Camino Le Puy Way: Stage 17 Days & 6 Nights 4.2 Read 4 reviews
- Walk through volcanic landscapes on Stage 1 of the Le Puy Camino
- Get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life in these serene landscapes
- Climb the 267 steps up to the Chapel of St Michael d’Aiguilhe in Le Puy en Velay
- Incredible volcanic landscapes of the Centrale Massif
- Sampling the delicious local delicacies such as estofinado
What To Expect
Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent tour.
Pilgrim Trail | You will follow a historic pilgrimage trail, in the footsteps of generations of travelers
Ideal if you have an interest in:
Spiritual Journeys, 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
- 6 Nights in either 1 or 2* hotels
- 6 Breakfasts
- 6 Dinners
- Baggage transfers
- Detailed maps, a guide book and information pack.
- Organisational assistance and backup from our partner in France and our UK office
- Travel to Le Puy-en-Velay and from Nasbinals
- Lunches, drinks and snacks
- Personal equipment
- Travel insurance
- Mountain rescue / emergency assistance
- 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 Nasbinals you can either book a taxi back to Le Puy-en-Valay, (more information can be found in your information pack which you will receive after booking), a taxi will cost around €25 per person (payable locally dependant on size of party). Or you can take a taxi from Nasbinals to Aumont Aubrac, then take a train to Paris (via Clemont Ferrand). More information on train times can be found on the SNCF website.
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.
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.
Towards the end of the tour and as you enter the foothills of the Pyrenees there will be some elevation gains and losses. You will walk through vineyards, rolling hills, hamlets, villages, alongside rivers and streams and over rocky, volcanic landscapes. The terrain will be quite smooth most of the time (except for a few rocky sections), but may be slippery when wet.
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.
The tour operates between May and October although we recommend travelling in May or June when spring 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.
We arrange for your bags to be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. Your bags should be left in the reception of your accommodation every morning. Your bags will then be transferred onto your next nights’ accommodation. Your bag should not weigh more than 15kg (per bag, 1 bag per person). This is due to strict health and safety regulations in France.
Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, lightweight clothes, waterproofs and a day pack.
We recommend May when the summer flowers are at their best and September/October when the colours are just lovely. June, July and August can be very hot if you are not used to walking in the heat.
Public transport and taxis are available to get you to your next destination.
ItineraryDay 1 Arrive in Le Puy-en-Velay
Arrive in the historic city of Le Puy-en-Velay which has been a pilgrimage centre since the Middle Ages. Spend time here exploring the sites within this city that is set in a volcanic plateau and is famed for its rocky peaks which rise out of the valley. After checking into your comfortable hotel, why not climb the 267 steps up to the Chapel of St Michael d’Aiguilhe, built by Godescalc who made the pilgrimage to Santiago in AD951. Also view the Romanesque cathedral and wander through Le Puy’s narrow, characterful streets.
Situated close to the old town in Le Puy-en-Velay, this hotel offers 45 modern rooms and an on-site bar. It is a 10-minute walk from the train station. A buffet breakfast is available each morning and includes pastries, marmalade, ham and cheese.
The walk today begins at the cathedral and from here, and as you follow the trail, you will see wonderful views over the whole area. This morning you will cross the Velay, an area famous for its lentils and black sheep. Later this afternoon arrive in St Privat d'Allier where you will spend the night.
This is a small, family run hotel just outside of St Privat. An authentic little hotel, you will have a relaxing evening after your days walk.
Transfer from Monistrol to St Privat to rejoin the Camino. During today’s walk you will pass through widely differing countryside, such as the Allier gorges and a volcanic plateau of great natural beauty. Climb a tiny chapel dedicated to St James perched atop a rocky belvedere and past the Madeleine Chapel, which was carved out of the rock in the 17th century.
This stylish building is a converted Eighteenth century hostellerie, with all modern comforts but still decorated in the traditional style.
Today you discover the Margeride Plateau with its characteristic villages, secluded hamlets, ancient stone crosses and pastures hemmed in by stone walls. Each village has charming features such as granite houses with carved doorways and cottage gardens. 1 km off the main track, you will come to the village of Les Faux and your accommodation for the night.
Experience the peace and authenticity of the region in the hamlets of Faux.In this natural setting choose your room, cozy and comfortable with bathroom and toilet, television and telephone.
This morning continue across the plateau of the Margeride as far as Aumont, which is the gateway to the Aubrac. Between Le Rouget, which takes its name from the typical red-roofed houses of the area. See pretty hamlets, and churches with ‘comb-style’ belfries, before arriving in Aumont Aubrac, a small town and where you can see the former Benedictine priory and Romaneque church of Saint Etienne.
Hotel Prunieres is a family run hotel with a great atmosphere.
Today is long day of walking once more but it is worth it as you leave behind the Margeride Plateau and begin to cross the Aubrac Plateau, a wide expanse of pastures, old barns, drystone walls, and swathes of wildflowers, depending on the season. Later arrive in Nasbinals, where there is a superb 14th century Romanesque church built of brown basalt.
A delightful family run hotel in the centre of Nasbinals.
The tour finishes after breakfast and you can make your way back to Le Puy-en-Velay or to Clermont Ferrand for your onward journey.
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