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Paris & Tours Way – Tours to Saintes 3/5

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The third section of the Paris & Tours Camino de Santiago starts in the flowery city of Tours and ends in Saintes.

You will start your walk from the old town in Tours, on the Loire River, and head South on your Camino walk along beautiful countryside, dotted with pretty hamlets and little towns.

On the Paris & Tours Camino you will discover wonderful cities and monuments, such as Poitiers, Saint-Jean d’Angely, Melle and the church of Saint Hilaire, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although sometimes physically demanding, this Camino route only requires a reasonable level of fitness.

Trip highlights

  • Follow the steps of medieval pilgrims in Tours
  • Walk across the Loire Valley and its famous vineyards
  • Discover beautiful cities towns with stunning castles and abbeys
  • Treat yourself to delicious French delicacies

1 Tours

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Today you will arrive in the city of Tours, a beautiful city in the heart of the Loire Valley. Nestled between the Loire and Cher rivers, Tours is a vibrant and interesting town. After a great deal of the city was destroyed during the second world war, the medieval quarter has been restored over the years. The Cathedral St Gatien ranks among France’s finest. The presence of the University brings life to the ancient city.

2 Tours to Sorigny - 23km

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6h | +158m / -118m
You will start your walk by crossing the River Cher to leave the city of Tours. A pleasant 10km walk will take you to Montbazon. In Montbazon, you can stop to admire the city’s beautiful little streets and one of the world’s first medieval dungeons (built around the year 1000). Sorigny is your arrival point for today.

3 Sorigny to Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine - 20km

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5h30 | +79m / -80m
Today, you will walk through several hamlets before arriving in Sainte-Catherine-de-Touraine. This is where Joan of Arc received the sword she used to free Orléans. A statue of Joan of Arc was erected in the centre of the village. Then you will reach Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine. At Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine you can visit the church and XIV century castle,explore the old town and sample its famous goat cheese.

4 Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine to Dangé-St-Romain - 24km

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6h | +123m / -149m
After Sainte-Maure you will start walking through fields of cereal crops on your way to La Celle-Saint-Auvant where you can visit its beautiful XI century church and Les Ormes home to a XVIII century wooden hall. You will finish your day in Dange-Saint-Romain where you can admire the bridge, the church and several windmills.

5 Dangé-St-Romain to Chatellerault - 18km

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5h | +67m / -55m
A very easy walk today. Along the way, you should visit the X century church in Ingrandes. When you arrive in Chatellerault, a place famous for its pilgrims, you should see the renowned wooden statue of Saint James in the church of the same name (Saint Jacques).

6 Chatellerault to Poitiers - 36km

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8h30 | 365m / -308m
Today you leave Chatellereault and follow the River Vienne. Then, you will take a former Roman path leading to Poitiers where you can visit the Roman Catholic Church Notre-Dame de la Grande, built in the XI century. You may also wish to visit the Saint-Jean de Montierneuf church and the attractive city centre with its medieval relics.

As the trail is quite long today you may wish to take a bus for the last few kilometres to shorten your journey. For example in Fontaine, at km 25, you can decide to leave the Camino trail, and walk for 500m on your right handside, cross the bridge and reach Chasseneuil-du-Poitou, where some buses to Poitiers city centre regurarly pass. Same option at km 18: leave the trail to walk for 500m on your right handside, reaching the village of Dissay.

7 Poitiers to Lusignan - 30km

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7h30 | +158m / -127m
After your visit to Poitiers, you will continue on your way. Reaching Fontaine-le-Comte, here you should make sure to visit its abbey, listed as a National Heritage Site of France. After Fontaine, you will walk across fields, woodlands and gorgeous countryside, to Coulombiers. After that you will continue your countryside walk, passing some hamlets and arriving in Lusignan. Legend has it that the fairy Melusine created the beautiful castle here with her wand.

8 Lusignan to Chenay -20km

Chenay, Paris-Tours, Caminoways

5h30 | +145m / -184m
You will then continue walking across the countryside and pass many more hamlets before arriving in Chenay.

