South Coast Walks & Historical Sites
Bring intriguing coastal trails and history alive in South Hampshire
Steeped in history and romance, France is the perfect destination to explore on foot. Float into Monet’s watercolours along the Loire Valley, sip a velvety espresso in a courtyard cafe, then, walk along mediaeval city walls in ‘bastide’ seaside villages. Trek to Cistercian abbeys in Provence surrounded by thick groves of vivid lavender, or, browse the local markets and patisseries in quaint Provincial squares.
Live ‘la Joie de vivre’, the joy of life, on a walking holiday across France’s picturesque terrain. Wander charming fairy-tale settlements in the heart of the French Alps, where enchanted, cream-coloured chateaus sit beside the glistening turquoise water of Lac d’Annecy. This spectacular scenery provides a blissful backdrop for our trekking trip.
If you’re seeking a challenging hike, choose our Le Tour du Mont Blanc holiday, where you’ll traverse snow-kissed alpine peaks and luscious ski valleys in Chamonix.
For a more tranquil route, join us in the sublime southeast. Here, we stroll Provence’s perfumed olive and lavender fields until we reach Roman aqueducts and papal Avignon. Recreate Van Gough’s Café de Nuit in a shady pavement bistro and watch passers-by carry freshly baked baguettes down cobblestone streets. Then, sample a robust glass of Châteauneuf du Pape on a visit to some of France’s most prestigious vineyards.
History lovers will adore Route St Jacques; following the pilgrim trail, we pass ancient shrines and hear chivalric tales of the legendary Beast of Gevaudan. Or, discover the secret cliff-side village of Rocamadour, where monastic buildings and tiny stone houses are carved straight into the rugged limestone rock face.
France’s rich and varied terrain makes it an idyllic destination for walkers of all abilities. Enjoy a leisurely holiday to the bejewelled gardens of the French Riviera and Cote d'Azur, or, meander across wild rosemary bushes on the winding coastal trails of Corsica.
Across all our walking trips, you’re sure to experience bags of history and culture. Remarkably preserved villages, Norman fortifications and Roman ruins fill the French landscape, as well as a string of pilgrim trails.
There will be plenty of delicious French food and wine to enjoy, too. Each morning we’ll sample buttery pastries with a continental breakfast of sweet jams, fruit and coffee. En route, we’ll stop off at traditional boulangeries for freshly baked bread filled with local cheese and ham. With chances to visit local restaurants, you’ll also get to sample rustic dishes like coq au vin and cassoulet.
Ranging from grade three to grade eight, our wide variety of walking trips can be as easy or as challenging as you like. Our holidays are kept to small groups and led by one of our expert guides, ensuring a personal and authentic experience of the real France. With extensive knowledge and local insights, our walks are as enlightening as they are spectacular.
Take a look at our hand-crafted holiday packages and itineraries to find your chic destination, today.