Walking and Cycling tours in France France - The Puy Route- GR65 between Moissac and Aire sur Adour

France - The Puy Route- GR65 between Moissac and Aire sur Adour

 

The Puy Route is the most famous route to reach Saint Jean Pied de Port. Also called GR65 this 739 km footpath is a Unesco World Heritage in itself, for all the way is punctuated with so many chapels, abbeys, cloisters, unspoilt villages dating back to the Middle Age and the 12th century for the oldest munuments.

In this section between Moissac and Aire sur Adour, there are 170 km in 9 walking days across gently rolling hills often compared to Tuscany, orchards and valleys. Charming villages,bastides, the renowned cloisters of Moissac and La Romieu, Lectoure in the Armagnac region and so many other discoveries.

After Cahors and the White Quercy you approach the Tarn Valley and Moissac appreciate the lush orchard of Gascogne the craddle of D’ Artagnan, one of the famous Three Musketeers characters by Alexandre Dumas .

This land is punctuated with castles and medieval chapels, famous cloisters,  and is proud of its renown gastronomy !

Day 1

Arrive in MOISSAC.

Day 2

MOISSAC - AUVILLAR - 21 km - 5 h 00 walk Night in Auvillar –Hotel in the center ot the town -Half board (dinner, night and breakfast) The Camino follows the rivers all day long until the last part of the day when you will climb up the street entering into Auvillar and its the charming cobblestone square, with its ancient circular open hall and arcades. Night in Auvillar.

Day 3

AUVILLAR - MIRADOUX – 17 KM – 4H15 walk Night in Miradoux in a Guest House- Half board (dinner, night and breakfast) Stage between the Tarn and the Garonne Rivers which marks the entrance in Gascony, Romanesque Churches,and remarkable fortified “Bastides” towns.

Day 4

MIRADOUX - LECTOURE - 15 km - 4H00 walk Night in Lectoure ***3 star hotel- Half board (dinner, night and breakfast) A stage up and down the gentle hills of the Gers into the deep France (often compared with Tuscany)

Day 5

LECTOURE - LA ROMIEU - 19 km - 5h00 walk Night in La Romieu in a Guest House - Half board (dinner, night and breakfast) Today you will pass by Morsolan and a St James Hospital. From the terrace the view overlooks the green valley. Arrive in La Romieu and visit the magnificent Collégiale St. Pierre, a 14th-century cloister with a tower (Unesco Heritage)

Day 6

LA ROMIEU-CONDOM - 16 km - 4h00 walk Night in Condom in a Guest House Half board (dinner, night and breakfast) The walk continues through the Armagnac region.

Day 7

CONDOM – MONTREAL- 17 km - 4h15 walk Night in Montreal in a Guest House- Half board (dinner, night and breakfast) In this stage you have the option to visit Larresingle, a 13th century village which is out of the GR (+2km).

Day 8

MONTREAL-EAUZE- 16 km - 4h00 walk Night in Eauze- Hotel in the center of the town- Half board (dinner, night and breakfast) Leave Montreal, one of the first bastides (1289) of the Gers “department” to reach Eauze,the present capital of Armagnac. A variant of the GR will take you to Seviac, a hamlet with rich Gallo Roman excavations (4th century mosaics)

Day 9

EAUZE-NOGARO - 20 km - 5h00 walk Night in Nogaro- ***3 star hotel -Half board (dinner, night and breakfast) Take the time to stroll around between the elegant bell tower and the House “Jeanne d’Albret”, Henry IV ‘s mother, where the “Bon Roi” Henry stayed in 1579.

Day 10

NOGARO – BARCELONNE DU GERS - 26 km - 6h30 walk Night in Barcelonne du Gers in a Guest House- Half board (dinner, night and breakfast) You walk across a chesnut-tree woodland which quickly turns into maritime pine-tree forest while approaching the cultivated the Adour River valley

Day 11

End of the walk after breakfast.

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Self guided WALKING
Level
THE PUY ROUTE-WAY OF ST JAMES
Duration :
11 Days
From :
950 €

Included : (see details in Dates and Prices section)

2 and 3 star hotels and guest houses- Half Board

Luggage transfer

An English road book and a map.

English speaking assistance for your reservation

 

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Starts in : Moissac

Ends in :Aire sur Adour

Access : Moissac train station./ Bus from Aire sur Adour

 

Information : click on "ask for more information"

Phone Cecile : +33 5 58 48 71 65

 

Customize your tour : add or remove one night or more ; combine with another section of the Way

 

See also :

Walking from Aire to Saint Jean Pied de Port

Walking from Cahors to Lectoure

Walking from Lectoure to Aire sur Adour

Highlights

Off the beaten path in green hilly Gascony.
Discover the cloisters of Moissac and La Romieu
Rich medieval architecture and good food !