Trekking holiday in the French Alps

“Week of centre based walking from Saint Veran - one of the highest inhabited villages in Europe. Join a small group for a choice of either moderate or challenging guided hikes. ”

Highlights

Saint Veran village | Queyras Regional Park | Views over Aigue Blanche Valley | River Blanche | Sommet Buchet | Aiguilles village | Chapelle Clausis (2399 m) | Curley Ridge trail |

Description of Trekking holiday in the French Alps

This week of trekking in Queyras Regional Park can be undertaken on moderate or challenging trails with two expert tour leaders ensuring both groups get the most out of the French Alps in the safest way possible. Pines stand like sentinels on the slopes of rugged mountain peaks to entice hikers from their base within the picturesque mountain village of Saint Véran, one of Europe’s highest inhabited.

Over the course of eight days in the French Alps you’ll be able to enjoy five separate days of trekking with average daily distances around 9kms and a free day for self guided walks, mountain activities or simply to relax and soak up the scenery. Trekking as part of a small guided group is a great way to socialise and learn more about the surrounding landscapes and cultural heritage of the French Alps. This tour is the perfect introduction to the slopes of the Southern Alps during the summer.

Single supplements are available for solo travellers whilst the choice of moderate or challenging trails invites couples and friends, of different hiking abilities, to enjoy the Alps in their own way.

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Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Trekking holiday in the French Alps

Accommodation and Meals:
On this trip, we will spend the nights in Hotel Le Grand Tetras, a locally owned hotel that employs local staff and uses local produce for meals wherever possible. When meals are not provided, our local guides will encourage and recommend clients to visit local restaurants and cafes to try local specialties. This thereby ensures that our money spend benefits the local community.

Local Culture and Craft:
As this trip is primarily on trekking to explore magnificent landscapes, there are not many opportunities to explore local culture unless clients choose to take up optional museum visits of the local villages visited. Otherwise, in the quaint alpine village of Sain Véran, there are quite a number of local vendors and shops where clients can purchase some craft to support local artisans.

Activity:
As a walking and trekking trip, there is little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents. Though, erosion and adjacent to popular paths is a growing issue in certain places, our local guides will ensure that clients stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. Additionally, a walking trip like this allows easy access to the local community where clients can easily interact with the locals , visit local cafes and restaurants to foster cultural exchange.

Water:
Water is a really important issue with trips such as this and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. Wherever possible we provide safe alternative sources of water to buying single use plastic bottles. This may be through large water containers, or encourage our passengers to filter, sterilise or purify water. We encourage all our passengers to come prepared with a reusable water bottle for this purpose.

Group Size:
This is a small group tour, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

UK Office:
It all starts at home where we work towards reducing our carbon footprint in our offices through energy conservation measures, recycling policies and the promotion of cycling and walking as a means for our staff to commute. Our head office has become a plastic-free zone with the use of plastic bottles being banned in our head office and we distributed reusable water bottles and tote bags to every staff member. We also support a large number of community and environmental projects in different parts of the world and try to give something back to the places we visit.

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