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The Saint-Jacques à Vélo cycle route follows as closely as possible the centuries-old paths taken by pilgrims heading through western France to Spain’s Santiago de Compostela. Using cycle paths and small country roads, enjoy an epic historic, cultural and sporty route!

Cycle into the royal Eure Valley from Rambouillet (southwest of Paris). Continue southwest to reach the Loir Valley, with its charming riverside villages. This cyclists’ pilgrimage continues through gently undulating parts, in a rural, country setting typical of the region. Between IIlliers-Combray and Montoire-sur-le-Loir the route doubles as the Vallée du Loir cycle route.

At Montoire-sur-le-Loir, the Saint-Jacques à Vélo route splits from the Loir River to head due south, towards Tours and the mighty Loire River.

Elevation of the route

1155 m 1057 m

Waytypes of the cycle route

Cycle path: 32,48 km By road: 234,72 km

Surface of the cycle route

Lisse: 264,16 km Rugueux: 2,48 km Inconnu: 0,56 km

Saint-Jacques by bike : on the tracks of the pilgrims of Compostela

Signposting and route state

Saint-Jacques by bike is a cycle route that partly shares its route with La Véloscénie (on the Rambouillet - Illiers-Combray portion) and with Vallée du Loir à vélo (on the Illiers-Combray - Montoire-sur-le-Loir portion).

The vast majority of the route is developed on shared lanes with low traffic density.


Trains and transport along Saint-Jacques by bike

You can easily access the Saint-Jacques by bike itinerary from Paris and many trains also provide connections between different stages of the route.

  • TGV Line Paris - Tours
  • Intercity line Paris / Chartres / Le Mans : several stops between Paris and Chartres
  • Intercity line Paris / Châteaudun / Vendôme / Tours : several stops betwee Châteaudun and Vendôme
  • TER train line Paris / Chartres / Le Mans : several stops betwee Paris and Chartres
  • TER train line Paris / Chartres / Droué : stop at Illiers-Combray
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Rambouillet / Maintenon

The Saint-Jacques cycling route begins through the English garden of Domaine de Rambouillet to reach the Guéville [...]

20,20 Km
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Maintenon / Chartres

From the city of Maintenon, the arches of the aqueduct set the atmosphere of this itinerary. It is followed by small [...]

33,68 Km
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Chartres / Illiers Combray

After leaving Chartres, Saint-Jacques by bike head for llliers-Combray, town which inspired Marcel Proust for his [...]

52,09 Km
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Châteaudun / Vendôme

Through gentle valleys, this stage of Saint-Jacques by bike runs along the Loir. Barely started, the discovery of the [...]

38,14 Km
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Château-Renault / Tours

This Saint-Jacques à Vélo stage alternates between quiet country roads and greenways, running beside waterways lined [...]

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