The Paris & Tours Way, Chemin de Paris et de Tours in French or Via Turonensis in Latin, has been the Camino de Santiago route followed traditionally by pilgrims coming from the North of France and Europe. Paris, the City of Lights, is the starting point for this route. Tour St Jacques, in Rue de Rivoli, has seen pilgrims embark on their Camino de Santiago journey from this very spot for many centuries.
Followed by devoted Medieval pilgrims, the Paris & Tours Way is dotted with wonderful historic towns and sanctuaries of great importance, such as the Basilica of Saint Martin in the splendid city of Tours.
Admiring majestic castles in the Loire Valley, walking across the fine vineyards of Bordeaux, exploring charming Medieval villages and, of course, treating yourself to authentic French cuisine (with a glass of Bordeaux wine!) along the way are some of the things that will make this Paris & Tours Way special.
Start your journey at Tour St Jacques, like a medieval pilgrim
Admire the story of Joan of Arc in stained glass at Orléans Cathedral
Discover the delicious treats of an authentic French 'pâtisserie'
Be King or Queen of the castle at magnificent Château d'Amboise
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How to Get There
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Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport 25km: See www.aeroportsdeparis.fr.For the way from/to Orly airport, see
Paris Orly Airport 18km: See www.aeroportsdeparis.fr.Paris Beauvais airport (85km)
Paris Beauvais Airport 85km: There are two options for travelling between the airport and Paris: The direct shuttle from/ to Paris (Porte Maillot) (see www.aeroportbeauvais.com) or the bus line 12 from/ to Beauvais station or city centre (see www.destination-beauvais-paris.co.uk). For thge second option, you will have to take the train between Paris (Gare du Nord) and Beauvais (Gare SNCF), too. See www.voyages-sncf.com.
Orleans (station “Centre” or “L’Aubrais”) and Paris (Gare d’Austerlitz) by train, there is a good connection, taking approx. 1h. See www.voyages-sncf.com.
Charles de Gaulle Airport 153km: from/to Paris d’Austerlitz: From the airport, take the RER train to St. Michel (Notre dame) (45min travel time). From this station, there is a metro (line 10) to Paris d’Austerlitz (10min). See www.aeroportsdeparis.fr .
Orly Airport 122km: Orly Airport and Gare d’Austerlitz are linked with metro. Take the metro (line 10) to Pont de Rungis and then the shuttle bus to the airport. See www.aeroportsdeparis.fr
Paris Beauvais Airport 220km: The best route between Orléans and Beauvais is the one via Paris (Gare d’Austerlitz): With the train, it only takes 1h from/to Paris (regular departures). See www.voyages-sncf.com. In Paris (Porte Maillot), you can take the direct shuttle bus from/to Beauvais airport (see www.aeroportbeauvais.com). Porte Maillot is approx. 8km far apart from Gare d’Austerlitz. You need to take the regional train RER C. See www.ratp.fr.
Tours Airport 6km: Bus connections from/to the airport are available when a Ryanair flight departs or arrives, see www.tours.aeroport.fr.Paris airports (220km)By
Paris Airports: By train: you can take the regional trains or travel with the TGV. From Tours (station “Centre”) to Paris (Gare d’Austerlitz), you can take a regional train (taking approx. 2h) or the TGV – it only takes approx. 1h15 and departs/arrives at “Gare Montparnasse”. See www.voyages-sncf.com.
Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport 261km: From the airport, take the RER train to St. Michel (Notre dame) (45min travel time). From this station, there is a metro (line 10) to Paris d’Austerlitz (10min). See www.aeroportsdeparis.fr.Paris Orly Airport and d’Austerlitz are linked by
Paris Orly Airport 223km: Orly Airport and Gare d’Austerlitz are linked by metro as well: take the metro (line 10) to Pont de Rungis and then the shuttle bus to the airport. See www.aeroportsdeparis.fr.
The journey between Gare Montparnasse and both airports is easier: The Air France buses directly serve both airports every 30min (stop name: Rue du Commandant Mouchotte). Line 1 from/to Orly and line 4 from/ to CDG, See www.lescarsairfrance.com.
La Rochelle Airport 75km: Saintes has a direct train connection from/to La Rochelle (Gare de la Rochelle-Ville or Porte Dauphine), taking 50min-1h10 (regional trains and intercities available). See www.voyages-sncf.com.
There is a local bus (line 7 or line 47 on Sunday) from/to the airport (every 30min, 15min travel time). The distance between the station “Rochelle-Ville” and the stop (named Place du Verdun) is approx. 2km, while the distance between “Porte Dauphine” and the stop is about 750m.
Bordeaux Airport 125km: The direct train connection between Bordeaux (Gare St.-Jean) and Saintes is regular with travel time is approx. 1h15-1h35 (regional trains and intercities available). See www.voyages-sncf.com. There is a shuttle bus between the station (Gare St.-Jean) and the airport (every 45min, travel time approx. 20min). See www.bordeaux.aeroport.fr.
Bordeaux Airport 10km: For the journey between the station (Gare St.-Jean) and the airport, there is a shuttle service (every 45min, travel time approx. 20min). See www.bordeaux.aeroport.fr.
Toulouse Airport 240km: From the airport to the station, you can take a shuttle bus (“AERO”, departing every 20 min, taking approx. 40min). See www.toulouse.aeroport.fr.
The central train station Toulouse-Matabiau is well connected with Bordeaux (St Jean), with almost hourly departures (travel time between 2h (intercities and TGV and 3h – regional trains). See www.voyages-sncf.com.
St Jean Pied de Port
Biarritz Airport 55km: You can take a shuttle bus from Biarritz Airport (25 min approximate travel time) to Bayonne Gare (station). From there, you can take a train to St Jean Pied de Port five times a day (approx. total journey time. 1h40 – 2h25 in total). See www.voyages-sncf.com and http://en.biarritz.aeroport.fr/. Alternatively, contact the team for airport transfers.
Pau Airport 90km: Airport Shuttle bus is available from the airport to the town’s train station every hour (except Sundays and public holidays). See http://www.pau.aeroport.fr/. From the town you can take a train to St Jean (up to 5 times/ day; not on Sunday), with a change in Bayonne. Travel time is about 3h-5h, depending on the time you need to wait in Bayonne. See: www.bonjourlafrance.com/.
Bordeaux Airport 235k: Shuttle bus to the train station (45min), then train to St Jean Pied de Port via Bayonne See www.voyages-sncf.com.