Camino Le Puy Way: Stage 6

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  • Encountering the Stele de Gibraltar at the crossroads of the three French Camino routes
  • Enjoying the camaraderie of fellow hikers and pilgrims
  • Beholding the snow-capped vistas of the distant Pyrenees Mountains
  • Becoming immersed in the French Basque culture, language and traditions
  • Discovering the majestic Abbey of Sauvelade in a tiny hamlet
  • Exploring the old town of St Jean Pied de Port, the end point of the Camino Le Puy Way
The final stage of the Le Puy Camino runs from Aire sur l‘Adour to St Jean Pied de Port, where it joins the Camino de Santiago French Way. Your route takes you through the two distinct regions of Béarn and the French Basque and before concluding in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Your walk begins in the Roman town of Aire sur l’Adour, located in the Béarn region. Its name comes from beneharnum, the capital city of the Venarni people, destroyed by the Vikings in 840. You walk through pretty wooded hillsides and the wine area of the Tursan before entering the French Basque region with its distinct language and culture. En route you see Sauvelaude, a Cistercian Abbey and one of the most impressive sights on the Camino Le Puy Way, and Navarranx, a medieval bastide that has existed since the 14th century and 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 Santigao de Compostela, Le Puy, Vezelay and Tours.
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What To Expect

You can either complete Stage 6 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, because of the daily distances which are between 18 and 25km 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.

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
  • 9 Nights in either 1 or 2* hotels
  • 9 Breakfasts
  • 9 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 Aire sur l’Adour
  • 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 Aire sur l’Adour is by flying into either Toulouse Airport or Bordeaux Airport and then taking a train to Agen and next a bus to Aire sur l’Adour. It is also possible to fly into Pau, which is served by Ryanair and then take a bus from here. For train schedules please check the SNCF website. It is also possible to drive to Aire sur l’Adour and you can leave your car close to the hotel. 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 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. To return to Aire sur l’Adour you can either take a taxi, or take a train to Bayonne, to Pau, then a bus.

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 Aire sur l’Adour Day 2 Aire sur l’Adour to Miramont Sensacq 11 miles / 17 km Day 3 Miramont Sensacq to Larreule 18 miles / 28 km Day 4 Pomps to Maslacq 18 miles / 28 km Day 5 Maslacq to Navarrenx 14.5 miles / 23 km Day 6 Navarrenx to Lichos 10 miles / 15 km Day 7 Lichos to St Palais 16 miles / 25 km Day 8 St Palais to Larceveau 11 miles / 17 km Day 9 Larceveau to St Jean Pied de Port 12 miles / 18 km Day 10 Onward Travel

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