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SELF-GUIDED WALKING  PROGRAMS

A Step into a world apart... Walking tours through the countryside to discover the beauty of the France main touristy regions, Provence, Burgundy and Dordogne, so rich in cultural heritage. The country, in general, is extremely well suited to outdoor activities such as walking. These activities can be done individually or with a group. 

France @ Leisure is able to organise outstanding high-quality walking tours in the most beautiful regions of France. Our clients enjoy comfort, culture, regional gourmet cuisine and fine wines combined with cycling and walking. We offer walking tours up to eight days' duration for group or individuals...

Accommodation

We carefully select the hotels for their great location, comfort and quality of services provided.
Your clients will always get accommodation in rooms or suites in our selection of charming 3* hotels or luxury 4*/5* hotels.

Restaurants

Visiting France is also a good way to experience fine French gastronomy and fabulous cuisine.
Our pleasure is to make your clients discover our selection of good restaurants during their holidays.

walking in the Dordogne to discover the chateaux and delicacies

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS 

  •  Walking between the stunning villages of the Dordogne
  •  Discovering the many chateaux and castles lining the banks of the Dordogne
  •  Sampling the exquisite regional cuisine
  •  Soaking up the atmosphere in Beynac and Domme, two of the 'Most Beautiful Villages of France'
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Walking in the Dordogne

 
A region full of elegant stone houses and medieval castles, the Dordogne boasts stunning scenery with a combination of villages, forests and farmland. Focused around the Dordogne River Valley, this itinerary has plenty of scope to absorb the history and culture of the Perigord. With marvellous food and colourful markets (particularly Sarlat) you will discover the specialities of the region including mushrooms, walnuts, chestnuts, truffles and strawberries. The Benedictine Abbey in Souillac and the delightful villages of Beynac and Domme are fine examples of period architecture that really add to the flavour of the region.

Trip Grading – Introductory to moderate
Cost per person twin share from A$ 1800.00
Itinerary
  • Day 1 - Arrive in Souillac
  • Day 2 - Transfer to Rouffillac, walk via wooded hills and fields to Sarlat (5hrs, 17km/10.5mi)
  • Day 3 - Day in the medieval town of Sarlat (4hrs, 12km/7.5mi)
  • Day 4 -  Walk to Beynac, one of the most beautiful villages in France (5hrs, 17km/10.5mi)
  • Day 5 - Walk through the heart of the Dordogne Valley to Domme (4hrs, 12km/7.5mi)
  • Day 6 - Walk to Carsac (4-5hrs, 16km/9.9mi)
  • Day 7 - Walk along the riverside to Souillac (5-6 hours, 22km/13.7mi)
  • Day 8 -  Trip concludes Souillac
Inclusions  What's included
  • 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners. – 6 breakfasts will be buffet style and one will be a continental breakfast consisting of breads, jams, coffee, tea and juices. Dinners will usually be 3 courses with regional specialties featured
  • 6 nights in 3 star hotels and 1 night in a 2 star hotel on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • Transfer from Souillac station to hotel if arriving by train on Day 1 and return on Day 8
  • Transfer of luggage from hotel to hotel
  • Arrival briefing and 7 day service hotline
  • Maps and itineraries, tourist information
 

 

The Best of Provence Self-guided walking tour

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS 

  • Experiencing quintessential Provençal villages
  • Walking through the magnificent Verdon gorge, the largest in Europe,
    and appreciating the contrasting landscapes of the region
  • Staying in family run hotels and gîtes hand chosen for their character-filled atmosphere
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TOUR DETAILS

Provence in southern France has long been recognised for its outstanding landscapes, attracting artists and tourists for centuries. This inspiring trip explores the Luberon and Verdon areas of Provence, where market villages abound and the walking opportunities are endless. From Apt experience high limestone plateaus rich in flora and fields of poppies in spring or lavender in late June and early July. A further highlight is the magnificent Gorges du Verdon, the largest canyon in Europe. Visit a vineyard, the ruins of a 13th century fort, lavender fields near to Digne les Bains and walk down to Point Sublime for incredible views of the gorges with its fantastic turquoise river plunging between the narrow rock walls. A final highlight is Jabron Valley renowned for its rich bird life including Golden eagles and buzzards.

