Walking holidays in France

Welcome to our France page. Here you'll find a 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.

  • River Gorge in the Ardeche;Photo by Ros_K Photographie | CC BY 2.0
  • View on rocky coast with small boatsPhoto by Max In Pics | CC BY-SA 2.0
  • view on river, bridge and rural landscape in the Dordogne, FrancePhoto by dynamosquito | CC BY-SA 2.0
  • View on a path leading into Ferrett valley in the French AlpsPhoto by richd777 | CC BY-SA 2.0
  • view on beautiful village in a valley in the french pyrenees Jyle Dupuis | CC BY-SA 2.0
  • Wooded green valley with some meadows and small houses in the JuraPhoto by Nouhailler | CC BY-SA 2.0
  • Beautiful river valley with settlement and bridge in the LanguedocPhoto by quinet | CC BY 2.0
  • lavender fields and farms in rural landscape in the provencePhoto by J. Reifegerste | CC BY-SA 2.0

Start browsing the holidays by exploring the map below, 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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Handdrawn geographical map of France.

Self-guided walking holidays in France

Bordeaux and Gironde's Estuary

  • Walking a trail
  • Luggage transport included
  • Multiple accommodations
  • Self-guided walking holiday
Walking tour in Gironde
Path along La Gironde, small fishing house in the background

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.

From € 955.- / 7 days

Price per person based on 2 people sharing

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Explore the French Alps

  • Walking a trail
  • Luggage transport included
  • Multiple accommodations
  • Self-guided walking holiday
Refuge to refuge walking holiday in the French Alps

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.

From € 472.- / 7 days

Price per person based on 2 people sharing

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Walking in the Pays de Gâtine

  • One accommodation
  • Self-guided walking holiday
Delightful walks in unspoiled Countryside
Walking holiday in Western France

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.

From £ 706.- / 7 days

Price per person

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Dordogne Plus Beaux Villages

  • Dogs welcome by prior arrangement
  • GPS tracks available
  • Walking a trail
  • Luggage transport included
  • Multiple accommodations
  • Self-guided walking holiday
Inn to Inn walking in the Dordogne
Walking holiday in the Dordogne in France

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.

From £ 650.- / 8 days

Price per person

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Albi and Tarn Valley

  • Walking a trail
  • Luggage transport included
  • Multiple accommodations
  • Self-guided walking holiday
Wooded hills and scenic villages in the Languedoc in France
Walking holiday in the Languedoc in France

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.

From € 739.- / 8 days

Price per person based on 2 people sharing

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Bordeaux vineyard walks

  • Walking a trail
  • Luggage transport included
  • Multiple accommodations
  • Self-guided walking holiday
Wine & walking holiday in south-west France
Walking holiday in south-west France

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.

From € 820.- / 8 days

Price per person based on 2 people sharing

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Explore the Lot & Dordogne

  • One accommodation
  • Self-guided walking holiday
Picturesque villages and rural landscapes in Central France
Walking holiday in Lot & Dordogne region - France

This self-guided walking holiday in France lets you discover picturesque villages and rural landscapes that have changed little since the 15th century. Explore medieval villages specially denoted as "Les Plus Beaux Villages de France" for their history, architecture and ambience.

From € 410.- / 8 days

Price per person based on 2 people sharing

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Dordogne Caves, Castles & Beautiful Villages

  • One accommodation
  • Self-guided walking holiday
Wide variety of walks in the heart of the Dordogne
Walking holiday in Dordogne region - France

Self-guided walking holiday in the Dordogne in France. Enjoy beautiful pastoral countryside, sampling the region's gastronomic delights, or discovering bygone times and history in any of the numerous chateaux and prehistoric sites.

From € 300.- / 8 days

Price per person based on 2 people sharing

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Three country Tour of the Mont Blanc

  • Walking a trail
  • Multiple accommodations
  • Self-guided walking holiday
The iconic walking trail in the Mont Blanc Alps
Walking holiday in the Mont Blanc Alps

Walk in the Mont Blanc Alps in three countries; each with their own distinct character; the Italian slopes with their large rock faces, the Swiss slopes with their soft valleys and the French impressive glacial slopes.

