Welcome to Hooked on walking holidays and our walking holiday in France. Our French walking holidays have been developed in the main areas of France, the Island of Corsica ( where we have the famous GR 20 hiking trail ), the Lot Valley in South West France, Provence in south east France, Gironde, Bordeaux and Burgundy wine regions, Cevennes in south France, Stephenson Trail, Loire Valley, Jura Mountains, Brittany, the French Riviera and a region north of Paris. Our walking tours are of an easy to medium grade making them suitable for a first time walking holiday or with our Corsican tours for more experienced walkers. All our tours are available as self guided tours allowing you greatest flexibility.
Provence Cotes-du-Rhone - 7 night self led walking tour Level 1
Far from the crowds, come and discover a region of Provence, filled with natural and man-made wonders, olives, wine vineyards, lavender fields, apricots and thousands of years of history. In our one week trip you’ll go from the beauty and history of Avignon’s Papal fortified centre to the roman past of Vaison-la-Romaine. Walking through the area you’ll discover the world famous Côtes-du-Rhône wine villages of Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Beaumes-de-Venise around the Dentelles de Montmirail and also lesser known wonders, all nestled under Mont Ventoux.
Walking Holiday in Corsica -7 Night self guided walking tour level 3
Corsica offers an impressive diversity of landscapes, cultures and history. We invite you to discover this ‘secret’ little explored island. Our hiking tour starts right in the Alta Rocca National Park, known for its villages lost in the middle of the mountains, your hiking holiday will take you to the Mediterranean Sea using well marked trails. You will walk under endemic forest, you can swim in beautiful rivers and brooks, you will see prehistoric sites, you will visit very old churches, and you will cross the Corsican scrub. This walking vacation emphasizes on the Corsican gastronomy and the discovery of the local culture and traditions.
The Bordeaux Wine Trails - 7 Night self guided walking tour level 1
This is a self guided hiking vacation across some of the most famous vineyards of the world. Mixed up of landscape beauty, oenological pleasure and cultural discoveries. From the vineyard of St Emilion, without any doubt the most famous, to the vineyard of Sauternes, famous for its high-class wines, you will also cross the Entre-Deux-Mers area to discover charming villages which astonish by their marvelously preserved inheritance, and by many wine châteaux and wine storehouses which decorate the landscape by their sumptuous architectures.
Burgundy Wine Trails – 7 Night level 2 self guided walking holiday.
Two of the most famous vineyards worldwide are located to the south of Dijon - the Côte de Nuits, from Chenove to Corgoloin, producing powerful red wines; and the Côte de Beaune, from Aloxe Corton to Santenay, renowned for its delicate red wines and its full-bodied white wines. Since the 3rd century B.C., the vineyards here have provided the noblest vintages. Long-time properties of the dukes of Bourgogne, the area stands today as witness to the past, a trail of chapels, châteaux and old, glazed-roof villages, and vineyards, one after another. Included in the itinerary are two remarkable towns: Dijon, the capital of Burgundy, and Beaune, the vineyards' capital.
Walking tour in the Loire Valley 7 Night level 1 self guided walking holiday
The Loire Valley has seen many of France’s kings pass through its territories. Listed with UNESCO as a World Heritage site, it is one of the rare places in the world where one finds magnificent chateaux, mansions, churches and abbeys in such quantity, giving testimony to an intense and rich spiritual and cultural life, as well as an art de vivre that has continued throughout the centuries. Come and discover this fabulous region on the easy walking tour.
The Cevennes - Stephenson Trail - 7 Night self guided walking tour level 3
In the autumn of 1878, R.L. Stevenson, the young Scottish writer who would become famous for his book Treasure Island, settled into a small village to the south of Le Puy-en-Velay so to prepare an initiatory journey across Les Cévennes. One month later, he left Le Monastier-sur-Gazeille with his lone companion Modestine, the temperamental donkey which carried his baggage. His journey was to bring him in contact with the Cévenols, descendants of the Camisards who fought and were persecuted after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes. For 12 days he travelled across Le Velay, Le Gevaudan and the Cévenol region to arrive in Saint Jean du Gard. He tells of this voyage in his book entitled Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes.
This hike covers the second part of R.L. Stevenson’s journey.
Easy walking tour along the Brittany coastline An easy 5 night level 1 walking tour.
