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Holiday suggestions

Haute Maurienne Vanoise proposes a gold mine of solutions for the perfect family holiday, romantic getaway, solo retreat or escapade with friends. We have tons of ideas to satisfy your mountain holiday wishes, whether you stay at Aussois, Valfréjus, La Norma, Val Cenis Lanslebourg, Val Cenis Lanslevillard, Bessans or Bonneval sur Arc! Hotels, gites, furnished lets… anything’s possible!
So wait no longer, come and explore Haute Maurienne Vanoise!

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The key to activities galore

With the professionals of Haute Maurienne Vanoise, we have put together for you an Activity Pass that will ensure you and your family or friends really make the most of this extraordinary playground.
Your one-week stay in Haute Maurienne Vanoise could look like this:
Day 1: Hiking on the trails of the Vanoise National Park
Day 2: Swimming in the lake (La Norma, Val Cenis Sollières or Bessans), fishing, paddleboarding, canoeing
Day 3: Discovery of the forts, museums, churches, chapels, dairy cooperative, breweries
Day 4: Treetop adventure trail, rock climbing, zip line, via ferrata
Day 5: Mountain biking, Ebiking, Chantelouve bike park in Bessans, Pumptrack in Aussois
Day 6: Canyoning at Ecot, diving, horse or donkey riding, rollerblading, laser shooting, trampolining, yoga

Mountain biking galore!

What would you say to a 100% mountain biking holiday in Haute Maurienne Vanoise?

We have mountain bike trails for all levels (with a different colour for each level of difficulty), Cross-country and Enduro trails for the sporty, qualified instructors, fun areas for families, routes to discover the natural and cultural heritage, and partners who offer sound advice, not forgetting our free application to download:

Logo R-Bikes

Have a go at mountain biking with friends and family, make memories of your holiday or weekend in the heart of nature on HMV’s 320 km of trails in an FFC-approved mountain-bike area.
You are in a protected natural environment, so ride a bike and reduce your carbon footprint! Cycling is eco-friendly!

Up for a different kind of adventure?

If you think the mountains are just for hiking, wide open spaces, beautiful landscapes and marmots, it’s time to forget the cliché and live your own adventure!
In Haute Maurienne Vanoise, you can enjoy unusual experiences that take you out of your comfort zone, and finally dare to try new activities you’ve only ever dreamt of.
So push out those boundaries and get the adrenaline pumping, along with the endorphins. It’s good for your health and great for morale!
In short, we can help you to do what’s good for you!
Mountain lake diving, microlight flight, canyoning, hydrospeeding, giant zip line, escape game, trampolining, wheel-skiing, laser shooting, a night at altitude in a pod or a teepee…

Baroque Art

Explore “GOLDEN” Haute Maurienne Vanoise on the Baroque Trails
Don’t be fooled by the outward sobriety of our churches and chapels. Go on, step inside if you dare!
These gems of Baroque art will dazzle you with their gilding, murals and sculptures. Cherubs, saints, black virgins, draperies, altarpieces, flowers, stained-glass windows, trompe-l’oeil decorations… These places were often built with funds donated by the villagers and decorated by local sculptors and painters.
Dedicated to the Holy Protectors or the Virgin Mary, the chapels and churches are named Saint-Antoine like the protector of the flocks, Saint Roch who protected against the plague, Notre-Dame de L’Assomption, etc.

Take advantage of the guided tours to deepen your knowledge and discover why you come across so many oratories and chapels while hiking along the paths of Haute Maurienne.


From fort to fort, the Sentinels of the Alps

Like true sentinels of every era, a multitude of fortifications stand on our mountainsides. The most noticeable are those that form the Esseillon Barrier, designed to the plans of the Marquis de Montalembert. The glacial barrier of Esseillon lent itself perfectly to the defensive layout of forts positioned on top of one another. In 1815, when Haute Maurienne belonged to the Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia, Victor-Emmanuel, the sovereign, ordered the construction of these 5 forts to protect against French invasion.
In another era when winters were harsh and life was short and arduous, we prayed to God and implored the Devil! Today, the forts can be visited freely and children will learn so much more by pretending to be soldiers in the footsteps of Alessandro, by reading the comic strip about the forts, by solving the riddles of the escape game Gateway to the Secrets of the Marie-Thérèse Redoubt, and by listening to the legends of the Devil’s Bridge and the Torch Dog.

Other forts, built after Savoie was annexed to France, watch over the new frontier. The forts of Ronce, Malamot, La Turra and Variselle defend the Mont-Cenis sector, while those of Le Lavoir, Replaton, Sapey and Saint-Gobain defend Modane and the surrounding area.

On the roads of the Tour de France

As the largest cycling area in the world, Maurienne is a choice region for cyclists. It is known worldwide thanks to the regular passage of the Tour de France cycle race through the valley.
Which professional or amateur cyclist hasn’t dreamt of climbing the highest mountain passes in the department of Savoie: Galibier, Iseran, Mont-Cenis, Madeleine, Croix de Fer and Glandon?

Throughout the summer, the Mountain Collection challenge (18 climbs on car-free roads) allows everyone to enjoy this sporting experience in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. An opportunity to discover Haute Maurienne Vanoise in a different way, in the safety of a road closed to traffic.