Exhilarating Hiking and Yoga holiday in the French Alps
|French Alps Summer, France|
|18 - 25th July 2018 (Wednesday - Wednesday, 7 nights)|
|25 July - 01st August 2018 (Wednesday - Wednesday, 7 nights)|
|01 - 08th August 2018 (Wednesday - Wednesday, 7 nights)|
|08 - 15th August 2018 (Wednesday - Wednesday, 7 nights)|
|15 - 22nd August 2018 (Wednesday - Wednesday, 7 nights)|
|22 - 29th August 2018 (Wednesday - Wednesday, 7 nights)|
Join us in the beautiful French Alps for an alpine yoga and hiking holiday adventure.
If you are a lover of the mountains and enjoy being in the great outdoors this is the holiday for you. An exciting week of adventure activities during the day such as hiking, white water rafting, paragliding or wild swimming, slow down and ground with 3 hours of yoga a day. After touring around the French Alps, we love hiking in this area. With so many routes to choose from and breathtaking views, you won’t want to go home! After stretching your hiking limbs, soothe them with a sauna and hot tub, or treat yourself to a massage. We have been running these alpine adventures since 2008 and have worked out the perfect formula for your active relaxation.
See the itinerary below to see what an exhilarating week awaits. There is something scheduled every day but we like to remind our guests that it is also your holiday, so if you are tired take a rest!
Book this retreat
£989.00 – £1,294.00
Early bird offer available
10% Early Bird discount available when you book by 6th June 2018
More about your adventure
Step out of the chalet and the mountain trails are yours for the picking. If you’ve not visited the French Alps in the summer time, you’re in for a treat. As the winter snow melts away in the spring, the mountains take on their summer mantle of bright green grass and colourful alpine flowers. The views are equally as spectacular in the summer as they are in the winter.
After a long walk reward yourself with a swim to cool off in a refreshing glacial lake. There are so many hikes to choose from, at blue, red or black levels. Enjoy views of Mont Blanc in the distance. If you feel like a day off from walking why not try paragliding, white water rafting or enjoy the Olympic sized pool in Bourg St Maurice. Or simply relax in the garden of the chalet and catch some sun whilst enjoying a good book.
About the teacher
Rebecca Keenaghan – 18th July – 25th July 2018, 25th July – 1st August 2018
Rebecca is a very experienced Hatha vinyasa yoga teacher with 8 years teaching experience. Her approach is relaxed, fun, fluid and engaging. She will explain the postures and then lead you into a gentle flow that will be challenging enough but not too much to put you off! Her use of language in the class is encouraging, playful, insightful and knowledgeable.
Louise Gillespie-Smith – 1st August 2018 – 8th August 2018, 8th August 2018- 15th August 2018
Louise is a warm and enlightening teacher who uses yoga to help you feel good! Louise has spent many years in India, where she studied and practised yoga extensively- training to teach vinyasa flow in the foothills of the Himalayas. She is an advocate for using the spiritual, heart opening nature of yoga to help you live a more peaceful and contented life. Louise teaches a mixture of Vinyasa Flow, Yin and Hatha Yoga on her retreats, but is also a qualified life coach and reiki healer.
Chetana Thornton – 15th August 2018 – 22nd August 2018, 22nd August 2018 -29th August 2018
Chetana has been on her path from a young age and has been teaching for 20 years. Having lived and immersed herself in her practice she teaches with wisdom and knowledge and playfulness. Drawing on many yoga styles she fuses it all together from hatha, vinyasa flow, and restorative yoga.
About the yoga
Our morning classes are held in the yoga studio of the Auberge- with incredible views of the mountains. Awaken your body, paying special attention to warming those muscles, stretching out the legs and building stamina for your day exploring the breathtaking environment.
After your full day hiking, white water rafting or parapenting, return to the Auberge to unwind and relax tired bodies with a restorative evening yoga class. This gentle session will vary each evening and include pranayama and meditation to help mind and body really let go and allow you to enter a state of deep relaxation.
This is one of the highlights of the trip! Wake before dawn and bask in a silent group hike in darkness through mountains that feel your own, with no inhabitants apart from you and the marmots. Roll out your mats at one of the most overwhelming areas of beauty in Europe, and enjoy a full flow class, feeling the heat of the sun warming your body as the sun rises behind the mountain. A true once in a lifetime experience that’s not to be missed.
