Multi-activity holiday in the French Alps

“Our only multi-activity, 7 day holiday in the French Alps, with flexible pricing depending on your chosen accommodation.”

Highlights

Ecrins National Park | Valgaudemar Valley | Activities on Durance River | Giant zip wires | Crowd free Alps | Choice of locally owned accommodation | Via Ferratas | Mountaineering skills | Mountain biking

Description of Multi-activity holiday in the French Alps

This week-long multi activity holiday in the French Alps is fantastic for families with children of all ages. You’ll be based on the doorstep of the Ecrins National Park, where the valleys of the Champsaur and Valgaudemar provide over 300 days of sunshine per year. Our holidays are tailor made, which means that you’ll be able to choose from a range of activities to suit you and your brood, from canyoning to mountain biking to paragliding. You’ll also be able to decide where you stay for the week, with options including camping, traditional Alpine bed-and-breakfasts and self-catering chalets.

We’ll meet you at your accommodation when you arrive and provide you with maps as well as suggestions for walks and other days out. Our multi activity holiday works on a points system with each activity having its own points value. Nine points per person are included in your basic holiday price, with the option of buying extra points if you wish.

If you like flowers, the best time to come is June, when Alpine meadows teem with orchids, orange lilies and many other beautiful plant species. For Ibex spotting, the best time is May or June when they are in the lower pastures making the most of the recent snowmelt! For peace and quiet and the place to yourself come in September when the weather is still hot but all the children have gone back to school. July and August are lively and hot – although not sweltering and always cooler in the evening so you can sleep!

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made any time from May - October
Our top tip:
Step outside your comfort zone on this trip. You are in safe hands, and the Alps are for adventurers.
Trip type:
Tailor made. Great for families.
Activity level:
Tailor made, so up to you.
Accomm:
Choice of camping, self-catering, B&B or hotel.
Included:
Accommodation, activities, instructors, maps and itineraries.
Meals:
Lots of local tips on restaurants, boulangeries and markets.
Solos:
Tailor made so single rooms bookable.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Multi-activity holiday in the French Alps

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.

Environment

We take special care to choose activities that have a minimal impact on the environment and only use local guides and instructors to ensure the local economy is supported by our activity. Our list of activities only include those which have a minimum impact on the environment, such as walking, rafting, etc.

We respect and support local conservation / erosion projects by following guidelines issued by the Ecrins National Park and ensuring our clients are made aware of any specific guidelines that may affect them. E.g. carrying rubbish down from refuges / high mountain walks. All accommodation suppliers are vetted according to their professionalism and their approach to responsible tourism (using local produce, respect for the environment and promoting the culture of the region). Several of the gites have strong environmental criteria with regard to recycling and reducing their environmental impact. We are about to make a deal with Gite de France to use their eco certified gite suppliers. We don’t promote motorised sports.

All our guides are fully trained in environmental sustainability as a part of their diplomas and they educate our clients about the mountain habitat during the activities. We don’t print brochures and keep paper use to a minimum in the office preferring electronic distribution as our main means of communication with clients. We provide detailed information on how to behave within the park such as carrying out all litter, no free camping and adhering to the rules of the park.

Tree climbing is an example where you will get a unique insight into the local mountain flora and fauna. We also promote it because of it’s environmental ethos. Unlike high ropes adventure courses, where elaborate rope bridges and obstacles are fixed in the trees, tree climbing leaves no impact on the forest. The guides set up their ropes in the trees just for the activity. After you have gone the ropes are removed and it’s as if you were never there. During the activity you will really get to know the trees and particularly the difference between the various species that grow in the Alps, as some are typically a lot more technical to climb than others. You’ll perhaps meet some of the animals that depend on the trees and forest habitat and will certainly leave with a better understanding of how it fits into our ecosystem!

Community

Every activity has it’s own charm and insight into the local mountain habitat and culture. For example, you could walk up to a mountain refuge accompanying the donkeys taking up supplies, helping to pay for the journey (otherwise done as a favour to the refuge guardian).

By eating in the refuge you will be supporting the guardians who live there for the season and make their living just on the food they sell to tourists. The price for staying the night is for the club alpine francais (CAF) for CAF refuges and doesn’t go to the guardian. The guardian is also the local expert on flora and fauna and will show you where the local marmots, chamois or Ibex are hiding out.

We work closely with the Tourist Office and support their projects for sustainable tourism and in particular the impact of tourism on local agriculture (the traditional way of life in the area). We include local events that support and promote farming traditions, food production and markets in our itineraries and advice for things to do for our clients to help support the farming community and raise awareness of their culture.

We are committed to promoting the culture of the region and ensuring that tourism has a positive impact. Through supporting the refuges and giving clients detailed information about how to behave when in the national park we try to ensure that people behave with respect for the environment and local people. This information includes warnings against free camping, ensuring that people eat in the refuges, carry out their litter and adhere to the rules of the park.

We are committed to promoting the food of the region and advise people on local delicacies and where they can be purchased. We promote a local organic juice supplier who make Argousier (a local wild berry) and give all clients a bottle when they arrive with information about the berry.

6 Reviews of Multi-activity holiday in the French Alps

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Reviewed on 12 Sep 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Great stay at the Farm

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?




3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Absolutely! Family run; organic fruit and vegetables; local activities

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Great hosts and personal service/ attention to detail. Thank you

Reviewed on 11 Aug 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


White water rafting was so exciting as was learning to water ski.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?




3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


It supported the local smaller activities and we supported the local small restaurants.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?



Reviewed on 29 Aug 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Everything was so well organised by the operator. The teenagers particularly loved the stand-up paddle lesson and the canyoning. The nature walks were brilliant, led by a knowledgeable and friendly guide.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


JB and Sally at the operator have a wealth of knowledge - definitely seek their advice when planning your trip, they made it so easy!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes - lots of local providers!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


We loved it! A beautiful part of France with lots to do and see.

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


La Grange des Ecrins was amazing Via Ferrara was terrifying and exciting Every bit of the trip was amazing.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


If you are thinking of doing Via Ferata with children then we would suggest doing the tree climbing 1st to check they are happy with the equipment.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


All the activities were run by local people including the hotel and the holiday therefore brings tourism to this area but without spoiling the beautiful environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fantastic holiday and thinking of booking again for next year.

Reviewed on 01 Nov 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Being up in the mountains and doing great fun activities..staying in a mountain refuge, rock climbing, via ferata.. all brilliant activities!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Book as many activities up as you can.. ie one every day! October is also a great time of year to go!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes.. it benefitted the accommodation we stayed at and the local shops where we bought food?

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Absolutely brilliant.. The company is run in a very efficient way and suited to each clients individual desires!

Reviewed on 08 Sep 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The area was beautiful and the local restaurants were very nice. The activities, in particular the white water rafting, were the most memorable part of the holiday. A great way to get out and see the area from a different perspective.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


the information we got before we went was more than enough to prepare for the holiday.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, the guides were all local (and very friendly). We ate in local restaurants serving food from the area. The activities had no impact on the environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


A fantastic holiday and one I'd love to do again!

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