Walkers on the Cirque du Gavarnie, Pyrenees |  <i>Malcolm Gregory</i> Chateau de Rochebonne Walking towards Lamastre French markets are a perfect spot to stock up for a picnic lunch Lac de Castellane Hiking along the trails of Corsica |  <i>David Holmes</i>
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Self Guided Walking Holidays in France

Explore the magnificence of France on a self guided walking tour

It is sometimes claimed that no other country encompasses such a variety of landscape, culture and history in so small an area as France. Our broad programme of self-guided walking holidays aims to reflect something of the variety and contrasts that France has to offer. From the snow-capped views on the Tour of Mont Blanc to the granite spires of Corsica; the rolling vineyards of Burgundy and the Loire, to the forests of Alsace and the castles of the Dordogne; or from the glacial bastions of the Pyrenees to the grassy plateaus and limestone gorges of the Cevennes. 

Our self-guided walking holidays in France are fully flexible which means you can normally start your walk on any day during the season and customise by adding extra days for resting or sightseeing. As you're walking independently, you're free to set your own pace as you are not limited by the constraints of group travel. You are free to shorten or lengthen your walk as the terrain permits and can even take a day off, although you may need to travel onto your next accommodation by taxi or public transport in order to do so. As long as you are reasonably active you will be able to find a suitable tour and all of our tours are graded to help you choose the right walk for you.

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Self Guided Walking Specialists in France

We have have been operating active self guided walking holidays for over 45 years. We handle all the necessary logistics so that you can relax and explore France at your own pace. Many of our tours depart daily, giving you even greater flexibility.

Great Value & Quality Trips in France

Our well priced trips offer great value for money. Included in your package are comprehensive route notes, maps & guidebooks along with bag transfers and locally run accommodation. We take the stress out of organising your self guided walking holiday in France.

Personal Experiences

We've been walking and cycling the planet for over four decades and are passionate about delivering exceptional service. Combined, we’ve travelled to virtually every corner of Europe, and are eager to share the many benefits of travelling on foot.


Walkers' Britain is committed to responsible travel and true sustainability. We take travellers to many countries which are home to challenging wilderness, rich biodiversity, and fragile environments. It is the travel choices we make while visiting these environments that reduce the negative impact. This is the essence of responsible and sustainable travel - something we take very seriously. View our award winning Responsible Travel Guidebook here.


Hotels

Often family run, these charming hotels range from 2 to 4 stars and provide access to local living thanks to your hosts. The hospitality is generous and their local knowledge is invaluable. Where possible, we choose locations that add to your experience.

Chateau hotels

Set on large grounds, these large French country houses or castles are often family run and named after the local wine. The building and rooms are often decorated to match the history of the building, complimenting the local food and wine experiences.

Refuges or gite hostels

Used mainly on mountain walks, these convivial places add to the atmosphere of your journey through the mountains. Dorms may sleep up to 40 people and the beds are often bunk beds. Linen and blankets are provided and bathrooms are shared. Private rooms may be available, although private gite rooms still use shared bathrooms.


Breakfasts are included on all our trips and usually consist of breads, meats, cheeses, spreads, fruit, yogurts, tea, coffee & juice. On many of our walks, you will be able to purchase your picnic lunches from wonderful markets or small village shops. Evening meals that may be included will normally be a set 3 course menu with a choice of 2 to 4 menu items.  You generally will have the option to upgrade to a la carte. Explore traditional dishes such as cassoulet, ratatouille, coq au vin, croque monsieur or soupe a l'oignon. The list is endless.

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Currency

Euro

USD and GBP are easily changed

ATM's are widely available except in mountain regions.

Credit Cards are widely accepted

International Dialing Code

+33

Electricity
Type C plug

Electricity in France is 230 Volts, at 50 hertz. The most common pin type is C. (2 round prong).

Visas

Visas not required for citizens of Australia, Canada, USA and New Zealand for up to 90 days in a period of 180 days for all Schengen countries (see https://tinyurl.com/lkho3qg for countries part of the Schengen). Please ensure your passport is stamped on arrival in the Schengen area. For all other nationalities and for longer stays in countries covered by the Schengen Agreement (Australian New Zealand, Canadian and US passport holders), please contact the relevant embassy. Stays of longer than 90 days in the Schengen area require a long stay visa for the country you are spending most time in. However long stay visas are unlikely to be issued unless there is a valid reason (eg. studying in country). Unfortunately we cannot assist in obtaining visas for long stays due to individual country visa requirements.

Safety

Your safety is our number one concern. Our safety track record is exemplary thanks to careful management and thorough consultation with local partners. Our industry leading risk management procedures have become a skill that we continue to refine. Our leaders in the field are highly trained and have safety as their number one priority. Expert leaders, risk assessments, quality inclusions and your financial security all come standard when you travel with us.

Please refer to our Travel Advisory page for updates on recent events, travel warnings and advice.

We strongly recommend that all clients take out travel insurance at the time of booking to cover against sickness, accident, loss of baggage, unexpected alterations to travel arrangements and travel disruption, emergency evacuation, cancellations, etc. Insurance information is enclosed with your pre-departure information. Please contact us if you would like to obtain a quote for your trip duration.

We suggest that you consult your doctor, local government inoculation centre or a travel medical specialist in order to get the most current advice regarding vaccination requirements.

Money and valuables should always be stored safely when travelling. Keep your passport with you at all times and do not leave it in your main luggage. You will need it to change money and check into hotels. Where safety deposit boxes are available, we recommend that you use them. Keep jewellery and valuables to a minimum.