Cost per person: from $1850 Twin share accommodation

Trip Grading - Moderate


Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Apt

Day 2 Cross the Claparedes Plateau to the Aiguebrun gorges (5-6hrs)

Day 3 Explore Buoux fort ruins and return to Apt (5-6hrs)

Day 4 Bus to Castellane via the medieval town of Digne les Bains

Day 5 Walk from Castellane to Rougon experiencing the spectacular Verdon Gorge (6.5hrs)

Day 6 Walk from Rougon to Trigance via superb view points and the Jabron Valley (6hrs)

Day 7 Walk from Trigance through the middle of a preserved forest to Castellane (6.5hrs)

Day 8 Trip concludes

Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts - continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, coffee, tea and juices.
  • 3 dinners - provided on days 2, 5 and 6
  • 5 nights 2 star hotel on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • 2 nights gîte-hostels in dormitories (option to upgrade to twin share room in hotel - supplement applies)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Information pack including route notes and tourist information per room booked
  • Emergency hotline

 

Walking in the Bordeaux wine region

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS 

  • Absorbing this quintessential wine growing region on foot
  • Sampling the exquisite cuisine this region is renowned for and tasting the superb wines
  • Soaking up the atmosphere in charming guesthouses
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Walking in the Bordeaux wine region

 

Staying in charming guesthouses, hotels and magnificent castles or wine chateaux, this trip is full of postcard perfect landscapes, cultural heritage and many opportunities to sample world famous wines of the Bordeaux region. Accessed from the city of Bordeaux, you will spend two delightful days and nights in and around St Emilion. Marvel at the monuments and vestiges from Roman times and visit the fascinating underground galleries. Hike among the surrounding landscape - a series of narrow, vine-covered valleys listed as a UNESCO World Heritage region. Wander through woods, vineyards and old world villages in the Entre-Deux-Mers area between the Dordogne and Garonne rivers and stay in the medieval city of St Macaire with its historic buildings. Sample sweet white and red wines from vignerons such as Chateau d'Arche and Chateau Gravas in the vicinity of Sauternes, the latter with a wine history dating back to the 12th century.

Cost per person twin-share accommodation: $2,150

Trip Grading  - Moderate


Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrive in Bordeaux and transfer to St Emilion
  • Day 2 St Emilion vineyards (2.5 or 4hrs)
  • Day 3 Guided visit of St Emilion winery and underground, transfer to Entre-Deux-Mers area
  • Day 4 Camiran and Garonne Valley walk (4hrs)
  • Day 5 To the medieval town of Saint-Macaire (3hrs)
  • Day 6 Loop walk to Ste Croix du Mont, transfer to Sauternes (2.5 or 4.5hrs)
  • Day 7 Sauternes to Barsac exploring vineyards, overnight chateau hotel (4.5hrs)
  • Day 8 Trip ends with transfer to Barsac or Langon train station

Inclusions
  • 7 breakfasts – continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, coffee, tea and juices
  • 5 dinners – usually 3 courses with regional specialties featured - table wine & coffee
  • 7 nights in a combination of charming guesthouses, 3 star hotels and a chateaux hotel on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • Information pack including route notes and maps per room booked
  • Guided city tour of St Emilion plus wine tasting at the Couvent des Jacobins
  • Taxi transfers as per itinerary
  • Emergency hotline

The Loire Valley wine region Self-guided Walk

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS 

  • Walk Through History and the French Valley of the Kings!
  • Rolling French Walking Through Famous Loire Wine Estates
  • Contrasting Ambiance of the Loire, Vienne, Cher and Indre Rivers and their Chateaux
  • Interesting Range of Accommodation
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TOUR DETAILS

The Loire is France's valley of the kings, where you will find much of its history and see the great palaces and castles. It is the countryside that inspired Balzac, where Leonardo Da Vinci spent his retirement and where Joan of Arc fought some of the battles of the 100 years war. The Loire is also one of the major wine producing areas of France, and it also has the advantage of being a great centre for cuisine and historical monuments. The walking is hilly at times, but generally the mix of old pathways, farm and forest trails make for fairly gentle walking. Our tour links the great chateaux at Amboise, Chenonceau, Azay le Rideau, Villandry and Chinon with the great vineyards of Vouvray, Chinon, Saumur, and Anjou. The combination of walking, spectacular historical sites, the food and wines of the Loire, makes this walk full of interest and pleasure and an ideal place to start for those with a love of France or setting out on a walking holiday for the first time.

Trip Grading  - Moderate

Cost per person twin share accommodation form $2,050


Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrive Amboise
  • Day 2 -  Amboise to Chenonceau 15.5 km/10 miles, 3.5 h
  • Day 3 -  Chenonceau to Montbazon 27 km/16.7 miles, 6.5 h (Can be shortened)
  • Day 4 -  Montbazon to Azay-le-Rideau. Choice of walks
  • Day 5 -  Azay-le-Rideau to Chinon 27 km/17 miles, 7 h
  • Day 6 -  Chinon to Fontevraud 16 km/10 miles, 4 h
  • Day 7 -  Fontevraud to Saumur 20.5 km/12.8 miles, 5 h
  • Day 8 -  Arrangements end after breakfast

Inclusions
  • 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • 7 nights accommodation in a mixture of 2-3 & 5 star hotels and guesthouses on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities where available
  • Luggage transfer
  • Information pack including route notes & maps
  • Emergency hotline