What can we tell you about the Jura mountains of France?
We could describe the dark and mysterious forests that cling to the steep slopes of the mountains where crystal clear streams cascade down spectacular waterfalls to join the rivers and lakes of the valley.
Or we could tell you about deep limestone gorges which hide natural caves as well as medieval villages, abbeys and castles. Baume-Les-Messieurs, with its amazing setting, features on the list of The Most Beautiful Villages of France.
Maybe for the gourmets amongst us we should mention the delicious cheeses like comté, morbier and tomme which are still made the traditional way in local fromageries. And, of course a good cheese should be enjoyed with a fine wine like vin jaune straight from the vineyards around Château-Chalon which cover many sun facing slopes.
Naturally the hiking is absolutely superb and the area is dotted with lakes for swimming.
There is so much we could tell you about this lovely region but if you want to experience it all please join us on this holiday!
WHAT IS INCLUDED:
7 nights chalet accommodation - rooms are twin-share.
Guided hikes by trained Mountain Leaders (http://www.mlte.org/content.php?nID=29) (MLTE) and qualified first aiders.
Financial protection in accordance with the Package Travel Law 1992.
French speaking guide - Etiennette .
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:
Food kitty - the chalets have self-catering facilities.
Restaurant meals - the region is famous for its cuisine.
Entrance fees for optional visits to caves, castles, etc.
Transport - further information will be sent.
The meeting point is at Geneva Airport on Saturday 14 September at 15:05. We will drop you off at Geneva Airport at 12:00 on Saturday 21 September.
Our airport transfers will be timed to meet the following easyJet flights, which you must book yourself:
OUTBOUND (#8472) Saturday 14 September
Departure - 12:30 London Gatwick
Arrives - 15:05 Geneva
INBOUND (#8475) Saturday 21 September
Departure - 14:20 Geneva
Arrives 14:50 London Gatwick
Return flights currently cost £112 with checked-in luggage (20kg).
Note: easyJet flights are also available from Bristol and Manchester airports.
To confirm your place on this trip please use internet banking. The account details are:
Account Name: BACKABUSH XPLORERS
VISA: Please check with the French & Swiss embassies if you need a visa to travel there. France is within the Shengen zone. It is your responsibility to obtain all necessary documents, including visa.
INSURANCE: You will need to have travel insurance and provide details before travel. It is strongly recommended to have this in place at the time of paying for this holiday or the flight.
It is also essential that you take out travel insurance that covers hiking activities up to 1500 meters.
The BMC offer excellent policies for all outdoor enthusiasts at competitive rates https://www.thebmc.co.uk/modules/insurance/Policies.aspx .
IMPORTANT NOTE: We consider safety to be our number one priority and while we never take unnecessary risks, we do recognise that any outdoor activity involves a danger of personal injury or death. Remember that you should be aware of and accept these risks as you are responsible for your own safety and you should not undertake anything beyond your abilities. It is also your responsibility to be correctly equipped for the weather and activity you have chosen to participate in.