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Vezelay Way – Vézelay to Bourges 1/5

Walking Section 1 of 5

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  • Tannay, Vezelay, Caminoways
  • Varzy, Vezelay, Caminoways
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  • La Charité-sur-Loire, Caminoways, Paris-Tours
  • Sancergues, Caminoways, Vezelay Way
  • Vezelay Way- Brécy- Caminoways
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The first section of the Vezelay Way starts in the lovely town of Vézelay, a traditional pilgrimage destination in France, and takes you all the way to the pretty medieval city of Bourges. This is an easy and tranquil Camino de Santiago section without any particular difficulties or challenges for walkers.

On the quiet and peaceful Vezelay Camino pilgrims will be following woodland tracks across lush fields and passing lovely medieval villages in the centre of France. Starting from UNESCO-listed Vézelay and its basilica of St. Mary Magdalene, you will crisscross the Burgundy region, to finally reach the magnificent city of Bourges with its quaint medieval atmosphere.

Trip highlights

  • Visit the relics of Mary Magdalene in Vézelay's magnificent basilica
  • Feel the peace walking across lush forests and quaint hamlets
  • Taste the classic 'Bourguignonne' beef
  • Admire the splendid UNESCO-listed Bourges cathedral

1 Vézelay

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Your Camino journey starts in the UNESCO-listed hilltop town of Vézelay in Burgundy, home to the 11th century St. Mary Magdalene basilica, a pilgrimage destination for many centuries. Before you set off, take time to explore this charming town and go for a relaxing walk in the local vineyards and sample the region’s famous white wine.

2 Vézelay to Tannay - 22km

Tannay, Vezelay, Caminoways

6h | +346m / -381m
You will start your Camino from the Basilica in Vézelay, the town where King of France Philippe Auguste and King of England Richard Lionheart met to start the third crusade. Today you will cross the woods of the Yonne region and walk to la Maison-Dieu and Asnois before arriving in Tannay, where you can admire the old medieval houses.

3 Tannay to Varzy - 18km

Varzy, Vezelay, Caminoways

6h | +388m / -390m
After Tannay, the Camino takes you again through woods and along small country tracks to arrive in Turigny where you should stop to visit the Gothic chapel and admire the lovely washing house. You will then be on your way to Cuncy-lès-Varzy, a lovely village with a 16th century church with stunning stained glass. Your destination and stop for the night is Varzy where you should visit the 13th century church of Saint-Pierre.

4 Varzy to Châteauneuf-Val-de-Bargis - 23km

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6h30h | +358m / -319m
Today, the Camino takes you mostly through forests and woodland. A few minutes after leaving Varzy you will encounter the chapel of Saint-Lazare surrounded by trees. After that, you will pass Bourras-l’Abbaye before reaching Chateauneuf-Val-de-Bargis, your stop for the night.

5 Chateauneuf-Val-de-Bargis to La Charité-sur-Loire - 26km

La Charité-sur-Loire, Caminoways, Paris-Tours

6h30 | +342m / -461m
The Camino takes you again today mostly across lush woods and pretty villages with medieval architecture to admire. In Murlin you should visit the 12th century Romanesque church of Saint-Martin. You will then cross the Bertranges forest up to Raveau before reaching La Charité-sur-Loire your stop for the night. Don’t miss the 12th century church of Sainte-Croix-de-Notre-Dame, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in the lovely medieval old town by the Loire River.

6 La Charité-sur-Loire to Sancergues - 10km

Sancergues, Caminoways, Vezelay Way

3h | +88m / -72m
Today’s short Camino stage will allow you to explore La Charité-sur-Loire and relax by the Loire River. You will walk along fields, across woods and tiny hamlets before arriving in Sancergues where you should visit the 12th century Church of Saint-Jacques.

7 Sancergues to Brécy - 30km

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7h | +228m / -233m
A long, quiet and peaceful stage on the Camino awaits today, across fields and nature, perfect for reflecting and meditation. You will pass some pretty hamlets like Gron with its very unique church; Saint-Igny and Francheville before arriving in Brécy. King Charles VII used to live in the town’s castle, today in ruins.

8 Brécy to Bourges - 21km

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6h | +158m / -178m
Your last walking day on the Vezelay Way takes you to the medieval city of Bourges. On your way, you can stop in Saintes-Solange to visit the 12th century church. Once in Bourges, we recommend you visit the magnificent UNESCO-listed Gothic cathedral and the palace of Jacques Coeur, a rich merchant who wanted to build a beautiful and big house in his home town. You can also visit the museum of Berry, dedicated to medieval history and archaeology.

9 Bourges

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Before returning home, make the most of your day in Bourges, exploring its medieval streets and visiting the 12th century Gothic cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992.

Hotels and country cottages have been carefully selected for their location, comfort, character, food and hospitality. They are subject to availability and if the hotel described is not available, we will provide you with one of the same standard, comfort and price. Please note: Accommodation is subject to availability.

Vézelay - 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.

Tannay - 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.

Varzy - 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.

Chateauneuf-Val-de-Bargis - 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.

La Charité-sur-Loire - 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.

Sancergues - 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.

Brécy - 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.

Bourges - 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.

Vézelay Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Bourges Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Flying IN and OUT

How to get to Vezelay:
Best option: Paris airports (200km)
The Paris airports (Charles de Gaulle CDG and Orly) are two of the major airport hubs in Europe and all main airlines operate from Paris.

 

How to get back from Bourges:
Best option: Paris airports (250km)
The Paris airports (Charles de Gaulle CDG and Orly) are two of the major airport hubs in Europe and all main airlines operate from Paris.
Other option: Lyon airport (300km)
EasyJet flies from Lyon to London (Stansted & Gatwick) and Edinburgh in the UK, Madrid in Spain and Porto in Portugal. Aer Lingus has a route between Lyon and Dublin. There is also flight connections to the busiest airports across Europe, including London Heathrow (British Airways), Paris (Charles de Gaulle and Orly, both with Air France) and Frankfurt am Main (Lufthansa). See www.skyscanner.com.

Transfers to and from Airport

How to get to Vezelay:
From: Paris airports (200km)
From CDG 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.
From Orly 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.

 

How to get back from Bourges:
To: Paris airports (250km)
There is a train from Bourges (Gare de Bourges‎) to Paris (Gare d’Austerlitz), taking approx. 1h50 (direct) or 2h10 approx. (with change at Vierzon, Orleans or Nevers). See www.voyages-sncf.com.
From Paris d’Austerlitz to CDG airport: Take the metro (line 10) to St Michel (Notre Dame), then take the RER train to the airport (45min travel time). See www.aeroportsdeparis.fr.
From Austerlitz to Orly airport you can take the metro (line 10) to Pont de Rungis and then the shuttle bus to the airport. www.aeroportsdeparis.fr.
To: Lyon airport (300km)
From Bourges you can take a train to Lyon Part Dieu station (3 times/ day, approx. 4h). There are also other non direct connections available. See www.voyages-sncf.co.uk.
From the Lyon Part Dieu you can take the Rhonexpress (shuttle train) to the airport (every 15min, approx. 30 min travel time). See www.rhonexpress.fr.

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