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Walking Holidays in France with The Enlightened Traveller®

 
Walking Holidays in France is both our name and passion, The Enlightened Traveller® our brand and objective. Concentrating on The Hexagon gives us a competency and ‘savoir faire’ that you, an enlightened travel(l)er, can rely on. Benefit from purchasing direct from us, the Anglo-French tour providers; get local support when you need it, including evenings and weekends, and plenty of added value along the way. Walk when you want to, either solo or in the company of your own family and friends.

Walking Holidays in France Ltd delivers the best of self-guided walking tours in France, featuring a portfolio of long distance trails [GRs], regional routes [GRPs] and local paths [PRs]. Choose from full walking holidays or short walking trips; and whether seasoned hiker, cautious beginner or somewhere in between, you are empowered by our comprehensive walking notes, enlightened by the insightful trip dossier and relaxed in the knowledge that we move your luggage onto the next hotel whilst you carry just a day pack. We remain discreetly in the background – there if you need us.
 
Our most popular walking tours in France are featured in the ‘slider’ at the top of the homepage. Clicking on a particular photo will take you direct to your chosen tour. Read the trip highlights and key facts and download the comprehensive trip details in pdf format. Alternatively, a selection from our portfolio of 4-night walking tours in France can be read below. Simply read the tour summary and click the adjacent photo to access full vacation details.

Walking Holidays in France: Way of St James

  
Our range of walking holidays appeals to a broad spectrum of tastes.  Each trip is an adventure enabling you to discover parts of France that few get to see. You enjoy the walking as much as the being in France and appreciate that the pleasure you gain is commensurate with the personal effort you make. The dossier sets the scene and your active participation is handsomely rewarded. You return home a more enlightened travel(l)er, continue your learning curve, and your next walking holiday in France commences from a higher level of understanding – we call it the ‘walking dialectic'.

When it comes to walking holidays, France has it all: there is something for everyone, so let this site be your guide. We only recommend tours we deliver direct and know like the back of our hand. Your walking tour has been meticulously planned and executed - benefit from the fruits of our experience and expertise that are brought to bear on a daily basis on everything we do.

Walks in France: Camino Solo


Opportunities exist for all-year-round walking, so you enjoy France when it suits you - high or low season, low or high altitude, and corresponding to your desired physical challenge:  light, moderate, quite challenging or challenging. Some tours allow you to choose between two different levels of challenge on a particular day according to how you feel on the morning in question. And you can travel along with your luggage if the going gets tough.  

Walks in France: Pont du Gard Walking - the Pont du GardPont du Gard Walking [photo right] is a Light tour with one Moderate day that can be cut in two on demand.  Enjoy one of France’s Grand Sites, the Gardon Gorge itself, and the grandest of grande finalés, the majestic Pont du Gard itself. You stay in a series of stone farmhouses, enjoy Mediterranean ‘produits du terroirs’ and can personalise your trip and spend your final night in either Uzès [First Duchy of France] or Nimes. Available all year round, best avoid the intense summer heat and drought



Walking Holidays in France: hiking in ProvenceProvence is a perennial attraction, so while the hordes frequent the best-publicised haunts, most miss out on the more authentic and interesting trails. Hiking in Provence is the perfect mix of fine, light walking and serious cultural insight [Click photo right]. Enjoy the fruits of our local knowledge, and the very best that Western Provence has to offer. The accommodation is sublime, you can personalise your eating arrangements to suit your own budget and tastes, and there are options to stay extra nights to enjoy other local walks. 

 
Walks in France: Taste of Mont BlancShort walking tours in France do not come much more spectacular than ‘Taste of Mont Blanc,’ which sees you ratchet up the stakes to ‘challenging.’ Whilst not for the faint hearted, neither is it the exclusive preserve of the super-fit, James Bond stunt man. With our careful segmentation, the tour [click picture right] is walkable by most fit and healthy mortals allowing you to sample three stages of the legendary trail from Switzerland into France, and in comfort.

