Overview for The Vercors Massif Circuit
Located at the foothills of the French Alps, the Vercors Massif offers some of the most attractive and accessible terrains in France for exploration on foot. This Vercors Massif walking itinerary will take you on a week-long walking adventure in the Vercors Nature Park, the biggest in France. Along the way, you will discover one of the most magical – and still off the radar – regions for hiking in France: rugged ridges, deep gorges, dense forests, lush valleys, limestone plateaus and traditional villages. Vercors is also known for its abundant wildlife: is one of the very few regions in western Europe harbouring six species of wild ungulates — Ibex, Chamois, Red Deer, Roe Deer, Mouflon and Wild Boar all occurring here.
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Day 1: Lans en Vercors
Gateway to the Vercors Four Mountains, Lans-en-Vercors is a mountain village located in the heart of the Regional Natural Park of Vercors, just 30 minutes by train from Grenoble and 1.15h from Lyon. You can do a short walk around the Lans hamlets or relax in the hotel’s swimming pool.
Overnight in Lans en Vercors, 2* hotel
Day 2: Lans en Vercors – Autrans
Today you will walk along the Vercors northern ridges, by the Pas de Bellecombe and the Pas de l’Ours. On the Molière mountain pasture, you’ll have a beautiful view over the Alps – seven massifs including the Mont Blanc. A pleasant descent to Autrans follows, located in the middle of several hamlets. Today’s hotel also has a swimming pool where you can relax after the walk.
Walking for the day: 5 to 6 hrs, ↑650 m ↓650 m
Overnight in Autrans, 2* hotel
Day 3: Autrans – Rencurel
Today you pass towards the Pas way of Pertuzon by following the GR9 route that will lead you on a beautiful path to Rencurel, a charming little village; the hotel has a swimming pool.
Walking for the day: 5 hrs, ↑400 m ↓650 m
Overnight in Rencurel, 2* hotel
Day 4: Rencurel – Pont en Royans/Choranche
Again following the Pas way you will walk Ranc and the caves of Choranche. A great day with exceptional sites: Choranche, the waterfalls at Choranche and the unique cave with thousands of stalactites. You continue to Pont en Royans and its hanging houses over the Bourne.
Walking for the day: 6-7 hrs, ↑500 m ↓1000 m
Overnight in Pont en Royans or Choranche, 2* hotel
Day 5: Pont en Royans/Choranche – La Chapelle en Vercors
A short transfer will bring you to the pass of Mézelier. Climb to Central Vercors by the Pas way of Voûtes and the Grand Goulets. The panoramas are superb over the entire massif. You cross the beautiful forest of the Allier; you will see one of the most impressive sites of the Vercors: The Grand Goulets, a narrow gorge sculpted in the limestone. You end your stage in Chapelle en Vercors.
Walking for the day: 5-6 hrs, ↑900 m ↓600 m
Overnight in La Chapelle en Vercors, 2* hotel
Day 6: La Chapelle en Vercors – Bois Barbu
A short transfer will bring you to Tourtre; then walk to Bois Barbu, above Villard de Lans by the Pas”way of St Martin and the valleys of Herbouilly and Valchevrière
Walking for the day: 5-6 hrs, ↑900 m ↓600 m
Overnight in Ferme de Bois Barbu or at the Auberge des Montauds (2*)
Day 7: Bois Barbu – Villard de Lans – Lans en Vercors
A short transfer will bring you to Conversaria, above Villard de Lans. You will reach Lans en Vercors by the path of Sentier Gobert, the Col Vert (and optionally climb St Michel Peak). You will walk on a beautiful balcony eco path, where you will discover the typical North Vercors flora and offering great views onto the entire Villard valley.
Walking for the day: 5 hrs, ↑350 m ↓400 m
Overnight in Lans en Vercors, 2* hotel
Day 8: Departure
End of the stay following breakfast.
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Accommodation is in a mix of welcoming 2 and 3-star hotels. We have carefully hand-picked all places and regularly monitor their quality. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.
*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates it will be replaced with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide to you full accommodation details after booking confirmation.
Breakfast and dinner are included and served at the accommodation. Packed lunches are available at an extra cost – or you can buy products in the villages.
Travel for The Vercors Massif CircuitGo to top of page
Train to Grenoble (T.G.V), and then bus by VFD buses. Return by bus from Lans to Grenoble. For train schedules, see www.oui.sncf. For bus schedules, see www.transisere.fr. Lans is less than 8 hours by train from London St Pancras (see details).
Lyon St Exupéry airport is located at 1 hour of Grenoble. Shuttle service info: http://fr.ouibus.com/fr/franchise/bus-faure-ouibus-lyon
Take the highway Lyon – Grenoble, exit Saint Egrève Centre Commercial (shopping centre) and then direction Villard de Lans.
All hotel to hotel luggage transfers (up to 20 kg per person) on walking days are included in your package.
A comprehensive and reputable travel insurance policy is essential to your enjoyment and peace of mind while on an active holiday. It is highly recommended when booking with us that all group members have valid travel insurance which includes cover for all activities included in your trip. We have teamed up with to offer you adequate cover at a great value from a reputable insurer, and it takes only a few minutes to buy online.
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Difficulty Grade: Moderate
The walking sections require good fitness level; there are no steep descents and ascents (read more about difficulty grades).
You will receive a detailed travel pack at the first accommodation including your maps, roadbook, accommodations list, and vouchers. We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.
When to Go
This trip is available to commence on any date between 8 May and 13 October. The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your holiday on any date within the season.
What to Bring
We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers, place might be limited. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing not more than 20 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc). Below is our recommendation list of what you should bring. If you need further advice, please contact a reputable outdoor retailer or us.
- Good hiking boots with ankle support
- Hiking socks
- Several t-shirts (preferably breathable/fast drying)
- Packable waterproof and windproof jacket / Goretex jacket with hood
- Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
- Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside the accommodation
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
- Hat for sun protection
- Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)
Included for The Vercors Massif CircuitGo to top of page
- Accommodation on half-board basis (breakfast and dinner included) on 7 nights (2 and 3-star hotels, private en-suite rooms)
- Transfers on walking days as described in the itinerary
- Luggage transfer on all walking days
- Detailed info pack
- 24/7 phone support by our local office/representative
Options and Extras
- Private airport transfers
- Extra nights
- Optional six picnic lunches (can also be bought on site)
Single Room Supplement
- Single room supplement for group members is available at an additional cost; this tour is NOT available for solo travellers
Please click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above to see the price of the holiday and the different options, extras and supplements for your desired dates
- Airfare and connecting land transfers
- Lunches, drinks and snacks
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses such as phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
- Local tourist taxes and entry fees (payable on-site)
- Any items not specifically mentioned as included in the programme