This ragged coastline, which stretches from the Pointe de l’Arcouest to Trébeurden, is constituted almost entirely of the pink granite that inspired its name. Large rock formations highlight the coastline. Time and harsh weather have taken their toll, eroding these rocks into unique formations, some resembling animals or everyday objects. Others seem to balance on a hair and might topple at the slightest brush of breath. Come and walk along this stunning coastline.
French Riviera Walking Holiday 7 Night level 2-3 self guided hiking vacation
The French Riviera has for a long time remained one of the most visited places in the world. It’s pleasant climate, mild winters and legendary sunshine, with more than 300 days of cloudless sun a year, have seduced and attracted innumerable personalities and artists since the end of the 19th century. Palaces from the Belle Epoque, dreamlike villas, and millionaires’ luxurious mansions sprawl all along the coast from Nice to Menton. Perched upon its hilltop, the paradise of Monaco, a tiny, independent and prosperous country, is frequented by international jet setters as well as the biggest names of our time. Join us on this beautiful walking holiday.
Hiking vacation in the Jura Mountains A 7 Night level 3 self guided walking tour
These mountains are locally known as The ‘reculées’. The ‘reculées’ (literally: moved back) are deep and narrow valleys bordered by cliffs and high steep walls coming to dead ends and at the base of which you will always find a cave or an underground waterway which brings to life a river which then occupies the bottom of the valley. They were created at the end of ice age by a progressive glacial retreat of the beginning of the valley to inside the plateau, as a result of strong frosts and the erosion of the plateau by the underground rivers that tirelessly eat away at the calcareous basement. Come and discover this fascinating landscape.
The Gorges of Tarn 6 night level 2 self guided walking tour.
The Tarn River flows rapidly towards les Causses from its source at Mont Lozere in the Cevennes. It rushes through this chalky region, through a succession of natural faults that it has enlarged, deepened, sculpted, and carved out to create a sequence of imposing and splendid passes. The river is fed only by resurgence waters, which come from the surrounding Mejean and Sauveterre Causses. You will be filled with awe by these glistening landscapes and will feel the earth closing in around you as you slip down the Tarn, cliffs rising high around you, towards the Cirque des Baumes.
Dordogne 7 night level 2 self guided walking tour
Quercy is a large limestone plateau cut out by the valleys of the Dordogne, Lot and Aveyron rivers and by many other streams that source from the Causses, arid stretches of land covered with sparse meadows and grazing flocks of sheep. To the north, Haut Quercy, formed by the Causses de Martel and the Causses de Gramat, leans against the Massif Central. The majority of this hike crosses through the Dordogne River Valley, from Souillac to Saint-Cere, at times straying to the Causse de Gramat, to discover magnificent sites such as the valley of Ouysse, the hillside town of Rocamadour, Castelnau, and the Cirque d'Autoire.
Alsace the Medieval Trail - 7 night level 2 self guided walking tour.
This walking tour is a jaunt of several days in the Northern Vosges Regional Nature Reserve, classed as a world nature site by the UNESCO Biosphere. As you travel along shaded trails you will discover the numerous ancient churches, fortified castles, military remains of the Maginot Line. You will see the sandstone summits covered with magnificent forests of fir, beech or pine.
Vosges Mountains and Vineyards - 6 night level 2 self guided walking tour.
South of Strasbourg in the heart of the Alsace region is the Vosges mountains. These ranges of hills have a wonderful climate for wine growing. This is a trip in the heart of the Alsatian vineyards, its large vintages are spread among authentic villages. Sample these wonderful wines as you take your walking tour through this lovely region.
Walking Holiday in the Lot Valley – a 7 night self guided walking tour
The Lot Valley is less well known than the Dordogne, the neighbouring department of the Lot offers a region less crowded but as equally beautiful. The cliff lined valleys of the Cele and Lot were seemingly created to discover on foot. The area is a walker’s paradise. The region is renowned for its medieval sites, picturesque villages and stunning countryside. Our walk incorporates all of this and more.
Dordogne Dream – a 7 night level 2 self guided walking tour.
The Dordogne is often called the most beautiful river in France. Our walk, starting in Souillac and ending in Les Eyzies, follows this magnificent river through its stunning valley. The walking is perfect, and the quantity of sights and attractions along the itinerary makes this an experience not to be missed. This is the area of the Dordogne known a little Brittan!
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