The landscapes of the Auvergne tell the story of the volcanoes: these mountains, with their forms rounded off with time, form a wonderful frame for the richly decorated Romanesque churches, witnesses of the pilgrimage. The lush green pastures, which are often lined with lakes, are home to herds of cows that produce the famous Saint Nectaire and other less well-known but equally tasty cheeses. This rural region also has flagship industry such as the unmissable Michelin company.
THE HIGLIGHTS OF THE TOUR
- Visit of Clermont-Ferrand and of the Michelin museum
- Small train tour of the Lemptegy volcano and the Puy de Dôme
- Visit of the Church of Orcival, masterpiece of Romanesque art
- Cheese and liqueur tastings
THE TOUR in detail
step by step
DAY 1 : Lyon - Issoire
Arrival in Lyon by high speed train. Welcome at the train station by our guide and our local bus. Short city tour in Lyon and continue to Issoire. Check-in at the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 2 : The Sancy massif and Saint-Nectaire
The journey continues to the Sancy massif, between distinctive rock carvings and lakes of volcanic origin. Departure to Mont Dore, source of the Dordogne river at the foot of the Puy de Sancy, the highest peak of the Massif Central (1886m). Continue to Saint-Nectaire with its rich decorated church overlooking the whole valley. Saint-Nectaire is also famous for its cheese (protected origin). Visit to a cheese factory, where we learn everything about its production, followed by a cheese tasting. Dinner and overnight at the hotel
DAY 3 : Clermont Ferrand and the Michelin museum
Clermont-Ferrand, the capital of Auvergne, is located on a volcanic hill. Visit of the historic centre, the gothic-style lava-stone cathedral and the old quarter with the Notre-Dame-du-Port church, a UNESCO world heritage site….
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