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Camino Le Puy Way: Stage 4

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  • Wandering through Cahors, the capital of the Lot region and enclosed by the river on three sides
  • Witnessing the Abbey Church of Moissac, included in the World Heritage Site Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  • Appreciating the camaraderie of fellow hikers and pilgrims
  • Exploring the green round hills and historical heritage of the Garonne river plain
  • Admiring the finest fortified medieval bridge in Europe, the Pont Valentré
Follow the Camino Le Puy Way from the medieval town of Cahors, across the Quercy Blanc and on to Lectoure. Which sits high above the Gers River. This is stage 4 of the Le Puy Camino which stretches from Le Puy to St. Jean Pied de Port. Begin your journey in the town of Cahors which is contained on three sides by the River Lot and has the finest fortified medieval bridge in Europe. During your tour you also cross the Quercy Blanc a region that has limestone plateaux, gently sloping hills and is criss-crossed by many small rivers. The villages here are perched on top of the hills called Les Puech and they dominate the landscape. Your first destination after leaving Cahors is Montcuq, a town that dates back to the Romans, has a distinctive fortress and was a stronghold of the Cathars. You leave Quercy Blanc behind and begin to walk through the green round hills of the Garonne river plains. This area has a rich historical heritage and you will discover the rolling countryside of the Lomagne and Moissac, an important pilgrimage site with it’s well-preserved medieval Abbey Church of St Pierre. This stage of the Camino Le Puy Way finishes in Lectoure, which sits high above the Gers River in the department of the Mini-Pyrenees and from where there are lovely views over the surrounding countryside.
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What To Expect

You can either complete Stage 4 of this pilgrimage route as a self-guided walking tour in its own right, or you may complete more or all of the sections at the same time. This particular section is graded as moderate, however the daily distances do range from 33 km to only 15 km on the last day. You will stay in comfortable hotels whilst enjoying the camaraderie of fellow pilgrims and travellers.

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
  • 7 Nights in either 1 or 2* hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 7 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 Cahors
  • Travel from Lectoure
  • 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 best way of getting to Cahors is by train as it has a train station on the SNCF Toulouse to Paris line. You can fly into Toulouse Airport and takes a train to Cahors. Or you can even fly into Paris and take a train from here to Cahors. It is also possible to drive to Cahors and park your car in a private car park (for a fee). 

 

Getting from the End

There are railway stations at Auch and Agen. You can take a bus between Lectoure and either of these two stations and from here you can make your way back to Cahors to pick up your car, or by train to Toulouse or Paris for your return flights. For train schedules please check the SNCF website.

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 Cahors Day 2 Cahors to Montcuq 21 miles / 33 km Day 3 Montcuq to Durfort 17 miles / 27 km Day 4 Durfort to Moissac 11 miles / 17 km Day 5 Moissac to Auvillar 13 miles / 21 km Day 6 Auvillar to Miradoux 11 miles / 17 km Day 7 Miradoux to Lectoure 10 miles / 15 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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