From Vézelay: pilgrims leaving Le Chemin

From Vézelay

The Vézelay Route (via Nevers and via Bourges), and the GR654.

From Vézelay

Accommodation: here you will find a list of the now open pilgrim addresses between Vézelay and Gargilesse (version June 26; list to be completed).

There are two marked routes from Vézelay to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port:

  • the Vézelay Route (or Via Lemovicensis or Voie de Vézelay), which is managed by 5 regional Confraternities of Saint-James,
  • and the GR 654, managed by the hiking organisation FFRP.

The Vézelay Route has two alternative main routes: the northern route via Bourges, and the southern route via Nevers (see map). Our hostel is on the southern route.

The GR 654 first roughly follows the northern route until Charité-sur-Loire, and then cuts through to Nevers, on the southern route. Moreover, if possible the GR follows the smaller trails. This explains why the GR 654 is approximately 180 kilometres longer than the Vézelay Route.

Map Vézelay Route

Route descriptions

Vézelay Route: on the new portal Voie de Vézelay, managed by the 5 regional Confraternities of Saint James, you will find all the (digital) information you need, in English: a guide (by the Dutch Confraternity of Saint James), accommodation list, travel info and Google Earth and GPS files.

GR 654: the guides Vézelay - Périgueux (out of stock) and Périgueux - Roncevaux (2014) (FFRP).

Guide Vézelay Route (PDF)

Pilgrim office Vézelay
Run by the Amis de Saint-Jacques de Compostelle de la Voie de Vézelay 
Adress: 24, rue Saint Pierre (= the steep main street of Vézelay. The office is near the Centre Sainte-Madeleine, where most pilgrims spend the night).
Tel.: (0033) (0)3 86 32 38 11. 


  • from mid April until the end of September: each day
  • from mid March until mid April and from the end of September until mid October: Friday morning - Monday evening. 

From 9.30-12.30 and 14.00-19.00 uur.