After a leisurely start to the day we explore the nearby Volcanoes National Park, making an ascent to the summit of the impressive Puy de Dome by panoramic train. This is one of Europe’s newest railway journeys and offers wonderful views over the extraordinary chain of dormant volcanoes of France’s Massif Central.
At the top of the mountain there are shops, restaurants and a Visitor Centre that gives information on the history of the area.
After time to admire the dramatic landscapes we make our way to the quaint town of Clermont Ferrand . The Puy mountains provide a breathtaking backdrop to the maze of quiet, charming streets lined with old houses and the awesome cathedral built from the black volcanic rock. Time to explore and soak up the atmosphere before we make our way back to Issoire for dinner in our hotel.