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Samoens

A pretty, undiscovered rural valley village set amid forest with easy access to the extensive alpine region of the Grand Massif.

Samoëns is the only winter and summer sports resort in France to be listed as an 'Historic Monument'. It is an ideal holiday destination if you enjoy walking, mountain biking or a range of other summer sports but its special character makes it equally popular with visitors looking for the charm of a friendly village. Once a thriving stone-cutting centre, the medieval village still retains an ancient church, medieval fountains and a variety of quaint old buildings.

Despite recent growth on the outskirts of Samoëns, the many excellent traditional-style bars and restaurants, its cobbled streets and its shops still give the village a feel of 'real' rural France. Don't miss market day on Wednesdays in the church square. 

There is so much to do in Samoëns and the surrounding areas, with the rivers Giffre, Dranse, and Arve for fun in the water and chairlifts/gondolas allowing access to the highest points for mountain walks. The 18 hole golf courses at Les Carroz and Les Gets boasts fantastic views and uncrowded fairways. 

The Giffre and nearby Fer à Cheval (with its beautiful waterfalls) provide the backdrop for endless itineraries that can be enjoyed by walkers, hikers and mountain bikers. Most activities can be enjoyed by adults and children alike, and both will enjoy the Indiana Adventure Park.

Slightly further down the Giffre Valley from Morillon (4 minutes away) and just before Sixt, Samoëns is only a 20 minute drive from the motorway exit near the TGV train station of Cluses and only 55km from Geneva.

For more information read our blog about the top '5 Reasons for a Summer in Samoens' or our client's blog about her August family alpine holiday to Samoëns

Interested in buying an apartment in Samoëns? See our Buying in the Alps section 

Top summer activities to experience in Samoens

Please note Peak Retreats do not book any activities and most activities are payable.

Market in Samoëns
The village is welcoming one of the biggest market of Haute-Savoie. Every Wednesday morning from 7am to 1pm.

Samoëns Indiana Parc
Forest assault course: the biggest forest adventure assault course in the region, 'for ages 2 to 102! Experience hours of escapist adventures and overcome the obstacles. Footbridges, ladders, zip-lines (tyrolleans). Be an adventurer and experience a forest environment in complete safety. 
Tel: 0033 450 74 01 88
www.indianaventures.com

Samoens Little Train
Let the Septitrain take you on a trip round Samoëns at a gentle pace on an unusual and friendly guided tour.
Guaranteed departure with at least 15 people. There are two tours, one lasting 30 mins or the full tour of 45 mins (10kms ). Both tours start in the town centre from either the main square or from behind the Tourist Office.

Samoens e-bikes
Discover the new Giant e-bikes range. Rental of semi-rigid bikes or full-suspension bikes.

Sport 2000
16 Rue de la gare
Tel: 00 33 450 34 42 14
http://www.passionglisse.sport2000.fr

Samoëns Mountain Biking
Take advantage of the many chairlifts that operate during the summer months in Samoëns. Discover 188km /117 miles of mountain bike itineraries on the area of Upper Giffre Valley. 64kms link Samoens, Morillon, Sixt and Verchaix.

For beginners and those looking to perfect their technique, mountain biking schools are available in Samoëns (try http://www.xtremeglisses-samoens.com as an example).

In the middle of the Alps, near the Portes du Soleil domain, 28 downhill MTB tracks await you. These freeride single tracks, are made in the respect of nature and terrain. Fun, technical, these tracks go from the woods, to crossing streams, grass fields, footbridges...

You're bound to enjoy an adrenalin rush with a 1,400-metre drop in altitude between the Tête de Saix and Samoëns or Morillon (the lowest points in the biking area) with a choice of black, red or blue runs. Recommended for children over ten years old only - the pistes are quite long and can be tiring for younger ages.

The Samoëns MTB tracks were recently dubbed "the jewel of the Alps" by Big Bike Magazine.

