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.

Location

Le Puy-en-Velay

Le Puy-en-Velay, France

Day 1+2

Saugues

Saugues, France

Day 3+4

Saint-Alban-sur-Limagnole

Saint-Alban-sur-Limagnole, France

Day 5

Aumont-Aubrac

Aumont-Aubrac, France

Day 6

Montgros

Montgros, Nasbinals, France

Day 7

Saint-ChĂ©ly-D’Aubrac

Saint-Chély-d'Aubrac, France

Day 8

Saint-Cîme-d’Olt

Saint-CĂŽme-d'Olt, France

Day 9

Estaing

Estaing, France

Day 10

Espayrac

Espeyrac, France

Day 11

Conques

Conques, France

Day 12+13

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP

12 nights hotels
All breakfasts and 4 dinners
Luggage transfers
Comprehensive Tour Details with detailed pre-trip information
Detailed route instructions and maps
Access to Loyalty Program and other exclusive benefits

Particulars

EVENT DATES

Any start date between May 1 and September 15
Custom trips also available and can start any day. Call or email for details.

TOTAL DAYS

13 days / 12 nights, with 11 days walking

ARRIVE / DEPART

Le Puy en Velay / Conques

ACTIVITY LEVEL

13 to 24 km daily (7 to 14 miles), averaging 18.5 km (11.5 miles) This trip is suited to experienced hikers

TERRAIN

Climbs and descents which can be steep and require caution if the weather is wet

COST

Classic Accommodation: US$ 1860
Single Supplement: US$ 890

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. If you have any questions before making your reservation, please contact us.
Getting There 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. You depart from the tour area by way of Rodez where you can connect to trains to Paris or other destinations.

1

Day 1

Le Puy-en-Velay

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.

2

Day 2

Saint-Privat D’Allier

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.
Walking Distance: 22 km, elevation gain 580 m.*

3

Day 3

Saugues 

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.
Walking Distance: 18 km, elevation gain 400 m.*

4

Day 4

Saugues

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.
Walking Distance: 19 km, elevation gain 200 m.*

5

Day 5

Saint-Alban-sur-Limagnole

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.
Walking Distance: 13 km, elevation gain 350 m.*

6

Day 6

Aumont-Aubrac

Walk through woods, across moors, beside pastures with old stone walls, and along an ancient Roman road to the charming town of Aumont-Aubrac.
Walking Distance: 15 km, elevation gain 200 m.*

7

Day 7

Montgros

Enjoy another day among beautiful pastures and moors before climbing to Montgros, near the cross- country ski centre of Nasbinals.
Walking Distance: 24 km, elevation gain 220 m.*

8

Day 8

Saint-ChĂ©ly-D’Aubrac

This is your last day on high plateaus. Pass through Aubrac where the Brothers Hospitalier once kept an estate in order to protect the pilgrims. Arrive at the pretty town of Saint-ChĂ©ly-D’Aubrac.
Walking Distance: 20 km, elevation gain 500 m.*

9

Day 9

Saint-Cîme-d’Olt

Walk through remote country to the fortified town of Saint-Cîme-d’Olt, designated one of the Plus Beaux Villages de France.
Walking Distance: 16.5 km, elevation gain 250 m.*

10

Day 10

Estaing

Enter the Lot River Valley; visit wonderful old towns like Espalion and Saint-Pierre de Bessuéjouls on your way to Estaing, another Plus Beau Village.
Walking Distance: 21 km, elevation gain 435 m.*

11

Day 11

Espayrac

Beautiful canyon scenery and simple villages mark the route to Espayrac graced by an old stone cross and the church of Saint-Pierre.
Walking Distance: 23 km, elevation gain 600 m.*

12

Day 12

Conques

A short day’s walk takes you to Conques, clustered around the huge abbey church of Ste-Foy, where the relics of Ste. Foy, a Christian martyr, once drew thousands of pilgrims. Conques itself is a magical destination in a dramatic setting.
Walking Distance: 12 km, elevation gain 280 m.*

13

Day 13

Explore Conques before departing for home or other destinations.

*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.

Classic

Dyke Hotel, Le Puy en Velay

Charming hotel in the heart of Le Puy which offers comfortable rooms and a cozy setting. Located close to the train station and the historical centre.


Hotel de la Vieille Auberge, Saint Privat d’Allier

This small, traditional hotel boasts beautiful views on the “gorges”. The restaurant offers wonderful regional specialties.


Hotel La Terrasse, Sauges

A modest, but comfortable hotel with large rooms and good restaurant in the center of Sauges. The family managing the hotel give a warm welcome.


Relais st Roch – Chateau de la Chastre, Saint Alban sur Limagnole

Christian Chavignon has made this 19th century residence a haven of peace and tranquility.The service is warm and the rooms are charming and relaxing.The restaurant "la Petite Maison", provides generous, authentic dishes which will satisfy the most discerning gourmet.


Hotel Chez Camillou, Aumont d’Aubrac

This 3-star hotel has comfortable rooms equipped with all modern amenities and an excellent restaurant.


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Auberge la Maison de Rosalie, Montgros

The Auberge de la Maison Rosalie is an unpretentious 2-star hotel with modern facilities. The hotel serves a tasty ‘menu du jour’ to its hotel guests.


Hotel des Voyageurs, Saint Chely d’Aubrac

The 2-star Hotel des Voyageurs has bright and cheerful rooms. The hotel has been in the same family for four generations, and the restaurant offers delicious regional specialties.


Le Jardin d'Eliane, Saint Cîme d’Olt

A small chambre d’hote in the center of Saint Come d’Olt, recognized as one of ‘les plus beaux villages en France’.


Aux Armes d’Estaing, Estaing

The Hotel Aux Armes d’Estaing is a very good hotel overlooking the Lot valley. The large dining room has a fine stone fireplace in which the chef cooks a range of regional specialties.


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Hotel de la Vallee, Espeyrac

This small hotel, owned by the family Marragou, offers a warm welcome. The hotel has a pleasant restaurant and bar.


Auberge de Saint Jacques, Conques

Located in the heart of the medieval village and just in front of the famous Abbey Sainte Foy, this 2-star hotel has a very good restaurant with regional specialties.


Trip starting at
USD $1,860