Single centre self guided walking holidays in the French Alps

Maison Caramel is perfect for a centre - based walking holiday. It offers easy access to lots of excellent alpine walks passing right by the house. Located on the GR5 long distance path, we welcome walkers and understand their needs.

With our centred self-guided alpine walking holidays for groups and individuals, you use one of our two catered chalets as the single centre for your walks following a different route each day and returning back to base when you're ready. We provide picnic lunches, maps, detailed walking notes and drop offs / picks where necessary (see below for more detail). Your dogs are welcome to join you too.

Alternatively, explore the beautiful Tarentaise region on foot, taking one of our self-guided point to point / B&B to B&B alpine walking tours of 3, 5 or 7 nights going from one charming alpine B&B to another. All the B&Bs are dog-friendly, and we can carry along dog bedding and your preferred dog food too. We can also provide you with a personal guide each day if required.

Single centre self - guided walking holidays in the Tarentaise mountains of France

Choose either Maison Caramel or La Ferme Blanche as the base for your centred walking holiday in the French Alps. You take a different circular walk each day after a leisurely breakfast, self-guiding using our carefully researched walking notes and local maps.

We have a selection of routes available to suit different walking levels from grades one to four (see grading below). For some of the walks, particularly in May & September, short return transfers may be necessary (we provide these as part of the package).

There are lots of beautiful walks to choose from – whether following old cart tracks through alpine meadows and picturesque farming villages, exploring the rugged peaks of the Vanoise National Park (dogs not allowed in the centre of the park), or taking a scenic ramble to a mountain lake. We provide walking notes, maps and a picnic lunch.

In the afternoons, come back and relax in our sunny garden, take a sauna, or snuggle up with a book in front of the wood burner in the library. Every night, tuck into a delicious three course meal and sample some of the local delicacies.

Prices

Prices start from 265€pp for 3 nights, to 495€pp for 7 nights in Maison Caramel, based on a minimum of two people sharing a room. The price includes breakfast, picnic lunch, accommodation and a three course evening meal with wine each evening*. Walking notes, maps and transfers to the start / end of your walk, where indicated in the route notes, are also provided. We can also arrange airport and train station transfers (see below). 

Tailored walking holidays

We’re happy to tailor the length of holiday and type of walking to suit your needs, either with or without a guide. We can also provide special walking holiday packages and discounts for groups.

Airport and train station transfers

We offer free transfers from the train stations in Aime, Landry and Bourg St Maurice (all served by local trains from Lyon, Chambery and Grenoble, and the TGV from Paris). Airport transfers are available from 75€ return. See find us for more travel information.

Walking grades

  • Grade 1: Easy walking on good surfaces with only a few ascents or descents, walks generally last only a few hours
  • Grade 2: Generally easy walking on good surfaces with some ascents and descents, and longer days up to 5 or 6 hours
  • Grade 3: Moderate walking, largely on good surfaces, some long days and steep ascents or descents
  • Grade 4: Mountain walking, so more ascents/descents. Days can often be as long as 6 or 8 hours
  • Grade 5: High mountains and long days with steep ascents and descents. Mountain experience and compass skills necessary


* Guests staying 7 nights or more need to eat out on the staff night off (this is at your own expense).