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Compostela - Le Puy to Nasbinals - Stage 1 Auvergne

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Compostela - Le Puy to Nasbinals - Stage 1

Hidden hamlets, ancient churches and magnificent mountains

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Compostela - Le Puy to Nasbinals - Stage 1

This classic walk follows in the footsteps of pilgrims often making use of the GR65 footpath.

Starting in the Massif Central, heading through the vineyards of south west France and finishing in the sunny foothills of the Pyrenees. The horizons are vast and the terrain remote, with buzzards overhead and villages scattered across the landscape.

What's Included

  • 5 days walking
  • 6 nights half board
  • Luggage transfers between hotels

Starting Days

You can choose to begin this holiday on any day of the week.

Itinerary & Hotels

  • 1

    Arrival Le Puy day 1

    Summary

    Arrive at Le Puy and settle into your hotel just a short walk from the cathedral.

    Hotel
    • Simple double bedroom
    • Dining area

    Hotel Bristol Le Puy-en-Velay

    The 3 star Hotel Bristol, located close to the historic centre of Le Puy-en-Velay, is a great base for discovering the town's historic buildings and fascinating museums. It is just a short walk to the Cathedral where there is a daily service of blessing the pilgrims. A pilgrim stamp and créancile - passport is available from the cathedral sacristy. The ancient town is set in a volcanic landscape, dominated by rocky peaks rising from the valley floor.  It is worth climbing the 267 steps to visit the one crowned by the Chapel of Saint Michel d'Aiguilhe.

    Facilities

    • Soundproofed rooms, some with air-conditioning
    • Flat screen TV with Canal + and Canal Satellite (3 channels)
    • Hairdryer and all hospitality products provided
    • Staff speak English
    • Good location for exploring the historic town

    Board

    Cuisine

    A tasty buffet breakfast of croissants, pain au chocolat, crusty baguette, whole grain bread, toasts, crackers, cereals, plain and fruit yoghurt, ham, rosette, Cantal and Saint-Nectaire, plus butter, jams, spreads and honey.  A wide selection of beverages including tea, coffee, chocolate, cappuccino, hot milk and juices.

    Maître-Restaurateur, La Table de Félix offers a traditional menu featuring regional dishes sourced from local producers when possible.

    Sample menu
    Mesclun de salads
    Foie gras en chemise de pain d’épices
    Brochette de faux-filet
    Cantal AOP et Bleu d’Auvergne

  • 2

    Le Puy to St Privat d’Allier day 2

    Summary

    Traditionally, the pilgrimage starts on the steps of the Cathedral Notre Dame and each morning there is a service to bless the pilgrims before heading off.

    Hotel
    • Hotel exterior

    La Vieille Auberge - St Privat d’Allier St Privat d'Allier

    Located in the centre of the village of Saint-Privat-D'Allier, La Vieille Auberge, which was once a coaching inn, is a small traditional hotel on the exceptional Gorges d'Allier between two ravines, and has a unique view of the church perched on a rocky outcrop. It is an ideal place for a pleasant stay in the mountains, walkers will love the peaceful atmosphere.

    Facilities

    • Bright, fully renovated and pleasant rooms
    • TV with free WiFi
    • Bar
    • En suite bathrooms with hairdryer
    • Reception open from 17h to 21h for arrivals and 7am to 11am for departures
    • Peaceful location


    Board

    Cuisine

    14 mi
    (23 km)

  • 3

    St Privat to Saugues day 3

    Summary

    The day’s walk leads you along easy lanes to the pleasant town of Saugues. The Tours des Anglais was designed to repel the Gascon English.

    Hotel
    • Outside seating area

    Hotel la Terrasse - Sauges Sauges

    In the very heart of Gévaudan, where the shadow of the Beast still roams, this charming logis de France hotel has been completely renovated. The hotel has been run by the Fargier family since 1795, a wonderful place to enjoy the warmth of French hospitality! 
     

    Facilities

    • Quiet location
    • Awarded Three Logis de France chimneys 
    • 9 bedrooms, all with en suite facilities
    • Hairdryers
    • Friendly welcoming staff

    Board

    Cuisine

    An elegant restaurant offering a dining experience using quality local produce and a wonderful variety of cheeses. 

    12 mi
    (19 km)

  • 4

    Saugues to Les Faux day 4

    Summary

    Walk along little lanes and tracks through a remote landscape, passing solitary farmhouses. There is little shade apart from a few scattered pines.

    Hotel
    • Traditional hotel exterior
    • Rustic modern dining room

    L’Oustal de Parent Les Faux

    This beautiful, ancient granite farm house with a slate roof has been converted into a comfortable hotel. In the shade of a majestic linden tree, petanque players indulge their favourite pastime. In this natural setting in northern Lozère, close to the GR 65, the Chemin de Saint Jacques de Compostela, this is a quiet and peaceful location.

