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Vézelay Way – Limoges to Perigueux 3/5

Walking Section 3 of 5

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The third section of the Vézelay Way, one of the classic Camino de Santiago routes across France, starts in the medieval city of Limoges and ends by the superb Cathedral of Saint-Front in Périgueux.

Before setting off, pilgrims should take some time to explore Limoges old town, admiring its medieval architecture and sampling the delicious local delicacies. This is an easy Camino section without any particular difficulties and taking in beautiful countryside, as well as fascinating heritage towns. The Vezelay Camino takes walkers across the Périgord Limousin Regional Natural Park, an area of stunning scenery. Magnificent villages and towns, as well as delicious cuisine await along the way including the pretty town of Thiviers, in the Dordogne region, capital of ‘foie gras’; and the town of Sorges, famous for its precious truffles and truffle museum.

The final point of this section of the Vézelay Way is the splendid UNESCO-listed Cathedral of Saint-Front in the pretty town of Périgueux, where you should explore the Medieval and Roman quarters.

Trip highlights

  • Be enchanted by Medieval Limoges
  • Walk at your pace and enjoy the peace in the Périgord Limousin Natural Park
  • Treat yourself to the most exquisite local truffles
  • Explore charming Périgueux and its cathedral

1 Limoges

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Before you set off, explore the small and quaint city of Limoges: visit the cathedral, the picturesque Rue de Boucheries with its timber houses and Gallo-Roman amphitheatre.

2 Limoges to Les Cars - 30km

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7h30 | +548m / -461m
You will start your Camino walking Limoges’ medieval streets before reaching the countryside where you will follow paths drawn into the hills called ‘poudges’ locally. At Aixe-sur-Vienne we recommend you visit the lovely 15th century Losmonerie Castle. You will encounter many Madonna statues erected all over the town.

3 Les Cars to La Coquille - 22km

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6h | +396m / -415m
From Les Cars, the Vézelay Way takes pilgrims straight into the beautiful countryside of the Périgord Limousin Regional Natural Park. The village of Bussière-Galant, part of the natural park, is your only interruption until you reach La Coquille, your stop for the night. At La Coquille, you should visit church of Saint-Joseph and the La Meynardie castle.

4 La Coquille to Thiviers - 18km

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5h | +259m / -345m
A very pleasant and varied walk awaits today, as you follow the ancient paths taken by pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela for centuries. This is also the route taken by Napoléon in 1815 on his return from Elba. You will arrive in pretty Thiviers where you will find the church of Notre-Dame, inspired by the Church of San Isidoro in León (on the French Way Camino route). You should also explore the lovely medieval old town with its timber frame houses and the 16th century Vaucocour castle.

5 Thiviers to Sorges - 14km

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4h | +187m / -261m
A very short and easy walking stage today so you can take your time, relax and enjoy the pleasant countryside on your way to Sorges. Foodies can visit the eco-museum dedicated to the truffle which is a regional speciality. The church of Saint-Germain is listed as National Heritage Site by the French Government.

6 Sorges to Périgueux - 22km

6h | +319m / -388m
From Sorges, the Camino continues across wheat fields to Cornille, where you should visit the beautiful 12th century church of Saint Eumache and a little castle in the forest before arriving in Périgueux. The cathedral of Saint-Front, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the church of Saint-Martin de Périgueux and the tower of Vesone are all must-see spots in this pretty town.

7 Périgueux

Périgueux has a rich heritage you should explore before finishing your Camino adventure. You could start with the Art and Archaeology Museum or the Gallo-Roman Museum Vesunna. Wander the town’s medieval streets to take in the quaint architecture and don’t miss the Saint-Front Church, the Mataguerre Tower or St Etienne Church.

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.

Limoges - 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.

Les Cars - 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 Coquille - 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.

Thiviers - 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.

Sorges - 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.

Périgueux - 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.

Limoges Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Perigueux Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Flying IN and OUT

How to get to Limoges:
Best option: Limoges-Bellegarde Airport (10km)
Ryanair flies to Limoges from the UK (2-4 times/ week), including Leeds (Bradford), Liverpool, London (Stansted, every day), Bristol and Nottingham (East Midlands). You can fly from Paris Orly daily 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)
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 (b): Bordeaux airport (220km)
Bordeaux airport has many connections with the UK and Ireland. EasyJet flies from London (Luton), Liverpool and Bristol; Ryanair offers flights from Cork and Aer Lingus connects Bordeaux with Dublin. It is also possible to fly (with stop over) via the busiest airports in Europe, including Paris (Orly and CDG with AirFrance), Amsterdam (with KLM), Madrid (with Iberia), Porto (with Ryanair) and Munich (with Volotea). See www.skyscanner.com.

 

How to get back from Perigueux:
Best option: Bordeaux airport (130km)
Bordeaux airport has many connections with the UK and Ireland. EasyJet flies to London (Luton), Liverpool and Bristol; Ryanair offers flights to Cork and Aer Lingus connects Bordeaux with Dublin. It is also possible to fly (with stop over) via the busiest airports in Europe, including Paris (Orly and CDG with AirFrance), Amsterdam (with KLM), Madrid (with Iberia), Porto (with Ryanair) and Munich (with Volotea). See www.skyscanner.com.
Other option: Limoges-Bellegarde Airport (90km)
Ryanair flies from Limoges to the UK (2-4 times/ week), including Leeds (Bradford), Liverpool, London (Stansted, every day), Bristol and Nottingham (East Midlands). You can fly to Paris Orly daily with Twin Jet or Hop!, as well as Lyon (3 times/ day), Marseille and Nice (2 times/ week). See www.skyscanner.com.

Transfers to and from Airport

How to get to Limoges:
From: Limoges-Bellegarde Airport (10km)
There is no public transport from Limoges airport, but there is a special taxi service: See www.aeroportlimoges.com.
From: Paris (370km)
From CDG 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.
From Orly 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.
From: Bordeaux airport (220km)
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.

 

How to get back from Perigueux:
To: Bordeaux airport (130km)
The direct train from Perigueaux to Bordeaux (Gare St.-Jean) at least every 2 hours/ day. Travel time is approx. 1h30. See www.voyages-sncf.com.
From the station (Gare St.-Jean) to the airport, you can take the shuttle service at the station (every 45min, travel time approx. 20min). See www.bordeaux.aeroport.fr.
To: Limoges-Bellegarde Airport (90km)
There is no public transport to the airport, but a special taxi fare: See www.aeroportlimoges.com
From Limoges (Benedictins) you can take a train to Perigueux, at least every 2 hours/ day. Travel time is 1h-1h20. See www.voyages-sncf.com.

 

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

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  • Airport Transfers, Hotel Upgrades (where available)