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.
Le Puy-en-Velay, France
Montgros, Nasbinals, France
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INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP
12 nights hotels
All breakfasts and 4 dinners
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Detailed route instructions and maps
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ARRIVE / DEPART
Classic Accommodation: US$ 1860
Single Supplement: US$ 890
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.
Walking 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.
Walking 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.
Walking 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.
Walking 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.
Walking Distance: 15 km, elevation gain 200 m.*
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.*
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-Chély-D’Aubrac.
Walking Distance: 20 km, elevation gain 500 m.*
Walk through remote country to the fortified town of Saint-Côme-d’Olt, designated one of the Plus Beaux Villages de France.
Walking Distance: 16.5 km, elevation gain 250 m.*
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.*
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.*
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.*
Explore Conques before departing for home or other destinations.
*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.
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.
This small, traditional hotel boasts beautiful views on the “gorges”. The restaurant offers wonderful regional specialties.
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.
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.
This 3-star hotel has comfortable rooms equipped with all modern amenities and an excellent restaurant.
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.
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.
A small chambre d’hote in the center of Saint Come d’Olt, recognized as one of ‘les plus beaux villages en France’.
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.
This small hotel, owned by the family Marragou, offers a warm welcome. The hotel has a pleasant restaurant and bar.
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.