4 jours / 3 nuits
Discover the most iconic path of the way of St James, one of the most famous pilgrimage route of the world.
DAY 1: AUBRAC & THE LOT VALLEY
Start your tour with the exploration of the Aubrac plateau and the village of the same name. This village is on the “via podiensis”, one of the main road leading to Santiago and starting at Le Puy en Vellay. Its monastery / hospital built during the XII century to host and protect the poor and pilgrims from storms and thieves.
After lunch, you will head to Estaing. This fairytale like village nesting in hills along the river Lot is certified “most beautiful village in France”. Moreover the 17 km path between here and St Come dolt is classified by UNESCO as “Natural good”. Not to forget, it is home to many vineyards. You will enjoy a guided tour of the village and its castle. Accommodation and diner.
DAY 2: CONQUES ET FIGEAC
After your breakfast, route to Conques. A medieval village, also certified “most beautiful village in France” is well known for its abbey and its tympanum representing the last judgment. You will marvel at this true work of art.
After lunch your tour will take you to Figeac, the birthplace of Champolion, famous for his discovery of the Rosetta stone, today exhibited at the British Museum of London. In commemoration, a gigantic replica of the stone was made close to the museum of writing. Accommodation and diner.
DAY 3: ST-CIRQ-LAPOPIE & CAHORS
After your breakfast, route to Cahors, a city beautifully set on a loop of the river Lot. Dating all the way back from the Romans, it is during the middle age that Cahors reached its Golden age and became a strong financial and commercial hub in Europe.
After lunch you will go to Bouzies to board on cruise on a traditional wooden boat. From there you can be amazed at the “voie de Halage”: Directly carved in the cliffs, these routes were used by cattle to tracked barges of goods. You will also get the breath-taking viewpoint to St-Cirq-Lapopie.
Visit of the medieval village of St-Cirq-Lapopie, wich was elected “favorite village by the French” in 2012. It is beautifully nested on top of the cliffs overlooking the river Lot. Accommodation and diner
DAY 4: MOISSAC AND TOULOUSE
After your breakfast you will head to Moissac to discover its abbey, centre of roman art in France. Each year thousands of pilgrims stop here to wonder at it Tympanum and cloister. Built in the XII century the cloister home 76 capitals all carved with and attention to detailed rarely seen nowadays.
Route to Toulouse. The pink city is not only known for its Rugby team, but also possess the biggest Roman church in France: the Saint Sernin Basilica. A true architectural jewel part of the UNESCO world heritage list, and has been hosting pilgrims for centuries
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