Before you start your Camino trip, make sure you explore cosmopolitan Geneva. Don’t miss the ‘jet d’eau’, Geneva’s iconic lake fountain; and you can’t leave without tasting cheese ‘fondue’, as well as Switzerland’s finest chocolate.
2 Geneva to Col du Mont Sion - 20km
4h | +600m / -121m
You will start from the chic quarter of Carouge on your way out of Geneva towards St Julien-en-Genevois. From there, you gain some elevation and explore the flanks of Mount Salève. You will enjoy stunning panoramic views of the entire Jura Mountains, and the Crêt de la Neige summit. En route you will pass the ruins of the Chartreuse de Pomier monastery.
3 Col du Mont Sion to Chaumont - 18km
5h | +290m / -548m
Today, the Camino takes you across lush rolling hills and country landscapes, heading West to Charly, where you should visit the Saint James chapel and statue. From there, you will then continue to the villages of Contamines and Sarzin. Enjoy the views of the Barbannaz waterfall, before reaching Frangy.
4 Chaumont to Motz - 17km
4h30 | + 600m – 759m
From Chaumont, the Camino takes you south, across lovely valleys. The Camino takes walkers above the village of Seyssel and other picturesque villages before descending to the Rhône River and ‘Pont du Fier’, gate to the Savoie region and its vineyards.
5 Motz to Chanaz - 16km
4h30 | +587m / -634m
Today, you will stroll along the GR 65. Your path takes you over Pont de la Loi and joins the GR 9 (Jura – Mediterranean) for a short stretch of road. Your Camino journey then will takes you to the village of Chanaz, crossed by the Canal Savières – between the Rhone and the Lac du Bourget – where you can stop for a beautiful boat trip. The architecture of the village and proximity of the canal give today’s stage a special charm.
6 Chanaz to Yenne - 16km
5h | +140m / -295m
Today you will start your walk from Chanaz over Mount St. Romain. Today, the Camino trail leaves the banks of the Rhône to gain altitude and cross the Jongieux vineyards at the foot of Mont du Chat. A short descent will bring you back to the Rhône Valley and take you to Yenne where you should visit the 12th century church.
7 Yenne to Saint Genix sur Guiers - 22km
6h | +731m / -747m
After a medieval stage, the Camino becomes mountainous again. Today, you will be walking up Mount Tournier (877m) before descending gradually towards St Maurice Rotherens (650 m). The descent continues, taking you to the Truison River, then up to the Pigneux Chapel, dominating the village of St Genix sur Guiers. In St Genix you should try the traditional brioche with red pralines.
8 Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers to Valencogne - 22km
5h30 | +536m / -208m
Today’s walk sees you leaving behind the mountains of Savoy and entering the Isère region. You will spot the first traditional adobe houses, characteristic to this region. The Camino de Santiago runs along the Guiers River and then leapfrogs along the hilly landscape. You will pass the villages of Charancieu (393 m) and Valencogne where you can spot a St James triptych in the local church.
9 Valencogne to Le Grand Lemps - 19km
5h | +197m / -281m
The Geneva Way takes you today to Bièvre-Valloire country. The trail passes near Lake Paladru, through the former Carthusian Sylve Bénite monastic site, founded around 1116. After climbing to Soulier (702m) you will reach the Futeau farm, surrounded by nature. A final steep descent leads to Grand Lemps.
10 Le Grand Lemps to Côté-St-André - 15km
4h00 | +36m / -126m
Today’s stage on the Camino is quite flat, short and easy. You will spot at least three castles on the Geneva Way today. You will be staying in night in La Côte-Saint-André, birth town of composer Hector Berlioz.
11 Côté-St-André to Bellegarde-Poussieu - 31km
7h15 | +316m / -395m
After Mount Cardon, the Camino takes you across woodland with canals, windmills and ponds on the way to Faramans, then Pommier de Beaurepaire. A passage in the shady Favan Tourdan woods leads to Revel, passing beautiful chestnut groves and fields. The trail then continues to the villages of Moissieu-sur-Dolon (site of the former Hospice of the Knights of St John of Jerusalem) and Bellegarde-Poussieu, where you should visit the Chapel of Our Lady of La Salette dating back to the 13th century.
12 Bellegarde-Poussieu to Chavanay - 34km
7h30 | +237m / -412m
After passing St Romain de Surieu (249 m), the Carrefour du Grand Oak welcomes you to the Bois de Limone woods, before reaching Assieu. With the Monts du Pilat mountains in the skyline, you will continue your Camino across the orchards of Auberive and Clonas on Varèze; to emerge in the Rhone Valley. You will cross the river separating the departments of Isère and the Loire to reach Chavanay, your stop for the night.
13 Chavanay to Bourg-Argental - 26km
7h 30| +761m / -390m
Today you will leave the Rhone Valley behind. Your walking day will start a bit of climbing but it will be all worth the effort as you will enjoy beautiful views of the meandering river by the Calvary Chapel. The Geneva Camino de Santiago route then takes you to the Bessey apple orchards, St Appolinard and St Julien Molin, before descending to Bourg-Argental, where you will stay the night.
14 Bourg-Argental to Les Sétoux - 17km
4h30 | +792m / -162m
At Bourg Argental you should visit the 12th century St Andrew Church, where you can admire the portal, a listed monument. After the village you will continue your walk across the hills of St Sauveur en Rue before ascending to Col Tracol (1062 m). Your stop for the night is the hilltop hamlet of Sétoux.
15 Les Sétoux to Montfaucon - 17km
3h00 | +246m / -497m
Today’s stage on the Geneva Way takes you through hamlets such as Lhermet and Coirolles before reaching the Viallou forest. You will also walk to the pretty hamlet of Chomats before reaching Montfaucon.
16 Montfaucon to St Jeures - 20km
4h15 | +411m / -285m
You will leave Montfaucon by ‘Du Pont Stadium’. You won’t pass any villages on this stage, across the granite plateau of Montfaucon, but the route will take you by many farms. You will cross Tence and head to the small town St Jeures, where you will be staying the night.
17 St Jeures to St-Julien-Chapteuil - 21km
5h30 | +357m / -606m
Raffy (at 1276m) is the highlight of this week. Today’s walking section rewards Camino pilgrims with fantastic views of the volcanic peaks of Meygal Region. After the village of Monedeyres and its interesting non-consecrated church built by the locals, there are two routes to St Julien: the GR65 or the Way of St James which shortens the walk by 3 km and offers pilgrims yet more wilderness!
18 St-Julien-Chapteuil to Le Puy en Velay - 19km
4h30 | +276m / -433m
Before you continue your Camino trip, we recommend you visit the beautiful church of St Julien. The Geneva Way takes you today to St Germain Laprade and Brives Charensac before leading to the spectacular city of Le Puy en Velay. Explore Le Puy’s historic centre and breath taking Notre-Dame Cathedral, a listed UNESCO World Heritage site.
19 Le Puy en Velay
Nestled between the Auvergne volcanoes and the Rhone Alps Valley, Le Puy’s lively old town never fails to impress visitors. Not to be missed are the spectacular views of the surrounding mountains from the Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe Chapel and from the Cathedral.