Le Chemin du Puy in France Full Chemin du Puy, from Le-Puy to Saint-Jean

Activity:
Walking or Cycling
Duration:
Up to 32 Nights
Distance:
729 km
Difficulty:
Medium
Tour Type:
Time To Go:
April to October
Price:
6 nights from €614
Rating:

Full Chemin du Puy, from Le-Puy to Saint-Jean

Le Full Chemin du Puy from Le-Puy to Saint-Jean Route starts in the spectacular town of Le Puy-en-Velay, in central France.

It follows the GR65 trail and is the most popular of the Camino de Santiago routes in France. Both the Geneva Way and the Cluny Way join the Le Puy route at Le Puy-en-Velay.

The Full Chemin du Puy is a superb hike taking in stunning countryside and some of the most beautiful towns in France. The volcanic landscapes of Velay, the peaceful Aubrac plateau, the beautiful towns of Conques, Cahors and the Lot River Valley, the splendid vineyards of Armagnac brandy, and the outstanding Pyrenees Mountains are some of the highlights on the Le Puy Way.

There are also many beautiful churches and relics to visit along the way that remind you that you are on an ancient pilgrimage trail. Soak in the history and the heritage of France’s medieval past on this unique Camino route to St. Jean Pied de Port.

The Chemin du Puy joins up with the French Way, the famous, Camino Francés, in Saint Jean Pied de Port, on the French side of the Pyrenees. It is then another 775 km to Santiago de Compostela along the Full Camino Frances. You can walk this in

With 5-star reviews walking up to 32 nights this is a route to be enjoyed by all. This is one of our most beautiful and quieter long-distance routes. This route is highly recommended for those looking not only for a challenge but to get off the beaten track and enjoy some serious tranquility.

Bear in mind that this is a long-distance route that requires a certain level of fitness for your enjoyment.

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Map of the Full Chemin du Puy, from Le-Puy to Saint-Jean

Itinerary of the Full Chemin du Puy, from Le-Puy to Saint-Jean

This is the most popular itinerary, you may be able to combine or split the distance for each day. Click on get a quote to customize your trip.

Le Puy en Velay
Le Puy en Velay
You arrive in Le Puy en Velay.
24 km
Saint Privat de Allier
Saint Privat de Allier

Nestled between the Auvergne volcanoes and the Rhone Alpes valley, Le Puy en Velay is a charming small city that impresses visitors: head to Notre Dame de France at the top of the old town to enjoy the best views over the surrounding mountains.

Today the Via Podiensis takes pilgrims across lush mountains in Velay Massif, enjoying stunning scenery all day long, before reaching the pretty village of Saint-Privat d’Allier.

19 km
Saugues
Saugues

This is a short walk but the ascents and descents make it the most challenging stage of this first section, however it is a very rewarding day as you will enjoy wonderful views of the Velay Massif and Gévaudan Plateau. The Camino trail takes you to picturesque villages and hamlets such as Rochegude, Combriaux and Montaure before you arrive in Saugues, your stop for the night.

26 km
Les Faux
Les Faux

Today, the Le Puy Way takes you to Le Sauvage, a farming area perched on top of a hill and dating back to the times of the Templars. You will then enter La Lozère department at the Saint-Roch chapel (great spot for a picnic, with panoramic views) before finishing in Les Faux.

20 km
Aumont-Aubrac
Aumont-Aubrac

Aumont-Aubrac has always had strong links to the Camino. Back in medieval times, this is where pilgrims coming from the East on the Le Puy Camino route rested before tackling the imminent isolated lands of the Aubrac Plateau.

26 km
Nasbinals
Nasbinals

Today, the Via Podiensis takes pilgrims along walled tracks across the Aubrac Plateau, grasslands all around you and only sheep for company. Stop for a rest at the granite fountain and trough in the remote hamlet of Rieutort d’Aubrac before continuing your Camino through sleepy villages to the town of Nasbinals, your stop for the night. Make sure to visit the 11th century Romanesque church in Nasbinals.

