Arc Alpin

Facilitate everyone's access to the Alps' nicest spots

Keeping your body and mind active

The various regions of the Alps and their inhabitants have very similar cultures, much more in fact than one would generally tend to think. Our multi-country approach is the perfect way to discover this true alpine melting pot.

The rich culture of the Alpine Arc regions

Here are some fine examples of this vast heritage:

La Maison de Savoie

Back in its peak in the 15th century under Amedee VIII's reign, the Maison de Savoie consisted of Geneva, the Canton of Wallis, the Aosta valley, Nice and the Maritimes Alps as well as the Piedmont region. Today, Geneva and the Wallis belong to Switzerland, Nice and Savoie to France and the Piedmont and Aosta valley to Italy. Nonetheless, there remain strong cultural and linguistic similarities between these regions, which are now split between 3 different countries.

Les Walsers

The Walsers are a mountain population made up of Swissgerman people from Upper Wallis that historically emigrated as early as the 15th century to the south face of the Mont Rose - in today's Val d'Aoste -, to Engadin (in the Swiss Canton of Graub√ľnden) and the Voralberg in Austria. Both our winter and summer itineraries give you the opportunity to find out more about this "Walser culture".

Crossbreeding of the first civilizations

The linguistic and cultural areas can sometimes cross political borders as well. Indeed, even though South Tyrol is a German-speaking area, it belongs to Italy. The Aosta Valley's heritage was initially French yet it now belongs to Italy as well. Some parts of Canton Wallis in Switzerland speak Swissgerman whilst others speak French.

The Alps in France, Italy, Germany, and to a much lesser extent Austria, are located at the borders. This has created a sort of territorial protection which has enabled each alpine region to preserve a strong sense of regional identity despite being run by governments out of Paris, Rome, Berlin and Vienna.

This is especially true for the German-speaking areas of the Alps, which have modeled the way they manage their land on rural societies. The symbiosis between tourism and agriculture in these German-speaking regions remains very strong, which gives them a distinctive charm.

For a more in-depth look at the rich cultures of the regions we offer, please go to the Alpine Crafts section.

Multi-country holiday

The minimum length of a trip is 3 days so as to enable you to discover at least two different countries and cultures such as France and Italy, or Switzerland and Italy.

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