Santiago de Compostela cycling trail : from Le Puy-en-Velay to Conques Ref. : SJ1
- from 810 € / person on the minimum basis of 2 pers.
- Difficulty :
- Duration : 7 days | 5 days riding
from April 2017 to October 2017
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Discover by bike the famous Pilgrim's Way to Santiago de Compostela, between Le Puy-en-Velay and Conques, in France … probably the most beautiful part of this itinerary.
You will follow the « Via Podiensis » path built by the Romans which is followed by pilgrims for centuries. You will be captivated by the great variety of landscapes and the beauty of the traditional villages.
Your cycling tour on Santiago de Compostela trail:
Day 1: Arrival in Puy-en-Velay
Take time to visit this outstanding site by climbing the great staircase leading to the cathedral, which dates from the 11th and 12th centuries. Do not miss its superb cloister and the St-Michel d’Aiguilhe chapel.
Day 2: Le Puy en Velay - Saugues | 52 Km
For your first bike stage, you will enjoy a wonderful view over the whole Le Puy bassin. Then you cross part of Velay, the land of green lentils and black sheep. You will see very different landscapes as you pass through the gorges of the Allier and then climb up the other side to reach the plateau of the Margeride before arriving at Saugues.
Day 3: Saugues - Bigoze | 42 km
During this stage you will see the plateau of the Margeride, with its characteristic villages, its lost hamlets, its crosses and its pastures enclosed by drystone walls. Each vi llage has its own charm ing features: granite houses with sculptured stone doorways and gardens…
Day 4: Bigoze - Saint Chély d’Aubrac | 48 km
Now ride the the Plateau of Aubrac ! A wide upland occupied by grazing land, small stone buildings called burons, drystone walls, and great swathes of flowers if the season is right!
In succession you will pass through La Chaze de Peyre and Montgros before arriving at Nasbinals where there is a splendid Romanesque church built of brown basalt and dating from the 14th century. After going through the village of Aubr ac, you will descend to St Chély d’Aubrac.
Day 5: Saint Chély d’Aubrac - Estaing | 30 km
You will enter the valley of the Lot. After crossing part of the Rouergue district, you go through the old town of St Côme d’Olt before arriving at Espalion (whose the mediaeval bridge is still crossing the Lot river). Continue to Estaing (said to be one of the loveliest villages in France) with its 13th century château and its steep narrow alleyways which criss-cross the old quarter.
Day 6: Estaing - Conques | 40 km
On your last stage you will ride through the nice villages of Golinhac, Espeyrac and Senergues before arriving at Conques which is really one of the highlights of the pilgrims’ way from Le Puy to Santiago de Compostela! You can admire this beautiful mediaeval village with its sumptuous Romanesque abbey church (11th and 12th centuries) and astonishing cloister.
Day 7: Departure during the day
From April 1st 2017 to October 30th 2017 810,00 € Single room supplement : 175,00 € Bike discount : - 125,00 € (If you bring your own bike)
- 6 nights’ accommodation in 3-star and 2-star hotels (accommodation in a two-person bedroom). Showers and WCs may be on landings or on the next floor in certain establishments.
- 6 dinners (drinks excluded)
- 6 'buffet' or 'continental' breakfasts
- 1 Travel Folder – 1 for 4 people
- Tourist brochures
- Luggage transfer during the day
- Equipped cycle rental for 5 days and repatriation
- Hotline 7 days a week
- Lunches / Drinks
- Tickets to attractions, tours of attractions, tasting
- Optional insurances (Cancellation Insurance OR Tranquility Insurance)
- Single room supplement (6 nights included)
- Taxi or minibus transfer from Conques to St Christophe Vallon train station (18km) or Rodez train station (38 km)
- Bus return transfer from Conques au Puy-en-Velay
- Personal bike repatriation (rate on request)
> Your rental bike:
VTC GIANT « Argento » bike
Equipped with : 2 rear panniers (saddlebags), 1 repair kit, 1 pump and 1 lock.
> You can rent an electric assistance bike!
> At the end of the tour:
. Leave your rented bike at the last hotel. We take care of its repatriation
. Possibility to come back to Puy-en-Velay from Conques :
> by bus : via Compostel’Bus : departure at 12h50 > arrival at 17h10 - About 35 € www.bus-chemin-compostelle.com
> by Coach service : via our services (see ‘OPTIONS’).
To reach the SNCF St Christophe Vallon train station or Rodez train station, we will provide you some taxi or bus contacts.
> How to arrive in PUY-EN-VELAY :
Le Puy en Velay is in the department of Haute-Loire, 514km from Paris and 132km from Clermont-Ferrand (using the RN 102 road).
Le Puy-en-Velay train station
. HEX ' AIR Le Puy / Loudes Airport. Taxi transfer to Le Puy en Velay (14 Km).
. Rodez – Marcillac Airport
Sophie B. (France) - Avril 2017
"Super parcours qui nous a permis de découvrir plusieurs sites authentiques. Bel environnement naturel l'Auvergne, plateau de l'Aubrac, le Lot."