Walking Holidays in France
Fresh air and peaceful countryside, an antidote to everyday life
Belle France’s self-guided walking holidays introduce you to the stunning scenery of the French countryside, its quiet villages, imposing châteaux and dramatic coastline.
Our walking holidays are designed to show France at its best and give you the freedom to explore at your leisure. Whether you decide to follow the pre-prepared route or tailor-make your holiday with extra nights or variations to the itinerary, you'll have time to take in the views and visit places of interest each day. We'll even transport your luggage between hotels for you.
We offer several types of walking holiday to help you narrow your search for the perfect trip: choose from gourmet, prestige and trek options. Alternatively take a look at our easy, moderate or even challenging walking holidays. Browse through our listing or call our expert team to discuss your holiday.
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...
Périgord Prestige à Pied
Along the Valley of the Dronne
Walk through beautiful undulating countryside and past pretty medieval villages as you follow the clear waters of the little River Dronne from Bourdeilles to Champagnac. Two nights staying in the “Venice of Périgord”, Brantôme, allows visits to the...
A Gourmet walk in the Mâconnais
A Beautiful landscape that lends itself to walking, history, culture and wine!
The Mâconnais is a wine growing region with a southern accent where rolling landscapes are alternated with monumental cliffs. A highlight is to walk to one of the great places of pilgrimage – Cluny. In this wonderful...
Family walking with a donkey in the Ardèche
Ramble off the beaten track in the Rhone Valley with your friendly donkey.
For a unique family experience we present a leisurely walk discovering the beautiful landscapes of the Ardèche, all in the company of a friendly a donkey. You follow ancient mule tracks at the gentle rhythm of your four...
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...
Walk in Beautiful Alsace
Natural park of Ballons des Vosges and Alsacian vineyards
A gorgeous walk in southern Alsace, with a mix of vineyards, typical villages and rounded mountains in the natural park of the Ballons des Vosges.
Luxury Sparkling Champagne Walk
Bubbly sensations, luxury hotels and gourmet dining
Drinking Champagne in Epernay is like listening to Mozart in Salzburg. Walk through leafy vineyards and lush woodland on this luxurious holiday, where you’ll enjoy charming accommodation and fine cuisine. 5 Champagne tours and tastings en...
Coastal Walk from France to Spain
Discover the fascinating contrasts of the the Mediterranean and Catalan coast
This itinerary offers you the best of the Catalan coast (both French and Spanish). With the magnificent backdrop of the Pyrenees, explore a surprisingly unspoiled coastline with its creeks, coves, beaches, gentle cliffs and panoramic views. You...
Picardy Pastures: Land of Battles and Cathedrals
Delve into the history of the medieval city of Laon and walk in the footsteps of the soldiers of the First World War
This centenary walk through the Picardy countryside takes you to some of the most poignant sites of World War I, enabling you to explore destroyed villages, visit the fascinating Dragon’s Lair and walk in the footsteps of the soldiers...
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...
Château to Château à Pied
Famous names and hidden gems
This easy walk through the Garden of France follows the limestone banks of the Loire. Turn inland through vineyards and flower-decked villages to take in some of the region’s most enchanting châteaux and their gardens.
Green Valleys of Franche Comté
Valleys of the Doubs and the Jura and their rich cultural heritage
The little known region of Franche Comté is a beautiful rural area of eastern France and has a lot to offer in terms of natural environment, historic heritage, museums and sites. This holiday gives a choice of various walks and hikes to suit all...
Loire Prestige à Pied
Enchanting châteaux and picturesque villages
Live like a king on this luxurious holiday, which takes you through scenic countryside to some of the Loire’s most prestigious châteaux. The easy walk follows pathways alongside the river and through vineyards, to luxury hotels...
Provence Prestige à Pied
Scented pines and dazzling skies
Wander through pretty village squares, past vineyards and fields of sunflowers, over remote hill sides and along canal towpaths with the smell of wild herbs in the air. Charming accommodation adds a touch of luxury to the delights of...
Burgundy Prestige à Pied
Rolling vineyards and ancient châteaux
Discover vine-clad hillsides, quiet lanes and attractive villages on this easy to moderate walk. Take in the stunning views and stay in prestigious hotels and converted châteaux at the end of each day.
Dordogne Prestige à Pied
Spectacular Dordogne combined with special hotels
Admire the spectacular views as this moderate walk takes you through the splendid scenery of the Quercy Natural Park, past rocky overhanging cliffs with wonderful views across the Dordogne river. Relax in luxurious hotels at the end of each day...
Seine Valley River Walk
Ancient woodland and ruined abbeys
With one or two steep sections to negotiate each day, this route rises from the river valley, taking in forest tracks through glorious woodland, towpaths along the slow moving Seine and quiet lanes leading past romantic ruined abbeys. The...
Châteaux, Gardens & Abbeys
Walk along the splendid River Loire from Tours to Saumur
A moderate walk from the regional capital of Tours to the fascinating riverside town of Saumur taking in some of the best loved châteaux and gardens. Visit the Royal Abbey, set in the heart of the beautiful forest of...
The White Villages of Andalucia
Following the ancient trading route between Cordoba and Granada, through the heart of some of the most beautiful Andalucian scenery.
When the Moors ruled Southern Spain, this route linked some of the most important trading cities of the time. These towns are still steeped in Moorish history and boast monuments such as the mesmerising Mezquita, the Great Mosque of Cordoba –...
Grands Vins de Bordeaux
A must for wine lovers
A leisurely walk through the prestigious vineyards acquaints you with the reds of St Emilion, the dry whites of Entre-Deux-Mers and the sweet Sauternes. Plenty of tasting opportunities are available en route and there’s even a chance...
Moulin du Chemin
Explore the idyllic countryside of the Pays de Gatine
A single-centre holiday based at le Moulin du Chemin, a wonderful little Maison d’Hôte (guesthouse) hidden in a leafy valley in deepest rural France. The Maison d’Hôte was established by the present proprietors in 1993, in a restored mill house...
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- Hiking around Mont St Odile
- Provence Wine Trails - Châteauneuf du Pape
- Mont St Michel Walk
- Morbihan Islands Walk
- Mâcon Prestige à Pied
- Compostela - Aire sur l'Adour to St-Jean-Pied-de-Port - Stage 6
- The Western Front Way
- Cathar Castles - Stage 1
- Cathar Castles - Stage 2
- Compostela - Nasbinals to Conques - Stage 2
- Golden Islands
- Stevenson Trail - Stage 2
- Stevenson Trail - Stage 1
- Volcanoes of the Auvergne
- Compostela - Le Puy to Nasbinals - Stage 1
- Wine List Wanders
- Compostela - Conques to Cahors - Stage 3
- Compostela - Cahors to Lectoure - Stage 4
- Breathtaking Brittany
- Compostela - Lectoure to Aire sur l'Adour - Stage 5