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Mountains of the Auvergne

Auvergne - fine walking in rugged mountains
 
Discover enchanting scenery and panoramic ridges with full days of walking thrilling routes, arriving at friendly, rustic accommodation. Your self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking holiday includes convenient luggage transfers.
 
Mountains of the Auvergne. 7 nights
Mountains of the Auvergne. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in the Auvergne

The Auvergne – in the very heart of France – is one of its most unspoiled, traditional regions, a unique landscape of rounded, ancient volcanoes (puys) coated in heather rising above old stone hamlets, vivid green pastures, and dense woodland. This is thrilling, rugged walking country, violent volcanic activity long ago having created an array of spectacular formations here, with solidified lava flows filling valleys and damming streams and rivers to form lakes and waterfalls.
You feel a real sense of discovery and achievement as you progress from village to village. The walk leads through the volcanic park, home to marmots, chamois, mouflon and wild boar, and takes in the highest peak of the range, the Plomb du Cantal, with fine walks along superb broad ridges. The hospitality is warm and sincere, and the traditional cuisine makes good use of the exceptional local cheeses, made from the milk of the chestnut-coloured Salers cows which graze in the mountain pastures.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

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    Average temperatures and rainfall
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  • Arrival in Les Chazes
    Night 1: at Hotel des Chazes (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.

    Some sections of the route may cause problems for those who suffer from vertigo, but these can be avoided by taking the poor weather alternatives, detailed in our walking notes.
  • Choice of walks from Les Chazes: 11km to 21.5km

    Circular walk via Puy Griou: 11km, 4hrs; longer option: 21.5km, 8hrs
    Enjoy a warm-up circular route across the flanks of the conical Puy Griou, ascending to the summit for 360-degree views in good weather. To extend the walk you can continue to the Cabre Pass, the ridge of which offers more startling views, before returning to the Hotel les Chazes through woodland.

    Circular low-level walk via Plomb du Cantal: 12km, 3.5hrs
    If you prefer, a shorter, lower and more pastoral circuit leads around the lower slopes of the Plomb du Cantal to the south east of Les Chazes, dropping into a wooded valley to the pretty hamlet of Les Gardes, before rising through woodland to reach a small reservoir and the Buron du Gards.
    The route around Les Chazes
  • Les Chazes to Thiézac: 22km, 8hrs
    Your day starts with a stiff 800-metre ascent to a dramatic rocky ridge, l’Arpon du Diable, and the Plomb du Cantal. As you ascend, you pass ruined burons, stone shelters once used in the summer months by herdsmen, who made cheese by hand from their cows' milk and stored it underneath the burons. From the Plomb du Cantal, you walk past Puy Gros along a long, broad ridge with good views before gradually descending through woodland to reach a medieval bakehouse at le Foyer. Here, you take a dramatic path through boulder-strewn woodland – aptly called the Chaos de Casteltinet – beneath towering cliffs, before continuing to Thiézac and the Hotel le Casteltinet.
    Plomb de Cantal on the route from Les Chazes to Thiezac
  • Thiézac to St Cirgues: 20km, 8hrs
    A wonderfully varied walk, first through attractive woodland to the Faillitoux Waterfall, then along the fine Courpou Sauvage ridge which is carpeted with colourful wild flowers in summer. For the final leg, the path descends through a small stream valley to the Hotel les Tilleuls in St Cirgues.
    Fallitoux waterfall on the route from Thiézac to St Cirgues
  • St Cirgues to Mandailles: 15km, 6hrs; shorter option: 14.5km, 5hrs
    After two full days of walking, you have a shorter day today. The route leads alongside the River Jordanne before ascending through pastureland and mature beech woods to the ridge. Descending back into the valley – there is a slightly shorter option – through attractive woodland, you reach Mandailles and L'Enclos du Puy Mary.
     
    Ascending through patureland on the route from St Cirgues to Mandailles
  • Mandailles to Le Falgoux: 17km, 7hrs
    More superb ridge walking from crest to crest through the eerie yet enchanting landscape of the Auvergne Volcanic Natural Park. You pass close to the imposing Puy Mary (1,783 metres), one of the region's most famous peaks. Your destination is the Hotel des Voyageurs in Le Falgoux, where you spend your last two nights.
    Views from the ridge on the route from Mandailles to Le Falgoux
  • Choice of walks from Le Falgoux: 12.5km or 13.km

    Circular walk around Le Falgoux: 13km, 4.5hrs
    A splendid circuit which crosses the wooded slopes surrounding Le Falgoux.

    Circular walk via the Pas de Peyrol: 12.5km, 4.5hrs
    Beginning with a short transfer to the Pas de Peyrol close to Puy Mary, this is stunning ridge walk which enables you to look back at the hills you have conquered and to savour the unique volcanic landscape of the Auvergne one last time.
    Around Le Falgoux - the route option via Le Pas de Peyrol
 

Accommodation

As befits this enchanting mountain landscape, all your hotels keenly welcome walkers, offering a comfortable stay and hearty food.
Occasionally, due to availability, we may offer an alternative hotel, as shown below. You will be informed of any change to the usual hotel (along with any price implication) prior to us confirming your holiday to you.
 