17 km
Saint-Chély d Aubrac
Saint-Chély d Aubrac

Today, the Le Puy Camino route ascends to one of its highest points at 1370 metres above sea level. Along the way, you will reach the hamlet of Aubrac, founded by a Flemish knight in the 12th century, as a refuge for passing pilgrims. After Aubrac you will continue on forest paths and reach the hamlet of Belvezet and the remains of its 13th century castle. Your stop for the night is the pretty town of Saint-Chély d’Aubrac.

22 km
Espalion
Espalion

From Saint-Chély, the Le Puy Way starts descending to the superb Lot Valley, home to some of the most beautiful villages in France (an official accreditation in France). The first one is Saint-Côme-d’Olt on the banks of the Lot River. Its old quarter has a distinctive medieval feel; spot the twisted spire in its pretty church and the street names you will notice are written in both French and Occitan. From Saint-Côme-d’Olt is only a leisurely stroll to Espalion, also along the Lot River. Espalion has a picturesque medieval bridge over the Lot and a lovely river front: the buildings with characteristic wooden balconies, used to be old tanneries.

27 km
Golinhac
Golinhac

Today’s walk continues along the Lot Valley where many more beautiful sights await. The beautiful Romanesque church of Bessuéjouls is one of the oldest along the route and has a 11th century chapel in the bell tower; the village of Estaing is another spectacular sight with its impressive castle welcoming pilgrims from the distance. Strolling its quaint medieval streets you’ll feel like you are stepping back in time. The Le Puy Camino route continues through woods and lush countryside along the Lot River until you reach your stop for the night: the pretty village of Golinhac.

21 km
Conques
Conques

Today is an easy walk across wonderful countryside and peaceful woodlands before arriving in Conques, one of the most spectacular villages of the whole Le Puy Camino route. Conques is a fairy-tale village of quaint cobbled lanes, medieval wooden beam houses and breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and forests. Pilgrims have traditionally walked to Conques to visit the relics of Sainte Foy, in the Abbey of Sainte Foy, one of the most significant treasures on the Via Podiensis and not to be missed.

Make sure you take some time to explore Conques, if you can. The Romanesque Abbey of Sainte Foy, in the centre of the village, has been a pilgrimage destination since the 9th century. From the chapel of Saint Roch (heading towards the medieval bridge over the Dourdou River) you’ll get lovely views of the whole village, perched on a hillside, and the beautiful mountain scenery surrounding this magical place. Did you know the name Conques comes from the Latin for ‘shell’?

20 km
Decazeville
Decazeville

Today you leave the charming village of Conques walking down to the Dourdou River and crossing its medieval bridge. From here you will climb gradually to the chapel of Sainte Foy. The water from the small spring beside the chapel is said to cure tired eyes. You will get fantastic views of the village as you leave it behind. The Le Puy Way then takes pilgrims through forests and lush green fields to the town of Decazeville, where you will be stopping for the night. On your way, it is worth stopping in the village of Noailhac and the chapel of Saint Roch; where you will get great views of the surrounding landscape; a peaceful spot for a picnic break.

28 km
Figeac
Figeac

Today, you will notice the change in the landscape as you move from the Aveyron region into Le Lot. You will be climbing steadily for the first part of the day and will reach a great viewing point looking back at Decazeville. Your stop for the night is the pretty town of Figeac.

31 km
Cajarc
Cajarc

From Figeac, the Via Podiensis Camino route climbs up to a high plateau so there are many ups and downs today; but the climbing is rewarded with fantastic views. The landscape is quite wild and you will also pass ancient dolmens, stone shelters unique to the region and stone crosses, including the oldest on the whole route. Your stop for the night is the peaceful town of Cajarc on the banks of the Lot River. Check out its 19th century suspension bridge (which replaced the original medieval stone bridge).

18 km
Limogne en Quercy
Limogne en Quercy

Today’s walk takes you trough peaceful woods and the agricultural lands of La Causse. It is quite an easy day’s walk, allowing you plenty of time to pace yourself, enjoy the walk and take in the lovely scenery. There aren’t many services until Limogne so make sure you pack water and snacks.

22 km
Mas de Vers
Mas de Vers

The Le Puy trail follows mainly flat and peaceful woodland tracks today, as you continue your journey across the Les Causses Natural Park. On your way to Mas de Vers you will encounter more dolmens and stone structures. In Mas de Vers take the opportunity to taste the region’s most celebrated delicacy: the black truffle.

