8 Days Activities and Yoga Retreat in the French Alps, France

  • 73640, Sainte-Foy, Tarentaise, France

8 Days Activities and Yoga Retreat in the French Alps, France

  • 73640, Sainte-Foy, Tarentaise, France

Hiking and Yoga Holiday France

Join AdventureYogi in the beautiful French Alps for a yoga and hiking holiday adventure. Start and end the day with yoga to stretch out your hiking limbs. If you have not visited the French Alps in the summer time, you are in for a treat as the mountains take on their summer mantle the views are spectacular! There are plenty of activities to choose from. You can swim in refreshing glacial lakes, try paragliding, white water rafting, or enjoy the olympic sized pool in Bourg St Maurice.

Highlights

  • 2 1.5-hour yoga classes daily
  • 2 guided hikes with packed lunch
  • Sauna and outdoor hot tub in beautiful gardens
  • Transfers to and from Bourg St Maurice Train Station
  • 6 gourmet vegetarian evening feasts and local wine
  • Experienced and friendly hosts
  • Delicious brunch after yoga
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English

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There are five twin or double rooms and two single rooms all with en-suite bath or shower rooms. There are five bedrooms on the ground floor. The two single rooms with en-suites have glazed doors opening directly onto the garden, with the other rooms being on the second floor. The ground floor rooms have all been completely renovated in 2014. All the bedrooms are decorated in soothing colour schemes to reflect the surroundings and have beautiful mountain photographs on the walls.

Enjoy full immersion of your yoga practice over the week (with one day off mid week to rest) inside or on the decking. Step out of the chalet and the mountain trails are yours for the picking. If you have not visited the French Alps in the summer time, you're in for a treat. As the winter snow melts away in the spring, the mountains take on their summer mantle of bright green grass and colorful alpine flowers. The views are equally as spectacular in the summer as they are in the winter.

After a long walk, reward yourself with a swim to cool off in a refreshing glacial lake. There are so many hikes to choose from, blue, red or black hikes. Enjoy views of Mont Blanc in the distance. If you feel like a day off from walking, why not try parapenting or white water rafting, or enjoy the olympic-sized pool in Bourg St Maurice. You can also simply relax in the garden of the chalet and catch some sun whilst enjoying a good book.

Each day there will be something exciting in store for you. Please note that the schedule is all optional. It is your holiday so you can be as active or relaxed as you like. If you feel like you need a day off to relax at the chalet, have a hot tub and sauna, a snooze and a massage then do it!

A typical day

  • 08:00 Wake up with hot water and lemon
  • 08:30 Morning yoga practice
  • 10:00 Brunch served
  • 11:00 Time for activities - walking, hiking, climbing or just relaxing in the chalet. Massage and other holistic treatments on offer
  • 18:00 Evening yoga practice
  • 19:45 Dinner

Activities

  • Day 1: Day hike with packed lunch to 1500 meters to gauge the level of the group and get up high, followed by a wild swim
  • Day 2: Day trip to Val D’Isere, or day off and relax at the chalet, go for a walk from the chalet
  • Day 3: Day hike with packed lunch to 2000 meters to see views of Mont Blanc, followed by a wild swim
  • Day 4: Day trip to Tignes, or day off and relax at the chalet, go for a walk from the chalet
  • Day 5: Sunrise yoga up the mountain, followed by early morning hike and afternoon to relax, or go paragliding
  • Day 6: White water rafting, mountain biking, swimming, or shopping in Bourg St Maurice, day off, treatments
  • Day 7: Home time

Two daytime hikes with experienced guide including packed lunch are included in the price.

The rustic chalet is set in La Thuile, a small peaceful hamlet that is a part of the commune of Sainte Foy Tarentaise. It is nestled on the mountainside surrounded by alpine pastures, at 1250 meters altitude, half way between Bourg St Maurice and Val dIsre. This is one of the most easterly and spectacularly beautiful parts of the French Alps right up against the Italian border.

