Our hotel is the perfect place to stay on route from Limoges to Perigueux


The third section of the Vézelay Way, one of the classic Camino de Santiago routes across France, starts in the medieval city of Limoges and ends by the superb Cathedral of Saint-Front in Périgueux.

Before you set off, take some time to explore Limoges old town, admiring its medieval architecture and tasting the local delicacies. This is an easy Camino section without any particular difficulties and taking in beautiful countryside, as well as fascinating heritage towns. The Camino takes you across the Périgord Limousin Regional Natural Park taking in stunning scenery. Magnificent villages and towns, as well as delicious cuisine await along the way including the pretty town of Thiviers, in the Dordogne region, capital of ‘foie gras’; and the town of Sorges, famous for its precious truffles and truffle museum.

The final point of this section of the Vézelay Way is the splendid UNESCO-listed Cathedral of Saint-Front in the pretty town of Périgueux, where you should explore the Medieval and Roman quarters.


The oldest Camino


Also included in the UNESCO listing is the Camino Primitivo or Original Way, which is in fact the oldest Camino route, hence its name. Perfect for those looking for a challenge, the Camino Primitivo starts in the city of Oviedo and crosses spectacular and off the beaten track mountain regions in Asturias and Galicia on the way to Lugo, famous for its Roman wall surrounding this historic town.

You can walk the full way from Oviedo in 2 weeks or trek the last section from Lugo to Santiago in just a week, price starts at €656 per person sharing. More details here: Camino Primitivo.

VEZELAY WAY – Chemin de Vézelay


Vezelay Way

The Vezelay Way, Chemin de Vézelay in French or Via Lemovicensis in Latin #vialemovicensis, is one of the classic Camino de Santiago routes across France. This Camino takes walkers from the vineyards of Burgundy in central France to the feet of the Pyrenees in the French-Spanish border.

The pretty little town of Vézelay in Burgundy is the starting point of this Camino de Santiago route. Vézelay has been a popular destination for pilgrims visiting the shrine of Mary Magdalene, whose relics are reputedly kept in its magnificent basilica. The route then continues across the hills of the Limousin region, the gorgeous medieval city of Limoges, the valleys of the Périgord and the plains of Aquitaine and the Landes. This Camino route is rich in history and home five magnificent UNESCO listed heritage sites.

You will enter Saint Jean Pied de Port by the Saint James Gate and here you can join other pilgrims on the French Way to Santiago de Compostela. Read more Vezelay Way Camino articles on our blog.

This is the complete itinerary for the Vezelay Way (Fr: Chemin de Vézelay, La: Via Lemovicensis), with traditional stages. Please note that ‘splits’ have not been included in the table.

