Mountain Walking Holidays

Discover our range of walking and trekking holidays in the mountains of France

France is blessed with a number of wonderful mountain ranges, culminating in the highest point in western Europe in the French Alps. Our range of guided and independent walking holidays explore the three main mountain ranges of France: the Alps, Pyrenees and Massif Central.

The French Alps form a broad arc on the south east border of France and consist of over 30 separate mountain ranges. The different characteristics of these Alpine mountain ranges, such as their height, geology, climate and farming, give rise to unique and varied mountain walking experiences. For example, the trekking tour of the Vanoise is a high mountain experience touring the largest glacial plateau in the western Alps, whilst the lack of glaciers in the Queyras enables you to follow alpine walking trails reaching over 3000m in altitude with beautiful Alpine panoramas. The remote location of the Queyras mountains, mean that they are an off the beaten track and well preserved destination for an Alpine walking holiday. Our self guided walking trail in the Ecrins takes you on a spectacular traverse with panoramic views of the high jagged peaks of the Ecrins. The Vercors region in the west of the Alps is a limestone mountain range of great contrasts with amazing rock faces and desolate plateaux. Further south the Mediterranean climate influences the alpine mountains with the slopes of the Baronnies in Provence covered in lavender, whilst the Mercantour Mountains harbour wonderful perched villages and historic rock engravings.

Further south the Pyrenees mountains run along the border between France and Spain. We have mountain walking holidays in both the Western and Eastern Pyrenees. In the East lies the sunny, high plateau of the Cerdagne where our independent walking holiday explores an array of beautiful mountain lakes, surrounded by imposing mountains. In the Western Pyrenees our self-guided walking tour explores the delightful and luminous Azun Valley where you’ll marvel at the wonderful panoramas and the well preserved mountain villages.

Our mountain walking holidays also explore various upland regions of the Massif Central in central southern France. This French mountainous area the size of Scotland includes such regions as Auvergne, Beaujolais and Tarn. However, please note that here we have only listed those walking holidays which explore mountainous or hilly areas and which are at the upper end of moderate walking grade or more difficult. Such walking holidays include the Tour of the Puy de Sancy, the highest mountain peak in France outside of the Alps and Pyrenees, as well as a centre based week's walking holiday in the rugged Cantal mountains.

Alpine & Mountain Walking Holidays

 

FRENCH ALPS

 

Queyras: The Best Kept Secret in the Alps

Grade moderate challenging plus vercors Alps France

GUIDED WALKING HOLIDAY - 7 nights - From £895/€965 - Two-centre based, day walks

A spectacular, relatively undiscovered, alpine region of rich contrasts. Deep gorges, alpine meadows, rocky deserts and rugged mountain ridges and peaks. Accessible high mountain passes and summits, and a sunny climate makes the Queyras ideal destination for an alpine walking holiday.

guided walking in queyras in French alps

Snow Shoeing in the Queyras

grade moderate Beaujolais guided walking France or grade challenging morocco Toubkal High Atlas

GUIDED SNOW SHOEING HOLIDAY - 6 nights - from £1095/€1180 - Single centre, day walks

Discover the French Alps under its winter blanket of snow. Based in a wonderful 3-star hotel in Arvieux, our snow shoeing holiday will allow you to discover the most beautiful landscapes of the Queyras, as well as discovering a region full of unique traditions and architecture. Each day your guide will take you to a different valley in the Queyras Regional Park.

guided walking in queyras in French alps

Tour of Queyras - An Alpine secret

moderate challenging grade Cantal France independent walking holiday+

INDEPENDENT WALKING HOLIDAY - 8 nights - from £890/€960 - 7 days trekking between guest houses

Dramatic walking in an unspoilt, rugged region of the French Alps with breathtaking scenery. A sunny climate and good paths makes this an ideal alpine destination for the fit novice and experienced alpine walker alike. Luggage transported between guest houses. Rich alpine flora and fauna in this undiscovered corner of France.

queyras mountain alpine trekking holiday

 

Queyras - Best Kept Secret in the Alps

moderate challenging grade Cantal France independent walking holiday

INDEPENDENT WALKING HOLIDAY - 7 nights - From £760/€820 - 6 days centre-based walking holiday

This centre-based independent walking holiday explores the Queyras, an unspoilt and remote region of the French Alps with breathtaking scenery. A sunny climate and good paths makes this an ideal alpine destination for the fit novice and experienced alpine walker alike. You'll need your own transport for this walking holiday which cherry-picks the best one day walking circuits in the Queyras region.