Nearby places

  • Bourg St Maurice Train Station - 20 minutes
  • Geneva International Airport, Swiss - 3 hours

Your meals will all be freshly prepared by an in-house chef Will, who is Cordon Bleu trained and is highly-talented. He has taken on the challenge to create wheat, dairy, sugar, gluten free food to a Cordon Vert standard and has succeeded. Be prepared to be thoroughly spoiled with your three-course evening meal, beautifully presented and delicious.

Brunch is buffet style, offering a selection of juices and homemade smoothies, a selection of cereals, including homemade Granola, fresh fruit, yogurt, boiled eggs, freshly baked hot croissants and bread with homemade marmalade, jams, and local honey, washed down with freshly brewed tea, herbal teas or coffee. If you are staying in the chalet, you can enjoy lunch for 10 EUR.

There are plenty of activities on offer, from a gentle stroll to organized hike, mountain biking to parapenting or white water rafting. Below is a list of activities on offer, let Adventure Yogi know which ones you are interested in and if it is available, they will book you in.

Guide your own hikes

The hiking trails around La Rosiere are easily accessible on foot and the hiking maps are excellent, so plan a hike and choose the level and off you go! They can last for two hours or six hours, its up to you. More information is sent out before the holiday starts with an itinerary so that you can choose what you would like to do.

Hiking

There are optional two to three other hikes throughout the week with a guide and packed lunch. Taking you to glacial lakes for wild swimming, waterfalls and stunning views of snow capped Mont Blanc for 25 EUR per day.

Hydrospeeding

Hydrospeeding is available for the adrenaline junkies on the Isre River for 65 EUR.

Mountain biking

It's a mountain biker's paradise in the local area, with a lift system operating in the summer. You can carry your bike up and have lots of down-hill adventures. Adventure Yogi has routes written out and mapped up on hand-out sheets for the guests, and bike hire can be arranged.

Parapente or paragliding

Parapente or paragliding is possible here with the most stunning views of the mountains for 90 EUR.

Rafting

White water rafting takes place daily and trips are easily arranged for 68 EUR. The standard route takes in two grade four rapids and two grade threes.

Swimming

There is an Olympic sized pool in Bourg St Maurice which Adventure Yogi can arrange lifts to get to, and a fresh water lake nearby, complete with sandy beach and cafe.

You can book from a range of treatments with local therapists who will come to the chalet and treat any aches and pains from the weeks activities at an extra cost. Massage treatments are 38 GBP for 30 minutes, or 65 GBP for one hour.

  • 2 1.5-hour yoga classes daily
  • 2 hikes on the first day and the third day with packed lunch and local guide
  • 6 gourmet vegetarian evening feast and local wine
  • 7 nights beautiful chalet accommodation
  • Delicious brunch after yoga with granola, eggs, juices, and home-made smoothies
  • Free in resort transfers to the hikes, to Tignes, Val D’Isere and Bourg St Maurice and to your activities of choice
  • Outdoor hot tub in beautiful gardens or sauna
  • Transfers to and from Bourg St Maurice Train Station or Geneva Airport
  • Afternoon activities
  • Massage
  • Flights / train travel
  • Insurance
  • Lunches

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Geneva Airport (GVA). Transfer from and to the airport is included. AdventureYogi will pick you up from the airport.

If you decide to fly, please make sure you book your outward bound flight to arrive before 3 p.m. and homeward bound flight to leave after 1 p.m. This is so that AdventureYogi can arrange one group transfer, which will be included in the price. If you arrive outside of these times, your transfer will be out or their control and considerably more expensive.

Arrival by train

Rail Europe do not release train tickets until three months prior to travel. Please check the options and book the recommended train times for your transfer.

Meeting and drop-off point is Bourg St Maurice Train Station. Transfer to and from Bourg St Maurice Train Station can be arranged. Please contact AdventureYogi for more information on group transfer, which will be included in the price. If you arrive outside of these times, your transfer will be out of their control and considerably more expensive.

AdventureYogi highly recommends that you travel by train because of some reasons. The train is a mere 20-minute drive from the chalet whereas the flight transfer from Geneva is three hours. The slow way to travel, take in the countryside, have a stopover in Paris if you fancy, make the journey a part of your adventure.

