7 days/6 nights, with 5 days walking
Any start date between May 1 and September 15
We recommend you to start your tour on a Friday so that you can see the market in Le Puy en Velay held every Saturday
13 to 24 km daily (7 to 14 miles), averaging 18.5 km (11.5 miles)
This trip is suited to experienced hikers
On most days there are climbs and descents which can be steep and require caution if the weather is wet
Classic Accommodation: US$1250
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- 6 nights hotels
- All breakfasts and 2 dinners
- Luggage transfers
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The tour starts in the town of Le Puy-en-Velay, located about 360 km south of Paris.
There are several trains every day from Paris. The trip takes around six hours and usually requires at least one change.
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Chemin St. Jacques Hiking 7 Days - Le Puy Start
Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims who, for over a thousand years, travelled through France on their way to the shrine of the Apostle James the Elder at Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Follow the Grande Randonnée (GR) 65, a long distance walking path, to travel the first 200 km of the Way of St. James from Le Puy to Conques. Cross the rugged countryside of the Auvergne and the Massif Central, through picturesque towns and past the roadside crosses, chapels, and looming fortresses that marked the way for the faithful in centuries past.
Arrive in stunning Le Puy-en-Velay, one of the four main starting points for the pilgrimage to Compostela. Pilgrims gathered at the magnificent Cathédrale-de-Notre-Dame before their departure.
Follow the pilgrims’ route past churches of volcanic rock and fields where the famous green lentils of Le Puy grow. Their distinctive taste is said to be due to the volcanic soil in which they grow. Arrive in the small town of Saint-Privat D'Allier.
Distance: 22 km, elevation gain 580 m.*
Head across the plateau through Rochegude, a frontier stronghold; pause at the chapel of St. James where pilgrims stopped for devotions. Today’s destination is Saugues which English mercenaries, left unemployed by the end of the Hundred Years’ War, occupied until they were paid off.
Distance: 18 km, elevation gain 400 m.*
Cross the Margaride plateau, through pine forests and small villages and past ruined castles to Domaine du Sauvage, a scattering of farm buildings near the site of a pilgrims’ hospice. A taxi will pick you up and transfer you back to Saugues, where you’ll spend a second night.
Distance: 19 km, elevation gain 200 m.*
Start with a taxi transfer to Domaine du Sauvage, from where you head into the countryside past the Chapelle Saint-Roch; visit Le Rouget, built of the red sandstone so widely used in the region. You’ll see it again in the cathedral and chateau when you arrive in Saint-Alban-sur-Limagnole.
Distance: 13 km, elevation gain 350 m.*
Walk through woods, across moors, beside pastures with old stone walls, and along an ancient Roman road to the charming town of Aumont-Aubrac.
Distance: 15 km, elevation gain 200 m.*
Enjoy a short stroll in Aumont-Aubrac before departing for your next adventure.
*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.