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Backroad cycling FranceCYCLING THE VOLCANOES OF THE AUVERGNE A magnificent backroad cycling tour through the Auvergne Volcanoes Natural Park

Would you like another Volcano*? Backroad cycling in the Auvergne serves up a succession of impressive volcanoes. Beginning with the Chaîne des Puys, the "youngsters", with their many smooth tracks that snake their way between the volcanoes. Then comes the more mountainous atmosphere of the Puy du Sancy, older and larger, with their tapered ridges covered with soft green grass. The tour then heads south finishing at the huge Cantal Volcano. * Volcano: an aperitif drink made from gentian and chestnuts, served in the south of the Cantal.

Self-guided tour: from 265€ - Details Duration : 3 or 4 days | Level : Customer satisfaction : - 0 reviews
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This tour is E-bike compatible

Highlights

  • A beautiful itinerant trip between the volcanic cones of the Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Park
  • Easy tracks and quiet country lanes
  • Numerous beautiful traditional stone villages...
  • Evening meals included

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  • This trip exists in 3 versions : V2=2 wheels, V3=3 wheels.
  • Special offers for private groups. Please ask us for a quotation.
  • Guided tours available on request.

Day 1: Volvic - Laschamps 

Itinerary start: France Bike Trips services begin on day 1 at 1pm at the train station in Volvic.

On request we can book the previous night's accommodation for you in Volvic or Clermont-Ferrand.

First volcanoes waited on hand and foot while we are slaloming between the projection cones of Nugere, June and Chopine. Goules Pass bring us then the foot of to Puy Pariou (hiking up possible for the met courageous). We then follow a smooth path with a breathtaking view on great Puy de Dome. Downhill on a small road to reach the village, Laschamps, where we will spend the night.

Distance and altitude gain :

  • Level 2 and 3 wheels : approx. 25 km / 600 m
Day 2: Laschamps - Murol

Still heading  south along the last young  Puys  and we begin to approach one of the larger volcanic edifice, the Sancy. We will cycle by the open craters of La Vache and Lassolas, with a possible break at the house of the Regional Natural Park of Auvergne Volcanoes. Puy Montenard will be the last puy before entering in a definitively more hilly relief. After a nice downhill we reach Murol, where we will spend the night. Option to go to lake Chambon.

Distance and altitude gain :

  • Level 2 wheels : approx. 40 km / 750 m
  • Level 3 wheels : approx. 50 km / 950 m
Day 3: Murol - Issoire

We leave Murol cycling on quiet country lanes to discover the village of St Nectaire. With a very nice roman church, St Nectaire is especially the capital of the cheese of the same name. We finished with the plateaus and discover now the valleys of "Pays Coupé" (The cut Land). We now discover valleys with more favorable climate for the culture of fruit trees but also of vine. You have to know that the wine from this region is the best of Auvergne. We reach Issoire Valley where our trip ends, at the train station.

Distance and altitude gain :

  • Level 2 wheels : approx. 35 km / 700 m
  • Level 3 wheels : approx. 40 km / 950 m
4 day version:
Day 1: Volvic - Laschamps

Identical to 3 day version.

Day 2: Laschamps - Murol

Identical to 3 day version.

Day 3: Murol - La Godivelle

Obviously, to leave Murol we have to cycle up. But soon enough, the wood of Courbanges gives us the way to the medieval town of Besse. Here, narrow paved streets invite us to saunter. A very interesting ski museum can also  justify a big break. Then we head in the direction of the crater lakes of Pavin  and  Montcineyre in order to leave the Sancy Massif and approach a new  type  of relief:  the basalt plateau of Cézallier. To get introduced to this relief, nothing  more  natural than to start from  the villages of Brion and Godivelle. Like the plateau, these villages are almost empty  but  release an incredible charm, where man coalesces with nature. Night at Godivelle.

Distance and altitude gain :

  • Level 2 and 3 wheels : approx. 40 km / 950 m
Day 4:  La Godivelle - Issoire

Heading towards the immensities of Cezallier Plateau, very welcome land for cows and almost nothing else. We pass next to the valleys of "Pays Coupé" (The cut Land). Valleys with more favorable climate for the culture of fruit trees but also of vine. You have to know that the wine from this region is the best of Auvergne. We reach Issoire where our trip ends, at the train station.

Distance and altitude gain :

  • Level 2 wheels : approx. 45 km / 600 m
  • Level 3 wheels : approx. 55 km / 800 m

Tour end: France Bike Trips services end in Issoire at around 4 pm. Transfers to Volvic or Clermont Ferrand by train or taxi are available upon request.

On request we can book the following night's accommodation for you in Issoire, Volvic or Clermont Ferrand.

Distances and altitude gain are an indication only and may vary.

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