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Flowering alpine meadow with mountain scenery in the background

Nature paradise of Vercors

Mountain beauty as far as the eye can see

8 Days / 7 Nights
Mountain Hiking
Flowering alpine meadow with mountain scenery in the background

France’s largest Regional Natural Park is a paradise for nature fans, with its dreamy view of Mont Blanc and the seven mountain ranges of the Alps. You hike through open valleys with lush mixed forests of maple, beech and fir. The plateau offers unforgettable panoramic views, which are completed by white limestone rocks and large pastures where sheep graze.  Clear mountain streams are wonderfully refreshing. In spring and summer, a hiking holiday in the French Vercors is particularly beautiful. Then the green forests and colourful wildflower meadows are a real feast for the eyes. In autumn, the forests appear in bright shades of red and gold.

From Lans en Vercors, the route takes you via the Molière alpine pasture to Autrans. This is followed by a circular walk at Bec de l'Orient and on the Plateau de Gève. Later you hike from Autrans to Méaudre and over the Pass La Croix Chabaud to Bois Barbu. The circular hike through the abandoned settlement of Valchevrière and the plain of Herbouilly is also wonderful. From Bois Barbu, you trek back to Lans en Vercors. From there, more circular hikes await you before your hiking holiday ends.

  • Valchevrière: A historic village ruin in the Rhône-Alpes region. The hamlet was once inhabited by farmers and shepherds before it was destroyed in an attack. Only the chapel remains standing.
  • Des Col de l'Arc: The beautiful pass is easy to climb and offers excellent views of the Belledonne and L'Oisans mountains.
  • Moucherotte: The climb to this famous peak is well worth it. From an altitude of 1,901 metres above sea level, a magnificent view opens over the Isère valley, Grenoble and the Alps.
  • Gorges of Bruyant: You should definitely visit this fascinating place if you love mystical natural spectacles. Feel the energy of the mountain stream and the rushing waterfall.

This hiking holiday is suitable for both beginners and experienced hikers, as you can choose between easy or difficult routes each day. The daily hikes take up to seven hours, so a good basic level of fitness is recommended. Some sections require surefootedness.

Itinerary at a glance

Climb the Col de l'Arc and the Moucherotte and enjoy the magnificent mountain panoramas! Rushing water accompanies you through the gorges of Bruyant and in Valchevrière you will be touched by the eventful history.
Day
01
Arrival in Lans en Vercors

You will hike through the gentle landscape of the northern Vercors, over the "Pas de Bellecombe", "Pas de l'Ours" and "Charande" to the Molière Alp, from where you will have a magnificent view of seven mountain ranges of the Alps and Mont Blanc. Magnificent descent to Autrans.

Ascent on the long-distance hiking trail GR 9 to the "Signal de Nave", which offers a magnificent panorama. There, you can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the entire Isère valley, the mountains of the "Chartreuse" and the "Massif Central". The route continues past the "Bec de l'Orient", over the "Pas de la Clé". The descent to Autrans is at the mountain hut "Geve", through the gorge "combe des Mortes" back to the village center.

You will cross the "Claret" and its forested hills from Autrans to Méaudre. Then you go up to the small settlement of "Girauds", from where you hike up to the pass "La Croix Chabaud", through a hunting area for chamois, deer and roe deer. You will hike through the gorge of the "Bourne" and further to the Bois Barbu.

A wonderful hike that will take you in the circle of Bois Barbu through the abandoned settlement of "Valchevrière" and the beautiful plain of "Herbouilly". After a short climb to the "Pas de la Sambue", you will hike back down towards Fleur du Roy. Back to Bois Barbu, you will pass through the village of Corrençon and the pass of Liorin, a heritage village with many tourist attractions.

Short transfer to the hamlet of "Conversaria". From there you will hike on the beautiful path "Gobert", over the Col de l'Arc to Lans en Vercors. A beautiful path awaits you with magnificent views of the plateau of Villard de Lans, through the typical flora and fauna of the Vercors. From the pass "des Col de l'Arc", which is easy to climb, you will have a splendid view of the neighboring mountains "Belledonne" and "l'Oisans". If you still have strength and desire, you can enjoy another fantastic panoramic view of the entire Alps and the Vercors from the Pic St. Michel.

Climb the peak "Moucherotte" and enjoy a magnificent view of the valley of Lans en Vercors and Villard de Lans. On the other side, the "East Balcony" and the plateau of Vercors. Another option is to explore the gorges of "Bruyant". You walk north through the valley of Lans en Vercors and descend through the gorges along the mountain stream and waterfall. The return to Lans en Vercors is via the "Pas des Danois".

Day
08
Departure or extension

Route information

Mountain Hiking

Technical easy tour, although you should be in a good shape for the daily tours up to 7 hours. In parts sure-footedness is necessary. You walk mainly on walking paths. You can decide every day if you want to do an easy or difficult tour.

Prices & Dates

Category: nice 2**-hotels and inns, 2x 3***-hotel (French classification)

Prices per person in EUR

Services & Information

Further details about this tour

Included

  • Accomomodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • 7 evening meals
  • Luggage transfer (1 piece of luggage per person)
  • Transfers according to program

  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • Tourist tax, if due, is included in the price
  • Service hotline

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Arrival by train to Grenoble (www.sncf.com) and by bus to Lans en Vercors, approx. 1 hour. Or by taxi, cost approx. EUR 95 per fare (public holiday approx. EUR 140 per fare).
  • Airport Lyon or Geneva. Further by bus (www.fr.ouibus.com) to the train station of Grenoble. From Lyon approx. 1 hour and from Geneva approx. 2 hours.
  • Parking: Limited number of free hotel parking spaces, no reservation necessary.

Things to note

  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
  • Number of participants: min. 2 persons
  • This tour is a partner tour.

Services & Information

Further details about this tour

Included

  • Accomomodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • 7 dinner
  • Luggage transfer (1 piece of luggage per person)
  • Transfers according to program

 

  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • App for navigations and GPS-data
  • Tourist tax, if due, is included in the price
  • Service hotline

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Train journey to Grenoble (www.sncf.com) and by bus in about 1 hour to Lans en Vercors. Or travel by cab, about EUR 110 per trip (holiday about EUR 155 per trip).
  • Lyon or Geneva airport and from there by bus (www.blablacar.fr/bus) in about 1 hour from Lyon and in about 2 hours from Geneva to Grenoble train station.
  • Parking: limited number of free hotel parking spaces, no pre-reservation.

Things to note

  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
  • Number of participants: min. 2 persons
  • This tour is a partner tour.
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