     


Walking Holidays in France: Lozere on Foot & by RailIf travelling by train is your penchant, why not combine it with walking and enjoy our unique rail-hike tour in Lozère. It is the perfect eco-friendly walking trip along France’s last-remaining and authentic mountain railway line. Enjoy circular walks laced together by short hops along the breath-taking ‘line of one hundred tunnels.’ Suitably empowered, you can vary the challenge [between light or moderate] each day according to how you feel [click picture right].
 
 

Walking Holidays in France: Regordane WayIf you like French history, grasp the nettle and walk a short, moderate section of the St-Giles trail better known locally as The Regordane Way. [photo right]. Discover one of France’s most important historical trails as you follow in the footsteps of French Kings, Simon de Montfort, Crusaders, clergy and medieval traders in exploring the enchanting countryside through which the ideas of The Reformation arrived in Lower Languedoc. 


 
 

Walking Holidays in France - Cevennes HeavenA newly-crowned UNESCO World heritage site, Cevennes is topographically home to its emblematic ‘rolling blue hills’ as well as a ‘terre de Refuge et de la Tolerance’ without equal. Hiking Cevennes Heaven poses a moderate physical challenge and provides the perfect introduction to the life and times of France’s Final Frontier.
 
 




Walking Holidays in France: Hiking Tarn Gorge Trails - Troglodyte dwellingsYet the uniqueness of Cevennes is also to be found in its remarkable limestone table-tops or Causses which are dramatically-incised by the likes of The Tarn and the Jonte rivers. Escape to France’s most remote department and delight in the exquisite juxtaposition of gorge and plateau that is Hiking Tarn Gorges Trails.






Walks in France: Ass-ential StevensonDonkey trekking is great fun, eco-friendly and you are not required to sleep in a stable alongside your asinine buddy. The ideal get-away, with or without the kids! Put your negotiation skills to the test and let your long-eared companion take the strain of carrying your luggage from inn-to-inn across the Upper Loire.
 
 




Walking Holidays in France: Trails of the GarriguesTrails of the French Garrigues is a journey across picturesque and undulating Mediterranean lowland in Le Gard. It is the perfect walking tour for those who like to enjoy the fruits of the countryside whilst remaining intimately connected to civilization. It also features three nights in one fine hill-top village, so no requirement to pack and go each morning. Enjoy this leisurely walking holiday and tailor the accommodation to your preferences by choosing between chambres d’hotes or hotel – both feature the finest of ‘vrai pierre’ and out-door pools to boot.


Walks in France: Best of AuvergneBest of Auvergne is Quite Challenging. Cantal is not just home to one of France’s most flavoursome cheeses, but also the Massif Central’s most celebrated mountain range – les Monts du Cantal. This volcanic upland is in many respects as spectacular as the Mont Blanc massif minus the snow – especially as you actually get to ‘bag’ each ‘puy’ rather than just observe peaks from a distance. It’s a moderate challenge based on elevation gain/loss rather than the distances involved, but rarely will you see so much breath-taking and verdant scenery compressed into such a relatively-small area.


Walking Holidays in France: Ceze Vally Walking - Ceze Valley walksThe remarkable hamlets, villages and vales of the Upper Ceze Valley are a haven to alternative and organic farming, with all the ingredients of the perfect walking holiday in France. Some homesteads boast the latest in solar energy panels whilst bereft of running water. Home to many a hippy, the landscapes are stunning and the walking very varied. Stay in the same walkers’ inn for three nights and fully explore the ‘Valley that Time Forgot.’
 
   
Here are some other gateways into the site for you to consider:
1. Search our France walking database.
2. Visit the
Walking Holidays in France directory.
3. Learn about hiking in France.
4. Get inspired by our Walking in France Guide,
5. Peruse our themed France hiking vacations,
6. See a simple listing of our France walking trails.
7. Select a blue box across the top of the page, or
8. Download tour pdfs via the red 'pdf' link at the foot of the page.
 
Finally, we like to make ourselves available to our customers and take pride in being open seven days a week all year round. So if you would like any advice or help in choosing your
walking holidays in France, please Contact Us, select your preferred means of contact.

Thanks for taking the time to read about our walking tours in France and we look forward to welcoming you onto one of our trips soon. 

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