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  • August 17, 2020
  • 11 Days
  • Departs UK
  • Arrives The Auvergne
  • Hotel Single Supplement £216 | Ferry Single Supplement £55 | Dinner, Bed and Breakfast throughout
Tour Details

Join us for an unforgettable holiday. In 2016 Auvergne was chosen by Lonely Planet as one of the top ten regions of the world to visit.

Departure & Return Location

Local departure points.

Included Highlights

  • Journey on Puy de Dome rack railway
  • Clermont Ferrand
  • Le Puy en Velay by Tourist Train
  • Touring the Auvergne
Hotel

Charmhotel Le Pariou

Our three-star hotel offers a warm and personalised reception and boasts stylish, air-conditioned bedrooms, garden, terrace, bar and heated outdoor swimming pool.

Wine is included with evening meals in Issoire.

Itinerary

Monday – P & O Ferries

We leave from our local departure points and travel to Hull where our ferry awaits for the overnight crossing to Zeebrugge. Twin low-berth outside cabins. Dinner and breakfast on board ship.

Tuesday – Orleans La Source

We travel south through Picardy to the banks of the River Loire and Orleans. We stop briefly in the city to admire the spectacular Cathedral of Sainte Croix before continuing to our overnight hotel south of the city in Orleans La Source. Novotel.

Wednesday - Issoire

We continue travelling south to the very centre of France, Clermont Ferrand and the foothills of the Massif Central. We continue to Issoire and our welcoming hotel for six nights. Charmhotel Le Pariou.

Thursday – Monday - Issoire

The Auvergne is a region of wide horizons, stone villages, volcanic peaks, rushing rivers and lakes. Be enchanted by a rich land of history and discover a wealth of flavours with its five famous cheeses and verbena liqueur. Our base is Issoire, a town reminiscent of southern France, with its small squares and narrow streets that wind around one of the most beautiful Romanesque churches in the Auvergne, St. Austremoine Abbey. Our programme takes us to Le Puy en Velay, famous for lace-making and we enjoy a guided tour of the town by tourist train. We tour the heart of Auvergne, visiting Besse and Le Mont Dore, the source of the River Dordogne and situated at the foot of the Puy de Sancy, the highest point in the Massif Central. A visit will be made to Clermont Ferrand and we include a trip by rack railway to the top of the Chaine de Puys, where we enjoy panoramic views of the dormant volcanoes. We enjoy relaxing in the comfort of our hotel and have included wine with evening meals.

Tuesday – Troyes

We bid farewell to Issoire and travel north to Troyes. A medieval old town, in the Grand Est region of France, Troyes boasts narrow streets lined with half-timbered houses, mostly dating from the 16th century. Our hotel is ideally located close to the old town. Hotel Mercure.

Wednesday – Zeebrugge

Our route is north to the Belgian border and we continue to Zeebrugge where our ferry awaits for the overnight crossing to Hull. Twin low-berth outside cabins. Dinner and breakfast on board ship.

Thursday – Scotland

We return to Scotland late afternoon after a wonderful holiday.

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