About the tour: The Undiscovered Auvergne

The Auvergne lies at the heart of France and is a region of dramatic landscapes, charming villages and chateaux, as well as a unique culture and history. In many ways it is the very heart and soul of France, offering the visitor the chance to explore one of the country’s best-kept secrets. Join us on this brand new tour as we visit some of the region’s highlights including Usson, St. Floret and Montpeyroux, as well as spending time in the impressive French capital, Paris.

Tour Includes


  • 6 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 4 evening meals
  • Convenient local joining points

7 days from $1998 pp

Departure Dates

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 1300 811 500 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
  • Send payments via online banking.
  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Tour Itinerary

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    For your convenience, you may choose to start this tour in the UK or at the first city in Europe.

    Spend the morning in Paris and join our optional sightseeing tour, which takes in the famous sights, such as the Eiffel Tower, Place de la Concorde, Notre Dame and the Champs Elysees. Continue to the Auvergne for four nights.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Paris
    Paris

    Included Highlights

    • Paris

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    2020 2021
    • Paris Sightseeing Tour
    TBC TBC
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments) or sterling (via card payments). Card payments are available on Luxuria and Silver Service only.

    The Auvergne is home to many beautiful towns and villages, and on this superb included excursion we experience three of these, all teeming with heritage, history and stunning architecture.

    This really is the true Auvergne, a land where time seems to have stood still. Medieval and Romanesque churches and buildings create a most memorable picture.

    We visit Usson, with its magnificent views over the volcanic hills; St. Floret, with its medieval buildings situated in a narrow valley, and Montpeyroux, famous for its wines and one of the real highlights of the Auvergne.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Auvergne
    Villages of the Auvergne

    Included Highlights

    • Villages of the Auvergne

    Included excursion to Le Puy en Velay an important pilgrimage town in medieval times, and a departure point on the Santiago de Compostela pilgrim route. Astounding volcanic peaks topped with churches and statues offer a magnificent sight to visitors, and the towering Romanesque west front of the cathedral proudly proclaims its UNESCO World Heritage title. After a guided tour of the town in the tourist train, you will be free to discover the traditional Le Puy lace and green lentils in the local crafts shops, or why not sample the famous Verbena liqueur –La Verveine du Velay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Le Puy en Velay
    Le Puy en Velay

    Included Highlights

    • Le Puy en Velay

    Included excursion, as we start the day with a visit to the aptly named ‘Volcan de Lemptegy’ where we learn more about the anatomy of volcanoes.

    We enjoy a documentary film, a guided visit by motorised train, and a visit to the ‘Explosive Mine’. We continue to Clermont Ferrand, which began life as two distinct cities – Clermont, once a Celtic and Roman settlement and now a thriving city, and Ferrand, which provides a complete contrast with a maze of quiet streets lined with Renaissance houses.

    The old houses and cathedral of Clermont, built from volcanic rock are part of the ‘ville noire’ (black town), with the Puys Mountains providing an awe-inspiring backdrop.

    With its superb cathedral, bustling Place St-Pierre, the capital of the Auvergne is a quite unique city.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Clermont Ferrand
    Clermont Ferrand

    Included Highlights

    • Volcan de Lemptegy
    • Clermont Ferrand

    To Paris for an overnight stay. Tonight, join our optional Latin Quarter visit to see this spectacular city at night.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Paris Latin Quarter
    Paris Latin Quarter

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    2020 2021
    • Paris Latin Quarter
    TBC TBC
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments) or sterling (via card payments). Card payments are available on Luxuria and Silver Service only.

    If you are leaving the tour in Europe, you will say farewell to the group after breakfast this morning. If you joined the tour in the UK, today you will return and continue to your original joining point.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    The Undiscovered Auvergne 7 days from $1,998pp

    Book online OR call our friendly travel advisers on:
    1300 811 500

    Accommodation

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

    You will stay for four nights at the 3-star Hotel Le Pariou in Issoire.

    Overnight stays in the Paris area are in city-style hotels.

    Travel Options

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for $35pp (up to 6 days' duration), $55pp (7 & 8 days' duration) and $60pp (9 days' duration and over) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for $18pp (up to 6 days duration), $35pp (7 & 8 days duration) and $42pp (9, 10 and days duration) $50pp (12 days and over). Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour, you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately $1.80 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500 two weeks before you are due to travel. With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours, an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning.
    All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
    In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
    Alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.
    Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. If joining in the UK, you may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
    Your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

    When it comes to getting you to your destination, McLachlan European Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from.

    Silver Service, refreshments

    Silver Service Features

    • Sit back and relax in specially-designed, deluxe reclining seats, with leather headrests, footrests and more legroom than standard coaches.
    • Enjoy the perfect temperature onboard with climate control.
    • Relax and have a chat in the spacious rear lounge.
    • Servery on board offering a range of refreshments.
    • Porterage* at most hotels, so you really don’t have to lift a finger.
    • Time flies with our onboard entertainment system.
    • With free personal headphones you can tune into the music channel, listen to the radio or watch DVDs.
    • Onboard toilet

    Silver Service Seating Plan

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