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The road from Paris and Tours (in French: le Chemin de Tours, or: la Voie de Paris)
This road is relatively "new" and still very quiet. You will hardly meet other pilgrims and there are very few facilities for pilgrims. This often means: an expensive trip, unless you bring a tent, or unless you can improvise well in other ways.
Distance: about 935 kilometers from Paris to Irun or Saint-Jean. (Source: ACIR Compostelle)
The road from Vézelay (in French: le Chemin de Vézelay)
This road has two main versions:
These routes are signposted (largely) and described (well). Gradually there are more places for pilgrims to spend the night.
Pilgrims from the northern countries (the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany) often prefer the "historic route" over the GR 6542.
Some find the way of Vézelay too quiet. Others appreciate just that: they see it as a nice adventure, in which spontaneously offered hospitality can be very important.
Distance: about 1.090 kilometers from Vézelay, via the “historic route” to Saint-Jean. (Source: ACIR Compostelle)