Sections Town Km Section Summary  
Section 1 Vézelay    
  Tannay 21 The first section of the Vézelay way starts in the lovely town of Vézelay and ends in the medieval city of Bourges.This is an easy section without any particular difficulties and is a peaceful route, perfect for meditation. You will cross beautiful countryside in the centre of France, walking among fields and charming woods. Starting from Vézelay and the basilica of St. Mary Magdalene, listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will cross Burgundy, the central region of France, to reach the magnificent city of Bourges.  
  Varzy 19  
  Chateauneuf-Val-de-Bargis 23  
  La Charité-sur-Loire 25  
  Sancergues 10  
  Brécy 29  
Section 2 Bourges 21    
  Charost 29 The second section of the Vézelay Way starts in the medieval city of Bourges and ends in the lovely city of Limoges at the foot of the Vienne River. This is an easy Camino section without particular difficulties. You will cross peaceful countryside, following the Vienne River across charming woods and fields. Starting in Bourges you will cross the centre region of France to arrive in Limoges, a wonderful city with a rich medieval past and the capital of the Limousin Region.  
  Neuvy-Pailloux 29  
  Ardentes 22  
  Neuvy-Saint-Sépulchre 23  
  Gargilesse-Dampierre 24  
  Crozant 21  
  La Souterraine 33  
  Bénévent-l’Abbaye 21  
  Pont du Dognon 32  
  Saint-Léonard-en-Noblat 16  
Section 3 Limoges 21  
  Les Cars 30 The third section of the Vézelay Way starts in the medieval city of Limoges and ends in the lovely city of Périgueux. This is an easy section without any particular difficulties. You will cross the Regional Natural Park Périgord Limousin through lovely countryside. You will have the opportunity to explore the medieval streets of Limoges before reaching magnificent villages and towns along the way like Thiviers before finishing up in Perigueux. You will also have the chance to discover some unique monuments like the cathedral of Saint-Front listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO.  
  La coquille 22  
  Thiviers 18  
  Sorges 14  
Section 4 Périgueux 22    
  Saint-Astier 27 The fourth section of the Vézelay way starts in the medieval city of Perigueux and ends in Mont-de-Marsan, ‘the city of three rivers’. This is an easy section without any particular difficulties. You will cross the Aquitaine region in South West France with its beautiful vineyards and pine forests. Starting in the medieval city centre of Périgueux you will discover the varied countryside of this region, dotted with vineyards, fields, woods and pine forests. You will visit some of the most beautiful cities of France like Sainte-Foy-la-Grande and Bazas with its magnificent cathedral, listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO, before finally arriving in the lovely medieval city of Mont-de-Marsan.  
  Mussidan 24  
  Sainte-Foy-la-Grande 35  
  Saint-Ferme 25  
  La Réole 20  
  Bazas 28  
  Captieux 21  
  Roquefort 32  
Section 5 Mont-de-Marsan 28    
  Saint-Sever 20 The fifth section of the Vézelay Way Camino route starts in the medieval city of Mont-de-Marsan and ends in the lovely town of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port at the foot of the Pyrenees Mountains. This Camino section is relatively easy; however the end of the section will be more challenging. You will cross the Aquitaine region before arriving at the foot of the Pyrenees. Starting from the medieval city of Mont-de-Marsan you will cross lovely landscapes of green fields and woodland. You will pass some magnificent cities like Saint-Sever and its UNESCO-listed abbey, Orthez and finally Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, not only the final town on this Camino route but also where pilgrims can join the famous French Way.  
  Hagetmau 16  
  Orthez 30  
  Sauveterre-de-Béarn 23  
  Ostabat-Asme 24  
  St Jean Pied de Port 22  

2016: a Holy Year for pilgrims


2016 will be an important year for pilgrims to Rome and also Santiago de Compostela, as the year has been declared a ‘Holy Year of Mercy’ by Pope Francis; and special events will be taking place in both cities. Santiago Cathedral officials have also confirmed the Holy Door of the cathedral (Porta Santa) will be open for the Year of Mercy.

So what the Holy Year means for pilgrims planning a Via Francigena or Camino de Santiago trip for 2016:

What is a Holy Year?

Holy years, or Jubilee years, only take place every 25 years, unless the Pope requests an extraordinary Holy Year to highlight a specific topic. In this case, Pope Francis has declared 2016 a Holy Year of Mercy.

In Santiago de Compostela, a year is considered holy or Jacobean if 25th July, Saint James Day, falls on a Sunday. The next Jacobean Holy Year will take place in 2021. On such years a special door to the cathedral: the Holy Door (Porta Santa) is opened to pilgrims arriving in Santiago.

The 2016 Holy Year of Mercy will be officially starting on 8th December 2015 and finishing on 20th November 2016.

What happens during a Holy Year?

During the Holy Year the Vatican will be hosting special celebrations and millions of pilgrims will be arriving in Rome. The number of pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago are also expected to increase.

The entrance to St Peter’s Basilica known as the ‘Holy Door’, as well as ‘Holy Doors’ to other cathedrals in Rome, will be opened for pilgrims for the year. Santiago de Compostela Cathedral has also confirmed the Porta Santa will be open for pilgrims from 13th December; not due to reopen again until 2021.

