Duration:

11 Days / 10 Nights

Distance:

149 km / 93 mi

Difficulty:

Medium / High

Start / End

Biarritz - Biarritz

The Piedmont Way or Lourdes Way is found between the Mediterranean and the Bay of Biscay at the foot of the Pyrenean mountains.

It is a historic road that has been recently recovered by the French Jacobean associations. Some French guides consider it as a variant of the Road of Arles that advances more towards the south. The road begins in Narbonne on the Mediterranean coast of south-eastern France, passing through Carcassonne and Lourdes, and ends at Saint Jean de Pied de Port, in order to start the first stage of the French Way.

Meals

All 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.

Accommodation

All 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.

Walking

You 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 After

Our 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

Vehicle and guide

A vehicle and guide for logistical support will be available during the entire route. It shall be of help not only for the pilgrims in transit but for the transport of luggage and to cover any other needs that might arise along the way. It will have fruits, snacks, water, medicine, first aid kits and everything necessary for unexpected situations.

Luggage transferred

The luggage will be transferred from one hotel to the next using the support vehicle. For the walk you can take a small/medium backpack for a camera, water bottle, and personal belongings. You can use the one we provide, or bring your own.

Mobile phones

Mobile phones with a spanish line will be handed out for the period of the tour for every 2 or 3 pilgrims. This will allow you to communicate with the driver or guides for any reason at all times. The number can also be given to family members back home to receive phone calls.

Pilgrim's Kit

We prepare you for your walk by sending you a packing list with recommendations on what to bring along on your trip, and provide a small backpack with famous Pilgrim’s Kit (Click here to view) that includes: Your Pilgrim's Passport, the shell, a Marly Camino program with reflections and waterproof Route Map, a waterproof pouch, notebook, snacks and more!

Dates & Price 2017:

2950 €

Single Supplement + €

Dates & Price 2018:

2950 €

Single Supplement + €

  • Jun 07 - Jun 17, 2018
  • Oct 23 - Nov 02, 2018

Our Camino Includes:

  • Dinners
  • Guided Visit of Lourdes
  • Transfer back to Biarritz

Day 1

Meet in Biarritz
Welcome dinner

Our meeting point will be in the lobby of our hotel in Biarritz at 6 pm. Here we will enjoy a welcome cocktail.

Night in Biarritz.

Day 2

Transfer to Lourdes
Light city walking

Transfer and Guided visit tour of Lourdes.
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.

Day 3

Lourdes - Bétharram
16 km / 10 mi

Today we begin our Camino!
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.

Day 4

Bétharram - Bruges
14 km / 8.7 mi

On this short stage we ascend, following the Stations of the Cross, to the Croix de Hauteurs, then descend again to the Ouzom valley, tributary of the Pau. We continue towards the village of Asson for a rest, where on the hill of L'Ermitage you can see the chateau Luppe and the church of St. Martin (1534), on whose baroque altar there is an elegant image of Santiago the pilgrim. We will then follow a series of paved and dirt paths until we reach Bruges, which is the end of today’s stage.
Night in Betharram.

Day 5

Bruges - Bescat
18 km / 11.2 mi

We head from Bruges to Bescat, passing by picturesque villas, such as Mifaget whose Church of St-Michel, renovated in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, hides a Roman crypt. From the town of Sainte-Colomé, you can see the valley of Ossau, the village of Arudy, and the Pyrenees. It has a 16th century Gothic church, and the ruins of a medieval castle. In Sévignacq, a sixteenth century erected on top of a fort, was converted into a palatial residence. The gardens of the residence are open to visitors.

Night in Bétharram.

Day 6

Bescat - Oloron Ste- Marie
19 km / 11.8 mi

At this stage we continue through the valley and villages like Buzy, where the dolmen of Calhau-de-Teberne can be found above the village. The Church houses the marble tomb of Jean de La Salle, bishop of Lescar and Chancellor of Navarre, from the 16th century. We continue to Ogeu-les-Bains, where the chateau and baroque church stands out. The stage culminates in the beautiful village of Oloron-Ste-Marie, which lies at the junction of the Aspe and Ossau rivers, is the gateway to two valleys and the capital of Upper Béarn. This is also where the Aragonese Way to Santiago starts crossing the Pyrenees through the Somport Pass.

Night in Oloron St. Marie.

Day 7

Oloron Ste- Marie - L'hospital St- Blaise
22 km / 13.7 mi

The beautiful village of Oloron-Ste-Marie was an Iberian-Roman town. In the 11th century two towns emerged: Ste-Marie and Oloron, later merging into one city in 1858. It is worth visiting: the neighborhood of Ste. Croix, where the original village is, Notre Dame with its neo-Romanesque church, the cathedral of Ste-Marie (World Heritage) of the XII century, and in which resides the exit of the Way of the Piedmont. We continue through several agricultural villages, among them Aren, with its small castle of the XV-XVI centuries. We continue through the Josbaig forest until arriving at L'Hospital-San-Blaise, whose magnificent church has been included by Unesco Of Humanity.

Night in Oloron St-Marie.

Day 8

Notre Dame de Hoquy - Col De Napale
17 km / 10.6 mi

We drive to the chapel of Notre Dame de Hoquy, dedicated to the Virgin of Lourdes, and start walking following the trail that leads us through a narrow valley. We enter Mauléon, the capital of La Soule. Here we can see: a medieval castle from the fourteenth century; The Palace D'Andurain dating from the XVI-XVII centuries; and the Chapel of Berraute, which belonged to the order of Malta and had a hospital attached to it.

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.

Day 9

Col de Napale –Col de Gamia
15 km / 9.3 km

On the other side of Napale or Osquich, the forests of the Soule give way to the rolling hills of lower Navarre, a pastoral world dotted with beautiful houses painted white, red and green, the colors of Ikurriña. We pass the pretty basque village of St-Just-de-Ibarre with its red and white hamlets, crowded around the seventeenth-century church. We ascend to the Col de Gamia, where we recover our strength with magnificent views of St. Jean-Pied-de-Port and the Pyrenees on the horizon.

Night in Mauléon.

Day 10

Col de Gamia - Saint Jean Pied de Port
11 km / 6.8 mi

Excited, we continue our last stretch of the Piedmont Road in Col de Gamia to the beautiful town of St. Jean-Pied-De-Port, declared a World Heritage Site. Its old town is full of mansions with the date of construction on their facades and their wooden balconies with views of the River Nive. We can visit the 18th century citadelle on top of the hill overlooking the town. St. Jean is the starting point of the French Way, and where the three historical routes that cross the Pyrenees through Roncesvalles meet.

Farewell dinner and celebration.

Night in Saint Jean Pied de Port.

Day 11

Biarritz
End of tour

Today, we transfer you back to Biarritz with a stop for lunch to end our magical trip.

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