French Alps self guided walking holiday

“8 days of great value self-guided walking in Haute Savoie region, staying in family run chalet in Samoëns village, with walks of different levels into the stunning Haut Giffre.”

Highlights

Haut Giffre valley | Views of Mont Blanc Massif | Bout du Monde Valley | Angolon ridge | Hot tub | Fully catered | Lake swimming | Alpine wildlife | Guide support at accommodation

Travel Team

If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. The Travel Team.

01273 823 700 Calling from outside the UK?

Check dates, prices & availability

Date
Price
Basis
31 Jul 2021
£629
excluding flights
Full
 
07 Aug 2021
£629
excluding flights
Full
 
14 Aug 2021
£629
excluding flights
Full
 
21 Aug 2021
£629
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 21 Aug 2021 departure
28 Aug 2021
£629
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 28 Aug 2021 departure
04 Sep 2021
£629
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 04 Sep 2021 departure
11 Sep 2021
£629
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 11 Sep 2021 departure
Our top tip:
There is a chance to join Bruno, the company’s expert mountain guide, on a guided trip if you like. Grab the chance. He is fantastique.
Trip type:
Self-guided.
Activity level:
Moderate/Strenuous.
Accomm:
Family run luxury chalet.
Included:
Accommodation, transport, support, maps & routes, most meals, afternoon teas, wine with dinner.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome, but you may be asked to share room with same sex traveller.
Diet:
We cater for both vegetarians and vegans.
LGBTQIA+
Our partners behind this holiday promote inclusivity on all their trips and across their business and we are all committed to ensuring travellers face no discrimination on any part of the trip they control.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
Our booking process is paperless and we avoid printing wherever possible. We are a small family run business so do not have a typical head office. Additionally we travel to work together and walk when possible. We make conscious efforts to minimise waste when shopping by trying to choose products with less packaging. We make sure to recycle any appropriate waste from the Chalets. We collect all the recycling and then separate it into the communal bins when necessary, we encourage our guests to do the same. In our village it is possible to recycle a wide range of products including soft plastics. Additionally in the local supermarket there are points to recycle bulbs, batteries and printer cartridges. We do our best not to use single use plastics and avoid providing anything to our guests packaged with single use plastic. We try to lower our carbon emissions by transporting guests together, at the moment COVID-19 guideline permitting, meaning that there are fewer vehicles operating in the valley. We buy food locally and seasonally and promote this ethos to our guests.

We purchase local produce where possible and we corroborate this with our local suppliers, as well as making an effort to source meat products that have not been inhumanely treated. We adapt our menus during the year to favour produce that is in season and is grown locally. In order to reduce water we incorporate vegetarian and vegan meals into our menu. By not using meat in all our dishes, this is one of the most effective ways of reducing water consumption. We feel it is important to share with our guests the environmental benefits of reducing meat consumption. Additionally we promote water saving activities such as taking shorter, cooler showers. However we believe reducing the use of meat in our menus and explaining the environmental benefits behind this to our guests saves more water.

We suggest that guests visit our local national park, where through a payment for parking in the area, the local commune is able to implement projects to protect the environment. This recently included a large-scale project to clear an area of the river after a landslide. Additionally the money from visitors is used to maintain footpaths, preventing the local environment from being damaged with people walking in protected areas. We also suggest that guests use the mountain lifts, as these require a payment the money is then used in part to protect the local environment. The lift company has a wide range of projects to improve the local environment and a Green Globe certified.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

We provide all our guests with an information pack in advance of their arrival. We make sure that we have communicated any local rules or guidelines that will affect guests. This is particularly important following the pandemic.

As local residents ourselves we have been welcomed into the community. It is this experience that we want to give to our guests and encourage them to speak to and engage with all locals they come into contact with. This includes our local partners who we work closely with to provide the most authentic experience for our guests.

The local community relies on visitors. By encouraging our guests to engage with the local community and activities they are supporting the host community. By increasing visitors to the valley this boosts the local economy, which supports the local community.

As we are the destination supplier, we make sure that should our guest need a guide for their particular activity, a local guide is booked. Our guides are permanent residents of the local community. Where possible we employ local staff and make use of local services. We encourage our guests to visit the local markets and make use of local activity providers while on our holidays. A large proportion of the income derived from our holidays goes directly into the local community and we try to ensure that this benefits small, local businesses.

Climate

8 Reviews of French Alps self guided walking holiday

4 out of 5 stars
SHOW
1
6
1
0
0

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2017 by

We had a fantastic time staying in Samoens... The walking was amazing at this time of year: alpine meadows, wildflowers, waterfalls, and glacial landscapes, and not too challenging: we ranged between 500m and 970m ascent in a day. We went rafting on the Giffre on our day off, which was also great. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2016 by

Superb walking country Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Jul 2016 by

Varied expertly guided walks through magnificent scenery Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Jul 2016 by

Best bits: Walking in the mountains. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2014 by

The overall experience was top-notch. The staff were warm, welcoming and helpful. Great accommodation and excellent food and beverages. Great hiking guide as well. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2014 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was hiking to the frozen lake just outside Samoens...Excellent. Great food, comfortable chalet, beautiful walks... Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2014 by

Fantastic walks and great company. The chalet and staff and the food were really good. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Oct 2012 by

Fantastic - would love to go again to such a beautiful area and stay in such a great place. Read full review

Popular similar holidays

Family adventure holiday to France

Family adventure holiday to France

Life enhancing family adventure & yoga in the French Alps

From £998 7 days excluding flights

French Alps guided walking holidays

French Alps guided walking holidays

Catered Chalet Based Hiking Holiday in the Giffre Valley

From £829 8 days excluding flights

French Alps walking and mountaineering holiday

French Alps walking and mountaineering holiday

A mountaineering début with three alpine summits in a week

From €1355 7 days excluding flights

Mercantour family walking holiday, France

Mercantour family walking holiday, France

Family walking tour with a donkey in Southern French Alps

From €575 - €675 7 days excluding flights