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The fifth and last section of the Paris & Tours Camino de Santiago starts in the lovely city of Bordeaux and ends in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, near the Spanish border, where pilgrims can join the French Way.

Pilgrims start their journey from Bordeaux, capital of this famous wine-making region, known all over the world for its fine wines; walking through vineyards before arriving at the foot of the Pyrenees. This is a relatively easy section of the Paris Camino, although the last stretch into St Jean does require some effort.

Starting from the suburbs of Bordeaux you will cross scenic countryside through fields and vineyards. The many churches, abbeys and streets with the name of Saint James will remind you all the way that you are indeed on the road to Santiago de Compostela. You will pass magnificent cities such as Dax before arriving in Saint-Jean–Pied-de-Port, the last town in France and starting point of the famous French Way to Santiago.

Trip highlights

  • Go wine tasting in Bordeaux, home to France's best wines
  • Walk invigorated by the fresh scents of pine woodlands in Landes
  • Get pampered in the spa town of Dax
  • Feel like a medieval pilgrim as you cross Porte St Jacques in St Jean

1 Bordeaux

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You will begin your Camino trip in Bordeaux. We recommend taking some time to explore its beauty, visit its monuments and sample the famous Bordeaux wine. 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).

2 Bordeaux to Le Barp - 26km

7h | +250m / -177m
To save you a 10km-walk through the suburbs of Bordeaux, we suggest you take a short bus transfer to Gradignan (bus fare not included). From here, you will quickly reach the countryside and follow a path which will bring you to the Landes region and its huge pine forests. Your arrival point for today is Le Barp.

3 Le Barp to Le Muret - 30km

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7h | +200m / -226m
Today you will walk along several forest tracks before arriving in Belin-Béliet. Here the church of the Vieux-Lugo, surrounded by woods and situated close to the village, deserves a visit. The trail will then take you through Mons with its beautiful church before arriving in Le Muret. Le Muret is your stop for tonight, here you can admire the lovely Saint-Roch Chapel built in the XII century and surrounded by century old oak trees.

4 Le Muret to Labouheyre - 31km

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7h30 | +191m / -170m
After leaving Le Muret you will be greeted by a scenic country landscape of green fields and woodlands. In Moustey there are two churches you can visit, located in the same cemetery, the second church being a museum. All along the way you will encounter healer fountains in many hamlets, a mix of ancient beliefs and Christian veneration. Your walking day finishes at Labouheyre and its XV century church.

5 Labouheyre to Onesse-et-Laharie - 24km

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6h30 | +179m / -203m
Today you will walk across forests and farmland, spotting isolated houses and traditional farm houses scattered along the way. You will cross Escource before arriving in Onesse-Laharie where the beautiful church is worth a visit.

6 Onesse-et-Laharie to Taller - 26km

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6h30 | +253m / -217m
You will start the day walking along pleasant paths through the region before arriving in Lesperon. This village was the property of the King of England before being taken by brigands in the XV century. From Lesperon you will cross a forest before finally reaching Taller, where you can admire the XIII century church.

7 Taller to Dax - 23km

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6h | +156m / -223m
Today is the last forest stage of the Landes. You will walk to Saint-Paul-lès Dax, where you can visit the beautiful church listed as a National Heritage Site by the French government. When you arrive in the city of Dax, you can check out its famous thermal waters. It’s worth visiting The cathedral of Dax with its wonderful portal of the apostles and the Nethe (hot water fountain).

8 Dax to Sorde-l'Abbaye - 30.5km

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6h30 | +322m / -320m
You will leave Dax by crossing a bridge. Here, your walking route starts to change and you will need to climb a little bit. You’ll notice that oak trees replace the pine forests that had been accompanying you until now. Your arrival point for today is Sorde-l’Abbaye and its lovely XIII century abbey.

9 Sorde-l'Abbaye to Saint Palais - 34km

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7h30 | +530m / -420m
At the end of this walking stage you will arrive in the Basque country. You will reach Labastide-Villefranche, where there was once a hospital for pilgrims. It has since disappeared and now the local cows sleep inside the Roman chapel. You pass through Arcanou, where you can visit the church, before reaching Garris. Here you can walk through the city centre and its traditional regional houses.

10 Saint Palais to Ostabat-Asme - 11km

4h30 | +444m / -399m
Today, you have a short walking stage which brings you into Ostabat through Saint-Palais. In Saint-Palais you can visit the museum dedicated to the Camino de Santiago and it is here where the pilgrims from Puy, Vezelay and Tours all meet. You need to climb for a while before reaching Soyarza but the landscape when you arrive is breath taking. Then you go through Harambeltz with its charming church featuring murals and a superb Roman portal before finally descending in the direction of Ostabat’s charming city centre.

11 Ostabat-Asme to St Jean Pied de Port - 23km

6h30 | +442m / -454m
Today you will start walking through the valleys before reaching meadows filled with sheep grazing. You will walk past several hamlets before finally arriving in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port. In this town you can admire the Gates of Notre-Dame, the “rue d’Espagne”, where some of the houses date to the beginning of the XVI century, and also the beautiful citadel.

12 St Jean Pied de Port

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Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port is the second most popular starting point for Camino pilgrims. 20,000 people per year choose to start their Camino here and take the opportunity to explore this beautiful walled town where many Camino paths coming from France converge.

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.

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.

Gradignan - 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 Barp - 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.

Saugnacq-et-Muret - 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.

Labouheyre - 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.

Lesperon - 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.

Gourbera - 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.

Dax - 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.

Sorde-l'Abbaye - 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 Palais - 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.

Carrefour de Larceveau - 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 Pied de Port - 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.

Bordeaux Average Temperature & Rainfall

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St Jean Pied de Port Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Flying IN and OUT

How to get to Bordeaux:
Best option: Bordeaux airport (10km)
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.
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.
How to get back from St Jean Pied de Port:
Best Option: Biarritz airport (55km)
Ryanair flights from/to Dublin, London (Stansted) and Brussels (St Charleroi), easyJet (Paris (Charles de Gaulle). See www.biarritz.aeroport.fr.
Alternative option: Pau airport (90km)
Air France flights are available from/to Paris (Orly and Charles de Gaulle) and London (City). See www.skyscanner.com.

Transfers to and from Airport

How to get to Bordeaux:
From: 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.
From: 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.
How to get back from St Jean Pied de Port:

To: Biarritz airport (55km)
A train connection (via Bayonne) is available (from Biarritz: 4 times/day (approx. 1h45), to Biarritz: 2 times/ day (approx. 1h45). See www.voyages-sncf.com.
The journey to/from each station (Bayonne and Biarritz) can be done by bus. See http://en.biarritz.aeroport.fr/ .
From/ to the airport, the easiest way is to take the shuttle bus, please check: www.biarritzairporttransfers.com (Prices depend on group size).
To: Pau airport (90km)
Airport Shuttle bus is available from/to the train station every hour (except Sundays and public holidays). See http://www.pau.aeroport.fr/.
Train connection between Pau and St Jean (5 times/ day, with a change in Bayonne). See: www.bonjourlafrance.com/.

More Info on getting to Bordeaux

Please select from our available tours below and proceed to booking. Contact the team if you have any special requests.


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  • Stay in our selected accommodation, all rooms en-suite. Price pp, half board.

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    €1669
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    €1352

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3. No. of rooms

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What's Included

  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
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  • Holiday pack: inc. notes & map(s) & pilgrim passport, what to bring, useful information

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  • Airport Transfers, Hotel Upgrades (where available)