From € 595.- / 8 days

Price per person based on 2 people sharing

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Walking holidays France with guided and self-guided options

Pyrenees Explorer

  • winter or snowshoeing walking holiday
  • One accommodation
  • Walking holiday with guided and self-guided options
Explore the Mountain Wilderness of the Midi-Pyrenees
Walker on a trail among wild flowers, low clours underneath

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.

From € 625.- / 8 days

Price per person based on 2 ppl sharing

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Soul Journeys France

  • Dogs welcome
  • One accommodation
  • Walking holiday with guided and self-guided options
Walking in the footprints of the Cathars
Rocky outcrop overlooking a wide forested landscape

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.

From € 455.- / 8 days

Price per person based on 2 people sharing

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Mercantour Reflections

  • One accommodation
  • Walking holiday with guided and self-guided options
Magnificent hiking in an Alpine landscape... beautiful nature
Blue lake surrounded by alpine mountains

Enjoy the beautiful lakes of the Mercantour National Park in South East France. Moderate walking with or without a guide in an area rich in wildlife, with varied nature and beautiful landscapes. With 600 kilometres of marked footpaths, the Mercantour is a superb walking destination.

From £ 575.- / 8 days

Price per person based on 2 people sharing

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Walking for Well-being - Soul Journeys

  • Dogs welcome
  • One accommodation
  • Walking holiday with guided and self-guided options
Beautiful walks through peaceful landscapes

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.

From € 315.- / 8 days

Price for 2 people sharing a double room in a fully-equipped gîte

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Wine Walking St Emilion, Bordeaux

  • Multiple accommodations
  • Walking holiday with guided and self-guided options
Tasting wine and walking the vineyards
View over St. Emilion

5 Days exploring the winelands on foot. Staying in a beautiful wine lodge on an award winning organic and bio-dynamic vineyard. Includes a day at a wine school, walking through beautiful French wine-countryside and wonderful food.

From € 850.- / 5 days

Price per person - 2 people sharing

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Dordogne Trails

  • GPS tracks available
  • One accommodation
  • Walking holiday with guided and self-guided options
Stunning Dordogne countryside and historic towns
Walking holiday in the Dordogne in France

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.

From £ 550.- / 8 days

Price per person - min 4 people

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Discover the Pyrenees

  • One accommodation
  • Walking holiday with guided and self-guided options
Pyrenees walking holiday with guided & self-guided options
Walking holiday in the Pyrenees in France

Numerous lovely walks direct from the village which is surrounded by beautiful meadows and woodland, and guarded by towering snow-capped mountains. Explore some of the very best trails and sights the Pyrenees have to offer.

From € 575.- / 8 days

Price per person - 2 people sharing

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Guided walking holidays in France

Highlights of the Périgord Noir

  • Dogs welcome
  • One accommodation
  • Guided walking holiday
Adventure along most beautiful sites of Dordogne & Lot
View of the Dordogne river

Walking through the charming surroundings of rolling low hills with beautiful views on the valleys and rivers of the Dordogne and Lot. Quiet and varied nature with meadows, forests, fields, rivers, gorges, picturesque villages and more...

From € 975.- / 8 days

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The Lot Valley: from vineyards to woodland

  • Dogs welcome
  • One accommodation
  • Guided walking holiday
Varied countryside, medieval towns and farmers' markets
Discover the Lot and Dordogne

Guided holiday for small groups, 1-4 people. Explore the ever-changing Lot landscape, a walker's paradise with the opportunity to visit castles, medieval towns, farmers' markets and rolling countryside with scattered villages. Your base will be a 13th century hilltop village.

From € 605.- / 7 days

Price per person - based on 2 people sharing

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Walking in the Herault, Languedoc

  • One accommodation
  • Guided walking holiday
Panoramic vistas, quaint villages and the Mediterranean coast
Landscape in the French Languedoc

An unforgettable walking experience through the fabulous scenery of the Languedoc region of France.

A varied program in which you'll also be able to tour a wine-chateau, complete with wine-tasting.

From £ 495.- / 8 days

Price per person based on 2 people sharing

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Walk the French Alps

  • Walking a trail
  • Luggage transport included
  • Multiple accommodations
  • Guided walking holiday
Six days of beautiful alpine scenery

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.