queyras walking holiday

Grand Tour of Ubaye: Hidden Alps

grade challenging alpine trekking holiday

6, 8 or 9 nights, from £645/€695 - 6, 8 or 9 days walking between gites and refuges

The Grand Tour of the Ubaye is a circular walking trail through a hidden corner of the French Alps. This off the beaten track alpine trek takes you through some magnificent landscapes with beautiful alpine summits, serene mountain lakes and traditional alpine hamlets. The tour can varied between 6 and 9 walking days.

ubaye alpine trek

 

Les Ecrins: Panoramic Alpine Trail

moderate challenging grade Cantal France independent walking holiday

INDEPENDENT WALKING HOLIDAY - 5 nights (extra night possible) - From £605/€655, 5 days walking between guest houses

Starting at Besse en Oisans, your spectacular traverse will follow one of the best sections of the Tour of the Ecrins. You’ll discover stunning panoramic views of glacier-clad mountains such as the Meije and the Barre des Ecrins. Your trail takes you past high alpine lakes, through stunning valleys and along beautiful balcony paths.

vercors alps alpine walking holiday France

 

Marvels of Mercantour

moderate challenging grade Cantal France independent walking holiday

INDEPENDENT WALKING HOLIDAY - 5/6 nights - from £645/€695 - 5 days centre-based walking

Discover the Mercantour National Park and the superb landscapes of the "Vallée des Merveilles" whilst staying in three star accommodation in a wonderful mountain setting. Five great walks on this alpine walking holiday to discover the best of this wild corner of France in the southern Alps.

independent walking holiday Mercantour France in French ALps

 

Panoramic Vercors

challenging walking holiday Vercors Alps

INDEPENDENT WALKING HOLIDAY - 6 or 8 nights - From £825/€890 - 5 or 7 days walking between guest houses

The Vercors in the western French Alps is a magical place where gleaming rock faces meet wild and desolate plateaux. On this single-centre based self-guided walking holiday in France you'll discover some superb and quiet mountain trails with outstanding panoramic views, rich wildlife, airy alpine summits and remarkable villages.

vercors alps alpine walking holiday France

 

Tour of Mont Aiguille

moderate challenging grade Cantal France independent walking holiday

INDEPENDENT WALKING HOLIDAY - 5 nights - £675/€730, 4 days walking - mix of day walks and walking between guest houses

This self guided walking holiday in the Vercors takes a short tour around the mythical mountain called Mont Aiguille, which provides some of the most cherished views in the Alps. This rock tower is central to a beautiful area in the French Alps made up of deep gorges and canyons, gigantic cliffs several hundred metres high and rocky plateaux. You'll also have the chance to summit the highest peak in the Vercors - Grand Veymont at 2341m.

cliffs of mont aiguille france

 

Trekking Tour of the Vanoise

grade challenging alpine trekking holiday

INDEPENDENT TREKKING TOUR - 7 nights - £615/€665, 6 days trekking with back-pack between mountain huts

The tour of the Vanoise in the French Alps is a circular trek flirting with elegant high alpine mountains and stunning glaciers. Designated a National Park, the Vanoise offers an ideal natural, unspoilt wilderness for a self-guided walking holiday. Your alpine trekking tour starts and finishes in the traditional village of Pralognan surrounded by souring mountain faces.

Alpine mountains in French Alps on self guided trekking holiday

Alpine Adventure Part 1: Lake Geneva - Chamonix

moderate challenging grade Cantal France independent walking holiday

INDEPENDENT WALKING HOLIDAY - 6 nights - from £540/€585 per person, 6 days self-guided walking between gites

This is the first stage of a mythical walk which follows the GR 5 long-distance trail from the shores of Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean coast at Nice, following the entire length of the French Alps. Your trail crosses the alpine meadows of the Abondance Valley before meandering along the foot hills of the Chablais mountains heading towards the ever-present profile of Mont Blanc.

Alpine mountains self guided alpine traverse GR5

Alpine Adventure Part 2: Chamonix - Briancon

moderate challenging grade Cantal France independent walking holiday+

INDEPENDENT WALKING HOLIDAY -7 nights - from £685/€740 per person, 7 days self-guided walking between hotels and gites

This is the second stage of a mythical walk which follows the GR 5 long-distance trail from the shores of Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean coast at Nice, following the entire length of the French Alps. You'll start your walking holiday in Chamonix and after passing by the foot of the immense Mont Blanc glaciers you’ll head through the alpine meadows of Beaufortain, before discovering the beautiful summits and glaciers of the Vanoise National Park.

