9 days - from only £969pp

ABOUT THE TOUR

Discover the Auvergne

Far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the Auvergne is an undiscovered and unspoilt region of France with breathtaking landscapes full of gorges, rivers, mountains and lakes. Discover its beauty on this superb holiday.

TOUR INCLUDES

  • 8 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 1 packed lunch & 6 evening meals
  • Welcome aperitif and glass of local wine on first night in Issoire
  • Farewell drink before dinner on last night
  • Video Evening
  • “Auvergnat” dinner (4 courses typical dinner including cheese)
  • Local joining points
  • Porterage at the hotel

9 Day Itinerary

  • Day 1:

    Local departure by coach or Home Connect service, then we continue to our overnight hotel in France.

  • Day 2:

    After breakfast, we will continue through the French countryside and arrive at our hotel in the Auvergne for a six-night stay.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 3: Sancy Massif and Cheese Tasting

    Start with a visit to St. Floret and the 13th-century feudal castle with its frescoes telling the legend of Tristan and Isolde. Above the village, you will discover the archaeological site of Chastel and its human-shaped painted stone tombs dating from the early Middle Ages.

    Next, an invitation into the heart of the Sancy Massif, a climb up to the striking uplands between mountains and volcanic lakes. You will have time to linger in Besse, a medieval and Renaissance city built on a lava flow and fief of the Médicis family.

    Our journey continues on a flavour discovery route with a visit and a tasting session of the famous St. Nectaire cheese. Its original flavour comes from the rich grasslands and wildflowers of the region.

    Continue on to Lake Chambon and head to the Valley de Chaudefour to discover a hidden glacial vista.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Sancy Massif

    Sancy Massif

    Included Highlights

    • St. Nectaire Cheese Tasting
    • St. Floret
    • Besse
    • Lake Chambon
  • Day 4: Clermont Ferrand, Volcanoes National Park and Puy de Dôme rack railway

    Leave for Clermont–Ferrand, regional capital and town of the Black Diamond. Situated on a volcanic hill, the historic centre of Clermont offers charming pedestrian streets bordered by fine old private townhouses and fountains.

    The awesome Gothic cathedral built out of black lava stone with its remarkable stained glass windows, towers above the centre of the town. Another beautiful Romanesque church, the Notre Dame du Port basilica, classed UNESCO world heritage, graces another part of the city.

    We continue into the Volcano Park, an area unique in Europe, with an astonishing panorama of 80 volcanoes ranging over 30 kilometres. We include a rack railway ride to the Puy de Dôme.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Clermont-Ferrand

    Clermont Ferrand

    Included Highlights

    • Clermont-Ferrand
    • Volcanoes National Park
    • Puy de Dôme
  • Day 5: Auvergne Villages

    We head to Usson with its black stone vineyard houses. Here in this “prison” village, perched on a basalt rocky peak, Queen Margot lived in exile for nineteen years.

    We continue to Montpeyroux, a village of craftsmen. You will be intrigued by its maze of vaulted passages and vineyard houses, a thousand-year-old harmony in pale-coloured stones

    Included meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner

    Montpeyroux

    Montpeyroux

    Included Highlights

    • Usson
    • Montpeyroux
  • Day 6: Day at leisure

    A leisurely day in Issoire. The hotel includes a video presentation about the volcanic region tonight.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 7: Vichy and Thiers

    Explore the historical city of Vichy with us on this optional excursion, taking in its many famous sights, such as the Opera House, the Town Hall, and the stunning city centre.

    After this, we make our way to Thiers, known for its charming half-timbered houses and picturesque setting along the Durolle River valley.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Vichy

    Vichy

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.

    2021
    • Vichy and Theirs
    TBC

    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.

    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in cash in Euros (for tours to Europe) or Sterling (for UK tours).

  • Day 8:

    We depart the Auvergne and travel northward for an overnight stay.

    Included meals: Breakfast

  • Day 9:

    Return home.

    Included meals: Breakfast

Single Room Supplement from £259.00 (9 days).

Hotels

You will stay for six nights at the 3-star Hotel le Pariou, Issoire. 

Overnight stays in France will be in city-style hotels. 

  • Le Pariou

    A warm welcome awaits you at this pleasant hotel, situated in a garden setting in the centre of Issoire and it is an ideal base from which to discover the Auvergne region. The spacious and well-equipped rooms will ensure a comfortable stay.

    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

Joining points

Travel from most joining points is included within your coach holiday price; some carry a supplement of £20pp. To find your nearest joining point, search using your postcode below.

See our full list of our joining points.

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