18 km
Cahors
Cahors

From Mas de Vers your last walking day will take you to Cahors. You will again pass many stone shepherd shelters known as ‘caselle’, unique to the region. As you make your way down into medieval Cahors you will get fantastic views.

The small city of Cahors, surrounded by steep cliffs and the Lot River, is one of the nicest towns in the whole Le Puy Camino route. It is definitely worth spending an extra day to explore its historic centre, wander its quaint little lanes lined by wooden framed medieval buildings, go for a stroll along the Lot River, cross the iconic 14th century Valentré Bridge and pay a visit to Saint-Etienne Cathedral.

29 km
Montcuq
Montcuq

From Cahors, the Le Puy Camino route climbs up giving you a good view of Cahors down in the valley, before continuing to the Causses limestone plateau. On your way you will pass the villages of Labastide-Marnhac, Hospitalet and the pretty little village of Lascabanes where you can have a break by the lovely chapel. Lascabanes had a pilgrims hospital in the 15th century and the tiny church still offers a pilgrim blessing everyday at 6pm. Your stop for tonight is Montcuq: a small but lovely hilltop town of quaint streets with a medieval feel. For great views of the town and surrounding landscape, walk up to the 12th century tower at the top of town.

14 km
Lauzerte
Lauzerte

The Le Puy Camino route today has a few ascents and descents in store all the way to Lauzerte. The trail has less woodlands and more farmland and crop fields today, until you reach the beautiful village of Lauzerte with its pretty medieval houses. You will find a modern statue of Saint James in the church of Saint Barthélmy.

25 km
Moissac
Moissac

Today is one of the easiest walking days, as you make your way towards Moissac on quiet countryside tracks, crossing woodlands, crop fields and vineyards. Your stop for the night is the town of Moissac, by the Garonne River and its canals. Here you shouldn’t miss the Saint Pierre Abbey, founded in the 7th century, and its impressive cloisters.

19 km
Auvillar
Auvillar

From Moissac, the Le Puy Camino follows the Garonne River (you will get fantastic views of the valley from the tiny hamlet of Boudou) for most of today, then crosses the canal at Malause before climbing up towards the town of Auvillar. From Auvillar you’ll enjoy good views of the valley below. Auvillar is another lovely town with cobbled streets and a distinctive medieval feel. In the pretty main square with wooden frame arched buildings you will find a unique circular market hall. Auvillar also has the title of ‘one of France’s most beautiful towns’.

32 km
Lectoure
Lectoure

Today you leave Le Lot department to enter the farmlands of Le Gers. The Camino takes you today to lovely villages such as Flamarens where you are surrounded by hundreds of acres of sunflowers and Miradoux and its Gothic church. From there you will slowly descend across lush fields before reaching Lectoure, a historic walled town with an impressive cathedral, ramparts and great views of the surrounding countryside.

Lectoure is designated ‘town of art and history’ by the French authorities and is one of the oldest towns in Gers. Not to miss in this historic spa town: the ramparts, the Albinhac Tower, Bourreau Tower, the old castle of the Counts of Armagnac, the Diane fountain, the church of Saint-Gervais-Saint Protais and the Holy Spirit Church or Chapel of Saint-Gény. Lectoure is also in the Armagnac region so treat yourself to a tipple of the famous brandy or the deliciously sweet souffle d’Armagnac.

29 km
Condom
Condom

Today you have one of the longest days of the trail ahead. From Lectoure, the Camino de Santiago trail crosses lush countryside until Marsolan, where you should stop to rest, take in the views and visit its Romanesque church. From here, it is a very pleasant stroll through woodland and peaceful countryside. If you take the trail through the village of La Romieu, the tower of the St Pierre Collegiate church will welcome you from the distance. The 14th century cloister is a must-see. The Le Puy Way then will take you past the ruins of a former monastery, a pond and a war memorial before reaching today’s destination: the city of Condom. *Please note there are two options today: one option skips La Romieu (29km in total) and takes pilgrims straight to Condom. If you choose to take the trail to La Romieu the total walking distance for the day will be 35kms.

