Along the River Isère between woodland and picturesque villages
Mountain bike (electric)
Along the River Isère between woodland and picturesque villages

Along the River Isère between woodland and picturesque villages

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An enjoyable, varied route combining the river with heritage and culinary art.
This is a wonderful trail, enjoyable and varied, running along the main greenway in the Tarentaise area, on the banks of the Isère. The route can be taken in both directions, so setting off from either Aime or Bourg-Saint-Maurice. Between the two municipalities, observe the meanders and life of the river, which is popular with canoeists and rafting enthusiasts, and why not stop in at the Versants d'Aime leisure centre, for a swim or some thrills in the treetops with Accro-branche! For heritage lovers, the route takes you through villages boasting churches, chapels and captivating little streets. Midway along, you'll reach the traditional hamlet of La Chal, the highest point of your route. A glorious haven of peace, this hamlet also has an eco-museum, the Maison de la pomme, where you can explore the local history of orchards and the traditional uses made of apples.


Whether setting off from Aime or Bourg Saint Maurice, you'll alternate between the greenway and quiet roads between the hamlets. Midway along, why not stop in at the Versants d'Aime leisure centre for a swim or some thrills in the treetops with Accro-branche! Or simply unwind with an ice cream on the terrace. Once past Bourg-Saint-Maurice you'll leave the greenway behind as you make your way towards the traditional hamlet of La Chal, the highest point of your route. Please beware that the descent from La Chal is a little more technical over 100m.

Follow the blue waymarks: Au fil de l'Isère.

E-bike rental shops: 

297 Av. Marechal Leclerc
73700 Bourg Saint Maurice
+33 (0)4-79-40-05-54

Intersport Bourg Saint Maurice
Zone commerciale de Super U
73700 Bourg Saint Maurice
+33 (0)4 79 04 04 30

Laboshop Bourg Saint Maurice
avenue du stade
73700 Bourg-Saint-Maurice
+33 (0)4 79 07 07 61

PRECISION SKI Mountain Tribu
43 Place de la Gare
73700 Bourg Saint Maurice
+33 (0)4 58 14 04 44

  • Departure : Place de la gare (in front of the station) - 73700 Bourg-Saint-Maurice Place de l'église (in front of the church)- 73210 Aime
  • Arrival : Place de la gare (in front of the station) - 73700 Bourg-Saint-Maurice Place de l'église (in front of the church)- 73210 Aime

Altimetric profile


Rando Vanoise has been designed to help you pick and choose your outings, but cannot be held liable where they are concerned. The mountain offers up a wide range of routes and trails for cyclists of all levels, but remember, it is a living, unpredictable environment and it is important that you head out suitably equipped. Ask advice from cycle rental operators.
If in doubt, you can take an introductory lesson in how to ride an electric bike with an instructor.

If you see a herd ahead, slow down and go round it. If there is a patou, a guard dog, climb down from your bike and walk, pushing it alongside you. Avoid making any sudden or aggressive gestures towards the dog and move away from the herd slowly and calmly. The dog will only be checking that you do not pose a threat to its herd. Respect the parkland and close gates behind you after you've gone through them.

The mountain is living, please respect it by staying on the paths and tracks.

Information desks

Place de la Gare, 73700 Bourg-Saint-Maurice

https://www.lesarcs.comcontact@lesarcs.com04 79 07 12 57

Les Provagnes, 73211 Aime-la-Plagne 79 09 02 01


Train services run as far as Bourg-Saint-Maurice, or you can get off at Aime La Plagne.
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Access and parking

From Moûtiers, take the RN90 road to Aime or Bourg Saint Maurice.

Parking :

Bourg Saint Maurice: Arc-en-Ciel car park (free) located behind the station (opposite the marshland, start of the greenway) Aime

10 points of interest

  • History

    Pont des Raves bridge (white water centre)

    In the olden days, turnips used to be grown in the village of La Ravoire, and in 1850 there was such a bumper harvest that, to make a bit of money, one villager decided to go to the Bourg-Saint-Maurice market to sell his produce. A wooden footbridge over the River Isère had to be crossed, but this was so rickety that it collapsed under the weight of the heavy load. Thankfully the villager wasn't injured, but all of his cargo was lost, and the French word for turnips, raves, stuck.
  • Architecture

    Saint-Martin de Tours Church

    Rebuilt between 1681 and 1694, the church in Hauteville-Gondon, dedicated to St Martin of Tours, is decorated with colourful 17th century altarpieces. The high altar may be the handiwork of Valsesian sculptor Joseph-Marie Martel. The last restoration phase (which lasted more than 5 years) particularly saw the original colours being restored to one of the altarpieces, the painted décor of a draped cloth crowning the Rosary altarpiece (listed as a Historical Monument) refreshed, the 19th century painted décor of all of the vaulting restored and its original décor enhanced, including the strikingly colourful motifs in raised stucco on the keystones. Previously completely hidden from view, their restoration bestows special status on this church, since they are not found in any of the other Baroque churches in Savoie.
    Guided tours and opening times: enquiries at the tourist offices of Bourg-Saint-Maurice / Les Arcs.

