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Walking Holidays in France

Walking Holidays in France

Top 5 Highlights of Walking Holidays in France

Mont Blanc

One of the most impressive and famous peaks, Mont Blanc is the tallest mountain in the Alps and provides a stunning backdrop for walking holidays in France. Made up of remote trails through the seven valleys surrounding the mountain, the Mont Blanc Circuit offers one of the best ways to explore this dramatic region. Explore glacial peaks and soak up phenomenal views that reward you throughout your trek.

Loire Valley

Boasting more than 300 chateaux, the Loire Valley is one of the most scenic and architecturally impressive regions of central France. Explore fairytale chateaux that perch on grassy hillsides, walk among the lush vineyards along the Loire River and sample some of the finest wines in the world. Some of the most iconic chateaux include the Renaissance Chenonceau and Amboise, where you’ll find the final resting place of the famous French artist Leonardo da Vinci.

Gardens of the French Riviera

Brimming with natural beauty, the Cote d’Azur is renowned for its sun-drenched coastal trails, alpine villages and idyllic gardens. Filled with aromatic citrus trees, the gardens of the Palais Carnolès and Musée des Beaux-Arts are particularly stunning, or you can head up to Mont Bastide from Eze to explore the Exotic Garden. Surrounding the town of Menton, you’ll also find eight beautiful gardens.

Food and Drink

Walking in France isn’t just about exploring the scenery and historical sites, it’s also about immersing yourself in the culture. And what better way to do that than by indulging in the country’s food and wines. From local boulangeries (bakeries) overflowing with pastries, breads and cakes, to coastal restaurants where the fish is unbelievably fresh, gastronomes will be in foodie heaven.

The Villages and Mountains of Corsica

Nuzzled between the mountains of France and Italy, Corsica is a unique destination with an unrivalled beauty. Tucked away in the mountains you’ll find ancient hilltop villages where the culture and scenery are soul-stirring. From the lofty heights of Bocognano to the forested slopes of Vizzavona, Corsica provides a breath-taking backdrop for walking holidays in France.

FAQs on France Walking Tours

When is the best time for walking in France?

Depending on which part of France you’re visiting, the weather and recommended travel dates will vary. In the French Alps, between June and September generally provides ideal hiking conditions when there is little rain and there are longer daylight hours. But if you want to explore the French Riviera on foot then it’s best to avoid travelling during July and August when the temperatures can soar. May, June and September are great months for walking as there are less crowds and the temperatures are slightly cooler.  

Is Mont Blanc hard to climb?

Standing at almost 5,000m at the heart of the French Alps, Mont Blanc is an imposing and dramatic peak. While the mountain isn’t technically difficult to climb, there are, however, lots of scrambling sections and long days of walking uphill so you will need a reasonable level of fitness and stamina to complete the trek. Mont Blanc also has a lower altitude and milder climate than other mountains, so it’s considered moderate to challenging.

Which is the best region of France for wine tours?

Known for its verdant vineyards and ridiculously picturesque landscapes, France is one of the best countries in the world for enjoying wine tours. From the world-famous Champagne region to the heavenly Loire Valley, you’re totally spoilt for choice. Burgundy’s vineyards are some of the finest in the country producing the likes of Pinot Noir and Beaujolais, while in Vouvray you can take a tour of the wine cellars and learn about the history and cultural importance of the region’s wines.

What are the best walking trails in France?

Combining soaring alpine peaks, fairytale chateaux and medieval villages, France is home to endless walking trails that capture its pure beauty, history and culture. A few of our favourite walking routes include the epic Mont Blanc Circuit, the scenic Loire Valley and Corsica’s mountain trails. Alternatively, discover the country’s sun-bleached coastline along the stunning French Riviera. The famous GR20 is one of the most exhilarating long-distance routes, which leads you through beech and pine forests and presents you with uninterrupted views of Monte d’Oro.

How many chateaux are in France?

There are an estimated 45,000 chateaux in France and on many of our walking tours you’ll have the opportunity to explore many of them. In the Loire Valley alone, there are 300 castles strewn across the region and clinging to the hillsides. Once home to royalty, the chateaux were built using Renaissance or French baroque architecture, which gives them their distinctive fairy-tale appearance.

Is Normandy a good place for walking?

If you’re a lover of history, nature and culture, then you’ll find Normandy a fabulous region for walking holidays. As well as discovering the dark WWII history and walking along the D-Day Landing beaches, you can explore gorgeous landscapes that have inspired many French impressionist artists. Honfleur, Tour-en-Bessin and Bayeux are incredibly beautiful and brimming with ancient buildings and fascinating sites. At Trouville, walk along the famous boardwalk of Deauville where celebrities are seen during the American Film Festival.

What are the best things to see in the Pyrenees?

Owing to its emerald lakes, cascading waterfalls and wildflower meadows, the Pyrenees provides a wonderful backdrop for walking holidays in France. As well enjoying the most awe-inspiring panoramas from vantage points such as the Pic du Midi and Cirque de Gavarnie, you can visit Gaube Lake to see the mountain scenery reflecting on the surface. The Observatory of the Pic du Midi is also worth visiting to experience a moment beneath the stars. On your walks you’ll also encounter the area’s varied flora and fauna.

France Walking Tours

Mont Blanc Highlights

Walking Holidays in France
8 Days from £ 1,849
£ 1,569

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

Walk the best of Mont Blanc Circuit in France and Italy

Walking & Trekking

Mountains & Villages of Corsica

Walking Holidays in France
8 Days from £ 1,249
£ 1,129

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

Explore island landscapes in Corsica

Walking & Trekking

Tour du Mont Blanc Hotel Trek

Walking Holidays in France
15 Days from £ 3,399
£ 3,059

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

Walk the classic circuit through France, Switzerland and Italy

Walking & Trekking

Tour du Mont Blanc Week

Walking Holidays in France
8 Days from £ 1,999
£ 1,799

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

A fast and light way to complete the Mont Blanc Circuit.

Walking & Trekking

Tour du Mont Blanc Camping Trek

Walking Holidays in France
15 Days from £ 2,149
£ 2,039

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

Walk the iconic alpine trail through France, Switzerland and Italy

Walking & Trekking

Walks & Gardens of the French Riviera

Menton, Maritime Alpes, France
8 Days from £ 1,799
£ 1,619

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

Enjoy picturesque coastal paths of France

Walking & Trekking

Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn

Walking Holidays in France
15 Days from £ 2,999
£ 2,839

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

Trek the classic 'Haute Route' from France to Switzerland

Walking & Trekking

Loire Valley: Walks, Wine & Chateaux

Walking Holidays in France
7 Days from £ 2,549
£ 2,299

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

Magnificent chateaux and rolling vineyards of the Loire Valley

Walking & Trekking

Dordogne River Walk

Walking Holidays in France
9 Days from £ 1,669

Self-Guided Holidays (Excl. Flights)

This self-guided walking holiday explores the beautiful medieval villages unique to the Dordogne region

Walking & Trekking

What a fantastic week our group of eight friends had!

Stroma Duncan Mont Blanc Highlights

Adrian was the best guide, he’s a people person who can assess everyone’s abilities straight away and support them

Mabel Ritchie Mont Blanc Highlights

Corsica was much more mountainous and greener than we had expected. The walks were through beautiful countryside and it was great fun using the local railway to start/end some of the walks. Most of the paths were good, but some were quite steep and one had been eradicated by the wild pigs (but the guide found the path again!) We were lucky to have sunny weather all week, so all planned walks were achievable, though some may not have been possible if it had been wet.

Jan Britton Mountains & Villages of Corsica