17 km
Montréal-du-Gers
Montréal-du-Gers

Today is a relatively short walking day so you can take your time, pace yourself and enjoy the scenery. This section of the Le Puy Way from Condom is full of history and interesting architecture. On route you will pass the Eglise de Routges, the oldest church in the region. Passing a castle you will arrive in Montréal-du-Gers, home to the biggest vineyard of Armagnac, the famous brandy.

16 km
Eauze
Eauze

Today you have another short walking day ahead but the trail has some nice and steep inclines alongside lush vineyards. The first eight kilometres of the trail pass vineyards and pretty countryside until you reach the hamlet of Lamothe with its 13th century guard tower. The Camino de Santiago then heads down into the valley before a steady uphill trail takes you gently into the Place d’Armagnac in Eauze. Coin collectors and treasure enthusiasts should visit the local museum in Eauze where you will find a collection of 28,000 Roman coins.

20 km
Nogaro
Nogaro

Today, the Camino continues through the vineyards of Armagnac and take you to the beautiful town of Manciet, a historic point on the Le Puy Way. In the Middle Ages, this is where pilgrims coming from Auch would meet those walking the Le Puy route.

30 km
Aire sur l Adour
Aire sur l Adour

Today you will mainly be walking along cereal crops and farmland, also passing some of the prettiest villages and hamlets on the entire route. Pine trees will start to appear, as vineyards become rarer. From Nogaro to Aire sur l’Adour there is quite a bit of road walking but not much traffic, mainly tractors.

The town of Aire sur l’Adour is a quiet market town by the river Adour. Must-visit in town: Aire Cathedral, built in the 11th century but renovated in the 14th and 17th centuries; the Gothic church of Sainte-Quitterie and the old grain market.

35 km
Arzacq-Arraziguet
Arzacq-Arraziguet

In the market town of Aire sur l Adour, visit Aire Cathedral, built in the 11th century and renovated in the 14th and 17th centuries; the Gothic church of Sainte Quitterie and the old grain market hall. Lush green countryside dotted with hamlets and ancient buildings such as medieval chapels and wash-houses make most of your walking day to Arzacq Arraziguet. It is a demanding walking day, mainly due to its length rather than the difficulty of the trail. When you reach Arzacq Arraziguet, visit the parish church of Saint Pierre where you can spot a stained-glass window of St James.

29 km
Arthez-de-Béarn
Arthez-de-Béarn

Today, the Le Puy Camino route takes you across rolling hills and past many villages such as Louvigny, Larreule (the 10th century Benedictine Monastery was important stop for medieval pilgrims) and Caubin. In Uzan, visit the beautiful rural church of Sainte Quitterie and stone fountain. Your stop for the night is the town of Arthez-de-Béarn, with its distinctive Basque architecture.

30 km
Navarrenx
Navarrenx

A long walking day ahead today. A few long uphill stretches will add some difficulty to this pleasant section of the Le Puy Camino trail. A long descent through a forest will take you to the lovely walled town of Navarrenx, the first place in France to be fortified with Italian style ramparts in the 16th century.

20 km
Aroue
Aroue

Today the Le Puy trail takes you through woodlands and peaceful countryside before reaching Lichos, and you will enter the French Basque Country. You will pass the Chateau de Mongaston originally built in the 13th century. Stop at the Romanesque church of St Ettienne in Aroue and make a detour off the path tho see the lovely Romanesque church of St Just in Olhaiby.  You will be collected from the village of Aroue and brought back to Navarrenx where you will spend a second night.

28 km
Larceveau
Larceveau

After breakfast you will be dropped back to Aroue, where you will continue your journey on the Le Puy Way. At Hiriburia you will find the Stelle de Gibraltar, where all the Camino routes from France meet. The Le Puy trail then takes you across rolling countryside before reaching the chapel of Soyarce where you will get amazing views over the Pyrenees. Next you will reach the village of Ostabat, today a small village but an important stop for medieval pilgrims. Your stop for the night is the village of Larceveau.