9 Chenay to Melle - 18km

Melle, Paris-Tours, Caminoways

4h30 | +128m / -117m
Perfect time to enjoy the local nature as today’s walking stage will take you through little country roads and paths. You will shortly arrive in Melle where you can visit three churches: Saint-Pierre, Saint-Savinien, and finally Saint Hilaire, the latter of which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

10 Melle to Aulnay - 33km

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8h | +232m / -304m
Today you will enter the region of Saintonge. You will pass through Villiers-sur-Chize and its beautiful old church ruins before arriving in Aulnay where you can visit the Saint-Sulpice church and the old castle tower.

11 Aulnay to Saint-Jean-d'Angély - 23km

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6h | +136m / -158m
Today you will discover the rich medieval heritage of the region, as you walk along the country and pass hamlets with picturesque churches, gates and old halls. Your final destination today is Saint-Jean-d’Angely where you can admire the royal abbey, the clock tower and the gorgeous streets with their timber frame houses, the oldest of which were built in the XV century.

12 Saint-Jean-d'Angély to Saintes - 35km

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8h30 | +410m / -426m
Today you will leave Saint-Jean-d’Angély and reach Fenioux where you can visit its lantern of the dead. On the way you can also visit the church of Juicq and the castle of Douet built in the XIV century. Here you will cross scenic countryside through beautiful farms and vineyards before reaching Saintes where we recommend paying a visit to the XI century abbey.

13 Saintes

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Because of its noteworthy gallo-roman, medieval and classical heritage, Saintes is a popular tourist destination, member of the French Towns and Lands of Art and History since 1990. It has several museums, a theatre, cinemas, and hosts numerous festivals throughout the year. A European centre of musical research and practice is located in the Abbey aux Dames. Saintes is also known for its other churches: the Basilique Saint-Eutrope and the Cathédrale Saint-Pierre. The Arch of Germanicus, a triumphal arch, was built at the entrance to a bridge and ruins of the Roman amphitheatre can be found on the left bank of the Charente.

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.

Tours - 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.

Sorigny - 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.

Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine - 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.

Dangé Saint Romain - 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.

Chatellerault - 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.

Poitiers - 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.

Lusignan - 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.

Chenay - 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.

Melle - 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.

Aulnay - 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-Jean-d'Angély - 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.

Saintes - 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.

Tours Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Saintes Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Flying IN and OUT

How to get to Tours:
Best option: Tours airport (6km)
Ryanair operates in Tours, serving flights from/to Manchester, Marseille and Dublin twice a week, while flights from/to Porto are available 3 times/week. See www.skyscanner.com.
Alternative option: Paris airports (220km)
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.

How to get back from Saintes:
Best option: La Rochelle (75km)
La Rochelle airport has some flights to the UK and Ireland, offered by EasyJet and Ryanair, e.g. from/ to Dublin, Cork, London (Gatwick and Stansted), Leeds (Bradford), Bristol, East Midlands or Edinburgh. Other international destinations are Porto or Brussels (S. Charleroi). Flights are available 1-3 times/week. See www.skyscanner.com.

Alternative option: Bordeaux airport (125km)
Bordeaux airport is well connected with the UK and Ireland. EasyJet offers flights from/to London (Luton), Liverpool and Bristol. Ryanair serves flights from/to Cork and Aer lingus connects Bordeaux with Dublin. It is also possible to take connecting flights via the busiest airports in Europe, e.g. via Paris (Orly and CDG with AirFrance), Amsterdam (with KLM), Madrid (with Iberia), Porto (with Ryanair) or Munich (with Volotea). See www.skyscanner.com.

Transfers to and from Airport

How to get to Tours:
From: Tours airport (6km)

Bus connections from/to the airport are available when a Ryanair flight departs or arrives, see www.tours.aeroport.fr.

From: Paris airports (220km)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.
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.
Orly and 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.
How to get back from Saintes:
To: La Rochelle (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.
To: Bordeaux airport (125km)
The direct train connection between Bordeaux (Gare St.-Jean) and Saintes is regular and travel time is approx. 1h15-1h35 (regional trains and intercities available). See www.voyages-sncf.com.
There is a shuttle service between the station (Gare St.-Jean) and the airport (every 45min, travel time approx. 20min). See  www.bordeaux.aeroport.fr.

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