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The foot of the Vercors with a donkey

Enjoy an invigorating holiday whilst staying in a comfortable restored farmhouse
  • Duration 4 days
  • Activity Walking holiday with a donkey
  • Holiday among adults, with family
  • Theme rivers and canals, mountain, countryside

Information : The foot of the Vercors with a donkey

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  • Roadbooks French


Re-energize yourselves in the beautiful valley of the Gervanne, tucked in between the Alps and Provence. At the foot of the Vercors Mountain range, this lovely area is a mix of unspoilt nature and rural industry, as witnessed by the thriving aromatic plant distillery.
In the company of your friendly donkey, head for the land of the chamois and deer that populate the southern Vercors. Take in the brilliant light and space, the fresh tumbling water of the river, the delicate scents of wild orchids, and the heady atmosphere of thyme and lavender.
One of the high spots of the holiday is the trip upstream to see the celebrated waterfall known as the ‘chute de la Druise’.

You'll love

  • the beauty of the scenery along the Valley of the Gervanne
  • the excitement of coming in sight of the 70 metre high waterfall of the Druise
  • strolling along the ridges with royal eagles gliding above you
  • the heady scents of thyme and lavender
  • taking a dip in the turquoise waters of the Gervanne river on a hot day

Program : The foot of the Vercors with a donkey

  • D1 Arrival at the Bouvat farm

    Dinner, night and breakfast in chambres d'hôtes (guestrooms) in a comfortable restored farmhouse.

    *Meals are prepared using local produce.

  • D2 Walk around the Merly and around the village of Eygluy

    Distance: 12,2 km - Total uphill: 500 m - Duration : about 4hrs30

    A little initiation so you can get to know your new companion. The climb up the Col de Véraut (pass) is rewarded by a fine view over the Vallon d'Eygluy (high valley). The hamlet at the Col is given over to lavender growing. It's through this unspoilt countryside that you pursue your stroll before coming back to the guestrooms.

    Dinner, night and breakfast in guestrooms.

  • D3 Loop circuit along the ridges

    Distance: 12km - Total uphill: 530m - Duration : about 4hrs30

    Lovely walk along the wild ridges separating the Valleys of the Sépie and the Sure. All day long it's first you see them, then you don't: the Bec Pointu and the Tête de la Dame dominate the area at 1342m and 1506m respectively. Look out too for the royal eagles nesting in the cliffs and making frequent flights over the area!

    Dinner, night and breakfast in your guestrooms.

  • D4 Along the Gervanne to the Chutes (falls) de la Druise

    Distance: 10km - Total uphill: 100m - Duration : about 3hrs30

    A trip up the river towards the pretty falls of the Druise. You set off from the confluence of the Sépie and gervanne rivers; there's a natural pool right at the start that is just asking to be paddled in! Then you go up alongside the the fresh waters of the Gervanne in the direction of the imposing cliff of Anse. There are a number of fords along the river providing opportunities to cool down on hot summer days. And at the end of your route, set in a narrowing passage, the loveliest waterfall of the Vercors come into site!


Tariffs high season

From July to August, departure everyday

In family room

Adult : 270 €
Junior (12-17) : 270 €
Child (2-11) : 175 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 40 €

In double room

Adult : 310 €
Junior (12 - 17) :  310 €
Child (2 - 11) : 280 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 40 €

In single room

400 €

Solo traveller

400 €

Tariffs low season

From April to June and from september to october, departure everyday

In family room

Adult : 260 €
Junior (12-17) : 260 €
Child (2-11) : 170 €
Baby (0-1) : 40 €

In double room

Adult :  300 €
Junior (12 - 17) : 300 €
Child (2 - 11) : 270 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 40 €

In single room

390 €

Solo traveller

390 €

What's included?

  • Halfboard + picnic lunches
  • Guestrooms in a restored farmhouse.
  • One donkey per family, available throughout the holiday.
  • Detailed roadbook and maps provided.
  • Logistical and technical support.


  • Donkey rental:   125 €

What's not included ?

  • Supplement for travelling with your dog : to pay directly to the accomodation
  • Beverage and extra
  • Return transfer from Home to the first accomodation
  • Facultative cancellation and repatriation insurance

Characteristics of circuits

  • Walking holiday accompanied by a donkey, especially for families.
  • Suitable for children 6 and over.
  • Daily stages: from 8 to 12 kilometres, around 3hrs to 5hrs30.
  • Total uphill: between 100 and 530 metres per day.
  • Overall altitudes: between 400m and 900m.


  • These walks are much more about relaxed exploration than athletic performance. Your roadbook will guide you from beginning to end. We provide the logistical and technical support necessary.


  • Leading a pack donkey: travelling with a donkey is a fantastic 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. 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

  • they are at least 4 years old and capable of holding themselves seated upright on the animal;
  • the terrain is even, and
  • 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.


By car

Highway A7, exit Valence sud or Loriol - 40 km

By air

Lyon Saint Exupéry Airport + TGV to Valence + TER train to Crest + taxi

By train

SNCF (French railways) at Crest station + taxi


Global note
  • Ideal stay with children in nature, with hosts particularly helpful and friendly.
  • Very warm welcome. Thank you for these few days of totale disconnection.
  • Wonderful stay in the Vercors for the whole family in the company of "Jules" (donkey).

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