Bridge over the Lot River in Cahors
Valentre Bridge in Cahors, France

Cycle the Le Puy Camino: Cahors to St. Jean Pied de Port

9 days

Bridge in CahorsOldtown in one of the small towns along the Le Puy routeSaint Palais in FranceSmall river crossing St Jean Pied de Port

Cycle the second section of the Le Puy Camino on the Way of St James

Challenge yourself to your own personal pilgrimage on the 9-day self-guided Le Puy Camino: Cahors to St. Jean Pied de Port cycling tour.

This exciting cycling pilgrimage invites cyclists to complete the second section of the Le Puy Camino (Via Podiensis) at their own pace over 9 days. The Le Puy Camino is an ancient pilgrim route of southwest France, starting in Le Puy of the Haute-Loire and extending to the Pyrenees in St. Jean Pied de Port. The Le Puy Camino route is the most famous French section of the legendary Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, which leads thousands of pilgrims across Europe to the sacred site of Santiago de Compostela each year.

Beginning in beautiful Cahors, this pilgrimage unfolds across rural southern France, introducing cyclists to a variety of spectacular scenery, from lush green valleys to breathtaking mountains. Riding from west to east, this covers the gorgeous regions of Lot et Garonne, Gers, and the beautiful Basque country.

Several stops in iconic towns and villages along the way make this a tour not only rich in natural scenery but a tour that also satisfies one’s appetite for cultural adventures. Enjoy overnight stays in Lauzerte, Condom, Saint-Palais and more, and take in the idyllic villages of Auvillar and Navarrenx.

Enjoy comfortable accommodations along the route and ample opportunities to savour the best French food and wine as you cycle from region to region. Satisfy your thirst for adventure on this unique pilgrimage by bike. Book your spot on the Le Puy Camino: Cahors to St. Jean Pied de Port tour!

Highlights of the Cycle the Le Puy Camino: Cahors to St. Jean Pied de Port

Ride from Cahors to St. Jean Pied de Port, taking in the regions of Lot et Garonne, Gers, and Basque Country along the way.
Feel a sense of accomplishment as you complete part of the famous Camino de Santiago pilgrim route.
Enjoy visits to spectacular churches and monasteries, castles, and medieval relics along the route.
Stay at comfortable hotels and treat yourself to fine French cuisine at each stop on the route.

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From $875USD
9 days
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Cycle the Le Puy Camino: Cahors to St. Jean Pied de Port

Cycle the Le Puy Camino: Cahors to St. Jean Pied de Port Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival

Arrive in Cahors where your Le Puy Camino pilgrimage will begin tomorrow. Settle into your accommodations, then set out to explore the historic capital of Quercy and its charming old town center.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Cahors
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 2 Cycle to Lauzerte

Your pilgrimage begins with an exciting first ride to Lauzerte this morning. Leave Cahors via the splendid Valentré Bridge as you pedal towards Labastide-Marnhac. Continue the route to Lascabannes, marking your departure from the Lot department as you enter Tarn et Garonne. Press on to Lauzerte. Today’s destination is masterfully carved into the hillside and overlooking beautiful vineyards and sprawling green valleys.

Settle into your accommodations, then set out to explore the town’s upper valley, where you’ll find tons of medieval architectural wonders and a pretty town square.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Lauzerte
Distance: 39km, 285m ascent, 185m descent
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 3 Cycle to Auvillar

Begin today’s leg with a pleasant downhill ride to Moissac. Soon after you’ll enter the stunning Lomagne (hunchback Gascogne) area, which sits on the border between Tarn et Garonne and the Gers.

Press on to Auvillar, which you’ll find is built on a promontory. Auvillar is known as one of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (The Most Beautiful Villages in France), making this a magical stop on the route.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Auvillar
Distance: 47km, 245m ascent, 370m descent
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 4 Cycle to Condom

Leave the Tarn et Garonne area this bound for the Gers department. Take in several quaint villages along the way, including Flamarens, Miradoux, Marsolan, each with their own unique style and charm.

Sail through the wide-open countryside of the Gers to the Armagnac town of Condom, where you’ll find tonight’s accommodations.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Condom
Distance: 59km, 555m ascent, 590m descent
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 5 Cycle to sur l’Adour

Bound for the ancient walled town of Montréal-du-Gers this morning, you’ll cycle to Eauze, the capital of Gascogne. Spend some time here on foot, taking in the impressive steeple of St. Luprece and the town’s quaint half-timbered dwellings.

Return to the saddle and ride to sur l’Adour, where you’ll find your accommodations in Aire.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Aire
Distance: 79km, 220m ascent, 240m descent
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 6 Cycle the Béarn Area to Arzacq and Maslacq

Vast plots and cornfields characterize the route today as your cycle through Latrille, and then on to Miramont-Sensacq.

