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Camino de Santiago in France: From Aumont-Aubrac to Conques
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Camino de Santiago in France: From Aumont-Aubrac to Conques

Camino de Santiago in France: From Aumont-Aubrac to Conques

Walk along the Via Podiensis, the French Way

  • Discover a section of the Via Podiensis to Conques
  • Plenty of charismatic villages all along breathtaking landscape
  • Perfect walking tour to connect history, discovery and culture
  • A goldmine for nature and rural landscape lovers
  • Tasting the culinary delights of the region and the hospitality of your accommodation hosts
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ROUTE

Start: Aumont-Aubrac      Finish: Conques

Day 1: Arrival in Aumont-Aubrac
Day 2: From Aumont-Aubrac to Nasbinals (26 km / 16 mi)
Day 3: From Nasbinals to Saint-Chély d’Aubrac (16 km /10 mi )
Day 4: From Saint-Chély d’Aubrac to Espalion (22 km / 13,6 mi)
Day 5: From Espalion to Estaing (12 km / 7,5 mi)
Day 6: From Estaing to Golinhac (14 km / 8,7 mi)
Day 7: From Golinhac to Conques (21 km / 13 mi)
Day 8: End of arrangement

Day 1:    Arrival in Aumont-Aubrac

Ariive in Aumont-Aubrac. The heart of the old town was formerly surrounded by ramparts. The old town has preserved houses of the 16th and 17th century with sculpted stone facades. Just up the road is a "Laigouile" outlet store. This famous French family firm that are based only a short drive away, make handmade knives and other items such as pens. They are not cheap, but make excellent presents. Just do not forget to put them in your hold luggage if you are flying out!

Day 2:    From Aumont-Aubrac to Nasbinals (26 km / 16 mi)

Today and continuing tomorrow, the landscape changes completely as you reach the higher parts of the GR65. You come out of the fairly benign woods and fields of the previous walking stages into a wilder windswept moorland, with peat, laced with winding ribbon streams, drystone walls and huge boulders: some plonked into fields with glacial melt after the last Ice Age, and others moved by ancient man. There are some tiny fields reflecting a time of land sub division and hardship. In the winter the wind howls through the landscape and it becomes a cross country skiing playground. You will spend the night in tghe cute village of Nasbinals.

Challenge: 26 km, 360 m ascent, 230 m descent.

Day 3:    From Nasbinals to Saint-Chély d’Aubrac (16 km /10 mi )

Today is your last real day in the high grasslands and transhumance areas. You pass the highest point of the whole 750 km between Le Puy‐en‐Velay and St Jean Pied‐de‐Port (1366m) just before the historical village of Aubrac, and then start to descend into less wild territory, and a very pleasant village to end with, Saint-Chély d’Aubrac.

Challenge: 16 km, 200 m ascent, 550 m descent. 

Day 4:    From Saint-Chély d’Aubrac to Espalion (22 km / 13,6 mi)

From Saint-Chély you start descending to the superb Lot Valley. You will come by Saint-Côme-d’Olt, one of “les plus beaux villages de France” (an official accreditation in France) along the Lot River. Its old quarter has a distinctive medieval feel. From Saint-Côme-d’Olt you will continue 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.

Challenge: 22 km, 330 m ascent, 715 m descent.

Day 5:    From Espalion to Estaing (12 km / 7,5 mi)

Today’s walk continues along the Lot Valley where many more beautiful sights await. The beautiful chapelle Saint Pierre of Bessuéjouls is one of the oldest along the route and has a 11th century chapel in the bell tower. Your day will end in Estaing, another spectacular sight with its impressive castle welcoming pilgrims from the distance. Strolling its quaint medieval streets you’ll feel like you are going back in time.

Challenge: 12 km, 190/190 m ascent/descent. 

Day 6:    From Estaing to Golinhac (14 km / 8,7 mi)

Today is a straightforward walk and although there are some potentially muddy paths, there is a lot of road walking on quiet tarmac roads, so if you have training shoes you might consider wearing them instead of heavier footwear. Most the steep climbing is completed early on so that you can enjoy great views across the hills as you gain the plateau heading for Golinhac. Although this is a short day and you will probably make it to the bar / restaurant in Golinhac by lunch time, if you want to later start we recommend that you bring supplies from the little supermarket and the bakery in Estaing.

Challenge: 14 km, 450 m ascent, 120 m descent. 

