Châteaux Lastours to Malepère AOC

2 Nights + Vineyard + Castle Tours

Embark on a tour of Cathar country to learn about the history of this exciting region as well as exerience a wine tasting experience at the intersection of the two classified production areas AOP Malepère and IGP Pays de la Cité de Carcassonne and includes a two-night stay in a 5-star hotel located in the mediaeval Cité de Carcassonne.

Hotel Information (Hotel de la Cité, Carcassonne)

The Hotel de la Cité is an integral part of the history of Carcassonne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the very heart of the medieval city and built on the site of the former bishop’s palace. This 5-star hotel stands next to the Saint-Nazaire Basilica and overlooks the lower town from the ramparts, offering an enchanting view over the city, its gardens, its walls and its stones that have been there for centuries. With its distinct and original atmosphere and its strong links to the history of the region, the Hotel de la Cité is a wonderful place to stay and immerse yourself in the medieval city of Carcassonne.

Day One

Relax with direct flights to Carcassone or Toulon–Hyères, on arrival you will meet your private driver for a transfer to the hotel. Once settled into this grand boutique hotel we will take you on a walking tour of Carcassone where you will sample some fantastic wine and food of the region.

Day Two

After a pick-up from your hotel your guided tour will begin, during the journey to your first location you can contemplate the beauty of the Cathar countryside and learn more about the region, the wines, it’s history, people and culture by your expert guide. In the morning you will discover the Lastours Castles and the breathtaking view from the belvedere. The ruined castles sit on a rocky spur above the village of Lastours, isolated by the deep valleys of the Orbiel and Grésilhou rivers. After this first stop we will go to a small vineyard for a wine tasting just before lunch. Lunch will be served in a traditional restaurant where the local food is delightful after which you will head off to Château de Caux et Sauzens for an in-depth tour of the property, the history of the region and the landscape that makes up the wines. Château de Caux et Sauzens vineyard spreads over more than 45 hectares at the intersection of the two classified production areas AOP Malepère and IGP Pays de la Cité de Carcassonne. These terroirs are situated in a zone of transition under Atlantic and Mediterranean climatic influences which combine a warm, humid wind blowing from the Mediterranean, called the ‘Marin’, and a dry, mild wind from the Atlantic, the ‘Cers’.

Day Three

The day to take at your leisure, however we can arrange for some activities before your flight home. Some options include a trip on the Canal du Midi or if you are still in the mood to learn about wine we can arrange for you to visit some of the local IGP Cité de Carcassonne vineyards and local wine growers before your private transfer to the airport for your flight home.

  • Accommodation
  • 2 Nights in a Double Room
  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Also Included
  • Guided Tour & Diner in Carcassonne
  • Visit to Châteaux Lastours
  • Wine Tour of Château de Caux et Sauzens
  • Wine Tour of Châteaux de Pennautier