Glamorous resorts, sunflower fields and spectacular landscapes
France’s southern reaches are famed for their beach resorts, their endless sunshine and the laid back lifestyle that permeates every corner. From the rolling countryside of the Midi Pyrenees to the clear waters of the Cote d’Azur, and beyond to the red cliffs and hillside villages of Corsica, there’s a distinctively slow pace that enraptures all who visit.
The coast is synonymous with glamour – St Tropez, Cannes and Nice are associated with the wealthy and the chic, with high profile film festivals and white sailed yachts. Further west, Leucate and Sète are more modest yet equally pleasant resorts where a turquoise sea laps golden sand and colourful buildings look down on moored boats.
Inland, a different picture is painted: one of sunflower fields and vineyards, of fortified towns and flower decked villages, and the soaring crests of the Pyrenees. Life here is relaxed, with farmland dominating the western scenery and arresting spectacles such as the Gorges du Tarn and the Cevennes marking out the northern boundary. The Pyrenees National Park forms the border with Spain and is home to a multitude of animals and plants.
Southern France’s warm weather and stunning landscapes make it an appealing destination all year round, but it’s either side of summer that it is most dazzling, when the spring flowers are in bloom or the grape harvest is in full swing.
Rebecca’s passion for France began over 30 years ago after her first holiday there. Since then she has visited the country many times gaining a large amount of knowledge on the regions and culture.
She is a French speaker and a keen walker who loves the outdoors so can relate very well with our clients requirements. Rebecca knows many regions within France well but is a specialist on Provence. She has spent a lot of time in this region and has walked many of our routes and visited a lot of our hotels. She has established a good working relationship with many of our hoteliers and suppliers enabling us to provide only the best service for our clients.
21 Matching Holidays
Luxury Walking in the Luberon
Prestigious hotels, beautiful hilltop villages, stunning views of the Alps and Mediterranean Sea
If you need to pick one place in Provence that grouped the most stunning perched villages, landscapes and walking trails, it would be here in the Luberon. Made famous by Peter Mayle’s books ‘A Year in Provence’ and ‘A Good Year’ we have...
Mountains to Med Walk
From mountain trails, through olive groves to the warm sea of the Mediterranean
From the area known locally as the “Marvels”, this path takes you on a journey of discovery through mountain villages, fascinating in their variety, culture and richness of history. You will be passing from mountain scenery through an area with...
Provence Wine Trails - Châteauneuf du Pape
Easy walking through stunning vineyards
Châteauneuf du Pape is southern France’s most prestigious wine village: a small village of only 2000 people. Grapes have been grown here for 700 years and the best way to discover these vineyards is by foot, strolling between the gnarled vines...
Provence Prestige en Vélo
Vineyards and olive groves
Absorb the essence of Provence – sleepy villages, sun soaked vineyards, Roman ruins and the magnificent Pont du Gard. Easy cycling along quiet lanes and canal paths brings you to charming destinations where you are guaranteed a comfortable...
Canal du Midi Prestige
Ancient cities and idyllic waterways
From the extraordinary fortified town of Carcassone to the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean, travel down tree lined towpaths, over beautiful stone bridges and through some of the prettiest scenery in southwest France, ending each day in...
Wild herbs and lavender
An easy-going tour that soaks up the Provençal atmosphere, this holiday offers plenty of time for sight-seeing. Explore historic towns and meandering canals as you admire the pretty scenery of this splendid region. This holiday is best...
Valleys of the Rugged South
Dramatic landscapes and remote beauty
Recommended in the Telegraph's Top 10 Activity Holidays in France for 2015, this is a moderate walk through stunning and dramatic scenery: steep tree covered slopes, cascading streams and remote, granite strewn plains. Experience...
Coast & Basque Mountains
Oceans, nature and mountains
Explore the cultural richness and dynamism of the Basque Country, with its coastal scenery, historical villages and excellent cuisine. Discovering Hondarribia is a real pleasure, with its walled old town packed with stately buildings and...