17 km
Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

Your last day on the Le Puy Way takes you across the rural Basque Country before reaching St James Gate and entering the stunning medieval town of Saint Jean Pied de Port, at the foothills of the Pyrenees. St Jean is a small border town on the river Nive but always busy with Camino pilgrims, as it is the starting point of the French Way to Santiago.

Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port is the second most popular starting point for Camino pilgrims. 20,000 people per year choose to start their Camino here and take the opportunity to explore this beautiful walled town where many Camino ways coming from France converge. From the Mendiguren Citadele you will get a panoramic view of the town and the surrounding area.

Accommodation

Standard Hotel & Guesthouse

We have hand-picked hotels and guesthouses along the Camino for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to your Camino trail. All rooms are en-suite with bathroom.

For our family packages, we have hand-picked establishments with outdoor space and swimming pools where possible. Where accommodation with private outdoor space is not available, we have selected comfortable hotels with spacious common areas as well as a convenient location close to recreational areas and sights. As your comfort is our priority, we try to book hotels located within walking distance of the Camino. Despite our effort, on rare occasions your accommodation can be located a few kilometers away from the trail, so we organise transportation to/from your accommodation.

Access

How to Get There

Live information on Rome2Rio. We can also arrange private transfers if you prefer, just ask us.

Le Puy en Velay

Lyon Airport 145km: From Lyon Airport you can take the “Rhonexpress” (shuttle train) to the city centre and the train station (named Lyon Part Dieu), (every 15 mins, approx 30 mins travel time). See www.rhonexpress.fr. There is a direct train connection between Lyon City Centre and Le Puy-en-Velay (Part Dieu) 3 times per day, approx 2h15 travel time). See www.voyages-sncf.com.

Aumont-Aubrac

Lyon Airport 220km: The “Rhonexpress” (shuttle train) connects the airport with the city centre and the train station (named Lyon Part Dieu)(every 15min, approx. 30 min travel time). See www.rhonexpress.fr. A train connection between Lyon and Aumont-Aubrac and Lyon (Part Dieu) exists (3 times/ day, approx. 6h). See www.voyages-sncf.com.Rodez airport (90km)

Rodez Airport 90km: To get to Rodez you need to change in Severac le Chateau or Millau: Between Aumont-Aubrac and Severac le Chateau/ Millau, an “autocar” (coach bus) links the train stations, while between Severac/ Millau and Rodez, a train connection is available. The complete route can be taken twice a day, one via Millau and the second via Severac. Travel time is 2h30 (via Severac) and 3h45 (via Millau)). See www.voyages-sncf.com.
Unfortunately, there is no public transport service from the airport, but it is possible to get a taxi. See www.rodezairport.com.

Conques

Rodez Airport 40km: The easiest option is to take the bus (mon-fri): There is one bus per day, taking 1h-1h30. See www.tourisme-conques.fr.
To take the train to Rodez you will need to change in either Severac or Millau: Between Aumont-Aubrac and Severac le Chateau/ Millau, an “autocar” (coach bus) links the train stations, while between Severac or Millau and Rodez, a train connection is available. The complete route can be taken twice a day, one via Millau and the second via Severac. Travel time is 2h30 (via Severac) and 3h45 (via Millau)). See www.voyages-sncf.com.
Unfortunately, there is no public transport service between Rodez town centre and the airport, but it is possible to take a taxi. See www.rodezairport.com.

Aurillac Tronquiere Airport 50km: The airport in Aurillac can only be reached by car. See www.aeroport.fr.

Cahors

Toulouse Airport 105km: You can take the shuttle bus from Toulouse Airport to Toulouse-Matabiau train station. The bus is called “AERO” and departs every 20 min, taking approx. 40min). See www.toulouse.aeroport.fr. The stop is Toulouse-Matabiau (train station). There is a well-served train connection between Toulouse-Matabiau and Cahors (approx. 1h30 travel time). See www.voyages-sncf.co.uk.

Paris Airports 600km:
A direct train route from/ to Paris (Gare d’Austerlitz) is available (5 times/ day, taking approx 5h15.). See www.voyages-sncf.com.
From/ to CDG-airport from/ to Paris d’Austerlitz: From the airport, take the RER train to St. Michel (Notre dame, 45min travel time). From this station, there is a metro (line 10) to Paris d’Austerlitz (10min). See www.aeroportsdeparis.fr.
The way between Orly and d’Austerlitz is linked with metro: Take the metro (line 10) to Pont de Rungis and then the shuttle bus to the airport. See www.aeroportsdeparis.fr.

