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The Queyras, a secret place in the Alps 4 days

Here is a wanderer’s delight in the breathtaking valleys of the Queyras
  • Duration 4 days
  • Activity Walking holiday with a donkey
  • Holiday among adults, with family
  • Theme mountain
350€

Information : The Queyras, a secret place in the Alps 4 days

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  • Roadbooks French / German

Presentation

The Queyras: 2500 inhabitants, 2500 chamois, 2500 flower species.
The Queyras is a sort of archipelago sheltered from the irritations of the modern world. Here the sun shines for 300 days a year. Valleys perched from 1600 to 2000 metres, home to the highest villages in Europe, wend their way towards Italy. In these mountain villages, buildings wrought from wood and stone seem to melt into the natural environment.
Tourist activity here has developed thanks to the richness of Nature, never to its detriment. Flora and fauna of impressive variety may be seen: there are 650 square kilometres in which a rare gem may be sought. Royal eagle, marmot, chamois, wolf, Eurasian eagle owl, black grouse, brown trout, arolla pine, larch, edelweiss, Turk's cap lily...

You'll love

  • communing with the stars way up in the highest villages in Europe
  • the mountain flora and fauna
  • the sun of the Southern Alps (over 300 days of sunshine per year!)
  • the visit to the oldest building in Saint-Véran
 

Program : The Queyras, a secret place in the Alps 4 days

  • D1 Arrival in Saint Véran

    Reception at the hostelry in Saint -Véran, highest parish ("commune") in Europe. Undeniable charm of its larchwood houses facing the sun.
    Please arrive towards 16.00 hours, as your donkey lesson is programmed just after you settle in.

    Dinner at a restaurant and night in the chalet-hostelry (altitude 1950 metres).

  • D2 From Saint Véran to Molines

    Short outing: 4 km, 100 metres altitude change, Level 1/5 (1hr30)
    Easy walk in the valley of La Blache, passing by the chapel of Sainte Agathe and the honey producer's of La Chalp.
    For a longer walk: 10 km with 785 m total uphill, level 3/5 (about 5hrs walking).
    This is for fairly hardened walkers and leads you up to the chapel of Saint Simon and the alpine pastures of the Col Fromage.

    Dinner and night at the 2 star hotel (altitude 1820 metres.)

  • D3 From Molines to Le Coin

    9.5 km with 525 m altitude change, level 2/5 (around 3hrs30).
    The path follows the route of a former canal. It goes up to the village of Pierre-Grosse. Note the fine houses built in typically Queyras style: these "fustes" (formerly signifying long wooden ship!) are constructed in solid larchwood. Your new accommodation, perched above the hamlet of Le Coin, awaits you.

    Dinner and night at the 2 star hotel (altitude 2000 metres).

  • D4 From Le Coin to Saint-Véran

    8,2 km with 275 m altitude change, level 1/5 (about 3hrs30)
    You'll come to Fontgillarde, the last village before the Col Agnelle and Italy beyond. The walk continues through a forest of larch trees above the Aigue Agnelle (mountain stream). Below the "Bois des Amoureux" you'll follow a fine walk along an elevated path that continues on through the village of Saint Véran, the highest parish in Europe! Visit to an old house of 1641.

    Departure late afternoon.

Tariffs high season

From July to August departure only possible in 8 days version

The Queyras, a secret place in the Alps in 8 days

Tariffs low season

From mid-June to early July and from early to mid-September, departure everyday

In family room

Adult : 360 €
Junior (12-17) : 305 €
Child (2-11) : 235 €
Baby (0-1) : 40 €

In double room

Adult :  390 €
Junior (12 - 17) : 390 €
Child (2 - 11) : 350 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 40 €

What's included?

  • Half board in 2 star hotel and chalet-hostel + picnic lunches
  • Roadbook and routemarked map provided.
  • Private parking for your vehicle.
  • Technical and logistical assistance.
  • Baggage transfer by vehicle.
  • Ticket for the Soum Museum.

Optional

  • Donkey rental:  170 €

What's not included ?

  • Beverage and extra
  • Return transfer from Home to the first accomodation
  • Facultative cancellation and repatriation insurance

Characteristics of circuits

  • Walking holiday with a donkey suitable for families with children from 6 years old (uphill stretches)
  • Daily stages between 7,7 and 12km, 3hrs to 5hrs 30mins walking
  • Total daily uphill from 235 to 785 metres per day
  • Altitude between 1820 et 2740 metres
  • For people with adequate physical condition

Organisation

  • These walks are much more about relaxed exploration than athletic performance. Your roadbook will guide you from beginning to end, and at each stage you'll find a place for the donkey to drink, eat and rest. We provide the logistical and technical support necessary.

  • Leading a pack donkey: travelling with a donkey is a superb way of enjoying a family walking holiday at the slow rhythm of the animal. They are great company for children and adults alike.

The donkey's role is to carry your baggage for the day (or the whole trip in the case of short stays). It can also, under your supervision and at your own risk, carry the children one-at-a time if they start to feel too tired, provided that
1) they are at least 4 years old and capable of holding themselves seated upright on the animal;
2) the terrain is even, and
3) the donkey's total load is less than 40 kilograms.
Looking after a donkey requires some attention, which is why we only provide one donkey per family per holiday.

  • Accommodation has been chosen for its atmosphere, warm welcome and environmental and architectural excellence.

N.B : the accommodation described above is given as an indication and may vary according to availability at the moment your reservation is finalized.

Access

By car


From Marseille : Highway A51until Saulce, then direction for Tallard, Embrun and Guillestre then take route national RN85 and route national RN94. Then direction for D902, finally take D947.


From Grenoble : follow the route national RN85 (Route Napoléon) until Gap then take the N94 (Embrun et Guillestre) or take the route N91 at Vizille, then la N94 until Guillestre. When arrive at Guillestre, fallow la D902 and then la D947.

By air

Marseille-Provence airport or Lyon St-Exupéry airport or Turin airport (Italy) + car rental

By train

Guillestre-Montdauphin railway station. Then taxi from Guillestre-Montdauphin railway station to the accomodation.

We do not recommend arriving by public transport as you will need a car transfer on Day 2 to pick up your donkey.

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