Self Guided Walking Holidays & Cycling Holidays


Please wait …

Camino Le Puy Way: Stages 5 & 6
×

Highlights

  • Appreciating the beautiful countryside in the heart of Gascony, with its rolling hills and vineyards
  • Savouring a glass of floc, the local aperitif based on the same recipe since the 16th century
  • Enjoying the camaraderie of fellow hikers and pilgrims
  • Exploring the old town of St Jean Pied de Port, the end point of the Camino Le Puy Way, and the beginning of the Camino Frances
  • Walking through the gorgeous landscapes of La Gers which is often called the “Tuscany of France”
  • Beholding the snow-capped vistas of the distant Pyrenees Mountains
  • Become immersed in the Basque culture

The Camino Le Puy Way is a pilgrimage route that follows trails through rural south west France and along the Grand Randonnée 65. Stages 5 & 6 of this self-guided walking tour take you through the regions of La Gers and Gascony, cultivated landscapes of the Armagnac vineyards, the Béarn, the French Basque and into the foothills of the Pyrenees.

Your journey begins in the town of Lectoure which sits high above the Gers River, it has a natural spa and a 15th century cathedral built after Louis XI destroyed the previous one. Throughout the surrounding countryside are vineyards as this region is well-known for its Armagnac and floc, an aperitif which has had the same recipe since the 16th century. The heart of Gascony is also famous for the Dukes of Gascony and Alexandre Dumas, the novelist who wrote the Three Musketeers and immortalized the hero D’Artagnan. Midway through your tour you stay in Montreal du Gers, one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France and a traditional bastide town.

Next you will follow the route to the Roman town of Aire sur l’Adour, located in the Béarn region and walk through pretty wooded hillsides and the wine area of the Tursan before entering the French Basque region with its distinct language and culture. The tour finishes in St Jean Pied de Port, a fortified town only 8km from the Spanish border. It is the old capital of the Basque province of Lower Navarre and which literally means “St John at the foot of the mountain pass” and it is encircled by sandstone walls. Interestingly you will also pass the Stele de Gibraltar and the tiny village of Ostabat both supposed meeting points of the three French routes to Santiago de Compostela, Le Puy, Vezelay and Tours.

DAY 1: Arrive in Lectoure

Arrive in Lectoure and settle into your comfortable hotel. Spend some time looking around this very attractive town which was once an important stopping point on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. Originally the capital of the Lomagne region, it was once the base of the Counts of Armagnac and there is much to discover here, such as the 15th century cathedral, the town hall and the Gallo-Roman museum.


Dinner & Overnight: 1 or 2* Hotel, Lectoure


DAY 2: Lectoure to La Romieu

This morning head towards Marsolan, where you can find the remains of l’Hôpital St Jacques at the entrance to the village. It is worth stopping here as the view from the terrace over the Auchie Gascon and the surrounding countryside is superb. Once past Marsolan continue on following a track downhill until you come across the Chapelle d’Abrin, a former commandery of the Knights Hospitallers of St John of Jerusalem and now a private house.


Pass a lake and go through some woods, before arriving in La Romieu, which takes its  name from the romieux or pilgrims that used to pass through. This village has an enormous church comparative to its size, which indicates it’s former importance. The cloisters in the church are well worth a visit.                                                      


Walk: 19km


Dinner & Overnight: 1 or 2* Hotel, La Romieu


DAY 3: La Romieu to Condom

On departing from La Romieu, and as you walk, there will be terrific views over the surrounding countryside as in this part of La Gers the landscape is very open. After a short climb you will reach the small village of Castelnau-sur-l’Auvignon and the Chapelle Sainte-Germaine de Soldanum, the remains of a former monastery. Here is a good place to take a rest before continuing onto Condom, a medieval town.


The highlight in Condom is the Cathedral of St Pierre, built at the end of the 14th century, which has an ornately carved entrance and the outside of which is slightly unusual in style. Take time here to wander through the narrow streets of the old town, perhaps stopping in a local café for an aperitif.


