Trip Details

Class : 3 star
Departing : May 9 - 16 in French Alps
Duration : 7 nights
Guests : Max group of 14 people
Includes : Meals, wine, transport, accommodation, tuition
Price : starts at 2,450 EUROS per person based on twin share in local Gite - www.xe.com for conversion rate
Reservation : Deposit of $800 AUD pp is required to secure your booking. This is non-refundable
Transfers : Please read the Practicalities at the bottom of this page for arrival and departure info

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Erin Hill Summer Sketching Holiday in the French Alps May 9 in 2018

Summer in the French Alps Sketching with Erin Hill May 2018

Sketching Holiday in the French Alps in 2018 with artist Erin Hill offers 8 days all-inclusive fully escorted and hosted in some of the world’s most splendid scenery.
Come learn to sketch or improve your skills with artist Erin Hill in France May 9-16 in 2018 on this unique privately-hosted hidden gem. See Erin’s gorgeous artwork here.

Cannot hold a pen? Can’t draw for peanuts?  You’re perfect for this tour. There is no standard – everyone learns to sketch at their level – absolute beginner to experienced sketcher.
We are all there to have fun!

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This holiday follows on from Erin’s Sketching in Tuscany holiday May 1-8.
People often say these holidays have changed their lives. Warning: they are very addictive.
Staying in a tiny mountain hamlet with breathtaking views you have the option to stay with our wonderful hosts in either their glamorous chalet or in a local Gite (self contained apartment) nearby. The accommodation price depends on your room choice and budget.

All meals and all wines and aperitifs are included – except for two lunches where you may want to fast a bit or wander off to a local village for lunch on your own….

Below are photos of our luxury Alpine chalet with its amazing views and which has 3-4 bedrooms to choose from with 3 bathrooms

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The chalet itself does not have enough rooms for everyone to stay so this tour cost of € 2,450 euros pp  is based on two people sharing a bedroom at a local GITE (pronounced “zheet”)  which is a self-contained “Alpen apartment”. (see picture below)
These Gites are spacious, clean and well appointed but lack the luxury of our Chalet and have one bathroom and one separate toilet between two bedrooms.

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TOUR COSTS & ACCOMMODATION please note all tour prices are in EUROS to convert to your currency please go to www.xe.com

THE CHALET

  • €3,350 pp for solo 
  • €3,000 pp Couple sharing room
    1 Double bed room with small ensuite bathroom  –
    1 available
  • €3,550 pp for solo or
  • €3,200 pp 2 people sharing room
    1 large Twin/Double bed room with own huge separate bathroom & balcony with views – 1 available
  •  €3,350 pp for solo or
  • €3,000 pp for 2 people sharing room
    1Twin/Double bed room with own large separate bathroom – 1 available

FONTAINE GITES – (pronounced zheets ) –  (2 minute walk from our Chalet)
Newly built Gites fitted out in a simple style with a shared kitchen & lounge and just down the road from our Chalet.
Our meals are taken in the gorgeous upstairs dining room at Chalet Savoie Faire nearby.

  •  €3,000 pp for solo with own bathroom
  • €2,650 pp for 2 people in a room with own bathroom – 3 available
  • €2,750 pp for SOLO own room sharing bathroom with 1 other room
  • €2,450 pp for 2 people in a room & sharing a bathroom with 1 other room   2 rooms with large shared bathroom – 1 room left

BERNADETTE’S GITES (3 minute walk from our Chalet)
Simple and rustic with shared kitchen lounge and outdoor seating areas with beautiful views and just a short refreshing walk along to our Chalet where we have our meals and relax.

  • €2,950 pp  for SOLO in room with own bathroom
  • €2,650 pp for a couple in a room with own bathroom
    1 double bed room with small ensuite bathroom – 1 available
    1 double bed ground floor room with bathroom – 1 available
  •  €2,750 pp for SOLO in room sharing bathroom with 1 other room
  • €2,450 pp  for 2 people in a room & sharing a bathroom with 1 other room
    Twin or Double bedrooms with shared bathroom between 2 rooms – 1 room left

Please contact Kate Stedman at katetravels@erinhill.com.au if you have any queries or would like to book.

Rooms will be booked on a first paid first served based. So if you have a particular room preference based on price or luxury etc please book early.
Remember- room availability is limited so hurry if you want to get in!!

All meals will be with the group at the luxury chalet.
Our hosts serve us local cheeses, wines and their own exceptional meals each night around a roaring fire or on the balcony in the warm evening sunsets.

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Each day we will meet after breakfast to walk to a scenic spot to sketch the local scenery and people, the houses, chalets, Beaufort cows, grazing sheep, chamois deer, an ancient mill, snow-capped mountains and so much more.

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We will have walks, take picnics to an ancient local mill, eat delicious, healthy lunches with aperitifs, and check out local brocante markets, medieval towns and dine with locals al fresco.

Lunches will be provided as picnics in remote spots or under the fruit tree at the chalet and your afternoon is free to explore, walk, climb, sleep, relax and sketch with your new skills. Several days we will explore the local medieval townships such as La Lechere and Moutiers, with their flowered bridges, quaint architecture and wonderful shops,  and then visit the beautiful lake town of Annecy, stopping in a nearby brocante (bric-a-brac) to pick up any number of amazing trinkets brought in from French attics, sheds and chalets.

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And there are always the views to distract you wherever you look or walk.

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PRACTICALITIES: GETTING THERE. PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY BEFORE BOOKING YOUR TRIP!

The chalet is in a tiny “canton”called Naves up a mountain-side. The nearest “town”is La Lechere”. Naves is a 2 hour spectacularly scenic drive from Geneva airport.

Coming from overseas we recommend:
Fly into Paris and the next day take a direct early train (eg: a 9 am departure?) Paris to LYON.
Then take a midday train the 3 hours LYON to MOUTIERS.
A private taxi transfer from Moutiers to the chalet at Naves is 30 euros pp one way and we can organise this for you upon request.
[There are trains from the Lyon train station departing at approx midday, 3pm and 6 pm and they take 3 hours to get to Moutiers.]

Or you can fly in to GENEVA AIRPORT.
There are trains which then depart from Geneva CITY station (called Cornavin) – an 8 minute train ride from Geneva airport  – and these trains go to MOUTIERS – (the nearest township where you can get a transfer the final 20 kms to the chalet in Naves.)
This is roughly a 3.5 hour train trip.
NB: There are not that many of these train departures each day so you need to ensure you are not waiting hours after your flight for a train to Moutiers.
If you are arriving into Geneva airport you may want to consider staying overnight near the city train station before training down to Moutiers on May 9.  (there are trains that depart Cornavin at 10 am and 11.50 am to Moutiers)

For ease you may prefer to pick up a SMALL HIRE CAR from Geneva airport and drive to Naves (2 hours) and to be able to return to the airport easily at your leisure.

Please keep us informed of your plans as if we have enough people arriving into Geneva at a particular time, we can help organise a group transfer from Geneva airport to Naves.

DEPARTING NAVES:  May 16 – the tour ends after breakfast.
We can organise transfers to Moutiers train station for onward travel to either Paris or Geneva. Please coordinate your homeward bound flights to these train departures. Ask if you need help with this.