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The Way of St James- Le Puy to Conques (Self-Guided)

Explore the Historical Via Podensis: The French Way Pilgrimage Route. Delve into the fascinating history of the Via Podensis, also known as the French Way, as you wander through the picturesque French countryside. This journey takes you along well-marked paths, allowing you to trace the footsteps of the countless pilgrims who have walked this route before you. Experience the deep historical significance and the authentic charm of the French countryside along the way.

  • France

  • 11 nights
  • Half Board
  • Pilgrimage Routes

    Landscape

  • June - October

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Walking grade

Grade 7

These holidays are typically in mountainous areas where stamina is important to be able to enjoy longer days. There is plenty of ascent and descent on some rough and steep paths that require good footwear, a steady foot, and a good head for heights. Some days may be shorter in distance or ascent/descent, but the overall effort levels required are of a higher nature.  

Usual daily walks - Distance: 10 miles; Ascent/Descent 950m; Terrain: varied with rough, rocky and steep sections; Walking Time: 8hrs+ / Long Days. 

The above statistics are generalisations of a day’s keys walk, it does not include distance covered during general sightseeing or daily activity. Detailed information of the daily walking requirements are specified in the specific holidays ‘Daily Itinerary".

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Self-Guided Collection

Expertly planned, flexible walking itineraries, led by you, with accommodation, route plans, and luggage transfers all taken care of by us.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Walking route through a historic natural landscape and the hilly countryside as Pilgrims have for years.
  • Preserved historical monuments that will take you back in time.
  • Plenty of charismatic villages to hop between along this famous route.
  • A perfect walking holiday to connect you with the history and culture of the area.

Your pilgrimage begins in the picturesque town of Le Puy-en-Velay, nestled in the South-East of the Massif Central, amidst a stunning volcanic landscape. While in this charming town, don't miss the opportunity to explore the Romanesque Cathedral of Notre Dame, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

As you set forth on your journey, you'll traverse the lush mountains of the Velay Massif, passing through a diverse range of landscapes and terrains, eventually arriving in the delightful village of Saint-Privat d'Allier. Here, you can visit the Church and the Castle of St Privat, adding historical depth to your adventure.

In the second leg of your itinerary, you'll delve into the heart of the Velay Massif, arriving in Saugues, a quaint town renowned for its English Tower, Mushroom Fair, and the legendary Beast of Gévaudan. From Saugues, your path leads to 'Le Sauvage,' a centuries-old farming area perched atop a hill, once associated with the Knights Templar. Continuing your journey, you'll enter the captivating Lozère region before reaching Les Faux or Saint Alban-sur-Limagnole.

The route then takes you through the Margeride plateau and along the Truyère valley, eventually bringing you to the charming village of Aumont-Aubrac. Aumont-Aubrac is a town graced with 16th and 17th-century buildings featuring exquisite sculpted stone facades, preserving the beauty of a bygone era.

The fourth leg of your pilgrimage transports you to a hamlet with origins dating back to the 8th century – Nasbinals. Here, you can admire a fine example of Auvergnat Roman-style architecture at the Church of Nasbinals. Your journey proceeds through Aubrac, where you'll encounter the iconic 'English Tower' before arriving in the charming town of Saint-Chély d'Aubrac. This is an ideal spot to relax on the main square with a refreshing drink.

From Saint-Chély, you'll begin your descent into the sublime Lot Valley, where numerous villages boast the prestigious title of 'Plus Beaux Villages de France' – the most beautiful villages in France. These include Saint-Côme-d'Olt, Espalion, and Estaing. Finally, your pilgrimage leads you through Golinhac to the captivating town of Conques, known for its well-preserved walls with fortified gateways and flanking towers, marking the culmination of your remarkable journey

  • Accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • All breakfasts and 11 dinners.
  • Luggage transport according to programme.
  • Digital detailed route notes and maps in English
  • 24-hour telephone assistance.
  • Access to route information on an app.
  • Flights.
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, additional transfers, etc.
  • Tourist tax (if applicable) paid locally.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Transport to first and from last accommodation.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the program.
  • Printed detailed route information (available at an additional charge of £75, and is available at your first hotel)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Tour Codes

61020

Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Le Puy-en-Velay

Accommodation

Nestled between the Auvergne volcanoes and the Rhone Alpes valley, Le Puy en Velay is a charming small city that impresses visitors. Starting in this fascinating town, you will feel you are stepping back in time wandering the cobbled streets of the old town. Enjoy a walk up to “Notre Dame de France” for some fantastic panoramic views of the city and the surrounding volcanic landscapes.