Other Camino cathedrals such as Lugo, on the Camino Primitivo; Tui, on the Portuguese Way, Ourense on the Via de la Plata and Mondoñedo on the Camino del Norte will also have a Holy Door open for the year.

If you are planning on travelling to Rome or Santiago de Compostela for special dates such as Easter and other important religious events during the Holy Year of Mercy, you should plan your trip well in advance to secure accommodation.

Self-guided tours depart at any time during the year and guided tours depart on selected dates. FrancigenaWays.com has a guided tour to Rome departing on 19th March (Easter time) and CaminoWays.com has many departure dates for guided tours, from March all the way to the end of October.

For more information on the Camino routes to Santiago de Compostela and to Rome or to book your walking or cycling holiday for Holy Year 2016 contact our Travel Specialists.

Where to eat in the Périgord Vert

Taste products of the territory; possible on the Périgord Vert Community of Communes . Fruits, meats, vegetables and original products will brighten your taste buds.

Consider this: foie gras, meat limousine , apples, pears , blueberries, honey, fresh cheeses; and more original: bison , ostriches, saffron !

Déguster des produits du territoire ; c’est possible sur la Communauté de Communes du Périgord Vert. Fruits, viandes, légumes et produits originaux égayeront vos papilles.

Voyez plutôt : foie gras, viande limousine, pommes, poires, myrtilles, miel, fromages frais ; et encore plus original : bisons, autruches, safran !

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Rivers in the Perigord (Dordogne – Aquitaine )

Bienvenue sur le site Internet de l’Office de Tourisme de Causses et Rivières en Périgord (Dordogne – Région Aquitaine)!

Notre territoire se situe au Nord-Est du département de la Dordogne (24). Lat. N 45.36600 – Long. E 01.04830. Au carrefour d’agglomérations majeures; Aéroports / Gares SNCF : Périgueux (36 km), Brive (60 km), Limoges (70 km), Bergerac (80 km) et Bordeaux (160 km).

Please click below to access the website of the Tourist Office Causses and Rivers in the Perigord (Dordogne – Aquitaine ) !

Our territory is located in the northeast of the Dordogne department (24). Lat. N 45.36600 – Feature . E 01.04830 . At the crossroads of major cities; Airports / Railway stations : Périgueux (36 km), Brive (60 km), Limoges ( 70 km), Bergerac (80 km) and Bordeaux (160 km).


Entreprendre sur la communauté de communes du Pays Thibérien

N’hésitez plus, rejoignez ces entrepreneurs qui prennent des risques au quotidien sur la communauté de communes du Pays Thibérien et:
* créez votre entreprise dans un environnement serein et préservé

* saisissez une opportunité de reprise d’entreprise

* développez votre activité: stratégie de relocalisation, création d’un nouveau point de vente, d’une agence ou d’une nouvelle unité de production

* trouvez un local commercial, un bureau, un bâtiment artisanal ou industriel répondant à vos exigences

* insérez-vous dans l’une des filières économiques locales: agroalimentaire, cuir-luxe, bois-papier, extraction

* profitez d’exonérations fiscales, patronales et sociales sous conditions d’éligibilité grâce au régime Zone de Revitalisation Rurale (ZRR)

Pour votre projet, bénéficiez d’un accompagnement personnalisé

Do not hesitate , join the entrepreneurs who take risks every day on the community of communes of the Country and Thibérien :
* Build your business in a serene and preserved

* Enter a corporate recovery opportunity

* Grow your business : relocation strategy, creating a new point of sale , agency or a new production unit

* Find a commercial space , an office, craft or industrial building that meets your requirements

* Inserted in one of the local economic sectors : food processing, leather , luxury, wood and paper , mining

* Enjoy tax , business and social exemptions under conditions of eligibility through Rural Revitalization Zone Plan ( AIR)

Le programme de Thiv’oie dévoilé

Office de Tourisme du Périgord Gourmand : 05 53 55 12 50

thivgoose festival


Le matin Marché traditionnel de Thiviers.