Compostela - Nasbinals to Conques - Stage 2
Breathtaking, panoramic views as you cross the causses
This delightful scenic walk with stunning views takes you from the ancient town of Nasbinals in the heights of the Massif Central, through the Lot Valley to the beautiful basilica in the historic village of Conques.
Dordogne Prestige en Vélo
Grand scenery and grand hotels
Cycle through an undulating landscape of forested hills and dramatic gorges, taking in the fairytale feel of this beautiful region. You’ll stay in château hotels and enjoy sumptuous cuisine at the end of each day. A great ride for cycling...
Bordeaux Canal Cruise
Immerse yourself in the history and landscape of winemaking
The world-renowned fine wine region of Bordeaux has been producing exceptional vintages for over 2,000 years and we take a journey through natural landscapes, medieval bastide towns and iconic vineyards to discover the complex science of...
Compostela - Le Puy to Nasbinals - Stage 1
Hidden hamlets, ancient churches and magnificent mountains
This classic walk follows in the footsteps of pilgrims often making use of the GR65 footpath. Starting in the Massif Central, heading through the vineyards of south west France and finishing in the sunny foothills of the Pyrenees. The horizons are...
Compostela - Cahors to Lectoure - Stage 4
Spend some time exploring this important stop on the pilgrims' trail
Set off from the fascinating town of Cahors, heading from the Lot into more rolling landscape of the Tarn et Garonne. A couple of opportunites to take a more strenuous detour which will be rewarded with splendid vistas.
Compostela - Lectoure to Aire sur l'Adour - Stage 5
There's much to see in d'Artagnan country!
The landscape on this section is wide and open with views that stretch far ahead to your destination. Enjoy a detour to Eglise-hospital Sainte-Christie, for its peace and tranquillity.
Compostela - Aire sur l'Adour to the Pyrenees - Stage 6
Breathtaking views to conclude the journey
One of the most challenging stages because of the distances covered, but the most rewarding. An exhilarating walk through some amazing scenery, and in Hiribiria a monument marks the spot where the pilgrims' routes from Paris, Vezelay and Le Puy...
Canal du Midi Cruise
Enjoy your own gastronomic odyssey
Embark on a journey along sections of the Canal du Midi aboard the enchanting hotel barge, Anjodi, famous for taking Rick Stein on his 400 mile French food exploration in the TV series Rick Stein's French Odyssey. As well as indulging in the fabulous...
Gascony Canal Cruise
Tranquillity in the depths of Aquitaine
Your 8-berth floating hotel, the Rosa, played host to top chef Rick Stein in his TV Series, The French Odyssey and will take you from Toulouse to Agen through some of Gascony’s most beautiful countryside. Accompany the barge`s chef to...
Cathar Castles - Stage 1
Trek of the Cathar Castles from Tuchan-Quéribus to Quillan
Trek through the foothills of the Pyrenees past ancient Cathar Castles, through beautiful and changing landscapes from craggy rocks to lush green meadows. You’ll stay half-board in friendly chambre d’hôtes and small hotels where you’ll...
Cathar Castles - Stage 2
Continue from Quillan to Foix via Montségur
Discover the unique history, wonderful food and elegant wine of this fascinating region, with its lush meadows, vineyards, and distant snow-capped peaks. Follow ancient trails to the precariously perched ruins of Cathar castles, and stay in...
Pristine coastline and untouched islands
The Côte d’Azur boasts some of the most untamed coastline along the Mediterranean, and the island of Port Cros is a paradise of cork oaks and walking paths. Explore some of the best kept secrets of the Riviera: spectacular...
A Week in Provence
Quiet roads and magnificent hilltop villages
This moderate cycling introduces the Provence of Peter Mayle's novels. Discover the beautiful, diverse landscape of the Luberon with the cypress dotted plains of Saint Rémy and the brightly coloured village of Roussillon.