The Piedmont Way or Lourdes Way is found between the Mediterranean and the Bay of Biscay at the foot of the Pyrenean mountains.
MealsAll breakfasts and dinners are included in this tour. We have carefully selected the included meals so you can have a taste of the most typical, most delicious, local cuisine. Most lunches are not included to provide more flexibility during the day and so you can experiment on your own. You can stop and eat something along the way, or have lunch at the end of the daily stage.
Vegetarians, vegans, or those with a special diet (eg. gluten-free) can always find suitable options. Just let us know beforehand and we will be happy to accommodate your needs.
AccommodationAll of our accommodations are hand-picked to give you the best possible experience. We will stay in charming Galician manors, usually located in rural areas, that used to be the homes of important people in the community in the past such as kings or noblemen. They form part of the cultural experience. Usually they are located in privileged areas surrounded with green, peaceful scenery. All our accommodations have a private en suite bathrooms. You can be sure to receive personalized attention and excellent service from the owners, who will make you feel more than at home.
WalkingYou walk at your own pace. There is no one you have to follow or walk with. We have meeting points along the way where our support vehicle will be waiting with snacks, fruit and water and to make sure everything is OK. We also offer assistance for any unexpected circumstances or simply to relieve muscular pain or cure blisters.
Don’t worry about getting lost. The yellow arrows will always guide the way. Moreover, on the Camino you are never alone. If you do not want to keep walking for any reason, you can hop on the support vehicle or be taken back to the hotel. After the daily walk, and after we’ve all had lunch we will head back to the hotel where we can shower, freshen up and have a much-deserved rest.
Before and AfterOur Camino starts and ends in the city of Biarritz, which enjoys easy access by air or by train from other cities in Spain and France. We recommend arriving at least one day before the starting date.
Means and Assistance
- Jun 07 - Jun 17, 18
- Oct 23 - Nov 02, 18
Our Camino Includes:
Meet in Biarritz
Night in Biarritz.
Transfer to Lourdes
Light city walking
At the foot of the Pyrenees, Lourdes is one of the most frequented places of pilgrimage in the world. Christians have been visiting the city’s sanctuaries since the Virgin appeared to Bernadette Soubirou in the late nineteenth century.
The statue of St. James at the Church of Ségurs reminds us that we are in an earlier stage of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. The neo-Byzantine Basilica of the Rosary was built in 1889. Dominating the city, the medieval fortress houses the Musée Ethnographique des Pyrénées.
Welcome dinner and night in Lourdes.
Lourdes - Bétharram
16 km / 10 mi
We begin the stage in the forest that extends to the edge of the mighty Pau river. After hiking through forest-covered mountains, we pass the entrance to the immense caves of Betharram which were discovered in 1819. The mountain hides one of the largest caves in Europe, with more than 5 km of galleries spanning 5 different levels. We continue towards the great sanctuary of Bétharram, center of Marian pilgrimage during the Middle Ages that was marginalized by the apparitions of Lourdes. We finish the stage in front of the church of Notre Dame from the 17th century.
Night in Lourdes.
Bétharram - Bruges
14 km / 8.7 mi
Night in Betharram.
Bruges - Bescat
18 km / 11.2 mi
Night in Bétharram.
Bescat - Oloron Ste- Marie
19 km / 11.8 mi
Night in Oloron St. Marie.
Oloron Ste- Marie - L'hospital St- Blaise
22 km / 13.7 mi
Night in Oloron St-Marie.
Notre Dame de Hoquy - Col De Napale
17 km / 10.6 mi
Bus to Ordiap
We will start in Ordiap with its beautiful rural houses grouped around the church (XII century), that can only be accessed via a bridge.
Enjoying the continued presence of the Pyrenean mountain range to the south, we test our legs to face the steep 539 meter ascent of the Col de Napale which is the end of our stage.
Night in Mauléon.
Col de Napale –Col de Gamia
15 km / 9.3 km
Night in Mauléon.
Col de Gamia - Saint Jean Pied de Port
11 km / 6.8 mi
Farewell dinner and celebration.
Night in Saint Jean Pied de Port.
End of tour
Your Camino through life begins!