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At a Glance

Your Holiday at a Glance

Self-Catering walking holiday
  • Alpine Discovery

  • Vanoise a la carte

  • Mid June to end of September
  • Large choice of chalets and appartments for different sized groups and different budgets in the traditional alpine village - Pralognan la Vanoise
  • A week long independent self catering Walking Holiday in the Vanoise region of France. A choice of walks and treks in this protected and unspoilt part of the French Alps. A number of other activities are also possible including mountain biking, via ferrata and ice skating
  • Maps and walking notes included in the holiday.
  • Large choice of exciting but accessible walking between amazing alpine peaks with pristine glaciers rising majestically above wild, remote valleys
  • The Vanoise National Park has a rich fauna and flora including the largest population of Alpine Ibex (bouquetin) in France 
  • A relatively quiet and unspoilt region of the French Alps
  • Stunning limestone peaks, sculpted by ice creating a landscape of amazing natural beauty.
  • Large choice of holiday rental properties in the traditional alpine village of Pralognan la Vanoise
  • A variety of other activities in the same mountain resort
What's included
  1. Self catering rental property for one week (excludes bed linen), walking maps and walking descriptions supplied to retain
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What's not included
  1. Travel to Beaujolais, insurance, food (except welcome meal), any extra costs - entrance fees, guided walking, other activities
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Locality & Walks

This independent walking holiday in the beautiful Vanoise National Park of the French Alps allows you to explore this unspoilt region at your own leisure. Our unique walking notes provide you with the choice of a number of day walks at different grades 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, the chosen base for our self-catering walking holidays. As well as being a pretty alpine village, unspoilt by modern development, it’s also in an amazing location surrounded by immense rock walls which glow pink in the evening sun.

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.

Discover more about the Vanoise by visiting our info page or view our slide-show

Walking profile

This holiday is ideal for those with some mountain walking experience, with at least one person in the party who is comfortable following maps and walking notes in mountainous areas. The choice of walks are designed to allow you to discover the best of the Vanoise National Park. Many start directly from Pralognan, whilst others start from further afield so that you can get to see more of the region. The walking grades vary from moderate to challeging. An average walk could include ascents and descents of 900m and include about 6 hours walking. If you are keen on wildlife, you may wish to consider the idea of staying in a mountain hut for one night in order to be able to get up early in the next morning to see the alpine Ibex. We have included hut details and suggested treks.

The paths are generally good although they are mountainous in nature and often exposed. Some paths include difficult passages which involve steep or rocky terrain. Our suggested walks will be graded so that you can choose to avoid walks that include such paths.

Our holidays start in mid June, although at this period you may come across snow on paths above about 2400m. There is always a risk of snow remaining in certain pockets, although snow on paths is less common from July to mid September. A couple of examples of walking circuits are described below.

Other activities

There are a large number of other activities available at Pralognan la Vanoise including:

Ice skating: There is an olympic size ice skating rink with public ice skating sessions, ice hockey matches etc

Mountain biking routes

Swimming pool with games and pool for children

Plus fishing, photography courses, tennis, curling, ....

You can hire Mountain guides for a day to go climbing, do a via ferrata or walk on a glacier!

destination Vanoise in French Alps of France

walking over lac vaches in vanoise, French Alps on independent walking holiday

aguille de la vanoise in national park, France in self catering walking holiday


Walking tour examples

We have outlined a couple of examples of the type of walks that are included in our notes.

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 can catch the cable car if you wish up to Mont Bocher (2023m) reducing your ascent by 600m. You then follow an ancient path that traverses the Vanoise formerly used down the centuries to transport salt. The trail then crosses the beautiful Lac Vache by a series of stepping stones 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. Your return walk passes beneath gleaming limestone cliffs decorated with amazing waterfalls before following a mountainous stream.

