French Alps - Independent Walking Holidays

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Tour of Queyras - An Alpine secret

moderate challenging grade Cantal France independent walking holiday+

8 nights - £890/€960 - 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.

queyras mountain alpine trekking holiday

 

Grand Tour of Ubaye: Hidden Alps

grade challenging alpine trekking holiday

6, 8 or 9 nights, from £645/€695 - 6, 8 or 9 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. The tour can varied between 6 and 9 walking days.

ubaye alpine trek

 

Marvels of Mercantour

moderate challenging grade Cantal France independent walking holiday

5/6 nights - From £645/€695 - 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.

independent walking holiday Mercantour France in French ALps

 

Les Ecrins: Panoramic Alpine Trail

moderate challenging grade Cantal France independent walking holiday

5 nights (extra night possible) - From £605/€655, 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.

vercors alps alpine walking holiday France

 

Panoramic Vercors

grade challenging alpine trekking holiday

6 or 8 nights - From £825/€890 - 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.

vercors alps alpine walking holiday France

 

Tour of Mont Aiguille

moderate challenging grade Cantal France independent walking holiday

5 nights - £675/€730, 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.

cliffs of mont aiguille france

 

Queyras - Best Kept Secret in the Alps

moderate challenging grade Cantal France independent walking holiday

7 nights - From £760/€820 - 6 days centre-based walking holiday

This centre-based self-guided walking holiday explores the Queyras, 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. You'll need your own transport for this independent walking holiday which cherry-picks the best one day walking circuits in the region.

quyras walking holiday

Trekking Tour of the Vanoise

grade challenging alpine trekking holiday

7 nights - £615/€665, 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.

Alpine mountains in French Alps on self guided trekking holiday

Alpine Adventure Part 1: Lake Geneva - Chamonix

moderate challenging grade Cantal France independent walking holiday

6 nights - from £540/€585 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.

Alpine mountains self guided alpine traverse GR5

Alpine Adventure Part 2: Chamonix - Briancon

moderate challenging grade Cantal France independent walking holiday+

7 nights - from £685/€740 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.

Alpine mountains self guided alpine traverse GR5

Alpine Adventure Parts 3 & 4: Briancon - Nice

grade challenging alpine trekking holiday

11 nights - from £945/€1020 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.

Alpine mountain walking self guided alpine traverse GR5

Alps to Med Trail

moderate challenging grade Cantal France independent walking holiday

7 Nights - £720/€775 - 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.

saorge independent walking from Mercantour alps to mediterranean coast

 

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