Our walking holidays in France

The joy of our France walking holidays is roaming the country’s eclectic landscapes, and exploring regional cuisine farm to table as you stay in family-owned accommodations in welcoming rural communities. Explore lavender fields in Provence, the foothills of Mont Blanc, walk vineyard to vineyard in the Loire Valley, or in the company of a charming donkey on family walking trips in Mercantour. Small group tours, often led by guides who were brought up in that area all their lives and boast unparalleled knowledge about local culture and nature. And self-guided, tailor made walking holidays, where you can take any diversion that appeals.

Our top Walking holidays in France

Guided walking holidays in the French Alps

From £660 to £843
8 days ex flights
Catered Chalet Based Guided Walking in the Giffre Valley
Small group2023: 1 Jul, 29 Jul, 26 Aug

Mont Blanc holiday, Tour du Mont Blanc

From £1749 to £1849
8 days inc UK flights
The best of the Tour du Mont Blanc
Small group2023: 20 May, 27 May, 3 Jun, 10 Jun, 17 Jun, 1 Jul, 8 Jul, 15 Jul, 22 Jul, 29 Jul, 5 Aug, 12 Aug, 19 Aug, 26 Aug, 2 Sep, 9 Sep, 16 Sep, 23 Sep, 30 Sep, 7 Oct

Self guided walking holiday in France

From €1450
6 days ex flights
Idyllic walking in France with great food and wine included

French Alps self guided walking holiday

From £566 to £730
8 days ex flights
Catered Chalet Based Walking Holiday in the Giffre Valley
Small group2023: 3 Jun, 17 Jun, 24 Jun, 8 Jul, 15 Jul, 22 Jul, 5 Aug, 12 Aug, 19 Aug

Mont Blanc climbing holiday

From £2890 to £2920
8 days ex flights
The exhilaration of summiting an alpine peak
Small group2023: 17 Jun, 8 Jul, 29 Jul, 2 Sep

Mont Blanc walking holiday

From £950
7 days ex flights
A stunning walk through the Alps around Mont Blanc
Small group2023: 4 Jun, 11 Jun, 25 Jun, 2 Jul, 9 Jul, 16 Jul, 23 Jul, 30 Jul, 6 Aug, 13 Aug, 20 Aug, 27 Aug, 3 Sep, 10 Sep, 17 Sep, 24 Sep

Mont Blanc Circuit walking holiday

From £2279 to £2349
15 days inc UK flights
Probably the most dramatic walk in Europe
Small group2023: 17 Jun, 24 Jun, 1 Jul, 15 Jul, 29 Jul, 12 Aug, 19 Aug, 26 Aug, 2 Sep

Snowshoeing in the French Alps

From €1396
8 days ex flights
Guided snowshoeing in the Alps staying in luxury accom.
Small group2023: 21 Jan, 4 Mar

Mercantour family walking holiday, France

From €595 to €695
7 days ex flights
Family walking tour with a donkey in Southern French Alps

More about our walking holidays in France

Self guided or small group?

Wherever you roam – the Loire Valley, Mercantour or Ecrins national parks, Provence, Mont Blanc or the Dordogne – you’ll walk either as part of a small group trip, or on your own with detailed route notes provided by one of our travel companies. For those who enjoy a mix of company on their walks and over dinner every evening, a small group tour is ideal. And with local guides experts in botany, wildlife or geology, they’re a great way to learn. Self guided walks suit confident walkers keen to follow their own schedules – but support is never far away if needed.

Mont Blanc walking holidays, France

So huge it falls into three countries – France, Switzerland and Italy – Mont Blanc is not a mountain to be climbed easily. Commitment, crampons and climbing experience are all needed, though you don’t need months of training. Walking in the foothills, however, is another matter altogether. The classic route is the Tour de Mont Blanc: 170km, seven valleys and two weeks. It can be rushed around in six days, but why make a race of it? If you don’t have the time, you can also choose a holiday that will take you to some of the Tour’s highlights, with some serious cols to conquer.

The Mercantour walking holidays, France

Relatively under-explored compared with other parts of the French Alps, Mercantour National Park flaunts a diverse range of landscapes, from larch forests to Alpine pastures and glacial lakes. The amount of wildlife here may also surprise you: chamois, ibex, marmots, deer, and even a population of wolves. With over 600km of marked trails, the park is superb for walking. Come in spring or autumn, and combine with a few days by the beach or in the mountains afterwards. There’s a range of self guided and small group trips available; families will love the chance to walk alongside their own donkey.

Upper Provence walking holidays, France

Van Gogh and Cezanne – among countless other artists – drew inspiration from these landscapes. The sun drenches them 300 days of the year and between June and August, the hills are draped with vivid shades of lavender. This is Upper Provence, and once you get away from the coast and cities, you’ll feel that time is starting to slow down. Walking holidays here follow moderate trails between hilltop medieval towns, mountains scattered with olive trees and charmingly Provencal guesthouses. Les Gorges du Verdon is sure to be a highlight, as is the Valensole Plateau.
Travel Team
If you'd like to chat about France walking or need help finding a holiday to suit you we're very happy to help.
[Self guided or small group?: Bocage Normand Tourisme] [Mont Blanc: Jerome Bon] [Mercantour National Park: Itinerance Trekking] [Upper Provence: Francois Philipp]
Photo credits: [Page banner: Nicolas Cool] [Culture or adventure?: Andrew Lawson] [Walking holidays: SNappa2006] [Cycling holidays: Steve Jurvetson] [Activity holidays : Sebastien Bertrand] [Family holidays: Tobias von der Haar] [French Alps: Aurelien Breeden]