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  • Sep 1, 2012 · 8:00 AM
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Backabush is back to France for another amazing adventure! 


This time we will take you to one of the wildest and most spectacular regions which still remains unspoilt and little known to foreign visitors. The Massif Central is an outdoor lovers dream with its remote national parks and miles of hiking trails across a landscape of volcanic majesty.



Best known for the "volcanicity" of the famous Volvic and Vichy mineral waters, the region is a geothermal powerhouse. While crystal clear streams cascade down the mountain sides, hot volcanic springs bubble up from below and forest clad volcanic cones reach for the sky!


But this is also a deeply traditional part of rural France with some of the country's heartiest food, most sublime wines and deliciously fragrant cheeses.  The lush, open pastures of the area allows no less than 5 of France's finest AOC (Apellation d'Origine Contrôlee) cheeses to be produced here.


Of course the area is also absolutely superb for hiking and a network of trails link remote villages and lofty volcanos. Parc des Volcans d'Auvergne, Monts du Cantal, Le Mont-Dore, Puy de Sancy and the Col de Guéry could keep us busy exploring for many weeks.


There is so much more to the region too with its fascinating history, deep routed traditions and delicious cuisine that you really need to join us to experience it all on this amazing Backabush holiday!




7 nights gîte accommodation - maximum 4 people per room.

Guided hikes and bilingual guide (Etiennette   ).



Food kitty - the gîte has self catering facilities.

Restaurant meals - the region is famous for its cuisine.

Entrance fees for optional visits to historic sites, etc.

Transport - further information will be sent.


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  • Etiennette

    Great company to explore this volcanic part of France. Good variety of scenery, my favourite is definitely the Sancy Massif with all the marmots. Thanks all for bringing the fun and preparing so much delicious food again!!

    September 17, 2012

  • Brian

    Awesome trip once again, as expected there was nothing but the finest hiking and cuisine.
    Turns out that hearty peasant food makes for a damn fine pizza topping too!

    September 16, 2012

  • Geoff

    It was great to see so many of the group from the Jura trip last year come back for more hiking adventures in France. Loved the volcanic landscape and our quiet hoe in the countryside!

    September 16, 2012

  • Liam

    Another fantastic trip to France with Geoff and Etinnette. Really enjoyed the hikes and everyone's company!

    September 13, 2012

  • Eeva

    Had a great time as always, the people were great, cheese/beer was plenty, views were beautiful and the french maps rubbish - what more can you ask from a holiday :)?

    September 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really enjoyed it, especially the extended conversations i had with many of this wonderful group in which everyone seemed to get along fine 'n' dandy. Plenty of variety, caves, church's and towns were interesting, though the villages lacked the charachter of the Jura. Volcanic scenery is my fave and the fine examples here were a feast. The hikes length's/ascents suited me fine, nothing too demanding. For me, there were no downsides - a well organised trip. I have to mention that our Gite (comfortable accommodation with a long table we could all fit around and a spacious lounge, which helped gel our group) was at around 500M above sea level and its rural location afforded superb views of the night sky and i was stunned at seeing the milky way for the first time. This was the only cloudless night we had leading to a sunny, exhilarating climb up the magnificent Puy de Dome, with plenty of ridge hiking.

    September 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    totally great trip .

    September 9, 2012

  • Lou

    What a fab trip! Thanks to G&E, and to everyone who made it such a happy time :) How much more uphill...?

    September 8, 2012

  • Brian

    i'm sitting by the samsung stand just opposite departures for those that need their tickets. [masked]

    September 1, 2012

  • Lou

    I'll turn her up loud ;) reckon we're all in pretty close which is great :)

    June 10, 2012

  • David

    me too. 8/86 upper
    Oh no! that might be too far away to hear Barbara ... :-K

    June 8, 2012

  • Leticia O.

    Return 8/82 upper deck... uhuhuuu Lou, looking forward to meet Barbara again :-)

    June 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Return 8/68 upper, i'm not beside you Lou - blast and damn :(, but i'm very near....Wahaaay:)

    June 8, 2012

  • Lou

    Return journey 8/64 upper. Working on the cheese party playlist and both Barbara and Nana are coming ;)

    June 8, 2012

  • Sarah B

    Booked on the train - there and back - 6/22 then 8/21 :)

    June 8, 2012

  • Leticia O.

    7 / 22 lower deck...

    June 3, 2012

  • Claire

    Lou - it won't be the same without you!!

    March 2, 2012

  • Liam

    Make sure you get your leave Lou! This holiday is much more important than that over hyped east London sports event :)

    January 24, 2012

  • Leticia O.

    Awesome, hope we have the Jura people back together... maybe Hangover II may be a better name for this trip ... Lou, you NEEEEEEDDDD to come, we need you and your ipod to chear up our mornings mini bus trip! And Claire, how can we survive without our FAB????????

    1 · January 17, 2012

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