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 56 days before arrival.

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  • Review by Alice from United Kingdom
    8 out of 10

    "I had a great weekend retreat in Norfolk. I think it was good value for money: the highlights were our amazing yoga teacher, Chetana. Many of us felt very lucky to have her as she 'lives and breathes' yoga and incorporated the spiritual elements of the practice which we wouldn't normally benefit from in a weekly one-hour yoga class. So that was a real pleasure, and she was so attentive to each individual. A wonderful teacher!I very much enjoyed my hot stone massage with Lucy, who was excellent. The main complaint I have, which others shared with me, was that the retreat advertised a trip to the beach and to the local fort. But there is no way you can participate in these if you have been scheduled for the earliest treatment at 3:30 p.m. I was one of such, but the only one in my yoga group, so I was sad to not be able to join them at the beach (it wouldn't be fair to make one car return early just because of my early treatment time). It turned out that the earliest returnees got back at 4:30 p.m. as the beach is at least 45 minutes drive away with the traffic (advertised as half an hour) and some people ended up missing even later treatments because of this schedule clash. I personally managed to join the other yoga group at the fort, but even that was rushed and I had to march back to the center to be in time- not very relaxing. This scheduling really needs rethinking as many people found this unfair when the trips were advertised elements of the program.Anyway, I only wish for this retreat to be even better for the next guests, as everyone had such a good time overall. The food was wonderful and plentiful, very nourishing, and the chefs were lovely too. The wraps for a packed lunch were a good idea. The yoga was fantastic, the teachers and therapists were wonderful, and the center and its grounds beautiful, so I would really recommend it to others. The Kirtan chanting, group healing and 'trance dance' were wonderful additional elements."

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  • Review by Claire from United Kingdom

    "A relaxing and nourishing retreat for the body and soul in the heart of the countryside. I arrived feeling frazzled and left at the end of the weekend feeling more relaxed than i have felt in ages.The delicious home cooked vegetarian food, relaxing and restoring yoga, massages, walks, time to just sit and relax combined to make a truly wonderful weekend. The yoga instruction was excellent and suitable for all levels of experience. The setting was beautiful and the accommodation perfect. I will definitely return."

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  • Review by Lindsay

    "Stunning location, amazing little areas, the nook, outdoor kitchen Im coming back for the tree house! Katherine was a fantastic teacher and the fire space was perfect. The info before the weekend was fantastic, the correspondence friendly and the weekend very well organized. Wonderful weekend of bliss, Thank you!"

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  • Review by Martin

    "I wanted a weekend that took me out of myself and provided some relaxation and a focus on health and spirit. I left feeling happy and a bit cherished too, which was very welcome! Delicious food, warm, friendly and supportive atmosphere."

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  • Review by Andrea from United Kingdom

    "AdventureYogi ran a glorious winter yoga retreat at a Norfolk area old historic manor. The yoga was patient, calm and yet a healthy challenge for all levels. Food was healthy, tasty and plentiful. The full AdventureYogi team made it a wonderful break from a hectic life in London. Thanks Ladies!"

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  • Review by Alexie from United Kingdom

    "Magical garden, beautiful main house. Adventure Yogi is exactly what it says on the tin. Adventurous spirit and yogi level yoga, perfect for some healthy, holistic escapism and head space - a must try!"

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  • Review by Viv

    "I have fallen in love with Sri Lanka and cannot pick one single fault in the accommodation; it was 5 star in every single way. I was in my element with the food - curry for breakfast! it all exceeded my expectations... the food, the rooms, the yoga, and the little touches like the flowers on the sun beds and the bell on the gate made it very special."

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  • Review by Vicky

    "Excellent location, superb food, and wonderful yoga. Such a friendly, helpful group of organizer. I felt 100% better, reergenized, and healed - body, mind, and spirit."

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  • Review by Claire

    "It exceeded my expectations! I feel so grounded and calm. It was a good quality retreat and so tranquil and calm and it is a beautiful venue, very comfortable and loved the pool especially!"

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