Grand Massif Walks
Thanks to the opening of the mountain lifts this summer, you can go walking with your family and discover some breathtaking panoramic views. Looking for ideas for easy walks in constantly-changing scenery? Leaving Samoëns behind, you can get a wonderful view of Mont-Blanc from the Tête des Saix. From there, head for La Combe de Gers with its lake and restaurant, then return to Samoëns or Sixt Fer-à-Cheval.

Samoens Water Activities
The Giffre river flows around and through Samoëns, offering a range of rafting options. Descend the river on inflatable 8-place rafts with the family. Adventure seekers battle the rapids on canoe-rafts, which are unsinkable dual-place rafts for those 12 years and over. Those in search of a solo descent enjoy the independence of “airboating” in an inflatable single-place canoe. Hydrospeed is a fantastic addition to the world of white water sports. You float down a river on your own with the help of a body board, in and amongst the rapids, so the feeling is totally different! For a fresh, adventure-filled outing, you can combine rock climbing, caving and hiking in one single sport - canyoning! With the help of an expert guide you’ll jump, slide, swim and abseil down a natural canyon, filled with waterfalls and fun. Have you always wanted to try water skiing? On a private lake not far from the village, you can try slalom water skiing amongst experts.

Samoens leisure centre and lake
10 hectares of parkland, a few minutes’ walk from the heart of the village, Samoëns’ leisure centre at the “Lacs aux Dames” is the place to be for families. Around the two “Dames” lakes, you can always find a shady spot to escape the sun’s heat, while the children go wild in the specially designed play area. An enclosed area just for young children means they can go at their own speed while you watch on. Nearby, the swimming complex has a fun children’s pool.

Samoëns Via Ferrata
The Via Ferrata is an activity which lies somewhere between walking and rock climbing; there are horizontal and vertical assents. The routes are equipped with cables and metal ladders which make the route a little easier, although it can remain demanding. 

Bureau des Guides
28, place de l’Office de Tourisme
Tel: 0033 450 34 43 12
www.guidesmontagnes.com

Samoëns Swimming pool 
Open-air swimming pool in the exceptional surroundings of the leisure centre, with a magnificent panoramic view of the mountains around Samoëns.

A sports pool, and a beginners' pool, each measuring 25 x 12.5 metres, a paddling pool covering 50 sq. m and a 60-metre slide!! 6,000 sq. m of lawns, plus an area for ball games (volleyball, football, tennis) where your children are free to play.
496 route Lac aux Dames
Tel: 0033 450 34 40 73 

Samoëns Fishing
In Samoëns fishing is FREE at the Lac aux Dames for resident holidaymakers.

Samoëns Tennis
Tennis Club Samoëns - court hire and tennis lessons
Tel: 0033 450 34 94 36

The Jaysinia Botanical Garden
The garden, which was created in 1906 by Marie- Louise Cognacq-Jaÿ, is sculpted into an area of 3 hectares on a mountainous outcrop overlooking the village. Water features and waterfalls, magnificent trees and leafy glades, ruins of the Tornalta castle (XV111th century), 8,000 plants from mountains the world over. This garden is managed jointly by the Cognacq- Jaÿ Foundation, Samoëns Town Council and the National Natural History Museum under the responsibility of the botanic and wildlife gardens department.
Tel: 0033 450 34 49 86

Samoëns outings with donkeys
Ânes du Haut Giffre 
Tel: 0033 689 30 10 10 
www.anesduhautgiffre.com

Other activity contact details 

Please note: All the above information is for information only. For the most up-to-date information please visit the resort tourist office website. All prices for activities are in local currency (€ Euros) and are bookable and payable locally in resort. 

Samoëns Tourist Office        
Tel: 0033 450 34 15 49
www.samoens.com

Restaurants and bars in Samoens

There is a good selection (around 20) of restaurants and bars in Samoens in the summer months which include creperies, fast food, pizzerias, mountain restaurants and gastronomic restaurants.


Amentities in Samoens

Cash points, doctors, 2 pharmacies, post office, physiotherapists, bakeries, butchers…

Supermarkets in Samoens
Carrefour (large supermarket on road between Samoens and Verchaix), Sherpa local convenience store, Petit Casino.