9 H30 Concours professionnel des « Palmes d’or du Périgord »
15h00 Installation des parcs autour de l’église et arrivée des oies
17h00 Installation du MARCHÉ des PRODUCTEURS + buvette

A partir de 19h : Repas fermier sous chapiteau ouvert à tous
ou Dîner aux saveurs périgourdines dans les restaurants
de Thiviers (liste et menu à l’Office de Tourisme)
22h00 Spectacle musical gratuit devant l’église :

A la découverte des oies :
Présentation d’oies vivantes : plus de 20 races différentes.
L’univers de l’oie avec La Ferme de l’oie de Coulaures,
l’Association Foie Gras du Périgord, le couvoir de Prats
de Carlux et la Chambre d’agriculture Dordogne. Une mine d’’informations pour adultes et enfants.
Autour de l’oie : le traitement des plumes et duvets, avec la société Transplumes (19) et les Ateliers de Lastour (24). Stand des ITALIENS (broderies, produits d’Italie.)
Activités enfants : jeu de l’oie géant, atelier de calligraphie, balade à poneys..

8h/9h Mise en place des stands (Italiens, éleveurs, artistes, artisans, chambre d’agriculture, site expérimental de l’oie, animations enfants…)
8h30/9h Début du concours des peintres dans la rue (accueil, règlement, installation) + mise en place du concours de la plus belle oie, ouvert à tous les visiteurs
(bulletin de vote à rapporter à l’OT)
10h00 Début des animations de rue (musique: Ejce. Horo, théâtre compagnie du Sûr saut, confréries, Mime Malou, groupe folklorique, club photos, chien de troupeau, animations enfants , calligraphie, balade à poneys.. ) + Visites de la Maison du Foie gras+ démonstrations de cuisine devant la Maison du Foie Gras
10h30 Formation d’une parade pour départ pour la Gare,groupe folklorique…
11h11 Arrivée du train à vapeur provenant de Limoges,accueil des voyageurs
11h45 Formation de la parade pour retour vers la place Foch
12h15 Accueil des invités VIP : inauguration de la 2ème édition de Thiv’Oie et discours
12h45 Apéritif
13h00 REPAS place FOCH, ouvert à tous (foie gras d’oie et risotto à l’oie…)
15h/16h Conférence/débat sur «L’Histoire de l’Oie et du Foie Gras» et suite des animations de rue, intervention de joyeux Thibériens, danse avec le club de zumba
16h15 Formation de la parade pour raccompagner les voyageurs à la gare
17h00 Départ du train à vapeur pour Limoges
17h30 Clôture de la manifestation, remise des prix (concours des professionnels oie, concours de la plus belle oie, concours des peintres dans la rue) discours.

Prisoners of War in France 1804 -1814

John Tregerthen Short 1785 – 1873

Prisoners of War in France 1804 -1814. Available to read online.

Prisoners of War in France 1804 -1814


A few months ago Mr Adrian Tregerthen Short from St Ives Cornwall booked a room with us for the night of 19th April.

Adrian’s four times removed great grandfather, John became a sailor in St Ives and at the age of 19 was taken prisoner by Napoleon’s navy. He was marched from Dieppe to Givec in northern France, where he was held prisoner for 10 years. With the Russians approaching in 1914, the prisoners were released and marched south to Bordeaux during 16 weeks. He arrived in Bordeaux on 27th April 1814.

John kept a diary of his travels.

A local ship-owner, Mr Edward Hain, came across his diaries in the early 1900’s and knowing the Tregerthen family he contacted them and handed the diaries over to the family. The diary concerning his imprisonment and march through France was published in1914 and can be read on line. See link above.

Thiviers is mentioned in the diary and John passed through the town, on his way to

Bordeaux, on 19th April 1814! Adrian, his great great, great, great grandson retraced John’s march exactly two hundred years later keeping the same time and finally arriving in Bordeaux on 27th April 2014 to hopefully a grand reception!         
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