Day 2

From Le Puy-en-Velay to St Privat D’Allier

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today you have a luggage transfer Le Puy-en-Velay to St Privat D’Allier

  • Distance

    14.2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    550/335m

Today your walk will traverse lush mountains in Velay Massif, enjoying stunning scenery all day long, before reaching the pretty village of Saint-Privat d’Allier. Between Le Puy and Saint Christophe the GR rises from 625m to 966m and crosses the vast plateau that leads to the Mountains of Velay. The trail faithfully adheres to the ancient pilgrim’s route.

To be a real pilgrim, you should start from the door of the cathedral and go down the grand steps to La Ruedes Tables and just after passing the fountain turn left onto Rue Raphael which opens out into the Place du Plot. You then follow the Rue Saint Jacques leading into Rue des Capucins.

Day 3

From St Privat D’Allier to Saugues

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today you have a luggage transfer St Privat d'Allier - Saugues

  • Distance

    11.8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    565/480m

Today you will walk less in miles, but the ascents and descents make it the challenge, however it is a very rewarding day as you will enjoy wonderful views of the Velay Massif. The Compostelle trail takes you to picturesque villages and hamlets such as Rochegude and Combriaux. From Monistrol on, the climb is quite steep to reach Montaure (1022 metres) on the edge of the Gevaudan plateau. You will be climbing up some 420 metres! Until Montaure the GR follows the ancient pilgrim’s trail precisely, and then the historical trail goes off to the right. A new route has now been developed which is just as direct but more pleasant for walking before you arrive in Saugues, where you will stay for the night.

Day 4

From Saugues to Saint-Alban

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today you have a luggage transfer Saugues to Saint-Alban

  • Distance

    20.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    560m

This is a long day. There are 'farm cafes' in Contaldes (a farm) and Chazeaux, but don't rely on them being open! There is also a cafe restaurant in Chanaleilles, just off the route. We would therefore recommend that you get supplies in Saugues before leaving. There is a patisserie nearly opposite the hotel and there is a supermarket and another bakery on the way out of town. Today, your walk takes you to “Le Sauvage”, a farming area perched on top of a hill and dating back to the times of the Knights Templars. You will then enter Lozère region at the Saint-Roch chapel (a great spot for a picnic, with panoramic views) before finishing in Les Faux or Saint Alban-sur-Limagnole.

Accommodation tonight at a charming auberge in Saint Alban-sur-Limagnole, or earlier on the road at Les-Faux. 

Day 5

From Saint-Alban to Aumont Aubrac

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today you have a luggage transfer Saint-Alban to Aumont Aubrac

  • Distance

    13 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    330/480m

A nice hilly day undulating across fields, crossing small rivers, through forests and strolling into small villages. You will enjoy a scenic walk on the Aubrac volcanic and granite plateau. Your days journeying will end in the town of Aumont-Aubrac. 

Day 6

From Aumont-Aubrac to Nasbinals

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today you have a luggage transfer From Aumont-Aubrac to Nasbinals

  • Distance

    16 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    360/230m

Today and continuing into tomorrow, the landscape changes completely as you reach the higher parts of the GR65. You come out of the benign woods and fields of the previous walking stages into a wilder wind swept moorland, with peat, laced with winding streams, drystone walls and huge boulders.