Walk: 16km


Dinner & Overnight: 1 or 2* Hotel, Condom


DAY 4: Condom to Montreal du Gers

Le Carbon is your first point of call today and it is perhaps worth taking a slight detour (15 minutes in each direction) to get to the tiny fortified town of Larresingle. This was the fortress of the Bishops of Condom in the Middle Ages and when you are here you will see that little has changed and it is like you are back in medieval times.


Today you will also cross the Pont d’Artigues, originally a Roman bridge over the River Osse and also pass by the oldest church in this region, Eglise de Routges. Notice the small door at the side of the church which was used as an entrance by Cagots, an outcast population who lived segregated lives until the end of the 19th century due to the fact that they may have been leprous, unclean, or bearers of evil. Arrive in Montreal du Gers, your overnight stop.


Walk: 17km


Dinner & Overnight: 1 or 2* Hotel, Montreal du Gers


DAY 5: Montreal du Gers to Eauze

This morning you may like to spend some time discovering Montreal du Gers, a typical bastide town and on the northern limits of the Gers department. This town has a classic arcaded market place, ramparts and many interesting houses. From here walk to Lamothe and view its 13th century guard tower. Continue on through quiet countryside and vineyards before arriving in Eauze, a former Roman colony  and now the capital of Armagnac.


Walk: 16km


Dinner & Overnight: 1 or 2* Hotel, Eauze


DAY 6: Eauze to Nogaro

As you depart from Eauze walk with the church on your right and then continue down a minor road and along a grassy track. Pass by a small farm before arriving in Manciet which has a rural bullring used for cattle races. Pass an interesting church, formerly belonging to the Order of the Knights of Malta and by an 18th century milestone that has a Malteses cross.


Arrive into Nogaro, which takes its name from Nogarium, meaning a place planted with walnuts.This small town was established in the 11th century and has a Romanesque church and a bullring.


Walk: 20km


Dinner & Overnight: 1 or 2* Hotel, Nogaro


DAY 7: Nogaro to Aire sur l’Adour

Initially pass by the small farms of La Grange, Bidet and Micoulas. Perhaps you would like to stop for a shady rest in the church porch of Lanne-Soubiran before perhaps having lunch in the in Barcelonne du Gers.


After lunch is the last stretch and here vineyards become rarer and the landscape changes to an area that is tree covered with maritime pines, oaks and chestnuts. Arrive into Aire sur l’Adour, an ancient town of two parts and your final destination today.


Walk: 28km


Dinner & Overnight: 1 or 2* Hotel, Aire sur l’Adour


DAY 8: Aire sur l’Adour to Miramont Sensacq

Walking in the Landes region is quite easy has this area is quite flat. The route continues to be waymarked with blue and yellow cockle shell stickers as well as the familiar red and white balises.


You will see your first view of the snow-capped Pyrenees today as you enter the department of the Pyrenees-Atlantiques. Your first stop is Pontet and en route you also pass the magnificent 11th century Church of Miramont Sensacq formerly dedicated to St James. Arrive in Miramont Sensacq, your overnight stop.


Walk: 20km


Dinner & Overnight: 1 or 2* Hotel, Miramont Sensacq


DAY 9: Miramont Sensacq to Larreule

On departing Miramont Sensacq you reach Arzacq-Arraziguet, a bastide town with two main squares. This town has an interesting beginning as when it was founded in the 13th and 14th centuries it was actually in France and not in the Béarn, which was then an independent country. This town used to mark the boundary between France and Béarn.


Pass the modern Church of St Martin in Louvigny and follow the road along the ridge until you reach Fichous-Riumayou and eventually Larreule, the site of a Benedictine monastery founded in 995. When you reach Larreule you must call the hotel owner and he will come to find you and take you to Casteide Candau.


