Walking holidays in France

Wide selection of both guided and self-guided walking holidays in the most popular and scenic landscapes of France, such as the Pyrenees, Brittany, the Lot, the Dordogne, the Provence and the French Alps.

France is the world’s most visited country, and the great variety of landscape types and beautiful mountain ranges is no doubt one of the reasons for the popularity of France as holiday destination.

Browse the France Walking holidays

Start browsing the holidays by exploring the map, or by scrolling down to the walking holiday descriptions. All the holidays are organised by small-scale, independent companies and led by enthusiastic guides.

Are you specifically interested in the Dordogne? Also visit our page specifically about walking holidays in the Dordogne where you will also find information about the region, photos and an interactive map of the area.

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The Secrets of Provence

Walking holiday with both guided and self-guided options in France

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From € 500.- / 8 days

Dive into this unspoilt corner of Provence that is famous for its wine, lavender, fruit, truffles, herbs and olives. Find out about the history, fables, culture, and characters. Understand the use of the plants and herbs of the region. Visit a truffle farm, olive mill and grower, lavender distillery, and above all, enjoy regional walks that combine the sights, scents and tastes of the area.

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Dordogne Trails

Walking holiday with both guided and self-guided options in France

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From £ 550.- / 8 days

With its many rivers, undulating hills and valleys, chateaux, bastide towns and prehistoric roots the Dordogne has long been a popular walking holiday destination. Explore many historic towns, quaint hamlets and scenic footpaths during this Dordogne walking holiday in France.

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Explore the French Alps

Self-guided walking holiday in France

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From € 472.- / 7 days

Beautiful refuge to refuge alpine walking route in the Southern French Alps. Many different types of landscapes, from valleys with a high mountain ambiance to gentler, more open valleys. Wide range of wildlife and a variety of wild flowers.

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Tarn vineyards & villages

Guided walking holiday in France

View on rolling hills and vineyards of the tarn region
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From £ 450.- / 8 days

Walk a trail from hotel to hotel through wooded hills and along mellow villages in the Tarn Valley in the Languedoc. During this walking holiday in France you will discover the distinctive, rich cuisine of the region, and its excellent wines.

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Snowshoeing in the Southern French Alps

Guided walking holiday in France

Three climbers on the summit of a snow-capped mountain in the French Alps.
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From € 909.- / 8 days

Listen to the satisfying crunch of snow beneath your feet as you trek through pristine winter wildernesses during this guided snowshoeing holiday in the French Alps. Walk through a variety of landscapes with the mountains in all their winter glory towering over you.

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Classical Pyrenean Odyssey

Guided walking holiday in France

People walking down a mountain track in the French Pyrenees. A wide mountainous landscape with snowcapped mountains, a blue sky and a high waterfall in the distance
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From € 675.- / 8 days

The Pyrenean Odyssey guided walking holiday offers you classic Pyrenean walks and scenery, food, history and culture. This France walking holiday will bring you to all four of the Grand Sites of the Hautes-Pyrenees: Lourdes, Gavarnie, Pont d’Espagne and the Pic du Midi.

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Alps Mountaineering Intro

Guided walking holiday in France

Three climbers on the summit of a snow-capped mountain in the French Alps.
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From € 1296.- / 8 days

A mountaineering/walking challenge that takes in three alpine summits, especially tailored for novices. Get away from the crowds and soak up the charm and ambiance of the high mountain environment during this walking holiday in France.

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Call of the Soul Walking Pilgrimage

Guided walking holiday in France

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From £ 486.- / 5 days

Walking in beauty – and recognising it in all things – is powerfully humbling, transformative and healing. The landscape is diverse and breathtakingly rich in indigenous flora and fauna where wild orchids and birds of prey in particular abound.

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Soul Journeys France

Walking holiday with both guided and self-guided options in France

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From € 270.- / 8 days

Walking through the gently rolling Razès countryside and up some of the most celebrated and breath-taking Cathar castles. Choose from 35 circuits and 10 linear trails, ranging from 5 to 40 km. Possible to include historic guided walking tours in and around the most renowned of the Cathar castles.

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Wolf Tracking in the French Alps

Guided walking holiday in France

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From € 538.- / 3 days

3 Day wilderness trip with experienced mountain guide and wolf-tracker.
Follow wolves and other wildlife, sleep out under the stars and hike off the beaten track.

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Walk the French Alps

Guided walking holiday in France

Group of people taking a break at a bridge during a walk in the French Alps
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From € 798.- / 8 days

A week’s guided walking holiday in the French Alps. Six days of beautiful alpine scenery, wildlife and flowers, staying in mountain refuges… the perfect way to spend a week! Mostly normal mountain walking, with nothing too technical.

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A Week of Walking for Well-being

Walking holiday with both guided and self-guided options in France

Vineyards in France
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From € 195.- / 8 days

Choose from a wide range of walks through peaceful, quiet landscapes in the heart of the rolling Razès countryside in France. Walks range from 5 to 40 km. You determine your own routes, distance and difficulty. Perfect for individuals, couples or small groups.

