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Walking Holidays in France

Live ‘la Joie de vivre’, the joy of life, on a walking holiday in France across the country's picturesque terrain. Wander charming fairy-tale settlements in the heart of the French Alps, where enchanted, cream-coloured chateaus sit beside the glistening turquoise water of Lac d’Annecy. This spectacular scenery provides a blissful backdrop for our walking trips.

Our France Walking Holidays

Our walking holidays in France reflect the diversity of the nation's landscape. Whatever you are interested in seeing, we have an experience for you. 

If you’re seeking a challenging hike, choose our Le Tour du Mont Blanc holiday, where you’ll traverse snow-kissed alpine peaks and luscious ski valleys in Chamonix. For a more tranquil route, join us in the sublime southeast. Here, we stroll Provence’s perfumed olive and lavender fields until we reach Roman aqueducts and papal Avignon. Recreate Van Gough’s Café de Nuit in a shady pavement bistro and watch passers-by carry freshly baked baguettes down cobblestone streets. Then, sample a robust glass of Châteauneuf du Pape on a visit to some of France’s most prestigious vineyards. 

History lovers will adore Route St Jacques; following the pilgrim trail, we pass ancient shrines and hear chivalric tales of the legendary Beast of Gevaudan. Or, discover the secret cliff-side village of Rocamadour, where monastic buildings and tiny stone houses are carved straight into the rugged limestone rock face.


Why Visit France?

France’s rich and varied terrain makes it an idyllic destination for walkers of all abilities. Enjoy a leisurely holiday in the bejewelled gardens of the French Riviera and Cote d'Azur, or, meander across wild rosemary bushes on the winding coastal trails of Corsica.

Across all our walking holidays to France, you’re sure to experience bags of history and culture. Remarkably preserved villages, Norman fortifications and Roman ruins fill the French landscape, as well as a string of pilgrim trails.

There will be plenty of delicious French food and wine to enjoy, too. Each morning we’ll sample buttery pastries with a continental breakfast of sweet jams, fruit and coffee. En route, we’ll stop off at traditional boulangeries for freshly baked bread filled with local cheese and ham. With chances to visit local restaurants, you’ll also get to sample rustic dishes like coq au vin and cassoulet.

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Postcards from Provence

Postcards from Provence

Departure dates

  • 2024:
    • Aug

Provence, the enchanting region in southeastern France, is a land of lavender and olives, where plane trees cast shadows over lively weekly markets. Rich in history, it was home to popes and artists, a haven for gypsies and troubadours. The allure lies in its timeless charm, a tapestry of culture and natural beauty.

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Grade 2

This level mixes active sightseeing with shorter, city or countryside walks. Trips are not aimed at seasoned walkers, but you should be confident in managing walks of around 3miles at a leisurely pace with a few ups and downs. Where in more mountainous areas we use transport to access higher ground with ease.  Holidays graded at this level are generally in our Adagio or Discover Collections.  

Usual daily walks - Distance: 3 miles; Ascent/Descent 150-200m; Terrain: good paths and tracks; Time: Short or Half Day exploration. 


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Discover Southwest France-The Dordogne (Self-Guided)

Discover Southwest France-The Dordogne (Self-Guided)

Departure dates

  • 2024: Jul - Oct
  • 2025: Apr - Oct

An excellent gastronomical walking trip from the banks of the charming and meandering Dordogne River up to the higher wooded grounds of the Périgord plateau.

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Challenging

Grade 6

Full day walks with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent and longer distances covered.  Whilst you will be mainly on paths, these may be rough, steep, and loose at times. We take the whole day to enjoy some fabulous walks.  

Usual daily walks - Distance: 8 miles; Ascent/Descent 850m; Terrain: sometimes rough, loose or steep sections; Walking Time: 8hrs / Full Day walks. 

