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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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Rivers and Chateaux of the Loire Walk
France: The Loire

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 US$1999per person, tour only

  • 17 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • Continental breakfast and 2 evening meals
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Chateaux of the Loire Walk
France: The Loire

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 US$2379per person, tour only

  • 9 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • Continental breakfast and 4 evening meals
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Walking Beaune's Grand Cru Vineyards
France: Burgundy

Walking Beaune's Grand Cru Vineyards

This six night walking holiday invites you to discover the essence of Burgundy; a place where centuries-old culture and practices meet the modern world in a region world famous for its traditions of wine and gastronomy.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration6 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$2049per person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Contrasts of Alsace and The Vosges Walk
France: Alsace

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.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$2379per person, tour only

  • 23 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • Continental breakfasts and 6 evening meals
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Landscapes of the Luberon Walk
France: Provence

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 medieval 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 US$2499per person, tour only

  • 26 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts and 4 evening meals
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Dramatic Vistas of the Tarn
France: The Tarn & Cevennes

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 US$1679per person, tour only

  • 39 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All buffet breakfasts and 1 evening meal is included
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Walking Beaune's Grand Cru Vineyards - short break
France: Burgundy

Walking Beaune's Grand Cru Vineyards - short break

This four night walking holiday invites you to discover the essence of Burgundy; a place where centuries-old culture and practices meet the modern world in a region world famous for its traditions of wine and gastronomy.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration4 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$1749per person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Rivers and Chateaux of the Loire Walk - Short Break
France: The Loire

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.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration4 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$1749per person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • Continental breakfast and 2 evening meals
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Gastronomic Burgundy Walking - Short Break
France: Burgundy

Gastronomic Burgundy Walking - Short Break

Gastronomic meals and historic hotels, sleepy wine villages and traditional medieval 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 US$1949per person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts and 2 gastronomic evening meals
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Villages & Vineyards of Alsace
France: Alsace

Villages & Vineyards of Alsace

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 US$1949per person, tour only

  • 56 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Chaumont to Amboise Walk
France: The Loire

Chaumont to Amboise 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
  • Duration7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$2099per person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • Continental breakfast and 3 evening meals
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Brittany's Emerald Coast Walk
France: Alsace

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 US$2249per person, tour only

  • 29 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • Continental breakfast and 2 evening meals
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Chablis Vineyards Walk
France: Burgundy

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, medieval UNESCO-listed Vezelay and Chablis, renowned for its famous wines!

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$2279per person, tour only

  • 33 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • Continental breakfast and 6 evening meals
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Gastronomic Burgundy Walking
France: Burgundy

Gastronomic Burgundy Walking

Gastronomic meals and historic hotels, sleepy wine villages and traditional medieval 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 US$2449per person, tour only

  • 20 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • Continental breakfasts and 4 gastronomic evening meals
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Beaune Vineyards Walk
France: Burgundy

Beaune Vineyards Walk

Gastronomic meals and historic hotels, sleepy wine villages and traditional medieval 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
  • Duration7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$2579per person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • Continental breakfasts and 4 gastronomic evening meals
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Dordogne River Walk
France: The Dordogne

Dordogne River Walk

This walking holiday explores the limestone cliffs, wooded valleys and beautiful medieval villages that are so unique to France's Dordogne region. World famous prehistoric 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 US$2679per person, tour only

  • 21 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts and 6 evening meals
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Dordogne Activities
France: The Dordogne

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 US$2849per person, tour only

  • 24 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts and 6 evening meals
  • High quality bikes provided
  • GPS route navigation provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

    Self-Guided walking in France

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