Aire-Sur-Adour to St. Jean Pied de Port

France

Holiday overview

Destination

France


Type

Self Guided


Difficulty

Moderate to Strenuous


Month

Jan - Dec


Price

£ 660 pp


Duration

7 nights


The sixth stage of the Way of St. James Pilgrim Route.

This eight-day, seven-night walking tour is the sixth stage of the legendary Way of St. James Pilgrim Route – one of the most famous pilgrimages in all of Christianity.

 

Price:

£660.00 per person

Single room supplement – £100

Supplement for solo walker – additional £50

 

Difficulty:

4 to 7 hours walking a day, easy routes with 50 to 150 m of altitude change per day

 

Luggage:

Your luggage is transferred from accommodation to accommodation every day.

Day 1: Arrival at Aire-sur-Adour (overnight and dinner)

 

Day 2: Aire-sur-Adour – Arzacq, 32 km/20 miles.

Altitude at departure: 81m/267ft.

This first section is partly in the Landes but away from the forests and pines and instead making its way over countryside, where maze blazes around spinneys and copses. As we reach the Pyrenees Atlantiques, a sign informs us that there are still 924 kms/577.5 miles to Compostela. Possibility of slightly shortening this day with an alternative path.

Altitude at arrival: 231m/762ft. 32 kms/20 miles. 8 hours.

 

Day 3: Arzacq – Maslacq : 30.5 km/19 miles (possibility of shuttle).

Altitude at departure: 31m/762ft.

Today we enter Bearn, becoming ever closer to the Pyrenees. Fields and wooded valleys as far as Arthez de Bearn (211m/696ft), perched over the Gave plain. Then it is down to the Gave de Pau before reaching Maslacq.

Altitude at arrival: 78m/257ft.30.5 kms/19 miles. 8 hours.

 

Day 4: Maslacq – Navarrenx, 22 km/13.75 miles.

Altitude at departure: 78m/257ft.

Initially we follow the Gave de Pau before going up higher from where there are magnificent views of the Pyrenees. Down to Sauvelade before reaching a high point of 251m/828ft. Then a sharp descent through forest as far as Meritein (148m/488ft) before reaching the almost entirely fortified town of Navarrenx.

Altitude at arrival: 125m/413ft. 22 kms/13.75 miles. 5 hours 45.

 

Day 5: Navarrenx – St Palais, 30 km/18.75 miles (possibility of shuttle).

Altitude at departure: 125m/413ft.

We remain in the Bearn as far as Gave de Mauleon, before reentering the Basque country. At the ‘Stele de Gibralter’, which marks the supposed meeting point of the routes from Le Puy, Tours and Vezeley, we need to go north to get to St Palais. Originally not on the route, from the 13th century St Palais became a popular staging point.

Altitude at arrival: 50m/165ft. 30 kms/18.75 miles. 7 hours.

 

Day 6: St Palais – Larceveau, 15 km/9.4 miles.

Altitude at departure: 50m/165ft.

We are clearly in the Basque country as we meander over green hills to the charming white village of Ostabat (124m/409ft) before continuing on to Larceveau.

Altitude at arrival: 160m/528ft. 15 kms/9.4 miles. 3 hours 45.

 

Day 7: Larceveau – St Jean Pied de Port, 18 km/11.25 miles.

Altitude at departure: 160m/528 ft.

This is officially the last entirely French stage of the Via Podiensis. The landscapes are superb and the town of St. Jean-Pied-de-Port is magical. On the way you will pass the old cross of Galzetaburu (262m/865ft).

Altitude at arrival:180m/594ft. 18 kms/11.25 miles. 5 hours 15.

 

Day 8: End of the trip after breakfast.