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Camino Le Puy Way: Stages 1 & 2

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  • Walk Stages 1 and 2 of the Camino Le Puy Way from Le Puy to Conques.
  • Enjoying the camaraderie of fellow hikers and pilgrims.
  • Walking through the stark, high plateau of Aubrec.
  • Climbing the 267 steps up to the Chapel of St Michael d’Aiguilhe.
  • Having dinner on a café terrace looking out over the River Lot.
Walk Stages 1 & 2 of the Camino Le Puy Way and follow trails through the south west of France from Le Puy-en-Velay to Conques. This section takes you through volcanic and contrasting landscapes, from the Velay Mountains, the Margeride and Aubrac plateaux, to the valley of the Lot, all of which are rich in history, culture and pilgrimage sites. This section of the Camino Le Puy Way finishes in Conques, a village that clings to the walls of a steep ravine. Discover its narrow lanes and charming old, timber frame houses.

What To Expect

You can either complete Stages 1 & 2 of this pilgrimage route as a self-guided walking tour in its own right, or you may complete one or more of the sections at the same time. This particular section is graded as moderate because on Stage 1 two days of the walk are 26km, so quite long days of walking. However Stage 2 is definitely more towards the easy to moderate rating. If you like staying in comfortable hotels whilst enjoying the camaraderie of fellow pilgrims and travellers then this tour will suit you.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Pilgrim Trail | You will follow a historic pilgrimage trail, in the footsteps of generations of travellers, A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night

Ideal if you have an interest in:

Spiritual Journeys, Personal Growth, Historical Journeys

Grade & Terrain

This walk is graded moderate and includes daily walks of 15-33km. The walk is extremely well way-marked and you will also be supplied with turn by turn route notes and detailed maps so you will have no problem following the route each day. On the Le Puy Camino you will follow a mixture of farm/dirt tracks, minor roads and footpaths.

Navigation

The route is well waymarked with white and red painted arrows but please take care at intersections. There will always be other walkers around in case you are looking for help. A detailed information pack including route notes, local information and maps will be waiting for you at your first accommodation. You will also have access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App enabling you to follow the route using your phone's GPS so you will have no problems finding the way. You can simply download the GPX tracks to your phone for offline use and off you go! 

Accommodation Information

On this self-guided walk in France you will stay in comfortable 1 or 2* hotels. On occasion you may not have en suite rooms.

Alternate accommodation

You might be booked into alternative accommodations which are not listed in the description. If those listed are unavailable the alternative accommodation will be of the same or better standard as those described.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. Solo walkers are also welcome, and again, a supplement is payable. 

Meals

Daily breakfasts and dinners at your hotels are included. Breakfasts are buffet-style and dinners will be the “meal of the day” at the hotel. If you want a choice for dinner you can pay a supplement. You can order packed lunches at your hotel the evening before (ranging from €7 to €10) or you can buy lunch in grocery stores, cafes and restaurants en route.

Included
  • 11 Nights in either 1 or 2* hotels
  • 11 Breakfasts
  • 11 Dinners
  • Baggage transfers
  • Detailed maps, a guide book and information pack.
  • Organisational assistance and backup from our partner in France and our UK office
Excluded
  • Travel to the starting point and from the finish
  • Lunches, drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Mountain rescue / emergency assistance
Extras
  • Additional nights before or after the holiday

When To Go

The Camino Le Puy is best enjoyed from May to October but you can walk at any time of year. You can start on any date that suits your travel plans. Bookings from October onwards are subject to a supplementary charge as an out-of-season bag transfer service is required.

Getting to the Start

The closest international airport to Le-Puy-en-Velay is Lyon Airport which is approximately 150km away. Many flights from the UK and other gateways in Europe fly into Lyon. From here you can take a train to Le-Puy-en-Velay which takes approximately 2 and a half hours. Up to date schedule and fare information can be found on the SNCF website. You can also drive to Le-Puy-en-Velay. Parking is available in an underground car park and costs approximately €17.50 per week.


 

 

Getting from the End

From Conques you can either take a bus or a taxi to Rodez Airport (this is an unofficial website). This airport has flights on Ryanair from the UK and Air France also fly here from Paris.  

Baggage Transfer

Baggage transfers are included in the Camino Le Puy trip. Your bags should be left in the reception of your accommodation every morning. Your bags will then be transferred onto your next nights’ accommodation.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable Travel Insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Le Puy-en-Velay Day 2 Walk to St Privat d’Allier, transfer to Monistrol d’Allier 15 miles / 24 km Day 3 Transfer to St Privat, walk to Saugues 11 miles / 18 km Day 4 Walk to Les Faux 17.5 miles / 28 km Day 5 Walk to Aumont Aubrac 15 miles / 24 km Day 6 Walk to Nasbinals 16 miles / 26 km Day 7 Walk to St Chely d’Aubrec 11 miles / 17 km Day 8 Walk to St Come d’Olt 11 miles / 17 km Day 9 Walk to Estaing 13 miles / 21 km Day 10 Walk to Espeyrac 15 miles / 24 km Day 11 Walk to Conques 7.5 miles / 12 km Day 12 Onward Travel

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