Auvergne

Volcanic hikes in the green heartland of France.

The Auvergne and its unique volcanic landscape invite you to a journey through time. The power of over eighty closely lined up volcanoes is still clearly palpable today. Allow yourself to be enchanted by scenery full of contrast located between dense and wild forests, ancient glacial valleys and peacefully dabbling mountain streams. With every pace this exceptional landscape increasingly casts a spell on you, the green of the unspoilt pastures on the Cézallier plateau oozes such bright beauty, the rugged flanks of the Cantal volcano captivates with mystical grandeur. Also plenty of culinary delights await in the heart of France, all the best produce of the green meadows, forests and lakes combined with French cuisine make every gourmet’s heart pound.

Mountain Walking
Mountain Walking
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided tour
  • Minimum of participants: 2 persons
Madlene Reischl
Madlene Reischl
+43 6219 7444 166 Contact

Itinerary

As a start to your hiking holiday you explore the southern plains of the Sancy-massif. Initially you reach the beautiful Lakes Pavin and Montcineyre, both with volcanic origin and the peaks of the hills reflecting in their waters. Afterwards the route leads you onwards through the hamlets „Teston du Joran“ and „Motte de Brion“, all the way to the village of la Godivelle, with an idyllic location between the two lakes.

ca. 6 to 7 hours
20 km
680 m
510 m

Today is totally characterised by the ‚Green Desert‘, the giant volcanic Cézallier-plateau. You ascend the exceptional mountain of Chamaroux, from the peak of the distinctive twin-hills you enjoy a stupendous view between Sancy and Cantal. Onwards over the Huides-mountain chain and Mount Rocherousse across marvellous alpine scenery, where you can see grazing cattle in their hundreds. 

ca. 5 to 6 hours
21 km
500 m
610 m

You leave the plateau and descend to Allanche, the cenre of the Cézallie-region. Take a stroll through the pretty village, renowned for markets and exhibitions, particularly during the period of cattle drive in spring and autumn. After that you ascend the Bois de Pinatelle and proceed to the village Chalinargues.

ca. 6 to 7 hours
25 km
600 m
640 m

In the morning short transfer to the hamlet Fortuniés, situated high above the Santoire-valley. On the other side you find the Cantal-volcano. The route leads initially via Nozières and la Croix de Gendarme towards Puys and the Limon-plateau, then downhill again into the glacial valley of la Rhue, situated below the impressive pyramide of the Puy Mary‘s northern face.

ca. 6 to 7 hours
19 km
550 m
580 m

Ascent to the Serre-pass, from where you discover the peaks of the Cantal-volcanic moutains from its most beautiful angle: the Impradine-valley, the Rolland-aperture, Puy Mary, Puy de Peyre Arse and Puy Griou. After you rang the ‚Bell of the Missing‘, you descend again to the pass Fonte de Cère.

ca. 6 to 7 hours
20 km
850 m
750 m

Even your final hiking stage is once more characterised by volcanoes. You hike through the region Super-Lioran to the pass Pas des Alpins and the to the Plomb du Cantal, which with an altitude of 1855 m is the highest mountain in the Cantal-mountain range. Via the pass Prat de Bouc and the Cirque de Chamalières you reach the pass Molède, characterised by dense forests. In Murat we highly recommend you look at the historic houses built of volcanic rock.

ca. 6 to 7 hours
20 km
650 m
960 m

Characteristics of the route

The route runs along well-maintained mountain- and hiking paths. Daily tours with a distance of 15 to 25 km, a walking time of approx. 5 to 7 hours. For the in parts longer ascents and descents a good basic fitness level, surefootedness and a head for heights are prerequisites.

Prices and events

All data for 2020 at a glance
Season 1
May 1, 2020 - Oct 16, 2020
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
Auvergne, 8 days, FR-AUWBM-08X
Base price
Surcharge single room
849.00
189.00

Category: beautiful 2**- and 3*** hotels (French classifying), as well as comfortable inns and country houses (without category)

Price
Surcharge single traveler
165.00

Services and infos

Included:

  • 7 overnight stay as stated, breakfast included  
  • 7x evening meal
  • Luggage transfer (1 piece of luggage per person)
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • GPS-data is available 
  • Service hotline

Optional extras:

  • Organised return transfer from Murat to Besse on request. Reservation required, payable in advance.

Arrival / Parking / Departure:

  • Clermont-Ferrand airport.
  • Arrival by train in Clermont-Ferrand and by bus in approx. 2 hours to Besse (www.sancy.com).
  • Parking: limited number of hotel parking spaces free of charge or public parking spaces near the hotel available, no reservation possible.
  • Return journey from Murat by bus (www.ter.sncf.com) in approx. 2 hours to Besse (1x change).

Things to note:

  • Special dates on request
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
Madlene Reischl
"I will help you with the planning of your holidays with advice and action"
Madlene Reischl, Customer Service
Robi on the bike

Ratings

There are no ratings for this tour.

You might also be interested in

We will help you with pleasure
Conatct us
Well informed
Subscribe to our newsletter and stay updated
Robi on the bike
With our newsletter you are always up to date!