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Alpine Adventure Trip

Samoens, The French Alps

£985 8 years old +   
 

 7 
Days

3 -10  August, 2024 - FULL

10-17 August, 2024 - 11+

17-24 August, 2024 - 8+

*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

It's really hard to find trips that work for all the family, especially when you have teenagers who want their independence and prefer social media to hanging out with their family! This trip is designed specifically for families with Teenagers. By popular demand we are also running a variation of this week for families with children of 8+.

 

It is a great value, all inclusive adventure week hosted by Agneiszka, an International Mountain Leader and Tree Whisperer. This week includes Lake Swimming, White Water Rafting, Canyonning (abseilling in waterfalls) and a 3 day, and 2 night hut to hut (mountain refuge) trip. It is physically and mentally challenging but nothing that most teenagers and parents would not be able to manage! Everything is optional and we find that nearly 98% of guests choose to participate in all of the activities.

We want the hoods to come down! We want apathy to turn to vitality; disinterest to become connection! This trip is about taking teenagers out of their comfort zone in a safe and supportive space and touching their spirits with the awe of nature, the beauty of simplicity... showing them how capable they are!

 

This Adventure holiday enables the whole family to re-SOURCE, re-WILD and re-CONNECT, together. 

WHO IS IT FOR

We welcome all families; trad, single parent, same sex, grandparents, blended, international.. all are welcome! This trip is best for families with children 11+ years old. We try to ensure a compatible age range on each trip.

 

La Source Holidays attracts a wonderful and interesting crowd. Many lifelong friends are made and families often come back year after year!

There is a magical bond created by supporting each other to rapel down a waterfall, to challenge each other to dip in a glacial natural spa and to camp out together in a rustic high mountain hut. 

ACCOMMODATION

We stay in a lovely newly built Centre de Vacances, or Outdoor Centre in Samoens with beautiful views.

 

Each family shares their own en suite dorm room.

There is a large communal area and kitchen.

Check out the photos of the Outdoor Centre below.

2 nights will be spent in Refuges, or catered High Huts in the mountains. 

 

THE FOOD

It's a beautiful 5 minute walk to the Old Savoyard Barn where we eat our breakfast and dinners. The food is abundant and healthy and vegetarian on request. 

At breakfast we will make up our picnics. 

The two nights that we spend at the refuge are catered by the Refuge team.

TRAVEL: HOW TO GET TO SAMOENS

 

TRAIN

If you are in range, we encourage you to take the train to Cluses 74.  We offer free local transport for the  first 8 guests who travel  by train.  From the UK, you would get an early Eurostar to Gare du Nord, get an huber to Gare du Lyon, and get the train to Cluses for around 3pm. Many guests choose to spend Friday night in Paris. 

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) or Geneva... Check out the rental car offers before you book. We recommend booking.com.

DRIVING

Driving is the next best option, again if you are in range! 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!

PLANE

The nearest airport is Geneva. Please rent a car from the Swiss side of the airport as it is 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. Agnieszka will collect the first 8 guests who book by train from Cluses at around 3pm. There will be time for ice breakers and team building and perhaps even a swim at the Lake before dinner at the Outdoor Centre.

Day 2 | WHITE WATER RAFTING
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Today we will set off on our first adventure which is white water rafting through a magical canyon. We will picnic in a Sixt Fer a Cheval, designated as one of the Wonders of the World. Those who wish too, can dip under a waterfall. 

Day 3 | CANYONNING
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

We'll expereince a thrilling canyonning adventure in a stunning canyon and in the afternoon there will time to explore the heritage village of Samoens.

Day 4 | HUT TO HUT HIKE
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Today we start our 3 day hike in the Mountains. We take our time and enjoy the absolute majesty of this landscape. We stop at a natural spa for a swim. There energy is totally different from down in the valley.

Day 5 | HUT TO HUT HIKE
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner 

After a night at the refuge, we get into the swing of the simplicity of mountain living. We head deeper into the mountains, swimming in a glacial lake on our way to our 2nd Refuge. 

Day 6 | RETURN FROM HIKING
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

After a very cosy 2 nights away, exhausted and smelling fruitier than usual, we hike back to our vehicles. We get back to the Chalet by around 4pm and have a debrief over dinner.

Day 7 | FREE FAMILY DAY
Breakfast | Picnic | Dinner

Today is a rest day, although there is plenty  more action 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 heading down to the Lake for a night swim.

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

Group size is 8 to 16.

Each family gets their own en suite bunk room.

Dining facilities are a beautiful 5 mins walk from the Outdoor Centre Accommodation.

£985+   

 7 
Days

20-27 July, 2024

27 July - 3 August, 2024

3 -10  August, 2024

10-17 August, 2024

17-24 August, 2024

Mountain Lake with a Blue Sky

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • 7 nights accomodation in an Outdoor Centre. each family has their own en suite room.  

  • Fully catering

  • Hosting and guiding by Agneiszka, International Mountain Leader

  • 1 morning x White Water Rafting and an afternoon at Sixt Fer a Cheval

  • 1 morning Canyonning and an afternoon in Samoens Village

  • 2 nights at a catered refuge and 3 days of guided hiking

  • Free local transport for the first 8 guests who come by train

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

  • Getting to Samoens 

  • Travel insurance 

  • 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 - bedding etc is provided).

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