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Walk the Camino de Santiago Holiday in France

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When was the last time you took some time out to reflect on what you want from life? What are your priorities, your values, your viewpoints, your dreams, your skills, your talents, your achievements, your interests, your motivation, your beliefs, your regrets, your limitations? Walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostella has provided answers to these questions for the last 800+ years. Today, people from all and no religious persuasions walk the Camino to reconnect with themselves, with others, and with nature. A warm welcome awaits you amidst the Saint-Mont, Armagnac, and Madiran vineyards in the sun-blessed south-west of France!

Meet the instructors

Dr M
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Highlights

  • An introduction to the produce of the region
  • Enjoy wine during a visit to a local wine seller
  • 3 days of walking the Camino, 10 - 28 kilometers daily
  • Eat healthy, home-grown, and home-made food
  • 4 nights comfortable accommodation
  • Free transfers from and to Nogaro
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Dutch, French
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
18:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Parking lot

You have the option to stay in single or double bedrooms with comfortable beds and views of meadows, woods and the horses' paddocks. The rooms on the ground floor each have a door that opens directly onto the garden. There is ample, safe, off-road parking. Free access to high-speed internet is available.

Program

Everything will be taken care of for you. You will sleep in the same bed each night, you do not have to carry a heavy backpack with you, you will eat healthy, home-grown and home-made food – all you have to do is concentrate on experiencing everything that walking the Camino has to offer.

You arrive in time for dinner on Day 1, walk the Camino on Day 2, 3, 4 and leave after breakfast on Day 5. During/after your walk, you will have the opportunity to visit a local wine seller, where you can sample some of the best wines the region has to offer.

SemperEquus is looking forward to welcoming you here!

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Arrive in time for dinner

Day 2: Eauze to Manciet (walking for 10 kilometers / 2.5 to 3 hours)

On the first day, guests walk the Camino de Santiago de Compostella from Eauze to Manciet. This section is about 10 kilometers (6 miles) long and takes about 2.5 - 3 hours to walk. The walk meanders through woods, vineyards, meadows, orchards, and sunflower fields from the Roman and cathedral city of Eauze towards Manciet, a small market town with a beautifully preserved lavoir.

Day 3: Manciet to Nogaro (walking for 10 kilometers / 2.5 to 3 hours)

On the second day, guests walk from Manciet to Nogaro. The route continues past an ancient church that once belonged to the Order of the Knights of Malta and an 18th-century milestone with a Maltese cross to Nogaro or Nogarium, which means ‘a place planted with walnut trees.’ This small town was established in the 11th century and has a fine Romanesque church. The walk takes about 2.5 - 3 hours to walk and is about 10 kilometers (6 miles).

Day 4: Nogaro to Aire Sur Adour (28 kilometers or 23 kilometers)

The third day’s walk is from Nogaro to Aire Sur Adour. The full walk is (28 kilometers / 17.4 miles) but guests are encouraged to opt for a shorter walk (23 kilometers or 14.3 miles) if they prefer. The shorter walk takes 5 hours to walk.

The walk is fairly flat: Nogaro is at 100 meters above sea level and Aire is at 80 meters above sea level. The path passes by several ancient farmhouses, along the vineyards towards Lanne-Soubiran and onwards towards Barcellone-du-Gers, a small town adjacent to Aire. From Barcellone the scenery changes, The vineyards give way to trees: oaks, pines, and chestnuts until one finally arrives in the beautiful town of Aire-sur-Adour, on the mighty Adour river. Dinner in a local restaurant to support small business owners - cost not included.

Day 5: Departure

Leave after brunch.

Daily schedule for Day 2 - 4

  • 08:30 Transport to the Camino
  • 09:00 Walk the Camino with brunch where and when ready
  • 15:00 Pick-up at end of the day’s walk (will include a visit to a local wine cellar)
  • 16:00 Tea
  • 17:30 Journalling
  • 19:30 Dinner

Program subject to change depending on the season and weather conditions

Included excursions

There are 2 wine tastings and 8 culinary opportunities included. An opportunity to taste the region's wines at the end of each day's walking (depending on availability) and an introduction to the produce of the region at brunch (especially the cheeses) and at dinner (the typical food of Gascony). If clients are here on Thursdays, and Thursday is Day 2, the tour also includes a visit to a local fresh food market.

