Yoga with a view

Walking & Yoga in the French Alps

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Trip code: 
TVX
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Fitness Holidays
Min age:
18
Group size:
5–15

A week of alpine walking, yoga practise and meditation

Nestled at the start of the alpine chain, Vercors provides the perfect backdrop for this week of walking and yoga, with lush valleys, high plateaux and dramatic mountain vistas. Each day we will practice Hatha yoga and meditation with classes taking place either indoors (the hotel or the village yoga room) or outdoors weather permitting, as well as a relaxation class usually before breakfast and dinner. Francois, our yoga teacher and hiking guide is a fully qualified (Hatha yoga and Pranayama breathing practices) and highly experienced teacher who loves sharing the joys and benefits of yoga and mindfulness. All classes have a holistic approach that combines postures with breathing practices, relaxation techniques, meditation and mindfulness.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga and meditation classes
  • Beautiful alpine walks
  • Hotel with outdoor pool
  • Local leader

 

Key information

  • 8 days land only/ flight inclusive
  • Travel by private bus
  • 7 nights in 3-star hotel
  • Group normally 5 to 15, plus leader. Min age 18 yrs

What's included

  • All breakfasts  and 2 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • Transfers for group flights
  • All fitness training and necessary equipment

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Single supplement
Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Day by day breakdown
Day 26.0km/4.0miles
Day 36.0km/4.0miles
Day 48.0km/5.0miles
Day 67.0km/5.0miles
Day 76.0km/4.0miles

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Itinerary

Lyon
to
Lyon
  • Day 1

    Fly to Lyon.

    Fly to Lyon; Francois, will be waiting in the arrivals hall to greet us and take us to the bus to transfer to Autrans (approximately 1 hr 25 mins). Once we have arrived and met with any of the group who have made their way independently Francois will hold a welcome meeting to discuss the week ahead, give advice on the local area and answer any questions.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Circular walk to Ban de l’Ours.

    As will be the routine for the upcoming week we will begin our day with yoga at the hotel before breakfast, or on the mountain at the start of the walk. Following this we will enjoy an introductory walk exploring the western part of the Vercors plateau, half on the wider plateau path and half in the forest on narrower walking tracks. This is a perfect first day walk to discover the area with many options available to extend or shorten the walk depending on the mood of the group. On returning to the hotel we will have some time for relaxation before our evening yoga session.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Waterfall loop walk.

    Yoga at the hotel before breakfast or on the mountain at the start of the walk. Today we take the Via Vercors trail up to Pepe Tournier shelter, named after a famous local farmer. From here we have beautiful views of Autrans Valley and the picturesque alpine village of Meaudre. Our route back follows a pleasant balcony trail and passes a pretty waterfall. Evening yoga.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Mountain walk to Charande and Bellecombe ridge.

    Yoga at the hotel before breakfast or on the mountain at the start of the walk. Following a short transfer to Geve (1300m) we walk to an old shelter used during the Second World War by the resistance and now converted into a mountain hut. From here we climb to the Col de Clé (1520m) with stunning views to the Chartreuse Range and Isere Valley. We continue on a wide ridge to the Pas de Brochier (1454m) where we can see the remains of a war plane that crashed in 1944. Evening yoga.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Free Day.

    Today is free. You could choose to take a trip to Villard de Lans, a pretty nearby town with shops, cafes and restaurants. Alternatively you could choose to relax by the hotel pool or take a walk locally. 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Charande Peak (1709 m).

    Yoga at the hotel before breakfast or on the mountain at the start of the walk. Following a short transfer to the Eastern side of Autrans at Moliere (1634m) we follow a spectacular (but easy) ridge walk passing Charande Peak, and Bellecombe Col. The views of the whole alpine range are breathtaking and in good weather we can see Mont Blanc, Belledone and the Ecrins mountain range. Evening yoga.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Bois de Claret.

    Yoga at the hotel before breakfast or on the mountain at the start of the walk. Today we head from the hotel door to the local winter jump ski area from where we follow an idyllic walk in the Claret woods. Throughout the walk we have excellent views of Autrans itself. Our return sees us head through farmland and the Via Vercors. Evening yoga.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    Farewell!!

    We have a relaxed morning before our return transfer back to Lyon.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

France

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

France

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 2 dinners are included.  Each day we will stop at a bakery or store for you to buy our lunch and there are some good local restaurants to choose from in the evenings. If you fancy staying close to home the hotel restaurant has an excellent reputation for its delicious dishes. 

Weather

The summers are comfortable in Autrans with temperatures averaging between 22-25 degrees celsius from June to September with rainfall at its least. However, as with any mountain resort weather can change very quickly so it is always important to pack extra layers and waterproofs.

Is this trip for you?

This week is graded Leisurely/Moderate (Activity Level 2). It is set at a relaxed pace combining daily yoga and meditation classes with beautiful alpine walks. The walking will be less than 10km of distance per day with and maximum of 500m of climbing, so should be suitable to any hillwalker of reasonable fitness. Daily distances are approximates only as the leader will adapt as per the abilities and mood of the group. 

Hatha yoga includes most yoga styles. It is an old system that includes the practice of asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises), which help bring peace to the mind and body.

Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
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Accommodation

Hotel Les Tilleuls ***

This comfortable family-run hotel makes the perfect base for this relaxing week. All rooms are en suite with TV and telephone and there is a hotel bar and heated outdoor swimming pool. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
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+44 (0)20 8772 3874
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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: sales@exodus.co.uk

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