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The upper Diois, the Huguenots Way part 2

Walking on the Huguenot path through the wild nature
  • Duration 7 days
  • Activity Walking holiday
  • Holiday among adults
  • Theme mountain, countryside

Information : The upper Diois, the Huguenots Way part 2

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  • Roadbooks French


From the small town of Die, you'll follow the hill paths up into the Upper Diois. The scenery is a blend of wild nature and more ordered terrain modelled by man around small market towns such as Châtillon, famous for its vineyards. Journey's end is up on the borderline between the Diois and Trièves regions, on the edge of the High Plateaux of the Vercors Regional Nature Park, near the Col de Menée, the mountain pass which in the 17th century served as a nocturnal gateway for Huguenots fleeing religious persecution...


You'll love

  • encountering the idyllic Abbey of Valcroissant nestled at the foot of the Dôme
  • strolling round the pretty village of Châtillon-en-Diois
  • stunning views from the summit of Beaupuy in the High Plateaux of the Vercors
  • swimming in the heated pool at the end of a day's walk

Program : The upper Diois, the Huguenots Way part 2

  • D1 Reception late afternoon in Die

    Dinner and night in Die.

  • D2 A walk around Die: the forest of Justin

    19 km stage with 700m uphill. (difficulty 4/5) - duration about 5hrs
    A good walk which leads to an "aerial photo" view of Die and the Upper Diois. The route starts from Die, famous today as the home of Clairette, but once the northern capital of the Voconces, a Gallo-Roman people. You walk up through the forest to the Croix de Justin, an iron cross from which you get a fabulous view over the town far below and the countryside that surrounds it. The rest of the ramble leads you along narrower paths heady with southern scents. There are numerous breathtaking viewpoints over the Glandasse mountain and the Upper Diois.

    Dinner at the inn back in Die.

  • D3 From Die to Châtillon en Diois

    1st option: Die - Châtillon en Diois, 19 km with 1400 m uphill (difficulty 4/5) - duration about 6hrs30
    2nd option: taxi transfer from Die to Valcroissant, followed by 11 km walk to Châtillon en Diois with 800 m uphill (difficulty 3/5) - duration about 4hrs

    On this fine walk you will see Notre Dame de Valcroissant, a 12th century Cistercian abbey listed as a historic monument in 1971. Peacefully situated beside the eponymous mountain stream, the abbey is a haven of calm surrounded by greenery at the foot of the impressive cliffs of the Glandasse.

    Dinner at the restaurant, night in guest house.

  • D4 Around Châtillon en Diois: the cornice of the Glandasse

    11 km stage with 400m uphill. (Difficulty 2/5) - duration about 2hrs45
    The walk may be seen as having two parts.
    The first stretch takes you from Châtillon en Diois to the village of Saint Roman along a pretty path which runs high above the plain of the Bès river far below.
    The second part of the walk takes you through some of the vineyards typical of the Upper Diois; and in their midst, little 'cabanons" - winegrowers' tiny storage barns - seem to have just grown there like wild flowers.

    Dinner at the restaurant, night in guest house.

  • D5 Walk from Châtillon en Diois to Les Nonnières.

    Option 1: Châtillon en Diois - Les Nonnières via the village of Menée: 18 km - 1250 m total uphill - Difficulty 4/5 - duration about 6hrs10
    Option 2: Châtillon en Diois - Les Nonnières via Archiane: 11km - 1250 m total uphill - Difficulty 4/5 - duration about 5hrs

    A walk along a deep cornice path around the Cirque (corrie) d'Archiane which borders the southern limestone plateau of the Glandasse mountain at the extreme south of the Vercors range. Here is a world of impressive height, with ocre, pink and grey rocks lending colour to the needles, filigree, and bold cliffs. The attractive village of Les Nonnières was a thoroughfare for the Huguenots.

    Dinner and night at the 2 star hotel with pool.

  • D6 In the vicinity of Nonnières: around the Rocher de Combeau

    9.4 km stage with total uphill of 750 metres. Difficulty 4/5 - duration about 3hrs30
    Extension possible: the summit of Beaupuy - 11km with total uphill 965 metres. (Difficulty 4/5.) - duration about 4hrs15
    This is a fairly demanding walk, but a fine conclusion to your stay.
    You can, if you wish, go up the mountain of Beaupuy with a fantastic 360° view over the Vercors, the High Plateaux, the Mont Aiguille, the Grand Veymont and even the Dévoluy with its triptych of peaks: Obiou, Grand Ferrand and Pic de Bure. In the distance again, the ranges of the Ecrins and Belledonne. Exceptional!
    Once upon the Serre de Beaupuy you are in the territory of ibex and chamois.
    With luck and care you may glimpse Gypaetus barbatus (gypaëte barbu in French) - the bearded vulture which has recently been re-introduced.

    Dinner and night at the 2 star hotel with pool.

  • D7 Departure

    Breakfast followed by taxi transfer to Die, departure.

Tariffs high season



Adult : 590 €
Junior (12 - 17) :  590 €


Adult : 620 €
Junior (12 - 17) :  620 €


770 €


835 €

Tariffs low season

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


Adult : 560 €
Junior (12 - 17) :  560 €


Adult : 590 €
Junior (12 - 17) :  590 €


740 €


805 €

What's included?

  • Accommodation half-board.
  • Hostelry, guesthouses and two star hotel with covered and heated swimming pool.
  • Detailed road book and maps.
  • Return transfer in taxi from the Nonnières to Die.
  • Technical and logistical assistance.
  • Baggage transfer.
  • Parking at first accommodation.


  • Picnics for the whole trip:  55 € per adult or junior

What's not included?

  • Beverage and extra
  • Round trip transfer from Home to the first accomodation
  • Facultative cancellation and rapatriation insurance

Caractéristiques techniques

  • Walking holiday without a guide.
  • Daily stages between 9,4 and 19 km, around 2 to 6hrs30 walking.
  • Total uphill: between 400 and 1400 m per day.


This walking tour, although fairly challenging, puts the emphasis on exploration rather than performance...
We transport your luggage from lodging to lodging.
A roadbook and maps are provided for the entire trip.
We assure logistical and technical assistance.
On long stay holidays you change accommodation every other day, which gives you the opportunity to explore your surroundings or simply relax and take it easy.

Accommodation is in either 2 or 3 star hotels or guest houses (the latter classed similarly by 'épis' - literally 'ears of wheat'!), all chosen for their atmosphere, warm welcome and environmental and architectural setting.

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

You'll be in half-board accommodation. Picnics are extra; you may like to order these at reservation.


By car

Highway A7 exit Loriol or Valence Sud - 50 km

By air

Lyon St Exupéry Airport

By train

Die railway station. The accommodation is next to the railway station.


Global note
  • Satisfait de cette formule. Organisation satisfaisante et agréable. Expérience à renouveler.

  • Great choice of hikes, good variety and warm welcome in the accommodations.

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