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Itinerary for Auvergne Volcanoes

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

The itinerary may be modified at any time for security reasons, meteorological or other events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes, and local holidays. We will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.

Important note: The specific level required is the "confirmed rider level".
As a qualified professional of equestrian tourism in France, it is important for the safety of the groups of riders we receive that everyone has the required riding level (see description below).
A person, who doesn't have the required level, causes difficulties for the staff and other participants, with consequences on the good progress of the stay for everyone.
Therefore, if from the first day we judge that a rider doesn't have the required level for horseback riding, he/she will not continue on horseback. He/she will be able to continue with the logistic team. This decision will be made without any refund on the stay.

Our rides are for the experienced rider who has mastered all 4 paces (walk, rising trot, canter/gallop in a forward seat) on varied terrains and in open spaces. The experienced rider rides regularly, has good physical fitness, has good soft hands, a good attitude, and self-confidence. He controls the speed and direction of the horse in all circumstances. He can ride long distances including gallops of several minutes in open terrain.

Day 1: Arrival
Riders with vehicles may arrive in the late afternoon to the first night accommodation. Riders arriving by train will be collected in the late afternoon at the SNCF train station of Clermont-Ferrand.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at a Hotel in Nébouzat

Day 2: Ride to Saint Sauves d'Auvergne
In the morning, presentation and allocation of horses. We start our riding adventure by riding through a pine forest and summer pastures, to reach the village of Orcival, where we stop for our picnic. Orcival is a small village located in a cool valley watered by the Sioule River. The village keeps a magnificent Romanesque church, founded by the monks of Chaise-Dieu.
After our break, we leave for Lake Guéry (1268 m), the highest lake in Auvergne. We arrive at the end of the afternoon in Saint Sauves d'Auvergne which overlooks the Dordogne valley.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3: Saint Sauves d'Auvergne to Sancy Mountain
After breakfast, we get back in the saddle and head to the village of La Bourboule. City of Waters (it owes its name to Borvo, Celtic god of water springs) it is renown for its thermal treatment of asthma, respiratory and skin allergies. We enjoy our picnic nearby. Them, we continue our route via the Col de la Stèle and we stop at the foot of the Sancy Mountain for the night.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4: Sancy Mountain to Egliseneuve d'Entraigues
We ride to large estives (mountain pastures) to join the lake of Chauvet where we take our midday break. Located at an altitude of 1176 m, Lake Chauvet is a maar - a volcano formed in the crater of an ancient volcano.
We then continue our journey through meadows and forests to reach the small village of Egliseneuve d'Entraigues, and its lovely Romanesque church of Saint-Austremoine (12th century). The village name comes from surrounding water bodies (five lakes, waterfalls and many rivers), Entraigues meaning: between the waters.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Egliseneuve d'Entraigues to Besse en Chandesse
This morning, we head towards the lake of Montcineyre, riding through pastures where Salers cows graze peacefully. The lake is nestled between beech groves and pastures where it sits at the foothills of a volcano of the same name. On our way, we will have an impressive view of Lake Pavin. Due to a strong volcanic explosion, Lake Pavin is a crater lake carved out of the North flank of Puy de Montchal (1411m).
At the end of the afternoon, we reach Besse en Chandesse, an old medieval village, built at 1050 m altitude, with well-preserved old residences and fortifications. Most of the village houses are made with volcanic rocks (black lava, basalt).
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6: Besse en Chandesse to Murol
Today, we make our way to the castle of Murol, built on a basaltic promontory during the 12th century. The castle, built at the strategic intersection of three large roads, forms an irregular polygon. Great canters bring us to our picnic place, on the shores of Lake Chambon (877 m alt.). This lake was formed by the volcano Tartaret.
We overnight at the village of Murol, at an altitude of 850 meters, in the Couze Chambon valley, on the eastern slope of the Massif de Sancy.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7: Murol to Nébouzat
For our last riding day in Auvergne, we ride to Aydat Lake, the largest natural lake in Auvergne. It is a volcanic dam lake. Its lava flow (the cheyre), covers 6km, from the puy de la vache and the puy de Lassolas blocking the Veyre River and thus creating a natural dam.
After our picnic break, we reach the crater of Puy de la vache, that we descend on horseback. The puy de la Vache volcano displays beautiful lava flows and red rocks.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8: Departure
After enjoying a hearty breakfast, riders may depart by car or will be transferred to the train station.
Meals included: Breakfast

Non Riders
Non-riding companions are welcome to join this trip. It is best to have a car in order to do some sightseeing while the rest of the group explores on horseback.
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Auvergne Volcanoes
Tour Code: IT-FRABR08
8 days / 7 nights ~$0.00
Dates : September

Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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