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Walking Holidays in France

Our walking holidays in France take in the best of the world's most visited country. Its fantastic variety of food, scenery and landscapes make it an ideal walking destination.

Below you'll find a wide selection of walking holidays in France covering its most scenic regions. From Brittany's Emerald Coast to the villages of the Luberon in Provence, as well as the Dordogne, the Loire Valley, the Alps, Burgundy and Alsace, we offer tantalising trips to cater for every personal taste and level of ability.

Enjoy the country at your own pace with a self-guided walking tour or listen in close to the insights of one of our expert local guides. Our walking holidays in France range from 4 to 8 nights, where you'll either stay at one hand-picked hotel throughout or move from base to base with ease.

Whatever you're looking for in a walking holiday in France, find it with Headwater.


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

  • 28 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)
Mont Blanc Highlights
France: Mont Blanc

Mont Blanc Highlights

The circuit of Mont Blanc is one of the finest walking routes in the Alps. It is, in reality, a series of paths linking the seven valleys that surround the highest mountain in Western Europe, Mont Blanc. It normally takes a fortnight to complete the whole circuit, but for those with less time this one-week tour takes in the most outstanding sections from one accommodation base.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeGuided walking
  • Duration7 nights, single centre
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$1749per person, tour only
  • All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches, 6 home cooked dinners
  • Afternoon tea and cake on walking days
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Walks & Gardens of the French Riviera
France: The French Riviera

Walks & Gardens of the French Riviera

Discover the hidden secrets of the French Riviera, plus some of the familiar sights too, on this guided walking week based at a charming 3-star hotel just a stone's throw from the beach. Picturesque walks, beautiful views and visits to the Riviera's magnificent Caps.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeGuided walking
  • Duration7 nights, single centre
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$1799per person, tour only

  • 11 Reviews
  • All breakfasts
  • All accommodation 
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • 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

  • 23 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)

    Walking holidays in France

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Frequently asked questions

What time of year is best for walking in France?

Our holidays run from mid-May to the end of September or early October in some cases and the weather is suitable for walking in France during this whole period. If you want to avoid the summer heat, even in the Loire and Brittany we recommend walking in France in May or early June and after mid-September.

What is included in the price for our France walking holidays?

As standard your walking holiday to France with Headwater includes all basic elements and many additional extras: Standard transfers to and from your first and last hotel to airport or station, all walking transfers required as part of your holiday, rail tickets/ferry tickets (where applicable), luggage transported from hotel-to-hotel, comprehensive route directions and maps, all breakfasts and many evening meals (as detailed in your itinerary), a friendly briefing on arrival and 24-hour support in resort plus exclusive Headwater Rep Service in many regions.

What abilities are catered for on our walking holidays in France?

We have walking holidays for all levels of abilities. To help you choose a holiday that best suits your level of fitness, all our walking holidays are rated using the Headwater activity grading system, focusing primarily on distance and ascent. On the individual holiday pages (and in our brochure) you'll see each tour is marked with an Activity Rating Level from 1 to 3. You can also search for your required activity level in our holiday finder.

Will Headwater arrange travel to and from France?

Absolutely, we are happy to help with all arrangements for your walking holiday to France. We have access to a whole range of flight options, from British Airways to other low costs flights. Our experienced sales team can find the best options available for you and your preferred departure airport.

Is customer service available 24/7 in France while on holiday?

We are available 24/7, as required for our Headwater customers on holiday in France. Our overseas team is made up of Headwater-employed reps, local partners and hoteliers. We also employ a team of researchers and quality controllers to check that everything is running like clockwork. In the majority of our regions in France, we include the services of our exclusive reps, to give you that added reassurance.