St Jacob’s Way or the Via Jacobi connects Geneva with Le Puy-en-Velay which is the start of the Via Podiensis. Unlike many of the routes to Santiago that have been pilgrim routes for centuries this particular route was only established in the mid-1990’s.
The first of three sections on the St Jacob’s Way this route starts in Geneva, Switzerland and quickly crosses the border into France. This section is in predominantly in the Rhone-Alpes region.
You will pass through the rolling green countryside down to the Rhone River which you will follow on and off for a while. From there the path climbs up to Mont Tournier and winds down through the forest before descending to the final stop St Genix-sur-Guiers.
The Association Rhone-Alpes de Amis de Saint-Jacques established the route along the GR65 so that pilgrims coming from Switzerland, Central Europe and Germany could walk to Le Puy. From there they can join the Via Podiensis before joining the famous Camino Frances to Santiago de Compostela.
This route is very undulating with many climbs and descents. A considerable portion of the hilly walking route is through forests which add to the charm of this walk.