The Vezelay Way, Chemin de Vézelay in French or Via Lemovicensis in Latin, takes walkers from the vineyards of Burgundy in central France to the feet of the Pyrenees in the Spanish border.
The pretty little medieval town of Vézelay in Burgundy is the starting point of this trail, one of the most traditional Camino de Santiago routes in France. Vézelay has been a popular destination for pilgrims for many centuries, attracted by the shrine and relics of Mary Magdalene, reputedly kept in the town’s magnificent UNESCO-listed abbey. The Vezelay Way then takes pilgrims across the lush hills of the Limousin region, the gorgeous Medieval city of Limoges, the valleys of the Périgord and the plains of Aquitaine and the Landes.
Your journey on the Vezelay Camino will take you to the Saint James Gate (Porte de Saint Jacques) as you enter the walled Basque town of Saint Jean Pied de Port. It is here where many of the Camino routes coming from France converge and where you can join the famous French Way to continue on your way to Santiago de Compostela.
Visit the relics of Mary Magdalene in Vézelay
Taste local delicacies, such as the famous 'Escargots'
Be enchanted by Medieval Limoges
Enjoy the peace as you walk the forests of Landes
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How to Get There
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Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport 252km: From the airport to Paris Gare Bercy (station), take the bus line 4 (to Gare de Lyon), departing every 30min (travel time 15min). From this station, you can take the metro (line 14, towards Olympiades) to Bercy (2min). From here, it is one block walk to the train station. It is also possible to walk from Gare de Lyon: it would take you approx. 10min. See www.aeroportsdeparis.fr.
Paris Orly Airport 218km: From the airport to Gare Bercy, take the shuttle bus from the airport to Pont de Rungis, then the metro (line 10) to Bibliothèque François Mitterrand and then metro (line 14) to Gare Bercy. See www.aeroportsdeparis.fr.
From Paris Gare Bercy there is a train to Sermizelles (up to 5 times/ day, taking approx 3h). Depending on the time, the route is direct or needs a change (with a change in Cravant, Laroche Migennes or Auxerres). Sermizelles is 11km from Vezelay. From Sermizelles you can take the bus (taking 15min). See www.voyages-sncf.com for the trains and buses (SNCF buses). Alternatively you can take a taxi for the last stretch of the journey.
Another option is taking a train to Avallon (trains are more frequent), which is 16kms away. From Avallon you will need to take a taxi to Vezelay.
Paris Charles de Gaulle 270km: From the airport to Paris d’Austerlitz station: take the RER train from the airport to St. Michel (Notre Dame) (45min travel time). From here take the metro (line 10) to Paris d’Austerlitz (10min). See www.aeroportsdeparis.fr.
Paris Orly Airport 239km: From the airport to d’Austerlitz: take a shuttle bus to Pont de Rungis, then the metro (line 10) to the station. www.aeroportsdeparis.fr.
There are regular trains to Bourges (Gare de Bourges) from Paris (Gare d’Austerlitz), taking approx. 1h50 (direct) or approx. 2h10 (with change in Vierzon, Orleans or Nevers). It is also possible, but not recommended, to take the train from Paris Bercy. See www.voyages-sncf.com.yon airport (300km)
Lyon Airport 300km: Take the Rhonexpress (shuttle train) from the airport to the city centre and train station (Lyon Part Dieu) (every 15min, approx. 30 min travel time). See www.rhonexpress.fr.
From Lyon (Part Dieu) you can take a direct train to Bourges (3 times/ day, approx. 4h). Non-direct trains also available. See www.voyages-sncf.co.uk.
Limoges-Bellegarde Airport 10km: There is no public transport from Limoges airport, but there is a special taxi service: See www.aeroportlimoges.com.
Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport 415km: From the airport to Paris d’Austerlitz: take the RER train to St Michel (Notre Dame) (45 min approx travel time), then take the metro (line 10) the station. See www.aeroportsdeparis.fr.
Paris Orly Airport 383km: From the airport to Paris d’Austerlitz: you can take the shuttle bus to Pont de Rungis and then the metro (line 10) to the station. See www.aeroportsdeparis.fr.
There are direct trains Paris (Gare d’Austerlitz) to Limoges (Benedictins) at least every 2 hours (3h-3h30 travel time). See www.voyages-sncf.com.
Bordeaux Airport 229km: There is a shuttle service from Bordeaux airport to the station (Gare St.-Jean) (every 45min, travel time approx. 20min). See www.bordeaux.aeroport.fr
There are trains from Bordeaux (Gare St.-Jean) to Limoges (Benedictins) 3 times/ day direct (or more often with a change at different stations). Travel time is approx. 3h. See www.voyages-sncf.com.
Bordeaux Airport 130km: From Bordeaux Airport you can take a shuttle to the station (Gare St.-Jean) (every 45min, travel time approx. 20min). See www.bordeaux.aeroport.fr.
From Bordeaux (Gare St.-Jean) you can take a train to Perigueux, every 2 hours/ day. Travel time is approx. 1h30. See www.voyages-sncf.com.
Limoges-Bellegarde Airport 90km: There is no public transport from Limoges airport, but a special taxi fare: See www.aeroportlimoges.com
There is a train between Limoges (Benedictins) and Perigueux at least every 2 hours/ day. Travel time is 1h-1h20. See www.voyages-sncf.com.
Bordeaux Airport 130km: From the airport to Bordeaux Pessac station you can take a shuttle (travel time approx. 20min). Seewww.bordeaux.aeroport.fr.
There is a train to Mont de Marsan from Bordeaux Pessac. 1h20 travel time approx. See: www.voyages-sncf.com.
Pau Airport 80km: There is an airport shuttle bus to the train station every hour (except Sundays and public holidays). See www.pau.aeroport.fr.
There is a bus from Pau (Gare) to Mont-de-Marsan (Gare)(1-4 times/ day, depending on the day). See: www.tourinsoft.com.
St Jean Pied de Port
Biarritz Airport 55km: You can take a bus from St Jean Pied de Port to Bayonne Gare (station) five times a day (approx. 1h20). From Bayonne Gare you can take a shuttle bus to Biarritz Airport (25 min approximate travel time). See www.voyages-sncf.com and http://en.biarritz.aeroport.fr/. The is also a train from St Jean Pied de Port to Bayonne.
Alternatively, you can use a private shuttle bus service to Biarritz airport, please check: www.biarritzairporttransfers.com (Prices depend on group size); or contact the team for airport transfers.
Pau Airport 90km: There is a train connection to Pau from 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/. From the train station in Pau, you can take the airport shuttle bus, departing every hour (except Sundays and public holidays). See: http://www.pau.aeroport.fr/.