Lectoure

Toulouse Airport 100km: The way from the airport to the station can be taken with the offered shuttle bus (“AERO”, departing every 20 min, taking approx. 40min). See www.toulouse.aeroport.fr. The stop is Toulouse-Matabiau (central station). There is a connection between Toulouse-Matabiau and Lectoure via Agen (3 times) or Auch (once a day) . The way between Lectoure and Agen/ Auch can be taken by Autocar (The way between Auch and Toulouse as well), while an intercity train connects Agen with Toulouse. The total travel time is approx. 2h-4h. See www.voyages-sncf.com.

Aire-sur-l'Adour

Bordeaux Airport 150km: The way from/ to Bordeaux (Gare St-Jean) is served 3 times/ day (travel time approx. 3h-4h30): 2 times via Mont de Marsan and one time via Pau. The route from/ to Mont de Marsan and Pau can be taken by Autocar (coach bus), while the route from/ to Bordeaux can be taken by train (TER and TGV). See www.voyages-sncf.com.
For the transport between the station (Gare St.-Jean) and the airport, a shuttle service is provided (every 45min, travel time approx. 20min). See www.bordeaux.aeroport.fr.

Toulouse Airport 160km: The way from the airport to the station can be taken with the offered shuttle bus (“AERO”, departing every 20 min, taking approx. 40min). See www.toulouse.aeroport.fr.
The stop is Toulouse-Matabiau (train station). There is a connection between Toulouse-Matabiau and Aire sur l’Adour via Pau (twice a day, approx. 4h15 travel time). The way between Aire sur l’Adour and Pau can be taken by Autocar (coach bus), while an intercity train connects Pau with Toulouse. See www.voyages-sncf.com.

Pau Airport 50km: Airport shuttle bus is available from/ to the train station every hour (except Sundays and public holidays). See www.pau.aeroport.fr.
Autocar (coach bus) connection between Pau and Aire sur l’Adour (stop: “Place du Général de Gaulle”) is offered (2 times/ day (one on Sunday), approx. 1h30 travel time). See: www.voyages-sncf.com.

Saint Jean Pied de Port

Biarritz Airport 55km: You can take a shuttle bus from Biarritz Airport (25 min approximate travel time) to Bayonne Gare (station). From there, you can take a train to St Jean Pied de Port five times a day (approx. total journey time. 1h40 – 2h25 in total). See www.voyages-sncf.com and http://en.biarritz.aeroport.fr/. Alternatively, contact the team for airport transfers.

Pau Airport 90km: Airport Shuttle bus is available from the airport to the town’s train station every hour (except Sundays and public holidays). See http://www.pau.aeroport.fr/. From the town you can take a train to 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/.

Bordeaux Airport 235k: Shuttle bus to the train station (45min), then train to St Jean Pied de Port via Bayonne See www.voyages-sncf.com.

Whats Included

  • Included: Selected accommodation with private bathrooms, Holiday Pack on your mobile phone (Route ebook and Google Maps) and a 24/7 support number providing assistance during your trip, for instance organising a support vehicle if needed. In 2021 we also offer a Free Postponement with every booking made
  • Not included: Flights, drinks, city tax, Travel Insurance (Recommended)
  • Optional: Luggage transfers (On by default. One bag up to 20kg per person), dinners (On by default, where available), bike rental (not available on Le Puy Way) and airport transfers, etc…

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Note on Accommodation: We aim to book you into each of the towns listed on the itinerary, however in case of low availability we may book you 2 nights in the same town with provided transfers. If you are booking Superior collection or Country cottages, please note it is subject to availability and therefore cannot be guaranteed. Superior/Country cottage accommodation may be away from the route with included transfers. More details.

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Janine, Australia - August
Camino ways were fantastic and organised the best available accommodation in each town. Maybe a warning on the 5-course meals ... can't complain about not enough food!! Wonderful experience, highly recommended.
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