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Bourg St Maurice

At the gates of the Mont Blanc Massif and at the foot of prestigious Alpine passes (Iseran, Petit Saint Bernard, Roselend), Bourg Saint Maurice is a lovely mountain town.

Its location at the edge of the Vanoise National Park makes it a summer destination that is much sought after by enthusiasts not only of the mountains but also of whitewater sports thanks to its international whitewater sports centre.

A large number of hiking paths, cultural events, Baroque art and local festivals all add to its charm. Bourg-Saint-Maurice offers a blend of tourism and tradition and is an open invitation to walkers to explore its rural heritage and historic neighborhoods by means of its enjoyable pedestrian circuits!

Bourg St Maurice is ideal for cycling with legendary routes such as cols de l’Iseran and the classic pass into the Italian Val d’Aosta – the cold u Petit St Bernard (2188m height) – is nearby. It was the only route around the Mont Blanc massif until the Mount Blanc tunnel was opened in 1965.

Bourg St Maurice is easy to reach from London St Pancras International rail terminal with a direct Eurostar high-speed service likely to be quicker, as well as far more pleasant and convenient, than arriving by air.

Bourg St Maurice is sometimes known as a white-water mecca as it has held the World Kayaking Championship in 2002 and is a World Championship Course where professionals come to train. The 268km Isere River flows through the town and hosts many major water sports events. The river is supplied by mountain snowmelt and controlled by the hydro-electric dam in Tignes. Centron, 22km from Bourg St Maurice, is a popular area for water activities with rafting from class II – IV and is available to experience by families through to experts.

For hikers, nearby Val d’Isere is the entry point for hiking in the Vanoise National Park – France’s premier wildlife reserve.

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