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Your Holiday at a Glance
|Guided Walking Holiday||
|Accommodation and Meals||
|What's not included||
Rugged Cantal Mountains
The Auvergne in France is home to some of the finest mountainous landscapes in France. This guided walking holiday explores the Cantal mountains in the southern Auvergne, the extinct remains of one of the largest volcanoes in Europe. Erosion by ice and water has since created a series of ridges, peaks and valleys of stunning beauty that you'll simply never tire of. Beautiful U-shaped valleys radiate outwards defined by rugged and airy ridges that emanate from rocky summits. The rich green hues of the steep mountain slopes and the wild untamed nature of the mountains give them an almost British feel. Its southerly position means that the area has relatively high levels of sunshine and relatively high temperatures.
In addition, the Cantal has a rich historical legacy through its rural settlements and farms. The local architecture is simple yet easy on the eye, the sturdy cottages blending seamlessly into the mountainous backdrop. In this upland area, the local dishes are simple yet appetising. For example, la truffade is a typical mountain dish made from cheese, potatoes and bacon. The Cantal is also a haven for wildlife, including birds of prey, deer, marmots, mouflon, chamois and a host of wild flowers.
Once you have booked on this guided walking tour in France, 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.
Further information about this French walking holiday in the Cantal will be sent to you prior to your holiday. We will endeavour to keep to these walks as far as possible on our 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.
Accommodation & Meals
On this guided walking holiday in the Cantal, France, you will be staying in 1 or 2 guest houses, of chambres d'hote style accommodation. They are small traditional Auvergne properties offering authentic and comfortable accommodation where you'll receive a warm Cantal welcome. A couple of examples are listed below.
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 you'll eat packed lunches prepared by our hosts. Evening meals will be taken at your guest houses. Local specialities will be available to try every evening.
|Les 4 Saisons||B&B||Former Farm owners house in picturesque ampitheatre in the heart of the Cantal||2/3 star equivalent|
|La Boudio||Auberge/gite||Lovely terrace of traditional stone buildings in a great setting at the foot of the Cantal mountains||2/3 star equivalent|
Transfers between Lyon Airport or train station and the Cantal region of Auvergne in France are included in the price of your guided walking holiday. Transfers may also be possible from Clermont Ferrand
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 9 hours.