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from £989

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Rocamadour

Rocamadour

Departure dates

  • 2024:
    • Sep
    • Oct
  • 2025:
    • Apr
    • Sep
    • Oct

While strolling through the charming streets of Rocamadour, enveloped by the enticing aromas of freshly baked bread and crisp, clean air, you'll find yourself transported to a bygone era. Discover the magic of this historic town, your ultimate gateway to the Dordogne, where the past comes alive.

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Grade 3

We still class this level as leisurely; walks are generally a little longer than level 2, with undulations but over a longer distance. Where sightseeing distances are longer, we take a full day with opportunities to stop, rest and refuel. Generally, itineraries involve easy countryside walking with plenty of breaks,   

Usual daily walks - Distance: 4 miles; Ascent/Descent 300m; Terrain: generally good paths and tracks; Walking Time: Half Day or Full Day walks. 

Landscape

from £1,669

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Cathar Country - The foothills of the French Pyrenees

Cathar Country - The foothills of the French Pyrenees

Departure dates

  • 2025:
    • May
    • Jun
    • Jul
    • Sep

Explore mystical Cathar castles in Pyrenean foothills: Peyrepertuse, Quéribus, Lastours, Roquefixade. Walk through history, enjoy stunning landscapes, and experience captivating legends.

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Moderate

Grade 4

Usually, your walk will take up the whole day at a moderate pace. Terrain will often be hilly and paths generally good. Note that on holidays in mountainous areas, expect some rougher paths. An average walk length is 6 miles but expect this to vary from as little as 3 miles on a sightseeing day and up to 10 miles on a full day dependant on the amount of ascent and decent required.  

Usual daily walks - Distance: 6 miles; Ascent/Descent 500m; Terrain: sometimes hilly and undulating on good paths and tracks; Walking Time: Day walks. 

Landscape

from £1,999

(8 nights)

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Loire - Chateaux & Vineyards

Loire - Chateaux & Vineyards

Departure dates

  • 2024:
    • Oct
  • 2025:
    • Apr
    • Jul
    • Aug
    • Oct

Nestled where the River Vienne meets the Loire, Chinon's charm is palpable. Cream-colored stone buildings, elegant turrets, and half-timbered façades grace its riverside. This historic land, steeped in royal legacy, produces some of the Loire's finest wines. Chinon's tranquillity, scenic beauty, and rich heritage invite exploration, painting a captivating portrait of the Loire Valley's allure.

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Leisurely

Grade 3

We still class this level as leisurely; walks are generally a little longer than level 2, with undulations but over a longer distance. Where sightseeing distances are longer, we take a full day with opportunities to stop, rest and refuel. Generally, itineraries involve easy countryside walking with plenty of breaks,   

Usual daily walks - Distance: 4 miles; Ascent/Descent 300m; Terrain: generally good paths and tracks; Walking Time: Half Day or Full Day walks. 

Culture

from £1,580

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Historic Normandy

Historic Normandy

Departure dates

  • 2025:
    • May
    • Jun
    • Aug
    • Sep

Explore historic Normandy for a captivating week of sightseeing and leisurely walks. With an expert local guide, delve into the rich history of Rouen, stroll along the dramatic Alabaster coast cliffs in Etretat, and marvel at the medieval ruins of Jumièges Abbey. Visit the serene village of Giverny, tracing the footsteps of the renowned artist Monet. This curated experience promises a perfect blend of cultural exploration and natural wonders in picturesque Normandy.

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Moderate

Grade 4

Usually, your walk will take up the whole day at a moderate pace. Terrain will often be hilly and paths generally good. Note that on holidays in mountainous areas, expect some rougher paths. An average walk length is 6 miles but expect this to vary from as little as 3 miles on a sightseeing day and up to 10 miles on a full day dependant on the amount of ascent and decent required.  

Usual daily walks - Distance: 6 miles; Ascent/Descent 500m; Terrain: sometimes hilly and undulating on good paths and tracks; Walking Time: Day walks. 

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