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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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View 15 holidays below


Contrasts of Alsace and The Vosges Walk

Contrasts of Alsace and The Vosges Walk

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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JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1078

  • 4 Reviews
  • Continental breakfasts and all evening meals
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
Rivers and Chateaux of the Loire Walk - Short Break

Rivers and Chateaux of the Loire Walk - Short Break

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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JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration4 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £728
  • Continental breakfast and 3 evening meals
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
Rivers and Chateaux of the Loire Walk

Rivers and Chateaux of the Loire Walk

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.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration6 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £848
  • Continental breakfast and 4 evening meals
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
Dramatic Vistas of the Tarn

Dramatic Vistas of the Tarn

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.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration7 nights, single centre
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £899

  • 32 Reviews
  • All buffet breakfasts and 6 evening meals
  • Route notes and maps provided
Heart of the Pyrenees Walk

Heart of the Pyrenees Walk

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.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £908

  • 15 Reviews
  • All continental breakfasts and evening meals
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
Walking the Alsace Wine Trail

Walking the Alsace Wine Trail

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.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £939

  • 40 Reviews
  • Continental breakfast and 2 evening meals
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
Gastronomic Burgundy Walking - Short Break

Gastronomic Burgundy Walking - Short Break

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 4-night walk around the beautiful Cote D'Or along quiet lanes, vineyard tracks and shady woodland paths.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration4 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £989
  • All continental breakfasts and gastronomic evening meals included
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
Brittany's Emerald Coast Walk

Brittany's Emerald Coast Walk

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.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £989

  • 27 Reviews
  • Continental breakfast and 4 evening meals
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
Landscapes of the Luberon Walk

Landscapes of the Luberon Walk

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.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1038

  • 4 Reviews
  • Continental breakfasts and 4 evening meals
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
Chablis Vineyards Walk

Chablis Vineyards Walk

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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JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1059

  • 18 Reviews
  • Continental breakfast and 6 evening meals
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
The High Alps Walk

The High Alps Walk

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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JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration10 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1067

  • 30 Reviews
  • Continental breakfast and 8 evening meals
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
Chateaux of the Loire Walk

Chateaux of the Loire Walk

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.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1069

  • 5 Reviews
  • Continental breakfast and 6 evening meals
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
Dordogne Gastronomic Walk

Dordogne Gastronomic Walk

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.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1198

  • 23 Reviews
  • Continental breakfast and all evening meals
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
Gastronomic Burgundy Walking

Gastronomic Burgundy Walking

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.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration6 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1239

  • 14 Reviews
  • Continental breakfasts and all gastronomic evening meals
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
Dordogne Activities

Dordogne Activities

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.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeMulti activity holiday
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1199

  • 11 Reviews
  • All continental breakfasts and 7 evening meals included
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels