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Vézelay Way – Bourges to Limoges 2/5

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The second section of the Vézelay Way Camino de Santiago route starts in the pretty medieval city of Bourges and ends in elegant Limoges by the Vienne River. This Camino route is quite easy, without particular difficulties.

Starting from Saint-Étienne’s cathedral in Bourges, the Vezelay Camino takes you across the centre region of France, exploring the peaceful French countryside. You will have the Vienne River as your guide and your walk will be mostly along tranquil forest tracks and across lush fields. Your destination is Limoges: a wonderful city with rich medieval heritage and capital of the Limousin Region.

The Vézelay Way is one of the classic routes of the Camino in France, the Chemins de St Jacques.

Trip highlights

  • Admire the splendid UNESCO-listed cathedral in Bourges
  • Taste local delicacies, such as the famous 'Escargots'
  • Visit the home of famous writer George Sand in Gargilesse
  • Feel the Medieval charm of Limoges timber frame houses

1 Bourges

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Before you set off on your Camino journey, make sure you explore the lovely city of Bourges and visit the stunning Gothic Saint-Étienne cathedral, built in the 12th century and a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Sites since 1992.

2 Bourges to Charost - 29km

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7h | +232m / -255m
On your first walking day, the Camino leaves Bourges along a former Roman path that will take you to Chapelle-Saint-Ursin and its lovely 12th century church. You will then walk across the woods to reach Villeneuve-sur-Cher where you should visit the castle. Your stop for the night is the village of Chârost, where you will find a castle, church and old bridge.

3 Chârost to Neuvy-Pailloux - 29km

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7h | +156m / -132m
Wheat and rapeseed fields stretch for miles ahead of you on today’s Camino. On your way, you will reach Issoudun which was the most important city in the region back in the Middle Ages. Stop for a rest at the Church of Saint-Cyr, visit the pilgrim museum, the belfry and the 12th century white tower. In Thizay where you can visit the beautiful castle before continuing to Neuvy-Pailloux, your stop for the night.

4 Neuvy-Pailloux to Chateauroux - 22km

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5h30 | +110m / -104m
Today you will notice a change in the landscape and you will cross mainly fields and woodland. Tonight your will spend the night in the beautiful little town of Chateauroux on the banks of the River Indre.  It is the second largest town in the province of Berry after the town of Bourges.  Must see attractions include Chateau Raoul, dating back to the 15th century and to which the town owes its origin.  Another key attraction includes the Church of Saint-Andres which at night is illuminated making it a spectacular sight that’s not to be missed.

5 Chateauroux to Argenton-sur-Creuse - 37km

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9h | +289m / -327m
Today, the Vézelay Way takes you past lakes and through peaceful woods. You will start your walking day crossing a splendid deciduous woodland on your way to Argenton-sur-Creuse.  You will pass through the little village of Velles and from there the path meets and for a time follows the River Bouzanne as it meanders through the tranquil French countryside.  Argenton-sur-Creuse will be you destination for today, a lovely little town on the banks of the River Creuse.  While your in the town you should follow the stepped path up to the little chapel of of Bonne Dame from which you can overlook the town and its surrounding landscapes.

6 Argenton-sur-Creuse to Gargilesse - 12km

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3h30 | +197m / -125m
After Argenton-sur-Creuse, the Vézelay Way takes you through peaceful farmland and meadows filled with grazing cows.  You will follow the River Creuse upstream through the little village of Le Menoux.  Your stop for the night is Gargilesse with its lovely castle. You should also visit the church of Notre-Dame and the house of famous writer George Sand.

7 Gargilesse to Crozant - 19km

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5h | +397m / -315m
The Creuse River shows Camino pilgrims the way today. On your way to Crozant, you will pass several hamlets and green pastures before arriving in Cuzions’ beautiful village square. You will cross the bridge of the Piles over the Creuse River to continue on to Éguzon and some hamlets before reaching Crozant. Crozant is your stop for the night. Here you can visit the little church and the ruins of the former castle, listed as National Heritage Site by the French Government.

8 Crozant to La Souterraine - 26km

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6h30 | +424m / -267m
Leaving Crozant, the Camino then follows the Sédelle River up to the Charraud bridge. Stop to have a look at the church in Chapelle-Baloue before continuing to Saint-Germain-Beaupré and the castle that hosted former King of France Henry IV. This Camino de Santiago stage ends at La Souterraine where you can visit the 12th century church, the Bridiers Castle and the Saint-Jean Gate.

