length

13 Days

difficulty

Challenging

trip cost

from $2500 pp

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13 Days

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difficulty

Challenging

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trip cost

from $2500 pp

Self-Guided Trip

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Overview

Cahors to Condom

The  745km long Le Puy Camino, also known as the Via Podienis or GR65, is one of the best-loved walks in France. It is one of the four traditional pilgrim routes that crosses France and converges in Spain, before continuing on to Santiago de Compostela. This tranquil 160 km stretch of the Le Puy Camino in south western France, from Cahors to Condom, is our favourite section of this less known but arguably most beautiful of all the Camino trails. Explore historic cathedrals, castles, chateaus, canals, cloisters and the idyllic French countryside during this two week odyssey .

The Le Puy Camino way is well marked with the red and white markings of GR65, and the familiar scallop shell of the Camino. The trails are usually quiet with few other walkers, and the terrain is varied but rarely too strenuous. A few shorter days are included so the walk can be managed at a comfortable pace. Charming medieval towns and villages, picture postcard rural scenery and a wealth of gastronomic experiences await!

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Highlights

Cahors to Condom

  • Hike the tranquil country paths and stunningly beautiful trails through rural France
  • Discover some of France’s historic UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Make your way through fairytale villages and beautiful countryside
  • Indulge in the local cuisine that is ever changing as you pass through the different towns
  • Be awed by the impressive architecture and rich history of  ‘Les plus beaux villages de France’
  • Experience the solitude of this quieter Camino and the camaraderie of the predominantly French walkers

Itinerary

Cahors to Condom

Week 1
Day 1
ARRIVE CAHORS

Arrive in Cahors and make your own way to your accommodation. After check-in take the time to explore the historic centre and take a stroll over the iconic 14th century Valentre Bridge.

Medieval Cahors is surrounded by steep cliffs located on the Lot River. Cahors is perhaps best known as the centre of the famous AOC ‘black wine’, referred to by many as the darkest in the world and known since the Middle Ages. The medieval town dates back to the 13th century and grew with the arrival of bankers and merchants. They built fine houses, usually of brick and often with arcades for their shops, good examples of which can still be found in the narrow streets. Located in the city centre with its two great domes and tall facade, the 11th century cathedral (Cathedrale Saint-Étienne), is Roman Catholic and a national monument of France. The famous 14th-century fortified Valentre bridge, an emblem of the city classified as World Heritage by UNESCO and a well-known pilgrim milestone, crosses the Lot on the west side of town. It has three towers each with large arched gateways due to its historical role as a defensive bridge during the Hundred Years War. Discover the legend of the pact that the bridge builder made with the devil. Cahors has become well known for its gardens and has in recent years, created some wonderful small gardens scattered throughout the town.

Overnight: Cahors

Meals: –

Day 2
WALK CAHORS TO LASCABANES (22KM)

The Camino enters the Quercy Blanc, taking you through the Garonne River plain with its green round hills. The earth here is mostly limestone, with a whitish colour, hence its name of Blanc. Your day starts with a short but steep climb up stone steps followed by a gentler walk on a stony lane uphill through a forest of pines to ‘Croix de Magne’, the Magne Cross. The rest of the day will then be following mostly flat and exposed trails. Enjoy long stretches of being alone with nature, an opportunity conducive to contemplation. You will pass various villages, chiefly Labastide-Marnhac and Lhospitalet before continuing along open uplands with occasional woods, before reaching the charming and prosperous little village of Lascabanes, once home to a 15th-century pilgrims’ hospital.

Overnight: Lascabanes

Meals: B

Day 3
WALK LASCABANES TO MONTCUQ (10KM)

Its an uphill walk out of Lascabanes this morning to arrive at the lonely forest chapel of Saint Jean with its druid spring. The view as you approach the quaint medieval village of Montcuq is dominated by two towers, one of the church and the other the remains of a 12th-century castle. Enjoy the afternoon exploring the narrow streets with its charming historic buildings. It is a beautiful walk to the castle tower with great views across the countryside. If you happen to be in here on a Sunday morning the vibrant local market is definitely recommended – full of colour and an amazing array of delicious local produce.

Overnight: Montcuq

Meals: B

 

Day 4
WALK MONTCUQ TO LAUZERTE (14KM)

The journey today passes through the department of the Tarn-et-Garonne. After several days of quite flat walking, the trail now follows an undulating path through farmland, cultivated fields and orchards. Vegetation of small oaks along with dwarf maples dot the landscape. In spring, enjoy the rich flora, particularly with the many orchids. Look out for ancient raised dovecotes along the way. Arrive at one of the best preserved Bastides, (fortified town), the medieval town of Lauzerte, and the half way point from Le Puy to Saint-Jean-Pied-de- Port. Situated above the valleys and hills of the area and founded in the 12th century by the Count of Toulouse, Lauzerte is another of the ‘Most Beautiful Villages of France’.

Overnight: Lauzerte

Meals: B

Day 5
WALK LAUZERTE TO DURFORT-LACAPELETT (12KM)

The path today involves some steep paths together with lengthy stints on quiet roads. Approaching the Tarn valley, orchards of apples, plums, pears, peaches, kiwifruit and cherries replace the vineyards and it is a comfortable walk to your overnight stop.

Overnight: Durfort-Lacapelett.

