WHAT WE PROVIDE
- All accommodation is in twin/double rooms with a mix of ensuites or shared bathrooms
- Some trips offer rooms for 3 people
- There will usually be an option to request a single room. (This will incur an additional charge)
- There is an option to request an apartment. (This will incur an additional charge)
- All breakfasts, most lunches and dinners. (You will need to pay for 10 meals which might be picnic supplies, and cafes and restaurants when we are out together)
- All mini-bus transport
- Services of tour guide, singing or music tuition and jam sessions
Accommodation is in personally selected chalets. Our criteria include charm, cleanliness, cultural integrity, uniqueness, and standard of service.
For the first week our accommodation is situated on a picturesque hillside with views of the valley. It offers relaxing indoor and outdoor lounge areas and log fires. We are a 5 min drive or 30 minute river walk from Briancon.
Here we have a range of double and twin rooms and also an option to share a triple room. (Please note if this accommodation becomes unavailable we will replace it with a venue of a similar standard and aesthetic.)
If you would like some autonomy and more luxurious accommodation in this first week, it is also possible to stay in an apartment nearby. Here you have an ensuite and your own kitchenette and lounge area. This apartment has a large bedroom that can accommodate a couple or twin, 3 or 4 people. There is an additional charge here of $20 per person/per night.
For the final 4 nights we stay in delightful family run accommodation in a remote mountain valley. The guesthouse has an artistic aesthetic, log fires, comfy lounges and outdoor areas for relaxing. Many rooms have ensuites, some have shared bathrooms and we have a couple of apartments.
Meals are an adventure as we explore regional cooking and the local restaurants, cafes and patisseries. Food in this region is simple, good and fresh. Being close to the border with Italy we also have an Italian influence in the markets and menus.
Road Travel is by mini-bus. Some day trips involve a trip of 15 to 30 minutes to our destinations.
Getting to Briancon
There are a number of options. The easiest may be to fly into Paris or Milan and take the TGV (very fast train). From Paris to Oulx (Italy) is 4.5 hours (on the Paris-Milan line, twice daily) and take the connecting shuttle bus 35kms to Briancon. Or you could fly into Milan and take the same train (about 3 hours) stopping at Oulx. Try
It is also a beautiful train trip from Lyon in France to Briancon, a picturesque climb up into the mountains – takes about 6 hours.
You can also fly into Marseille and get a train from there.
We will collect you from the bus or train station in Briancon and return you there at the end of the group. On the singing trips it is also possible to return you to Bardonecchia in Italy which is 20 mins from our final accommodation. This train station is a good link for Italy or Paris.
24 August to 4 Sept 2019 Singing & Walking Tour with Moya Simpson
14 to 25 Sept 2019 Walking & Music Tour with Dave O’Neill & Jo Cresswell
29 August to 9 Sept 2020 then annually Singing & Walking Tour with Rachel Hore
2020 NO Walking & Music Tour with Dave O’Neill & Jo Cresswell
September 2021 Walking & Music Tour with Dave O’Neill & Jo Cresswell
Please refer to Itineraries for the specific itinerary of each trip.
September annually Walking & Music Tour
Specific dates will be listed on website in preceding year. You are welcome to contact Jo directly if you want information sooner.
Charlotte Pass Celtic Music Camp January annually, NSW Australia. See www.charlottepasscelticmusiccamp.com
Additional trips at other times of the year can be organised for groups of 6 or more. Shorter trips, of 4 to 7 days duration, may be possible for groups of 4 or more. If you are interested in Cross Country Ski Holidays please check the Ski Trip page and contact Jo directly. Please contact Jo directly if you wish to travel outside the fixed dates.
Group Size for the music trips is 10 to 14. The singing groups are larger for up to 18 people. Other dates may be arranged for group bookings.
Please note that if you would like to do more walking then consider the Walking & Music Tour. This has 3-4 hours of walking on many days and 1-3 hours on the others, spliced into local attractions or markets. On the Singing & Walking Tour we will have 1-3 hours of singing on most days and shorter walks of 1–3 hours with an occasional longer option for some people.
For more info on walks click here to go to Itineraries page.
2019 Singing trip with Moya Simpson AU $4,200.
2019 Walking trip with music AU $3,750.
2020 Singing trip with Rachel Hore. Price tba.
2021 Walking trip with music. Price tba.
Please go to ‘bookings’ on menu bar if you would like to book.
Additional costs to you: Items not included are travel between your country of origin and Briancon, airport taxes and fuel surcharges, passport and visa fees, travel insurance, health costs and drinks. You will need to pay for up to ten meals (such as picnic supplies, lunches in mountain auberges and the odd restaurant) as well as snacks.