Day 7

From Nasbinals to Saint-Chély d’Aubrac

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today you have a luggage transfer Nasbinals to Saint-Chly d’Aubrac 

  • Distance

    10 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200/550m

Today is your last real day in the high grassland’s areas. You pass the highest point of the whole 750 km between Le PuyenVelay and St Jean PieddePort (1366m) just before the historic village of Aubrac, and then start to descend into less wild territory, and a very pleasant village to end with!

Day 8

From Saint-Chély d’Aubrac to Espalion

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today you have a luggage transfer Saint-Chély d’Aubrac to Espalion 

  • Distance

    13.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    330/715m

From Saint-Chély you start descending into the superb Lot Valley. You will come by Saint-Côme-d’Olt, one of “les plus beaux villages de France” (an official accreditation in France) along the Lot River. Its old quarter has a distinctive medieval feel. From Saint-Côme-d’Olt you will continue to Espalion, also along the Lot River. Espalion has a picturesque medieval bridge over the Lot and many of its buildings still have characteristic wooden balconies.

Day 9

From Espalion to Estaing

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today you have a luggage transfer Espalion to Estaing 

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    190m

Today’s walk continues along the Lot Valley where many more beautiful sights await. The beautiful chapelle Saint Pierre of Bessuéjouls is one of the oldest chapels along the route and has a 11th century chapel in the bell tower. Your day will end in Estaing, another spectacular sight with its impressive castle welcoming pilgrims from a distance. Strolling the towns quaint medieval streets, you’ll feel like you are going back in time.

Day 10

From Estaing to Golinhac

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today you have a luggage transfer Estaing to Golinhac

  • Distance

    8.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    450/120m

Today is a straightforward walk and although there are some potentially muddy paths, there is a lot of road walking on quiet roads, so if you have brought trainers with you, you may well consider wearing them instead of heavier footwear. Most the steep climbing is completed early in the day so that you can enjoy great views across the hills heading for Golinhac. Although this is a short day and you will probably make it to the bar / restaurant in Golinhac by lunch time, if you want a later start we recommend that you bring supplies from the little supermarket and the bakery in Estaing.

Day 11

From Golinhac to Conques

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today you have a luggage transfer Golinhac to Conques 

  • Distance

    13 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    310/660m

Either ask the accommodation for a packed lunch, or get something from the shop, Espeyrac and Senergues also have bars and small shops although often with limited opening times. From Espeyrac the GR65 crosses the Daze and Tayrac, minor rivers to visit the old pilgrim’s village of Senergues with its fortified chateau and beautiful little church, before we climb onto the rolling plateau of Campeux to arrive at the most notable place on the Way of St James, the town of Conques. It is quite a straightforward day about 80% on minor roads, but the path sections can be muddy and the descent into Conques is quite steep and stony but does not go on for too long.

Day 12

End of Tour

Meals

Breakfast

End of your trip after breakfast.

Travel Details

The best airport for arrival is Lyon Saint Exupéry Airport. Other airport options are Paris airports, Charles de Gaullein the North and Orly in the South. From Paris you can take a train to Le Puy-en-Velay.

Arrival in Le Puy-en-Velay: You can get to Le Puy-en-Velay by train, from Lyon airport you can get a shuttle Tram Express to Lyon Part‐Dieu station. You can also fly to Paris with onward connection by air or TGV (high speed) train to Lyon where you change for Le Puy (direct or via St Etienne). 

Departure from Conques: As Conques does not have a train station, you will have to take a taxi to Cransac. At Cransac you take a train to Brive-la-Gaillarde. From there you can easily reach different various points in France (Paris, Bordeaux,...). You can also take a shuttle bus to reach another train station or to travel back to the starting point.

For timetables and further information check the website of SNCF or rome2rio for all French National trains (SNCF).

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is an example of the type of accommodation you will be allocated on this holiday. Your final accommodation list will be confirmed on your travel documents, these will usually be with you around two weeks prior to departure.

Dyke Hotel or similar

The Dyke Hotel is attached to the hotel-restaurant Le Régina *** and offers 15 comfortable rooms in the centre of Le Puy-en-Velay. The hotel offers breakfast and has a restaurant.

