The Le Puy Way also known as Via Podiensis or Chemin du Puy in French, starts in the spectacular town of Le Puy-en-Velay, in central France. It follows the GR65 trail and is the most popular of the Camino de Santiago routes in France. Both the Geneva Way and the Cluny Way join the Le Puy route at Le Puy-en-Velay. The Le Puy Camino route is a superb hike taking in stunning countryside and some of the most beautiful towns in France. The volcanic landscapes of Velay, the peaceful Aubrac plateau, the beautiful towns of Conques, Cahors and the Lot Valley, the splendid vineyards of Armagnac brandy and the outstanding Pyrenees Mountains are some of the highlights on the Le Puy Way. The route joins up with the French Way, the famous, Camino Francés, in Saint Jean Pied de Port, on the French side of the Pyrenees.
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- 33 days/ 32 nights. Stay in our hand-picked accommodation, all rooms are en-suite.
- Split – 35 days/ 34 nights. This tour includes two extra walking days to split the longest/most difficult sections so you can walk at a more relaxed pace. You will stay in the towns of Saint Alban sur Limagnole and Saint Come d’Olt.
Admire the stunning volcanic landscapes of Velay
Taste local delicacies in picturesque villages
Walk the splendid vineyards of Armagnac, the famous brandy
Enter St Jean Pied the Port by St James Gate
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.
Flying IN and OUT
How to get to Le Puy-en-Velay
Best Option: Lyon airport (145km)
EasyJet operates in Lyon, serving flights from London (Stansted & Gatwick), Edinburgh. Aer Lingus has a route between Lyon and Dublin. It is possible to get flights from the busiest airports in Europe, e.g. London Heathrow (British airways), Madrid (easyJet), Paris (Charles de Gaulle and Orly, both with Air France), Frankfurt am Main (Lufthansa) or Porto (easyJet). See www.skyscanner.com. Once you are in Lyon airport there is a train link (30mins) to the main train station Gare de Lyon Part-Dieu and from here you can take a TGV train to Le Puy.
Other option: Le Puy-en-Velay airport (12km)
The airport in Le Puy is a small one. At least, Hex’Air serves 2 daily flights from Paris (Orly), which can be taken for indirect flights. www.hexair.com (only from mon-fri).
How to get back from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
Best Option: Biarritz airport (55km)
You can take the mountain railway from St Jean Pied de Port to Bayonne (1hr30mins). From Bayonne take the bus to Biarritz Airport (every 30 mins). Ryanair operates flights to Dublin, London (Stansted) and Brussels (St Charleroi), easyJet (Paris (Charles de Gaulle). See www.biarritz.aeroport.fr.
Other option: Pau airport (90km)
Air France flights are available to Paris (Orly and Charles de Gaulle) and London (City)
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