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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Umadevi Kuppusamy, Jan 6, 2017.

  1. Umadevi Kuppusamy

    Umadevi Kuppusamy New Member

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    Im from Malaysia and planning to walk camino france way from the 2nd or 3rd of June 2017 to 03rd July 2017.
    I am eager to finish 800km; will that possible? Im solo traveler!!! :)

    Will the weather fine to walk at this period of time? How do I get to SJDPD from CDG Paris airport? Any overnight transport as I will be reaching CDG airport about 20:00 pm on the 1st June 2017. What are very minimal things that I can carry on my back pack? How about accommodation along the path?

    Please guide me ! Thank you ! Merci! Gracias!!!
     
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    Hi Umadevi and welcome to the forum.

    To answer your first question -
    "I am eager to finish 800km; will that possible?"
    That very much depends on your level of fitness and ability to cover the distance. It seems to me that 30 days might be a little tight and you may need to consider starting further on (for example in Pamplona).

    The weather should be very warm and dry possibly up to or more 30 degrees Centigrade. It will be important to start early each day as the afternoon temperatures can be very high and parts of the Camino provide little shade. It will be very important to stay hydrated.

    I am not aware of the the transport connections from Paris as I have flown directly to Biarritz so I will leave that to other members to address.

    There is plenty of advice on the forum regarding packing lists and other important information so spend some time reading the various links on the fora.

    For now best wishes and Buen Camino

    Greg
     
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    Wily Camino Francés May 2016

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    Hi Umadevi - Let me address getting from CDG to SJPP. As you are arriving late into Paris, you will most likely have to travel south the next day. By the time you land (if you are on time), clear customs, and transfer into the city, it will then be at least 22:00 or later. You would be best off to make hotel arrangements for the night and leave early in the morning as I don't believe there are any night trains. Go to Booking.com for some hotel ideas. I'd suggest that you look for a hotel in the Montparnasse section of town. You have several options for getting from CDG into the city including the subway, taxis, and by bus. Last spring, I took Le Bus Direct into the city from the airport. It runs every half hour from the different CDG terminals until at least 22:00 and will drop you right off at the Montparnasse station (17€ fare).

    There are a number of trains daily that go south to Bayonne and then on to SJPP. Embedded here is the link to the SNCF site for train schedules. As you will see, although we're still too far out for the June schedule, trains leave every morning out of the Montparnasse station for the 6 1/2 hour trip to Bayonne and then on to SJPP. Depending on the exact train you pick, you will have to change either one or two times before your final destination. Once the schedlue is posted, I'd advise you to buy your train ticket as soon as possible as prices, just like with the airlines, do go up. You might also check RailEurope for prices and schedules.

    You can fly from the airport south of Paris to Biarritz, but as I've never done this, someone else would best advise you on this option.

    One last thought for now. Reserve a bed in SJPP. Although there are many albergues there, it will be busy in June and a bed reservation is recommended. If you haven't already done so, get a copy of Brierley's guidebook to the Camino Francés. You will find it very helpful in planning and while walking your Camino.

    Buen Camino.
     
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