Vineyards, villages and volcanoes of the Arverne country
Day 1: Clermont-Ferrand
Overnight in hotel
Arriving in Clermont-Ferrand, you will do the checking at your hotel.
If you arrive not too late, you can visit the centre of the city with his black cathedral build with lava stone.
Night at your hotel in Clermont-Ferrand.
Day 2: Clermont-Ferrand - Gergovie - St Amant or St Saturnin
Night in a Bed & Breakfast / 13 km / walking time 4.30 h / Elevation : + 425m / - 635m
In the morning, short taxi transfer to reach the Gergovie plateau.
Gergovie, place of the famous battle which opposed the great chief of the Arvernes "Vercingetorix" and the head of the Roman Empire, the great "Caesar". You can visit Gergovie's house to learn more about all the secrets of this legendary battle.
You will reach the St Saturnin village or St Amant village to spend the night.
Day 3: St Amant - Aydat Lake or La Cassière Lake
Night in Hotel or Cottage Hotel / 16.5 km / walking time 5.00 h / Elevation : + 565 m / - 240 m
Through the country paths, you will evolve on the old lava flows of the young volcanoes of the Chaîne des Puys.
These volcanoes, only 8500 years old, naturally gave birth to two lakes, Aydat and Cassière. It's close to one or the other, that you will spend this evening.
Option : Possibility to spend an extra night here (Aydat or La Cassière) to climb the two volcanoes "La Vache" and "Lassolas" (Distance : between 12 and 18 km / walking time : 4 to 5 hours / Elevation : + 450 / - 480).
Day 4: Aydat Lake or La Cassière Lake - St Amand or St Saturnin
Night in a Bed & Breakfast / 15 to 20 km / walking time 5 to 6 h / Elevation : + 300 m / - 650 m
Today, you will walk down and leave the cool of the lakes. Hiking between meadow, pine forest and oaks.
You'll walk on a bucolic territory where meadow and granite blocks are so many surprising landscapes conducive to photography.
The villages and hamlets are still strong witness to this rural life.
During the evening at the medieval village of St Saturnin, a detour through its romanesque church of the 12th century is highly recommended ...
Day 5: St Amant Tallende - St Saturnin - Montpeyroux
Night in a Bed & Breakfast / 18 km (or 16 km from St Saturnin) / walking time : 5 h / Elevation : + 585 m / - 575m
A medieval village can hide another!
Through orchards and vineyards, you will visit the small winegrower villages, steeped in history linked to this forgotten heritage. Today's winemakers are keen to revive it with love and respect for nature.
When you arrive in Montpeyroux, Yvan Bernard, a wine specialist in the village, will be able to help you discover this gastronomic heritage ... Of course, to drink ... with moderation... or not!
The whole village is built in Arkoze, this blond stone quarried from the village.
Night in this beautiful village (Label "most beautiful village of France"), under the benevolence of its tower of the 13th century.
Day 6: Montpeyroux - Longues - Clermont Ferrand
End of your stay / 11.5 km / walking time : 3 h / Elevation : + 200 m / - 320 m
Last stage of your journey in Arverne Country.
You will cross the river "Allier", by the suspension bridge to take a little height. View of Montpeyroux and in the background the Massif du Sancy.
You join the train station Longues and your train to regain Clermont-Ferrand.
The journey can be changed for reasons of safety, weather or unforeseen circumstances. Events beyond our control may change the course: change of accommodation (if the chosen accommodation is full at time of booking), cut roads, rivers in flood, strikes, local festivals ... "Aluna Travel" will always make every effort to provide the best solution, even changing the course.
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2 people travelling together
Special rates for 3 people traveling together
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How to get there
Before and after your stay
Recommended equipment depending of the season
A small backpack containing
- A hat or cap
- A pair of sunglasses
- A rain cape
- A windbreaker- jacket or better Gore-Tex
- A small personal first aid kit (aspirin, tape, elastic tape, ...)
- A water container
- Plastic bags to wrap your things in case of bad weather
- A camera and a pair of binoculars
For evenings (indicative)
- Khakis or jogging
- A flashlight for night
- A pair of tennis or else for the evening
- A polar fleece
- Clothes and various underwear
- A swimsuit for any swimming
- Toiletry bag with a towel
To put on
- A pair of walking shoes and preferably already in use, or for sensitive feet, a good pair of tennis strengthened.
- A few pairs of socks.