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Guided tours

Despite being a hub of experimental architecture, theresort of les Arcs was not an opportunity for the architects and planners to pull down the existing chalets d’alpage (rudimentary summer dwellings for stockmen). For Charlotte Perriand and her colleagues, they were evidence of the site’s history and should, on the contrary, be an integral part of the development plan. In the same way, the municipality of Bourg Saint Maurice - Les Arcs is as attached to this 20th century heritage as to that, much older, which is found in the town and villages.

 Visits 

  The rates and dates of the guided tours are presented on My week in Les Arcs, the weekly entertainments programme and in Tourist offices.


Modern architecture

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Arc 1600, an architectural signature

A modern, functional resort, integrated into the mountain landscape and adapted to the slope. The work of a team of designers which gathered around Charlotte Perriand, the architects Gaston Regairaz, Guy Rey-Millet, Bernard Taillefer, Robert Robutato and Pierre Faucheux amongst others. The latter was to design the Coupole the glued laminated wooden frame of which was used as the basis for the design of les Arcs’ logo.

Free

 Arc 1800, a balcony resort

Between Mont Blanc and the Bellecôte chain, on the edge of the golf course, an architecture wrapped up in the slope... Another view of 20th Century architecture.

Free

 Close-up on the architecture

Camera or smartphone in hand, set out with a guide and a photographer to discover les Arcs’ finest viewpoints.

A fee is payable

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THE ADVENTURE OF LES ARCS

 

Baroque

aroque colours

Discover the village of Hauteville-Gondon through its baroque church, a subtle blend of polychrome paint and gold leaf, reflections of Alpine baroque.

Free

A medieval strip cartoon

Situated on a plateau 3 km from Bourg-Saint-Maurice, the little village of Vulmix is huddled around its Saint-Grat chapel where its 15th Century frescoes, like a strip cartoon, tell the legend of its patron saint: Saint-Grat.

Free

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Terroir & savoir-faire

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A season in the Alpine pastures

In summer in the mountain meadows of the Upper Tarentaise, life is measured by milking, cheese-making and maturing beaufort or tomme… Come and discover pastoral life and meet the people who work in the Alpine meadows and who will talk passionately about their jobs …

A fee is payable

Village treasures

Explore the treasures of the village of Vulmix: its chapel with "legendary" frescos and meet a village craftsperson.

A fee is payable

 Arpin Textile Mill, 200 years of history

Founded in 1817, the Arpin Textile Mill goes back to the era of the master wool-workers. The tour will reveal all the techniques: carding, spinning, weaving... on machines classified as Historic Monuments.

A fee is payable

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   Traditions and savoir-faire

   The Alpine meadows of the Upper Tarentaise and the Beaufortain

   Beaufort, prince of gruyères

   The francoprovençal patois

 

Cultural Walk

Notre Dame des Vernettes, sanctuaire baroque d’altitude.

Entre forêt et alpages, cette randonnée culturelle, encadrée par un accompagnateur en montagne et un guide conférencier vous permettra de découvrir l’un des plus beaux sanctuaires d’altitude.

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