The French Alps are cosmopolitan, buzzing with life but also charming, and holidays in France give you a chance to get off the beaten track at the quieter resorts or throw yourself into iconic walks. Exciting Alpine activities and a vibrant social scene will greet you in resorts like Chamonix and Morzine. Step into the Void from the Aiguille du Midi mountain platform or leave the world behind with remote hikes from La Clusaz. With a fantastic network of cable cars, gondolas and funiculars, exploring some of the famous slopes of the ski scene is as easy or hard as you want it to be.
Walking holidays in France
The trails around Mont Blanc, Chamonix, Lake Annecy and Morzine are just begging to be explored whether you’re a serious hiker or looking for gentle trails with the family.
Spend a day hiking to the Mer de Glace - the largest glacier in France or follow the path of the French Resistance into Switzerland. Alternatively, soak up the silence as you explore stunning trails above the pure waters of Lake Annecy or spend your days pottering the lakeside with friends.
Sightseeing on your holiday in France
A multi-centre holiday in France is often the best way to capture the essence of this diverse region. You will fall hopelessly in love exploring Lake Annecy (the Venice of the Alpes) with its brightly coloured houses, ancient waterways, and sandy beaches. And why not include a few nights in Chamonix that has a touch of luxury and a lot of fun in a town that is as big on chic as it is on dramatic views.
Action packed French holidays
When you’re not out on the trails, there’s plenty to do. You’ll find gentler pursuits on Lake Annecy and Lac de Montriond in Morzine where you can unwind with paddleboards, pedalos, or have a go at wakeboarding. Or go high octane with paragliding, and the Via Ferrata! And for cyclists, test your bike skills on one of the Tour de France stages at Annecy or at the Morzine Bike Park with 650km of trails.
Holidays in France for the gourmand
It wouldn’t be a holiday in France without superb cuisine and this region serves up some of the best dishes in the country. Before a day’s walking from La Clusaz, visit the weekly market and stock up on Savoy ham and Sapinette liqueur or tuck into a Savoyarde Fondue (think local white wine, cheese, garlic, Kirsch) or Tartiflette as your walker’s lunch at one of the mountain huts.