Guided walking vacations in the French Alps
Guided walking vacation in the Haute Savoie region of France, staying at same family-owned chalet throughout. Five full days of walking through mountainous magnificence.
Haut Giffre valley Views of Mont Blanc Massif Bout du Monde Valley Angolon ridge Hot tub Fully catered Lake swimming Alpine wildlife Guide
£860 excluding flights
Price includes all guiding, accommodation, meals (except one lunch and one evening meal) and local transport.
Additional cost for extra activities.
Additional cost for extra activities.
Description of Guided walking vacations in the French Alps
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Our top tip:
Bring binoculars with wildlife such as chamois, marmots and ibex, as well as the bevy of birdlife to be spotted.
Guided, small group vacation.
Moderate. 5-7 hours/day, with 2 hours of ascent to max. 900 m.
Family-run guesthouse with pool.
Accommodation, guide, transport, meals (except two lunches, 1 evening meal).
Solo travelers welcome, but you may be asked to share room with same sex traveler.
We cater for both vegetarians and vegans.
Our partners behind this vacation promote inclusivity on all their trips and across their business and we are all committed to ensuring travelers face no discrimination on any part of the trip they control.
12 Reviews of Guided walking vacations in the French Alps
4.5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 18 Jul 2018 by Alison SadlerProbably the best walking vacation I've ever had - spectacular scenery; the perfect combination of hard physical exercise and pampering that you know you've earned. Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Jul 2018 by Lesley HadfieldIf you are unsure whether this vacation is for you - just do it. The guided walks were a particular highlight. Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Aug 2017 by Denise HellierI do want to say that our stay in the chalet was absolutely 5 *****. We were cared for beautifully in a warm and friendly ambiance with delicious, generous and creative meals, including wine. There was plenty on offer at the chalet....tv, games, hot tub. Our guide, Bruno, was fantastic. Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Jul 2017 by Geoff WrightThe views from the walks was the highlight. Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Aug 2016 by Julie WhyteIn one word 'excellent'. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Jul 2015 by Jane BerrisfordThe fabulous scenery and super guide made this a truly memorable vacation. We were treated like royalty by the vacation company and would recommend this vacation to anyone. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Oct 2015 by Jane KeatesMost enjoyable: good and plentiful food, friendly and helpful staff, a very good and considerate guide... Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Aug 2015 by Cathy BuffiniAbsolutely fabulous. A really unique combination of healthy outdoor walking activity emersed in glorious nature and really high-level restaurant standard food and all-round excellent customer care. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Jul 2015 by Aida WarahLa bourgeoise, made me extremely happy. It was exactly what I had in mind and what I needed in this trip. I am very pleased. Overall very good. Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Aug 2013 by Karen SchonfelderExceptional - Sam and Steve did a great job in every aspect of the trip - from initial contact to our departure. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Oct 2012 by Catherine FishExcellent - it ticked all the boxes I knew I had and more. Can't wait to go again. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Jul 2012 by Lesley MunroThe highlights were probably spending 20 minutes or so watching 4 young marmots playing in the late afternoon sunshine on the Pas de Sales and the crystal clear views of Mont Blanc...Fabulous - physically challenging but mentally rejuvenating. Read full review
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PlanetOur booking process is paperless and we avoid printing wherever possible. We are a small family run business so do not have a typical head office. Additionally we travel to work together and walk when possible. We make conscious efforts to minimise waste when shopping by trying to choose products with less packaging. We make sure to recycle any appropriate waste from the Chalets. We collect all the recycling and then separate it into the communal bins when necessary, we encourage our guests to do the same. In our village it is possible to recycle a wide range of products including soft plastics. Additionally in the local supermarket there are points to recycle bulbs, batteries and printer cartridges. We do our best not to use single use plastics and avoid providing anything to our guests packaged with single use plastic. We try to lower our carbon emissions by transporting guests together, at the moment COVID-19 guideline permitting, meaning that there are fewer vehicles operating in the valley. We buy food locally and seasonally and promote this ethos to our guests.
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 and is grown locally. In order to reduce water we incorporate vegetarian and vegan meals into our menu. By not using meat in all our dishes, this is one of the most effective ways of reducing water consumption. We feel it is important to share with our guests the environmental benefits of reducing meat consumption. Additionally we promote water saving activities such as taking shorter, cooler showers. However we believe reducing the use of meat in our menus and explaining the environmental benefits behind this to our guests saves more water.
We suggest that guests visit our local national park, where through a payment for parking in the area, the local commune is able to implement projects to protect the environment. This recently included a large-scale project to clear an area of the river after a landslide. Additionally the money from visitors is used to maintain footpaths, preventing the local environment from being damaged with people walking in protected areas. We also suggest that guests use the mountain lifts, as these require a payment the money is then used in part to protect the local environment. The lift company has a wide range of projects to improve the local environment and a Green Globe certified.
PeopleWe provide all our guests with an information pack in advance of their arrival. We make sure that we have communicated any local rules or guidelines that will affect guests. This is particularly important following the pandemic.
As local residents ourselves we have been welcomed into the community. It is this experience that we want to give to our guests and encourage them to speak to and engage with all locals they come into contact with. This includes our local partners who we work closely with to provide the most authentic experience for our guests.
The local community relies on visitors. By encouraging our guests to engage with the local community and activities they are supporting the host community. By increasing visitors to the valley this boosts the local economy, which supports the local community.
As we are the destination supplier, we make sure that should our guest need a guide for their particular activity, a local guide is booked. 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 benefits small, local businesses.