Walking Across Europe is superb so get on your walking boots to see the region at its very best and really get away from it all.
This Heart of the Pyrenees walk really epitomises what walking holidays are about, and the beautiful French surroundings will stop you in your tracks as you take in the superb peak and high ridge walking; breath-taking views, and something which is not available in many walking holidays; the choice of different walking levels every day. Relax in friendly family-run hotels with excellent regional cuisine in your hotel-to-hotel journey through France.
Dramatic gorges, beautiful lakes, lush green valleys and traditional mountain villages await you on this independent walking holiday, giving you the chance to take your time as you thoroughly enjoy everything Frances world-class scenery has on offer. Frances walking holidays are not, however limited to its mountain ranges and villages, witness the unique flora & fauna: blue gentians, purple monkshood, bearded vultures and rare black woodpeckers.
Day 1 – Arrive at Lesponne
Day 2 – At Lesponne 17km/11mi/6hr or 21km/13mi/7hr
Day 3 – Lesponne to Barèges 16km/5hr or 19km/6hr or 23km/7hr
Day 4 – At Barèges 14km/9mi/4hr or 17km/11mi/5.5hr
Day 5 – Barèges to Luz St. Sauveur 12km/7mi/3hr or 16km/9mi/4.5hr
Day 6 – At Luz St. Sauveur 16km/10mi/4.5hr or 18km/11mi/5hr
Day 7 – Cirque de Gavarnie 12km/7mi/4hr or 21km/13mi/7hr
Day 8 – Leave Luz St. Sauveur
With the unique feature of being able to choose your walk length each day, combined with the fact that this is an independent holiday makes for a truly tailor made holiday fit for anyone.
An outright winner from the outset, the Emerald Coast walk is simply stunning. The dramatic scenery, wealth of colours and mediaeval influences distinguish it from all other holidays in our programme.
During the first few days of your holiday, you will be walking along the magnificent paths that hug the northern coast. It is a landscape of pinky-gold cliffs, secret coves (perfect for the explorer), deserted, heather-backed beaches and traditional Breton fishing villages untouched by tourism, giving the walker the picture perfect idea of what untouched France is truly like. It is perfect for exploring on foot and, at every turn, you are rewarded with fabulous panoramic views of the entire Emerald Coast, for that postcard home or if you wish, simply take a snap and conserve its beauty forever.
Heading inland, the route takes you along the banks of the river Rance and on through the majestic Hunaudaye Forest. Highlights include the feudal Fort de la Latte and the beautiful stone-crafted town of Dinan. In the Middle Ages, Dinan served as one of the main strategic strongholds of the Duchy of Brittany and much of her mediaeval charm remains today, so if you want to forget about the big city and get away to some of Frances most untouched and beautifully traditional towns, Dinan is the perfect place for you.
The hotels you stay in are full of contrasts too and include a lovely seaside hotel in Sables d’Or-Les-Pins and a superbly located hotel built into the ramparts in the heart of historic Dinan. Not only will your daily walks be filled with French tradition and coastal views fit for a king, but your accommodation will match the beauty, allowing you to finish your day of in comfort.
Day 1 – Arrive at Lamballe
Day 2 – Lamballe to Sables d’Or-Les-Pins 17km/11mi/5hr
Day 3 – At Sables d’Or-Les-Pins
Day 4 – Sables d’Or-Les-Pins to Dinard 17km/11mi/5hr
Day 5 – At Dinard
Day 6 – Dinard to Dinan 21km/13mi/6hr
Day 7 – At Dinan
Day 8 – Dinan to Plorec/Lamballe 22km/14mi/6hr
Day 9 – Leave Lamballe
This holiday might not give the walker the opportunity of different routes to take, however, would you really want to stray off of these beautiful paths and miss what they have to offer. This is however an independent walking holiday and so you won’t have any pressure to complete the walks in a time out of your fitness lever or indeed any time you feel is too quick, so you don’t have to miss anything.
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Spectacularly varied walking in Aix-en-Provence: high sea cliffs, stunning blue-green Calanques, the emblematic Montagne Sainte-Victoire. Your hotel is just two minutes from the harbour, and breakfasts afford unforgettable views over France’s highest sea cliffs – the 400m-high Cap Canaille.It’s for the walker who would like to see some of everything.
Cassis’s picturesque fishing port backed by fine sandy beaches and shady squares lined with cafés and restaurants gives a wide variety of options for lunch or dinner with a perfect view.
Beautiful Aix-en-Provence, Cézanne’s university city of art, water and light make a nice change from the views for the academically persuaded rambling explorer.
Vibrant port city of Marseille – packed with history and designated European Capital of Culture in 2013; what more could the walker ask for.
Day 1 – Arrive in Aix-en-Provence
Day 2 – Montagne Sainte-Victoire 15km/9mi/5.5hr
Day 3 – Massif de l’estaque & Calanques of the Côte Bleue 8km/5mi/4hr
Day 4 – Frioul Islands & the Château d’If various up to 12km/7.5mi/4.5hr
Day 5 – Calanques of Sormiou & Morgiou 9km/6mi/4.5hr or 11km/7mi/5.5hr
Day 6 – Port Miou, Port Pin & Calanque en Vau various up to 16km/10mi/6hr
Day 7 – Cap Canaille & Chemin des Crêtes various up to 13km/8mi/5.5hr
Day 8 – Leave Cassis
This holiday is on a hotel-to-hotel basis and your three hotels are listed below.
Hotel Saint Christophe, Aix en Provence (3 star). The rooms are decorated in a number of different decors including Provencal, Art Deco and a contemporary style. The hotel has a convivial bar and terrace, which is popular with the locals. The hotel does have its own restaurant but with so many nearby, we leave you to choose where you eat in the evening so you can get what you want, and where you want it, with amazing views everywhere.
Hotel Carre Vieux Port, Marseille ((3 star)) Situated by the well-known old port – which gives the hotel its name – the Hotel Carre Vieux Port is in the perfect location to make the most of this vibrant city. The hotel has cosy, modern rooms with contemporary bathrooms and fixtures. For all of the tradition France that the walker sees on their journey, if a traditional accommodation isn’t for you – and you prefer more contemporary or more modern look – this hotel will be.
Hotel la Rade, Cassis (3 star) All rooms are bright and contemporary. The hotel’s terrace boasts a swimming pool which is a lovely place to relax. This hotel is all about relaxing and chilling out after a hard days’ glorious walk and from this hotel you can relax, chill out and look out at a stunning view of Cap Canaille and the sea.
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