Travelling with Pets

Mountain adventures with your furry friend

Peak Retreats give their guide to taking your dog to the alps.

When leaving pets at home isn’t an option, France can be an accommodating (and dog-friendly!) country. Peak Retreats give their guide to the French Alps with dogs and why it’s the perfect year-round destination.

No one wants to leave a member of the family behind when going on holiday, so the fact that lots of the Alpine properties offered by French Alps specialist Peak Retreats accept pets makes them top dog! 

Take the opportunity to explore the French Alps in winter or summer and fully immerse yourself in the Alpine experience with your four-legged friend. In the guide below the experts at Peak Retreats have chosen their favourite spots to go to with your pawed pal!


Where in France: Haute-Savoie
Drive from Calais: 871.7km / 8hrs 13m

Take full advantage of the stunning scenery in the pretty village of Samoëns, in a beautiful setting at the foot of mount Criou. Not forgetting to mention the traditional French market held every Wednesday all year round, with an abundance of local fresh produce to indulge in!

Looking to ski? No problem! With less than an eight minute ride on the Grand Massif Express lift to get to the beginner’s area at Samoëns 1600 and with access to 265km of slopes across the whole Grand Massif ski area, you’ll be able to quench your thirst for fresh powder on the slopes in the morning, and keep your furry friend company in the afternoon!

We recommend: The 4* apartments in La Reine des Prés are perfect for dog lovers, with options to sleep up to 10 people, and pets are welcome (one per apartment, supplement payable). The residence has superb facilities including an indoor pool, hot tub, sauna and fitness room. It is ideally situated near the Grand Massif Express and close to the main village square. Find out more.

The village is officially classified as a ‘monument historique’. Credit:


Where in France: Savoie
Drive from Calais: 973.4km / 8hrs 53m

If you’re searching for the perfect base for a summer or winter Alpine holiday, then Bourg Saint Maurice is the place to go! Located at the edge of the Vanoise National Park, this large town has everything you need in terms of amenities, shops, bars and restaurants that open all year round. It’s also where the funicular railway to Les Arcs leaves from so you can easily head up into the mountains to ski or hike.

There are some great walks nearby. Why not follow the peaceful path along the River Isère between Bourg Saint Maurice and Aime? (Do check with your local tourist information whether dogs are allowed or prohibited in these areas.)

We recommend: The luxurious apartments in Le Coeur d’Or will provide you with all of the comfort you need during your stay, with options to sleep up to 8 people. Pets are welcome (one per apartment, supplement payable). Facilities include an indoor pool and spa. The residence is only 800m from the train station and a 10 minute walk from the town centre. Find out more.

Bourg-Saint-Maurice is a must for outdoor enthusiasts. Credit:


Where in France: Haute-Savoie
Drive from Calais: 872.5km / 7hrs 57m

The enchanting village of Combloux with its rich heritage and rustic charm is an ideal spot for a visit to the Alps. Medieval features, horse-drawn carriages and stunning views of Mont Blanc characterise this traditional Savoyard village.

With plenty of marked paths for walkers and cyclists alike, Combloux is a lovely setting for a stroll! You could even head to Gorges de la Diosaz (30 minutes by car), where you can walk around five waterfalls; dogs are also permitted. In winter, there is plenty of skiing on offer, as the resort is part of the Evasion Mont Blanc ski area.

We recommend: The stylish 4* apartments at Les Fermes du Mont Blanc have amazing views, a beautiful sun terrace and indoor pool. They offer everything you need for a comfortable stay, with options to sleep up to 8 people. Pets are welcome (one per apartment, supplement payable). The residence enjoys an ideal location just 300m from the centre of the resort. Find out more.

Our Combloux accommodation includes an indoor pool. Credit:


Where in France: Haute-Savoie
Drive from Calais: 878.6km / 7hrs 57m

Set at the foot of the mighty Mont Blanc, the spa town of St Gervais is perfect for an Alpine break with the whole family (including the dogs)!

Great for skiers, the town is part of the diverse Evasion Mont Blanc ski area. St Gervais also offers plenty of après-ski from its Olympic skating rink to the thermal baths. The area also boasts 180km of trails and footpaths for a leisurely wander or alpine hike in both winter and summer. 

We recommend: Situated in a peaceful area, the 3* Superior apartments at Les Fermes de St Gervais are a 15 minute (downhill) walk to the resort centre. The largest apartment sleeps up to 8. Facilities include an indoor pool and steam room. Up to two dogs are welcome per apartment (supplement payable). Find out more.

Hit the slopes in St Gervais. Credit:

More Peak Retreats

Peak Retreats is an award-winning French Alps specialist featuring traditional villages and resorts that enable its clients to experience the real French Alps. Peak Retreats was the winner of The Times Travel Editor’s Award 2018.

Its expert team know its resorts inside out and love finding clients their perfect Alpine holiday destination in both winter and summer too.

The company can arrange a host of extras from lift passes, ski equipment and ski school to the delivery of quality frozen meals, from brands like the UK’s COOK, to make self-catering a breeze. All holidays are ABTA bonded.

How to book

Talk to the Peak Retreats team to plan your trip
Call 023 9283 9310

Ready to explore the Alps with your pet? Start planning your epic 'walkies' adventure and book with us in advance to take advantage of the best fares.