Santiago de Compostella Trail from Espalion to Conques

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Pilgrimage along the Lot river to Conques,  Classical walk on the Santiago de Compostella trail

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Starting day: every day. Day distances: 12-20 km.

In between the Auvergne in the North, the Pyrenées in the South, the Ardèche in the East and the Dordogne in the West flows the Lot. This river has since long intrigued the pilgrims from all over the world to go to Santiago de Compostella.

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5 to 8 days, half board (BnB + all dinners), hotels with toilet, Shower/bath en suite.

On foot through the Middle Ages, as you follow the footsteps of the pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostella.

Via scenic villages alongside the Lot, such as Estaing and Entraygues, you'll end your pilgrimage in the centuries-old Conques.

Very divers walk, where you'll find the path of the river Lot alternated with densely forested hills and open landscapes on the plains.


Conques is possibly one of the most visited tourist attraction of Aveyron, well-known and frequently visited for its Abbey de Sainte-Foy. Along the route of Saint James de Compostella, the pilgrim route to Spain, Conques abbey contains the most incredible collection of Renaissance and medieval gold work in all of western Europe. Some was created in the abbey's workshops as far back at the 9th century. Among the treasures are gold-plated relics encrusted with gemstones and crystal. A statue of the Roman Emperor Caracalla is believed to be from the 5th century.

The abbey church is Romanesque dating from 1050 and under construction until 1135.

The medieval sculptures adorning the church number some 250, one depicting

the Last Judgment showing Christ in Heaven and the devil in Hell.

The church cloister only has two remaining sections from the 12th century, but many of the carved capitals were preserved and can be found in the refectory and the Treasury II.

For a plus **/*** package of this walk you go to H39B-plus

For a start in le Puy en Velay surf to H39A

For a walk from Conques to Rocamadour and Moissac surf to H39C

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H39B stnd** Standard**
Basic rate in € p.p. - double room sharing.
Bags transfer maps and written route instructions included
BnB's Dinners Basic rate p.p.:
2p sharing room
single room
5 days 4 4 € 475 € 0 € 117
6 days 5 5 € 571 € 0 € 147
7 days 6 6 € 658 € 0 € 181
8 days 7 7 € 752 € 0 € 198

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Extra nights BnB Dinner Rate p.p. 2 p sharing room Supplement
single room
Espalion** Hotel de France yes yes € 58 € 0 € 30
Conques ** Auberge Saint Jacques yes yes € 66 € 0 € 18
  • Not included: Lunches.

  • If you have less than 4 bags (each max 13 kg) costs of transfer of bags are lower. So rates are lower.

  • Not included: Bus or taxi back to Espalion or ahead to Rodez.

  • Option: We can have your car being driven from the start to Espalion. Or you can have a transfer back to your car on the last day of the package.

  • Solo: add 57% to basic rate (supplement 1p-room included).

Discount p.p. for small groups and families
See terms and conditions of group discounts

Parties of 3 persons :     5 % p.p.
Parties of 4 persons :    7 % p.p.
Parties of 5 persons :    8 % p.p.
Parties of 6 persons :    9 % p.p.
Parties of 7 persons :  10 % p.p.
Parties of 8 persons :  11 % p.p.
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Hotels H39B-stnd** 5 day
6 day
7 day
8 day
Espalion ** Hôtel de France
Day walk 13 km; 4 hr.

day 1 day 1 day 1
Estaing **Aux Armes d'Estaing(13 or 19 km);
In 5 days tour, day of arrival in Estaing, you can make a 5 km
round walk.
day 1 day 2 day 2 day 2
Entraygues *** Lion d'Or (22 km or less; as much as you decide)
day 2 day 3 day 3 day 3
Entraygues *** Lion d'Or (17 km-6 hr or 11 km-4 hr or rest-day.)

day 4 day 4
Bessoles ** La ferme de Bessoles (13 km) day 3 day 4 day 5 day 5
Conques ** Auberge Saint Jacques(13 or 19 km) **
Option: overnight in a Roulotte
day 4 day 5 day 6 day 6
Conques ** Auberge Saint Jacques
Day walk 21 km (8 hr) or 8 km (3 hr)
      day 7
Leave after breakfast, end of the trip.
With bus/taxi (not included and not possible on Sundays) back to
Espalion or toTrain station SNCF in Rodez
day 5 day 6 day 7 day 8

Getting there:

1. Train schedules from Paris direct to Rodez. Summer schedule from June

Paris- - Gare d'Austerlitz Rodez
Leave - -
5 days walk
Start in Estaing
09:09 h
(not on Sunday)
16:28 h bus at 16:30
or taxi 30 km: € 40
17:20 h Taxi
22:17 h
06:57 h bus at 11:30 h
or taxi 30 km: € 40
12:20 h Taxi

2. Train schedules from Paris with TGV via Toulouse to Rodez. Summer schedule from June 

Paris- - Gare d'Austerlitz Toulouse
08:15 h
14:40 h see box 3
10:11 h
16:50 h see box 3
11:20 h
16:32 h see box 3
12:10 h
18:44 h see box 3

3. Train schedules from Toulouse. Summer schedule from June

Toulouse - - Albi - - Rodez
07:20 h
(not on Sunday)
08:10 09:30 h 12:00 h
10:05 h
bike free
11:12 13:05 h 17:20
11:35 h 12:25 13:52 h 17:20
14:28 h 15:18 16:49 h 17:30
17:19 h 18:10 19:23 h with taxi
18:00 h 19:00 19:23 h with taxi
19:32 h 20:22 21:52 h with taxi

To travel to Rodez from England you can fly Ryanair to Rodez.

To get in Espalion from Rodez you can take the bus at 12:30, 17:30 or at 18:30h. Not on Saturday, Sunday and holidays. (Bus company Verdier, tel: 0562 189 494 and Bus SNCF. Costs: €5,- .)

Return: Back to Rodez, Toulouse and Paris

Taxi   07:45 h 10:10 h
Taxi   09:03 h 11:05 h
08:15 h (bus) on some days only. 09:30 h 10:10 h 13:31

To go back from Conques to Rodez and Espalion:
Conques - Rodez: (By bus company Tourisme Aveyron Cars)
08:15 AM leaving Conques. Arrival in Rodez 09:30 h AM. Costs 6 EUR. (on Tuesday also at 15:00 h leaving from Conques).

Train from Rodez directly to Paris (not TGV): 11:50h arrival in Paris at 18:50 h.

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Santiago de Compostella Trail from Espalion to Conques

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