You’ll soon enter the Béarn area, where you’ll press on to Maslacq through chestnut and fern forests as you enter the scenic Pyrénées-Atlantiques.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Maslacq
Distance: 67km, 660m ascent, 655m descent
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 7 Cycle to Saint-Palais via Navarrenx

Starting out in Béarn today, you’ll soon find yourself in beautiful Basque country, at the heart of the Pyrenean. Pedal through the fortified village of Navarrenx before crossing to Gave d’Oloron, taking in the castles of Montgaston and Joantho.

Then, entering the Lower Navarre, you’ll arrive in St Palais, which is today’s destination.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Saint-Palais
Distance: 48km, 380m ascent, 415m descent
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 8 Cycle to Saint Jean Pied Port to Complete the Le Puy Camino

Your final ride unfolds in the spellbinding Basque country, where you’ll spend the day admiring the typical white houses and half-timbered buildings. Make your crossing to Col des Palombières, then enjoy a downhill stretch to Jaxu before continuing further downhill through Bustince-Iriberry and Saint-Jean-le-Vieux.

Soon you’ll arrive at “the gate of Saint-Jacques,” which marks your entrance to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port. Arrive in St. Jean Pied de Port, where you can celebrate the completion of this section of the Le Puy Camino pilgrim route. Congratulations!
Overnight Location: Hotel in Saint Jean Pied de Port
Distance: 34km, 385m ascent, 255m descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 Departure

This morning your tour comes to an end. It’s recommended to book an extra night in St. Jean Pied de Port to allow you enough time to explore the beautiful village before departure.
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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Cycle the Le Puy Camino: Cahors to St. Jean Pied de Port Price and Dates

This self-guided cycling tour is always run as a private tour for your group and the price per person depends on the number of people staying in one room.

Prices below are per person.

  • Price per solo traveller: $1,350 USD
  • Price per person staying in a single room (groups of 2+): $1,225 USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $950 USD
  • Price per person sharing a twin room: $975 USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $875 USD
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Accommodation on the Cycle the Le Puy Camino: Cahors to St. Jean Pied de Port Tour

This tour is based in hotels and B&Bs. Accommodations are 2 and 3-star and offer basic conveniences that can make your stay more pleasant.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
If you are a solo traveller or you prefer a single room, the required supplements are included in the listed prices.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Hôtel Brit le France in Cahors ★★★

Located near the town center, this welcoming hotel offers several modern amenities such as room service and an excellent breakfast buffet.

Hôtel le Quercy in Lauzerte ★★★

The recently renovated Hôtel le Quercy brings the best of Lauzerte to its doorsteps and conveniently located in the heart of the town center. Guests can enjoy the use of a gym and a cozy bar and lounge during their stay here.

Hôtel l'Horloge in Auvillar

Guests will enjoy the laid-back atmosphere at this welcoming hotel that features a lovely terrace with views of the city, and an excellent restaurant and bar.

Hotel Les Angelots in Condom ★★★

This waterfront B&B set in a charming 18th-century building provides guests with a cozy home-away-from-home. A beautiful terrace with views over the harbor make for a wonderful stay.

Cdh La Bastide du Cosset in Barcelonne du Gers

This charming B&B boasts a swimming pool for guests enjoyment and each tastefully decorated room features a kitchenette.

Gîte d'étape la Halte in Maslacq

Comfort and value go hand in hand at this hotel well-located in the village of Maslacq.

Hôtel de la Paix in Saint-Palais ★★★

Found in a peaceful, residential area of Saint Palais, this gorgeous hotel is located nearby several shops and restaurants, making it an ideal base for exploring Saint Palais and surrounding areas. The hotel offers convenient services like currency exchange and a salon.

Hôtel Ramuntcho in Saint Jean Pied de Port ★★

Guests will enjoy their stay at this charming hotel found in the old town of Saint Jean Pied de Port. A sunny terrace and in-house restaurant make for a pleasant stay.

What’s Included in the Cycle the Le Puy Camino: Cahors to St. Jean Pied de Port Tour?

Meals

8 breakfasts and 6 dinners are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 8 nights are included. Accommodations before the tour in Cahors and after the tour in St. Jean Pied de Port are not included but can be added as a supplement. You can also extend your stay at any of the locations along the tour by booking ahead.

Transportation during the Tour

Transportation for you and your luggage is included throughout the tour (up to 13kg per person). Airport transfers are not included but can be booked in advance as a supplement.

Also Included

  • Detailed route notes and maps
  • Tourist information on all places of interest
  • Tourist city tax
  • 24/7 emergency phone support

Not included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas if required
  • Meals, drinks, or snacks not previously mentioned
  • Guide services

Optional Extras

  • Bike rental (hybrid or e-bike)
  • Additional nights before or after the tour
  • Airport transfers
  • Optional activities or excursions

Frequently Asked Questions about Cycle the Le Puy Camino: Cahors to St. Jean Pied de Port

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 4/5. You should be comfortable riding distances of up to 80km a day for several consecutive days. The routes are a mix of flat and hilly terrain.

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