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Self Drive to the Alps

You can self-drive to all of our holiday destinations and driving to the Alps is not as far as you might think. It’s also a great way to experience France and see some spectacular sights on route; avoiding the airports and bringing as much luggage as you like. We have free parking at all our properties (or nearby) and you can save on the cost of your flights and come and go from the resort with the minimum of hassle and on your own agenda.

At a Glance

  • It’s about an 8 hour drive in France
  • Avoid the airport confusion!
  • Bring as much luggage as you like!
  • Free parking at all properties
  • The flexibility of a car in resort
  • Travel at your own timetable
  • Stay an extra day in resort

Alpine Hotels and Chalets

We have a range of self catered and catered chalets which can be booked privately for groups of 4 to 15 persons. Or, you can book a room in one of our Alpine hotels, which are fully equipped with Kids Clubs, bike workshops and leisure facilities. All of our holidays have an Active Team (our super staff) or your very own Alpine Elements ‘Virtual Rep to help you plan your adventures for a fun-filled week away.


Greater flexibility and super savings

Self drive and travel at your own timetable. Save £’s and still receive the same great Alpine Elements formula: your chalet or hotel with fabulous catering, super staff and our highly praised Active Reps to organise an action-packed week of activities for you and your family, with free bike hire included all week

We don’t think tht you really need a car in the resort, but having one gives you greater flexibility to explore the area; to take what luggage you like and to arrive and depart on your own agenda. You can even benefit from an extra day in the resort with a well timed self drive.



Driving to the Alps

Driving through France is a comfortable journey with lots to see and do along the way. It’s not a difficult drive - about 8 hours on the French side - and easy on young travelers with a number of sights and tourist stops along the way. 

Continental motorways are fast and traffic free. Fuel is well priced and there’s plenty of service stations with rest areas and play parks for kids to blow off some steam. The tolls are about €60 in total, but if you aren’t in a rush then take the N-roads - this way you’ll avoid the tolls and see some stunning countryside.

Once in resort, all our properties have ample parking onsite, or close by.

Over 80 Activities To Try

If you choose to self drive - instead of flying -  there’s no loss of enjoyment; and having a car in resort is an added bonus as it gives you options to trek further afield.

We provide a Free Active Pack for everyone on our holidays, which comes with more than enough free activities (and bike hire) for a week (or two) away. But if you reckon you can cram even more in, our Active Reps will help you book extra activities on arrival.



Our Active Reps & Leaders

There’s no time to lose if you want to experience as much as possible. Our Active Reps are worth their weight in gold and will be on hand the moment you arrive to help you plan your week and make the most out of your stay. 

They’ll help you take part in your activities and organise any transport or special requests so your week runs smoothly. They can also book any additional activities like parapenting... horse riding... canyoning… via ferrata...guided bike name a few.


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Which Resort?

Tignes & Val d’Isère

All our resorts are easy to drive to from the UK. For Tignes and Val d’Isère it takes 9 hours from Calais.

All our resorts are great for families and have a wide choice of free activities. Tignes and Val d’Isère have the most diverse range with summer skiing on its glacier and lots of watersports and somewhat crazy activities around its spectacular lake with a very good sunshine record. These resorts also come with a free lift pass!


Morzine & Les Gets

For Morzine, Les Gets expect an 8 hour drive time from Calais. 

Morzine and Les Gets have as many as 80 different activities appealing to all tastes. They are family oriented resorts with world class biking (for all levels) and they attract an eclectic mix of thrill seekers and families as the activities are so wide ranging.



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