Summer holiday chalet in Samoens Alpine walking and activity holidays
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If you haven’t really thought of the mountains as a summer holiday destination then Samoëns, set in the sunny Giffre valley in the Haute Savoie, is a welcome surprise.  Full of history it’s an attractive small town, with glorious views, surrounded by mountain peaks. What’s more it’s easy to get to and there’s something for everyone and all ages to do, from the adrenalin rush of parapenting or canyoning to the attractions of quiet places, sunny spots, leisurely meals and winding trails.


People often come here year after year to enjoy the quality of life, to appreciate the tradition and history of the valley, to take part in the local culture and festivals and to make the most of all that is on offer. The valley itself winds up past Samoëns to Sixt, where it comes to a halt facing the rugged circle of glaciers that make up the Fer à Cheval.  This means there is no through traffic and in some ways Samoens and the other local villages have remained cut off from the better known destinations, all of which adds to their appeal.

The Haute Savoie stretches south from the shores of Lake Geneva to the Italian border, some of the best known ski resorts are here, Chamonix, Megeve, Flaine and Morzine among them, scattered among the high peaks that make up much of the impressive scenery. Proud of its’ history and traditions, stone masons, farmers, woodmen, cheese makers, wine producers still flourish here and you can walk past traditional working farms and workshops amongst the local chalets.

Travel options:

A car is really useful in the summer months and means you can make the most of the varied activities and destinations on offer. The journey by car is straightforward from the channel ports, about 8 hours if you drive fast, or 9-10 if you take your time and stop more often.  Many people choose to stop overnight en route, favourite places include the Burgundy and Beaujolais regions, and historic towns such as Rheims.


Another option is to fly into Geneva and pick up a car; from there it’s an easy drive to reach us and will take about an hour. Car hire is usually very reasonable, we suggest for comparisons. Flights into Geneva are frequent and can be excellent value, again is a very useful site for finding good deals or the following airlines operate regular flights to Geneva:

British Airways
Swiss Air
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The third and increasingly popular method of travel is to take Eurostar over to Paris, Gare du Nord, then an easy change to the Gare du Lyon where the TGV will bring you to Cluses in just over four hours, and from where we can collect you.

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