The Way of Saint James

Le-Puy-En-Velay to Saint Jean Pied de Port Self Guided 724 km in 5 stages

The historic Le Puy Route, or Chemin du Puy in French, is the most popular pilgrimage route within France. It starts near Lyon in the town of Le-Puy-en-Velay and follows a route, traversing high plateaux, limestone valleys, many historic towns and beautiful landscapes before reaching Saint Jean Pied de Port in the Pyrenees, where the Camino de Santiago French Route commences on the border of Spain and France.

Your Journey

Stage 1 Le Puy – Aumont-Aubrac 6 days/5 nights (89 km)

Start walking in a volcanic landscape of rocky peaks, pass through the Velay Mountains and Margeride Plateau. Trek through characteristic villages, small hamlets, by religious emblems and across stone-walled pastures. This is the wildest stage of Le Puy route.

Stage 2 Nasbinals – Figeac 9 days/8 nights (161 km)

Descend from the stark high plateau of the Aubrec to the more gentle Lot Valley where you pass two of France’s ‘Most Beautiful Villages’ and stunning Conques, a village that clings to the walls of a steep ravine over the River Lot. Its’ UNESCO World Heritage Romanesque abbey has drawn pilgrims since the 9th C.

Stage 3 Figeac – Moissac 8 days/7 nights (157 km)

Cross the dramatic landscape of the Parque Regional des Causses du Quercy. Enjoy breaks at typical Lot villages such as Cajarc and Cohors. Once across the limestone plain of the Quercy Blanc, walk along the Garonne River, an area rich in historical heritage to Moissac. Its’ well preserved Church of St Pierre is an important pilgrimage site.

Stage 4 Moissac – Montreal - Eauze 9 days/8 nights (120 km)

The regions of Le Gers and Gascony are cultivated landscapes of Armagnac vineyards and rolling hills with traditional bastide towns, like attractive Lectoure and Montreal du Gers. The enormous church of Le Romieu is a spectacular sight and landmark on your journey. The area is known for its gastronomy.

Stage 5 Eauze – St Jean Pied De Port 11 days/10 nights (197 km)

Trek through two distinct regions, the Béarn, once an independent country, and the French Basque, with its unique culture, language and traditions. There are many monuments and religious emblems, remnants from the Wars of Religion. View the glorious snow-capped Pyrenees in the distance as you walk towards your goal, St Jean Pied de Port.

Terrain

Good level of fitness required. Days average 22.5 km and vary from 15 kms to up to 35 kms per day. It’s mostly over hilly terrain with altitudes of up to 1,300m.

Meals

Breakfast daily, dinner supplement available.

Price

Please note that pricing is in Euros

Stage 1: share twin/double €477. Single room supplement €198.

Stage 2: share twin/double €733. Single room supplement €254.

Stage 3: share twin/double €643. Single room supplement €213.

Stage 4: share twin/double €652. Single room supplement €243.

Stage 4: share twin/double €866. Single room supplement €298.

Supplement for solo traveller (those walking on their own) applies to all stages.

Schedule

2018: Start any day April to October.

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