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Le Puy Way Villages of France 1st Week

Le Puy-en-Velay to Aumont-Aubrac

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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.

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  • 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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How to Get There

Live information on Rome2Rio. We can also arrange private transfers if you prefer, just ask us.

Le Puy en Velay

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.

 

Aumont-Aubrac

Lyon Airport 220km: The “Rhonexpress” (shuttle train) connects the airport with the city centre and the train station (named Lyon Part Dieu)(every 15min, approx. 30 min travel time). See www.rhonexpress.fr. A train connection between Lyon and Aumont-Aubrac and Lyon (Part Dieu) exists (3 times/ day, approx. 6h). See www.voyages-sncf.com.Rodez airport (90km)

Rodez Airport 90km: To get to Rodez you need to change in Severac le Chateau or Millau: Between Aumont-Aubrac and Severac le Chateau/ Millau, an “autocar” (coach bus) links the train stations, while between Severac/ Millau and Rodez, a train connection is available. 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 from the airport, but it is possible to get a taxi. See www.rodezairport.com.