Alpine mountains self guided alpine traverse GR5

Alpine Adventure Parts 3 & 4: Briancon - Nice

grade challenging alpine trekking holiday

INDEPENDENT WALKING HOLIDAYS - 11 nights - from £945/€1020 per person, 11 days self-guided walking between hotels and gites

This is the final stage of a mythical walk which follows the GR 5 long-distance trail from the shores of Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean coast at Nice, following the entire length of the French Alps. From Briancon you’ll first traverse the beautiful Queyras regional park before moving onto the secret Alps of the Ubaye Valley. From there its onto the majestic and wild Mercantour National Park, with great wildlife before discovering the wonderful perched villages of the Provence in the Maritime Alps.

Alpine mountain walking self guided alpine traverse GR5

Alps to Med Trail

moderate challenging grade Cantal France independent walking holiday

INDEPENDENT WALKING HOLIDAY - 7 Nights - £720/€775 - 6 days independent walking between guest houses

Varied walking holiday through a changing landscape from the mountains of the Mercantour National Park in the Alps to the Mediterranean coast through beautiful perched alpine villages, with a rich historic and cultural heritage.

saorge independent walking from Mercantour alps to mediterranean coast

 

Secret Provence: Tour of the Baronnies

grade moderate guided walking jura or moderate challenging grade Cantal France independent walking holiday

INDEPENDENT WALKING HOLIDAY - 7 nights - £695/€750 - 6 days walking between guest houses

Les Baronnies is a secret and unspoilt corner of France where the Alps meet the Provence with beautiful historic villages clinging to rocky mountain sides decorated in purple lavender flowers. Quiet walking trails through delightful and changing countryside bathed in a wonderful light. Mixture of mountain walking and gentler trails on this unique French walking holiday.

baronnies in Provence south France self guided walks

 

Historic Hill-top Villages of Drome Provencale

grade moderate guided walking jura or moderate challenging grade Cantal France independent walking holiday

INDEPENDENT WALKING HOLIDAY - 7 nights - £790/€850 - 6 days walking between guest houses

This unique self-guided walking holiday traverses the Drome Provencale from north to south, exploring varied and beautiful landscapes linked by several stunning historic perched villages. Starting in Crest in the Drome Valley, you’ll pass through scented lavender fields, secluded woods, stunning limestone mountains, vines of the Cote du Rhone and finally the olive groves of Nyons in the Baronnies.

walking holiday drome provence france

 

Panoramas of Provence: Grand Tour of Luberon

grade moderate self guided walking LUBERON or moderate challenging grade Cantal France independent walking holiday

INDEPENDENT WALKING HOLIDAY - 12 nights - £1495/€1620 - 10 days walking between guest houses

This unique self-guided walking holiday undertakes a beautiful circuit around the hills, gorges and historic villages of the Luberon Regional Park in Provence. As well as visiting some of the best loved historic hill-top villages in Provence such as Gordes, Lacoste, Bonnieux, Roussillon and St Saturnin les Apt, your walking trail takes you off the beaten track into the higher hills and through some less frequented, charming hamlets and villages. Choice of walks on most days.

tour of Luberon in Provence self guided walking holiday France

 

FRENCH PYRENEES

 

Pyrenees Balcony Trail: Azun Valley

grade moderate guided walking jura or moderate challenging grade Cantal France independent walking holiday

INDEPENDENT WALKING HOLIDAY - 6 nights - £550/€595 - 6 days walking between hotel on 3 days, and 3 day walks

This independent walking holiday explores a beautiful part of the central Pyrenees mountains in France. Your walking tour takes you up onto the sides of the delightful and luminous Azun Valley where you’ll marvel at the wonderful mountain panoramas and the well preserved mountain villages. Four of the walking days have both moderate and more challenging walking options to suit different abilities. As the holiday progresses you’ll enter the stunning high mountains of the Pyrenees National Park.