Walk: 25km


Dinner & Overnight: 1 or 2* Hotel, Casteide Candau


DAY 10: Pomps to Maslacq

Today the hotel owner will transport you to Pomps so that you may continue on the trail. Pomps has a 17th century church with an interesting octagon-shaped tower. In Castillon there is a an 11th century church of St Pierre that was used as a hospital for pilgrims and travellers at that time. Also walk through the long and narrow town of Arthez-de-Béarn (nearly 2km from one end to the other!) which is situated along a ridge. See some interesting old houses and ramparts, remnants from the Wars of Religion


Walk: 23km


Dinner & Overnight: 1 or 2* Hotel, Maslacq


DAY 11: Maslacq to Navarrenx

This morning you will  encounter one of the greatest sights of the Camino Le Puy Way, the Cistercian Abbey of Sauvelade, founded by Gaston IV of Béarn in 1128. Before reaching the abbey follow the Gave de Pau from which there are stunning views over the faraway mountains.


Upon reaching Sauvelade it is worth stopping to view the abbey and its statue of St James before continuing on through the farmyard of Labarthe. Then cross a ford before arriving in the medieval bastide town of Navarranx with its rustic and elegant houses. In former times this town had a large population of cagot (outcasts), many of whom became important public figures in the 20th century.


Walk: 20km


Dinner & Overnight: 1 or 2* Hotel, Navarrenx


DAY 12: Navarrenx to Lichos

As you depart the fortified town of Navarrenx you cross a bridge over the river and head towards Castenau-Camblong with its Béarn-style houses. You will pass two chateaux today, Montgaston and Joantho, the former you can visit, but the latter is privately owned. Once you get close to Lichos you have now crossed from the Béarn into French Basque country.


Over the next few days, as you walk from one region to the next, the change in landscapes from green wooded hillsides to steep farm country with lofty conifers becomes more and more apparent.


Walk: 18km


Dinner & Overnight: 1 or 2* Hotel, Lichos


DAY 13: Lichos to St Palais

As Lichos is off the GR65 footpath you will need to read your map carefully this morning to get back on the main route. As you reach south of Lichos and back on the GR65 path you will see the Stele de Gibraltar to the right, a stone cross that marks where the three French Camino routes of Le Puy, Vezelay and Tours were thought to have met. Now officially in the Basque country many of the signs are written in the Basque language and in every town and village there is a pelota court ( a traditional Basque game).


Walk: 17km


Dinner & Overnight: 1 or 2* Hotel, St Palais


DAY 14: St Palais to Larceveau

En route to Larceveau you will also go through Ostabat-Asme, a small village today, but in the Middle Ages it was a very important gathering point for pilgrims coming along the different routes. At this time in history the hospitals and inns along the route were able to accommodate up to 5000 pilgrims at a time, but today there is  just a gite d’etape and the Maison Optalier. Arrive into Larceveau where you anticipate your last day of walking along the trail tomorrow and into St Jean Pied de Port.


Walk: 17km


Dinner & Overnight: 1 or 2* Hotel, Larceveau


DAY 15: Larceveau to St Jean Pied de Port

Today is the last stage of the Camino Le Puy Way and as you walk along you are constantly greeted with magnificent views of the snow-capped Pyrenees.


Walk through Ainchice Mongelos and see the ancient chapel of Bustince before walking uphill through St Jean le Vieux and arriving in St Jean Pied de Port, your final destination. It is a small town, only 8km from the border of Spain and has ancient cobbled streets  and several places of interest, such as the Citadelle, and the Prison des Evêques. Just as other pilgrims have done you will enter the town along the GR65 by the Porte St Jacques.


Walk: 18km


Dinner & Overnight: 1 or 2* Hotel, St Jean Pied de Port


DAY 16: Onward travel

Accommodation

On your 15 night, 16 day Lectoure to St Jean Pied de Port 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.

How to Book

This trip is available to start on any day from the beginning of May to the end of October.


To make a provisional reservation select "Book". Option & extension prices will be displayed as part of the booking process.


Because every holiday we book is unique availability changes from day to day and our booking process works as follows:


  • You provisionally book the tour you are interested in for your preferred dates and pay a 20% deposit online or by phone.
  • We confirm availability and book all your accommodation and options
    and send final confirmation as soon as everything is confirmed (max 5
    working days).
  • If we are unable to accommodate you on your confirmed dates/tour or
    an alternative of your choice your deposit is fully refunded.