Free WIFI is provided throughout the hotel.  Rooms have central heating, air conditioning, television, telephone and en-suite bathroom.

La Cabourne Bed & Breakfast or similar

The La Cabourne B&B is located in the heart of the Gorges de l'Allier, it is ideally situated a few metres from the centre of the village of Saint Privat d'Allier, in the Haute-Loire department, which is the first official stage on the route to Santiago.

The gite offers free WIFI, dining room, terrace with good local produce for dinner. Rooms are simple and have en-suite bathrooms.


Les Gabales B&B or similar

This small bed and breakfast offers double or twin bedded rooms with ensuite accommodation, located in Saugues in the perfect location for stopping after a long days walk, praised for its delicious food you will not go hungry. 

Auberge Saint Jacques or similar

Situated in Saint-Alban-sur-Limagnole, Auberge Saint Jacques has a terrace, restaurant, bar, and free WiFi throughout the property.All rooms in the inn are equipped with a flat-screen TV. With a private bathroom fitted with a shower and free toiletries. Breakfast is available each morning, and includes continental, vegetarian and vegan options.

Hôtel Prunières or similar

Located on the route to Santiago de Compostela this hotel is ideally located. The rooms at Hotel Prunières are equipped with a flat-screen TV and a desk with ensuite facilties.. 

Hotel Le Bastide or similar

Hotel Le Bastide is located in the Nasbinals village in the Aubrac countryside. Rooms are equippedwith ensuite facilities, TV, and wi-fi. The hotel has a dining area where breakfasts are taken. 

Hôtel des Voyageurs or similar

Hotel des Voyageurs is located 40 km from Cevennes National Park. Guest rooms have a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi access. Decorated in pastel tones, each room has a private bathroom with a bath or shower.

Hotel de France or similar

The Hotel de France is located in the town centre of Espalion, in the south of France. The rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV and ensuite facilities and hairdryer. 

Chez Tifille or similar

Chez Tifille is located in Estaing and is a small bed and breakfast. Rooms are equipped with ensuite facilities, free wi-fi and air conditioning. Breakfast is served at the B&B and is continental. 

La Landette or similar

This small bed and breakfast is set in the rural countryside. Each room has a bathroom with shower, sink and toilet. There is also a shared living room with a well equipped kitchen with a coffee maker/ microwave and washing machine. 

Auberge Saint-Jacques or similar

Auberge Saint-Jacques is located in the heart of the medieval village of Conques opposte the Ste-Foy abbey. Rooms are equipped with ensuite facilties, phone and TV. The hotel has its own bar and restaurant where you can savour cuisine from the Aveyron region. 

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

These holidays are typically in mountainous areas where stamina is important to be able to enjoy longer days. There is plenty of ascent and descent on some rough and steep paths that require good footwear, a steady foot, and a good head for heights. Some days may be shorter in distance or ascent/descent, but the overall effort levels required are of a higher nature.  

Usual daily walks - Distance: 10 miles; Ascent/Descent 950m; Terrain: varied with rough, rocky and steep sections; Walking Time: 8hrs+ / Long Days. 

The above statistics are generalisations of a day’s keys walk, it does not include distance covered during general sightseeing or daily activity. Detailed information of the daily walking requirements are specified in the specific holidays ‘Daily Itinerary".

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

If your holiday does not include dinners (see itinerary) we recommend budgeting an additional £25-30 per day.

Currency in France

The currency in France is the euro. 

Credit cards are widely accepted. You may be asked to provide ID if you can’t pay by chip and PIN. ATMs are widely available in most towns and villages throughout France.

Tipping

Tips are not included in the holiday price. Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high.  We strongly recommend when receiving good service you make a tip to the local supplier.

Your Travel Details

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

The best airport for arrival is Lyon Saint Exupéry Airport. Other airport options are Paris airports, Charles de Gaullein the North and Orly in the South. From Paris you can take a train to Le Puy-en-Velay.

