Group: from Le Puy-en-Velay to the Polignac Fortress and Pagès distillery

From Le Puy-en-Velay to the polignac fortress and Pagès distillery. Lunch included. Duration : a day


From Le Puy-en-Velay to the polignac fortress and Pagès distillery
minimum 25 people
Duration : a day

Your day :

Morning : visit of Le Puy-en-Velay

From 9h30
Arrival in Le Puy-en-Velay. Your group will be welcomed by a guide from the Pays d'art et d'histoire, departure for the pedestrian tour of the city of Le Puy-en-Velay. Visit of Notre Dame du Puy Cathedral, a masterpiece of Romanesque art, classed UNESCO world heritage due to its position at the start of the Santiago de Compostela way. A walk in the heart of a very old city.

12h30 : Lunch in a restaurant of the city,
(1/4 of wine and coffee included)

Afternoon : visit of the Polignac Forteress

Guided tour of the Polignac Forteress.
Located 5 km north-west of the city of Puy-en-Velay, the Fortress sits on a volcanic hill, surrounded by steep cliffs. The choice of such a site is not trivial, it gives the fortress first single element of defense.
This rock is the result of the meeting between the water that covered the Puy en Velay basin there are about 3 million years, and lava after volcanic eruptions.
The stone is the rock is a material easy to carve, which has not escaped the first lords in the Fortress of construction.
In the tenth century, the rock hosted wooden buildings used to defend the northwest entrance to the city of Puy-en-Velay. It was at the end of the eleventh century that the viscounts Armand seized the place and take the name of the village, Polignac. Gradually Fortress will rise and remain the allegory of the power of the Lords of Polignac.Fortress belongs to the Polignac family for nearly 1000 years. The various lords marked not only the history of the Velay but also the history of France.

Departure for the visit of the Pagès distillery (located 5 kms from Le Puy-en-Velay) in Saint-Germain-Laprade. "Verveine du Velay: emblem of the Auvergne gastronomy since 1859!" : an inspired herbalist apothecary, Joseph Rumillet-Charretier, created the formula of Verveine du Velay.
Guided tour of the distillery and tasting of Pagès products.

End of the day.


Languages spoken

  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Dutch


Price :
from 42 € per person
(minimum 25 people).

Included in the price
Included : - A guide for the day. - Lunch with 1/4 of wine and coffee. - Entrance fee for the monuments. - Organisation and booking of the different activities. - Free for the bus driver

Not included
Not included : - Transport. - Personal expenses.

Modes de paiement

  • Bank/credit card
  • Cheque
  • Chèques Vacances
  • Cash
  • Credit transfer


From 01/04 to 31/10.
Closed Monday and Sunday.