Time of Year

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 and you will find up to date availability on our website. Bookings from October onwards are subject to a supplementary charge as an out-of-season bag transfer service is required.


Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

The Camino is available to solo walkers at a single supplement.


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, Route Notes & Maps

The route is marked 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.


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.


Additional Nights

There is so much to see and do along the route that many of our clients choose to add extra nights along the walk either as a rest day or simply to do some extra sightseeing. If you are walking the whole route solo try not to add too many extra nights along the way as you will lose touch with those you have met.


Fewer Nights

It is possible to walk the Camino in less time but we would not recommend this.


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.


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat and sun screen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.


Getting to Lectoure

The best way of getting to Lectoure is by flying to into either Toulouse Airport or Bordeaux Airport and then taking a train to Agen. For train schedules please check the SNCF website. From here you can take a 50 minute bus ride to Lectoure.


It is also possible to drive to Lectoure and leave your car in one of the town’s public car parks.


Getting from St Jean Pied de Port

When departing from St Jean Pied de Port it is possible to take the train to all of the recommended airports. To Pau Airport, take the train to Dax and from Dax to Pau (from here you will need to take a taxi to the airport which costs around €20). To Biarritz Airport you can take a train to Bayonne, then another train to Biarritz and from here a bus to the airport. To Bordeaux Airport you can also take a train to Bayonne, then onto Bordeaux and a bus to the airport. Again for train schedules please check the SNCF website. To return to Aire sur l’Adour you can either take a taxi, or take a train to Bayonne, to Pau, then a bus.

Getting to Lectoure

The best way of getting to Lectoure is by flying to into either Toulouse Airport or Bordeaux Airport and then taking a train to Agen. For train schedules please check the SNCF website. From here you can take a 50 minute bus ride to Lectoure. 


It is also possible to drive to Lectoure and leave your car in one of the town’s public car parks.  


Getting from St Jean Pied de Port

When departing from St Jean Pied de Port it is possible to take the train to all of the recommended airports. To Pau Airport, take the train to Dax and from Dax to Pau (from here you will need to take a taxi to the airport which costs around €20). To Biarritz Airport you can take a train to Bayonne, then another train to Biarritz and from here a bus to the airport. To Bordeaux Airport you can also take a train to Bayonne, then onto Bordeaux and a bus to the airport. Again for train schedules please check the SNCF website



 

Included

  • 15 Nights in either 1 or 2* hotels
  • 15 Breakfasts
  • 15 Dinners
  • Baggage transfers
  • Detailed maps, a guide book and information pack.
  • Organisational assistance and backup from our area manager in France and our office

Excluded

  • Travel to Lectoure
  • Travel from St Jean Pied de Port
  • Lunches, drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Mountain rescue / emergency assistance

Extras

  • Additional nights before or after the holiday
  • Single room supplement if single room is required.
  • Solo traveller supplement (if applicable)

Undoubtedly you will have many questions concerning this tour. We hope the answers we provide below will go some way to answering your queries.

How fit do I need to be?

This tour is suitable for most people that are in good physical condition. It is rated easy to moderate, however please be aware that on day 7 there is a long walk of 28km.

What type of trails does this section of the Camino Le Puy Way follow?

This tour is suitable for most people that are in good physical condition. Overall this tour is rated moderate, however Stage 5 is easier than Stage 6 as the daily distances are less and on Stage 6 you will be walking in the foothills of the Pyrenees. You will also walk through vineyards, rolling hills, hamlets, villages and alongside rivers and streams. The terrain will be quite smooth, but may be slippery when wet.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as far in advance as possible as the Camino Le Puy Way is extremely popular.   We will always try and accommodate late bookings but realistically you need to book at least 6 weeks prior to departure.

When is the best time of year?

The tour operates between May and October although we recommend traveling in May or June when summer wild flowers are at their peak, or in September/October when the autumn colours are stunning. July and August can be very hot if you are not used to walking in the heat. 

