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Full Camino Le Puy Way

38 Days & 37 Nights 5 Read 3 reviews
  • Discovering Le-Puy-en-Velay; an ancient town set within a volcanic landscape
  • Walking the full Le Puy Camino from start to finish
  • Visiting the many gorgeous villages en route
  • Exploring a huge variety of landscapes, from the stark Aubrec plateau to the luxuriant valley of the Lot
  • Arriving in St. Jean Pied de Port at the end of a wonderful journey
Walk the Full Camino Le Puy Way from Le-Puy-en-Velay to St. Jean Pied de Port, where the Camino de Santiago French Way begins. This journey has been a pilgrimage route for hundreds of years and is filled with interest from start to finish. It is well worth taking on the challenge of walking the full Camino Le Puy Way as on your journey you will pass through many distinct and unique regions and landscapes, from the volcanic terrain of the Velay Mountains, to the stark high plateau of the Aubrec, to the Causses de Quercy and its deeply carved limestone valleys and to the luxuriant valley of the Lot. En route there are constant reminders of an historic past with many references to the thousands upon thousands of pilgrims who walked the same routes in the Middle Ages in order to reach Santiago de Compostela. You will cross ancient bridges that were once traversed by these pilgrims, you will see medieval churches, abbeys and cathedrals dedicated to St James. You will encounter many intriguing places, such as the walk between the villages of Estaing and St Côme d’Olt, locations so valued that they are now UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
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What To Expect

The different stages of this tour are rated between easy to moderate and moderate. However as this full version is a tour that has 36 days of consecutive walking it is rated moderate overall. You must be in very good physical shape to complete the whole pilgrimage route. The daily distances are anywhere between 13 and 33km, but the average is 20.6km per day. Towards the end of the tour there will be more elevation gains as you will be walking in the foothills of the Pyrenees.

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

Ideal if you have an interest in:

Spiritual Journeys, 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
  • 37 Nights in either 1 or 2* hotels
  • 37 breakfasts
  • 37 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 Le Puy-en-Valey and 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

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

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.

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 Montistrol d’Allier 15 miles / 24 km Day 3 Walk to Sauges 13 miles / 20 km Day 4 Walk to Les Faux 18 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’Aubrac 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 Conques to Livinhac 13 miles / 21 km Day 13 Livinhac to Figeac 19 miles / 30 km Day 14 Figeac to Cajarc 20 miles / 32 km Day 15 Cajarc to Limogne-en-Quercy 11 miles / 18 km Day 16 Limogne-en-Quercy to Lalbenque 12.5 miles / 20 km Day 17 Lalbenque to Cahors 16 miles / 26 km Day 18 Cahors to Montcuq 21 miles / 33 km Day 19 Montcuq to Durfort 17 miles / 27 km Day 20 Durfort to Moissac 11 miles / 17 km Day 21 Moissac to Auvillar 13 miles / 21 km Day 22 Auvillar to Miradoux 11 miles / 17 km Day 23 Miradoux to Lectoure 10 miles / 15 km Day 24 Lectoure to La Romieu 12 miles / 19 km Day 25 La Romieu to Condom 10 miles / 16 km Day 26 Condom to Montreal du Gers 11 miles / 17 km Day 27 Montreal du Gers to Eauze 10 miles / 16 km Day 28 Eauze to Nogaro 13 miles / 20 km Day 29 Nogaro to Aire sur l’Adour 18 miles / 29 km Day 30 Aire sur l’Adour to Miramont Sensacq 11 miles / 17 km Day 31 Miramont Sensacq to Larreule 18 miles / 28 km Day 32 Pomps to Maslacq 18 miles / 28 km Day 33 Maslacq to Navarrenx 15 miles / 23 km Day 34 Navarrenx to Lichos 10 miles / 15 km Day 35 Lichos to St Palais 16 miles / 25 km Day 36 St Palais to Larceveau 11 miles / 17 km Day 37 Larceveau to St Jean Pied de Port 11 miles / 18 km Day 38 Onward Travel

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