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The first section of the Paris & Tours Camino de Santiago (Via Turonensis in Latin) starts in Paris, ‘City of Lights’, and ends in medieval Orléans.

This Camino from Paris crosses one of the most productive agricultural areas of France so it is quite a flat and easy section to walk. Starting at the Tour St Jacques (St James Tower), you will cross the always fascinating city of Paris on the way to Orléans. Along the Via Turonensis you will discover many villages and hamlets with churches, abbeys and castles, stunning reminders of the area’s medieval heritage. At the end of this section of the Camino from Paris, you will arrive in Orléans, a city directly linked to the history of the Kingdom of France.

Although some times physically demanding, this Camino walk only requires a reasonable level of fitness. However, If you do feel tired, there are many bars and restaurants along the way where you can stop to take a rest.

Trip highlights

  • Become enchanted by Paris, the city of lights and love!
  • 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'

1 Paris

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Paris is one of the most stunning cities in the world. “The city of love”, doesn’t disappoint when it comes to things to do and see. Take your time to visit the Eiffel Tower and perhaps take the elevator to the summit, but also take some time to explore the Parisian backstreets. Admire the landscape from Montmartre, visit the most famous Art Museum in the world; Le Louvre, sample French pastries and take a walk along the Seine.

2 Paris to Massy - 21km

5h30 | +228 m / -202 m
Beginning after breakfast, you will start walking from the Saint James Tower (Tour de Saint Jacques), last vestige of the former 16th century Church of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Boucherie (“Saint James of the Butchery”). You will climb the Saint-Genevieve hill along the Sorbonne, one of the most ancient and prestigious universities of France. Then you will cross Porte d’Orléans (city gate) to leave Paris. Leaving the city, you will take the quiet “Coulée verte”, a bicycle and pedestrian path bringing you to Massy, where you can admire the “Chateau de Vilgenis”.

3 Massy to Arpajon - 19km

6h30 | +220m / -243m
Very easy walk today, through small towns and villages like La Ville-du-Bois and Montlhery with their charming churches and market places. You can appreciate the medieval past of this area admiring the Tour de Monthlery and the Longpont Abbey, before arriving in Arpajon and its beautiful “grande halle”.

4 Arpajon to Etampes - 24km

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7h | +334m / -306m
You leave Arpajon and enter the real countryside, with numerous fields and woods. You cross Torfou with its beautiful architecture before arriving in Etrechy where you can contemplate the Saint-Etienne church built in the XIII century. Then, you will arrive in Etampes to visit the impressive tour de Guinette.

5 Etampes to Angerville - 25km

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7h | +272m / -215m
You will leave Etampes by taking a former roman path which leads you to Saclas, here you can visit the Saint-Germain church. Then you will reach Mereville, where you can take a break and visit the castle with its XVIII century English gardens. The final destination for today is Angerville.

6 Angerville to Artenay - 35km

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8h30 | +123m / -144m
Today you will be walking in the Beauce region, one of France’s most productive agricultural areas. This flat relaxing stretch will take you across hamlets and farmland. In Teillay-le-Gaudin you can visit the lovely XVI century church. You will end your walk for today in Artenay. Today is quite a long walking day so you may wish to take a taxi for the last few kilometres. Ask our travel consultants for advice.

7 Artenay to Orléans - 26km

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7h | +115m / -130m
You leave Artenay to continue your walk across the forests of the Orléans region and finally arriving in the city. Orléans is a very historical city so it’s worth taking time to visit its many sites, such as the Sainte-Croix Cathedral and the city’s Art Museum, home to over 2,000 paintings.

8 Orléans

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Orléans is a beautiful city with a number of things to see and do. Pilgrims can enjoy immersing themselves in the local culture and becoming inspired by its energy.

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.

Paris - 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. Up to 3-stars, 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.

 

Massy - 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.

 

Arpajon - 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.

 

Etampes - 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.

 

Angerville - 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.

 

Artenay - 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.

 

Orléans - 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. Up to 3-stars, 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.

Paris Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Orléans Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Flying IN and OUT

How to get to Paris:
Best option: Paris airports
The 2 airports in Paris (Charles de Gaulle [CDG] and Orly) are some of the major hubs in Europe and all European airlines operate in Paris. See www.skyscanner.com.
Alternative options: Paris Beauvais airport (85km)
The airport Beauvais is Paris low-cost airport. With Ryanair, a route from/to Madrid, Barcelona, Porto, Glasgow (Prestwick), Edinburgh, Manchester and Dublin. Other destinations are available as well. See www.skyscanner.com.
How to get back from Orléans:
Best option: Paris airports (120km)
The 2 airports in Paris (Charles de Gaulle [CDG] and Orly) are major hubs in Europe and many airlines operate in Paris. See www.skyscanner.com.
Alternative option: Paris Beauvais airport (195km)
The airport Beauvais is Paris low-cost airport. With Ryanair, a route from/ to Madrid, Barcelona, Porto, Glasgow (Prestwick), Edinburgh, Manchester and Dublin is offered. Other destinations are available as well. See www.skyscanner.com.

Transfers to and from Airport

How to get to Paris:
From: Paris airports
For the way from/to the CDG-airport, see www.aeroportsdeparis.fr.
For the way from/to Orly airport, see www.aeroportsdeparis.fr.
From: 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.

You can travel between 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.

From/ to CDG-airport 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 .
The way between Orly and d’Austerlitz is linked with metro as well: Take the metro (line 10) to Pont de Rungis and then the shuttle bus to the airport. See www.aeroportsdeparis.fr.
To: Paris Beauvais airport (195km)
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.

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