Allier valley fan – The High valley of Allier bike tour

Allier valley fan – The High valley of Allier bike tour 7 days / 6 nights
From 510 € *
/ PERSON
  • Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
  • Distance: 266 km
  • Level: Intermediate

A route that takes you through some amazing places, such as the Bouchet volcanic lake, Pradelles (one of France’s most beautiful villages) and, last but not least, the sumptuous Haut-Allier gorges that open out between Lozère and the Haute-Loire. A hilly route with plenty to discover along the way. The route includes a section of the Robert Louis Stevenson Trail (GR 70), easy paths through the countryside and picturesque lanes: all the ingredients you need to fully enjoy the incredible décor of the Haute-Loire and the Haut-Allier.

  • Difference in altitude: 3948 m – Country roads and easy trails
  • Easy route that is suitable for children from 13 ( according to cycling ability)
  • Price (per person, on a basis of 2 people sharing)
    • Guesthouses & 2 or 3* hotels
Fares Half-board  Bed & Breakfast 
Travelling with our e-bikes €780 €650
Travelling with a trekking bike (On request and according availability) €720 €590
Travelling with your bike  €640 €510

 

  • See Extras & services section for :
    • Superior comfort option 
    • Riding on your own bike or with a trekking bike
    • Lone traveller 
    • Multi-risk and cancellation insuranc
    • Extra night in Le Puy-en-Velay
  • Agency fees : See the “Price Info” section
  • Group travel from 5 adults, please contact us

Click on the schedule to book your e-bike trip – See General terms and conditions

 

Advantages of going on an electric bike tour with L’Autre Chemin:

  • You travel independently and follow a specially-planned route with short stages so that you can make the most of your time in the Haute-Loire.
  • We provide modern electric bikes that are both comfortable and easy to ride. L’Autre Chemin can also supply children’s bikes or trailers.
  • Your stopovers are in guesthouses or family-friendly hotels, providing a comfortable and authentic base from which you can discover the local area and enjoy a real change of scenery.
  • Your luggage is transported to each stopover (you only need to carry what you need for the day with you).
  • Day after day

    Please note that every stopover is given as an indication and may be modified according to the availability of accommodation 

    Day 1 : Coubon - Cayres - 30km

    Take the Puy-en-Velay cycle path, which follows a former railway line (Le-Puy-en-Velay − Langogne). The route is dotted with tunnels and viaducts and takes you to Cayres/Bouchet St Nicolas, where you will discover one of the most stunning lakes in the Haute-Loire: the Bouchet volcanic lake.

    To do, to see:
    • The ancient train line (bridge, tunnels )
    • The beautiful village of Solignac-sur-Loire
    • The Beaume fall
    • The Church of Cayres
    • The volcanic lake of le Bouchet
    • Pédalo hire (Summer)


    Day 2 : Cayres - Langogne - 36km

    Ride southward through the fields along the Robert Louis Stevenson Trail to Pradelles, one of the most beautiful villages in France. Then you switch to Lozère and discover the city of Langogne and Lake Naussac.

    To do, to see :

    • Landos
    > The St Félix church
    > The Ribains swamp

    • Rauret
    > The church

    • Jonchères
    > The remains of the castle

    • Pradelles
    > One of the most beautiful village of France
    > Rail biking of Pradelles
    > The net-gothic church
    > Water leisure center
    > The panorama on the Gévaudan

    • Langogne
    > The lake of Naussac and its nautical activities
    > The Calquières spinning
    > Sacred art museum


    Day 3 : Langogne - St-Christophe d'Allier / St-Haon- 40/51km

    Ride through beautiful small villages such Auroux bathed by Chapeauroux ... Discover the Margeride, Grandrieu and the village of Chambon-le-Château. You ride on small roads and beautiful tracks!

    To do, to see :

    The views of Lake Naussac and landscapes Margeride version

    • Auroux
    > A charming village bathed by the Chapeauroux

    • Grandrieu
    > The granitic village
    > The Chapel St-Méen
    > The lake

    • Saint-Chritophe d'Allier
    > The incredible descent to the Allier

    • Chapeauroux
    > The PLM bridge
    > The Allier valley


    Day 4 : Saint-Haon - St-Christophe d'Allier/St-Haon- 42/30km

    Dive into the Gorges de l'Allier and discover Saint-Christophe d'Allier, Chapeauroux and its "Nouveau Monde" before climbing to Saint-Haon ! Feel free withe the lovely descent down to the village of Alleyras and Pont d’Alleyras. Today, you will ride alongside the Allier, up a quiet road with a gentle incline (which then becomes steeper) towards St Privat d’Allier (a section of Saint James' Way).

