3. 3-Day Driving Tour Around the Volcanoes of Auvergne
Drive the byways of central France on this 3-day package tour as you explore the Auvergne region in style – behind the wheel of a classic car. Vintage Peugeots, Fiats, Mazda MX-5s, and even 1960's Ford Mustangs are available – all in perfect condition and fully restored for your enjoyment and safety.
Located in the heart of France, the Auvergne is fantastic driving country with rolling, sparsely-traveled roads passing through vineyards, picturesque countryside, and unspoilt villages. Warm and welcoming, yet retaining the rustic character of its spectacular mountains and valleys, the Auvergne is teeming with heritage and history.
The volcanoes of the Auvergne are what make the region so unusual and distinct, with the Chaîne des Puys stretching over 35 kilometers in a ribbon of 80 dormant volcanoes. The surrounding landscape is dotted with ancient villages, medieval churches, and small farms.
With the Puys Mountains providing a breathtaking backdrop, your 3-day getaway begins in Clermont-Ferrand, with a sightseeing tour of the town's quiet streets, Renaissance houses, medieval churches, and its magnificent Gothic cathedral built of black volcanic rock.
Everything is organized for you throughout the trip, including a detailed itinerary, road book, roadside assistance, guided visits to places of interest, 3-star accommodation, and first-class cuisine.
Day 1: Clermont-Ferrand (Meals: D)
Arrive in the early afternoon at Clermont-Ferrand. Once settled in at your accommodation, enjoy a sightseeing tour of the town, followed by dinner in a local restaurant.
Day 2: Clermont-Ferrand – Mont-Dore (Meals: B, D)
After breakfast, take possession of your classic rental car. Enjoy the drive to the Chaîne des Puys volcanoes, where you will have free time for lunch. The afternoon will consist of taking a drive to the Mont-Dore, famous for its hot baths and thermal springs. Dinner will include a wine-tasting session at a local restaurant.
Day 3: Mont-Dore – Romagnat (Meals: B)
Depart in the morning for Château de Murol, a 12th-century castle. After lunch, cross through Saint-Saturnin, one of the most beautiful towns in France. The tour finishes with a great drive to Romagnat.