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|Guided walking holiday||
|Dates for 2020||
|Accommodation and Meals||
|What's not included|
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Amazing Auvergne- Lakes, volcanoes & historic villages
This guided walking holiday explores the Puy de Dome area of northern Auvergne in the Massif Central which is home to some of the finest landscapes in France. They make for interesting and varied walking with lush green valleys sheltering beneath windswept upland ridges and peaks, affording breathtaking views in all directions. The Auvergne is also the region with the highest number of Romanesque churches and monuments in France. For the most part built on celtic sacred sites, these works of art tell a tale of labour, faith and passion of the middle ages. Whether it be important churches, smaller but no less charming chapels or historic villages, they are set within sumptuous natural scenery protected within a regional natural park. Our guided walking holiday will explore many of the features that make up this beautiful landscape including volcanic and glacial lakes, volcanic domes, rocky cliffs, secluded valleys and dramatic waterfalls. In the north, the Chaine des Puys are a range of 80 geologically recent volcanic domes and cones which stretch as far as the eye can see. These varied landscapes are also a haven for wildlife, including birds of prey, deer, marmots and a host of wild flowers.
The walks on this guided walking holiday are graded moderate and explore the full range of landscapes found in the northern Auvergne. There is the option of making some walks longer or shorter depending on the group's abilities and the weather conditions. Longer days out on the hills are interspersed with shorter easier days exploring the lakes and villages of the region. Ascents are generally no more than a couple of hundred metres at a time. Average length of walk in a day on this walking holiday in France is about 14km and average ascent is about 370m. All the walks are on good paths. The upland terrain, is occasionally rocky and requires a small degree of surefootedness.
Day 1: Arrival
Welcome and pick up in Lyon and drive to Auvergne.
Day 2: A stroll amid the volcanoes
Once you have booked on this guided walking holiday, further information about the walking, the region and what to bring, will be sent to you. We do have a web page dedicated to what clothes and equipment you should bring. In addition, our travel shop has direct access to all the top walking and travel retailers. Please contact us if you need any further information.
Please Note: We will endeavour to keep to the walks programmed for this guided walking holiday; however they are subject to change. In addition, we like to maintain a certain degree of flexibility to take account of the group’s abilities and interests, and the local conditions. The final selection of walks will be made by your guide during the week after consultation with the group. Thank you for your understanding.
Accommodation & Meals
On this guided walking holiday, you will be staying in two guest houses during the course of your holiday. They are traditional Auvergne properties offering authentic and comfortable accommodation. The exact guest houses used will depend on availability. Below is a representative selection of the ones we use.
A hearty and healthy continental breakfast provides the perfect opportunity to discover the local specialities such as home-made jams and local cheeses. At midday we will eat packed lunches prepared by our hosts and they will be eaten during the course of the walk. All evening meals will be taken at your guest house, with the exception of one evening where we will dine in a local restaurant. (This meal is not included in the price of the holiday). Local specialities will be available to try every evening.
|Domaine de Goulandre||B&B||Renovated farm house situated in a hectare of land at Saint-Sauves nr Le Bourboule||3 Corns|
|Ferme de Fontaneix||Auberge||Renovated historic farm situated at the foot of Mont Sancy near Lac Pavin|
Transfers from Lyon & Clermont Ferrand airport to Auvergne
Transfers between Lyon Airport or train station and the Auvergne region of France are included in the price of your guided walking holiday.
The airlines Easy jet, BMI and British Airways have scheduled flights from the UK to Lyon Airport.
The nearest airport is Clermont Ferrand which will have limited weekly schedule from Southampton in the UK run by Flybe, between May and September.
Please visit our travel shop for links to useful sites for reserving airport parking or booking train tickets
Note: Please check concerning the availability of a holiday before booking any flights. If you need further information or would like to discuss any aspect of your travel arrangements, please contact us, we’re here to help you. We would be happy to book travel arrangements to Lyon, France on your behalf.
Eurostar and the TGV provide a relaxing journey from London to Lyon Part Dieu changing at Lille. Please use Rail Europe's train finder in our travel store to organise your train journey.
There is a practical train time leaving London at 9am and arriving in Lyon at 3pm. Please contact us before booking to check for other practical times.
Channel ferry crossings from Dover are provided by a number of operators including P&O Ferries and DFDS Seaways.
Once in France, the journey from Calais to the Lyon area takes about 7 hours (excluding long breaks).
Tolls amount to about 35 euros each way. Controlled parking is available at the airport for 50 euros. Other secure but non-surveilled parking is available free of charge.
You can also drive direct to the guest houses in Auvergne, travel time about 8 hours.