, fascinating stories and legends. Lots of unique highlights are part of our program, like a traditional lunch as in the medieval times and … more.
Join us for a brilliant journey to a captivating part of France that is too often ignored by current tourists.

Tour highlights
To name a few

Béziers, Narbonne, Fontfroide Abbey, Castle Puivert and Villerouge, Canal du Midi, Wine and Sparkling wine Degustation, Carcassonne, Fort Montségur, Mirepoix, Peyrepertuse, Cucugnan, etc…

Riding skills
2 Average

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Included are
  • Twelve days motorcycle rental (BMW 800 GS, Ducati 696 Monster, HD Sportster, or similar)
  • Insurances and free kilometres
  • Fuel of the rented motorcycle used while riding with the tour-guide
  • thirteen nights in top hotels
  • Daily breakfast
  • Seven lunches/picnics including non-alcoholic drinks
  • One exquisite medieval lunch, which is served in the old tradition
  • Eleven multi-course dinner including non-alcoholic beverage
  • A cruise with a regional wine tasting
  • All entrance fees acc. to program
  • Restaurant gratuities
  • Hotel and porterage tips
  • Information package
  • Experienced tour guide on a motorcycle
Not included are
  • Any expenses which are not mentioned as included
  • All personal expenses
  • A credit note in case you join the tour with your own motorcycle, we surely refund you these costs!
Tour-Starts Bern
Tour-Ends Bern
Riding days 12 days
Possible resting days Four days.Two times two nights in same hotel and breaks with small city or sightseeings walks and boat excursions!
Accomodations In typical, smaller and cosy high end hotels
Total length of tour 2’590 – 3’000 km (1’610 – 1’864 Miles)
Km per day 160 – 480 km (99 – 298 Miles)
Riding hours per day 4 – 7 hrs.
Best time You may also book this tour individually between May until Octobre

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