Instructors

Dr M Montagu

Location

Camino de Santiago de Compostella

Hundreds of thousands (over 200,000 in 2018) of people from all walks of life make their way to Santiago de Compostela via one of the pilgrims’ routes each year. For most, it is an unforgettable experience, resulting in a spiritual awakening or renewal. Few return home unchanged. This holiday is your chance to join them, walking the Camino de Santiago in the south of France.

The house

The house, deep in the heart of Gascony, less than 2 hours' drive south-east of Bordeaux, near a small town called Eauze, is located on several acres of lush, green meadows and is surrounded by vineyards, woods, orchards, and sunflower fields. Secluded but not isolated, this 200-year-old farmhouse is only 15 minutes by car from Eauze, a typical local town, with all amenities.​

In only a few other places you will find all the ingredients of a perfect holiday combined with such abundance as in Gascony: fabulous food, outstanding wine, generous people, and the breathtaking beauty of mountains, rivers, lakes, and medieval villages perched on hilltops.

Food

The food is simple but delicious and the team aims to give your digestive tract as much of a rest as the rest of you while feeding your body as well and as generously as your mind. This is most definitely not a detox retreat, but rather a celebration of the wonderful variety of fresh local produce available from our garden as well as from the local weekly fresh food markets.

This region is known for its abundant gourmet cuisine and we would not dream of depriving our guests of the pleasure and benefits that can be had.

Please note that Dinner on Day 4 is not included. Since the pandemic, participants of this retreat eat this meal in a restaurant to boost the local economy (cost usually 15-30 EUR depending on your choices).

If you have any intolerances, allergies, or dislike some ingredient or food, please let us know during your booking.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Spa treatments

Massage - depending on availability

What's included

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 3 day's walking of the Camino de Santiago de Compostella
  • Wine tasting at a local wne seller
  • Brunch, dinner (except day 4) and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Transport from and to Nogaro to the venue

What's not included

  • Transport costs to local airports and train stations
  • Transport from local airports to local train stations (Auch and Mont de Marsan)
  • Transport from local train stations to Nogaro
  • Personal health insurance and/or travel insurance (We highly recommends insurance cover in case you need to cancel)
  • Dinner on Day 4

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

The most convenient way to travel here, depending on where you are coming from, is by air. Several of the low-cost airlines fly to airports nearby. The closest airports are Pau-Pyrenees Airport (PUF) which is 40-minutes away from our center, Tarbes-Ossun-Lourdes (LDE), also 40 minutes away, Biarritz Airport (BIQ), Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (TLS), and Bordeaux Airport (BOD)- all 3 just under 2 hours.

From Toulouse airport, there is a train to Auch (50 minutes), and from Bordeaux airport, there is a train to Mont de Marsan (45 minutes). Airport shuttles and trams connect the airports and train stations. There is a bus that connects Mont de Marsan and Auch, via Nogaro. It is also possible to travel from these airports to the retreat center by taxi.

In addition, there is now a very good carpooling website in France that several guests have used successfully. It is called Blablacar and one could possibly get a lift, sometimes all the way to Nogaro from the airport for less than 10 EUR. We pick up guests from Nogaro at no additional cost!

Arrival by car

Renting a car is highly recommended (and currently the most popular option) on your arrival at a local airport or train station, especially if you intend to stay with us a couple of days before or after a retreat as the region has much to offer a discerning tourist.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.

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This vacation is available from February to December. Please select your arrival date below. 

Solo travelers

This vacation can accommodate solo travelers.

Cancellations

Final payment is non-refundable if cancelled less than 15 days before retreat starts, but might be transferred to another date, depending on availability.

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