What is the best way to get to Lectoure?

The best way of getting to Lectoure is by flying to into either Toulouse Airport or Bordeaux Airport and then taking a train to Agen. For train schedules please check the SNCF website. From here you can take a 50 minute bus ride to Lectoure.

What type of Meals are included?

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’s, cafes and restaurants en route.

How do the Baggage Transfers work?

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. We request that you have only one piece of luggage per person and it should weigh only 13kg. We arrange for your bags to be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation.

Navigation

This route is way marked and follows the GR65. You will see red and white horizontal stripes on the these markers and they can be found on sign posts, rocks and on wooden posts.

You will be also be provided with a detailed guide book and maps to help you find your way. As always when walking you should be able to read a map and use a compass in case of bad weather.

Experience & Fitness

This tour is suitable for most people that are in good physical condition. Overall this tour is rated moderate, however Stage 5 is easier than Stage 6 as the daily distances are less and on Stage 6 you will be walking in the foothills of the Pyrenees. You will walk through vineyards, rolling hills, hamlets, villages and alongside rivers and streams. The terrain will be quite smooth, but may be slippery when wet.

What Equipment do I need?

Our pre-departure information pack has detailed advice and a kit list on what to take. This includes good waterproof gear, walking shoes/boots, and lots of other useful bits and bobs.

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 and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

What happens if I can’t walk a stage?

Public transport and taxis are available, if you are need of support our local partner in Spain will be more than happy to help.

The completion of an amazing walk from Puy to St Jean

5

Seamless baggage transport. Mostly wonderful chambre d'hotes. After 10 days the product started to hurt my feet,

Jhm

St Albans

true

Quality walking package

5

Backpack courier service was essential for older walkers. Chambre d'hote and small hotels were wonderful variety and service. Well spaced daily distances in interesting locations

Singing Lynne

Fish Creek Victoria Australia

true

maybe

3

Our lodging, food and luggage transfer was superior. The maps had way too much that was unrelated to our needs and not enough detail that we needed.

Lee the world traveler

Indiana,, USA

true

highly recommended

5

Really nice places to stay -hotels and villages. Lugage allways on time. Wonderful people to meet. Very well marked way to go. Excellent holiday!

Ineta

London

true

Under-appreciated Camino Le Puy

5

I've now hiked two-thirds of the Camino Le Puy in France and all of the Camino de Santiago in Spain. I actually prefer the hiking in France. It's more lush, there's more rolling countryside, there's just as much history, it's less crowded and you eat like...well, you're in France! My latest trip was Stages 5 and 6 of Camino Le Puy and I enjoyed every mile of it. The towns of Lectoure, La Rameau, Montreal du Gurs, Condom, St. Palais and St. Jean Pied de Port stand out, along with the views of the Pyrenees during the later days of Stage 6. Some of the hotels were really mini-chateaus, where the hosts served delicious food as well as wine ,and regaled you with stories about the history of the region. It certainly helps if you speak some French. The local representatives of Macs Adventure had my luggage at the right hotel every day. All in all, I highly recommend this trip

NYC Trekker

New York, NY

true

Camino Le Puy Way: Stages 5 & 6

4.6 5

100.0

×
×
Enquire Now


Get adventure news, trail guides, new trip updates and destination inspiration by signing up to receive our regular emails. We only send these by email, and we never pass data to third parties for marketing purposes. Please confirm if you are happy to receive this travel inspiration & advice into your email inbox.

Our full data & privacy policy



Book self-guided walking holidays and cycling holidays with Macs Adventure. Explore Europe, the UK and the rest of the world and find out why thousands of people trust us to arrange their perfect self-guided adventure.


Get In Touch

lf you require more information before booking, please contact us on

+44 (0)141 530 5464

+1 -844-858-0740

(USA & CANADA)

© 2019

Macs Adventure - Head Office: Skypark 5, 45 Finnieston Street, Glasgow, G3 8JU, UK

Sitemap

Are you in the US?

Visit our US site for the most relevant content. 

USA UK & Rest of World