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Le Puy Way – Le Puy-en-Velay to Aumont-Aubrac 1/6

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Le Puy Way from Le Puy en Velay: The Via Podiensis or Le Puy Way is one of the most popular Camino routes in France; its first section attracts many pilgrims for its historic heritage and natural beauty. Starting in fascinating Le Puy-en-Velay, you should explore its cobbled old town, stamp your pilgrim passport in Le Puy Cathedral and walk up to Notre Dame de France for fantastic panoramic views of the city and its volcanic landscapes.

Place du Plot is the traditional meeting point for pilgrims in Le Puy en Velay. From there, the Camino takes walkers through magnificent green and rocky landscapes as well as charming little hamlets, as you head for Aumont-Aubrac. In France, the Camino de Santiago is marked as a GR Route with a red and white stripe; as well as the usual scallop shell and yellow Camino markings.

VIEW OUR TOUR OPTIONS

  • Standard:
    • 6 days/ 5 Nights. Stay in our selected accommodation.
    • Split – 7 days/ 6 Nights. This tour includes an extra walking day to split the last day into two days of 6km and 14km. You will stay in Saint Alban sur Limagnole.

Trip highlights

  • Climb 268 steps to the St Michel d'Aighuilhe chapel in Le Puy
  • Admire the stunning views of Velay's volcanic landscapes
  • Taste local delicacies in picturesque villages
  • Walk peaceful tracks to Aumont-Aubrac

1 Le Puy en Velay

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Nestled between the Auvergne volcanoes and the Rhone Alpes valley, Le Puy en Velay is a charming small city that impresses visitors: head to Notre Dame de France at the top of the old town to enjoy the best views over the surrounding mountains.

2 Le Puy en Velay to Saint-Privat d'Allier - 24km

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6h15 | +646m / -452m
Today the Via Podiensis takes pilgrims across lush mountains in Velay Massif, enjoying stunning scenery all day long, before reaching the pretty village of Saint-Privat d’Allier.

3 Saint-Privat d'Allier to Saugues - 19km

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5h30 | +715m / -665m
This is a short walk but the ascents and descents make it the most challenging stage of this first section, however it is a very rewarding day as you will enjoy wonderful views of the Velay Massif and Gévaudan Plateau. The Camino trail takes you to picturesque villages and hamlets such as Rochegude, Combriaux and Montaure before you arrive in Saugues, your stop for the night.

4 Saugues to Les Faux - 26km

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7h | +686m / -525m
Today, the Le Puy Way takes you to Le Sauvage, a farming area perched on top of a hill and dating back to the times of the Templars. You will then enter La Lozère department at the Saint-Roch chapel (great spot for a picnic, with panoramic views) before finishing in Les Faux.

5 Les Faux to Aumont-Aubrac - 20km

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5h | +435m / -511m
Today is a relatively easy and nice day: from Les Faux, the Via Podiensis trail takes pilgrims to the small town of Saint-Alban-sur-Limagnole, where you can visit its Romanesque church. You will have a steep climb up to Grazières-Mages before descending to the hamlet of Les Estrets through quiet woods and farmland. Your final stop is the town of Aumont-Aubrac, gateway to the wonderful Aubrac Plateau.

Easy Walking Option Stay in Saint-Alban-sur-Limagnole - 6km & 14km

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You can choose to split the long walking day above, Les Faux to Aumont-Aubrac, into two stages of 6km and 14km, staying in the centre of Saint-Alban-sur-Limagnole for one night.

6 Aumont-Aubrac

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Aumont-Aubrac has always had strong links to the Camino. Back in medieval times, this is where pilgrims coming from the East on the Le Puy Camino route rested before tackling the imminent isolated lands of the Aubrac Plateau.

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.

Le Puy en Velay - 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. 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 and relaxing country homes.

Saint Privat d'Allier - 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.

Saugues - 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.

Les Faux - 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.

Saint Alban sur Limagnole - 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.

Aumont-Aubrac - 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.

Le Puy en Velay Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Aumont-Aubrac Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Flying IN and OUT

How to get to Le Puy-en-Velay
Best Option: Lyon airport (145km)
EasyJet operates flights to Lyon from London (Stansted & Gatwick), Edinburgh. Aer Lingus has a route between Lyon and Dublin. It is possible to get flights from the main airports in Europe to Lyon, 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.
Other option: Le Puy-en-Velay airport (12km)
Le Puy airport is small. Hex’Air serves 2 daily flights from Paris (Orly) but there is no direct connection. www.hexair.com (only from mon-fri).

 

How to get back from Aumont-Aubrac
Best Option: Lyon airport (220km)
EasyJet operates in Lyon with flights to London (Stansted & Gatwick), Edinburgh. Aer Lingus has a route between Lyon and Dublin. It is possible to get flights to the main airports in Europe from Lyon, 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.

Other option: Rodez airport (90km)
Rodez airport is a small airport with some international destinations. Ryanair flies to London (Stansted), Brussels (S. Charleroi). Airlinair offers a connection to Paris (Orly). See www.skyscanner.com.

Transfers to and from Airport

How to get to Le Puy-en-Velay
From: Lyon airport (145km)
From Lyon Airport you can take the “Rhonexpress” (shuttle train) to the city centre and the train station (named Lyon Part Dieu), (every 15 mins, approx 30 mins travel time). See www.rhonexpress.fr. There is a direct train connection between Lyon City Centre and Le Puy-en-Velay (Part Dieu) 3 times per day, approx 2h15 travel time). See www.voyages-sncf.com.
From: Le Puy-en-Velay airport (12km)
The airport is approximately 12km from the city centre and cannot be reached by public transport. You may need to book a taxi from Le Puy-en-Velay city to the Le Puy-en-Velay airport in advance. See www.taxis-graille.fr.

 

How to get back from Aumont-Aubrac
To: Lyon airport (220km)
There is a train connection between Aumont-Aubrac and Lyon (Gare de Lyon Part Dieu) (3 times per day, approx. 6h). See www.voyages-sncf.com.The “Rhonexpress” (shuttle train) connects the airport with the city centre and the train station (called Gare de Lyon Part Dieu)(every 15min, approx. 30 min travel time). See www.rhonexpress.fr.

 

To: Rodez airport (90km)
To get from Rodez you will need to change in Severac le Chateau or Millau. To get from Aumont-Aubrac to Severac le Chateau/ Millau you can take an “autocar” (coach bus) from the train station. Once you arrive in Severac le Chateau or Millau you can take the train to Rodez airport. The complete route can be taken twice a day, one via Millau and the second via Severac. Travel time is 2h30 (via Severac) and 3h45 (via Millau)). See www.voyages-sncf.com.
Unfortunately, there is no public transport service to the airport, but it is possible to get a taxi. See www.rodezairport.com.

More Info on getting to Le Puy en Velay

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


Select your trip

1. Tour options - Select your trip type

  • Stay in our selected accommodation, all rooms are en-suite. Price pp, half board.

    Single Room
    €645
    Double/Twin Room
    €515
  • This tour includes an extra walking day, staying in the town of Saint Alban sur Limagnole. Price pp, half board.

    Single Room
    €774
    Double/Twin Room
    €618

2. Select Date

3. No. of rooms

  • Single (1 bed)
  • Twin Rooms (2 beds)
  • Double (1 large bed for 2)

What's Included

  • Luggage transferred 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)