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Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 13 May 2019 - 30 September 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    13 May - 14 Jun 2019 £915 £165
    15 - 27 Jun 2019 £938 £185
    28 Jun - 31 Aug 2019 £960 £185
    1 - 23 Sep 2019 £915 £165
    3rd & 4th person discount -£70
    Single traveller supplement £70

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

    7 nights: 13 May 2019 - 30 September 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    13 May - 14 Jun 2019 £1165 £165
    15 - 27 Jun 2019 £1195 £185
    28 Jun - 31 Aug 2019 £1215 £185
    1 - 23 Sep 2019 £1165 £165
    3rd & 4th person discount -£95
    Single traveller supplement £95

    Includes all elements in the 'walk price', plus standard-class travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet International to Lille or Paris, with onward travel as described below.

    Included travel from the UK: UK–Paris (Eurostar), Paris–Le Lioran (Intercité/regional rail), approx duration 9h30 plus 10 min taxi. Home, Aurillac–Paris (Intercité/regional rail), Paris-UK (Eurostar) approx duration 11h15 plus 1h taxi.

    If you book your holiday less than 3 months in advance of your travel date, seats may no longer be available at the tariffs on which our prices are based, but we may be able to offer you seats on the sames services at a supplement.

    7 nights: 13 May 2019 - 30 September 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    13 May - 14 Jun 2019 £965 £165
    15 - 27 Jun 2019 £988 £185
    28 Jun - 31 Aug 2019 £1010 £185
    1 - 23 Sep 2019 £965 £165
    3rd & 4th person discount -£125
    Single traveller supplement £125

    Includes all elements in the 'walk price', plus a return ferry crossing between Dover and Calais with P&O Ferries for your party and one car.

    We also include a transfer back to the first hotel at the end of your holiday to collect your car.

    A supplement of £35 per car per single journey applies for outbound travel 5-7 Apr & 19-21 Apr, and for inbound travel 21-22 Apr 2019. A supplement of £45 per car per single journey applies outbound on Fridays & Saturdays 24-25 May & 12 Jul-17 Aug 2019 inclusive, and inbound on Saturdays & Sundays 1-2 Jun & 19 Jul-2 Sep 2019 inclusive.

  • Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    L'Enclos du Puy Mary, Mandailles (with dinner) Double room Single room
    13 May - 30 Sep 2019 £69 £83
    Hotel des Voyageurs, Le Falgoux (with dinner) Double room Single room
    13 May - 30 Sep 2019 £88 £124
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Clermont Ferrand, Paris CDG, Lyon

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Paris CDG. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Paris CDG Air France,  KLM 
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    Belfast City - Paris CDG Flybe 
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    Belfast Intl. - Paris CDG Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Lyon Flybe 
    Birmingham - Paris CDG Air France,  Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Paris CDG Air France,  easyJet 
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    Cardiff - Paris CDG Flybe 
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    Doncaster Sheffield - Paris CDG Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Lyon easyJet 
    Edinburgh - Lyon (via Paris) Air France 
    Edinburgh - Paris CDG Air France,  easyJet,  Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Exeter - Paris CDG Flybe 
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    Glasgow - Paris CDG easyJet 
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    Leeds Bradford - Paris CDG jet2 
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    Liverpool - Paris CDG easyJet 
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    London City - Paris CDG Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Lyon easyJet 
    Gatwick - Paris CDG easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Clermont-Ferrand (via Paris) Air France 
    Heathrow - Lyon British Airways 
    Heathrow - Lyon (via Paris) Air France 
    Heathrow - Paris CDG British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Lyon easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London Southend - Lyon Flybe 
    London Southend - Paris CDG easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Clermont Ferrand Ryanair 
    Stansted - Lyon easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Lyon Flybe 
    Manchester - Lyon (via Paris) Air France 
    Manchester - Paris CDG Air France,  easyJet,  Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Lyon (via Paris) Air France 
    Newcastle - Paris CDG Air France,  KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Paris CDG Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Southampton - Clermont Ferrand Flybe 
    Southampton - Lyon (via Paris) Air France 
    Southampton - Paris CDG Flybe 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Paris CDG. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Clermont-Ferrand

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Clermont Ferrand to Le Lioran (1h55), hotel transfer Le Lioran to hotel (0h10) £20 1530
    direct taxi Clermont Ferrand airport to Les Chazes (1h35) £96 1800
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Aurillac (1h), rail Aurillac to Clermont Ferrand (2h25) £62 1330
    direct taxi hotel to Clermont Ferrand airport (2h15) £92 1100

    Connecting travel options - flying via Paris

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Paris Bercy to Le Lioran (5h45), hotel transfer Le Lioran to hotel (0h10) £59 1030
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Aurillac (1h), rail Aurillac to Paris Gare de Bercy (6h30) £106 2000

    Connecting travel options - flying via Lyon

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Lyon Part Dieu to Le Lioran (5h10), hotel transfer Le Lioran to hotel (0h10) £46 1230
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Aurillac (1h), rail Aurillac to Lyon Part Dieu (6h10) £88 1800
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 dinners
    6 picnics
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to France, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The official language is French. The currency is the Euro. French time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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