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wildlife of the pre-Alps (by train)

A week in the French Pre-Alps, an attractive landscape of limestone hills and plateaux.
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Wildlife Travel leaflet Vercors 2024


3rd – 10th June 2024

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Phil Saunders and Sarah Lambert



Single Room Supplement – £125


Return train travel London St Pancras to Valence. Local transport as specified in itinerary. Seven nights accommodation, full board.

Not included

Refreshments. Gratuities. Travel insurance. ETIAS/visa costs. Covid tests and associated costs.

Group size

Minimum 6, maximum 14.

Our trip will be based around the French regional natural park of Vercors. This lies in the south-eastern part of the country, near the border with Italy. It incorporates the largest nature reserve in mainland France: around 17,000 ha. The area is part of the Pre-Alps limestone hills, which form a peripheral ring around the Alps, and our daily excursions will take us to explore the warm southern slopes. It is a superb area for sub-alpine flowers, which are easily accessible. The insects are impressive, with a fine array of butterflies and many of the specialities of southern Europe.

Wildlife Travel has had many enjoyable holidays in this area in the past, and we are delighted to be able to return once again. The holiday will appeal to anyone who wishes to enjoy wild flowers on pleasant walks through stunning scenery – plus there is the bonus of travelling by train rather than having to fly.

Our visit is timed to make the most of the natural history: June is the period when the best of the flowers bloom, butterflies are flying and many birds are still breeding. Along the way, we will keep our eyes peeled for the typical mammals of the high mountains: Alpine Ibex, Alpine Marmot and Chamois, while high altitude birdlife may include Golden Eagle, Citril Finch and Alpine Chough.

There are many beautiful, spectacular and species-rich places in France: with its combination of landscape, marvellous diversity of plants and animals, easy accessibility and remarkably unspoilt character, Vercors must rank amongst the best.

Please note that holidays change, although sometimes only slightly, from year to year and previous trip reports may not reflect the planned itinerary, or other holiday details, for the current trip. Please ask us if you would like to know of any significant differences.

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