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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 Napoleonian architecture & parks; the exciting excursion by Michelin train to the Auvergne volcanoes range with Panoramique des Dômes; the Unesco site of Notre Dame du Port in Clermont Ferrand and Aventure Michelin; Montpeyroux, one of the most beautiful villages of France; Puy en Velay, starting point of the Saint James’s Pilgrimage route and Unesco site Notre Dame du Puy, the gastronomic destination of Saint Bonnet de Froid with Chef 3 Michelin stars Régis Marcon and Lyon, Unesco city & capital of Gastronomy in France.

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

Day 1 - Paris / Vichy

Arrival in Vichy from the rail station Paris Bercy (2h50)
Check-in Hotel Spa Des Célestins Vichy

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

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

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

Dinner in a delicious restaurant down town or on lake shore Allier. 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 excursion Panoramique des Dômes by Michelin train to see the most stunning view over the Auvergne volcanoes range! Walking tour, photos shooting and lunch on the top.

Afternoon transfer to Clermont Ferrand and visit the fascinating Aventure Michelin then guided tour of Clermont-Ferrand city centre: See the majestic Gothic cathedral built from Volvic lavastone and the Romanesque basilica Notre-Dame-du-Port (UNESCO World Heritage Site).

Dinner in a restaurant or bistrot in the city center, taste the local specialities (la Truffade or 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 / Puy-en-Velay / Saint Bonnet le Froid

In the morning, transfer to Puy en Velay and stop on the way to Montpeyroux (23 km/20 minutes), short visit of Montpeyroux, one of the “Most Beautiful villages of France”.

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

Transfer (60 km / 1 hour) to Saint Bonnet le froid, gastronomic village of Chef Régis Marcon, 3 Michelin stars! Dinner at the restaurant Regis & Jacques Marcon and overnight stay at Hotel Spa Sources du haut Plateau

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

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

Day 4 - Lyon

Morning transfert from Saint Bonnet le Froid to Lyon (100 km / 1h30).
Arrival in Lyon and visit of the indoor market, Halles de Lyon, real temple of food.
Lyon, capital of gastronomy with Lunch in a typical Bouchon Lyonnais
Discovery of Lyon, Unesco Heritage site, (Fourvière hill, Gallo-roman sites, the landmark the Basilica Notre Dame de Fourvière, the old Lyon (Vieux Lyon), Renaissance quarter, its traboules, and the Presqu’île). Possibility to visit a silk workshop, l’Atelier de soierie, near Les Terreaux Square.
Dinner in a famous Chef’s gastronomic restaurant Paul Bocuse and enjoy nightlife in Lyon.

Overnight stay in Lyon

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

In the morning, transfer to Villefontaine, at the French Shopping outlet named The Village, free time for shopping. Lunch at The Village outlet (detaxe refund service).

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

End of the tour.

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