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Way of Saint James: From Le Puy-en-Velay to Cahors
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Way of Saint James: From Le Puy-en-Velay to Cahors

Way of Saint James: From Le Puy-en-Velay to Cahors

Cycle along the Via Podensis, the French Way of St James

  • Discover by bike the first section of the Via Podiensis to Cahors
  • Spending evenings in symbolic towns such as Saugues, Estaing, Conques, Figeac and Cahors
  • Tasting the culinary delights of the region and the hospitality of your accommodation hosts
  • Viewing the contrasting landscapes and architecture between the regions passed
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Route
Day 1: Arrival in Le-Puy-en-Velay
Day 2: Le-Puy-en-Velay - Monistrol-d'Allier - Saugues (46 km)
Day 3: Saugues - Saint-Alban-sur-Limagnole - Aumont-Aubrac (44 km)
Day 4: Aumont-Aubrac - Nasbinals - Estaing (78 km)
Day 5: Estaing - Espeyrac - Conques (36 km)
Day 6: Conques - Saint-Parthem - Figeac( 43 km)
Day 7: Figeac - Vallée du Célé - Bouziès (54 km)
Day 8: Bouziès - Saint-Cirq-Lapopie - Cahors (35 km)
Day 9: Departure from Cahors

Day 1:    Arrival in Le-Puy-en-Velay

Arrival in Le Puy-en-Velay, capital of Haute-Loire.Located in the South-East of the Massif Central, surrounded by a volcanic landscape which is dominated by rocky peaks rising from the valley floor, this Auvergne town is a major pilgrimage site, with its Romanesque Cathedral of Notre Dame and Hôtel-Dieu listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is the starting point of the famous Via Podiensis, one of the routes to Santiago de Compostela, since the Middle Ages. Don't forget purchase your pilgrim passport to have it stamped throughout the journey to your final destination!

Day 2:    Le-Puy-en-Velay - Monistrol-d'Allier - Saugues (46 km)

You start your first cycling day from the cathedral, the route climb out to leave the town of Le Puy. It goes through the Monts du Velay, where green lentils are grown, before going down into the Haut-Allier gorges. Then the itinerary takes you through a variety of landscapes and terrain before reaching the Plateau de la Margeride and its ascent just before Saugues, the last difficulty of this stage. You are ending your day in Saugues which is famous for the mysterious Beast of Gévaudan and its mushrooms!

Challenge: 46km, 1050m ascent, 625m descent

Day 3:    Saugues - Saint-Alban-sur-Limagnole - Aumont-Aubrac (44 km)

Today, you start from Saugues, a small town famous for its English Tower, its Mushroom Fair and the legendary Beast of Gévaudan. The route continues into the Margeride plateau and through the Truyère valley before reaching the charming village of Aumont-Aubrac. Pass front of St Roch Chapel, highest point of your stage with an altitude of around 1300m and cross pretty hamlets of Le Rouget, St Alban sur Limagnole and Les Estrets. You stay for the night in the town of Aumont-Aubrac, located in the heart of Lozère, an important point on the pilgrimage route.

Challenge: 44km, 800m ascent, 730m descent

Day 4:     Aumont-Aubrac - Nasbinals - Estaing (78 km)

Leaving Aumont-Aubrac, the route goes through pine groves before reaching the Aubrac plateau, you cycle above an altitude of 1000m, covered with pastures as far as the eye can see. Just after the village of Nasbinals, famous for the "transhumance" (end of May), you pass the highest point of the Way of St James (col d'Aubrac - altitude 1340m). Continue to the nice village of Aubrac where starts the long steep descent of almost 30 km!! Further down, in Saint Côme d’Olt (labeled one of the most beautiful villages in France), route becomes "flat" and you discover the Lot Valley and the lovely village of Estaing.

Challenge: 78km, 655m ascent, 1375m descent

Day 5:    Estaing - Espeyrac - Conques (36 km)

Get ready, because today it's one of the shorter stage but probably the most difficult (but what a beautiful!). You leave Estaing and the Lot valley with a very steep ascent to Campuac. Continue direction Espeyrac, nice village with its ruined castle of the Middle Ages. Few kilometers later, you reach Sénergues also very interesting with its castle and the Tour Carrée. Then, a spectacular route takes you downhill towards Conques, jewel of Romanesque art, and a must on the Via Podiensis!

Challenge: 36km, 680m ascent, 440m descent

Day 6:    Conques - Saint-Parthem - Figeac( 43 km)

Start today along the river Dourdou de Conques which brings you back along the Lot river. You follow the river to Livinhac-le-Haut and from there the road becomes uphill and goes on the next valley, the Célé valley. Last section on a steep ascent before reaching Figeac, pretty town of Art & History, by the Célé river. This is a very important pilgrimage connecting point, and the home town of Champollion (the ‘Father of Egyptology’ who first deciphered hieroglyphics).

Challenge: 43km, 430m ascent, 740m descent

Day 7:    Figeac - Vallée du Célé - Bouziès (54 km)

Today you will discover the secret Célé valley! Follow the road that winds the river through typical Quercy villages like: Espagnac and its lovely 13th century church, Saint Sulpice and its troglodyte houses, Marcilhac and the ruins of its Benedictine abbey church, then Sauliac, and Cabrerets with its prehistoric cave of Peche Merle. You will find the Lot river again, few kilometers later, in Conduché, and you will just have to cross the bridge for the overnight in Bouziès.