Arrival in Le Puy-en-Velay: You can get to Le Puy-en-Velay by train, from Lyon airport you can get a shuttle Tram Express to Lyon Part‐Dieu station. You can also fly to Paris with onward connection by air or TGV (high speed) train to Lyon where you change for Le Puy (direct or via St Etienne). 

Departure from Conques: As Conques does not have a train station, you will have to take a taxi to Cransac. At Cransac you take a train to Brive-la-Gaillarde. From there you can easily reach different various points in France (Paris, Bordeaux,...). You can also take a shuttle bus to reach another train station or to travel back to the starting point.

For timetables and further information check the website of SNCF or rome2rio for all French National trains (SNCF).

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

Should you have decided to book any overseas flight arrangements through us, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Documentation

After booking your holiday, expect to receive a confirmation and holiday information sheet soon after.

Once you've settled your balance, about 2 weeks before your holiday, you'll get instructions on how to log into your ActiveNav App. Grab your Apple or Android smartphone and head to the app store for a quick download. Once installed, the app grants you access to all route information and provides guidance on how to navigate it.

Around 2 weeks prior to your departure, you'll also get a destination manual & road book. This comprehensive guide includes detailed information on your walking route and interesting facts about the areas you'll stay in. Alongside, a trip voucher will confirm all the services booked for you, complete with the names and addresses of your hotels and other service providers. Be prepared to present this voucher as confirmation at your accommodations, and don't forget to bring along a valid form of ID.

Passports and Visas

European Passport Advice

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

For some Schengen countries your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

In general all of our self-guided holidays are on a bed and breakfast basis with breakfast provided at your accommodation. Depending on the route you are walking and access to local services such as restaurants, cafes and supermarkets, your itinerary may include packed lunches, dinners or a mix of both. Please refer to the individual itinerary and what is included for accurate information.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Footwear is a walker’s personal choice; however, we strongly suggest good quality waterproof walking boots with a moulded sole with a deep tread and good ankle support for holidays grade 7 and above.

Luggage Transfers

On a self guided holiday, the days you walk from one property to another, your main luggage will be transferred for you as part of your holiday arrangements. This leaves you free to just carry what you need for the day. Please refer to your individual itinerary for which days your luggage will be transferred. Before you leave your accommodation in the morning, please speak with your host for where the luggage should be left and by what time. 

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Compass
  • Map case
  • Whistle
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun screen
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Water bottle - at least 2 litre capacity (more may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat
  • Head torch
  • Survival bag - What is a survival bag? Click here!
  • Bothy
  • Mobile
  • Power Bank for charging mobile if needed.
  • Phone charging lead

This list is not exhaustive, and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

French Swimwear

Please note that in French public swimming pools men are not permitted to wear baggy swimming shorts but must have ‘Speedo’ style trunks or tight fitting longer shorts. Men with incorrect swim wear will not be allowed into the pool.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in France

Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWH17 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for France

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to France.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.

You may wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

EHIC & GHIC Cards

Starting January 1st, 2021, you, as a UK traveller, can continue using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) throughout its valid five-year period, granting you access to medical assistance during your holiday until its expiry date. Be aware, though, that this coverage will no longer extend to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland. In case you don't have a valid EHIC, you can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the EHIC as it gets phased out.

It's essential to emphasize that the EHIC/GHIC, while valuable, should not be regarded as a substitute for comprehensive medical or travel insurance. For your peace of mind and comprehensive coverage, considering additional insurance is highly recommended.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

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France

  • Capital

    Paris

  • Currency

    Euro; CFP Franc

  • Language

    French

  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00

  • Flight duration

    1.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    4°C

    Avg. Rain: 65mm

  • February

    5°C

    Avg. Rain: 56mm

  • March

    8°C

    Avg. Rain: 55mm

  • April

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 59mm

  • May

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 66mm

  • June

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 58mm

  • July

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 51mm

  • August

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 56mm

  • September

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 66mm

  • October

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 79mm

  • November

    8°C

    Avg. Rain: 76mm

  • December

    5°C

    Avg. Rain: 74mm

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