Tour du Vieux Chaillol - Guided

Tour du Vieux Chaillol - Guided

A fantastic week's guided walking holiday in the Ecrins National Park following the Tour du Vieux Chaillol route. 6 days of stunning alpine scenery, wildlife and flowers, and mountain refuges... an adventure not to be missed!

Location: The Champsaur and Valgaudemar Valleys, Southern French Alps

Holiday Price
Adult price: 999€ to 1005€

After a day out in the fresh alpine air, walking in the mountains admiring stunning scenery, 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 walk into the heart of the high mountains of the Ecrins National Park, all in close proximity to your two accommodation bases.

Where possible for our guided day walks we will choose circular walks so you see as much of the beautiful landscape as possible.

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 guided 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 for the evening to enjoy good food and wine! 

This is a video of one of our favourite walks up to the Pic du Gleize with views over the Devoluy and Champsaur valleys.

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.


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The nearest train station is Gap. Gap is on the SNCF train service which has links from Paris (overnight sleeper), Valence, Grenoble or Marseille.  

The nearest airports are Grenoble, Lyon and Marseille, both approximately 2.5hrs drive from us here in the Alps.

We can arrange local transfers from Gap train station to your accommodation for 50€ per transfer (up to 8 people per transfer).

If you want to drive to get here, please feel free to ask any question when you enquire - we have all the local knowledge to help you plan your journey! Check out our partner's hire car rates.

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