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Your Holiday at a Glance
|Guided walking holiday||
|Dates for 2020||
|Accommodation and Meals||
|What's not included||
Queyras: The best kept secret in the Alps
On this exciting guided walking holiday you’ll explore the spectacular and relatively undiscovered Queyras Regional Park. Its range of accessible mountain passes and summits linked by good trails makes this unspoilt region a paradise for walkers wishing to have a real high alpine experience. In addition, its location in the Southern Alps on the border with Italy means it enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year.
We have created a two-centre based holiday to make the most of our week and cherry pick the very best of the Queyras region. It also means that the walking experience is more intense experiencing all that the Queyras has to offer with its fabulous landscapes and panoramic views, its wonderful architecture such as the village of Saint Veran and its rich traditions and cultures. In addition, the walks will provide the flexibility for different challenges within the same day, with the chance to reach some mountain summits. A better idea of the range of landscapes experienced can be gained by looking at the photos from our 2010 guided walking holiday
The walks pass through a range of varied landscapes with mountain torrents snaking down deep gorges lined by lush forests. Above, alpine meadows merge with astonishing rocky deserts and mountain cliffs, capped by a succession of stunning mountain ridges and peaks. Its fauna and flora is exceptional with chamois, ibex, marmots, golden eagle and a vast array of rare wild flowers.
The region also has a rich architectural heritage which is encapsulated by the pretty alpine village of St Veran, at 2042m, the highest village in Europe.
The walks on this guided walking holiday are graded moderate/challenging. Average walking days are about 6 hours long and include height gains of between 300m and 800m. In addition three of the days include the possibility of ascending further to reach some easy alpine summits where you'll be rewarded by spectacular views. This flexibility allows a group of mixed abilities to make the most of the holiday. However, as most walks will take place above 2000m where the effects of altitude can be felt, and the climbs are sometimes steep, a moderate to good level of fitness is required. You should also be comfortable on mountainous paths.
The paths are mountainous and sometimes rocky in nature. They are occasionally exposed, but do not require any technical abilities.
Day 1: Arrival
Welcome in Lyon and transfer to first guest house in the Arvieux Valley. Evening meal in guest house.
Day 2: Col Néal and the meadows of Clapeyto (5 hrs, +650m)
Our week will start with a fairly gentle climb out of the upper end of the Arvieux Valley through flower-filled alpine pastures to the Col Néal with its numerous glacial lakes. From here, we have great views of the adjacent Ecrins mountain range. Our circuit then descends through the pretty hamlet of Clapeyto with its traditional chalets and summer meadows
Day 3: Lacs Mirroir and Ste Anne (6-7hrs, +800 - +1000m)
Today's walk will start by visiting the amazing waterfall - Cascade de la Pisse. After, we'll climb gently through forests to reach the first of the two lakes - Lac Mirroir. The lake is in a beautiful setting with stunning limestone peaks rising beyond the lush green pastures and larch trees surrounding the still waters. From here the route climbs steadily to the Lake Ste Anne whose turqouise blue waters are surrounded by the rocky slopes of the highest mountain in the Queyras, the Fonte Sancte. From here, there is the option of continuing up to a col or mountain pass for exceptional views accross the western Queyras. The descent is by a different route. Afterwards we'll stop at the village of Ceillac with its unique architecture.
Day 4: Chateau Queyras and Lac de Souliers (3-5 hrs, +300 - +700m)
Accommodation & Meals
Your accommodation will be in two very comfortable and charming small guest houses located close to the walking areas. They are located in two historic buildings and are run by welcoming and helpful hosts. They offer different but both delightful experiences. Meals will be taken in your guest house and will be delicious local specialities. A few examples are listed below. The guest houses or hotels will depend on availability and the size of your group.
|La Maison de Pierre la Cime||B&B||Lovely renovated farm dating from 1844, in the centre of a traditional hamlet in the same parish as the highest village in Europe||3 Corns|
|Ferme d'Izoard||Hotel||Great 3 star hotel situated at 1700m in the dramatic Izoard Valley.Quality food and lovely setting.||3 Stars|
Transfers between Lyon Airport or Lyon train station and the Queyras region of France are included in the price of your guided walking holiday. Please note that the transfer is a 4 hours long drive. Please contact us to find out if a particular arrival time is practical.
Transfers from Lyon airport
The airlines Easy jet, BMI and British Airways have scheduled flights from the UK - Manchester, Stanstead and Heathrow to Lyon St Exupery airport.
Please visit our travel shop for links to useful sites for reserving airport parking or booking train tickets to the UK airports
Note: Please check concerning the availability of a holiday before booking any flights. If you need further information or would like to discuss any aspect of your travel arrangements, please contact us, we’re here to help you. We would be happy to book travel arrangements to Lyon, France on your behalf.
Once in France, the journey from Calais to the Lyon area takes about 7-8 hours (excluding long breaks). Tolls amount to about 30 euros each way. Controlled parking is available at the airport for 50 euros. Channel crossings are provided by the following companies.
Also take a look at our slideshow of the Queyras region