The Geneva Way (GR653) or Geneva Camino, Jacobweg in German or Via Gebennensis in Latin (#viagebennensis), is a relatively new Camino de Santiago route, an extension of the classic Le Puy Way.
The route starts in cosmopolitan and elegant Geneva with its iconic lake and impressive ‘jet d’eau’ fountain. From the bohemian neighbourhood of Carouge, the Camino takes you of Geneva city climbing to its famous mountain, Mont Salève. From here you will enjoy fantastic panoramic views of Lake Geneva, the Alps and the Jura mountains. As you walk further into Haute Savoie, you will get exceptional views from summits and mountain passes, with the mighty Alps in the horizon. The Geneva Way is dotted with picturesque French villages, vineyards and stunning scenery. Make sure you try the exquisite local delicacies, such as the Savoyarde cheeses and cured meats; or the famous brioche with red pralines in St Genix. Read more Geneva Way Camino articles on our blog.
|Col du Mont Sion||20||This first stage of the Geneva Way to Santiago takes walkers out of the city (don’t forget to get a picture of the famous jet d’eau in Lake Geneva before you depart) and through the departments of Haute-Savoie and Savoie. After heading out of Geneva at the foot of the Salève Mountain, the trail reaches some elevation at Col du Mont Sion. The trail then heads along a balcony trail by Lake du Bourget, where walkers can enjoy stunning views of the Alps and the Jura mountains. Heading South and following the Rhone River, the route continues across the vineyards of Savoie. This section of the Geneva Way to Santiago then takes walkers up the charismatic Mount Tournier before finishing in the pretty village of St Genix sur Guiers. It is time to try some of the famous Savoyarde mountain delicacies, such as fondue, raclette and cured meats. And don’t miss the brioche with red pralines, a St Genix creation!|
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|Valencogne||22||On the second section of the Camino de Santiago following the Geneva Way, the walking trail leaves the dramatic alpine landscapes and vineyards of Savoy behind to head for Isère and the Monts du Pilat. Between the two mountain ranges, the walking route descends to the Dauphinoise plains, crossing Pays du Voironnais and Bièvre-Valloire. The soothing landscape combines vast cereal fields with hills and chestnut groves, along a gentle flattish stretch, perfect to give walkers some time to admire the beautiful hamlets and villages in traditional styles along this tranquil countryside trail. This stage finishes over the other side of the Rhône river, at Chavanay in Loire, by the church at the foot of the Pilat Mountains.|
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|Bourg-Argental||26||The last stage of the Via Gebennensis, following the tracks of Helvetic and German pilgrims, takes walkers across the Pilat Regional Nature Park and the highlands of Velay, as well as charming little hamlets, villages and castles dotted along the countryside. On this walking itinerary, you will also get fantastic views of the volcanic peaks of Meygal.
These paths heading to Le Puy en Velay have been followed by pilgrims and hikers for centuries. The UNESCO listed Notre Dame du Puy cathedral, perched on a vertiginous volcanic peak, marks the end of your journey along the Geneva Way. From here you can join the Le Puy Way (Via Podiensis) to continue on your way to Santiago de Compostela. Did you know the bishop of Puy was the first non-Spanish pilgrim to walk the Camino as a pilgrimage in the year 950? Up for more walking? Only 1400km to Santiago!
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This 350km trail was developed in the early 90s by the Association Rhône-Alpes des Amis de Saint-Jacques as a continuation of the GR 65 linking Geneva with Le Puy, to facilitate the way to Santiago for pilgrims coming from Switzerland and further afield in Germany and Northern Europe.
The Geneva Way gives walkers exceptional views the Alps, the Jura and the Massif Central, taking in beautiful country scenery, charming villages and tasting some delicious mountain cuisine.