The price includes:
- Bed and breakfast in Hotel Du Parc.
- 3 nights (based on two people sharing).
- 3 dinners in three different venues.
- Entrance Fee and Vineyard Visit.
- All transfers.
- Guiding with Local Guide for walks.
- Spectacular furnicular train ride.
- Flights to Lyon, France. (Recommended Flights Aerlingus 02/06 13:10 EI552, and 05/06 17:00 EI553)
- Thermal Baths €60 (for 4 treatments, Optional)
- Personal expenses, travel insurance or tips
Bernadette who will be your tour leader and interpreter is Irish and has lived in France for over 30 years in a gorgeous little Spa town called Allevard, right in the heart of the French Alps and in a particularly unspoiled part of rural France.
She is also a regular walker when she is in Ireland.
She has put together a programme for a long weekend which gives an excellent feel for this lovely area. Complete with Wine, food, spa/thermal baths, funicular, museums, and of course some walking!
We are staying in Hotel Du Parc, a charming hotel right in the heart of the town adjacent to the famous thermal baths. Allevard owes it’s existence to the presence of sulphur in the water, great for arthritis, and “taking the waters” has been an essential part of medical treatment in France for many years. The hotel opens up onto a lovely park, and all the shops, restaurants and bars in the town are just beside it.
On either side of the valley are serious mountains – think over 1500m upwards! This is ski
resort territory in the winter and alpine pasture in the summer.
4 days Exploring The French Alps.
Day 1: Friday 2nd June – Arrival and Vineyard visit
Meet in Dublin Airport for flight at 12.00 to Lyon –
Fly Dublin – Lyon, arriving 4 pm approx. and transfer from the airport. – aprrox. 1 hr 30 min
En route we will visit the vineyard of Monsieur Tardy, a local producer and we will sample the local wines and some regional delicacies to build up strength for the weekend ahead! This is a typical working vineyard, owned by the same family for many generations and will give us all a good start to the weekend!
Check in at our hotel in Allevard. This is in the centre of town and offers good qualityaccommodation right beside the thermal baths. We will have our dinner here this evening.
Day 2: Sat 3rd June – Funicular Train, walk in Alpine meadows.
Our bus will collect us and take us to the Funicular train, an interesting experience
which will get us up the mountain. The funiculair is the steepest in Europe – in 20 minutes it goes up 700 metres!!! The world paragliding championships are held every year in September in St Hilaire du Touvet (where the funiculair stops) so expect stunning views. When we are up here, we can enjoy a ramble through the alpine meadows. Return mid-afternoon to allow those availing of the thermal package to wrap themselves in mud/get power hosed/whatever.
For those not undergoing this treatment, there is time to explore some of the local forest trails close to the town, walk around the local lake or just enjoy this rural town.
Tonight we will dine together in La Marie Jeanne – afterwards, there are a number of good local bars for some nightlife.
Day 3: Sunday June 4th – Walk with local Alpine guide
10 am start to head off for our hike . The choice of route will be determined by Jean Luis, a
fully qualified local Alpine Guide. He has been asked to give us a good Alpine experience without scaring us to bits! The scenery is guaranteed to be spectacular and it is possible that we might have views over Mont Blanc, depending on the route chosen.
Upon our return from our Alpine walk, some down time before heading up the hills for our special dinner. This will take place in a truly rustic venue – L’Aubergerie, a charming old farmhouse at the head of a valley, surrounded by sheep and wild boar!! Tomas has put together a special menu for “Les Irlandais” which will feature produce from the immediate area and will offer a special aperitif to welcome us to his restaurant. Expect atmosphere, and an interesting evening!!
Day 4: Monday 5th June – mill and forge Museum.
We will check out of the hotel and take the bus up the valley once more for a very unusual visit – to an interavtive Museum, Le Musée des Forges et Moulins de Pinsot. (you tube Pinsot museau Forges et Moulins) lots of photos on google. The museum will show us how, using the water from the river nearby, the three village mills made walnut oil , flour, and tools. There were iron mines nearby. We will get a demonstration of each and an interesting souvenir.
We then make our way back to the twenty first century, to reach Lyon Airport for 3 pm to
check in for our flight back to Dublin which should have us back in Dublin for approx 6pm.