- At a glance
- Locality & Walks
- Accommodation & Meals
- Travel options
Your Holiday at a Glance
|Independent Walking Holiday||
|Dates for 2020||
|Price (for 1 night (day 4) in hotel instead of refuge)||
|Price (excluding transfers to and from station)||
|Accommodation and Meals||
|What's not included||
Locality & Walks
On this independent walking holiday in the French Alps you’ll explore the spectacular and relatively undiscovered Queyras Regional Park. Its range of accessible mountain passes and summits linked by good trails make 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.
The walking trails pass through a range of varied landscapes; 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 independent trekking holiday are at the upper end of the moderate/challenging grade due to the general length and height gain of the walks throughout the week. Average days are about 6 hours long and include height gains of between 800m and 1000m. In addition, most walks will take place between 2000m and 3000m where the effects of altitude can be felt. A good level of fitness is required, and you should be comfortable on mountainous paths. Walking experience in the mountains is advisable. You should be able to navigate in case of poor weather.
The paths are mountainous in nature and sometimes exposed, but they do not require any technical abilities. Early in the season, ie in June you could experience snow at some of the higher alpine passes and summits.
Day 1: Arrival
Welcome in Guillestre and transfer to first guest house. Evening meal in guest house.
Day 2: Molines-en-Queyras - Ceillac (6 hrs, upto +800m)
A great walk to start the week. You'll climb gently through forests to reach the Col Fromage (2301m). From here you have the option of continuing on to the summit of the Crete de Chabrette (2582m) for some stunning views of the glaciated peaks of the Fonte Sancte range, or descend directly to the village of Ceillac in its deep valley setting.
Day 3: Ceillac - St Veran (5 hrs, +1050m)
Accommodation & Meals
Your accommodation is a mixture of small family run hotels, B&B's, auberges and a mountain refuge, chosen for their warm and generous welcome. The comfort varies according to the style, from very comfortable guest houses and 2 star hotels to very basic in the refuge. All of the guest houses have private rooms for 2. The mountain refuge has small dormitory style rooms and is much more basic. However there is a convivial atmosphere and the surroundings are magical. (Option available to stay at a hotel instead of the mountain refuge). All offer authentic accommodation where you'll receive a warm welcome. A few examples are listed below. Your exact accommodation will depend on availability at the time of booking.
Evening Meals will be taken in your guest house and will be local specialities. Your lunches are not included in the price. You can buy your lunches before your day's walk in the villages. Alternatively a picnic lunch can be bought from your hosts. In this case you'll need to reserve them on your arrival.
|Ferme d'Izoard||B&B||Great 3 star hotel situated at 1700m in the dramatic Izoard Valley.Quality food and lovely setting.||3 Stars|
|Yak Avenir||B&B||A small guest house in the villages of Aiguilles with warm welcome and good home cooked cuisine|
|La Baita du Loup||Hotel||Very warm welcome in this hotel in a traditional building converted from a sheep farm|
|Refuge Agnel||Refuge||High mountain refuge with basic accommodation. Great setting and convivial atmosphere|
Transfers between Mont Dauphin - Guillestre train station and the first and last guest houses is included in the holiday.
Eurostar and the TGV provide a relaxing journey from London to Lyon Part Dieu via Lille or direct. From Lyon you'll need to take local train services to the Mont Dauphin - Guillestre station, changing at Grenoble. Some trains go direct to Guillestre from Grenoble, whilst others require a further change. The section between Grenoble and Guillestre takes a minimum of 3hrs. Recommended times if travelling all in one day: Leaving London at 9am arriving in Lyon 3pm. Leaving Lyon at 4pm and arriving at Mont Dauphin at 9pm (times approx). You can also take trains from Lyon to Valence and change at Valence going via Gap.
By Air and rail
Flights from the UK to Lyon St Exupery, then bus (Satobus) or tram to Lyon Part Dieu. Train then as detailed above.
Possibility to fly into other airports such as Marseille and then take the train from Marseille St Charles.
Please contact us for assistance in organising your travel arrangements
Once in France, the journey from Calais to the Queyras takes about 12 hours (excluding long breaks). Tolls amount to about 40 euros each way. Channel crossings are provided by the following companies.
Parking available at first guest house. Taxi service to take you back to your car at the end of the week
Also take a look at our slideshow of the queyras