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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.


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.

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JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1449per 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)
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.

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JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1379per 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)
Coastal Walking in Brittany
France: Brittany

Coastal Walking in Brittany

From Mont St Michel to St Malo : Welcome to the Customs Officers’ path! It snakes along the coastline of Brittany. This path offers anyone who walks it a large breath of fresh ocean air and stunning sea views. Follow the Brittany coast from Mont St Michel to St Malo.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration6 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From Call usper person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfast and 1 evening meal
  • 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 £859per 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)
Chateaux Of The Loire Walk - Short Break
France: The Loire

Chateaux Of The Loire Walk - Short Break

This gentle hotel-to-hotel short break walking holiday is a fabulous introduction to the Loire Valley. Your route will lead you from a chateau to another including the most famous ones such as Blois, Chambord, Cheverny, Chenonceau and Amboise. 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 £889per person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfast and 1 evening meals
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Gourmet Walking in Burgundy’s Vineyards - Short
France: Burgundy

Gourmet Walking in Burgundy’s Vineyards - Short

In Burgundy, enjoying a good meal is more than a tradition this is the culture! Savour Burgundy's 'Art de Vivre' through its great vineyards and the numerous gourmet products that you will taste along your route. Get your taste buds ready to be delighted.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration4 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £929per person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfast and 3 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 £1069per 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)
Gourmet Walking in Burgundy’s Vineyards
France: Burgundy

Gourmet Walking in Burgundy’s Vineyards

In Burgundy, enjoying a good meal is more than a tradition this is the culture! Savour Burgundy's 'Art de Vivre' through its great vineyards and the numerous gourmet products that you will taste along your route. Get your taste buds ready to be delighted.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration6 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1149per person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfast and 3 evening meals
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Coastal Walking in Brittany and Jersey
France / United Kingdom: Brittany

Coastal Walking in Brittany and Jersey

Welcome to the Customs Officers’ path! It snakes along the coastline of Brittany. This path offers anyone who walks it a large breath of fresh ocean air and stunning sea views. Follow the Brittany coast from Mont St Michel to St Malo and extend your exploration to Jersey island.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1349per person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfast and 1 evening meal
  • 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 gentle hotel-to-hotel walking holiday is a fabulous introduction to the Loire Valley. Your route will lead you from a chateau to another including the most famous ones such as Blois, Chambord, Cheverny, Chenonceau and Amboise. Warm, friendly hotels and great regional cuisine.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1349per person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfast and 2 evening meals
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Normandy Walk from Honfleur to Bayeux
France: Normandy

Normandy Walk from Honfleur to Bayeux

Facing the sea with feet in the sand, take a breath and experience the authentic Normandy with historical places including D-Day landing beaches, the generous cuisine, orchards and half-timbered houses.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1369per person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • All continental breakfast
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Burgundy Walking: From Dijon to Meursault
France: Burgundy

Burgundy Walking: From Dijon to Meursault

From Dijon to Meursault passing through all the greatest wine villages of Burgundy Grands Crus, explore, taste and immerse yourself into the Burgundian Art de Vivre which of course includes a delightful cuisine.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1479per person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfast and 4 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 £1619per person, tour only

  • 21 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts and 5 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 £1699per person, tour only

  • 23 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts and 5 evening meals
  • High quality bikes provided
  • GPS route navigation 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 £1199per 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 £1249per person, tour only

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