Alps - Independent Walking Holidays

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Tour of Queyras - An Alpine secret

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8 nights - £960/€1055 - 7 days trekking between guest houses

Dramatic alpine walking in an unspoilt, rugged region of the French Alps with breathtaking scenery. A sunny climate and good paths makes this an ideal alpine destination for the fit novice and experienced alpine walker alike. Luggage transported between guest houses. Rich alpine flora and fauna in this relatively undiscovered part of the French Alps.

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Queyras - Best Kept Secret in the Alps

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7 nights - From £820/€900 - 6 days centre-based walking holiday staying in 2 or 3 locations

This centre-based independent walking holiday explores the Queyras, an unspoilt, rugged region of the French Alps with breathtaking scenery. A sunny climate, good paths and lots of easily accessible alpine summits makes this an ideal mountain walking destination.

Queyras

Grand Tour of Ubaye: 3 Regions Tour

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8 nights - £890/€975 - 8 days walking between gites and refuges

The Grand Tour of the Ubaye is a circular walking trail through a hidden corner of the French Alps. This off the beaten track alpine trek takes you through some magnificent landscapes with beautiful alpine summits, serene mountain lakes and traditional alpine hamlets.

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Tour of Ubaye: Hidden Alps

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6 nights - £605/€665 - 6 days walking between gites and refuges

Discover our wonderful tour of the Ubaye, a 6-day circular walking trail through a hidden and unspoilt corner of the French Alps with a small excursion into Italy. Starting in the Queyras, this off the beaten track itinerary will take you through some magnificent landscapes with beautiful alpine summits, serene mountain lakes and remote and traditional alpine hamlets including Maljessat in France and Chiaperra in Italy.

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Marvels of Mercantour

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5/6 nights - From £595/€660 - 5 days centre-based walking

Discover the Mercantour National Park in southern France and the superb landscapes of the "Vallée des Merveilles" whilst staying in three star accommodation in a wonderful setting. Five great walks on this independent walking holiday to discover the best of this wild corner of France in the southern Alps.

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Les Ecrins: Panoramic Alpine Trail

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5 nights (extra night possible) - From £645/€705, 5 days walking between guest houses

Starting at Besse en Oisans, your spectacular traverse will follow one of the best sections of the Tour of the Ecrins. You’ll discover stunning panoramic views of glacier-clad mountains such as the Meije and the Barre des Ecrins. Your trail takes you past high alpine lakes, through stunning valleys and along beautiful balcony paths.

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Panoramic Vercors

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6 or 8 nights - From £845/€930 - 5 or 7 days walking between guest houses

The Vercors is a magical place where gleaming rock faces meet wild and desolate plateaux. The main summits are to be found on a ridge running along its eastern edge, the centre piece being Mont Aiguille, an awesome rock tower cast off from the main cliffs. Your traverse will follow this edge from above and below in the most scenic part of the Vercors with amazing panoramic views of the alpine chain.

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Tour of Mont Aiguille

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5 nights - £680/€745, 4 days walking - mix of day walks and walking between guest houses

This self guided walking holiday in the Vercors takes a short tour around the mythical mountain called Mont Aiguille, which provides some of the most cherished views in the Alps. This rock tower is central to a beautiful area in the French Alps made up of deep gorges and canyons, gigantic cliffs several hundred metres high and rocky plateaux. You'll also have the chance to summit the highest peak in the Vercors - Grand Veymont at 2341m.

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Trekking Tour of the Vanoise

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7 nights - £610/€670, 6 days trekking with back-pack staying in mountain huts

The tour of the Vanoise is a circular alpine trek which allows you to be at close quarters with elegant high mountain peaks and stunning alpine glaciers. Designated a National Park, the Vanoise offers an ideal natural, unspoilt wilderness for walking and trekking holidays where souring alpine peaks with pristine glaciers rise majestically above wild, remote valleys.

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Alpine Adventure Part 1: Lake Geneva - Chamonix

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6 nights - from £570/€625 per person, 6 days self-guided walking between gites

This is the first stage of a mythical walk which follows the GR 5 long-distance trail from the shores of Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean coast at Nice, following the entire length of the French Alps. Your trail crosses the alpine meadows of the Abondance Valley before meandering along the foot hills of the Chablais mountains heading towards the ever-present profile of Mont Blanc.

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Alpine Adventure Part 2: Chamonix - Briancon

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7 nights - from £690/€760 per person, 7 days self-guided walking between hotels and gites

This is the second stage of a mythical walk which follows the GR 5 long-distance trail from the shores of Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean coast at Nice, following the entire length of the French Alps. You'll start your walking holiday in Chamonix and after passing by the foot of the immense Mont Blanc glaciers you’ll head through the alpine meadows of Beaufortain, before discovering the beautiful summits and glaciers of the Vanoise National Park.

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Alpine Adventure Parts 3 & 4: Briancon - Nice

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11 nights - from £945/€1040 per person, 11 days self-guided walking between hotels and gites

This is the final stage of a mythical walk which follows the GR 5 long-distance trail from the shores of Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean coast at Nice, following the entire length of the French Alps. From Briancon you’ll first traverse the beautiful Queyras regional park before moving onto the secret Alps of the Ubaye Valley. From there its onto the majestic and wild Mercantour National Park, with great wildlife before discovering the wonderful perched villages of the Provence in the Maritime Alps.

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Alpine Adventure: Alternative Part 4: Roya to Menton

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9 nights - from £780/€855 per person, 9 days self-guided walking between hotels and gites

This is an alternative final leg of our Alpine Adventure following the entire length of the French Alps. This walking holiday takes a longer trail via the GR52 (rather than the GR5) going via the heart of the Mercantour National Park before finishing in Menton. Discover beautiful lakes surrounded by rocky summits & the famous Vallee des Merveilles.

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Travels through Alpine Provence: Part 1 Baronnies Regional Park

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7 nights - £830/€910, first part of a long distance walking holiday across Alpine Provence in France

This independent walking holiday is the first leg of a unique long distance trail which takes you through Alpine Provence from Nyons near the Rhone Valley to Grasse in the foothills of Cannes in southern France. Walk in some wonderful mountain scenery where the Alps meet Provence. The first part of this trek crosses the beautiful Baronnies Regional Park, rich in culture and wildlife.

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Travels through Alpine Provence: Part 2 Haute Provence Geological Park

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6 nights - £650/€715, second leg of a long distance walking trail across southern France

This independent walking holiday in France is the second part of a unique long distance trek which travels all the way through Alpine Provence. Walk in some wonderful mountain scenery in the Haute Provence Geological Reserve where the Alps meet Provence, discovering great panoramic summits rich in wildflife.

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Alps to Med Trail

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7 Nights - £815/€895 - 6 days independent walking between guest houses

Varied walking through a changing landscape from the Mercantour National Park in the French Alps to the Mediterranean coast through beautiful perched alpine villages, with a rich historic and cultural heritage.

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Trekking Tour of Mont Viso, Italy

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INDEPENDENT TREKKING TOUR - 7 Nights - £475/€520 - 7 days independent walking between mountain huts

On this self-guided trekking holiday in the French and Italian Alps you’ll explore the spectacular and wild mountain scenery around Mont Viso, an imposing and relatively isolated peak rising to 3841m in the Piedmont, Italy. This hut-to-hut trek is ideal for those who like high altitude, wild mountain landscapes, in a quiet and beautiful region of the Italian Alps.

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