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Treasure hunt: a spy in Esseillon

Barrier of the Esseillon forts - K.Mandray
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Call for volunteers! The French General Staff is recruiting spies to unlock the secrets of the fortress and free the imprisoned lieutenant colonel.
New scenario of the family treasure hunt in the Esseillon forts.


A trail to share with family and friends, the Promenade Savoyarde de Découverte des Forts de l'Esseillon is a fun way to discover our heritage.
This year, Aussois offers a new scenario plunging you into the year 1840, through the labyrinths of the imposing fortress where spies swarm.
Calling all French soldier volunteers! Infiltrate enemy fort Victor-Emmanuel to shed light on its organization and the life of the Sardinian garrison. Collect your logbook to enter the fort and solve the riddles that will also enable you to free Lieutenant-Colonel Desgranges. The giant leaves scattered along the route will provide you with the information obtained and passed on to the French general staff by the lieutenant-colonel before he was imprisoned.

A discovery for every visitor:
- Spy trail: follow the signs
Duration: approx. 2h30
Height difference: 100 m (steps)
- Comfort walk: part of the fort accessible to all, without games (families with baby carriages, senior citizens, accompanied people with reduced mobility).


  • Scavenger hunt / Treasure hunt


Game kit : 7 € (the game booklet).

Opening period

From 01/01 to 31/12.
Depending on the snow conditions: bring snowshoes to go down to the Fort.
Fewer workshops in winter season because of dismantled batteries.

Spoken languages

  • French


From the Fort Victor-Emmanuel parking lot, take the ramp below towards the hamlet of Esseillon. Stop at the Guinguette (open in summer only).
Continue to the entrance of Fort Victor-Emmanuel and let yourself be guided by the explanatory panels.


Animals accepted : No

Treasure hunt: a spy in Esseillon
4 rue de l'Eglise 73500 Aussois
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