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Arles Way – Castres to Toulouse 2/5

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The second section of the Camino de Santiago along the Arles Way takes you from gorgeous Castres to the city of Toulouse. Along the way, you will walk across peaceful forests and farmland, passing nice villages where you can stop for a rest and to admire their rich heritage. On this section of the Arles Way Camino routes, you will also walk along UNESCO-listed Canal du Midi for three of the days.Your arrival point is Toulouse, the ‘pink city’ and home to the Basilica of St. Sernin.

Trip highlights

  • Get inspired at the Goya Museum in Castres
  • Taste the deliciously homely classic 'cassoulet'
  • Walk along the UNESCO-listed Canal du Midi
  • Explore Toulouse, the 'pink city'

1 Castres

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Castres is a nice town, grown up round the Benedictine abbey of Saint Benoît, which is believed to have been founded in AD 647. It hosts nowadays the important Goya Museum of Spanish painting.

2 Castres to Dourgne - 22km

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6h | +311 m / -236 m
Today, you leave the city and the monuments of Castres and head on your walk along the countryside. At Viviers-les-Montagnes, you will discover its rich heritage. Visit the 18th century castle and admire the church with its crenellated tower and Virgin.

3 Dourgne to Revel - 15km

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6h | +119 m / -156 m
From village to hamlet, along a small graveled road, you will arrive at the Sorèze limit of the Regional Natural Park of Haut Languedoc and the foothills of the Montagne Noire. At Revel, among other things you can admire the half-timbered houses, and the majestic hall of the fourteenth century surmounted by a belfry.

4 Revel to St Felix Lauragais - 17km

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4h | +42m / -43m
You will find this stage more refressing, as it follows the river that feeds the Canal du Midi in Naurouze Pass.

5 St Felix Lauragais to Avignonet-Lauragais - 28km

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7h | +205 m / -256 m
The path takes you to Villefranche-de-Lauragais, a bastide (large fortified country house) founded in 1270 by Alphonse de Poitiers, famous today for its cassoulet. Take time to visit the church of the thirteenth and fourteenth century “meridional” Gothic. Shortly before Montgiscard and its Gothic church of the fourteenth century you will find the Canal du Midi and its towpaths which will guide you for a while.

6 Avignonet-Lauragais to Baziege - 27km

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7h | +205m / -256m
The path takes you to Villefranche Lauragais , a bastide (large fortified country house) founded in 1270 by Alphonse de Poitiers, famous today for its cassoulet. Take time to visit the church of the thirteenth and fourteenth century “meridional” Gothic. Shortly before Montgiscard and its Gothic church of the fourteenth century you will find the Canal du Midi and its towpaths which will guide you for a while.

7 Baziege to Toulouse - 26km

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6h30 | +430m / -429m
We suggest to leave the Camino and follow the Canal du Midi for a pleasant and shaded walk along the water. You can also follow the Camino but it will be 5km longer. Ending at the Basilica of St. Sernin. Toulouse, Occitan capital, the pink city, the haut lieu of pilgrimages, opens its doors.

8 Toulouse

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The Toulouse metropolitan area is the fourth-largest in France. This town is also the centre of the European aerospace industry. The main attraction is the Saint-Sernin Basilica, the largest romanesque church in Europe, which contains one of the most beautiful pipe organs in France.

Hotels & country cottages have been carefully selected for their location, comfort, character, food, and friendliness of the staff. They are subject to availability and if the hotel described is not available, we will provide you with one of the same standard of comfort & price. Please note: Accommodation is subject to availability.

Castres - Standard / Superior

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.
Superior Collection
: Stay in the best hotels on the Camino de Santiago: we have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guesthouses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered.

Dourgne - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Revel - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

St Felix Lauragais - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Avignonet - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Baziege - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Toulouse - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Castres Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Toulouse Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Flying IN and OUT

How to get to Castres:
Best option: Toulouse airport (80km)
Aer Lingus offers flights from/to Dublin. London (Gatwick) is served by easyJet, London (Heathrow) by British airways. Jet2 offers flights from/ to Manchester and Edinburgh. EasyJet also has many other routes from/ to Toulouse, e.g. from/ to Paris (Orly and Charles de Gaulle), Milan (Malpensa), Rome (Fiumicino), Madrid or Porto. See www.skyscanner.com.
Other option: Castres (Mazamet) airport (8km)
The airport in Castres is a small one. Airlinair serves flights from/ to Paris (Orly), where you can take connecting flights. See http://www.airlinair.com.
How to get back from Toulouse:
Best option: Toulouse airport (8km)
Aer Lingus offers flights from/to Dublin. London (Gatwick) is served by easyJet, London (Heathrow) by British airways. Jet2 offers flights from/ to Manchester and Edinburgh. EasyJet also has many other routes from/ to Toulouse, e.g. from/ to Paris (Orly and Charles de Gaulle), Milan (Malpensa), Rome (Fiumicino), Madrid or Porto. See www.skyscanner.com.
Alternative option: Carcassonne airport (90km)
Ryanair offers a lot of international flights, e.g. from/ to Bournemouth, London (Stansted), Liverpool or Glasgow (Prestwick) in the UK and Cork, Dublin in Ireland. Flights from/to Paris (Beauvais) and Porto are also available. See www.skyscanner.com.

Transfers to and from Airport

How to get to Castres:
Best option: Toulouse airport (80km)
From the airport to the station, you can take the shuttle bus (“AERO”, departing every 20 min, taking approx. 40min). See http://www.toulouse.aeroport.fr. The stop is Toulouse-Matabiau (train station). There is a well-served train connection between Toulouse-Matabiau and Castres (10 times/ day, 1h10 travel time). See http://www.voyages-sncf.co.uk/.
Other option: Castres (Mazamet) airport (8km)
Unfortunately, it is necessary to take a taxi between Castres and Castres airport, as there is no public transport (the distance is about 8km).
How to get back from Toulouse:
Best option: Toulouse airport (8km)
From the airport to the city, you can take the shuttle bus (“AERO”: every 20 min, taking approx. 40min). See http://www.toulouse.aeroport.fr .The final stop is Toulouse-Matabiau (train station). Other stops are on the way (e.g. the city centre).
Alternative option: Carcassonne airport (90km)
Between Toulouse (Matabiau) and Carcassonne, there is a train (taking approx. 45min). See http://www.voyages-sncf.com.
In Carcassonne, a shuttle bus links the city with the airport and is available 25 minutes after the arrival of a plane. See http://www.carcassonne-tourisme.com.

More Info on getting to Castres

Please select from our available tours below and proceed to booking. Contact the team if you have any special requests.


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1. Tour options - Select your trip type

  • Price pp, half board.

    Single Room
    €1052
    Double/Twin Room
    €850

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3. No. of rooms

  • Single (1 bed)
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  • Double (1 large bed for 2)

What's Included

  • Luggage transfered from hotel to hotel
  • Rooms en-suite
  • Half Board
  • Holiday pack: inc. notes & map(s) & pilgrim passport, what to bring, useful information

We also offer

  • Airport Transfers, Hotel Upgrades (where available)