From Salles-Courbatiès to Najac via Villeneuve d'Aveyron and Villefranche de Rouergue, hike on the famous road to Saint Jacques de Compostela. You will pass through charming villages where friendliness and hospitality come together.
4 days, 3 nights
Weekend walk with half board for two
Difficulty ** Comfort **
Benefit from -50% on your liO TER trip to Salles-Courbatiès and 4 days all inclusive 3 nights + breakfasts + transport of your luggage + visits.
The detailed program
Day 1: arrival in Salles-Courbatiès – hike to Villeneuve, 7,5 km.
Arrival on Friday (or another day) by train at the Salles-Courbatiès train station. Depending on your arrival time, you can choose to leave by hiking on the GR62B toward Villeneuve d'Aveyron or make an appointment with your evening host, Stéphanie who will welcome you at the station and drive you to Villeneuve d'Aveyron.
If you decide to hike, we advise you to arrive in the early afternoon.
The stage will take you through the marsh of Montaris, sensitive natural space. The river of “La Diège” originates there. You can observe a varied wildlife : gray heron, moorhen, mallard duck… You will then cross the causes : domain of sheep, cazelles, dolmens…
Arrive at Villeneuve d'Aveyron, founded in the middle of the XNUMXth century around a monastery and successively rescued, country house county, then royal bastide at the end of the XNUMXth century: small alleys, vaulted passages, ogival doors, defense towers, bourgeois houses... The church is a beautiful building, a mixture of Romanesque and Gothic. In the north chapel of the Romanesque church, be sure to admire the murals, dating from the beginning of the XNUMXth century, which represent the legend of the hanged/dependent.
It will also be possible to visit the House of photography Jean-Marie Périer where there is a permanent exhibition in a magnificent 185th century building: seven exhibition rooms presenting 60 framed prints of the stars of French, English and American music from the XNUMXs…
Night in a very beautiful stopover gîte with bedroom and private bathroom: La Maison des Pèlerins.
Dinner not included in the stay – Depending on your choice: traditional restaurant, brasserie or takeaway…
Day 2: Hike to Villefranche de Rouergue, 14 km.
After breakfast at the cottage, continuation of the hike on the Way of Saint James via the GR62B. It is in autumn and spring, in the hollow paths lined with walls that you will discover the Causse, its mysterious light, its subtle shades, its scents… in the uncultivated fields, at the very edge of your path, orchids grow. Nothing giant: they measure between 10 and 30 cm…
Depending on your arrival time at Villefranche-de-Rouergue and depending on the opening hours of the different places you will have the choice between several visits. Enjoy! We offer you 3 visits: the Royal Bastide (old center of Villefranche de Rouergue, guided or audioguided depending on the season), the baroque chapel of the Black Penitents and the old one Chartreuse Saint-Sauveur monastery XVth.
Make the most of the city and its other monuments! Access is free! The Notre Dame Collegiate Church, its storied stalls and its imposing bell tower-porch 58 m high, the modern Emilie De Rodat Chapel… Perhaps you would prefer a temporary exhibition? At the Atelier Blanc, contemporary art space located in the heart of a garden on the banks of the Aveyron…
Your stage tonight: a 3*** hotel, contemporary and design: Les Fleurines.
Dinner not included in the stay – You will have dinner according to your choice in a gourmet or traditional restaurant or a brasserie in the city center.
Day 3: hike to Najac, 22.5 km.
After breakfast, you can go to the small market Place de la République before hiking towards Monteils, a bucolic village located at the entrance to the Aveyron gorges (XNUMXth century church, washhouse). This is the longest stage of the circuit.
Picnic possible in Monteils (grocery store and bakery on site).
Dinner not included in the stay – You will have dinner according to your choice in a restaurant or at the night market (Wednesday evenings in summer).
Day 4: end of stay in Najac.
Possibility to go back to your home by train or to take your car back if you had left it parked in Najac on the day of your arrival. Depending on the schedule of your train, departure to the SNCF station of Najac (located at the bottom of the village – minimum 20 minutes walk or transfer by car possible with your host the day before).
First direct train to Toulouse at 6:55 on Monday morning. Last direct train to Toulouse at 19:00 p.m. on Monday evening. Journey time: 1h30.
End of your stay in the country of the Bastides and gorges of Aveyron.
In summary, we offer you…
In Villefranche de Rouergue:
- the entrance ticket for the visit of the Chartreuse St Sauveur, monastery of the XNUMXth century, a masterpiece of flamboyant Gothic. Exceptionally well preserved, it is the largest visitable cloister in France
- the entrance ticket for the visit of the Chapelle des Pénitents Noirs, a Baroque chapel from the XNUMXth century which has preserved a remarkable ornate wooden vaulting
- the ticket for the visit of the Bastide Royale (old center) of Villefranche de Rouergue with a guide speaker depending on the dates, or with an audio-guide (available in French or in English)
- the entrance ticket for the visit of the Royal Fortress of Najac
- the entrance ticket for the visit of the Governor's House in Najac
Ways of Compostela in France
Two of the accommodations on this circuit are labeled " National hosting charter for accommodation providers on the Compostela routes”; they are committed to developing a quality welcome on the way.
Saint Jacques getaway – 4 days, 3 nights
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Benefit from -50% on your liO TER trip to Salles-Courbatiès and 3 days all inclusive 3 nights + breakfasts + luggage transport + visits.
Good to know
- This stay is initially organized from Friday or Monday but can take place on other days of the week.
- Unavailable from July 15 to August 15, from September 11 to 24 and from October 16 to 29.