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Mixed-Activity Holidays in France
Mixed-Activity Holidays in France

Mixed-Activity Holidays in France

France Mixed-Activity Holidays

Top 5 Places to Visit on Activity Holidays in France

Serein Valley:  Blessed with charming towns and villages that line the meandering river, idyllic countryside and a stunning French chateau, the Serein Valley is a beautiful region perfect for exploring on two wheels. As you cycle along unspoilt waterways, stop off at Chichee, Tonnerre and Viviers for some sightseeing and enjoy lunch at one of the chic pavement cafes. Noyers sur Serein is particularly picturesque with its half-timbered houses lining the streets of the medieval village, and it has even been recognised as one of the most beautiful villages in France.

Beynac: Flanking the banks of the Dordogne River, Beynac is a gorgeous village overlooked by a fortified chateau which stands on the hilltop. Stroll along the old cobblestone streets that snake above the river and enjoy views that stretch across the village and the surrounding countryside. In the village itself, there are lot of traditional French restaurants, bars and cafes where you can mingle with the locals and try some delicious regional cuisine. Alternatively, go in search of the hidden galleries and artisan stalls that pepper the narrow alleyways.

Gouffre de Padirac: First discovered by the famous French cave explorer, Edouard Martel, the Gouffre de Padirac is a huge chasm that can be found in Lot in the Dordogne region. This amazing natural wonder is one of the largest of its kind in Europe and its underground caverns and subterranean river can be explored by boat. This is a fabulous experience and to journey 75 metres below the earth through limestone chasms is just mind-blowing. Gouffre de Padirac is known locally as the ‘Devil’s Hole’ and is one of the most exceptional sites in the area.

Souillac: Nestled into the Dordogne Valley, Souillac boasts a heavenly riverside setting and once served as an important port along the old trading route. Dating back to the 12th century, the Abbey Sainte Marie is one of the town’s most famous historical sites and is worth visiting during a trip here. Along the old streets of Souillac is an array of traditional French restaurants and bars and you’ll find vibrant food markets throughout the year. Walk along the banks of the Dordogne River to see the pretty shuttered houses which are strewn with colourful blossoms of wisteria during the summer.

Saint-Vincent-de-Cosse: Looking down over the Dordogne River, Saint-Vincent-de-Cosse is a picture-perfect village dating to the 19th century. It’s home to many ancient churches, old stone houses and historic landmarks that tell of its fascinating past. The 12th-century Saint-Vincent-le-Salvadou is a notable landmark and is listed as an historic monument. Two chateaux dominate the village: the Renaissance Chateau de Panassou and the Chateau de Monrecour, the latter now being a hotel and restaurant which also serves as the base for hot-air balloon rides.

The trip was well planned out and so very relaxing and enjoyable. The hotels and especially the food were awesome. Would absolutely take another trip like this.

Annette Dawson Canoeing on the Dordogne

Are your activity trips in France suitable for families with children?

Yes, our family activity holidays in France offer a range of activities for children of various ages. However, some activities such as canoeing do have a minimum age requirement of 8 years old for 2/3 person canoes and 12 years old for a single-person canoe. All our family trips are designed with children in mind and cater to specific age ranges.

What is the best time of year for outdoor activities in France?

The best time for outdoor activities in France will all depend on the activities you plan on doing. For hiking, cycling and water sports, the ideal time is during the spring (April-June) or autumn (September-October) when the weather is mild, but the landscapes are still abloom with vibrant colours. Summer in the Dordogne region can experience high temperatures reaching 35-degree Celsius, so July and August are best avoided if you’re doing outdoor activities.

FAQs on Activity Holidays in France

What types of activities can I do in France?

Owing to its diverse landscapes, there are several activities you can enjoy in France. Canoeing along the Dordogne River gives you a unique perspective of the region’s verdant landscapes and historic sites and you can stop off along the way to try one of the local restaurants or cafes. If you prefer to explore on two wheels, cycle through the Perigord region and immerse yourself in the picturesque countryside that’s interrupted with pretty, French villages. Adrenalin seekers will love venturing below the earth into the Gouffre de Padirac where you can take a boat ride through the cave system. The quaint village of Saint-Vincent-de-Cosse is a fabulous place to discover on foot and enjoy striking views over the Dordogne Rover.

How fit do I need to be for activity holidays in France?

While many of the activities on our holidays in France cater to various fitness levels, you will need a reasonable level of fitness to take part in some activities. While the canoeing is safe and generally not too demanding, you are required to be able to swim 50 metres when fully clothed. Most of the cycling and walking trails aren’t too demanding but if you’re unsure if they’re suitable for you, please check the additional information for each individual trip.

Are your activity trips in France self-guided?

At Exodus we provide an exciting range of self-guided activity holidays for anyone wanting to explore the world independently. Our unique and immersive self-guided trips cater to adventurous travellers seeking freedom and flexibility while still benefiting from our expertly crafted itineraries. Our activity trips in France focus on hiking, cycling and canoeing and are a great way for families to discover the scenery and local culture at their own pace. You’ll be provided with detailed trip notes that give you expert guidance on where to visit and what to see.

What cultural experiences are there for families in France?

Our family holidays in France combine outdoor adventures with cultural experiences that will enthral all ages. Learn about the history and culture of France as you wander along old cobblestone streets lined with ancient architecture. Stay at family-run accommodation where you’ll experience traditional French hospitality and authentic local dishes and visit lively markets brimming with fresh produce and artisanal products.

What is the traditional French cuisine?

French cuisine is known worldwide for its elegance, complexity and rich flavours, with a strong emphasis on fresh, high-quality ingredients such as butter, cream, wine, herbs and cheese. Each region also boasts its own specialties, from bouillabaisse in the south to coq au vin in the north. The Dordogne region in particular has dishes showcasing locally grown produce such as tourain, a rich broth filled with garlic, onions and fat, which is then poured over cheese and bread. Foi Gras is another typical dish, often accompanied by a French wine.