SPRING FLOWERS OF THE FRENCH ALPS 2014
16th to 26th June, 2014 (11 nights)
Leader: Christopher Grey- Wilson
Cost: In the region of £1,100 per person (excluding flights and car hire)
Explore the floral wealth of the western Alps, the valleys and high passes. This tour is designed to cover the peak spring flowering period in an average year. This is a three-centre holiday to allow for as many sites as possible to be visited.
The French Alps represents one of the jewels in the mountains regions of Europe. With the great Rhone Valley to the west and the borders of Italy and Switzerland to the east, the great arc of the French Alps encompasses deep valleys, high passes, bustling rivers and splendid mountain views. The flora is rich and varied from lowland and pastures and woods to high alpine meadows, screes and rocky peaks, the high passes often snowbound into late spring and early summer, depending on the season. Expect to see drifts of pulsatillas, gentians and violas and a rich assortment of colourful meadow plants, as well as the discreet gems of the high passes. The area is also renowned for its birds and butterflies and offers numerous fine mountain walks.
Once much visited by AGS members this enticing region has been rather neglected in recent years for locations further afield and yet it is as rich as any temperate mountain and just as rewarding, containing as it does numerous plants that are widely grown by members. The tour will have three locations spanning the Haute-Alpes and the Vanoise and there will be plenty of time to walk and explore. The tour will start in Vercors before moving on to Briançon and then Lanselbourg, allowing plenty of time to explore some of the famous passes of the region, like the Col de Galibier and the Col d’Isoard. Plant highlights include Gentiana ligustica, two subspecies of Pulsatilla alpina (subsp. cottianiae and subsp. millefoliatus), Primula marginata, Ranunculus keupferi and Viola calcarata but these only serve to whet the appetite.
Accommodation will be in local hotels/ auberge. Travelling will be by sharing self-drive hire cars. Flights are available to Lyon or Grenoble from several UK airports.
The Tour is limited to 18 participants plus 2 leaders and bookings will be processed in order of receipt. If you intend to book your own flights, please do not do so until we have confirmed there are sufficient participants for the tour to go ahead.
For further information please contact:
AGS Centre, Avon Bank, Pershore WR10 3JP.
phone - 01386 554790 or email firstname.lastname@example.org