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Via Francigena firts stage: Gran San Bernardo to Pont San Martin

Bourg St Pierre can be easily reached by train from Geneva or Lausanne to Martigny then by bus and you wil find at your hotel all the material you need for your trip: hotel vouchers, the detailed description of the walking and the GPS maps. You will also be told where to go to receive a benediction by a priest if you want one before you start on your way. (first possible place is at the Pass)

 
Activity Level: Easy / Moderate | Daily Mileage: 4 – 8 mi | Daily Cycling: 2 – 5 hr Duration: 8 Days – 7 Nights

 


 

DAY BY DAY WALKING PROGRAM

 

BOURG St PIERRE

Day 1 – Arrival in Bourg St Pierre – Altitude at departure point : 1.632 m

Welcome meeting and benediction will be next day at Hotel Italia and at the Hostel.

 

St BERNARDO PASS

Day 2 – Bourg St Pierre/San Bernardo Pass – Distance 11,50 km Walking time: 4h00 Altitude gap uphill: m750 Highest point 2473 m

This segment has a symbolic value as we cross the Alps. Scrambling along mountain trail we reach the historical hospital of the Agostinian Friars founded more than 1000 years ago, who along the centuries saved so many lives of pilgrims with their famous dogs.

 

ETROUBLES

Day 3 – San Bernardo Pass – Etroubles – Distance 13,30 km Walking time: 4h00 Altitude gap uphill: m35 downhill: m1232 Highest point: 1270 m

The superb scenery of the Pass with the small lake and the crown of high mountains greet us at departure. Entirely on trails the route passes through St. Rhémy en Bosses, well known for the ham it produces. We descend to Etroubles. Since ancient times this village has acted as the main centre of the area; the Roman soldiers had here their winter quarters under

 

AOSTA

Day 4 – Etroubles – Aosta – Distance 16,00 km Walking time: 4h30Altitude gap uphill: m85 downhill: m825 Highest point 1305

To reach Aosta, today we walk along the Rus, irrigation canals, very important for the agricultur. They are generally at mid height and we follow them before descending more steeply towards Aosta. Of Roman origins, Aosta has kept many historical remains of that period such as the Pretorian Arch and the theatre.

 

CHAMBAVE

Day 5 – Aosta – Chambave – Distance 25.5 km Walking time: 7h30Altitude at arrival: 470m Altitude gap uphill: m540 downhill: m590 Highest point 775

From now on we follow the “Chemins de Vignobles” vineyards trail, also marked as “Via Francigena” The first castle we encounter is Quart ( XII century) on the highest point, then Nus Castle, also on a cliff, while at the bottom of the valley we can see the Fenis castle built by the Challant family. We end either in Chambave or in a wine producing agriturismo few km before.

 

VERRES

Day 6 – Chambave – Verres – Distance 27.2 km Walking time: 7h30Altitude at arrival: 370 m. Altitude gap uphill: m 450 downhill: m550 Highest point 775Altitude

A very pleasant walk along trails that wind among vineyards and orchards, with higher mountains in the as a back drop. The river Evançon runs at the bottom of the main valley while the imposing Verrès castle stand at the entrance of the Val d’Ayas side valley. It is an imposing fortress with 2m thick walls. And can be reached only on foot.

 

PONT St MARTIN

Day 7 – Verres – Pont St Martin – Distance 20.0 km Walking time: 6h00 Altitude gap uphill: m 750 downhill: m 800 Altitude at arival : m345

Many interesting things on the way, from the Echilod bridge to the Bard Fotress not forgetting the original Roman road called “Via delle Gallie” near Donnas.

 

YOURS DEPARTURE

Day 8 – end our service

Via Francigena Next stage: From Pont S. Martin to Pavia >>

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

The crossing of the Alps
The mountains landscape
The historical Hostel at the Pass
Val d’Aosta villages and castles
 

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