    To do, to see :

    • Alleyras
    > The church

    • Saint-Didier d'Allier
    > The castle

    • Saint-Privat d’Allier
    > Horse-riding
    > the castle
    > Le Prieuré and its view on the Allier river


    Day 5 : Saint-Privat d'Allier - Langeac - 57km

    A spectacular day for riding along on your electric bike, with panoramic "balcony" views and a magnificent road that runs alongside the Allier river to join St Arcons d’Allier and Chanteuges. From Langeac, keep on biking to the gorgeous town of lavoûte-Chilhac with its Prieuré.
    You can lighten this day by not riding till Lavoûte-Chilhac (+ or-27km)

    To do, to see :
    • Rochegude
    > The St-James Chapel

    • Prades
    > La Roche Servière
    > Arsenic mines
    > The ruine of the feudal castle
    > The 12th century church
    > Swimming in the Allier river
    > Cannoeing

    • Saint-Julien-de-Chazes
    > The gorgeous church of Sainte-Marie de Chazes

    • Saint-Arcons-d’Allier
    > The village

    • Chanteuges
    > Saint-Marcellin church
    > Salmon national conservatory

    • Langeac
    > Jacquemard Museum
    > Agnès de Langeac Historial
    > Saint-Gal
    > The old center

    • Lavoûte-Chilhac (option extension)
    > The Clunisian prieuré
    > The bridge from the Middle-age
    > The Sainte-Croix church

    • Chilhac (option extension)
    > The scenic view on the Allier river
    > The Blot cliffs


    Day 6 : Langeac - Loudes - 32km

    Today's route takes you along small lanes and paths to Siaugues Ste Marie, taking in the small village of Saint-Jean-de-Nay. A very different landscape to those travelled earlier in the itinerary.

    To do, to see :

    • Siaugues sainte-Romain
    > The castle
    > The church

    • Saint-Jean de Nay
    > The Church

    • Cereix
    > The ruins of the castle

    • Loudes
    > The castle
    > The local airport


    Day 7 : Loudes - Coubon - 30km

    Your trip culminates with a spectacular landscape: the Puy-en-Velay basin stretching out in front of your, with the high plateaus of the Mézenc in the background. Visit the fortress of the Comtes de Polignac, the Saint-Michel d’Aiguilhe chapel, Notre-Dame de France and Puy-en-Velay cathedral. Then pedal back to Coubon on the cycle path.

    To do, to see :

    • Saint-Vidal
    > The castle
    > the Church
    > Ceramic art-craft

    • Polignac
    > The visit of the Polignac castle

    • Le Puy-en-Velay
    > Crozatier Museum
    > Notre-Dame de France
    > L’Hôtel-Dieu
    > Saint-Michel d'Aiguilhe chapel
    > The medieval town
    > The Cathedral
    > Pass 3 monuments


  • Map

    The map will be given to you with your travel road-book.

    Fou d'Allier

    Allier fan - Altimetric chart

     

  • Extras & Services

    As an optional extra, L’Autre Chemin offers:

     

    Half board

    L’Autre Chemin recommends this option to make things easier for you on your stopovers. It is also an opportunity to get to know your hosts and discover the local gastronomy.

    • Fou d’Allier with half board – 5 nights in standard accommodation from € 780 /adult (based on 2 people sharing) 

     

    Superio comfort stay option

     

    Lone traveller?

    L’Autre Chemin offers high quality accommodation in a single room, for a surcharge:

    • Single room surcharge for 7 day/6 night Fou d’Allier package: +€155

     

    Riding on your own bike or with a standard mountain bike

     

    • Traveling with your bike: -140 € on the price tour / person who uses his own bike
    • Traveling with a bike without electric assistance: -60 € on the price tour / person travelling with a trekking bike (On request and according availability)

     

    Multiple-risk and cancellation insurance with our partner Europ Assistance

    For peace of mind while you travel, L’Autre Chemin offers a range of multiple-risk and cancellation insurance packages. 

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    Extra stopover in Puy-en-Velay 

    Before or after your trip, with our partner Ibis Le-Puy-en-Velay for a more relaxed start/end to your holiday with discounted prices thanks to L’Autre Chemin. 

     

    Advance booking for your chosen activities or visits.

    Your itinerary takes you past many interesting things to do and see. If you would like to book any additional activities or visits, L’Autre Chemin would be happy to organise them on your behalf.

     

    Transport to or from Coubon. 

    L’Autre Chemin, with its partner taxi firm, will organise your transfers from the train station or anywhere else to the L’Autre Chemin office.

     

    Parking


    There is plenty of free parking available in Coubon.

  • Accomodation

    L’Autre Chemin has teamed up with a selection of guesthouses and small, traditional hotels to offer guests the best that the Haute-Loire has to offer, ensuring that every stopover is an opportunity to learn about the architecture, lifestyle, gastronomy and local people of this region.

     

     To discover our partners for accommodation please click here

  • Price info

    Price (per person, on a basis of 2 people sharing)

    • Guesthouses & 2 or 3* hotels
    • Bed and breakfast: €650/adult – Half board: €780/adult
    • New stay option***  Domaine des Barres – Langogne : +30€ / adult

     

    *Prices based on 2 people sharing, according to the available accommodation.

    • Prices include:bed and breakfast in a twin or double bedroom (on a basis of 2 people sharing) plus French holiday tax, provision of an electric hybrid bicycle, cycle bag (1/ adult bike), helmet, basic repair kit, road map, a GPS, plus telephone assistance and baggage transfers (1 bag weighing 15kg max.) to every stopover.
    • Prices do not include:transport and transfers to the starting point, any meals other than breakfast, drinks, spending money, any optional visits or activities, cancellation or multiple-risk insurance and agency fees.

    Agency fees 

    €20 / booking folder

    Recommendations

    L’Autre Chemin offers a variety of optional extras to make your trip easier and more comfortable.

    To encourage you to take the plunge, L’Autre Chemin gives you the option of paying for your holiday in instalments.