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Explore the quaint town of Le Puy-en-Velay

The city of Le Puy-en-Velay was one of the most important pilgrimage place during the medieval time in Western Europe until the 19th century. The richness of its architecture testifies to a thousand-year-old historical past. With a preserved natural environment, Puy-en-Velay is an ideal place to discover a region shaped by volcanic activities. Take this Online Experience to witness the important sites of pilgrimage on the top of the hill, look at Renaissance mansions and sites that bear the mark of the French Revolution, and pay a visit to the awe-inspiring Le Puy Cathedral.

From Le Puy-en-Velay
Online Experience
1 Hour
France
Upto 8 people
English
Highlights
  • Real time tour showcasing the medieval and renaissance buildings of Le Puy-en-Velay

  • See the departure of Saint james path, the ancient royal street, Hôtel-Dieu and the Cathedral 
  • Highly interactive tour with your lively local guide
Description

The exceptional site of  Le Puy-en-Velay will amaze you in a thousand ways. The richness of its architecture testifies to a thousand-year-old historical past. With a preserved natural environment, Puy-en-Velay is an ideal place to discover a region shaped by volcanic activities; its volcanic landscapes is among the most astonishing, and its monuments among the most emblematic of France.

This Online walking tour will start from Place du Breuil, once large pastures that belonged to the Bishop of Le Puy. From there, we will head to the historic city centre, passing through the site of an ancient gate of the medieval fortified wall. Then we will go to the Town Hall, where dark events left an indelible mark in the history of the city, especially during the French Revolution. As we make our way to the official starting point of the Camino de Santiago, we will discover the most beautiful mansions that were built during the Renaissance. We will go through the market square and witness the sale of local produce like organic vegetables, farmhouse cheese, artisanal honey and even the famous green AOP du Puy lentils (now essential to the English court) at the well-known Farmers' Market. I will even introduce you to the famous Verveine du Velay, the work of lace makers.

Our next stop is Upper Town, which is historically the oldest part of town and was built by the 1st Gallo-Roman inhabitants. This district used to be reserved for the nobility who wanted to get closer to the religious power around the cathedral. We will end our visit in the footsteps of the Le Puy Cathedral, one of the most beautiful and original churches in France. There, we will also learn about the history of the Hôtel-Dieu, a centre of charity in the region since the 13th century.  

About this experience
Instructions
  • Please have a good internet connection and Zoom app installed on your phone or laptop
  • The instructions to join the meeting will be sent via email shortly after the booking
Know before you go
  • This tour involves travelling to various places, at times the internet connection may be weak. However, we will attempt to minimize such disruptions
  • You can book this tour for 75 EUR for a group of 5 or book as a private tour for 120 EUR and invite up to 10 friends and family to join this activity with you from all over the world
  • Since these are live tours, they may be subject to last minute cancellation due to inclement weather, Internet disruptions or other unforeseen circumstances.
Meet your Host
Aurelie Deladeuill

I studied History of Art and Architecture at Ecole du Louvre in Paris. Then in 2017, I moved to Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes to explore and understand the region. Since then, I am a tour guide in Le Puy-en-Velay, leading private groups, families and connoisseurs as well. 

I learned many facets of this peculiar city, from its history to its geography so that I am able to answer any of your queries. For example, did you know this town is located in a volcanic area which is also reflected in the architecture of the region.

Let me introduce you to the fascinating history and hidden treasures of Le Puy-en Velay, that I will be delighted to share with you.

From USD 92 / Group
Important Information
  • Fully refundable in case of any cancellation upto 2 days before the tour.