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Vanoise National Park
This tailor-made guided walking holiday in the beautiful Vanoise National Park of the French Alps is a real alpine week with a series of moderate and slightly more challenging walks allowing you to be at close quarters with elegant high mountain peaks and stunning alpine glaciers. Less frequented than the Mont Blanc range, this stunning alpine region in the Savoie known as the Vanoise offers a quieter but no less spectacular alternative. Designated a National Park, the Vanoise offers an ideal natural, unspoilt wilderness for walking holidays where souring alpine peaks with pristine glaciers rise majestically above wild, remote valleys.
The Vanoise National Park is home to a great many alpine peaks over 3400m including a few that rise above the Vanoise glacier, the largest glacial plateau in western Europe. A variety of guided walks will allow us to flirt with some outstanding mountain scenery, including the sheer Aguille de Vanoise, the Grande Casse, and Mont Pourri. The highest point of this part of the Alps is the resplendent Grande Casse which sits at the head of the valley from Pralognan, which is surrounded by immense rock walls which glow pink in the evening sun. Further along the mountain side sits Champagny, which like Pralognan is a traditional alpine village, unspoilt by modern development.
Don’t forget your binoculars, as there are a host of protected species including the famous alpine bouquetin (ibex), chamoix, bearded vulture and the golden eagle. Among the nationally protected plants in the Vanoise National Park are about ten species of androsace, the Alpine aquilegia, different sedges, Alpine Bells, Queen of the Alps, various mountain primroses and the last French stronghold of the twinflower. More information on the wildlife in the Vanoise mountains.
Our walks on this tailor-made guided walking holiday will be one day circuits, exploring different parts of the Vanoise National Park. The holiday is ideal for those with some mountain walking experience, and would suit both those looking for a first alpine holiday, as well as those more experienced.
The overall walking holiday grade is moderate/challenging. The average height gain is about 800m and you’ll be walking 5-7 hours a day. The days are designed to alternate between easier and more testing walks. A couple of the walks are more challenging in terms of length and height gain. The paths are generally good although they are mountainous in nature and often exposed. You should have a good level of fitness. In late August you are unlikely to encounter much snow
Day 1: Arrival,
Welcome, pick-up from Lyon and drive to Vanoise
Day 2: Tour of the Aiguille de la Vanoise
This is an ideal warm-up to the week and a great introduction to the Vanoise region. You’ll catch the cable car up to the Mont Bocher (2023m) before trekking around the base of the stunning rock spire Aiguille de la Vanoise sculpted and polished by ice. At the Col de la Vanoise (2517m), you’ll come face to face with the Grande Casse, a true giant of the French Alps, with its gleaming tongue of ice lapping at the crystal lake at its base. Our return walk passes beneath gleaming limestone cliffs decorated with amazing waterfalls. 6hrs, +600m
Day 3: Petit Mont Blanc (2677m)
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Accommodation & Meals
On this tailor-made guided walking holiday, you’ll be staying in a small high quality hotel in Pralognan in the western Vanoise in the French Alps. They are traditional alpine style hostelries providing a warm welcome and serving great local specialities. They will either be small independent hotels or chambres d'hôtes ideally placed for our weeks walking.
|Hotel Epicea Lodge||Hotel||Small hotel built from stone and wood providing chalet style accommodation in a quiet location on the outskirts of Pralognan. Swimming pool.||3 stars|
|Hotel Glieres||Hotel||Chalet style accommodation in a small hotel close to the small village of Champagny. Jean-François and Béatrice will be happy to serve you local delicacies whilst you soak up the sun gazing at the alpine peaks on their south facing terrace.||2 stars|
|Hotel Edelweiss||Hotel||Authentic Savoyard welcome in this family run hotel with lots of character in the heart of the pretty village of Pralognan en Vanoise.||2 stars|
Transfers between Lyon Airport or train station and the Vanoise in the Savoie are included in the price of your guided alpine walking holiday. The airlines Easy jet, BMI and British Airways have scheduled flights from the UK to these airports.
Please visit our travel shop for links to useful sites for reserving airport parking or booking train tickets
Note: Please check concerning the availability of a holiday before booking any flights. In addition, please contact us before booking to ensure that your chosen flight time is practical for the holiday. 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.
Eurostar and the TGV provide a relaxing journey from London to Lyon Part Dieu changing at Lille. Please use Rail Europe's train finder in our travel store to organise your train journey.
Please contact us before booking to check for practical times.
Channel ferry crossings from Dover are provided by a number of operators including P&O Ferries, Eurotunnel and DFDS Seaways.
Once in France, the journey from Calais to Lyon takes about 7 hours (excluding long breaks). Tolls amount to about 40 euros each way. Transfers from the Lyon area to the Vanoise are included in the price of your walking holiday. Please contact us if you would like some more information about options for parking.