If you are still undecided about your summer holiday, consider an active family holiday in the mountains. I asked established tour operator Erna Low to pick their top 3 suggestions for this summer. All three are easy to drive to with Erna Low, who can organise your Eurotunnel crossing or consider flying to Geneva for Morzine and Les Carroz or Chambery/Lyon for Arc 1950.
Summer Holidays in the French Mountains
The French Alps are world famous for the fantastic range of skiing resorts in some amazing countryside. Not as many people consider the beauty of the French Alps for a summer holiday. Boy are they missing out on some outdoor fun and adventure for all the family.
Morzine is one of the few Alpine villages that is as buzzy in summer as it is in winter. Just an hour from Geneva in the Portes du Soleil region, there is no end of activities to choose from in summer. Experience outdoor activities including:
- summer sledging
- ice skating
- canoeing and kayaking
- wild swimming in lakes
- horse riding
- mountain biking
- via ferrata
- sky diving
You could also visit Avoriaz to play in their new waterpark, Aquariaz. All the Residence L’Aiglon apartments have use of the sauna for adult chill-out time with massage and beautician available for extra pampering should you wish to indulge.
On a holiday in Arc 1950 you will be high up in the mountains, with spectacular views across the Tarentaise valley to Mont Blanc. Hiking and biking are on your doorstep for older kids or you can take them rafting down the valley in Bourg St Maurice along the Isère river. Younger children will enjoy the weekly family Wednesday events with arts and crafts stands, local cultural displays and fireworks at the end of the evening. The free indoor/outdoor pools at ‘Le Village’ are popular and the fabulous spa is guaranteed to help you wind-down.
Stay in Les Carroz, an authentic Savoyard village at 1140m, surrounded by Alpine pastures and under an hour from Geneva airport – a perfect short transfer time for younger children. In the centre of the village, the Fermes du Soleil residence consists of rustic apartments divided into five large traditional chalets with a heated swimming pool and spa. The village offers all the usual summer activities such as gentle hikes, mountain biking, golf and horse-riding.
If the sea and sand and all things beach still ticks your box, head to the South of France and do activities such as sailing or diving. Choose from one of the Erna Low French Riviera holidays
and finally…Erna Low’s BEST PRICE GUARANTEE promises that if you find exactly the same accommodation cheaper with another UK tour operator prior to booking (and it’s available through them), they will match it!