SuitabilityThis holiday is suitable for those who love hiking, the great outdoors and being active. All ages are welcome and no experience of hiking is necessary but a good level of fitness is desirable. The yoga is suitable for all levels and ages
- All ages
- Men & Women
Things to do
2 daytime hikes with packed lunch are included in the price, but there are another 2-3 optional hikes throughout the week with a packed lunch. These hikes take you to glacial lakes for wild swimming, waterfalls and stunning views of snow-capped Mont Blanc. €25 for the day.
Whitewater rafting takes place daily and trips are easily arranged. The standard route takes in two grade 4 rapids and two grade 3 rapids and costs €68.
Hydrospeeding is available for the adrenaline junkies on the Isère river which is €65.
(Also known as paragliding) is possible here with the most stunning views of the mountains. This costs €90.
- Mountain biking
It’s a mountain biker’s paradise in the local area, with a lift system operating in the summer. You can carry your bike up and have lots of down-hill adventures. We have routes written out and mapped upon hand-out sheets for our guests, and bike hire can be arranged.
- Relaxing massage
On the days off from adventure, to relax and soothe with fantastic local therapists.
There is an Olympic sized pool in Bourg St Maurice which we can arrange lifts to get to, and a freshwater lake nearby, complete with sandy beach and cafe.
- Guide your own hikes
The hiking trails around Ste Foy and elsewhere in the Tarentaise Valley are easily accessible on foot and the hiking maps are excellent. So plan a hike, choose the level and off you go! They can last for as little as 2 hours or up to 6 hours, it’s up to you. More information is sent out before the holiday starts with an itinerary so that you can choose what you would like to do.
Tour de France
We are delighted that our venue is so close to two stages of the Tour de France on the 18th and 19th July. This is a truly fantastic spectacle, and if you are a cycling enthusiast it is not to be missed. Inevitably, due to road closures this will slightly affect the itinerary and transfer information for the holiday commencing 18th July. Please see further details in “How to get there”.
A typical day
8am: Wake up with hot water and lemon.
8.30-10am: Morning yoga practice.
10.00am: Brunch served.
11am-5pm: Time for activities – Walking, hiking, climbing or just relaxing in the chalet. Massage and other holistic treatments on offer.
6pm-7.30pm: Evening yoga practice.
Each day we have something exciting in store for you, the schedule will change according to the weather
Day 1: Day hike with packed lunch to 1500m – to gauge the level of the group and get up high – enjoy a wild swim.
Day 2: Day trip to Val D’Isere, or day off and relax at the chalet, go for a walk from the chalet.
Day 3: Day hike with packed lunch to 2000m to see views of Mont Blanc – enjoy a wild swim.
Day 4: Day trip to Tignes, or day off and relax at the chalet, go for a walk from the chalet.
Day 5: Sunrise Yoga up the mountain followed by early morning hike and afternoon to relax or go paragliding.
Day 6: White water rafting, mountain biking, swimming or shopping in Bourg St Maurice, day off, treatments.
Day 7: Home time.
Please note that this schedule is all optional – it is your holiday so you can be as active or relaxed as you like. If you feel like you need a day off to relax at the chalet, have a hot tub and sauna or a snooze and a massage then do it!
This holiday is action packed, but remember, this is your holiday so be as active or relaxed as you like!
- 8 days beautiful chalet accommodation with en-suite bathrooms throughout
- 2 x 1.5hr daily yoga classes – enjoy full immersion of your yoga practice over the week (with one day off mid week to rest) inside or on the decking with stunning mountain views
- Outdoor hot tub in beautiful gardens or Sauna to steam away aches and pains after a days hiking
- Free transfers from Bourg St Maurice Train station or Geneva airport
- Free in resort transfers to the hikes, to Tignes, Val D’Isere and Bourg St Maurice and to your activities of choice – nowhere is too much trouble
- 2 hikes on the first day and the third day with packed lunch
- 1 x morning yoga to the sunrise – transfer to the spot, yoga, tea & coffee and snacks and mini hike
- Delicious brunch after yoga – with granola, eggs, selection of juices and homemade smoothies
- Gourmet vegetarian evening feast and local wine 6 nights Saturday is chef’s night off!)
