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Duration
7 days
Activities
  • self guided walk
Accommodation
  • 6 nights guesthouses or hotels
Meals
  • 5 Dinners
  • 6 Breakfasts

Price

$890USD

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Overview

Trip Code: FC4

Trip highlights


  • Discover traces of history in the villages
  • Explore a multitude of small chapels and churches in isolated locations
  • Visit the remarkable towns of Cahors, Montcuq, Moissac, Saint-Antoine and Lectoure
  • Enjoying the camaraderie of fellow hikers and pilgrims

Traverse the centuries of time and the borders of Europe on the medieval pilgrim trail. 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 Podensis, 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. Six stages of this historic trail are included in our self-guided walking program in France.

This part of the journey takes you across limestone plateaus cut by small valleys, then on to the plain of the Garonne. The trail is lined with ancient stone walls. After Moissac the landscape changes to rolling hills and lush valleys where fields of corn and sunflower are intermingled with plum orchards.

Trip Grading

moderate

More info about grading system

The town of Cahors is nestled in a U-shaped bend of the Lot River. On arrival into the town take time to visit the famous bridge Valentré, an emblem of the city, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO and a well-known pilgrim milestone.

Meals:  Nil

As you depart from Cahors there is a final view of its famous Valentré Bridge. From the Magne Cross there is a beautiful view of the city of Cahors. The trail then continues through the Quercy Blanc before you arrive into the village of Lascabanes.

Meals:  B,D

The trail today leads you into the Tarn and Garonne region. In spring you can enjoy the rich flora, particularly with the presence of many orchids. Later you reach the medieval town of Lauzerte, situated above the valleys and hills of the area known as the Quercy Blanc and founded in the 12th Century by the Count of Toulouse. It is one of only 155 villages in France listed as one of the 'Most Beautiful Villages of France'. Overnight Lauzerte.

Meals:  B,D

This morning we pass by the village of Durfort, one of few in the region not to have a church. The vegetation after Durfort is lush with forests. Near the Tarn valley, orchards (apples, plums, pears, peaches, cherries, kiwis and melons) replace the vineyards. Moissac was formerly a major stop on the road to Santiago de Compostela. Here you can visit the Abbey of Saint-Pierre with its perfectly preserved Romanesque cloister, World Heritage listed by UNESCO. Also take a walk along the pont Canal de Cacor, a 356m canal bridge which allows the Garonne lateral canal to cross the Tarn river.

Meals:  B,D

On leaving Moissac, pass by its abbey and continue along the Tarn before returning to the Garonne and its lateral canal. You soon enter the Lomagne or "hunchback Gascogne", an area of natural beauty. Straddling the Tarn et Garonne and the Gers, this former dependency of the Duchy of Gascony is a land of white garlic, interesting houses and churches. The destination today is the village of Auvillar, built on a promontory and classified as another of the "Most beautiful villages in France". With its circular market built in 1824, its clock tower and old stone houses, there is much to see around the town.

Meals:  B,D

The walk today takes you through the Gers Lomagne commune to the small town of Miradoux. With only 550 inhabitants and built on a small promontory, the town has character-filled stone houses, evidence of the rich history of the area.

Meals:  B,D

The final stage of the walk takes you to the lovely town of Lectoure, built on a rocky outcrop high above the hills of Lomagne. With its imposing Cathedral and Chateau, once home to the Counts of Armagnac, the town has a colourful history such as the siege of Louis XI in 1473. If you are here on a Friday, there is a fabulous market in the morning that showcases the region's gastronomic delights. The trip concludes on arrival in Lectoure, or you can continue along the Way of St James. Additional nights are also possible, ask our office for details.

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


Inclusions

  • 6 breakfasts, 5 dinners (no dinner in Cahors*): Breakfasts are usually continental inclusive of breads, cheese, ham, tea, coffee & juices. Dinner will consist of 3 courses, usually starting with a salad, followed by a chicken, red meat, fish or pasta dish & finishing with a dessert of fruit or cakes.
  • 6 nights in guesthouses or simple hotels on a twin share basis, generally with ensuite facilities. On occasion facilities will be shared with one or two other rooms. Option to upgrade to comfort plus accommodation - supplement applies.
  • Information pack including maps and walking guide (per room booked)
  • Baggage transportation (max 1 bag of 15kgs per person - additional bags can be transported if supplement paid in advance, max 15kgs per bag)
  • Visitor tax
  • Emergency hotline

  • Travel to and from Cahors / Lectoure
  • Drinks, lunches and 1 dinner
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Tour guide - this is a self guided trip
  • Entrance fees
  • Transfers
  • Excess baggage - arrangements can be made to carry baggage in excess of the 1 bag of 15kgs limit. Please do not tie smaller bags onto your main luggage as they will be treated as extra bags. Excess baggage which has not been pre organised will be refused. A supplement applies for excess baggage. Please ask our office for details.

Grading

moderate  

Daily walks are between 15 and 24.5km on well marked trails over diverse terrain – from relatively flat to mountainous. This is a well worn path where route finding is straight forward (refer below for further details on self guided walking). The main areas to concentrate on route finding are arriving and leaving towns. The accent is on keeping a steady pace to take in all of the attractions, with time to stop and take photos. You will need a good level of fitness and walking endurance to participate fully in this holiday.


Departure dates

Daily from 1 Apr to 31 Oct

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Total Priceper person from

$890USD

Options & Supplements*
  • upgrade supplement - comfort hotelsUSD$130
  • Single Supplement - standard hotelsUSD$230
  • Single Traveller Surcharge - standard hotelsUSD$240
  • Single Supplement - comfort hotelsUSD$280
  • Single Traveller Surcharge - comfort hotelsUSD$300
*Prices listed are per person

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Why travel with us

Making Europe Affordable

We offer different levels of accommodation and comfort so that even the most budget conscious can treat themselves to active holidays on Europe's most celebrated tracks and trails. Our trips are great value for money because you only pay for what you want.  

Self-Guided Specialists

Our wide range of self-guided itineraries embody the UTracks philosophy of exploring Europe your way. We handle the logistics so all that's left for you to do is enjoy exploring Europe at your own pace. Most depart daily with a minimum of two people, meaning maximum flexibility.

Our Wide Range

With close to 400 trips in almost 50 countries, including the largest range of bike & boat holidays in Europe, we're confident that we can organise an Alps walk, Camino de Santiago or Via Francigena experience, Food Lovers' trip or a tour in a lesser-known pocket of Europe that you will love. 

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