Camino Le Puy Way: Stages 5 & 6

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  • 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.
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What To Expect

You can either complete Stages 5 & 6 of this pilgrimage route as a self-guided walking tour in its own right, or you may complete each section separately. This particular stages are graded as moderate overall. Stage 5 is easier as the daily distances are shorter and Stage 6 is more difficult because the daily distances are longer and you will be walking in the foothills of the Pyrenees in hilly terrain.

Tour Style:

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

Activity:

Pilgrim Trail | You will follow a historic pilgrimage trail, in the footsteps of generations of travelers, 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

Activity Level & 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! 

Accommodations

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
  • 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 partner in France and our UK 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

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 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 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.

Luggage 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 Lectoure Day 2 Lectoure to La Romieu 12 miles / 19 km Day 3 La Romieu to Condom 10 miles / 16 km Day 4 Condom to Montreal du Gers 11 miles / 17 km Day 5 Montreal du Gers to Eauze 10 miles / 16 km Day 6 Eauze to Nogaro 13 miles / 20 km Day 7 Nogaro to Aire sur l’Adour 18 miles / 29 km Day 8 Aire sur l’Adour to Miramont Sensacq Day 9 Miramont Sensacq to Larreule Day 10 Pomps to Maslacq 18 miles / 28 km Day 11 Maslacq to Navarrenx 15 miles / 23 km Day 12 Navarrenx to Lichos 10 miles / 15 km Day 13 Lichos to St Palais 16 miles / 25 km Day 14 St Palais to Larceveau 11 miles / 17 km Day 15 Larceveau to St Jean Pied de Port 12 miles / 18 km Day 16 Onward Travel

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