  • History

    Hauteville-Gondon village

    Located downstream of Bourg-Saint-Maurice, on the left bank of the River Isère, Hauteville-Gondon was an independent municipality until 1964. Its name perhaps comes from the Latin expression alta villa (meaning high estate), since the main town was built on a promontory particularly to protect itself if the Isère broke its banks.
    The name Gondon, meanwhile, comes from a village, and was added to Hauteville at some unknown stage.
  • History

    Village of La Chal

    The village's name is believed to come from the Latin term calmis, which means meadow or pasture. With its local farmland, the village of La Chal is a striking example of how mountain hamlets long used to be organised. It is built upon a very small, sloping plot of land, giving precedence to farmland where multiple crops are grown alongside grazing livestock. The houses are almost all adjoining and built one above the other up steeply rising lanes.
  • Small heritage

    St Grat's Chapel

    Built in the mid 17th century, the chapel is dedicated to St Gratus, Bishop of Aosta, who is the patron saint of harvests. It does not have an altarpiece, but boasts a central painting featuring several patron saints. The chapel is often closed, but you can still glimpse the interior through two small windows.
  • Know-how

    Maison de la pomme

    Find out all about the know-how that has been cultivated here around apples: from grafting to cider, in keeping with tradition, to perpetuate old orchards and varieties.
    Free: enquiries in the tourist offices of Bourg-Saint-Maurice / Les Arcs.
  • Know-how

    A footpath worth getting your teeth into!

    Between Grand Gondon and Landry, head out along the Sentier des vergers (orchards' trail), specifically between the Saint-Pantaléon and La Ballastière orchards. Fruit trees have been grown in Tarentaise for centuries, and the "meadow-orchard" tradition enabled a unique combination between fruit and livestock grazing. Apples and pears were grown near hamlets where the individual plots, with four or five trees in each, grouped together to form the patchwork "meadow-orchard" landscape where grass and fruit were nurtured side by side. The fruit was harvested in early October, before the cowherds and cows came back down from the highland pastures and montagnettes, small seasonal settlements. Once the cows were back, they could graze without the risk of choking on a fallen fruit. This system was also a natural way of fertilising the soil. The orchards were thus all planted in the open field with fairly high branches so as to allow the herds to roam around freely.
  • Know-how

    La Ballastière repository orchard

    A new type of orchard well worth exploring and experiencing on a tour of this scenic complex, located on a hillock overlooking the River Isère. Easy 600m walk with explanatory panels (30 mins) telling you about the different stages in an orchard's life cycle. Picnic tables available.
    With the help of the association "les croqueurs de pommes de Tarentaise Beaufortain", the municipality of Bourg-Saint-Maurice established this orchard to help safeguard a number of old fruit tree varieties in our region.

  • History

    St Nicolas' Church

    The first records found of the parish of Macot date from 1096.
    Its church underwent major repair work in 1475 and 1511. It was even completely rebuilt in 1676 by the same master builders who built Aime's church (labour and materials cost 2,700 florin coins).
    Like other churches dating back to this time in Tarentaise, it comprises three naves and bays as well as a chancel with a rectangular chevet. The bell tower lost its top during the French Revolution in 1794, but was rebuilt in keeping with the original architecture: bulbous roof topped with two successive lanterns, each crowned with an onion-shaped dome.

  • Small heritage

    St Sébastien's Chapel

    This chapel dates back to 1628. It is believed to have been built thanks to the generosity of the village's prominent figures. It is often called "Chapelle de la Salette" after the statue of the Virgin of La Salette inside (donated by a village local). Notre-Dame de La Salette is how Catholics refer to the Virgin Mary when she apparently appeared before two children on 19 September 1846 above the village of La Salette-Fallavaux, near Corps, in the Isère département (just south of here).
    St Sebastian, meanwhile, was called on to heal leprosy and plague, an outbreak of which ravaged the municipality. The great plague epidemic hit many households here, such that by 1348 there were only seven cottages left in Sangot that asked to join Macot. Since then, Macot and Sangot have formed the same municipality.