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Pyrenees Explorer

Walking holiday with both guided and self-guided options in France

Walker on a trail in the Pyrenees, among wild flowers, low clours underneath
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From €625.- / 8 days

On this walking holiday you will have a chance to watch the native wildlife, learn about the indigenous flora and cultures or just hike in the wilderness of the Midi-Pyrennees. No matter what you interests are, your guide is more than happy to lead the way and reveal all the wonders of that amazing part of the planet.

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Dordogne Plus Beaux Villages Walk

Self-guided walking holiday in France

Aerial view onto a Dordogne castle on a hilltop, surrounded by green farm-fields
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From £ 650.- / 8 days

A self-guided trail walking holiday in the picturesque landscape of the upper Dordogne valley. Visit six of the “most beautiful villages” in France as you follow the meanders of the Dordogne river and visit famous sights such as the 11th Century Château de Castelnaud and limestone caves.

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Bordeaux vineyard walks

Self-guided walking holiday in France

Vineyard in the Bordeaux in France
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From € 820.- / 7 days

Walk a trail through the famous vineyard landscapes of the Bordeaux, and taste its famous wines. Luggage transport is included in this France walking holiday, and you will stay in charming guesthouses, hotels, and sumptuous castles or wine chateaux in the heart of the vineyard landscapes.

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Walking in the Pays de Gâtine

Self-guided walking holiday in France

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From £ 900.- / 7 days

Explore hundreds of kilometers of little-used paths, tracks and country lanes that meander in an undulating landscape of woods, pastures, orchards, hamlets and villages. Stay at a small private Auberge in an idyllic, leafy valley.

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Albi and Tarn Valley

Self-guided walking holiday in France

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From € 897.- / 8 days

Walk a trail from hotel to hotel through wooded hills and along mellow villages in the Tarn Valley in the Languedoc. During this walking holiday in France you will discover the distinctive, rich cuisine of the region, and its excellent wines.

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Beautiful Brittany

Self-guided walking holiday in France

Walking path leading to the sea
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From € 520.- / 8 days

The holiday offers a choice of 30 circuits that are between 5km to 25km long taking in the stunning coastal path and inland countryside with its interesting buildings, tree lined lanes and views.

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Gironde's Estuary

Self-guided walking holiday in France

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From € 955.- / 7 days

This walking holiday will lead you through various landscapes alternates bicycle paths through forests and flat roads alongside streams and vineyards, will allow you to discover the exceptional natural surrounding which will fulfill you with its diversity.

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Also see our page about walking in the Dordogne, one of the most popular areas to explore on foot in France.

Self-Guided Walking Holidays in France

Guided Walking Holidays in France

Both guided and self-guided options

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Soul Journeys – walking in the footsteps of the Cathars – Cathar Castles & Carcassonne

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From € 270.- / 8 days

Walking holiday with both guided and self-guided options in France

Walking through the gently rolling Razès countryside and up some of the most celebrated and breath-taking Cathar castles. Choose from 35 circuits and 10 linear trails, ranging from 5 to 40 km. Possible to include historic guided walking tours in and around the most renowned of the Cathar castles.

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Walking in France

France is a large country, and it has been blessed with a wide variety of landscapes and mountains all of which are beautiful, exciting and just waiting to be explored by the avid walker. Add the sophisticated culture, beautiful villages and the classic and famous French cooking; France offers a lot to discover on foot during a walking holiday. From the Dordogne to the France Alps, and from the Pyrenees to the Mediterranean coast, France offers something for everyone.

 

Ancient Trails in France

In past times many people walked from village to village to trade and to buy goods. These centuries-old connections between settlements in the countryside often lead through the most scenic landscapes, and these have been made into the 110,000 miles long footpath network that exists in France. The holiday providers that offer holidays in France of course make good use of these ancient trails, picking the very best ones to ensure you see that amazing view, that picturesque bridge near the stream, and that lovely preserved village square. The companies in France also often make use of some of the long-distance routes that cross the country, sometimes continuing far into other parts of Europe.

Snowcapped mountains under a blue sky. The alps in the south east of France (original image by Gnomefilliere - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:MassifMontBlanc7438.JPG). A small village against a mountainside in the Provence, France. Lighthouse on cliffs along a coastal walking path in France (original image by Jean-Marie Hullot - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:CapFrehelLightHouse.jpg).

France walking holidays with small independent businesses

The advantage of choosing a holiday with small-scale providers in France is that your walking holiday is truly in the hands of people who live and work in the area. They know the trails and paths in their area very well, not only the beaten tracks where all the tourists go, but those special routes taking you to places not often visited by the uninvited.

For more information, also see our article walking in France.

Walking holidays in other European countries

Also interested in walking holidays in other countries? Start from the homepage to browse all the walking holidays in Europe and the UK.

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France

Capital: Paris

Area: 260,558 sq. miles, about 3.2 times the size of Britain

Population: 66 million

Currency: Euro

What is walking in France like?

France is a fantastic country for walking with something for everyone. Whether you like mountaineering or prefer easy walking through gentle countryside, you'll find it all in France. And that is not all, France also offers a lot of culture, a delicious cuisine and beautiful wines.

The walking holidays here are all organised by small-scale, independent holiday providers. They intimately know the areas they work in and can advise you on on all aspects of your walks in France.

For more information about destination France, have a look at our Walking in France page.


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