Family adventure holiday to France

“7 day family adventure holiday in the French Alps, staying in a luxury ecolodge with very organic ethos, in the oldest sense of the word. Pure food, pure air, pure fun. ”

Highlights

Samoens | Morning yoga sessions | Wild swimming | High ropes course | Rock Climbing | Guided 2 day hike with overnight in mountain refuge | White water rafting

Description of Family adventure holiday to France

This family adventure holiday in France is about going back to basics, ditching technology and reconnecting with nature, ourselves and our children. Our base is a luxury eco chalet with a gorgeous swimming pool. It sleeps a maximum of 16 people. All the rooms are ensuite and there is usually enough space for children to have their own rooms, if not we will let you know in advance. The holiday is fully catered with delicious and mostly organic chef prepared vegan or vegetarian meals (meat eaters usually forget this by day 2 as the food is very good!). Our holidays are very communal and within just a day or two, families become like one big unit, often keeping in touch for years and coming back again and again!

Single parent and single child families and grandparents are very welcome. This holiday is ideal for children between 4 and 14 years old, although we often have younger and older siblings here, too. The children are given lots of freedom and the space to be themselves. iPods are replaced by raw and creative play, wild swimming, splashing in waterfalls and unlimited nature!

The eco chalet is in Samoens, one hour from Geneva. It’s an Alpine heritage village, right next to a vast nature reserve and one of the most beautiful regions in France. The spacious eco chalet has a large pool and extensive flat garden perfect for active children! It is walking distance from the two villages, lakes and parks of Morillon and Samoens.

Depending on the ages and interests of everybody staying, we tailor the week to suit the group. Each week always includes four fully organised activity days that are lots of fun! These days are packed with adventures such as hiking to a lake with a high ropes course in the trees and trampolining, white water rafting, guided rock climbing, a hike and swim under waterfalls in an area designated a ‘Wonder of France', and a two-day trek sleeping overnight in a refuge.

There is also an optional yoga class offered each morning before breakfast for an hour. The children are welcome to join in, and surprisingly they often commit for the whole week! This holiday is hosted by the person who founded the original eco-yoga adventure company in the Alps in 2008. She is a Mum, documentary filmmaker and ex-outward bound instructor. She is also a qualified yoga teacher and practitioner of 28 years.

All of our trips are accessible by train and car from the UK. The first 8 guests are offered free local travel in our mini van. Many people like to have their own car here for independence. If you have to fly, the closest airport is Geneva where you can hire a car for around £180 per week.

Our trips tend to sell out quickly with many repeat bookings, so do get in touch. We will try to recommend the best week for your family with children with compatible ages and interests. We look forward to meeting you and your family!

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25 Jul 2020
£998
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Our top tip:
Replace Wi-fi with Wi-LD and leave all electronics at home. This is the perfect place to have digital detox.
Trip type:
Tailor made for your family, but group activities too. Min. age 4.
Activity level:
Flexible to family needs.
Accomm:
Restored farmhouse, now a 5* eco lodge.
Included:
Accommodation, all breakfasts, 5 dinners with wine, 4 picnic lunches, yoga classes. Note: many activities are extra.
Solos:
Single parents very welcome.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Family adventure holiday to France

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

We source local food.
Our summer trip is vegan or vegetarian (your choice).
Our winter trip we suggest families try going vegetarian for the week.

We only run trips in places with train access from the UK to reduce emissions. In summer we offer free local travel in our mini bus to the first 8 guests who come by train. In the winter we offer free local travel passes to everyone. We are also encouraging our winter guests to try activities that do not involve any carbon emissions such as ski de font and ski touring.

Our office only uses green energy.

We recycle in the office and on all of our trips. We encourage all of our local suppliers to be as eco as possible.

Environment

The principles of our organization are founded on sustainability, personal growth and community. Our holidays seems to magnetically draw like minded people with an interest in these things so there is always a friendly and supportive eco-friendly atmosphere here.

Our partner's Tree Sisters plant trees to cover all of our and our guests carbon footprint and more. We donate up to £1500p.a. to charities and individuals supporting positive global change.

We ensure all of our trips are accessible by train and car from the UK.

On our hikes, we collect any rubbish we see, and we teach 'no impact' travel in the outdoors. We encourage kids to take responsibility, in a fun way, for themselves, for the people around them and for nature.

Our summer food is largely organic, local and wholly vegan or vegetarian but most meat eaters forget this after a few days! We promote healthy eating. We also ask everyone to bring their own refillable water bottles.

We ask our guests to be aware of their electricity and hot water consumption when they are with us.

We recycle and compost. We encourage families to take the train offering free local transport for up to 8 people in the summer and free local travel in the winter Most families self drive and car pool where possible.

Community

We lived in Samoens, The Alps for many years and know the way of life and language of the local people. On this trip we sometimes bring the children to an authentic Savoyard subsistence farm to collect raw milk and meet the farmer and some of the cows!

One night we always encourage our guests to experience the local restaurants and cuisine and we suggest the more subsistence and authentic farm restaurants who are maintaining the local culture and traditions to spread the tourism income to those most in need. We also spend the night in a catered refuge, do the ropes course, white water raft and use local guides and companies when possible.

17 Reviews of Family adventure holiday to France

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Reviewed on 28 Aug 2019 by

Overnight hike to refuge was lovely. Also loved the white water rafting - I've done that a few times and this was excellent. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Aug 2019 by

Very good indeed. Well run and relaxing. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Sep 2018 by

The hike to the mountain refuge was an extraordinary experience. It was quite a challenging walk, but absolutely worth it. Along the route we were treated to stunning views and a river to swim in. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2018 by

Special highlights for us included secret local lakes to swim in and hiking/sleeping in the refuge. This holiday allowed us to each find our own source for life again and we have such treasured memories that will last as long as our lives. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2018 by

This holiday met our family’s needs on so many levels. We all agree it has been our most successful and memorable holiday to date. Excellent! Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2018 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was... meeting new and interesting people. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Sep 2018 by

This was our first visit to the French Alps and we were blown away by the beautiful scenery. We thoroughly enjoyed this holiday and made new friends. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Sep 2017 by

Blimey there were loads! As side from the white water rafting, hike to a mountain top refuge, swimming in lakes, communal living with lovely like minded families, morning yoga with the most fantastic instructor and beautiful vegetarian & vegan food... Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Aug 2017 by

The most exciting part was the fact that every day was action packed with new adventures. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2017 by

Beautiful chalet in stunning surroundings and a good mixture of activities. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2017 by

Hard to narrow this down as we enjoyed it all! Swimming in lakes and under waterfalls, making new friends and seeing our children do the same. The water rafting - was exhilarating but the morning yoga was also wonderful. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Jan 2017 by

The most memorable was probably the walk to the overnight refuge. Challenging but totally worth it. Memories of my daughter playing in a mountain stream with Mount Blanc as a backdrop; the kids finding a patch of snow to play in; cheese fondue and a beer in the refuge that night. Fantastic, highly recommended. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this holiday. Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2016 by

Excellent. Life changing in a harmonising way and getting back to nature. Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2015 by

Simply our best summer holiday ever Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2015 by

Eleven out of ten! Six stars out of five!! Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2015 by

The whole holiday was really perfect for us. Particularly memorable was the overnight trip up to the mountain refuge and the white water rafting. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2015 by

The whole holiday was really perfect for us. Particularly memorable was the overnight trip up to the mountain refuge and the white water rafting. Read full review

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