Market in Samoëns
The village is welcoming one of the biggest market of Haute-Savoie. Every Wednesday morning from 7am to 1pm.

Accessing Samoens

By Road (self drive options pre-bookable with Peak Retreats): 
Driving distance from Calais 540 miles (approx 7hrs35)

From Calais, take A26 Motorway towards Reims and Troyes, then Dijon, Mâcon then ‘Autoroute Blanche’ Motorway (A40 Mâcon – Cluses) exit Cluses Scionzier. Follow signs to Samoens.

It takes approximately 20 minutes from the motorway exit to Samoëns.

By Rail (pre-bookable with Peak Retreats): 
Cluses train station is 25km/12 miles away.
Shuttle service to Samoëns from Cluses SNCF railway station - www.altibus.com 

By Plane (not pre-bookable):
Geneva is 67km from Samoëns (1 hour)
www.gva.ch

Chambery Airport is 117km from Samoëns (1 ½ hours)
www.chambery-airport.com

Grenoble Airport is 204km from Samoëns (2 hours)
www.grenoble-airport.com

Lyon Saint-Exupery is 204km from Samoëns (2 hours)
www.lyonaeroports.com

Samoëns Airport Transfer or Car Hire (pre-bookable with Peak Retreats):
Call our reservations team for details on 0844 576 0170 or email reservations@peakretreats.co.uk for a quote and availability.

Accommodation in Samoens

Les Chalets de Layssia

Self Catered Apartments Sleeps 1 - 10 Directors' Choice | Luxury

Stay in Samoens at the brand new Les Chalets de Layssia. Built for the winter 2015-16 season, the luxury 4 star Chalets de Layssia offer an unrivalled village centre location in the heart of the very attractive, Samoens.

Directors' Choice | Luxury

La Reine des Pres

Self Catered Apartments Sleeps 1 - 8 Directors' Choice | Luxury

La Reine des Prés prestige residence is ideally located within walking distance to the village main square (200m).

Directors' Choice | Luxury

Club Med Grand Massif Samoens Morillon

All Inclusive Super Inclusive Hotel All inclusive | New to programme

This all inclusive 4-Trident Club Med Resort of Samoens is located at 1600m at the top of the Grand Massif Express gondola on the vast plateau of Saix. The new flagship family property opened in December 2017 with a full range of kids’ clubs and a family area in the main restaurant.

All inclusive | New to programme

Chalet La Remise

Self Catered Chalet Sleeps 1 - 12

Situated in ‘Le Vallon d’en Haut’ hamlet, 1.5km from the centre of Samoens, Chalet La Remise is set in lovely rural surroundings.

Les Fermes de Samoens

Self Catered Apartments Sleeps 1 - 10

Les Fermes de Samoens is located 800m from the village centre, 400m from the nearest shops and 200m from bike tracks.

Hotel Neige et Roc

Hotel & Apartments Sleeps 1 - 6 Superior

Situated on the edge of the village, Hotel Neige et Roc offers the opportunity to sample French village life, with the centre and its shops only a short walk away.

Superior

Rose

Self Catered Apartments Sleeps 1 - 6

Chalet Rose enjoys an ideal location 350m from the heart of the village (100m from a mini-market). Built to a very high specification with extensive use of wood, Chalet Rose is a traditional chalet comprising 4 high standard apartments.

Chalet Arnica

Self Catered Chalet Sleeps 1 - 12

Ideally located minutes from the heart of the village, Chalet Arnica is set in a quiet location amongst other large chalets, a short walk from the resort swimming-pool and tennis courts.

Chalet La Ferme de Fontany

Self Catered Chalet Sleeps 1 - 10

Situated just above the village, Ferme de Fontany is located 1km from the village centre. It is a large distinguished traditional farmhouse that has been completely tastefully renovated in pure antique Savoyard style with contemporary and modern facilities for the comfort of clients. It is extremely spacious with 280m2 of floor space.

What our clients say

A delightful, very friendly resort.  Excellent, thoughtful accommodation.

Mrs R January 2015
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