ST JACOB’S WAY

FRANCE | FROM ST GENIX SUR GUIERS TO CHAVANAY – MIDDLE SECTION

Trip Style

Rolling hills, farmland and forest trails

Availability

From May to September

Highlight

The Bièvre River, Protected natural area at Bellegarde, Cross Rhone River

Price from

1055 EUR

 

Grade

ST JACOBS WAY – FROM ST GENIX SUR GUIERS TO CHAVANAY – 7 DAYS/6 NIGHTS

 

The middle section of the St Jacob’s Way is a relatively easy-going stretch through rolling green French countryside, along crop fields and fields of grazing cows.  With sections which walk through or beside forests this journey is a pleasant, relaxing walking holiday.

 

There is ample opportunity to relax and soak in the wonderful surroundings and culture.  With the Rhone never far away, you will walk through stunning little villages that seem to be frozen in time.

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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 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.

PACKAGE DETAILS

Day 1: St Genix-sur-Guiers

Bienvenue – St Genix-sur-Guiers makes a great starting point for this second section of the Jacob’s Way. There are plenty of amenities and activities to keep you entertained. Or perhaps you will only enjoy some excellent local cheese and wine before you set off on your adventure.

Day 2: St Genix-sur-Guiers to Saint Ondras (19km, 5hr30)

Starting out from St Genix-sur-Guiers you will cross the Le Guiers and then follow the river for a while. You are now in the Dept Isere having left the Dept Savoie behind in St Genix. Heading south, you will soon turn to head west for the rest of today. Before you finish, you will pass through the town of Les Abrets this area was given to the ‘Poor Knights of Christ’ back in the early 12th Century and who became better known as the Templars.

Day 3: Saint Ondras to Le Grands Lemps (22km, 4hr45)

From Saint Ondras, this walk will gently rise through farmlands and fields of grazing cows to the town of Le Pin. Continuing on skirting around through more farmland and woodlands you will have one final uphill climb before descending to Le Grands Lemps. On your walk down you will be welcomed with views over the plain of the Bièvre River. If you are lucky enough to be staying here on a Monday or Thursday night you may get to have a look around the market that is held here every Tuesday and Friday morning before setting out for your day walking.

Day 4: Le Grands Lemps to Cote Saint Andre (13km, 3hr15)

Today is a relatively short day so you can set out a bit later today should you wish or perhaps want to get to Cote Saint Andre early to sample some of the locally produced chocolate. The walk today will take you through the now familiar landscape of farmlands and it is relatively flat just slowly descending throughout the day to Cote Saint Andre the birthplace of composer Hector Berlioz.

Day 5: Cote Saint Andre to Bellegarde Poussieu (35km, 8hr45)

Similar landscape today to what you have been passing on the previous days. Although long, it is pleasant passing by small lakes. For the most part, this section is relatively flat but there are a few shallow climbs that help keep the walk interesting. A final descent will take you to your stop for the night the village of Bellegarde Poussieu. Before reaching the village you will pass by the former parish church of Bellegarde and a protected natural area that is home to the blue butterfly ‘azure of the serpole’.

Day 6: Bellegarde Poussieu to Chavanay (24km, 6hr)

The start of today will be alongside or through forests. Today is also the day that you will meet and cross the Rhone River and move into the Loire Dept of the Rhone-Alpes region. As you approach the river, you will notice that the landscape becomes more built up. Crossing the Rhone ahead of you lies your stop for the night and the final night of this section Chavanay. Beyond you can see the mountainous landscape of the next section of the Jacob’s Way and the vineyards of the Rhone. Reward yourself for making it this far and completing this section with a glass of one of the local wines of the region.

Day 7: Chavanay

Today we say Au Revoir and hope to see you on the next and final section of the Jacob’s Way soon.

INCLUDED AND NOT

  • 6 nights in Guesthouses, 2* & 3* hotels
  • 6 breakfasts
  • Roadbook (Guidebook)
  • Luggage Transfer
  • 24/7 Customer Care
  • Flights/trains
  • Insurance
  • Drinks
  • Lunches & dinners
  • Transfer from/to airport
  • Extra night stays

Access

Getting there

From Dublin

There are direct flights from Dublin to Geneva with Swiss Air and Aerlingus.

From London

There are direct flights from London to Geneva with Swiss Air, British Airways and Eastjet.

Information on getting from the airport into the city can be found on the following website:

https://www.gva.ch/en/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-67/

Getting Home

To Dublin

Get a taxi to Pont-de-Beauvoisin then get a train to either Lyon or Geneva airport and fly direct to Dublin.  Aerlingus fly direct from Lyon to Dublin.  Aerlingus and Swiss Air fly direct from Geneva to Dublin.

To London

Get a taxi to Pont-de-Beauvoisin then get a train to either Lyon or Geneva airport and fly direct to London.  EasyJey fly from Lyon to London Gatwick.  Swiss Air, British Airways and Easyjey fly from Geneva to London.

Information on the train times and prices can be found on the following website:

https://uk.voyages-sncf.com

If required we can assist with arranging private transfer from/to the airport to/from your accommodation.

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