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Your Holiday at a Glance

Guided walking holiday
  • Snow Shoeing in the Queyras

Dates for 2018/19
  • Possible start dates on the following Sundays: 16 Dec 2018, 6 Jan 2019, 13 Jan, 20 Jan, 27 Jan, 3 Feb, 3 March, 10 March, 17 March, 24 March
  • £1150/€1210 per person based on group of 8 (2 sharing a room)
  • £1250/€1310 per person based on group of 4 to 6 (2 sharing a room)
  • walking grade moderate walks or challenging walking in the Mercantour France
  • 5 days snow shoeing staying in one 3 star hotel. Moderate & challenging options.

  • An unspoilt, rugged Alpine region with breath-taking scenery, dramatic walking & a great variety of landscapes.
  • Great alpine hospitality & food staying in a wonderful 3 star hotel with spa and heated pool.
  • Accessible summits and sunny climate make it an ideal alpine destination for novices & experienced alike.
  • Plenty of historic and cultural interest with remarkable & varied architecture.
  • Rich alpine fauna.
Accommodation and Meals
  • Centre based holiday staying in 3 star hotel with heated pool and sauna. Full board accommodation providing great food
What's included
  1. 6 nights' full board accommodation.
  2. Transfer from local train station before & after holiday, transport during the week.
  3. 5 guided walks, provision of snow shoes, poles & security equipment.
What's not included
  1. Travel to local train station, drinks with meals, visits, travel insurance.


Queyras: Snow Shoeing

Discover the French Alps under its winter blanket of snow. Based in a wonderful 3-star hotel in Arvieux, our snow shoeing holiday will allow you to discover the most beautiful landscapes of the Queyras, as well as discovering a region full of unique traditions and architecture. Each day your guide will take you to a different valley in the Queyras Regional Park to discover the best this spectacular and relatively undiscovered Queyras Region has to offer. The Queyras is a landscape that offers far ranging panoramic views which are bathed in sunshine for 300 days a year.

This holiday is available as a moderate or challenging holiday. The moderate holiday is ideal for those groups looking to discover snow shoeing for the first time as well as experienced walkers looking for an easy week. The more challenging holiday is ideal for those groups experienced in snow shoeing who are looking for a holiday where the walks access wonderful mountain summits.

Discover more about the Queyras and its sunny climate

The Walks

Moderate & challenging options. Moderate: Average walking days are about 4 hours 30 and include ascents of 450m. Challenging: Average walking days are about 6 hours and 950m of ascent. Moderate walks are ideal for novices and challenging walks for people with some snow shoeing experience. Many of the walks on both holidays take place above 2000m where the effects of altitude can be felt, and so a moderate to good level of fitness is recommended. We provide you with snow shoes, walking poles and avalanche transceivers.


Day 1: Arrival

Welcome at Montdauphin-Guillestre train station and transfer to your 3 star hotel in Arvieux

Day 2: Moderate holiday - Balcony path around St Veran

A gentle start to get used to your snow shoes. A wonderful balcony path between 2 pretty hamlets to discover not only Saint Veran, classed as one of the prettiest villages in France, but also views of the Queyras summits. 4hrs, +/-300m

Day 2: Challenging holiday - Pointe des Vallonnets (2450m)

This panoramic ridge at almost 2500m is little known outside of the Queyras but offers great views of the Queyras valleys and its hamlets. 5hrs 30, +/-800m

Day 3: Moderate holiday - La Monta to la Medille

An easy start before we enter a nature reserve to look for chamois and ibex with superb views of the mighty Mont Viso. 4hrs, +/-400m

Day 3: Challenging holiday - Pic du Chalvet (2475m)

A pretty and direct itinerary through forest and clearings in a wild valley bringing you to a summit at almost 2500m with great views of Mont Viso. 6hrs, +/-950m

Day 4: Moderate holiday - Le Raux - la Croix de Curlet (2301m)

From le Raux we’ll follow the torrent Aigue Blanche through larch forest to reach the summit of la Croix de Curlet. A walk along a ridge provides great panoramic views over Saint Veran and surrounding summits. Guided visit of Saint Veran. 4hrs 30, +/-480m

Day 4: Challenging holiday - Pic de la Gardiole (2786m)

Today we’ll climb to almost 2800m, where the view from the summit takes in the whole Queyras range. Superb descent. 6hrs +1050m, -900m

Day 5: Moderate holiday - Arvieux and Chalets de Clapeyto

Not far from your hotel you’ll climb under immense cliffs through small plateaux and valleys to reach the traditional alpine chalets of Clapeyto, a picture postcard scene. 5hrs, +/-500m

Day 5: Challenging holiday - Pic du Fond de Peynin (2910m)

This walk is first and foremost a classic among mountain skiers but less well know for snow shoes. Its central location provides exceptional views over the park. 6hrs +/-900m

Day 6: Moderate holiday - la Rua - Bucher summit

Climb to reach the Bucher summit at 2254m with 360 degree views across the Queyras mountains. A great final day. 4hrs 30 +/-500m.

Day 6: Challenging holiday - Pic Traversier (2882m)

A superb high mountain feel on this walk which leads to a summit with unique views of the Alpine chain. 6hrs, +/-950m

Day: 7 Departure

Transfer to train station after breakfast

Contact us about this guided walking holiday

Once you have booked on this guided walking holiday in France, further information about the walking, the Queyras region and what to bring, will be sent to you. We do have a web page dedicated to what clothes and equipment you should bring. In addition, our travel shop has direct access to all the top walking and travel retailers. Please contact us if you need any further information.

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Accommodation & Meals

You will be staying at Ferme de l'Izoard, a very comfortable and charming 3 star hotel at 1700m in the Arvieux Valley. Run by welcoming and helpful hosts Vanessa and Jean Michel, your hotel serves great food. After your walk you can relax in one of their two lounges or in the heated swimming pool or spa room.

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Ferme d'Izoard Hotel Very comfortable & charming 3 star hotel at 1700m in the Arvieux Valley. 3 Star ferme Izoard hotel arvieux valley
Travel Options

Travel Options

Transfer from Mont Dauphin - Guillestre station included in holiday price.

Flight Options

Flights from the UK to Lyon St Exupery, then bus (Satobus) or tram to Lyon Part Dieu. Train detailed below. Possible to fly to Marseille and take train from Marseille St Charles.

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.

By Train

Eurostar and the TGV from London to Lyon Part Dieu or Valence TGV, via Lille or Paris. From there you’ll need to take local train services to the Mont Dauphin - Guillestre station, changing at Grenoble &/or Gap.

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By Car

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.






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Also take a look at our slideshow of the Queyras region