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St Jacob's Way: St Genix-sur-Guiers to Chavanay France 

St Jacob’s Way: St Genix-sur-Guiers to Chavanay – Section 2/3

Duration: 7 Days
Starting From: St Geniz-sur-Guiers
Locations Visited: Le Grands Lemps, Cote Saint Andre, Bellegarde Poussieu
Trip Style: Rolling hills, farmland and forest trails
Availability: From May to September
Price From: €1055

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Summary

Highlights

  • View over the plain of the Bièvre River
  • Protected natural area at Bellegarde
  • Crossing the Rhone River

St Genix-sur-Guiers to Chavanay

This 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.  Combined with sections through or by forests this section is pleasant with ample opportunity to relax and soak in the wonderful surroundings and culture.  With the Rhone never far away it is on this section just before the end that you will cross the Rhone River and leave it behind. 

Itinerary

St Jacob’s Way – 7 Days/6 Nights – From €1055

From St Genix-sur-Guiers to Chavanay

Day 1: St Genix-sur-Guiers
Day 2: St Genix-sur-Guiers to Saint Ondras (19km, 5hr30)
Day 3: Saint Ondras to Le Grands Lemps (22km, 4hr45)
Day 4: Le Grands Lemps to Cote Saint Andre (13km, 3hr15)
Day 5: Cote Saint Andre to Bellegarde Poussieu (35km, 8hr45)
Day 6: Bellegarde Poussieu to Chavanay (24km, 6hr)
Day 7: Chavanay, end of walking holiday

DAY BY DAY

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 simply enjoy some wonderful 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 initially 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 on 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.

Access

Access

To get to St Genix-sur-Guiers :

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

From London
Fly to either Lyon or Geneva airport. EasyJey fly from London Gatwick to Lyon. British Airways fly from London Heathrom to Lyon. Swiss Air, British Airways and Easyjey fly from London to Geneva.
From the airport get a train to Pont-de-Beauvoisin then a taxi to your accommodation.

Information on the train times and prices can be found on the following website:
https://uk.voyages-sncf.com

To get home from Chavanay:

To Dublin
Get a bus to Vienne, then the train to Lyon. Fly from Lyon to Dublin. Aerlingus operates flights on this route.

To London
Get a bus to Vienne, then the train to Lyon. British Airways fly from Lyon to London Heathrow, Easyjet fly from Lyon to London Gatwick.

Information on the bus:
From Chavanay to Vienne: http://www.loire.fr

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

Included

Included
6 nights in Guesthouses, 2* & 3* hotels
6 breakfasts
Roadbook (Guidebook)
Luggage transfers
24/7 Customer Care

Optional
Transfer from/to airport
Extra nights stays

Not Included
Flights/trains (see access tab)
Insurance
Drinks
Lunches & Dinners

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