Day 7:    From Golinhac to Conques (21 km / 13 mi)

Either ask the accommodation for a packed lunch, or get something from the shop, Espeyrac and Senergues also have bars, small shops although often with limited opening times. From Espeyrac the GR65 crosses the Daze and Tayrac, minor rivers to visit the old pilgrims village of Senergues with its fortified chateau and beautiful little church, then climb onto the rolling plateau of Campeux to arrive at a most notable place on the Way of St James, the town of Conques. It is quite a straight forward day about 80% on minor tarmac roads, but the path sections can be muddy and the descent into Conques is quite steep and stony, but does not go on for too long.

Challenge: 21 km, 310 m ascent, 660 m descent.

Day 8:    End of arrangement

End of your trip after breakfast. 

STANDARD HOTELS

You will mainly be housed in bed and breakfasts or gites. The accommodations along the Compostela route are usually stopover places, and unfortunately we sometimes have limited choice, we have tried to select the accommodations that provide the best services and atmosphere.

Extra nights:

Extra nights can be booked at any of the accommodations along the way.

Hôtel Prunières (Peyre-en-Aubrac)
Hôtel Prunières (Peyre-en-Aubrac)

On the way to Santiago de Compostela, this hôtel has been welcoming you with its local products in a family atmosphere since 1878. The hotel's restaurant is open for lunch every day (except Saturday).

Hôtel Le Bastide (Nasbinals)
Hôtel Le Bastide (Nasbinals)

Hôtel Le Bastide is located in the countryside, with a park and a playground for children. Very spacious rooms all equipped with bathroom, some are equipped with a balcony or terrace. Four are located on the ground floor, one is equipped for the reception of people with reduced mobility.

Hôtel des Voyageurs (Saint-Chély-d'Aubrac)
Hôtel des Voyageurs (Saint-Chély-d'Aubrac)

Hôtel des Voyageurs is located 40 km from Cevennes National Park. Guest rooms have a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi access. Decorated in pastel tones, each room has a private bathroom with a bath or shower. 

Hôtel de France (Espalion)
Hôtel de France (Espalion)

An ideal place to have a comfortable rest on the Way of Saint James will find at located downtown near shops, banks, tourism office and restaurants.

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B&B Chez Tifille (Estaing)
B&B Chez Tifille (Estaing)

This B&B is located in a village classified as one of the "Plus Beaux de France" and is a major stop on the Way of Saint James. A continental breakfast is available daily at the bed and breakfast.

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B&B La Landette (Golinhac)
B&B La Landette (Golinhac)

La Landette is a very peacefully B&B situated in a rural setting. The newly built cottage with apartments and rooms are located on top of the village near shop, cafe and restaurant.

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Auberge Saint-Jacques (Conques)
Auberge Saint-Jacques (Conques)

Located in the heart of Conques, the place welcomes you in a comfortable and peaceful setting, opposite the Ste-Foy abbey. It offers rooms with bathroom, telephone and TV, a small lounge, bar and restaurant, where you will appreciate the gastronomy of the Aveyron region.

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PRACTICAL INFO

You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between April 1st and October 10th.

The best airport of arrival is Paris Charles de Gaulle AirportThen you can take a train to Gare de Bercy using the RER. 

 

Arrival in Aumont-Aubrac: At Gare de Bercy you take a train to Clermont-Ferrand. In Clermont-Ferrand you can take a bus (direction Mende) that takes you to Aumont-Aubrac. 

Departure from Conques: As Conques does not have a train station, you have to take a taxi to Cransac. At Cransac you take the train to Brive-la-Gaillarde. From there you can easily reach different various points in France (Paris, Bordeaux,...).

You can also take a shuttle bus to reach another train station or to travel back to the starting point.

For timetables and further information check the website of SNCF or rome2rio for all French National trains (SNCF).

GPS tracks are available on request.

INCLUDED

Included

  • 7 nights' accommodation with breakfast
  • 7 dinners
  • Luggage transport according to programme
  • Detailed route descriptions and maps
  • Access to the trip in GUIBO, the digital guidebook and navigation App
  • 24-hour telephone assistance

Not Included:

  • Lunchs
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, additional transfers, etc.
  • Tourist tax

Extras

  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Extra nights at any of the standard accommodations along the route
  • Shipment of printed documents to the first accommodation
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