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Way of Saint-James from Aumont-Aubrac to Conques

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Way of Saint-James from Aumont-Aubrac to Conques

Way of Saint-James from Aumont-Aubrac to Conques - 8 days

The pilgrimage on these footpaths Saint James of Compostela was born in the year 800, during the discovery of the apostle of Saint James, brother of Saint John the Evangelist and great martyr of Christendom. According to writings dating from the twelfth century, St. James left the Middle East with the mission to preach the Gospel in the Iberian Peninsula. Back in Palestine, Saint James would have been killed and thrown into the sea. The body would then have stranded miraculously in Spain, on the Galician shore.

For centuries, this mythical way has been used by pilgrims and walkers. Following these tracks, you will dive into history and visit many different places, you will discover the variety of landscapes, old medival villages and good food!

Day 1: Arrive in Aumont-Aubrac
Day 2: From Aumont-Aubrac to Nasbinals, 26.5 km
Day 3: From Nasbinals to Saint-Chely-d’Aubrac, 20 or 17 km
Day 4: From Saint-Chely-d’Aubrac to St-Côme d'Olt or Espalion, 22 or 16 km
Day 5: From St-Côme d'Olt or Espalion to Estaing, 20 or 11 km
Day 6: From Estaing to Golinhac, 16 km
Day 7: From Golinhac to Conques, 21 km
Day 8: Au Revoir Conques!

Day 1:    Arrive in Aumont-Aubrac

This village has always been an essential step on the way of Santiago. Originally, this medieval city was mostly walked by pilgrims from the East by the quiet paths before approaching the dark and isolated lands of the Aubrac region.

Day 2:    From Aumont-Aubrac to Nasbinals, 26.5 km

Today you are in the heart of Aubrac, discover the landscape of the region, with its famous cattle pastures alternating sleepy villages and farms, before arriving at Nasbinals and its church from the 14th century. Here, numerous hiking trails, endless grazing which have often maintain their stone rim, which – back then – allowed the rotation of the pasturelands.

Day 3:    From Nasbinals to Saint-Chely-d’Aubrac, 20 or 17 km

During this stage, you will go by the Aubrac formerly described as ”a place of horror and vast solitude”, and where the winter is among the most rigorous with its 1300 m of height. But the landscapes of an unbelievable beauty will present themselves to you. At lunch time, you can try the regional specialties at a buron or country inn, where local dishes are available such as the “aligot” (mashed potato with cheese and garlic), assorted cooked meats from the mountain.

Day 4:    From Saint-Chely-d’Aubrac to St-Côme d'Olt or Espalion, 22 or 16 km

In the land of Olt, at the foot of the plateau of Aubrac, you will walk along the river Lot which possesses remarkable gorges and meanders. Here, a soft climate awaits for you, as evidence, the vineyard plantations. Saint-Côme-d’Olt and its medieval village center is listed among the most beautiful villages of France.

Day 5:    From St-Côme d'Olt or Espalion to Estaing, 20 or 11 km

The trip continues and follow the stream of the Lot river to the lovely place of Estaing, a very picturesque medieval village with its old bridge, where stands an impressive castle.

Day 6:    From Estaing to Golinhac, 16 km

Today, at the village of Golinhac you will leave the Lot Valley. Arrival in Golinhac, remarkable for its church, there is a stony cross with a small sculpted pilgrim erected on it.

Day 7:    From Golinhac to Conques, 21 km

A weighty stage but with a spectacular arrival! Conques, of which the abbey-church and the pilgrims’ bridge are listed UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998. The abbey of Sainte-Foyde-Conques possesses the richest treasure of Middle-Age currently retained, with, notably, a golden reliquary statue from the 9th century…

Day 8:    Au Revoir Conques!

Our services end after breakfast, unless you have decided to book any extra services.


Amount Aubrac - Cdh Les Sentiers Fleuris
Hotel Le Bastide - Nasbinals
Hotel des Voyageurs - St. Chely d'Aubrac
Hotel de France - Espalion
Chez Tifille - Estaing
Chambres d'hotes La Landette - Golinhac
Auberge Saint Jacques - Conques
practical info
  • What is included
  • Nights in double room in hotels , B&B with breakfast
  • Seven dinners
  • luggage transportation from hotel to hotel
  • maps and detailed description of the itinerary
  • Medical and luggage travel insurance
  • 24h phone assistance
  • What is not included 
  • Transfers to the starting location and from the arriving location of the tour
  • lunches and dinners, if not otherwise stated.
  • visits and entrance fees - tips
  • personal expense
  • possible sojourn taxes 
  • Optional Services
  • Single room supplement
  • Transfers to reach the starting location or to leave the arriving location of the tour, which will be quoted on request.
  • everything that is not mentioned in the "What is included" section.

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