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Vézelay Way – Mont-de-Marsan to St Jean-Pied-de-Port 5/5

Walking Section 5 of 5

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The fifth and last section of the Vézelay Way Camino route starts in the medieval city of Mont-de-Marsan and ends in the walled town of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, at the foot of the Pyrenees. IIt is in St Jean where the Vézelay route joins the famous French Way, the Camino Francés.

This Camino section is relatively easy; however the end of the section will require some effort as you get closer to the Pyrenees. From the lovely medieval centre of Mont-de-Marsan, the city of three rivers, the Vezelay Camino takes pilgrims across stunning landscapes, lush fields and peaceful woodland in the Aquitaine Region. On your way, you will get the chance to admire the rich heritage of villages and towns that have been welcoming Camino pilgrims for many centuries, such as Saint-Sever and its UNESCO-listed abbey, Orthez and finally cross the St James Gate into the picturesque historic centre of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, in the French Basque Country.

Trip highlights

  • Relax in tranquil Mont-de-Marsan, the city of three rivers
  • Immerse yourself in pilgrim culture at the Camino museum in Saint-Palais
  • Taste delicious sheep cheeses as you approach the Pyrenees
  • Feel like a Medieval pilgrim as you cross St James Gate in St Jean

1 Mont-de-Marsan

Explore the medieval centre of Mont-de-Marsan, the city of three rivers, before you set off on your Camino journey.

2 Mont-de-Marsan to Saint-Sever - 20km

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5h30 | +206m / -152m
The starting point for your first day walking on the Vézelay Way is the old town in Mont-de-Marsan. Today you will be walking in peaceful countryside, passing farms, villages and woodland. In the village of Benquet, we recommend you stop to visit the 12th century church of Saint-Christau. After crossing the Adour River you will finally reach Saint-Sever, your stop for the night. You shouldn’t miss the magnificent abbey, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

3 Saint-Sever to Hagetmau - 16km

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4h | +190m / -184m
Today you have a short walking day ahead, you so you can tame your time and visit the local sights along the Camino. In Audignon, you should visit the 12th century Romanesque church. You should also visit the Gothic Church of Saint-Martin in Horsarrieu, listed as a National Heritage Site. Your destination for today is the town of Hagetmau, where we recommend you visit the impressive 12th century crypt.

4 Hagetmau to Orthez - 30km

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7h30 | +395m / -428m
A long walking day on the Camino awaits. You will set off from Hagetmau and soon reach the countryside to continue your Camino among vast corn fields. You will have the magnificent Pyrenees and its snowy peaks ahead. Today you will also reach the wonderful bridge of Pont-Vieux taking you into Orthez, where you should admire the Moncade tower. It is the last tower remaining of the castle built here in 1242. Explore the pretty medieval city and visit the church of Saint-Pierre.

5 Orthez to Sauveterre-de-Béarn - 23km

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6h | +492m / -464m
Leaving the town of Orthez the Camino becomes a bit more challenging but your efforts will be rewarded as you arrive in the picturesque medieval village of Sauveterre-de-Béarn, by the Gave d’Oloron. Explore this idyllic town, visit the 13th century church of Saint-Andre, the impressive fortress-bridge and tower of Monreal; as well as the remains of the 12th century dungeon.

6 Sauveterre-de-Béarn to Ostabat-Asme - 26km

6h | +705m / -607m
Today you will get a chance to visit a museum dedicated to the Camino de Santiago in the village of Saint-Palais. It is here where pilgrims following the Le Puy Way, the Vezelay Way and the Paris & Tours Camino route all join to continue on the same path from now on. You will need to climb to reach Soyarza but the views will be outstanding. From here the Camino takes pilgrims through Harambeltz, with its pretty church with murals and superb Romanesque portal; before finally descending into the lovely village of Ostabat (Izura-Azme in Basque).

7 Ostabat-Asme to St Jean Pied de Port - 23km

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6h | +538m / -565m
Your last walking day on the Vézelay Way will take you across lush green valleys, meadows packed with grazing sheep and several hamlets before finally taking you through the St James Gate and into the walled town of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port. This pretty red and white Basque town is the starting point of the famous French Way or Camino Frances. Admire the Gate of Notre-Dame, the Rue d’Espagne, where you will find houses dating back to the 16th century and the citadel.

8 St Jean Pied de Port

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Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port is the second most popular starting point for Camino pilgrims. 20,00 people per year choose to start their Camino here and take the opportunity to explore this beautiful walled town where many Camino routes coming from France converge.

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.

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.

Saint-Sever - 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.

Hagetmau - 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.

Orthez - 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.

Sauveterre-de-Béarn - 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.

Ostabat-Asme - 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.

St Jean Pied de Port - 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 Average Temperature & Rainfall

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St Jean Pied de Port Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Flying IN and OUT

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

 

How to get back from St Jean Pied de Port:
Best Option: Biarritz airport (55km)
Ryanair flies to Dublin, London (Stansted) and Brussels (St Charleroi) and EasyJet to Paris (Charles de Gaulle). See www.biarritz.aeroport.fr.
Other option: Pau airport (90km)
Air France offers flights to Paris (Orly and Charles de Gaulle) and London (City). See www.skyscanner.com.

Transfers to and from Airport

How to get to Mont-de-Marsan:
From: 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.
From: 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.
How to get back from St Jean Pied de Port:
To: 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.
To: 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/.

More Info on getting to Mont-de-Marsan

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


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

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

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  • Airport Transfers, Hotel Upgrades (where available)