8 days/7 nights, with 6 days walking
Any start date between May 1 and September 15
13 to 24 km daily (7 to 14 miles), averaging 18.5 km (11.5 miles)
This trip is suited to experienced hikers
On most days there are climbs and descents which can be steep and require caution if the weather is wet
Classic Accommodation: US$1220
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The tour starts in the town of Aumont-Aubrac, about 400 km south of Paris.
There are several trains every day from Paris. The trip takes around seven hours and usually requires at least one change.
You depart from the tour area by way of Rodez where you can connect to trains to Paris or other destinations.
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Chemin St. Jacques Hiking 8 Days - Aumont Start
Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims who, for over a thousand years, travelled through France on their way to the shrine of the Apostle James the Elder at Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Follow the Grande Randonnée (GR) 65, a long distance walking path, that follows first 200 km of the Way of St. James from Le Puy to Conques. Cross the rugged countryside of the Auvergne and the Massif Central, through picturesque towns and past the roadside crosses, chapels, and looming fortresses that marked the way for the faithful in centuries past.
Arrive in Aumont-Aubrac, a charming town that dates back to Roman times. It lies on the ancient Via Agrippa that connected Lyon and Toulouse. Be sure to visit the church of St. Etienne, which was once part of a 12th-century monastery.
Enjoy a day rambling through woods and across beautiful pastures and moors before climbing to Montgros, near the cross- country ski centre of Nasbinal.
Distance: 24 km, elevation gain 220 m.*
This is your last day on high plateaus. Pass through Aubrac where the Brothers Hospitalier once kept an estate in order to protect the pilgrims. Arrive at the pretty town of Saint-Chély-D’Aubrac.
Distance: 20 km, elevation gain 500 m.*
Walk through remote country to the fortified town of Saint-Côme-d’Olt, designated one of the Plus Beaux Villages de France.
Distance: 22 km, elevation gain 420 m.*
Enter the Lot River Valley; visit wonderful old towns like Espalion and Saint-Pierre de Bessuéjouls on your way to Estaing, another Plus Beau Village.
Distance: 11 km, elevation gain 150 m.*
Beautiful canyon scenery and simple villages mark the route to Espayrac graced by an old stone cross and the church of Saint-Pierre.
Distance: 15 km, elevation gain 300 m.*
A short day’s walk takes you to Conques, clustered around the huge abbey church of Ste-Foy, where the relics of Ste. Foy, a Christian martyr, once drew thousands of pilgrims. Conques itself is a magical destination in a dramatic setting.
Distance: 22 km, elevation gain 250 m.*
Explore Conques before departing for home or other destinations.
*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.