9 La Souterraine to Bénévent-l'Abbaye - 21km

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5h30 | +312m / -210m
Fields, meadows and woodlands make most of today’s landscape on the Camino. You will be also passing the lovely villages of Saint-Priest-La-Feuille and Chamborrand before reaching your stop for the night: Bénévent-L’Abbaye. At Bénévent-L’Abbaye you can visit the country museum, and the 12th century church, listed as National Heritage Site by the French Government.

10 Bénévent-l'Abbaye to Pont du Dognon - 33km

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8h30 | +672m / -865m
Today the Camino starts with a slightly hilly trail through woodland. In Saint-Goussaud, the lanterne des morts (lantern of the dead) as you enter the village reminds pilgrims of all who have walked this Camino path since Medieval times. Continuing across the woods you will reach Saint-Laurent-les-Églises and the beautiful bridge of Dognon.

11 Pont du Dognon to Saint-Léonard-en-Noblat - 16km

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4h30 | +317m / -260m
Today’s stage is quite short. At Le Châtenet-en-Dognon you can admire the 12th century church, with a very unique style for this region. Your final point for the day is Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat and its magnificent collegiate church, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Explore this lovely town, where you should definitely see the bridge and medieval houses in the old town.

12 Saint-Léonard-en-Noblat to Limoges - 23km

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5h30 | +326m / -407m
Today is your last day walking the Vézelay Way. After you leave Saint-Leonard-de-Noblat you will be following Vienne River walking peaceful paths before crossing the Saint-Etienne bridge to enter the old city of Limoges. In this fascinating and beautiful medieval city you should definitely visit the wonderful cathedral, the ‘cour du Temple’ (inner courtyard) with its timber frame houses and the many little chapels and churches.

13 Limoges

Explore the small city of Limoges before you finish your Vézelay Way trip. Must-see spots include the cathedral, the remains of the Gallo-Roman amphitheatre, the picturesque Rue de la Boucherie with its timber houses, as well as the many chapels and churches in the old town.

Hotels and country cottages on the Camino 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.

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.

Charost - 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.

Neuvy-Pailloux - 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.

Chateauroux - 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.

Argenton-sur-Creuse - 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.

Gargilesse - 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.

Crozant - 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.

Souterraine - 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.

Bénévent-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.

Pont du Dognon - 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-Leonard-en-Noblat - 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.

Limognes - 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 Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Limoges Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Flying IN and OUT

How to get to Bourges:
Best option: Paris airports (250km)
Paris airports (Charles de Gaulle CDG and Orly) are two of the major travel hubs in Europe and many international airlines fly from Paris.
Other option: Lyon airport (300km)
EasyJet flies to Lyon from London (Stansted & Gatwick), Edinburgh, Madrid and Porto. Aer Lingus connects Dublin and Lyon. You can also fly from some of the busiest airports in 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.

 

How to get back from Limoges:
Best option: Limoges-Bellegarde Airport (10km)
Ryanair operates flights from Limoges to the UK (2-4 times/ week), including Leeds (Bradford), Liverpool, London (Stansted, every day), Bristol and Nottingham (East Midlands). You can also fly to Paris Orly (daily) with With Twin Jet or Hop!, as well as Lyon (3 times/ day), Marseille and Nice (2 times/ week). See www.skyscanner.com.
Other option (a): Paris (370km)
Paris airports (Charles de Gaulle CDG and Orly) are two of the major travel hubs in Europe and many international airlines fly from Paris.
Other option (b): Bordeaux airport (220km)
Bordeaux airport has good flight connections to the UK and Ireland. EasyJet flies to London (Luton), Liverpool and Bristol. Ryanair flies to Cork and Aer Lingus connects Bordeaux with Dublin. It is also possible to fly via  other airports in Europe, doing stop over in 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 Bourges:
From: Paris airports (250km)
From CDG 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.
From Orly 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.
From: 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.

 

How to get back from Limoges:
To: Limoges-Bellegarde Airport (10km)
There is no public transport to Limoges airport, so the best option is to take a taxi: See www.aeroportlimoges.com.
To: Paris (370km)
There are direct trains from Limoges (Benedictins) to Paris (Gare d’Austerlitz) at least every 2 hours (3h-3h30 travel time). 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 Paris d’Austerlitz to Orly, you can take the metro (line 10) to Pont de Rungis and then the shuttle bus to the airport. See www.aeroportsdeparis.fr.
To: Bordeaux airport (220km)
You can take a train to Bordeaux (Gare St.-Jean) from Limoges (Benedictins), 3 times/ day directly (or more regular with a change at different stations). Travel time is approx. 3h. See www.voyages-sncf.com.
There is a shuttle service from Gare St.-Jean station to the airport (every 45min, travel time approx. 20min). See www.bordeaux.aeroport.fr

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