Self-Guided walking in France

Self-guided walking holidays let you travel at your own pace. Plan the day around your own personal agenda, choose when and where to stop for lunch, then set off again whenever you're ready.

You get comprehensive route notes as well as detailed maps. So you always know where you're going, no matter where you are.

Travel hotel-to-hotel on self-guided walking holidays

Discover your holiday region on our hotel-to-hotel walking holidays. You walk from hotel-to-hotel (usually every two days) while we transport your luggage so you only need to carry what you need for the day. For the days when you're not walking, use our route directions and regional guides to find lots of information about the local area and to get plenty of ideas for sightseeing and exploring. Perhaps you prefer to lounge by the pool? No problem - the choice is yours.

In many areas we offer a free wine pick-up service too. If you find a beautiful vineyard en-route and choose to purchase a few bottles (or cases) just let our rep know. They can pick it up and take it to your final hotel, ready for you to take home!

When you travel is up to you, with most of our independent walking holidays departing every two days, and having durations from 7 to 11 days. And choosing the right walk for you is easy. We've tagged each holiday with a 1-boot (gentle) to 3-boot (more challenging) difficulty rating, and with labels to show the activities you can enjoy.

Self-guided walking holidays at a single centre

Sometimes it's ideal to take self-guided walking holidays and stay at a single centre. We provide comprehensive walking maps and notes, with details of walk times, distances, and ascents - so you're free to mix and match levels to suit how you feel each day.

Many people bring children on our easier independent walking holidays and, of course, you can always carry infants in a papoose. Families staying in one place can have more choice over routes and how strenuous or easy-going you want your days to be.

For full holiday details click on the appropriate 'View Holiday' button below, or use the panel on the left to help you choose your independent walking holiday.

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Chablis Vineyards Walk

From $1640 per person

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This relaxed walk follows in part the route St James took en route to Compostela, and covers a gently rolling landscape of forests, farmlands, river valleys and fields full of poppies. Highlights include ancient Auxerre, mediaeval UNESCO-listed Vezelay and Chablis, renowned for its famous wines!

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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Continental breakfast and 6 evening meals
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Rivers and Chateaux of the Loire Walk

Chatea de Chenonceau

From $1330 per person

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This gentle hotel-to-hotel walking holiday is a fabulous introduction to the Loire Valley and follows a circular route linking the chateaux of Chenonceau, Amboise and Chaumont-sur-Loire. Warm, friendly hotels and great regional cuisine.

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  • 6 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Continental breakfast and 4 evening meals
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Walking the Alsace Wine Trail

From $1455 per person

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Very easy walking through flower-festooned villages taking in feudal castles, churches, forests and vineyards. Panoramic views of the Black Forest, Vosges Mountains and famous Route du Vin. Lots of wine tasting opportunities.

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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Continental breakfast and 2 evening meals
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Perfect for couples.

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Dramatic Vistas of the Tarn

St Chely du Tarn

From $1485 per person

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This single centre holiday provides some of the finest walking in France including hiking the Tarn and Jonte Gorges, Aven Armand and in the Cevennes National Park - where you'll find 4000+ flowers including 80 different orchids.

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  • 7 nights, single centre
  • All buffet breakfasts and 6 evening meals
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Holidays to enhance your wellbeing.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Heart of the Pyrenees Walk

Malcolm and Anne Gregory

From $1515 per person

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With both moderate and challenging walking options on offer each day, this superb high level mountain hike takes in dramatic gorges, beautiful lakes and traditional mountain villages unchanged over the years. Friendly, 3* hotels throughout.

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  • 7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfasts and evening meals
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Eco-friendly holidays.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Explore the high peaks.

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Brittany's Emerald Coast Walk

Secluded beach

From $1640 per person

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Brittany's Emerald Coast boasts some of the most stunning scenery in Europe, yet is relatively untouched by tourism. It's a landscape of pink-gold cliffs, deserted poppy-fringed beaches and traditional friendly Breton villages.

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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Continental breakfast and 4 evening meals
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Especailly good for solo travellers.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.

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Contrasts of Alsace and The Vosges Walk

Overlooking a pretty stream in Kaysersberg

From $1670 per person

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Incorporating both Alsace’s Route des Vins and the picturesque Vosges National Park, this 8-night walking holiday showcases the very best that the region has to offer. Your holiday starts in the heart of wine country and takes you west through ancient forest and into the Vosges Mountains, straddling the French and German border.

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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Continental breakfasts and all evening meals
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Perfect for couples.

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Landscapes of the Luberon Walk

The hilltop town of Roussillon in the Luberon

From $1690 per person

Varied walking in the glorious Luberon National Park - inspiration for generations of poets, painters and writers. Wander through vineyards and olive groves to perched mediaeval villages and stay in delightful hotels, full of character along the way.

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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Continental breakfasts and 4 evening meals
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Explore the high peaks.

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Chateaux of the Loire Walk

From $1735 per person

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This 8 night walking holiday takes you along riverside trails, through sleepy hamlets and beside vineyards, stopping on route to visit some of the finest chateaux of the Loire Valley including Chenonceau, Amboise, Cheverny and Chaumont.

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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Continental breakfast and 6 evening meals
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  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Especailly good for solo travellers.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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The High Alps Walk

Mont de Grange

From $1795 per person

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A high level challenging hotel-to-hotel walk following well signed footpaths and affording stunning views of Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn and the Swiss Alps. Over 1200 varieties of wild flowers and excellent bird spotting opportunities.

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  • 10 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Continental breakfast and 8 evening meals
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Explore the high peaks.

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Gastronomic Burgundy Walking

Wine Village

From $1920 per person

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Gastronomic meals and historic hotels, sleepy wine villages and traditional mediaeval towns, ancient woodland and some of the world’s most prestigious vineyards. These are some of the highlights of this 6 night walk around the beautiful Cote D'Or along quiet lanes, vineyard tracks and shady woodland paths.

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  • 6 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Continental breakfast and 6 gastronomic evening meals
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Eco-friendly holidays.
  • Holidays to enhance your wellbeing.
  • Perfect for couples.

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Dordogne Activities

Town on the Dordogne

From $1965 per person

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Combine three of our exciting holidays to experience the ultimate activity holiday in the Dordogne. 2 days of safe, undemanding canoeing with a choice of leisurely walking or cycling on the other days.

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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfasts and 7 evening meals included
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Good choice for families.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Dordogne Gastronomic Walk

View over Dordogne river, France.

From $2015 per person

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This gastronomic walk explores the limestone cliffs, wooded valleys and beautiful mediaeval villages that are so unique to France's Dordogne. World famous pre-historic sites and fine local wines add a further dimension to a stay here.

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  • Continental breakfast and all evening meals
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  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Holidays to enhance your wellbeing.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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