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The Auvergne

Parc des Volcans d'Auvergne
La Belle Etoile and Chambon-sur-Lac

Why not experience French life as a guest in our B&B home, plus French roads on your bikes with a cross country road trip to Chambon-sur-Lac in the spectacular Parc des Volcans d’Auvergne.

La Belle Etoile is a large farmhouse set in grounds of just over four acres located in the Deux-Sèvres region of Western France. We would like to share our experience of living here and offer a two night B&B short break, for up to six guests, combined with a three night two star hotel B&B stay in Chambon-sur-Lac in the Parc des Volcans d’Auvergne.

We will be exploring this region over two full ride out days; it’s all about the riding, the incredible roads in the Auvergne not forgetting the fabulous ride down through wonderful French countryside, towns and villages.

You’ll make your own way down for arrival at La Belle Etoile on Day One Sunday afternoon or early evening, we will supply you the most interesting but progressive enough route depending on your arrival port, which we recommend is Caen. As a Brittany Ferries Trade Partner, MSL Tours can make the channel crossing booking on your behalf, if required and subject to availability.

On arrival we’ll greet you with a cold beer and a complimentary home cooked three course meal, with a glass or two of wine produced locally in the Loire Valley. You’ll have plenty of time to relax in the peaceful courtyard, listen to the swallows chirping and marvel at their flying skills as you enjoy a post dinner glass or beer, reflecting on your ride down to La Belle Etoile with fellow guests, perfect!

On Day Two Monday after a good breakfast, we’ll make an early departure for Chambon-sur-Lac in the Massif du Sancy in the Auvergne, forty miles southwest of Clermont-Ferrand. Riding distance is approximately two hundred miles across country with plenty of coffee stops, lunch and Over the next three nights you’ll enjoy the B&B comfort of our two star Tour hotel with rooms having a view of Lake Chambon, single rooms enjoy the benefit of a small balcony. The hotel also offers free parking with optional secure garaging for the bikes for a small charge. We will be eating out locally each evening with breakfast included at the hotel.

Over the next two days we will make the most of our time by riding the fabulous roads around the Massif du Sancy in the Parc des Volcans d’Auvergne. ‘To say that there’s good riding in the Massif Central – the huge range of low mountains, high hills and dormant volcanoes in the heart of France – is to undersell the attraction of the region. For one thing, it’s huge so there are miles of amazing roads to explore; for another, it’s quiet, especially as you get further from the beaten track.’ Ride Magazine 2017.

Day Five Thursday will see us riding back across country to La Belle Etoile for the last night and we’ll stop for a good ‘menu de jour’ lunch on the way back. If we have time then we’ll visit Oradour-sur-Glane, the ruins of this village left as a permanent memorial destroyed by the Germans in June 1944.

Day Six Friday is departure day after a substantial breakfast, continental or cooked to set you up for your days ride on the bike. However if you would like to stay longer or arrive sooner then you would be welcome to book a few more nights as our B&B guest!

We will be out for up to 6 – 8 hours each day, covering around 150 -200 miles on the bikes, depending on our stops along the way with plenty of time for coffee breaks and lunch. A great opportunity therefore to experience and explore these regions of France, staying in  relaxed and informal settings at La Belle Etoile  and Chambon-sur-Lac with a small group of like-minded biking guests!

  • 5 nights quality B&B accommodation
  • 2 nights La Belle Êtoile B&B farmhouse

  • 3 nights 2* hotel in Chambon-sur-Lac

  • 3 course home cooked dinner on first night with complimentary wine and beer
  • French evening ‘buffet’ on fifth night with complimentary wine and beer

  • Tour itinerary, briefing and GPS ride out day files*
  • Escorted support of MSL Tour Associate
* Please see terms relating to GPS routes
  • Brittany Ferries booking (additional on request)
  • Travel and breakdown insurance
  • Repatriation in the event of an accident
  • Auto route / parking charges other than indicated
  • Lunch and evening meals with drinks
    (except first and last night)

Once you have completed your booking form, please pay your deposit.

Either by credit /debit card using the ‘Pay Now’ link below or by online bank transfer to:
MSL Tours, Lloyds Bank Ely. sort: 30-93-05, account: 01097575.

Payment by credit or debit card through Stripe.

Rider & Pillion

(Shared Room)

£190.00

Solo Rider

(Shared Room)

£95.00

Solo Rider

(Single Room)

£95.00

Our terms and conditions apply to all bookings.

You agree to be bound by them and our Tour briefing conditions when you book with MSL Tours.

Arrival: Sunday 18th June

Duration:  5 nights, 6 days
(B&B Room Only)

(Arrival after 16.00 hrs and before 19.00 hrs)

As a Brittany Ferrries Trade Partner MSL Tours will be able to book the ferry on your behalf with a 10% discount.
(Subject to booking terms)

Rider with Pillion
Shared room £595.00

Solo Rider
Shared room £650.00

Solo Rider
Single room £725.00

Deposit payment £95.00
(Payable on booking)

Availability: Maximum 8, minimum 4 guests.
Contact us for bespoke Group Booking dates

  • 5 nights quality B&B accommodation
  • 2 nights La Belle Etoile B&B farmhouse
  • 3 nights 2* hotel in Chambon-sur-Lac
  • 3 course home cooked dinner on first night with complimentary wine and beer
  • French evening ‘buffet’ on fifth night with complimentary wine and beer
  • 2 planned escorted ride out days in the Auvergne
  • Evening meals and lunch at selected local restaurants
    (Not included in Tour rate)
  • Return ride through rural France to Chambo-sur-Lac
  • Fantastic ‘twisty’ moutainous roads
  • An opportunity to visit Oradour-sur-Glane

La Belle Etoile

  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Dinner on first night arrival and French evening ‘buffet’ on return from the Auvergne with complimentary wine and beer
  • Shared bathroom and toilet facilities
  • 2  bathrooms, each with a shower and toilet
  • 2 transit days, Caen return 230 miles, 5 hours

Chambon-sur-Lac

  • 2* hotel accommodation
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Single or shared room, double bed, ensuite facilities
  • With a balcony view of the lake
  • Evening meals and lunch at selected local restaurants
    (Not included in Tour rate)
  • 2 transit days, Auvergne 225 miles, 8 hours
  • Up to 8 hours and 175 miles on ride out days
  • Some technical routes in the Auvergne
  • Suitable for all riders and riders with pillions
  • Escorted support of MSL Tour Associatte