Meals: B

Day 6
WALK DURFORT-LACAPELETT TO MOISSAC (16KM) 

Moissac is situated at the confluence of the Garonne and Tarn rivers. Formerly a major pilgrim halt on the road to Santiago de Compostela and 2nd most important sacred site for the medieval pilgrims on this route after Conques, Moissac is famous for its Abbey Saint-Pierre. One of the most beautiful Romanesque buildings in France with its perfectly preserved Romanesque cloister, it is World Heritage listed by UNESCO. The cloister (an enclosed garden used by the medieval monastics for walking meditation and contemplation) dates back to 1100 and is reputedly the oldest in the world.

Overnight: Moissac

Meals: B

Day 7
WALK MOISSAC TO AUVILLAR (21KM)

Today you depart Moissac on the flat towpath of the canal of the Tarn and Garonne rivers. You will walk on quiet roads through productive orchards, vegetable gardens and fields before crossing the Garonne and walking uphill to the village of Auvillar, built on a promontory and classified as another of the ‘Most Beautiful Villages in France’. Auvillar, originally an ancient river-trading settlement from Gallo-Roman times until the 10th century, is another lovely town with cobbled streets and wooden framed arched buildings; it has a distinctive medieval feel. In the centre of town is the triangular market place with a unique circular corn market hall at its centre which was built in 1824. Also of interest is the clock tower and Church of Saint Peter.

Overnight: Auvillar

Meals: B

Week 2
Day 8
WALK AUVILLAR – MIRADOUX (17KM)

A short and easy walk today as you leave Le Lot department to enter the beautiful rolling farmlands of Le Gers. The Gers department is the heart of Gascony and the most rural area in France; an agricultural paradise of wheat, corn, grains and sunflowers. The Camino takes you to lovely villages such as Bardigues, Saint-Antoine and up to Flamarens where the ruins of the 12th-century castle are currently being restored. The adjoining 16th-century church of Saint-Saturnin is a shell, destroyed in the battles between Protestants and Catholics during the Wars of Religion. Cross through undulating countryside to arrive in the small town of Miradoux. Built on a small promontory, Miradoux is one of the oldest Bastide towns on the Camino with character filled stone houses and a fortified church.

Overnight: Miradoux
Meals: B

Day 9
WALK MIRADOUX – LECTOURE (16KM)

From Miradoux there is a slow descent across lush fields passing through the hamlet of Castet-Arrouy. The cathedral tower of Lectoure will come into view guiding you into this town sitting on a rocky promontory above the Gers River. Lectoure is an attractive historic walled town, with the impressive Cathedral of Saint Gervais and Saint Protais. Nearby is the ancient Fontaine Diane, a natural spring inside a little gothic building that at one stage provided the source of water for an active tannery industry in the town. As well as being a designated town of art and history, Lectoure is known for growing one-third of all of the garlic in France and in spring the surrounding slopes are covered with rows of rose-green garlic shoots.
Overnight: Lectoure
Meals: B

Day 10
LECTOURE AT LEISURE

Lectoure has been a perennial favourite destination for visitors since the middle ages, and is a wonderful place to enjoy a day at leisure to rest up or explore. Lectoure is an attractive historic walled town rich with impressive architecture, including the impressive Cathedral of Saint Gervais and Saint Protais. Nearby is the ancient Fontaine Diane, a natural spring inside a little gothic building that at one stage provided the source of water for an active tannery industry in the town. As well as garlic, Lectoure is also known for its Armagnac and foie gras – the local produce is not to be missed!

Overnight: Lectoure

Meals: B

DAY 11
WALK LECTOURE TO LA ROMIEU (19KM)

Leaving Lectoure and the Ger River behind, the trail takes you along quiet back roads to Marsolan, a tiny village on a steep hillside. Leave Marsolan through fields and woodland and after the chapel at Abrin the route goes northwards for La Romieu. This is not the historic route; pilgrims would in the past have headed directly for Condom. However, the imposing 14th century church at La Romieu, whose towers resemble a castle, is UNESCO World Heritage listed and the cloister with the delicate stonework of the arches is a must see.

Overnight: La Romieu.

Meals: B

Day 12
WALK LA ROMIEU TO CONDOM (14KM)

From La Romieu, the Camino rises and falls across this part of Gascony and as you walk you will enjoy expansive views over the countryside and, on a clear day, possibly see the Pyrenees far away in the distance. Pass through tiny Castelnau-sur l’Auvignon, before the old Romanesque chapel of Saint Germaine and a serene lake before the final stretch into the welcoming town of Condom.

Overnight: Condom

Meals: B

Day 13
DEPART CONDOM

After breakfast you are free to check out of your hotel any time before 10am. If time permits you may like to explore Condom, renowned for cognac production and its many historic monuments including the cathedral. Own arrangements for onward travel from Condom to your next destination  – trains depart from the nearby town of Agen, located 40 kms away.

Meals: B

Inclusions

What you get

Included
  • 12 nights’ accommodation in local guesthouses or hotels with private facilities on a twin share basis
  • 12 Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer each day from hotel to hotel (1 x 15kg bag per person)
  • Pilgrim’s passport (per person)
  • French Camino guidebook with maps
  • French phrasebook
  • Document case
  • Luggage tags
  • Maps of your hotel locations
  • Local and Australian emergency contact numbers
  • Pre-trip guidance and planning for your French Camino trip
Excluded
  • Travel insurance
  • Single supplement POA
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Flights
Added Extras

You may like to extend your trip and stay an extra night in Cahors and/or Condom – extra night prices are available on request.

Private departure transfer from your hotel in Condom to Agen train station can be arranged in advance with surcharge payable. Please let us know at the time of booking if you will require this transfer, and we will advise the pricing.

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