ALPINE GARDEN SOCIETY
Botanical Wildlife Tour Holiday Orchids and Pasqueflowers in Vercors France with Greentours
A panorama of the snow-capped Alps forms a splendid backdrop to the Vercors, an entrancing mosaic of subalpine meadows, karst, gorges and mountain forests. This is one of Western Europe's foremost wilderness areas - a limestone masterpiece whose origin lies far back in coral reefs that flourished in the Cretaceous.
The Vercors has some of France’s finest rural scenery and meadows full of colourful finery with massed displays of Elder-flowered, Lady and Military Orchids accompanied by Cowslips, Oxslips, Wild Tulips and Pasque Flowers. We'll encounter pretty Citril Finches and jaunty Crested Tits, whilst everywhere the abundance of birds of prey is notable with Golden Eagle, Short-toed Eagle and Black Kites. We'll encounter two very special orchids, the renowned Lady's Slipper and the endemic bee orchid Ophrys drumana. Globe and Vanilla Orchids are two of over sixty species known from the Vercors. Butterflies will be starting to really come into their own. Both Purple and Lesser Purple Emperor frequent tranquil wooded valleys and Twin-spot and Niobe will be amongst a host of fritillaries.
Idyllic Vercors is home to some of the finest flowers and butterflies in Europe and is in an area of great natural beauty encapsulating the very best of the French countryside.
Flowers, especially Orchids. Also Birds and Butterflies.
Relaxed and easy. Up to two or three miles a day and always at a slow pace, perfectly suited to flower and butterfly photographers.
Included in the Price
All flights. All transport, meals and accommodation in France. Services of your leaders. Please note: drinks, tips and items of a personal nature including insurance, are not included.
The minimum is 5 and the maximum is 15. Only one leader will accompany a group of 8 or less.
For the first four nights of the tour we'll stay in the heart of the northern Vercors at the lovely Domaine de Piache in the hamlet of St Julien en Vercours. This three star hotel has well-appointed comfortable en suite rooms and a fine restaurant. The surrounding views are truly impressive! For the last three nights of the tour we'll move to the heart of Claret country and the village of Die at the southern edge of the Vercors. Here we'll enjoy the pleasant en suite rooms and friendly atmosphere of the restored XIVth century stagecoach relay that is now the Hotel des Alpes.
UK return flights are from various UK airports* direct to Lyon. Travel by Eurostar to Lyon from many UK rail stations is available.
*These routes may incur a supplement.
Generally warm and sunny with some showers and occasionally more prolonged wet weather.
How to Book
Contact us to check there is availability for the number of places you require. Download a booking form or contact us and we will send one to you. Complete and send to us. You will receive confirmation of your place and then a detailed information pack will be dispatched to you about twelve weeks before departure. This will contain up-to-date health information.
Flower and bird checklists are available.