Activities and Yoga – France
26th July – 2nd August / 2nd - 9th August / 9th - 16th August / 16th - 23rd August 2017 | Early Bird From £889pp | Standard Price From £989pp
Join us in the beautiful French Alps for an alpine yoga and hiking holiday adventure. 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! Start and end the day with yoga to stretch out 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.
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.
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
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!
Our rustic chalet is set in La Thuile, a small peaceful hamlet that’s part of the commune of Sainte Foy Tarentaise. It’s nestled on the mountainside surrounded by alpine pastures, at 1250 metres altitude, halfway between Bourg St Maurice and Val d’Isère. This is one of the most easterly and spectacularly beautiful parts of the French Alps right up against the Italian border.
There is a balcony to practice the evening yoga and an outdoor hot tub and sauna to relax in after a long hike.
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.
How to get there
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.
Recommended train times: TBC
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.
- 8 days beautiful chalet accommodation with en-suite bathrooms throughout.
- 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 guided hikes with experienced guide on the first day and the third day with packed lunch and local guide.
- 1 x morning yoga to the sunrise – transfer to the spot, yoga, tea & coffee and snacks and mini hike
- 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.
- Delicious brunch after yoga – with granola, eggs, selection of juices and homemade smoothies.
- Gourmet vegetarian evening feast and local wine 6 nights (Wednesday is chef’s night off!)
- Experienced and friendly AdventureYogi and chalet hosts to look after your every need and help arrange excursions.
Price: Not Included
- Flights/train travel and 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.
Your meals will all be freshly prepared by our in house chef Will, who is Cordon Bleu trained and highly-talented. He has taken on the challenge to create wheat, dairy, sugar, gluten free food to a Cordon Vert standard and has succeeded. Be prepared to be thoroughly spoilt with your 3 course evening meal, beautifully presented and delicious. Brunch is buffet style, offering a selection of juices and homemade smoothies, a selection of cereals, including homemade Granola, fresh fruit, yogurt, boiled eggs, freshly baked hot croissants and bread with homemade marmalade, jams, and local honey, washed down with freshly brewed tea, herbal teas or coffee.
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 guide and 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.
White water 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 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.
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 up on hand-out sheets for our guests, and bike hire can be arranged.
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 fresh water lake nearby, complete with sandy beach and cafe.
Guide your own hikes
The hiking trails around La Rosiere 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.
- Massage treatments are £38 for 30 minutes or £65 for 1 hour
Invigorate your body and mind with our yoga and skiing or snowboarding holiday in winter, or join us in the beautiful French Alps for our summer alpine yoga and hiking…More info
"10/10! Beautiful Chalet, great facilities, loved the hot tub, sauna, lounge, deck, everything!"
"In my job as a travel journalist, I’m very lucky to have experiences several different yoga retreats. AlpineYogi was one of the best. Our teacher had real integrity and care, plus the group was just the right size. The combination of Alpine walking and yoga really worked. I was stretched in all the right ways."