A guided walking holiday in the Southern French Alps staying in hotels and guest houses famous for their delicious food!
Location: Southern French Alps
Months available: April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
After a day out in the fresh alpine air, walking in the mountains admiring stunning views of the French Alps, there is nothing better than sitting down to a delicious dinner of freshly prepared local delicacies.
We have handpicked our favourite two accommodations for foodies in the Southern French Alps as your accommodation bases for this gourmet walking holiday. You can stay for the whole week in either one or split your trip up and experience both!
The walking opportunities in this area are second to none with a huge choice of walks for all levels and with a variety of landscapes including some classic walks like the Tour du Vieux Chaillol. Choose from easy walks and moderate treks through the rolling alpine foothills overlooking Provence to the south and with views of the high mountain glaciers to the north or challenge yourself with a hike into the heart of the high mountains of the Ecrins National Park, all in close proximity to your two accommodation bases.
Expect to see chamois, ibex, golden eagles, vultures, deer, wild boar and maybe even a wolf as well as thousands of beautiful alpine flowers including some rare orchids.
Your local guide will tailor your walking itinerary to suit your group so that you can make the most of the area and walk at your pace and your level before going back to your accommodation to enjoy an evening of good food and wine.
For our guided day walks most of our walks are circular routes so you get to see as much of the scenery as possible.
You also have three activity points to use on your free day with this holiday where you can take advantage of the multitude of other great activities available in the region. Wether you want to fly high over the Alps paragliding, plunge into cool alpine pools canyoning or stretch your walking legs with a bit of rock climbing, the choice is yours. You can even choose to use your points for a night in a refuge for an overnight walking adventure.
One of the bases is the Grange des Ecrins, a traditional stone farmhouse, completely renovated in a chic and modern style whilst retaining its original character. It is situated in the heart of the Champsaur valley on the edge of the Ecrins National Park which is famous for its fabulous walking opportunities.
The other base is the Val des Sources which is a very traditional alpine hotel situated deep in the Valgaudemar valley.
In contrast to the Champsaur valley the Valgaudemar valley is known locally as the little Himalayas. It is a 22km long valley with 3000m+ mountains towering above you on each side. The walking here is magnificent with high altitude lakes, glaciers and flowery alpine meadows to discover.
The nearest airports are Marseille, Lyon or Grenoble and the nearest TGV stations are Grenoble and Aix-en-Provence. The local train station is Gap.
We can arrange a transfer from any of these and can help you plan your journey here so that it is the most time efficient and best value for money possible!
Once you are here, your guide will be driving you to the starts of walks and any activities you choose for your free day so you don't need a car whilst you are here.