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 and from there join the Via Podiensis before joining the infamous Camino Frances to Santiago de Compostela. This route due to the area that you are walking through is very undulating with many climbs and descents but a considerable part is through forests which add to the charm of this walk.
The first of three sections we have on the St Jacob’s Way this starts in Geneva, Switzerland and quickly has you crossing the border into France. This section is in predominantly in the Rhone-Alpes region firstly passing through the rolling green countryside you eventually meet the Rhone River which you will follow on and off before climbing on to Mont Tournier and winding through the forest before descending to the final stop St Genix-sur-Guiers.
Bienvenue à Genève! Sitting on the western shore of Lake Leman Geneva is not only home to the UN but also the world’s tallest fountain, Jet d’Eau. Take time to explore the old town, the many museums and art galleries as well as indulge in some fondue or fish freshly caught form the lake.