The Way of St James - Le Puy to Aumont

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traveller reviews

  • Le Puy to St Chely was a memorable walk organised by UTracks. The accommodation was a mix of hotels & farm stays, all were fresh & clean, with friendly welcoming staff or hosts. Meals were amazing 3-4 courses each night & buffet breakfasts most mornings. The scenery is just amazing, spring flowers were everywhere. The tracks were well signposted & in pretty good state, especially considering our walk commenced after a lot of rain of which we were very lucky to have missed. S. Urquhart. Cronulla, NSW. Australia
  • The accommodations and meals provided was fabulous and could not be faulted. P Hodkinson Sylvania Southgate, NSW
  • I had an amazing time! The countryside was simply stunning and some of the churches and houses were so old, and still standing and being used. The people I met were all very friendly and extremely helpful. It showed the day after I finished and that was truly appreciated. P McMahon Clovelly, NSW
Traverse the centuries of time and the borders of Europe on the medieval pilgrim trail of Compostela. In the 9th century, the tomb of the apostle St James was unearthed in Compostela. The site became the focus of a pilgrim trail beginning in France, and crossing northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela. This journey, along the Via Podiensis, the French Way of St James, takes pilgrims from Le Puy en Velay to the Pyrenees at St Jean Pied de Port. The route passes a multitude of churches and monasteries, resembling a travelling museum of Romanesque art. Seven stages of this historic trail are included in our self-guided walking program in France. This section begins in the centre of France, on the Central Massif at Le Puy-en Velay where many trails from across Europe converged en route to the tomb of St James in Spain. The trail ascends the volcanic highlands of Margeride in the Haute Loire before continuing through the traditional granite villages of the Lozere. The presence of stone chapels and the unique crosses are symbolic of the pilgrimage and a continual reminder of the religious significance of the trail, whilst the pretty villages, rolling countryside and strong gastronomic traditions make this one of the best short walks in France.
brief itinerary
DAY 1 Arrive Le Puy-en-Velay DAY 2 Walk to St-Privat-d'Allier (5-6hrs) DAY 3 Descend the gorges of Allier to Saugues (4-5hrs) DAY 4 Walk across the Margeride plateau to St Alban (Les Faux or Le Rouget) (7hrs) DAY 5 Descend into the Truyère valley and end trip at Aumont-Aubrac (5-6hrs) or continue to Conques
trip dates
Daily from 1 Apr to 31 Oct
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The October supplement applies if any walking days occur in October. Upgrade to 3 and 4 star hotels - supplement applies. For start dates on Fridays and Saturdays, dinner will not be at the hotel restaurant in Saugues, as it is closed on Sunday and Monday evenings. Instead, dinner will be at a local restaurant.

what's included
MEALS: *4 breakfasts, 3 dinners ACCOMMODATION: *4 nights in guesthouses or simple hotels on a twin share basis, generally with ensuite facilities (upgrade to comfort hotels available - supplement applies) BACKUP & SUPPORT: *information pack including route notes, maps and walking guide (per room booked) *luggage transfer (1 bag of max 15kg per person) *emergency hotline PLUS: *visitor tax
AT A GLANCE
The Way of St James - Le Puy to Aumont
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trip grading:
moderate
duration:
5 days
trip code:
CT1
2018 PRICING
CA $790
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