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Le Massif du Sancy (63)
© D. Frobert/Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Tourisme
5 Days/4 nights - Arrival from Paris

The Best of Auvergne Tour

The beautiful hot springs resort of Vichy with its Napoleonic architecture & parks; the exciting excursion to the Auvergne volcanoes range with the Panoramique des Dômes rack railway; the Unesco site of Notre-Dame-du-Port in Clermont-Ferrand and Aventure Michelin; Montpeyroux, one of the most beautiful villages of France; Le Puy-en-Velay, the starting point of the Way of Saint James and the Unesco site of Notre Dame du Puy; the gourmet destination of Saint-Bonnet-de-Froid with 3-star Michelin chef Régis Marcon; and Lyon, a Unesco city & the capital of French gastronomy.

Vichy (03) - Quais de l'Allier
© P. Beroujon/Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Tourisme

Day 1 - Paris / Vichy

Arrival in Vichy from the Paris Bercy train station (2 hr 50 min).
Check-in at the Vichy Célestins Spa Hotel

Lunch in the famous Brasserie du Casino or in a restaurant in the city centre

Tour of Vichy, known as the Queen of the spa towns, which was a favourite of Napoleon III, during the 'Belle Epoque'. Stroll through the parks of the town and the streets lined with magnificent old houses.

In the afternoon, enjoy the hot springs in Vichy, relax and go shopping in the city centre.

Dinner in a delicious restaurant down town or along the Allier River. At night enjoy gambling at the casino or go to the beautiful Vichy Opera for a show.

Overnight stay in Vichy.

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Clermont-Ferrand à Noël
© J. Damase/Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Tourisme

Day 2 - Clermont-Ferrand

In the morning, transfer (50 km/1 hour) to the Panoramique des Dômes rack railway to see the most stunning view over the Auvergne volcanoes range! Walking tour, photo session and lunch at the summit.

Afternoon transfer to Clermont-Ferrand to visit the fascinating Aventure Michelin, followed by a guided tour of Clermont-Ferrand’s city centre: see the majestic Gothic cathedral built from Volvic lava stone and the Romanesque Notre-Dame-du-Port Basilica (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).

Dinner in a restaurant or bistro in the city centre, taste the local specialties (truffade, potée auvergnate, aligot, petit salé aux lentilles, chou farci, pompe aux pommes)

Overnight stay in Clermont-Ferrand.

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Le Puy-en-Velay (43) - chapelle Saint-Michel d'Aiguilhe et statue Notre-Dame-de-France
© L. Olivier/Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Tourisme

Day 3 - Montperyroux / Le Puy-en-Velay / Saint Bonnet le Froid

In the morning, transfer to Le Puy-en-Velay with a stop on the way in Montpeyroux (23 km/20 minutes). Short visit of Montpeyroux, one of the “Most Beautiful villages of France”.

Continue to Le Puy-en-Velay (105 km/1h30), arrival and lunch in a restaurant downtown. Discovery tour of the historical centre: Saint-Michel d'Aiguilhe Chapel, perched on its volcanic cone, the statue of Our Lady of France overlooking the town, and the cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Transfer (60 km/1 hour) to Saint-Bonnet-le-Froid, the gourmet village of Régis Marcon, a chef with 3 Michelin stars! Dinner at the restaurant of Regis & Jacques Marcon and overnight stay at the Hotel Spa Sources du Haut Plateau.

Overnight stay in Le Puy en Velay or in Saint Bonnet le Froid

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Vue sur Lyon depuis la colline de Fourvière
© A. Stenger/Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Tourisme

Day 4 - Lyon

Morning transfer from Saint-Bonnet-le-Froid to Lyon (100 km/1h30).

Arrival in Lyon and visit of the indoor market, the Halles de Lyon, a real temple of food.

Lyon, the capital of gastronomy, with lunch in a typical Bouchon Lyonnais.

Discovery of Lyon, a Unesco World Heritage site, (Fourvière hill, Gallo-Roman sites, Notre-Dame de Fourvière Basilica, Old Lyon (Vieux Lyon), the Renaissance quarter, its traboules (passageways), and the Presqu’île peninsula). Possibility to visit a silk workshop, l’Atelier de Soierie, near Les Terreaux Square.

Dinner in Paul Bocuse’s gourmet restaurant, a famous chef, and then enjoy the nightlife in Lyon.

Overnight stay in Lyon.

Logo The Village
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Day 5 - Lyon / Shopping at The Village / Departure

In the morning, transfer to Villefontaine, to the French shopping outlets of The Village, with free time for shopping. Lunch at The Village outlets (tax refund service).

Transfer to Lyon Saint Exupery airport (12 km/15 minutes)

End of the tour.

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