Pyreens self guided walking holiday France

 

Cerdagne Explorer: Lakes, Mountains and Hot Springs

grade moderate guided walking jura+

INDEPENDENT WALKING HOLIDAY - 6 nights - £585/€630 - 6 days independent walking between guest houses

The Cerdagne is a picturesque plateau, lying at 6000 ft up in the French Pyrenees. The Cerdagne is a delectable landscape scoured and shaped by Ice Age glaciers leaving behind deep ravines, rocky knolls and an array of beautiful mountain lakes, surrounded by imposing mountains. An enjoyable mixture of good walks, relaxing in natural hot pools and soaking up the sun in the clear Pyrenees mountain air.

cerdagne self guided walking in pyrenees france

Traversing the Pyrenees National Park

moderate challenging grade Pyrenees France independent walking holiday

INDEPENDENT WALKING HOLIDAY - 7 nights - £510/€550 - 6 days independent walking between gites and mountain huts

This self-guided walking holiday is a wonderful traverse of the Western Pyrenees National Park. You’ll discover a series of must-see sites such as the highest waterfall in Europe at Gavarnie Cirque. The stunning high mountains of the Pyrenees are peppered with beautiful lakes, rich green forests and mountain pastures which you’ll discover with a light rucksack, as your bags are transported for you.

Pyreens self guided walking holiday France

Pyrenees Coastal Trail

grade moderate guided walking jura or moderate challenging grade Cantal France independent walking holiday

INDEPENDENT WALKING HOLIDAY - 6 nights - £625/€675 - 5 1/2 days self-guided walking between guest houses

This independent walking holiday follows a classic coastal and mountain trail flirting with both the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean as it moves south from Collioure in France to Cadaques in Spain. Accommodation in two and three star hotels in traditional fishing ports and villages. Several of the walking days on this holiday have both moderate and more challenging walking options to allow you to increase the mountain walking difficulties.

collioure walking holiday

MASSIF CENTRAL

 

Rugged Cantal Mountains

grade moderate challenging Ardeche France

GUIDED WALKING HOLIDAY - 7 nights - From £805/€870 two-centre based, day walks

This guided walking holiday explores the Cantal massif in central France which is the extinct remains of a huge volcano. Erosion has since created a series of rugged ridges, rocky peaks and green valleys of stunning beauty. Exciting mountain walking holiday in an untamed landscape with rich wildlife.

Cantal Mountains Auvergne France guided walking holiday

Cantal Mountains - The Rugged Heart of France

moderate challenging grade Cantal France independent walking holiday

INDEPENDENT WALKING HOLIDAY - 7 nights - £665/€720 - 6 days walking, single centre

This independent walking holiday explores the Cantal massif in the southern Auvergne which is the extinct remains of a large volcano. Erosion has since created a series of rugged ridges, rocky mountain peaks and green valleys of stunning beauty. Exciting self-guided walking in an untamed lansdcape upland with rich wildlife. Small B&B style guest house in historic building in good location in Cantal mountains. Warm welcome.

Independent or self guided walking holiday in Cantal, Auvergne in France

 

Summits of Auvergne: Tour of Sancy

moderate challenging grade Cantal France independent walking holiday

INDEPENDENT WALKING HOLIDAY - 5 or 6 nights - from £575/€620 - 4 or 5 days walking between guest houses

This self guided French walking holiday explores the stunning Puy de Sancy mountains in northern Auvergne, including its summit, which at 1885m is the highest in France outside the Alps & Pyrenees. Your independent walking holiday takes the form of a circular tour, starting and finishing in the pretty spa town of Mont Dore, taking in the most spectacular mountain trails with expansive breath-taking views. It will also explore many of the features that make up this beautiful landscape including beautiful volcanic and glacial lakes, mighty volcanic domes, dramatic rocky cliffs, secluded glacial valleys and amazing waterfalls.

sancy tour walking holiday auvergne france

Tour of Ardeche: Rustic Trails

moderate challenging grade Cantal France independent walking holiday

INDEPENDENT WALKING HOLIDAY - 8 nights - £830/€895 - 7 days walking between guest houses

With its wild, rugged mountains and picturesque historic villages clinging to terraced hillsides the Ardeche makes an ideal location for an independent walking holiday if you're looking to get away from the beaten track. This walking tour is located in the heart of the Ardeche Regional Park & includes wonderful heather-clad moutains with great panoramic views; pretty chestnut forests; beautiful rivers where it's possible to bathe and sun parched, vine covered slopes.

sancy tour walking holiday auvergne france

High Beaujolais Hills

moderate walking holiday France or walking grade walking tour France self guided

INDEPENDENT WALKING HOLIDAY - 7 nights - £745/€805 - 6 days walking between guest houses

A circular walking tour through the quiet und undiscovered Beaujolais hills which sit above the famous vineyards. Secret valleys little changed for centuries with vibrant green pasture in a patchwork of fields, lead to sturdy summits and ridges some cloaked in forest, others offering panoramic walking trails. Great Beaujolais hospitality in guest houses full of charm and character.

Beaujolais hills independent walking holidays in France

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