Family multi activity vacation in the French Alps

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01 Jul 2017
£ 575
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08 Jul 2017
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15 Jul 2017
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29 Jul 2017
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05 Aug 2017
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12 Aug 2017
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19 Aug 2017
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26 Aug 2017
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Small group family vacation

This is a 'small group family adventure' - typically you will join several other families and travel in a group of approx. 16 people. The trips are great value and a great way for you and your children to meet new people! While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of time to yourselves. Please check with the operator to confirm the minimum age for this trip

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Responsible tourism: Family multi activity vacation in the French Alps

Environment

Our booking process is paperless and our brochures are printed on 100% recycled FSC approved material, using renewable energy and vegetable oil based inks. Our printer, Severnprint Ltd, is one of the first British printers to achieve FSC certification and ISO14001 accreditation. We make conscious efforts to minimise waste when shopping by trying to choose products with less packaging. We recycle everything that can be recycled and encourage our guests to do the same, and compost everything that can be composted.

We purchase local produce where possible and we corroborate this with our local suppliers, as well as making an effort to source meat products that have not been inhumanely treated. We adapt our menus during the year to favour produce that is in season. We use environmentally-friendly cleaning products. Our vacations have a very strong focus on nature and the environment and we spend a lot of time in local nature reserve. Guests are made aware of the unique flora and fauna and we talk specifically about endangered species and reintroduction efforts. We focus our guests attention on local efforts to preserve flora and fauna and we like to think vacations significantly contribute to raising awareness of the mountain environment.

We advise our guests about local regulations and protected areas at each destination. We use telescopes to observe the wildlife, stick to marked paths in areas where wildlife is more sensitive and minimise operations during the main reproductive times, meaning minimal disturbances. We do everything we can to reduce carbon emissions from transport by encouraging guests to travel by train. We minimise our pick-ups by grouping people together. We also make a concerted effort to reduce transport during activity days by offering as many local walks as possible and with at least one 'transport-free day'.

Community

These vacations have a strong focus on the local culture. We discuss how people lived in the past, how the Alpine valleys got depopulated and we try to encourage discussion about and understanding of the local history. Our guests are given the opportunity to visit the most well preserved villages and hamlets in the area and a strong focus is put on the now almost extinct culture of transhumance in western Europe (a semi-nomadic lifestyle where people migrate seasonally between villages at the valley floors in winter and high-mountain pastures in summer). We visit local farms and transhumance hamlets and maintain personal relationships with the families still living in this way.

Since the start of 2011 in the French Alps, we have taken part in the Leonardo Da Vinci programme which is a European initiative aimed at placing students from all over Europe in relevant work experience outside of their own countries. This programme has allowed the students the chance to experience working in a hotel, to meet our guests and to see what it’s like living in such a beautiful, natural environment. Often, it’s the first time that the students have been to mountainous regions and that coupled with all of the fantastic outdoor activities that Samoens has to offer, provides the students with a fantastic opportunity – and one that will support their future careers.

Our guides are permanent residents of the local community. Where possible we employ local staff and make use of local services. We encourage our guests to visit the local markets and make use of local activity providers while on our vacations. A large proportion of the income derived from our vacations goes directly into the local community and we try to ensure that this is directed to small, local businesses.

Reviews of Family multi activity vacation in the French Alps

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


River-rafting.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


It's more a location for walkers than for young families. If you arrive alone with a child you may not find other children there for them to play with.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Perhaps.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Reviewed on 16 Aug 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


the most memorable part of our vacation was the lovely team on site who took care of our every whim, they were so friendly and approachable and did whatever they could to ensure our time with them was memorable. The most exciting was going white water rafting, it was great fun and excilirating all at the same time.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Just to go with an open mind, push yourself out of your comfort zone and try some activities you maybe haven't before.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


All the food cooked was locally sourced, we were asked to turn off lights, don't
leave things charging when not necessary, the bed linen and towels were only
cleaned once a week unless absolutely necessary...

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


10 out of 10...We had the best vacation we've ever had!

Reviewed on 01 Aug 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Beautiful location and views are heavenly!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


The upstairs bedrooms are the ones to book as these come with the wonderful views. Food is absolutely fabulous, vegetarian, children's and special diets catered for and plenty of it, definitely recommend being catered. Staff really friendly, laid back but helpful.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes lots of recommended local places to hire from, local market to purchase amazing local produce, locals employed by Chalets too.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


A really lovely family week in a beautiful unspoilt location, loads of outdoor activities to do for all the family but equally great to sit in the hot tub relaxing spending quality time with each other. One of the best family vacation weeks we've had.

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Beautiful area and lots of helpful information from the staff of the chalet.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Bring extra money. All that is included is the meals and lodging. All activities besides hiking cost extra and they are expensive.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, but did not feel that recycling was being done or local produce and other foods were being used.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Good.

Reviewed on 07 Nov 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


We will always remember how gracious our hosts were, the wonderful food, and the fun loving spirit of all the crew.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Go on the guided hikes. Sure you can read a map but you'll enjoy the trails more when accompanied by Bruno.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Maybe. Perhaps more effort could be put in to describing how the local community
benefits. I think a lot of the produce was locally grown. We loved canyoning but
were concerned about how our impact might affect stream quality. We assumed the adventure sports outfitters used were local folks but we don't know for sure.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Most excellent! I'd love to go back again perhaps in time to catch the spring
wildflowers!
Have sent a chaser email for response (09 dec 2011 - lj)

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