13, 18 or 39-Day SELF-GUIDED WALK - CHEMIN DE SAINT JACQUES - LE PUY to ST JEAN PIED DE PORT


 

CHEMIN DE SAINT JACQUES - LE PUY to ST JEAN PIED DE PORT 

 

The life changing 740km journey passes through Conques, Figeac, Cahors, Moissac, Aire-sur-l’Adour and Navarrenx before reaching the border town of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port. Whether you walk the entire 39 day pilgrimage, or select the first 340km, the trip will leave a lasting impression.

 SELF GUIDED - DEPARTURE DATE: Date to suit you

TRIP LENGTH: From 13 - 39 days  BREAKFAST: Included daily   

TRIP GRADE: Moderate to challenging  OTHER: Luggage transfer - Maximum luggage weight 13kg

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FROM LE PUY TO CONQUES - 13 Days (200km)

FROM PRICE (Dinners not included): Euro1,925 per person twin share
FROM PRICE (Most dinners included): Euro 2,145 per person twin share
All subject to availability

 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT FROM: Euro1,125. DEPOSIT: AUD 750

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FROM LE PUY TO CAHORS - 18 Days (340km)

FROM PRICE (Dinners not included): Euro2,395 per person twin share
FROM PRICE (Most dinners included) : Euro 2,745 per person twin share
All subject to availability

  SINGLE SUPPLEMENT FROM: Euro1,550. DEPOSIT: AUD1,000

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FROM LE PUY TO ST JEAN PIED DE PORT - 39 Days (740km)

FROM PRICE (Dinners not included): Euro 4,190 per person twin share
FROM PRICE (Most dinners included): Euro4,945 per person twin share
All subject to availability

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT FROM: Euro2,550. DEPOSIT: AUD 1,500

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FROM CAHORS  TO ST JEAN PIED DE PORT - 21 Days (367km)

FROM PRICE (Dinners not included): Euro 2,850 per person twin share
FROM PRICE (Most dinners included): Euro3,245 per person twin share
All subject to availability

 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT FROM: Euro1,750. DEPOSIT: AUD 1,500


Starting in Le Puy and commonly referred to as the Chemin de Saint Jacques. This Camino is one of the most popular in France and begins in the high plateau of the Massif Central, with its treeless grasslands and drystone walls. From here the route descends through the stunning countryside of the Lot River valley and its succession of beautiful fairy-tale villages. You will then cross the Tarn and the Adour Rivers and explore the rolling expanses of Gascony, before arriving at the Basque village of Saint Jean Pied de Port, the end of the French part of the pilgrimage.

The Camino is well waymarked throughout, it is the path of the GR65. The terrain is varied and it can be fairly strenuous and rarely flat. We include a few shorter days to manage the walk at an enjoyable pace. From the volcanic Velay region, passing through the mountainous Aubrac plateau (at 1300 metres) before descending to the abbey at Conques, the walk continues through the causse (hilly limestone scrubland) to Cahors, which completes the first stage of this journey.

Along the way you will pass cathedrals and abbeys in Le Puy, Conques, Figeac and Cahors plus many interesting smaller churches and other historic monuments, art and architecture.

ABOUT THE WALKING

You will be equipped with easy to read maps and instructions complete with directions to guide you on the paths and tracks, following the red and white markers. Wandering the World takes care of all your accommodation and daily luggage transfer so you can relax and enjoy your journey. This itinerary is carefully designed for easy to manage walking days, however there are challenging parts. There is a basic level of fitness required and some uphill stretches in part, however, given you only need carry a lightweight day bag and your water supply, which can be replenished in the various villages on route, and other essentials such as snacks, it makes this trip very manageable for any inexperienced walker.

ACCOMMODATION


Your stay will be in an excellent combination of centrally located hotels and charming village accommodation. The character, comfort and often the uniqueness of the property all adding to the experience. The local cuisine is also a highlight. On occasion, mama will be in the kitchen preparing a three course hearty meal known as the pilgrim's staple.

There is also a variety of impressive cuisine from Michelin recognised chefs, and all dietary requirements are taken care of in advance. The language is French. English is difficult to find, which adds an exciting dimension and a great reminder that you are travelling in a foreign land .

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

Day 1/Night 1
ARRIVE LE PUY - NIGHT BEFORE CAMINO STARTS

Nestled between the Auvergne volcanoes and the Rhone Alpes valley, Le Puy is an old city with great views over the surrounding mountains.