- Experienced and friendly AdventureYogi and chalet hosts to look after your every need and help arrange excursions
- Flights/train travel, insurance
- Afternoon activities. Prices for activities are above and we will send more information about activities closer to the time and then tailor the week to the groups desires for a bespoke package
- Massage treatments are available on request
- Lunches. If you are staying in the chalet and would like lunch it is €10pp
The chalet is beautifully finished and recently renovated with a large balcony outside for evening yoga and after hiking or if you take a day off there is a hot tub, sauna and relaxation area downstairs on the lawns.
There are 7 bedrooms, all with ensuite bath/shower rooms and there are 5 twin/double rooms and 2 single rooms. There are 5 bedrooms on the ground floor. The 2 single rooms with en-suites have glazed doors opening directly onto the garden, with the other 3 rooms being on the 2nd floor. The ground floor rooms have all been completely renovated in 2014. All the bedrooms are decorated in soothing colour schemes to reflect the surroundings and have beautiful mountain photographs on the walls.
If you decide to fly, please make sure you book your:
Outward bound flight to arrive before 2pm.
Homeward bound flight to leave after 2pm.
This is so that we can arrange 1 group transfer, which will be included in the price. If you arrive outside of these times your transfer will be out of our control and considerably more expensive.
Please note that if you choose to join us by air on the 18th July, your arrival flight will need to arrive before midday. This is because the transfer will take much longer due to Tour de France road closures.
Recommended train times: TBC
There are 2 options on getting to us by plane to Geneva or train to Bourg St Maurice (or automobile). We highly recommend the Train because of many reasons:
- The train is a mere 20 minutes drive from the chalet whereas the flight transfer from Geneva is 3 hours.
- The slow way to travel, take in the countryside, have a stop over in Paris if you fancy, make the journey a part of your adventure.
Rail Europe don’t release train tickets until 3 months prior to travel. Please look at the options below and book the recommended train times for your transfer. Please call Rail Europe to find out more info on 0844 8485848 or go to http://uk.voyages-sncf.com/ for more info.
Twin/Double shared with en-suite: Early Bird £989pp Standard price £1099pp
Single room with en-suite: Early Bird £1294pp Standard price £1438pp
10% Early Bird discount available when you book by 6th June 2018.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have any availability?
Most retreat will show the availability on their specific page. If you are unsure or need to book for a larger group, you can always contact us before placing your order.
Whats the booking process like?
To reserve your space we ask for a £150 (UK) or £250 (abroad) deposit immediately, paid online on the page of the retreat you want to join, or over the phone by credit or debit card. We will then send you out your final invoice, your booking form and ask your room preference. We then ask you to pay the full amount 6 (UK) or 8 (abroad) weeks before the retreat or holiday. You can pay online, by bank transfer or Paypal but we add the 3.6% charge incurred by Paypal. Please call 01273 782734 to pay over the phone by debit or credit card. Two weeks before the retreat we will send you your welcome pack via email, and help you iron out any concerns you may have.
How do I pay for my retreat or holiday?
Firstly, pay your deposit online on the page of the retreat or holiday that you would like to book. We will send you a confirmation and your final invoice to pay. You can pay online by card, by bank transfer or Paypal but we add the 3.6% charge incurred by Paypal.
I haven’t done much yoga before, can I come?
We have designed our weekends and weeks for people who love yoga, whether they are beginners or have been practising for years. All our teachers are very experienced and are more than capable of adapting the classes to all levels. Our ethos is about being open & friendly, and we set up our business to spread the incredible word of yoga to people who perhaps wouldn’t have gone on a yoga retreat before. So don’t be shy, there is no time like the present to start your journey with yoga.
What is included in the price of a yoga holiday?
You will find everything included by looking under "what's included" tab on this page. If you have any particular request or requirements, feel free to contact us.
Do I have to attend all the Yoga sessions?
Of course not, we understand we all want different things. Our two-hour sessions normally also include meditation or mindfulness, so it's worth giving it a go.