Petit Mont Blanc (2677m)

This walk leaves Pralognan on the opposite side of the valley to the walk described above and allows you to reach the summit of an alpine peak. The trail rises through rich alpine meadows before climbing onto the rounded summit of the Petit Mont Blanc, so called due to its white appearance due to the gypsum rocks that make up its summit. The views from the summit of the surrounding alpine peaks of the Vanoise are outstanding. The peak is a real geological lesson with curious sink-holes giving the impression of a lunar landscape.


vanilla orchid wildlife in vanoise national park, France on self catering rental holiday

walking to petit mont blanc in Vanoise, French Alps on independent walking holiday




Accommodation & Meals

Below you'll find a range of self catering rental properties of different sizes and styles, ranging from one bedroom appartments to five bedroom chalets. They are all within or in close proximity to the pretty alpine village of Pralognan: the gateway to the Vanoise National Park in the French Alps.

Follow the links to find out more about the self catering rental properties. Some of these rental properties are very popular so book early to avoid disappointment. Please contact us if you would like to check availability before booking.


Description Photo  

Chalet Le Doron

1 bedroom appartment on ground floor of small chalet with garage in calm area 1km from centre of Pralognan

  chalet le doron    

Les Alpages

Choice of 3 beautifully furnished appartments with 2 and 4 bedrooms in a residential building 800m from the village centre


  les alpage self catering appartments in Pralognan Vanoise France    

La Ferme

Choice of 2 lovely appartments with 2 and 3 bedrooms in a residential block near the centre of Pralognan but surrounded by open space and beautiful mountains

  la ferme self catering rental accommodation in Vanoise France    

Les Melezes

1 bedroom appartment with balcony in a recently built residency in the heart of Pralognan close to cable car and ski pistes.

  les melezes self catering accommodation in centre of pralognan in Alps France    

Parc Isertan

3 charming wooden chalets situated within the grounds of a camp site 500m from the centre of the village with great views fo the surrounding Vanoise mountains.

  wooden chalet self catering rental in French alps for walking or skiing holiday    


Choice of two self catering properies in this stand alone residential building 500m from the centre of Pralognan both with garages. A lovely two bedroom appartment and a spacious three bedroom duplex which can sleep 6

  self catering duplex in Pralognan Vanoise in French Alps for skiing and walking holidays    

Les Glieres

Tastefully finished two bedroom duplex appartment located in the village centre

  glieres self catering rental property in Pralognan in Vanoise French Alps for walking holiday and ski    

Le Petit Bouyic

Comfortable three bedroom chalet sleeping up to 8 in quiet and sunny location

  bouyic 3 bedroom ski chalet also walking in french alps    

Chalet La B'zeille

Large and tastefully furnished chalet with five bedrooms sleeping up to 12 in a quiet area of Pralognan

  bzeille self catering chalet in pralognan ideal for skiing holidays    

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Travel Options

Travel Options

This page provides some useful information and links about how to get to your self-catering rental accommodation in the Vanoise mountains in Savoie, France. Please contact us if you would like help in organising your travel arrangements. Information concerning the precise location of your holiday property will be sent to you following your booking.


Self Drive

Channel ferry crossings from Dover are provided by a number of operators including:

P&O Ferries 


Once in France, the journey from Calais to the Beaujolais area takes about 7 hours (excluding long breaks). Tolls amount to about 35 euros each way.


The nearest airports to your self catering property is Lyon Saint Exupery airport. A number of airlines fly from the UK to these airports, including Easyjet, BMI and British Airways.

All the main car hire firms are available at both airports including:

Car Rentals 




Eurostar and the TGV provide a relaxing journey from London St Pancras to Lyon Part dieu changing at Lille. Please use Rail Europe's train finder to organise your train journey.






Alpine peaks near pralognan in the Vanoise in French Alps on walking holiday
independent walking on trails in Vanoise national park in France
Independent self catering walking holiday in Vanoise, French Alps
Views over lac blanc in Vanoise, Savoie, France in Alps on walking tour
Dramatic alpine peaks in Vanoise region of Alps on independent walking holiday
Wildlife viewing on independent walk in Alps - Alpine ibex
walking along alpine valley near Praloognan in Vanoise on independent holiday
view of Mont Pourri in Vanoise in French Alps on walking holiday
self guided walking with view of Grande Casse from petit Mont Blanc in Vanoise region of French Alps

For more photos of our walking holidays in the Vanoise National Park, French Alps, please visit our slide-show