    Facilities

    • Bar with an imposing ancestral fireplace
    • Warm welcome
    • Quiet location
    • Comfortable rooms all with ensuite facilities

    Board

    Cuisine

    The menus are based on local produce supplied directly from local farmers and growers.
     

    Sample menu

    ENTRÉES
    Salade Oustal (Salade, tomate, foie de volailles, oignons confits, pignons de pin grillés)
    ou 
    Tartelette feuilletée au chèvre, tomate confite, thym et miel
    ou
    Assiette de charcuterie de la Margeride
    ou
    Samoussa de crevette et mousse d’avocat
    PLATS
    Saucisse saint albanaise et son aligot de la terre d’Aubrac
    ou
    Truite de Langlade au lard fumé ou meunière
    ou
    Faux filet de bœuf de l’Aubrac sauce au bleu de pays ou forestière
    ou
    Confit de canard aux 4 épices et sauce a l’orange
    Tout nos plats sont accompagnés de légumes de saison

    FROMAGES
    Plateau de fromage
    Une sélection de fromage affiné dans les caves de la région
    ou
    Fromage blanc à la crème de marron ou coulis de fruits rouges

    DESSERT
    Un dessert maison au choix
    (demander notre carte des desserts)

    15 mi
    (24 km)

  • 5

    Les Faux to Aumont Aubrac day 5

    Summary

    A steady walk across valleys and wild plains – this is the last region in France to have been inhabited by wolves. A gentle climb takes you to the little town of Aumont-Aubrac.

    Hotel
    • Hotel exterior
    • Dining room

    Hotel-Restaurant Pruniéres Aumont Aubrac

    Hôtel Restaurant des Prunieres is located in Aumont-Aubrac, close to Le Chemin de Saint Jacques de Compostela. The hotel was originally built in 1878 and offers a warm welcome to visitors.

    Facilities

    • Good restaurant
    • Free WiFi
    • Friendly and helpful staff
    • All rooms are en suite

    Board

    Cuisine

    The chef offers a seasonal menu using fresh local produce

    Sample menu

    • Soupe au fromage
    • Potage de legumes moulines
    • Assiette de cochonnaille
    • Omelette aux cepes
    • Tete de veau ravigote
       

    12 mi
    (19 km)

  • 6

    Aumont Aubrac to Nasbinals day 6

    Summary

    Head west through pine coppices before entering an area of rough pastures where you will come across isolated burons. An undulating path leads into the village of Nasbinals. Here the 11th century Romanesque church is one of the prettiest on the route.

    Hotel
    • Traditional dining room

    Hotel de la Route d’Argent Nasbinals

    The hotel-restaurant is situated in the heart of the village of Nasbinals. It is a favourite meeting point where holiday makers and local people meet. Comfortable hotel offering a warm welcome and a good restaurant.

    Facilities

    • Shower
    • WC
    • TV and telephone
    • Free WiFi

    Board

    Cuisine

    Breakfast : hot drinks and a help yourself buffet; fruit-juice, yoghurt, croissants, cakes, bread, butter and jam.

    Dinner typically consists of cold cuts of meat, vegetables and delicious Aligot (a rich puree made with Tome cheese, butter and mashed potatoes), cheeseboard, dessert.

    16 mi
    (26 km)

Route & Location

Customer Reviews

100% rating based on 1 review

Recent reviews

  • Service rating : Good, but had to ask for Guardian discount to be applied. Too much documentation. Guidebooks very useful. Maps not needed at all because this route is so well signposted. The topoguide GR 65 plus your guides provides all the maps needed and is easier to carry, but you need to read French. We liked the map carriers.
    Product : All the arrangements worked well including luggage transfers. Hotel accommodation very variable in standard. Did not enjoy being told to retrace our steps at the end of the day to a sister hotel in Nasbinals. Some meals excellent. Meal at Espallion very poor and almost inedible.

    5 out of 5

    Belle France Response:

    So glad that you enjoyed the holiday and found the route easy to navigate, so much so that even the maps were unnecessary. The St Jacques de Compostelle is indeed a very well walked and signposted route but we like to give maps too as some people like to refer to these.

    Sorry that you had to ask for the Guardian discount, though it is normally the case that the discount code has to be quoted at the time of booking.

    Unfortunately we had to book the sister hotel in Nasbinals due to lack of availability, we do hope that this did not spoil the holiday in any way and hope that you come back to us next year to book the 2nd stage.

    Lorna

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  • From £695 per person

  • Outward Depart London St Pancras International station, change trains in Paris and St Etienne arrive Le Puy early evening.

    Return Transfer to Aumont Aubrac change trains at Clermond Ferrand, change station

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