From € 798.- / 8 days

Price per person based on 2 people sharing

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Wolf Tracking in the French Alps

  • One accommodation
  • Guided walking holiday
Become one with nature and learn to understand the wolf

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.

From € 538.- / 3 days

Price per person & based on 4-6 people

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Snowshoeing in the Pyrénées

  • winter or snowshoeing walking holiday
  • One accommodation
  • Guided walking holiday
Excellent snowshoeing over amazing mountain trails
Snowshoeing in the French Pyrenees

Cross amazing snow-covered mountain trails with no-one else in sight and enjoy spectacular mountain-top views rarely seen in winter. Walking across all types of snow at normal walking pace over both rolling hills and high mountain peaks with spectacular views.

From £ 590.- / 5 days

Price per person - based on 2 people sharing

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Saussignac Bordeaux Vineyard Walking

  • Multiple accommodations
  • Guided walking holiday
Walking and wine-tasting in Saussignac and Bordeaux
Vineyards

A walking holiday where you'll enjoy great scenery, great wine and wonderful food. Walks through some of France's most beautiful wine-growing area. Available all year round. Easy walks from 6 to 12kms a day with stops at vineyards and for lunch.

From € 799.- / 5 days

Price per person - based on 2 people sharing

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Trails of the French Pyrenees

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Hill and mountain walking in the French Pyrenees
Guided walking holiday in the French Pyrenees

Sitting on a high plateau, between soaring limestone and granite peaks, Les Angles is a perfect base for a wide variety of walks "from the door" covering all levels. Routes available during this walking holiday in France ranges from easy rambles discovering the fascinating local history to challenging ridge scrambles and summits.

From £ 495.- / 8 days

Price per person - shared - min 4 people

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French Alps Mountaineering Intro

  • One accommodation
  • Guided walking holiday
Mountaineering challenge in the French Alps
Guided walking holiday in the French Alps

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.

From € 1,296.- / 8 days

Price per person - min 6 people

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Classical Pyrenean Odyssey

  • One accommodation
  • Guided walking holiday
Classic Pyrenean walks, scenery, food and culture.
Guided walking holiday in the French Pyrenees

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.

From € 675.- / 8 days

Price per person - min 4 people

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Walking and Wine in the Dordogne

  • Multiple accommodations
  • Guided walking holiday
Walk through the vineyards of the Dordogne.
Guided wine walking holiday in the Dordogne

Walk in vineyards in the Dordogne valley and enjoy the hearty welcome of the organic winemakers that own them. You will walk in vineyards in Saussignac, Bergerac and Bordeaux, all organic vineyards, or vineyards in conversion to organic. Picnic lunches with wine, dinners and organised wine tastings are included in this France walking holiday.

From € 499.- / 4 days

Price per person - based on 2 people sharing

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Languedoc-Roussillon on foot

  • One accommodation
  • Guided walking holiday
Mountains, river valleys and the Mediterranean coast
Guided walking holiday in the Languedoc-Roussillon

This France walking holiday offers varied program covering the best of the mountains and rolling hills of the area, plus a day alongside the Mediterranean. Enjoy the landscape, villages, and history of this interesting area. There will be opportunities for visiting some of the excellent vineyards too.

From £ 590.- / 5 days

Price per person - based on 2 people sharing

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Snowshoeing in the French Alps

  • winter or snowshoeing walking holiday
  • One accommodation
  • Guided walking holiday
Trek through pristine winter wilderness
Snowshoeing holiday in the French Alps

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.

From € 909.- / 8 days

Price per person - based on 2 people sharing

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Tarn vineyards & villages

  • Dogs welcome
  • One accommodation
  • Guided walking holiday
Vineyards, hilltop villages and stunning countryside
Tarn vineyards & villages

Explore old chemins and farm tracks through woods and vineyards with magnificent views.

Eat wonderful locally sourced food and drink wine from the vineyards surrounding your accommodation.

From £ 450.- / 8 days

Price per person - based on 2 people sharing

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Walking holidays 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.

Map of France in Europe The French flag.

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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