Our walking vacations in France

The joy of our France walking vacations is roaming the country’s eclectic landscapes, and exploring regional cuisine farm to table as you stay in family-owned accommodations in welcoming rural communities. Explore lavender fields in Provence, the foothills of Mont Blanc, walk vineyard to vineyard in the Loire Valley, or in the company of a charming donkey on family walking trips in Mercantour. Small group tours, often led by guides who were brought up in that area all their lives and boast unparalleled knowledge about local culture and nature. And self-guided, tailor made walking vacations, where you can take any diversion that appeals.

Our top Hiking vacations in France

Guided walking vacations in the French Alps

From £860
8 days ex flights
Catered Chalet Based Guided Walking in the Giffre Valley

Self guided walking vacation in France

From 1450
6 days ex flights
Idyllic walking in France with great food and wine included

Mont Blanc vacation, Tour du Mont Blanc

From US $1999 to US $2399
8 days ex flights
The best of the Tour du Mont Blanc
Small group2022: 27 Aug, 3 Sep, 17 Sep, 24 Sep, 1 Oct, 8 Oct, 2023: 20 May, 27 May, 3 Jun, 10 Jun, 17 Jun, 24 Jun, 1 Jul, 8 Jul, 15 Jul, 22 Jul, 29 Jul, 5 Aug, 12 Aug, 19 Aug, 26 Aug, 2 Sep, 9 Sep, 16 Sep, 23 Sep, 30 Sep, 7 Oct

French Alps self guided walking vacation

From £660
8 days ex flights
Catered Chalet Based Walking Vacation in the Giffre Valley
Small group2022: 20 Aug, 27 Aug, 3 Sep

Dordogne walking vacation, France

From £1649
9 days ex flights
Explore limestone cliffs, painted caves & wild wooded valleys
Tailor made

Snowshoeing in the French Alps

From 1396
8 days ex flights
Guided snowshoeing in the Alps staying in luxury accom.
Small group2023: 21 Jan, 4 Mar

Mercantour family hiking vacation, France

From 595 to695
7 days ex flights
Family walking tour with a donkey in Southern French Alps

Mont Blanc Circuit hiking vacation

From US $2879 to US $3199
15 days ex flights
Probably the most dramatic walk in Europe
Small group2022: 3 Sep, 2023: 17 Jun, 24 Jun, 1 Jul, 15 Jul, 29 Jul, 12 Aug, 19 Aug, 26 Aug, 2 Sep

Highlights of Provence walking vacation, France

From US $2479 to US $2649
8 days ex flights
A guided walking vacation through beautiful regions of France
Small group2022: 17 Sep, 1 Oct, 2023: 6 May, 3 Jun, 10 Jun, 2 Sep, 16 Sep, 30 Sep

More about our walking vacations in France

Self guided or small group?

Wherever you roam – the Loire Valley, Mercantour or Ecrins national parks, Provence, Mont Blanc or the Dordogne – you’ll walk either as part of a small group trip, or on your own with detailed route notes provided by one of our travel companies. For those who enjoy a mix of company on their walks and over dinner every evening, a small group tour is ideal. And with local guides experts in botany, wildlife or geology, they’re a great way to learn. Self guided walks suit confident walkers keen to follow their own schedules – but support is never far away if needed.

Mont Blanc walking vacations, France

So huge it falls into three countries – France, Switzerland and Italy – Mont Blanc is not a mountain to be climbed easily. Commitment, crampons and climbing experience are all needed, though you don’t need months of training. Walking in the foothills, however, is another matter altogether. The classic route is the Tour de Mont Blanc: 170km, seven valleys and two weeks. It can be rushed around in six days, but why make a race of it? If you don’t have the time, you can also choose a vacation that will take you to some of the Tour’s highlights, with some serious cols to conquer.

The Mercantour walking vacations, France

Relatively under-explored compared with other parts of the French Alps, Mercantour National Park flaunts a diverse range of landscapes, from larch forests to Alpine pastures and glacial lakes. The amount of wildlife here may also surprise you: chamois, ibex, marmots, deer, and even a population of wolves. With over 600km of marked trails, the park is superb for walking. Come in spring or autumn, and combine with a few days by the beach or in the mountains afterwards. There’s a range of self guided and small group trips available; families will love the chance to walk alongside their own donkey.

Upper Provence walking vacations, France

Van Gogh and Cezanne – among countless other artists – drew inspiration from these landscapes. The sun drenches them 300 days of the year and between June and August, the hills are draped with vivid shades of lavender. This is Upper Provence, and once you get away from the coast and cities, you’ll feel that time is starting to slow down. Walking vacations here follow moderate trails between hilltop medieval towns, mountains scattered with olive trees and charmingly Provencal guesthouses. Les Gorges du Verdon is sure to be a highlight, as is the Valensole Plateau.
[Self guided or small group?: Bocage Normand Tourisme] [Mont Blanc: Jerome Bon] [Mercantour National Park: Itinerance Trekking] [Upper Provence: Francois Philipp]
Photo credits: [Page banner: Nicolas Cool] [Culture or adventure?: Andrew Lawson] [Walking vacations: SNappa2006] [Cycling vacations: Steve Jurvetson] [Activity vacations : Sebastien Bertrand] [Family vacations: Tobias von der Haar] [French Alps: Aurelien Breeden]