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The Alps in summer

Our verdict:

Once the last of the snow has melted and summer comes around, the Alps spring back to life, with hillsides carpeted with flowers and sunshine glistening off lakes. Stay in a cosy Alpine village and choose from a menu of thrilling activities, from mountain biking and rock climbing to glacier skiing and white-water rafting.

Recommended tour operator: Peak Retreats

The great outdoors - alpine summerSummer skiingle port, l'auberge du Père Bise et le massif des Bauges

Peak Retreats says

Summer holidays in the French Alps are close to perfection!

  • Dramatic scenery
  • Great value for money
  • Outdoor activities

Famous for winter skiing, the joys of summer in the mountains still largely remain a secret. The huge range of activities and idyllic scenery create the perfect destination for families, adrenaline-seekers, couples and even sun-chasers.

We’ve purposely hand-picked traditional resorts away from the big crowds – picturesque villages with lots to explore, a range of activities and delicious, hearty food. Each of our 43 resorts offers a unique attraction so there’s something for everyone, from adventure parks to rock climbing, mountain biking and even summer skiing.

In addition, there’s plenty of opportunity to experience life in the mountains by making the most of our resorts’ events calendars. Alternatively, you can simply relax in the sunshine and enjoy breath-taking views of the surrounding mountain peaks.

Our selection of summer holiday accommodation includes self-catered apartments (many of which have swimming pools), self-catered chalets suitable for large groups and cosy, family-run hotels.

Our packages include travel by ferry or Eurotunnel, or you can just book your accommodation with us. We’re happy to help book train services, transfers, car hire and en-route accommodation.

Whatever your budget, a summer holiday in the French Alps makes for a great break combining the chance to relax with opportunities for outdoor fun. In 2019, we have plenty of special offers available such as 35% off and two weeks for the price of one. Prices start from around £80 per person for seven nights including a mid-week ferry crossing (based on seven nights self-catering for five people sharing a two-bedroom apartment).

Our expert team is more than happy to talk through which resort and package would best suit your group. Head to our website to find out more about us and our summer holidays in the Alps.

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