This tour will give you the chance to experience a French section of the ancient pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella in Spain. For hundreds of years now, pilgrims, walkers and travellers have taken this route to Compostella to discover the tomb of St James. The walks will average about 17 kilometres per day, crossing the picturesque Gers and Tarn et Garonne regions and finishing in the Béarn region. 

This tour is suitable for experienced walkers. We will follow the Le Puy trail, said to be the most beautiful. The grade of the walk is moderate. All your luggage, other than your day packs, will be carried for you by bus. The trail includes unsealed roads, forest and country lanes and if you don’t feel like walking you have the choice of a rest day. During the 9 days we will change hotels four times. For better enjoyment of the tour we do recommend that you train for this walking tour, including some long distance with moderate inclines. Plenty of rest time will be allocated during the day to better enjoy the walks. The full distance of the tour is 102 kilometres over 6 walking days. 

Day 1
All participants will be met at Agen railway station. The bus will take us to Auvillar, voted one of France’s most beautiful villages, where we will be spending our first two nights. The afternoon will be free to explore the village, followed by welcome drinks and dinner at the hotel.

Day 2
16.5 km walk from Auvillar to the village of Miradoux, in the Gers. We will picnic along the way. Dinner at the hotel. 

Day 3
Checkout and bus to Miradoux for a 15 km walk to the beautiful Gallo-Roman town of Lectoure, one of the oldest villages in the Gers, where we will be spending our next two nights. Picnic lunch. Dinner at the hotel. 

Day 4
19 km walk from Lectoure to La Romieu, in the heart of Gascony. La Romieu is known for its unique collegiate church. Picnic lunch. Dinner at the hotel. 

Day 5
Checkout and bus  to La Romieu to start a 16 km walk to the mediaeval town of Condom, where we will be spending our next three nights. Picnic lunch. Dinner at the hotel. 

Day 6
Rest day. 
Free morning to explore Condom, its market, churches and museums. (Lunch not included on this day only.) In the afternoon we will take you to visit the Chateau de Cassaigne, constructed in the 13th century, in the heart of the Armagnac region. Here you can taste their succulent prunes in Armagnac, as well as the local wines and liqueurs. We will stop in Larresingle, France’s smallest fortified village. Dinner in a country restaurant. 

Day 7
17 km walk from Condom to Montreal, Gascony’s first bastide, and also voted one of France’s most beautiful villages. Picnic along the way. Dinner at the hotel. 

Day 8
Checkout followed by a bus trip to Montreal for our last 18 km walk to Eauze, the capital of the Armagnac. After the walk the bus will take us to Monein in the Béarn region (approximately 2-hour drive) to spend our last night. Farewell drinks and dinner at the hotel. 

Day 9
The bus will take all the participants to Pau train station to catch the train for Paris.

 

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