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Family Adventure Holiday

Samoens, The French Alps

£895 5 years old +   
£1195 15 years old +

 7 
Days

20 - 27 July, 2024
27 July - 3 August, 2024

*If you would like us to arrange a trip outside of these dates get in touch or click here for more information.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Imagine a magical week with your family, where the children blossom (and don't even ask for their tech!) and in which you are totally re-Sourced! That is our goal.

 

We will take you to parts of the Alps that even the locals rarely see, but beyond the majestic scenery and the activities there is a very special warmth and energy on the trips; a sense of being able to just 'be'.. a sense of belonging.

 

This week enables you to connect with yourself, your family and nature and gives everyone time to re-SOURCE, re-WILD and re-CONNECT.  

WHO IS IT FOR

We welcome all families; trad, single parent, same sex, grandparents, blended, international.. all are welcome! We find that this trip is best for families with 5 to 15 year olds and we try to ensure a compatible age range on each trip.

 

This trip attracts a wonderful and interesting crowd. Many lifelong friends are made and families often come back again and again!

There is a magical bond created by sliding down leafy banks, sharing stories as the sun sets over the mountains and watching your children squeal as they dive under a glacial waterfall...  

ACCOMMODATION

We are very lucky to be able to stay at a  5* Chalet with a fantastic 20 metre salt water pool and a garden. It sleeps 16 in 6 rooms and is very spacious with many chill out areas so you can always find a quiet spot. There is also a sauna, hot tub, mini gym and a climbing wall at the chalet. The chalet is very well equipped with a washing machine and dryer, and you will be provided with towels, soaps, hair dryers, etc..

We allocate rooms on a first come, first serve basis. There are 2 family rooms that sleep 4 people and the other 4 rooms are twins and doubles. All of the rooms are en suite and most have balconies or french doors into the garden.

Check out the photos of the chalet below.

 

THE FOOD

Our cooking crew are joyful souls who dance and sing in the kitchen! They indulge us with delicious meals with ingredients sourced as locally and organically as possible. All our meals are vegetarian and dietary requirements can be catered for. Meat can be requested, but our chef takes great pleasure in convincing the most ardent 'meatatarians' that vegetarian food can be delicious and substantial!

TRAVEL: HOW TO GET TO SAMOENS

 

DRIVING

If you live within driving range, we recommend driving as you will need transport in Samoens! Samoens is 1 hour East of Geneva. 

 

It's a 10 hour drive from Southern England. Budget around £450 return for the Eurotunnel, tolls and fuel. The Ferry is a little less expensive. 

Our favourite place to stay en route is the spa motel The Val Moret. Rooms are around €100 for 3 or 4 people and the Spa and Dinners are superb!

TRAIN

Again, if you are in range, the train is a great way to travel. 

 

Saskia, your host, can offer free local transport for the first family of up to 4 people, who come by train... in which case, you need to get to Cluses 74 station by around 3pm on Saturday.

If you want to take the train and hire a car, we recommend you get the train to Bourg en Bresse (a 2 hour drive to Samoens).. but do check out the rental car offers before you book. Try RentalCars.

PLANE

The nearest airport is Geneva. Please rent a car from the Swiss side of the airport as it is a lot more straight forward. Samoens is a 1 hour drive from Geneva Airport.

THE BOOKING PROCESS

1. Feel free to email or call Saskia to ask any questions.

2. Check travel to Samoens.

3. Click on the Book Now button, you will be ask to fill out a confidential questionnaire and have space to ask any more questions.

4. If you want to go ahead, Saskia will send you a £50pp deposit invoice and payment link.  The balance is payable 3 months before the trip.

ITINERARY

Day 1 | ARRIVAL
Dinner

Everyone arrives at the chalet from 4pm. There will be snacks on arrival and hopefully you'll have time to explore the chalet, garden and swim in the pool before dinner. We will have a special Sourcey Welcome Circle to get to know each other and set the tone of the week. 

Day 2 | ROPES COURSE
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Today we will set off on our first adventure which will include going to a secret canyon. We will walk into a gorge and splash in a river and find caves before reaching Lac Blue where we can do a High Ropes course and swim in Lac Blue.

Day 3 | WHITE WATER RAFTING
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

We'll expereince a thrilling white water rafting adventure through a stunning canyon and if there is time we will head to a Wonder of France for a late lunch and take a dunk under a waterfall.

Day 4 | FAMILY DAY
Breakfast 

Today is a free day! We usually organise a really fun Rock Climbing or Canyonning session but others may choose to rest by the pool. Sometimes families choose to drive 45 minutes to Annecy to explore the beautiful ancient city. 

Day 5 | MOUNTAIN REFUGE
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner 

Today is Wednesday and it's Market Day so after breakfast we will have an hour to explore the market before heading off on our big expedition into the mountains.

We travel with backpacks with warm clothes, plenty of water and 2 days of pack lunches.

Day 6 | HIKE & LAKE SWIM
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

After a cosy night and 4 course meal at the refuge, we usually continue our majestic expedition in the morning and head for Lac D'Anterne, a stunning glacial lake. 

By 4 or 5pm we make it back to the chalet; exhausted but deeply satisfied!

Day 7 | FREE FAMILY DAY
Breakfast | Dinner

Today is a rest day... although there is plenty to do for those with boundless energy! You could parapent or mountain bike... whatever you decide to do, we regroup for a final farewell in the evening and usually end up dancing like Wild Things!

Day 8 | FAREWELL
Breakfast

We need to leave the chalet by 10am so it's Farewell until the next time!

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OUR ACCOMODATION
 SAMOENS, FRANCE

Sleeps a max of 16 with plenty of break out rooms

4 doubles/ twins and 2 Family Rooms, all en suite

Swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, climbing wall and mini gym

£895 5+   
£1195 16+

 7 
Days

20 - 27 July, 2024
27 July - 3 August, 2024

Mountain Lake with a Blue Sky

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • 7 nights in a stunning 6 x en suite bedroom 5* chalet with a garden and salt water swimming pool

  • 5 delicious and healthy largely organic vegan or vegetarian 2-course dinners w/ wine 

  • 7 energising breakfasts

  • 4 picnics on activity days

  • Hosting by Saskia and the cooking crew

  • 4 x facilitated activity days at discounted rates and help organising additional activities

  • Daily yoga class

  • Fluffy towels, linen, teas and coffee​

  • Free local transport for the first single parent family to request it

  • 1% of profits goes to The Global Eco Village Network to help build sustainable and regenerative communities worldwide.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

  • Getting to Samoens 

  • Travel insurance 

  • 1 dinner and 2 lunches

  • Budget for any extra gear you might need; e.g. hiking boots or sturdy trainers and a big day pack with a waist strap. (Suggested kit list will be sent with Welcome Letter).

  • To keep costs as low as possible, everyone pays for their own activities (White water rafting, Climbing, Ropes Course and Refuge. Budget a max of €105 for children and €133 for adults if you join ALL the group activities.

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