Its most striking attraction is the Cathedrale Notre-Dame du Puy, dating from the first half of the 12th century. The Cathedral is Roman Catholic and a national monument of France. The city is also famous for the Le Puy green lentil and for its lace-making .

It has been a centre of pilgrimage in its own right since before the time of Charlemagne, as well as forming part of the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. (Pilgrims starting their journey gather to be blessed each morning). Since 1998 it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 2/Night 2
LE PUY – ST PRIVAT D’ALLIER 23km. Estimated walking time approx. 5-6 hours

Today, your walk to Saint-Privat d’Allier, will be through the mountains of the Velay massif and its stunning scenery. Located in the south of Auvergne, overlooking the exceptional site of the Allier gorges, Saint-Privat is a small village of 428 inhabitants, rising to 875 meters above sea level, 23 kilometres from Le Puy-en Velay. The village is picturesque and quiet and lends itself to relaxation.


Day 3/Night 3
ST PRIVAT D’ALLIER - SAUGUES 20km. Estimated walking time approx. 4-5 hours

Today is a bit of a challenging walk but you will be rewarded by the wonderful views and the picturesque villages and hamlets along the way before arriving in Saugues. A fire in 1788 destroyed most of the town’s historical centre.

At Saugues, pilgrims are welcomed by an impressive wood carving of the beast of Gévaudan, half hyena half lion, which terrorised the region in the 18th century.

Day 4/Night 4
SAUGUES – LES FAUX 24km. Estimated walking time approx. 7 hours -

As you continue your walk today to reach Les Faux, you will pass through a farming area of Le Sauvage, an area dating back to the Templars.

Day 5/Night 5
LES FAUX – SAINT-ALBAN-SUR-LIMAGNOLE 6.5km. Estimated walking time approx. 2 hours

From Les Faux, you will arrive at Saint-Alban-sur-Limagnole. Spend some time admiring the stunning Roman Church.

Day 6/Night 6
SAINT-ALBAN-SUR-LIMAGNOLE - AUMONT-AUBRAC 15km. Estimated walking time approx. 2-3 hours

Aumont-Aubrac, gateway to the mythic Aubrac high plateau, has always had strong links to the Camino. Back in medieval times, this is where pilgrims coming from the East on the Le Puy Route rested before tackling the upcoming bleak and isolated lands of Aubrac.

Try the local Aligot, a delicious dish traditionally cooked in Aubrac, composed of melted cheese blended into mashed potatoes, often with garlic – yummo !!

Day 7/Night 7
AUMONT-AUBRAC - NASBINALS 26km. Estimated walking time approx. 7 hours

The Aubrac plateau is a volcanic and granitic plateau and the landscape is picturesque with wide pastures and narrow paths with stone walls. Stop at the beautiful granite fountain in the remote village of Rieutort. You will see typical Aubrac cows grazing between sleepy villages and farmhouses before arriving at Nasbinals, your stop for the night. Make sure to visit the 11th century Romanesque church in Nasbinals before you continue on your journey.

The region is known for its knife industry. It is here that the Laguiole knife is made by around thirty local craftsmen.

Day 8/Night 8
NASBINALS - ST-CHELY 17km. Estimated walking time approx. 4-5 hours

Today, the Camino ascends to one of its highest points before descending to the historic hamlet of Aubrac. The historic hamlet of Aubrac is a renowned stopping point along the way. After Aubrac you will discover the Belvezet hamlet containing the remains of a castle dating from the 13th century.

The entire walk today, from Nasbinals to Saint-Chély d’Aubrac is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 9/Night 9
ST-CHELY – SAINT-COME-D’OLT 16km Estimated walking time approx. 3-4 hours

Today you will pass through beautiful beechwood and chestnut forests to arrive at the medieval village of Saint-Come-d’Olt, one of the ‘nicest villages in France’ and is highly regarded for its old quarters, beautiful church and bell tower.


Day 10/Night 10
SAINT-COME-D’OLT - ESPALION 10km. Estimated walking time approx. 2-3 hours

It is then a leisurely stroll as you come down the Aubrac plateau to the appealing village of Espalion, on the banks of the Lot River. Don't miss the church of Espalion which is a UNESCO world heritage site. There are also many other interesting sites, take a walk around and enjoy the village.

