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Pyrenees
Perepertuse, Cathar Castle France

Cathar Trail 1 - through the Corbière

Between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean, in the heart of the sunblessed region of the Corbières you will find the imposing, mystic stone castles, the châteaux Cathares. These castles are the remnants of a tragic, political and religious intrigue. During the week's hike you will discover landscapes of immense natural beauty, amidst vineyards, rocky hills and sheer cliffs, rolling hills and quaint sleepy villages with a surprising range of good local food and wines. The dry, mostly evergreen vegetation, of what is known as the 'garrigue', is full of fragrant herbs and shrubs, and in the spring especially, it is vibrant with unusual and colourful vegetation.
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Montsegur, Cathar Castle, France

Cathar Trail 2 - Quillan to Foix

Trace the Cathar history through the foothills of Pyrenees in the high 'Aude' county. Make your way through lush valleys, dense mountain forests and quaint ancient villages where time appears to be standing still all the way to the sacred heart of the Cathar Country at Montsegur, and finally to Foix. This self-guided hiking adventure lets you discover the history and nature of this beautiful region of France in the foothills of the Pyrenees.
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GR10
St Jean Pied de Port, France

GR10: section 1 - from Hendaye to St Jean Pied de Port

The walk from Hendaye to Saint Jean Pied de Port is part of the mythic GR10 trail that traverses the entire Pyrenean chain of mountains (258 miles from one sea to another, the Pays Basque section represents around 106 miles of the trail). The first section covers a variety of landscapes typical of the Pays Basque region, set in the heart of the Atlantic Pyrenees.
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lescun (32K)

GR10: section 2 - from St. Jean Pied de Port to Etsaut

From St Jean Pied de Port to Etsaut the GR10 weaves its way through villages typical of the region such as Estérençuby or the hamlet of Logibar. After Logibar, Sainte-Engrace, the most oriental of the basque mountain villages. From here the GR10 goes into a typically Pyrenean, high mountain setting. In gaining altitude you will reach La Pierre Saint-Martin before descending upon the village of Lescun, renowned for its famous glacial cirque.
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Pic_du_midi_ossau (7K)

GR10: section 3 - from Etsaut to Cauterets

From Etsaut to Cauterets, the GR10 takes you through the Pyrenean National Park, a place of exceptional flora and fauna. Setting off from Etsaut you will reach the grandiose surroundings of the Ossau valley, that affords a spectacular view of the pyramid-shaped Pic de Midi d'Ossau (2884m). From Gabas to Arrens valley you encounter a succession of lakes and villages in stone and slate and a never-ending wilderness that serves as summer pastures.
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luchon (7K)

GR10: section 4 - from Cauterets to Luchon

From Cauterets to Barèges, via the high valley of Luz-Saint-Sauveur and the col de Riou, where there is a splendid panoramic view, you will visit villages renowned for the benefits of their thermal waters. The itinerary then makes its way through a succession of lakes, mountain passes, at more than 2000m altitude, and mountain villages. You will cross the Nature Reserve in Néouvielle and its remarkable glacial lakes, before reaching Bagnères-de-Luchon, la belle of the Pyrenees.
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etang d'aube (32K)

GR10: section 5 - from Luchon to Aulus - les - Bains

From Luchon to Aulus-les-bains, the GR10 follows ancient passages that were used as a means of communication between the deep valleys. Here, the itinerary follows a rural and forestry trail around the Piedmont villages of Artigue and Melles-en-Comminges and the hamlets of Eylie, Bouche, Aunac and Bidous before rejoining another thermal station, Aulus-les-bains.
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izard (16K)

GR10: section 6 - from Aulus-les-Bains to Mérans

From Aulus-les-bains to Mérens in Haute Ariège you cross the Western and the central sections of the Pyrenees and the ariégeoise part of the chain. This region is characterized by its high plateau landscapes, deep valleys hemmed in by soaring summits, sometimes dusted with snow, and mountain lakes whose waters change in colour.
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Corsica
Ajaccio Golf

Corsica Mystique Hiking Trip

The rugged island of Cosica, situated off the coast of Italy in the Ligurian Sea, is famed as the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte. Although politically considered part of France, Corsica has a fiercly independent spirit and is proud of its own cultural heritage. This is tour offers wonderful walking with both mountain and coastal scenery and wonderful contrasts. You can expect wild mountains, scented pine tree forests, deep gorges and the exceptional western coastline.

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