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Vézelay Way – Perigueux to Mont-de-Marsan 4/5

Walking Section 4 of 5

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The fourth section of the Vézelay Way, one of the classic Camino de Santiago routes in France, starts from the cathedral in medieval Périgueux and takes pilgrims to Mont-de-Marsan, ‘the city of three rivers’.

Explore the medieval centre and rich heritage of Périgueux before you set off. On the Vezelay Camino route, pilgrims will discover the peaceful and varied countryside of the Aquitaine region in the South West of France, walking across woodland, pine forests, lush fields and pastures and pretty vineyards. This Camino route will also take you to some of the ‘most beautiful towns in France’ (officially!) like Sainte-Foy-la-Grande and Bazas with its magnificent UNESCO-listed cathedral. Your Vézelay Way journey comes to an end in the lovely medieval city of Mont-de-Marsan.

Trip highlights

  • Explore charming Périgueux and its cathedral
  • Taste France's most famous blue cheese in Roquefort
  • Enjoy the peace walking along the forests of Landes
  • Relax in tranquil Mont-de-Marsan, the city of three rivers

1 Périgueux

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Explore the rich heritage of Périgueux before you set off: the Art and Archaeology Museum, the Gallo-Roman Museum Vesunna, Saint-Front Church, Mataguerre Tower and St Etienne Church are all worth a visit!

2 Périgueux to Saint-Astier - 24km

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6h30 | +479m / -505m
On your first walking day, the Camino takes you out of Périgueux and quickly reach the 10th century Romanesque abbey of Chancelade, listed as National Heritage Site by the French Government. After the abbey, the trail takes you through the woods. Your destination and stop for the night is Saint-Astier where we recommend you visit the local church and the grand Puyferrat castle.

3 Saint-Astier to Mussidan - 23km

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6h30 | +369m / -392m
Today’s stage on the Vézelay Way will follow the river mainly, taking you past hamlets and villages where you can stop for a rest and admire the region’s traditional architecture. The last part of the day, you will be walking across pleasant pine woods, a classic feature of the Landes region. Mussidan is your destination for today. Once you reach the town, dissected by the river, you can take a break in the town park and explore the pretty centre.

4 Mussidan to Sainte-Foy-la-Grande - 35km

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8h | +426m / -466m
After Mussidan, the Camino continues through pine forests and lonely farms. At Montfaucon, you can have a rest and visit the church, before continuing your walk through vineyards all the way to Sainte-Foy-la-Grande, your stop for the night. At Sainte Foy, take time to explore the old town with its picturesque timber frame houses and visit the Notre-Dame church.

5 Sainte-Foy-la-Grande to Saint-Ferme - 25km

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7h | +429m / -340m
Today, the Camino leaves behind the Dordogne River and takes pilgrims along the region’s vineyards again. You will be entering the region known as ‘l’Entre-Deux-Mers’ (between two seas). At Pellegrue, we recommend you visit the castle and small church. Your destination for today is the hamlet of Saint-Ferme, with its 12th century abbey.

6 Saint-Ferme to La Réole - 21km

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6h | +336m / -403m
After Saint-Ferme, you will soon reach the villages of Monségur where you can visit the local church and old town and Saint-Hilaire-de-la-Noaille before getting to La Réole, your stop for the evening. Richard the Lionheart erected some wonderful halls in this town. The cloister of Saint-Pierre and the old timber frame houses are also a must-see in the historic centre.

7 La Réole to Bazas - 28km

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7h | +363m / -315m
Today, the Camino takes you along the Garonne River until you reach the tiny and pretty village of Pondaurat, built and developed by religious orders over the centuries, where you will find the Saint-Antoine church and monastery. Another charming village in today’s route is Auros. Your stop for the evening is Bazas with its magnificent UNESCO-listed cathedral, and lovely main square and city hall.

8 Bazas to Captieux - 21km

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6h | +182m / -178m
Today, the Vézelay Way enters the Landes region and takes pilgrims across peaceful pine forests. In Beaulac, we recommend you visit the pretty church and take a break by the river. Your destination for today is Captieux.

9 Captieux to Roquefort - 33km

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8h | +232m / -260m
A long walking day lays ahead today, however, the Camino takes you mostly across peaceful pine forests, ideal for a bit of reflection or meditation. At Retjons, spot the Camino de Santiago milestone, indicating it is only another 1000kms to Santiago de Compostela! Stop and have a rest at the lovely chapel of Lugaut, located in the heart of the forest, before you continue your walk to Roquefort, where you will find another National Heritage listed church: Sainte-Marie.

10 Roquefort to Mont-de-Marsan - 28km

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7h | +279m / -301m
The last stage of this Vézelay Way section takes pilgrims through many lovely villages such as Corbleu, Bostens and Bougue before reaching your final destination: Mont-de-Marsan. Worth a visit in the town are the churches of Saint-Medard and La Madeleine (National Heritage listed) and the Lacataye dungeon, housing an art museum and also listed as National Heritage by the French Government

11 Mont-de-Marsan

Take some time to explore Mont-de-Marsan with its timber frame houses and medieval chapels before your Camino journey comes to an end. The airbase in the town is home to the French Air Force.

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.

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.

Saint-Astier - 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.

Mussidan - 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.

Sainte-Foy-la-Grande - 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-Ferme - 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 Réole - 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.

Bazas - 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.

Captieux - 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.

Roquefort - 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.

Mont-de-Marsan - 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.

Perigueux Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Mont-de-Marsan Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Flying IN and OUT

How to get to Perigueux:
Best option: Bordeaux airport (130km)
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). Seewww.skyscanner.com.
Other option: Limoges-Bellegarde Airport (90km):
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.

 

How to get back from Mont-de-Marsan:
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: Pau airport (80km)
Air France flies from Pau to Paris (Orly and Charles de Gaulle) and London (City). See www.skyscanner.com.

Transfers to and from Airport

How to get to Perigueux:
Best option: 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.
Other option: 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.

How to get back from Mont-de-Marsan:
Best option: Bordeaux airport (130km)
From Mont de Marsan you can take a train to Bordeaux Pessac. 1h20 travel time approx. See www.voyages-sncf.com.
From Pessac to the airport you can take a shuttle (travel time approx. 20min). See www.bordeaux.aeroport.fr.
Other option: Pau airport (80km)
There is a bus between Mont-de-Marsan (Gare) and Pau station (Gare) (1-4 times/ day, depending on the day. See: www.tourinsoft.com.
From the train station you can take a shuttle bus to Pau Airport, departing every hour (except Sundays and public holidays). See www.pau.aeroport.fr.

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


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1. Tour options - Select your trip type

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

    Single Room
    €1367
    Double/Twin Room
    €1114

2. Select Date

3. No. of rooms

  • Single (1 bed)
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  • Double (1 large bed for 2)

What's Included

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

We also offer

  • Airport Transfers, Hotel Upgrades (where available)