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Paris & Tours Way – Saintes to Bordeaux 4/5

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The fourth section of the Paris & Tours Camino de Santiago starts in Saintes and ends in Bordeaux, also called ‘La belle endormie’ (Sleeping Beauty).This is a region of outstanding beauty where you will walk along some of the most renowned vineyards in France. This is quite an easy walking section of the Paris Camino. Along the way, pilgrims will pass many castles, chapels and pretty villages; and discover beautiful cities such as Pons. Your destination is the stunning city of Bordeaux and its breathtaking city centre, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Trip highlights

  • Enjoy a mid-day Pineau aperitif like a local
  • Step back in time at the Medieval Pilgrim Hospital in Pons
  • Walk along the finest vineyards in Bordeaux
  • Find inner peace at UNESCO-listed Saint-Seurin and Saint-Michel basilicas

1 Saintes

Saintes, Paris-Tours,Caminoways

Today, you will arrive in Saintes for the start of your Camino. Because of its noteworthy gallo-roman, medieval and classical heritage, Saintes is a popular tourist destination and has been a 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. Take some time to explore its monuments and sample the local cuisine.

2 Saintes to Pons - 23km

Pons, Paris-Tours, Caminoways

6h | +208m / -188m
Today you will leave Saintes and cross the countryside through the vineyards of the famous Pineau aperitif. You will also pass many Roman ruins along the way. When you arrive in Pons you can visit a XII century dungeon, the Usson castle which used to be a hospital for pilgrims and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

3 Pons to Mirambeau - 32km

Mirambeau, Paris-Tours, Caminoways

7h30 | +276m / -268m
As you leave Pons you will continue walking through vineyards before reaching Saint-Genis-de-Saintonge. You will arrive in the abbey of Tenaille founded in 1125 before reaching Nieul-le-Virouil. Here you can admire the church of Saint Sevrin with its unique bell tower before arriving in Mirambeau.

4 Mirambeau to Saint-Aubin-de-Blaye - 16km

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5h | +185m / -232m
Today is a short stage allowing you to enjoy the walking route along little pathways. In Pleine-Selve you can admire the remains the old monastery. Further along, you can visit the church of Saint-Palais before reaching Saint-Aubin-de-Blaye, where you will be staying.

5 Saint-Aubin-de-Blaye to Blaye - 20km

Blaye, Paris-Tours, Caminoways

6h | +111m / -132m
Today, you leave Saint-Aubin and enjoy  walking across woods and pine forests on your way to Cartalegue, where several graves of pilgrims are to be found in the cemetery. Your final destination for today is Blaye. Here you can admire the citadel built by Vauban to defend the city of Bordeaux. Inside the citadel there is a cloister, a chapel and a castle built in the XII century. The citadel is also home to one of the smallest vineyards in all of France.

6 Blaye to Bordeaux - 28km

Bordeaux, Paris-Tours, Caminoways

7h | +262m / -247m
Today you will walk across the Medoc region, famous for its fine wines. You will pass vineyards such as Chateau Margaux and Chateau Lamarque on your way to Blanquefort (28km from Blaye) where you can visit the castle.
From Blanquefort, you can take a bus or a taxi to Bordeaux. This will save you walking through the suburbs of Bordeaux (approx. 10kms).
In Bordeaux you will be spolit for choice in terms of things to do and see. Firstly you can admire the basilicas of Saint-Seurin and Saint-Michel, both listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You may also wish to visit the art museum which one of the oldest in all of France; and the outstanding city centre, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

7 Bordeaux

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Bordeaux is the world’s major wine industry capital. It is home to the world renowned Vinexpo wine fair, taking place every second year in the month of June. The historic part of the city is on the UNESCO World Heritage List as “an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble” of the 18th century. The city is affectionately called “La perle d’Aquitaine” (Aquitaine’s paerl) and “La Belle Endormie” (Sleeping Beauty).

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.

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.

Pons - 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.

Mirambeau - 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-Aubin-de-Blaye - 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.

Blaye - 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.

Bordeaux - 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.

Saintes Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Bordeaux Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Flying IN and OUT

How to get to 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 lights 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 indirect 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.

How to get back from Bordeaux:
Best option: Bordeaux airport (10km)
Bordeaux airport is well connected to 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.
Alternative option: Toulouse airport (240km)
Aer Lingus offers flights from/to Dublin. London (Gatwick) is served by easyJet, London (Heathrow) by British airways. Jet2 offers flights from/to Manchester and Edinburgh. EasyJet also has many other routes from/to Toulouse, e.g. from/ to Paris (Orly and Charles de Gaulle), Milan (Malpensa), Rome (Fiumicino), Madrid or Porto. See www.skyscanner.com.

Transfers to and from Airport

How to get to Saintes:
From: 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.
From: 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.

How to get back from Bordeaux:

To: Bordeaux airport (10km)
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.
To: Toulouse airport (240km)
From the airport to the station, there is 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.

More Info on getting to Saintes

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