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Whether you choose to explore France on foot or by bike, the country has the diversity to delight all kinds of adventure enthusiasts
Walking and Cycling in France is the perfect way to experience the sophisticated culture and joie de vivre of the French Republic. Our tours in France are spread all over the country, from sampling rural France at its best cycling in Dordogne or trekking in the Alps on the classic walk Tour du Mont Blanc. There is no better way to experience fine French food and wine than cycling through Burgundy, while exploring Provence on foot lets you bathe yourself in the relaxed pace of French life.
The French capital Paris offers a gateway for many of our walking holidays in France. Romantic Paris, the City of Love, is a great city to explore for a few days before your adventure begins. Sip wine in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, gaze at the vast art collections of the Louvre Museum or visit Sacre Cour, Montmartre, Jardin de Luxembourg and Notre Dame, one of the most beautiful Gothic Cathedrals in the world.
France is much more than just Paris. Each French region has its own character, and holidays in France can offer anything you want on an active vacation. The country changed its regional structure in 2016, and mainland France now consists of 13 metropolitan regions (plus 5 overseas territories), which are divided into smaller départements. Each French region has a proud and unique heritage, offering holiday makers a variety of experiences, from Alps to Riviera, from the beaches of Normandy to the vineyards of Loire and Chateauneuf du pape.
The South of France, often known just as ‘Le Midi’, stretches from Nice and Cannes to Provence and Languedoc, and with the southern parts of Rhone-Alpes. Southern France is synonymous with stylish French culture on the Cote d’Azur and the French Riviera, which plays host to the Cannes Film Festival, chic Mediterranean beaches and the playground of the rich and famous in Monaco. Surrounding this glitz and glamour is the uniquely French region of Provence, famed for its cuisine, lavender fields and relaxed way of life. We have a multitude of walking and cycling holidays in Provence to help you explore this region at your own pace.
The Dordogne region lies in South West France, and is roughly equivalent to the former region of Perigord, which the French often still call this delightful region. Dordogne, with its administrative centre of Périgueux is a pleasure, offering the keen hiker and cyclist beautiful vistas with hilltop chateaux, woodland forests and prehistoric caves. It represents the very best of rural France and travelling through the Dordogne at your own pace, lets you discover the unspoilt, medieval cities and postcard-perfect rural landscapes.
Coastal Brittany represents the strong Gallic side of France. Brittany, or Bretagne in French, is a popular destination for British and American tourists, located in the French north-west, just across the English Channel from the UK. The standing stones at Carnac, Perros-Guirec with its pink granite, the stunning city of Vannes and amazing beaches are all compounded by the vibrant Breton culture. Neighbouring Normandy, another hugely popular holiday destination, is the proud owner of the unmistakable town of Mont Saint Michel. This incredible Romanesque town is one of the great icons of France, and many tourists flock here to see the unique sight of the French city on the water.
There are many classic adventure trips in France, and several cross between regions, giving you a full and varied experience of French landscapes and culture. The famous Stevenson’s Trail takes you through Auvergne and Languedoc-Roussillon following the famous journey that Scottish author and the man behind ‘Treasure Island’, Robert Louis Stevenson set out on in 1878. For wine lovers, you can cross from Provence, through Côtes du Ventoux before arriving in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, taking in some fantastic wineries as you cycle on our Roads to Chateauneuf du Pape cycling trip.
Hiking the French Alps is a dream for many. The natural beauty of the Alps is almost indescribable, and France has some of the best mountain holiday destinations available.
Taking a walking holiday in the Alps is by far the best way to discover the area, and on our self-guided walks you can explore at your own pace. Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the world’s great walks, and a holiday we can strongly recommend. Challenging and rewarding hikes, fantastic food and drink, sleeping in huts jotted along the scenic trails that traverse France, Switzerland and Italy – the TMB is a hiking holiday dream come true. There are many variations available, and this classic alpine walking trip is not the only way to discover the French Alps and the mountains of France on foot.
We hold regular Webinars about the Tour du Mont Blanc if you are looking for more information on this classic French walking holiday. We also have a downloadable white paper full on information on the Tour du Mont Blanc.
The Pyrenees are found on the French/Spanish border, and these remarkable mountains are also renowned for being a brilliant walking destination. There are many ways to explore the Pyrenees, and we can help you discover the beauty of these massifs on foot. Hiking the Camino le Puy will see you walk into the Pyrenees to mark the end of this epic walking trail.
You can also experience one of the Tour du France's toughest stages when you cycle up Mt Ventoux on one of our French Road Cycling holidays.
If you would like to discover which walking holiday in France would be perfect for you, don't hesitate to contact one of our French specialists to find out more.