From mountain villages to crystal clear coastal waters, there is a corner of France to suit every taste, and don't forget to round off your trip with a glass of wine from the seemingly endless vineyards. To start planning and customizing your perfect French itinerary, take a look through our collection of tours below:
Walking tours in France are the ideal way to experience the sophisticated culture and joie de vivre of the French Republic. Our walks in France are spread all over the country, from sampling rural France at its best, hiking in Dordogne or trekking in the Alps on the classic Tour du Mont Blanc. There's no better way to experience fine French food and wine than walking in Burgundy, and exploring Provence on foot is the ideal way to immerse yourself in the relaxed pace of French life.
The French capital, Paris, offers a gateway for many of our walking tours in France. Romantic Paris, the City of Love, is a great city to explore for a few days before your walking 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 Paris itself. Each French region has its own character, and tours in France can offer anything you could want from 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 tourists a variety of experiences, from the French Alps to the French Riviera, and the beaches of Normandy to the vineyards of Burgundy and Bordeaux. A walking tour in France is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of each of these regions.
The South of France, often referred to as "Le Midi," stretches from Nice and Cannes to Provence and Languedoc, and includes 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 uniqu region of Provence, famed for its cuisine, lavender fields and relaxed outlook on life. We have a multitude of walking tours in Provence to help you explore this region at your own pace.
The Dordogne region lies in southwestern France and is roughly equivalent to the former region of Perigord. Dordogne, with its administrative centre of Périgueux, is a delight, offering the active hiker beautiful vistas with hilltop chateaux, woodland forests and prehistoric caves. It represents the very best of rural France and walking through the Dordogne countryside lets you discover unspoiled, medieval cities and picture-perfect rural landscapes.
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 nortwestern France, this region lies 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. Neighboring Normandy - another popular tourist destination - is the proud home to 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 walking tours 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 the spiritual walker, the French Camino, Le Puy Camino, joins up with the famous Camino de Santiago, but starts in the heart of France. This incredible journey crosses through historic landscapes in France to meet the Camino at the Spanish border.
Mountainous Regions in France
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 tour destinations available.
Taking a walking tour in the Alps is by far the best way to discover the area, and on our self-guided tours, you can explore at your own pace. The Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the world’s great walks, and a tour we can strongly recommend. Expect challenging and rewarding hikes, fantastic food and drink, and sleeping in huts along the scenic trails that traverse France, Switzerland and Italy – the Tour du Mont Blanc is a hiking dream come true. There are many variations available, and this classic alpine walking tour isn't the only way to discover the French Alps and the mountains of France on foot.
The Pyrenees are found on the French/Spanish border, and these remarkable mountains are also renowned for being a terrific walking destination. There are many ways to explore the Pyrenees, and we can help you discover the beauty of these peaks on foot. Hiking the Le Puy Camino will take you into the Pyrenees to mark the end of this epic walking trail.
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