Via Francigena – WEEK 1
From Bourg St. Piere ( Swisse ) to Pont St. 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)
Holiday TypeVia Francigena
Activity Level Challenging
The crossing of the Alps
The mountains landscape
The historical Hostel at the Pass
Val d’Aosta villages and castles
St. Orso Church in Aosta
HOW DOES IT WORK:
We book your accommodations
We will book double rooms with private bathrooms in 2* or 3* hotels, b&b or country Inns. and you will find the corresponding vouchers in your package
We transfer your luggage
Just leave it at the reception desk with your name tag and you will find it at your next accommodation.
We supply detailed route notes and maps
At your choice, the route notes can be in English, Italian, French or German and maps have GPS tracing
- 7 Nights Accommodation
- All Breakfast ( Dinners on Demand )
- Luggage transfer
- Road Book & Maps
- Gps Files Available
- Emergency number 24/7
- The Pilgrim’s “Credenziale”
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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
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.
Day 3 – San Bernardo Pass – Etroubles – Distance 13,30 km
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
Day 4 – Etroubles – Aosta – Distance 16,00 km
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.
Day 5 – Aosta – Chambave – Distance 25.5 km
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.
Day 6 – Chambave – Verres – Distance 27.2 km
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
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.
Day 8 – end our service
See you next year to walk together the Next Stage >>
Day 1 – Grand-St-Bernard –
Day 2 – St Bernardo Pass –
Day 3 – Etroubles –
Day 4 – Aosta –
Day 5 – Verrayes –
Day 6 – Verres –
Day 7 – Pont-Saint-Martin –