Day 11/Night 11
ESPALION - GOLINHAC 26km. Estimated walking time approx. 6-7 hours -

On today’s walk, as you walk up on the Rouergate mountain with stunning views over the Lot Valley, you will find well-preserved treasures that form part of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites list like the beautiful Roman church of Bessuéjouls with its upper chapel hidden in the 11th century steeple and also the medieval village of Estaing, with its impressive castle. You will continue along the Lot River to reach your destination, the pretty village of Golinhac.

Day 12/Night 12
GOLINHAC - CONQUES 21km. Estimated walking time approx. 5-6 hours -

Your walk today takes you through the peaceful woodland countryside to arriving in Conques. The Abbey Church of Conques is one of the treasures along this route and a site not to be missed when you are visiting the area.


Day 13
CONQUES – END OF STAGE ONE  – This stage finishes after breakfast this morning.

Day 13/Night 13
CONQUES - DECAZEVILLE 20km. Estimated walking time approx. 5-6 hours

Leaving town today, you will cross a bridge over the River Dourdou, another UNESCO World Heritage site. From here it is a gradual climb to the chapel of Sainte-Foy. As you make your way to Decazeville you will pass through forests and lush fields and the village of Noailhac and the chapel of Sainte-Roch.

Day 14/Night 14
DECAZEVILLE - FIGEAC 33km. Estimated walking time approx. 7 hours

At the beginning of today’s walk, you will reach a viewing point with great views looking back at Decazeville. The landscape changes from the Aveyron region into Le Lot region as you reach Figeac. You will again walk along a section of the Camino, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 15/Night 15
FIGEAC - CAJARC 31km. Estimated walking time approx. 7-8 hours

Leaving Figeac you will climb up to the high plateau, which offers fantastic views. You will pass many dolmens, stone shepherd shelters known as “caselle” and stone crosses. Carjac is a lovely little village, which sits on the banks of Le Lot river.

Day 16/Night 16
CAJARC – VARAIRE 26km. Estimated walking time approx. 6-7 hours

Todays walk takes you over the limestone plateau. The area is famous for its black truffles sought out mostly with pigs or trained truffle dogs.

Day 17/Night 17
VARAIRE - CAHORS 32km. Estimated walking time approx. 5-6 hours

Your final day of walking will see you travel along yet another section of the camino, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. You will again pass many of the stone sheperd shelters typical of the region. There are great views of the medieval town of Cahors as you make your way to the centre of the village.


Day 18
CAHORS – END OF STAGE TWO – This stage finishes after breakfast this morning.

Day 18/Night 18
CAHORS – EXTRA NIGHT FOR STAGE TWO

Cahors is a lovely provincial city. Be sure to visit to the old Cahors and St. Stephen's Cathedral with its Romanesque portal and tympanum bearing Ascension of Christ and the Pont Valentré Bridge, now a symbol of the city.

BEGINNING OF STAGE THREE

Day 19/Night 19
CAHORS - MONTCUQ 32km.

Day 20/Night 20
MONTCUQ - DURFORT 26km.

Day 21/Night 21
DURFORT - MOISSAC 15km.

Day 22/Night 22
MOISSAC - AUVILLAR 21km.

Day 23/Night 23
AUVILLAR - MIRADOUX 17km.

Day 24/Night 24
MIRADOUX - LECTOURE 15km.

Day 25/Night 25
LECTOURE – LE ROMIEU 19km.

Day 26/Night 26
LE ROMIEU -CONDOM 13km.

Day 27/Night 27
CONDOM – EXTRA NIGHT 

Day 28/Night 28
CONDOM - MONTREAL 16km.

Day 29/Night 29
MONTREAL - EAUZE 17km.

Day 30/Night 30
EAUZE - NOGARO 21km.

Day 31/Night 31
NOGARO – AIRE-SUR-I’ADOUR 28km.

Day 32/Night 32
AIRE-SUR-I’ADOUR – MIRAMONT-SENSACQ 18km.

Day 33/Night 33
MIRAMONT-SENSACQ – ARZACQ 16km.

Day 34/Night 34
ARZACQ - ARTHEZ-DE-BEARN 30km. 

Day 35/Night 35
ARTHEZ-DE BEARN – NAVARRENX 32km.

Day 36/Night 36
NAVARRENX –AROUE-ITHOROTS-OLHAIBY 19km.

Day 37/Night 37
AROUE-ITHOROTS-OLHAIBY - LARCEVEAU 28km.

Day 38/Night 38
LARCEVEAU – ST JEAN PIED DE PORT 21km.

Day 39
ST JEAN PIED DE PORT

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