Haute-Loire Higlands bike tour

Haute-Loire Higlands bike tour 7 days / 6 nights
From 840 € *
/ PERSON
  • Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
  • Distance: 216 km
  • Level: Easy / Intermediate

A spectacular itinerary, suitable for all abilities, that takes you on a journey across unspoilt landscapes, exploring sites such as the plateaus of the Mézenc, Lignon and the Sucs du Meygal. Pedal your electric bike around the places made famous by Robert Louis Stevenson, following the Saint Régis Trail, sections of Saint James’ Way and a network of pretty country lanes. An authentic trip that will give you a real change of scenery and allow you to admire mountain landscapes, volcanic lakes and lush pastures, as well as the Haute-Loire architecture and gastronomy.

 

  • Difference in altitude: 3801 m – Country roads and easy trails
  • Easy routes and paths
  • Family Tour : Children from 13
  • Price (per person, on a basis of 2 people sharing)
    • Guesthouses & 2 or 3* hotels
Fares Half-board 
Travelling with our e-bikes €840
Travelling with a trekking bike (On request and according availability) €780
Travelling with your bike  €720

*Except le Puy-en-Velay stay proposed in bed & breakfast option only to offer you more flexibility in the choice of you restaurant

  • See Extras & services section for :
      • Lone traveller
      • Superior comfort option
      • Riding on your own bike or a trekking bike
  • 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).
  • All of the itineraries have been tried and tested to ensure that our packages are both extraordinary and accessible.
  • 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 : Your arrival in Le Puy-en-Velay

    Discover the city and its secret street. the Cathedral, starting-point of the Saint-James way. During the evening from May to September have a look on the magnificent Puy de Lumières show.


    Day 2 : Coubon – Moudeyres / Saint-Front - 30 km

    Follow the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson until you reach Monastier-sur-Gazeille, then cycle along the St Régis Trail (GR 430) through quaint little villages such as Freycenet-la-Tour, Moudeyres with its thatched cottages, and St Front with its 12th century church.

    To do, to see :
    • Saint Chaffre Abbey
    • St Jean Baptiste Church
    • Fontains
    • Croyances populaires museum
    • School museum
    • Cultural European hall (exhibitions)
    • La Recoumène bridge
    • Bunjee jump

    • Freycenet La Tour
    > The 11st century gothic church
    > Barthes' pond

    • Moudeyres
    > Frères Perrel house
    > The thatched roofs

    • Saint-Front
    > Higlands typical village
    > The 12nd century roman church
    > The volcanic lake
    > Bigorre, The thatched roofs village
    > Horse riding
    > Cani-rando


    Day 3 : Saint-Front / Moudeyres – Les Estables - 32 km

    Today you will come out onto the high plateaus of the Mézenc, which boast lush pastures, herds of Fin Gras du Mézenc cattle and characteristic houses. Take advantage of your stopover in Les Estables to climb up Mount Mézenc (the rooftop of the Haute-Loire).

    To do, to see :
    • Chaudeyrolles
    > House of Fin gras du Mézenc
    > The Narces

    • Les Estables
    > Hiking on the Mézenc Mount
    > Bees of the Mézenc
    > GAEC farm
    > The church
    > Mountainbiking with an instructor
    > Tree ropes aventure
    > Climbing, Via ferrata – réservation possible
    > Paragliding


    Day 4 : Les Estables – Fay sur Lignon – 40 km

    From Les Estables, head towards Les Boutières then down to the village of Borée, where you can admire its strange dolmens before crossing back into the Haute-Loire near Fay-sur-Lignon, which plays host to a horse fair every October.

    To do, to see :
    • Borée
    > Dolmens
    > The church

    • Saint-Clément :
    The school of wind

    • Fay sur Lignon :
    > St-Régis' fountain
    > The central place
    > Craft : honey, fruits, jams


    Day 5 : Fay sur Lignon – Le Chambon sur Lignon – 38 km

    Today, you will follow various paths and roads to Saint Agrève before pedalling along the banks of the Devesset lake. If the weather allows, you can have a dip in the lake or try some water sports.

    To do, to see :
    • Devesset :
    The lake

    • Le Chambon sur Lignon :
    > Swimming pool
    > Velay express steam train
    > Hope & memory museum
    > Hores riding
    > Rop course
    > The golf of Chambon-sur-Lignon


    Day 6 : Le Chambon sur Lignon – Saint-Julien-Chapteuil – 36 km

    A day riding across the Lignon and Meygal. The route takes you through Chambon-sur-Lignon (a village that was honoured as Righteous Among the Nations for saving Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe) then on to your day's destination of Saint-Julien-Chapteuil, capital of the Meygal, where you can admire the church and visit the Jules Romain museum.

    To do, to see :
    • Mazet-St-Voy : Botanic garden

    • Champclause
    > The blue lake
    > The church

    • Queyrières
    > Volcno cheminey

    • Saint-Julien-Chapteuil
    > The Jules Romains' musuem
    > Swimming pool
    > The roman church
    > The Tortue autruches
    > Astronomy
    > The moulin of Guérin


    Day 7 : St Julien Chapteuil – Coubon – 40 km

    The last stopover of your holiday. To return to base, take the GR 65 (also known as Saint James' Way) then cross the Loire at Brives-Charensac before following the Puy-en-Velay cycle path. From Le Puy-en-Velay, you ride back through the verdant Dolaizon Valley

    To do, to see :

    • Saint-Pierre-Eynac
    > The roman church

    • Saint-Germain-Laprade
    > Castle
    > Doue abbey vestiges

    • Brives-Charensac
    > The bridges

    • 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

    The cool Dolaizon Valley

    • Coubon
    > St Georges Church
    > The Castle of Poinsac
    > Castle of Volhac


  • Extras & Services

    As an optional extra, L’Autre Chemin offers:

     

    Lone traveller?

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

    • Single room surcharge for 6 day/5 night Grands Plateaux package: +€220

     

    Grands Plateaux with superior comfort option

    For the stopovers in :

     

    Extra stopover in Monastier-sur-Gazeille

    If you want to start your holiday in the afternoon or want an easier first day, opt for the 7 day/6 night Grands Plateaux tour with an extra stopover in Monastier-sur-Gazeille. 7 day/6 night Grands Plateaux package: €670/adult (B&B) or €795/adult (half board) in standard category

     

    Riding on your own bike or with a standard mountain bike

     

    • Traveling with your bike: €120 off on the price tour / person who uses his own bike
    • Travelling with a trekking bike (On request and according availability): €60 off on the price tour / person 

     

    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.

    Examples of accommodation

    Hôtel Beau Séjour Le Béage

    Hôtel Beauséjour

    Chambre d'hôtes La Drapière

    Chambre d’hôtes La Drapière

     

  • Price Info

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

     

    Fares Half-board 
    Travelling with our e-bikes €840
    Travelling with a trekking bike (On request and according availability) €780
    Travelling with your bike  €720

     

    • Prices include: Accommodation in a twin or double bedroom (on a basis of 2 people sharing) with half-board (except your first night in Le Puy en Velay proposed withj a Bed & Breakfast option)  plus French holiday tax, provision of an electric hybrid bicycle, a cycle bag (1/ adult bike – except with standard mountain-bike option), helmet, basic repair kit, road book, 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, surcharge for superior comfort, the extra stopover in Monastier-sur-Gazeille 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.