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France is western Europe’s largest country and holds within its borders a wonderful array of different landscapes, strong regional cultures and evocative destinations. ‘Paris,’ ‘Champagne,’ ‘Provence,’ or ‘Riviera’ stimulate the senses and provide captivating images of beauty, colour, style and charm. In France too, the ‘great outdoors’ is truly great. Keen walkers and cyclists are spoilt for choice with trekking in Provence, the Pyrenees and French Alps, and cycle rides alongside rivers and coast in the Rhone and Cote d’Azur.
France’s very own Grand Canyon, the Verdon Gorge in Provence, presents an unusual trekking opportunity - descending rather than ascending into the deepest river canyon in Europe.
It’s arguably the Alps though that provide France’s greatest treks. The first forays into the mountains for pleasure were stimulated by the work of artists, writers and poets in the late 18th Century. Over time former shepherds’ trails, isolated farmers’ huts and remote lakes became the heart of a wonderful network of hiking trails and climbing routes, above and around mountain towns such as Chamonix. However, although the popularity of classic trekking routes such as the Tour du Mont Blanc, the Haute Route and ascent of Mont Blanc has extended worldwide, the majesty and magic of the alpine peaks is as strong as ever. Whether crossing a high mountain pass, sitting on the terrace of mountain hut, or besides a glacial lake, the vistas that surround you are truly awe inspiring.
Travelling by bike rather than foot, the south-east of France offers fabulous trails for the keen cyclist. Our Gentle Cycling - Lake Annecy to Lyon cycle tour offers a relaxed-paced ride from beautiful Lake Annecy alongside the meandering Rhone river to the historic city of Lyon.
Whether a trekking holiday or a cycling tour, you’ll be captivated by the landscape, history and culture of our favourite neighbour.View our holidays here