Via Tolosana 2018

* This pilgrimage is now complete. It was filled with fascinating lessons, immense beauty, and some weather challenges. Please stay tuned for upcoming pilgrimages. *

This route was selected to move away from the increasing busyness of the Spanish routes. It is historically the route taken by pilgrims travelling from Rome to Santiago.

We are walking approximately 350 KM of this route in a small group of up to eight with one  trip leader. Even though this is a group each participant is encouraged to walk in silence on their own pilgrimage as much as possible.

The journey is designed to give you the freedom to walk at your own pace knowing there is bed at the end of the day. We leave each morning as a group, meeting optionally for lunch and gathering at the end of the day. Your trip leaders will be available during the walk for whatever support you need.

Join us from 3-21 October 2018 for this chance to explore.

Included in the trip:

  • Clean, comfortable accommodation and simple continental breakfasts each morning. A lot of the trip is through small towns in rural France where accommodation is limited. For the most part, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino trail.
  • In some cases, in order to supply you with a quality accommodation, there will be transportation provided to transport you to a hotel following your walk and return you to the trail the next morning to continue the journey.
  • No single supplement – you will be matched with a roommate. Generally, we are in double occupancy; on occasions where accommodation is limited, you may be in triple occupancy.
  • One-on-one and group pre-Camino support coaching calls for participants. These calls will focus on the mental, spiritual, and physical aspects of walking a long pilgrimage. This walk is a powerful journey that will test your stamina in many realms. The pre-Camino calls are designed to help you prepare in a way that will powerfully enhance the journey. Some calls will be private and some will be group calls. The group calls will serve to solidify the group and give you a sense of your walking partners before we go. There will be a private Facebook page for you to connect before and during the trip.
  • Emails and texts within 9 am – 8 pm for the pre-Camino training period (in accordance with leaders’ time zones – MST and GMT).
  • A trip leader to support you during the Camino journey. Your trip leader will have a cell phone to deal with unforeseen circumstances. If necessary, transport can be arranged during the day to deal with unexpected issues.
  • Celebration and preparation for re-integration circle before departure.
  • Post Camino review & integration call.
  • A welcome package including a guidebook.

Not included in the trip:

  • Transportation from home to the Camino route and back.
  • Lunches and dinners on the Camino, incidentals such as water, snacks, toiletries, any medicinal needs and first aid. Plan on spending between $45 and $60 CAD per day on food and incidentals.  France is more expensive for food than both Spain and Portugal.
  • Any taxis or transport chosen by participants to shorten the walking period per day.

Itinerary – these distances and elevations are approximated using a guidebook and online resources. There will be some days when the hotel is not exactly on the route. Once booking is confirmed you will receive a detailed itinerary with hotels and information along the way.  

Date Day From To Daily Distance Elevation

Change

Wed 03 Oct 1 Travel day Montpellier
Thu 04 Oct 2 Jet Lag day Montpellier
Fri 05 Oct 3 Grabels Aniane 23.9 201
Sat 06 Oct 4 Aniane Arboras 22.3 437
Sun 07 Oct 5 Arboras Lodève 23.6 223
Mon 08 Oct 6 Lodève Lunas 26.3 520
Tue 09 Oct 7 Le Bousquet d’Orb Saint-Gervais-sur-Mare 24.7 642
Wed 10 Oct 8 Saint-Gervais-sur-Mare Murat-sur-Vèbre 21.6 697
Thu 11 Oct 9 Murat-sur-Vèbre La Salvetat-sur-Agout 21.4 354
Fri 12 Oct 10 La Salvetat-sur-Agout Anglès 18.5 157
Sat 13 Oct 11 Anglès Noailhac (Castres) 23.6 -520
Sun 14 Oct 12 Noailhac Castres 14.3 124
Mon 15 Oct 13 Castres Sorèze 30.7 68
Tue 16 Oct 14 Sorèze Saint-Félix-Lauragais 22.8 62
Wed 17 Oct 15 Saint-Félix-Lauragais Avignonet-Lauragais 29.6 69
Thu 18 Oct 16 Avignonet-Lauragais Montgiscard 24 50
Fri 19 Oct 17 Montgiscard Toulouse 23.8 50
Sat 20 Oct 18 Toulouse Celebration/exploration
Sun 21 Oct 19 Departure day
Total 351.1
Avg 23.9

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~ Jenny

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