Off topic: French Alps in September (Vercors and Ecrins) - where to stay?
Thread poster: Piotr Wargan
Piotr Wargan  Identity Verified
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May 29, 2006

Hello,
One week in Vercors and one week in Ecrins in September - that is the rough plan . What localities in each of these Parks would make the best starting point for one day trips on foot?

Thank you in advance for suggestions


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Albert Golub  Identity Verified
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This may help May 29, 2006

http://www.vallouise.info/gites-refuges.htm

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Piotr Wargan  Identity Verified
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Thanks Albert, May 29, 2006

I have actualy seen this site - it is indeed one of the most useful (another good one was Rando Gites site). Maybe you have a suggestion from your stay in these regions?

Thanks!

Piotr


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Albert Golub  Identity Verified
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For Vercors May 29, 2006

www.autrans.com
I was there long ago so I don't really remember the names of the places where I stayed.
If you need to translate any letter from English into French, I will be happy to do it for you (for free of course).


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Piotr Wargan  Identity Verified
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Many thanks! May 29, 2006

This Vercors site is new to me - great source of information!

Maybe I could use your help - that is nice to know that the helping hand is somewhere there. My French (basic spoken mostly...) is rather long forgotten (last time I used it in France was 1989


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Gites de France May 30, 2006

Hello Piotr

"Gites de France" is the most comprehensive organisation for that type of accomodation, especially in moutain areas. You also have a certain "warranty" of quality, in fact I've rarely been disappointed with them.

Unfortunatly, I've never been in the regions you mention. But if you take the time I think you can find what you need on that site.

Basiccaly there are two options.

Either you choose a week in a "Gite rural" (or best a "chalet d'alpage", if you prefer isolated situations), and from them you go walking around.

Or you plan a foot trip and stay each night in a different "gîte d'étape" (in a gîte d'étape, you can't stay more than a certain number of nights, perphaps just one, I d'ont remember. You sleep in commun rooms with other travellers).

Other options are camping (aire naturelle are small campings in more isolated places) and chambres d'hôte (you are by the inhabitant).

Hope all that is clear enough. Don't hesitate to ask more explanations, I will answer if I'm able to +:)

http://www.gites-de-france.fr/fr/index.htm

Last indication: those accomodation are certainly already full for this summer. But for september you may find. If more are full and if you can, try to go the last two weeks of september, there will be much less people.


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Piotr Wargan  Identity Verified
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Thanks Rene! May 30, 2006

Thank you for this comprehensive information, I have already established some contacts with owners of very interesting accomodation places in Ecrins.
Hope the weather in September is sunny and warm in the French Alps

Best regards,
Piotr


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