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How does the resort of Samoëns welcome holidaymakers in the best conditions all summer long?
Since May 11, the deconfinement has begun and the life of the country resumes its course. French people can now get some fresh air, escape and think about the summer holidays. However, the health crisis is not over and we still have to stay very vigilant, protect ourselves and others. The holidays will be this year, even more than usual, synonymous with reunion and sharing. And it is essential for all tourism stakeholders to guarantee holidaymakers optimal security in the face of the coronavirus epidemic that continues to hit France and Europe and to reassure them about the health measures and protocols put in place for this purpose.
As the summer holidays approach, the resort of Samoëns, located in the heart of the Giffre valley in Haute-Savoie, is preparing and implementing numerous initiatives to welcome tourists in the best conditions:
Our team is at your disposal to inform you about everything that is happening in Samoëns. Our offices are open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9h to 12h and from 14h30 to 18h30
Natacha, Mathilda and Clémence are at your disposal for all your questions by phone +33 (0)4 50 34 40 28 by mail email@example.com, by chat and via our facebook page.
– “Love Surgery”: Samoens loves their caregivers
The resort offers stays to the caregivers for two partner institutions (Senlis and Mulhouse) who would like to come and spend a holiday there, to thank them for their work during those last months very intense and allow them to relax in the open air!
– A central purchasing body is set up by the Office to obtain approved and quality disinfection products and thus offer all the actors of the station to obtain these products at preferential rates: hosting companies, shops, activity providers….
– A “health reference” is formed at the tourist office in order to support the actors of the station who would like to be trained or obtain information on the health measures to be adopted.
– A health charter has been drafted specifically for traders so that they can display in their shops all the health measures to be applied.
The summer season will be exceptionally extended until 20 September instead of early September. The season will end with the Samoëns American Festival, a festive event where the resort lives on American time for 3 days with many animations proposed.
– Packaged offers are set up specifically for this summer: all-inclusive offers or simplified measures to make life easier for holidaymakers.
– Stays can be cancelled up to the last minute free of charge!
From now , you can book or place options, without difficulty, for all summer stays directly online, by mail or by phone (cancellation without charge guaranteed in case of restrictive measures imposed by the covid 19 crisis).
And in the meantime, it’s already time to come and enjoy the riches and activities offered in Samoëns!
Via ferrata, high mountain running, climbing, caving, recreational canyon, yoga, tennis, horseback riding, pony riding, mountain biking, Fat Bike, quad, water golf, paragliding, nature outing to discover wildlife, hiking and discovery of the heritage and botanical garden, the choice is wide and the possibilities are multiple in Samoëns!
Focus on several activities to test:
CYCLE THROUGH THE VALLEY
Mountain bikers can enjoy a superb playground offered by the Grand Massif mountains. With family or friends, alone or accompanied by a guide or MCF instructor, everyone will find the path that suits him in the heart of a preserved nature. Starting from Samoëns, there are a multitude of challenges for cyclists. Ride the Sixt Fer à Cheval circus, descend the slopes from Samoëns 1,600 or climb the Col de Joux Plane, cycling enthusiasts will be delighted.
ENJOY A NATURE TRIP TO DISCOVER WILDLIFE
Captivating atmosphere for this wildlife hike under the sign of observation. You will be supervised by mountain professionals who will guide you in those privileged places. Discover deer, chamois, ibex… After several weeks when nature has regained its rights, the animals will be very easily visible!
GET IN THE AIR WITH A PARAGLIDER!
Samoëns is one of the most popular paragliding spots in the region. Thanks to its position at the bottom of the valley and to the always favorable aerological conditions, it is the ideal place to go paragliding while contemplating the beauty of the majestic landscapes of the valley of Haut-Giffre from the sky.
DISCOVER THE VALLEY BY QUAD
Exclusively in Samoëns, discover the valley on the banks of the Giffre by quad. Take advantage of this activity to escape and share good moments with family or friends!
DISCOVER AN EXCEPTIONAL HERITAGE
At the turn of each street, of each path or of each chapel, another story is proudly displayed. The one of the stonemasons.
In 1659, the frahans (name given to the stonecutters) were so many in Samoëns and their know-how so famous, that they gathered in a very famous brotherhood that was called on the largest yards throughout the world: by Vauban for its fortifications, then by Bonaparte for the canals of Saint Quentin, in Givors and even further away in Poland or Louisiana.
Testimonies of their talent remain in the architecture of the village and still today, stonecutters perpetuate the tradition and the brotherhood is transformed into association with cultural purpose: «the Society of the Masons».
The central square traces the history of the village: between the Grenette, the Castle of the Tower, the big lime tree, the church and the fountain with bronze beaks, this square is the historical heart of Samoëns and retraces the local know-how of the Septimontains.
Samoens is also built around 9 hamlets each with an exceptional chapel. Among the most important hamlets: Bérouze, Chantemerle, Vercland, Allamands and Vallons.
HIKE ACCORDING TO YOUR WISHES
With 650 km of hiking, from the family stroll to the more sporty walk, Samoëns is a real Eldorado for those who love to discover the riches of the mountain. It’s time to enjoy the great outdoors!
You can walk throught Samoëns and the Giffre Mountains alone and with a guide. From hiking on a day, to sports walking or trekking in several stages, Samoëns offers a 360° playground. From the heart of the village, hikers can choose to go in the direction of their choice – from Criou to Bostan via the Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval reserve or the Col de Joux Plane – to the discovery of the fauna and flora of Savoie extremely rich in the heart of the mountain pastures septimontains.
Maps and topo-guides for sale at the tourist office and in the septimontains shops.
VISIT A REMARKABLE GARDEN “LA JAYSINIA”
Classified «Remarkable Garden of France», the Jardin botanique alpin de la Jaÿsinia, with its 2400 varieties of plants, offers a poetic walk through the alpine flora and the plants from the mountains of the 5 continents.
Strolling along the paths of this new art -inspired botanical garden, which connects the mountains with the countryside, is one of the pleasures offered to those who discover Samoens. On this hillside, in the heart of the village, there is an impression of freedom and natural harmony.
However, everything here is mastered, listed: «A gardener must know how to be discreet, so that it resembles as much as possible the natural» explains Christian Chauplannaz, scientific and technical manager of the Jaÿsinia. For example, dandelions stand alongside tulips, and bear garlic has been close to 37 types of peonies… for over a century.
The history of the botanical garden:
Marie-Louise Jaÿ, born in Samoëns in 1838, kept her flock of goats until she was 15 years old on the hill on which today the Jaÿsinia is built. Then she decided to go to Paris to find work and met her husband Ernest Cognacq there. Working tirelessly and thrifty, they founded together the Samaritaine, a Parisian department store whose success will be immediate.
At the head of an immense fortune and without children, Marie-Louise and Ernest devoted the end of their lives to good works and never forgot the native village of Marie-Louise. In 1906, she bought the land to create an alpine botanical garden, designed by the landscaper Jules Allemand.