Challenge: 54km, 80m ascent, 150m descent

Day 8:    Bouziès - Saint-Cirq-Lapopie - Cahors (35 km)

What a day for your last cycling day... First, join the common track with the hikers before starting a breathtaking route, cut in the rock on the edge of the Lot to reach Saint-Cirq-Lapopie. Take your time and discover this gorgeous village perched on a rocky, labeled one of the most beautiful villages in France. Leave Saint-Cirq-Lapopie and the valley on a steep ascent with panoramic views. Have a break in the village of Aujols! Then, continue towards Flaujac-Poujols ang go for a beautiful 5 km descent, which will then take you to your final destination, the medieval town of Cahors.

Challenge: 35km, 540m ascent, 550m descent

Day 9:     Departure from Cahors

End of your trip after breakfast. We advise you to extend your stay in order to take the time to visit the beautiful city of Cahors and its Valentré Bridge.

'standard' hotels

All accommodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services.

We choose comfortable 2*/3* hotels or B&Bs where all rooms have private en-suite bathroom and every morning breakfast are included.

Hôtel Régina*** (Le Puy-en-Velay)
Hôtel Régina*** (Le Puy-en-Velay)

The hotel Regina, located at the foot of the historic center of Puy en Velay, is the ideal place to stay and explore the city. 

http://www.hotelrestregina.com

B&B La Flore (Saugues)
B&B La Flore (Saugues)

It is on the road to Saint Jacques de Compostela (GR65), in Auvergne, on the borders of Margeride, in Saugues in Haute Loire, that you will be warmly welcomed at the bed and breakfast La Flore

laflore-saugues.com

Hôtel Prunières (Aumont-Aubrac)
Hôtel Prunières (Aumont-Aubrac)

In the heart of Aumont-Aubrac, ideally located between the granite mountains of Margeride and the immense basaltic plateaus of Aubrac, this hotel at the start of many excursions and hikes

hotelprunieres.free.fr

Auberge Saint Fleuret** (Estaing)
Auberge Saint Fleuret** (Estaing)

Auberge Saint Fleuret welcomes you in Estaing in Aveyron in the heart of a charming village. Enjoy a warm welcome for a gourmet stay that combines simplicity and quality.

auberge-st-fleuret.com

B&B Au Castellou (Conques)
B&B Au Castellou (Conques)

Le Castellou with its large wooden tables and its original fireplace welcomes hikers ready to discover Conques in its shell with its alleys, its ancestral houses with slate roofs in a friendly and friendly setting.

www.aucastellou.fr

Hôtel Le Quatorze*** (Figeac)
Hôtel Le Quatorze*** (Figeac)

In an old building in the heart of the historic center of Figeac and its heritage, Le Quatorze offers spacious rooms with a natural atmospher. Come and live a natural and relaxed experience in Figeac.

le-quatorze.fr

Hôtel Les Falaises*** (Bouziès)
Hôtel Les Falaises*** (Bouziès)

In the heart of the Lot valley and the Causses du Quercy Regional Park. A perfect place to relax in peace and in the heart of nature.

www.hotel-falaises-bouzies46.fr

Brit Hotel Le France*** (Cahors)
Brit Hotel Le France*** (Cahors)

Located in the city center, the Brit Hôtel Le France offers you a warm welcome. You will find comfort and well-being with its spacious rooms

cahors-france.brithotel.fr

practical info

Departure any day of the week from 15th April to 31st October.

The closest airport is Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport.

Also possibility of arrival in Paris airports Charles de Gaulle in the North and Orly in the South are served by a large number of scheduled and low cost airlines. They are connected with Paris by metro and bus services. From Paris you can take a train to Le Puy-en-Velay (via Saint-Etienne), see below.

You can get to Le Puy-en-Velay by train. For time tables and further information look at the website of the SNCF or TER-SNCF

On the end of your trip you can take a train from Cahors. For time tables and further information look at the website of the SNCF or TER-SNCF

From Paris to Le Puy-en-Velay (approx. 6h - 540 km/336 mi). Acces to driving routes see the website ViaMichelin.

You can also take a regular shuttle bus "Compostela" at the end of your trip to reach a train station or to travel back to the starting point (more information on request).

Parking informations on request

HYBRID BIKES

Cube Tourers

  • 24 Speed Shimano Drive Train
  • Integrated Cable Routing
  • Integrated Dynamo Power LED Lights
  • Sizes available: x-small - small - medium – large

OR

"Boardman" hybrid

  • Lightweight Aluminium Frame, Carbon Forks
  • Hydraulic brakes
  • Shimano 20-Speed or 18 Speed
  • Sizes available: Extra small - Small - Medium - Large

OR

Panier capable Cross Racer/Tourer

  • Alu Frame, Carbon Forks
  • Shimano 105 Components, 11-Speed
  • Internal Cable Routing
  • Sizes available: small - medium/large

E-BIKES

Cube Electric Hybrid

  • Hydraulic Brakes, Shimano Altus 9-speed
  • Front suspension: Suntour NEX
  • Bosch Drive Unit Active Plus GEN3 (50Nm)
  • Sizes: Small - medium

 

GPS tracks are available on request

included

Included

  • 8 Nights in selected 2*/3*hotels
  • Breakfasts and 5 Dinners (not included in Le Puy, Figeac and Cahors)
  • Luggage transfers
  • Tourist city tax
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and maps
  • 24/7 Bilingual Emergency hotline

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Transport to first and from last accommodation
  • Trains, busses or any transport wherever necessary
  • Other Lunches & Dinners
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, additional transfers, etc
  • Hybrid bike rental

Extras

  • Single Room Supplement
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Additional nights 
  • Transfer from the train station to your hotel
  • Transfer back from your last accommodation
  • Hybrid bike rental 
  • E-bike supplement 
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