Walking & Hiking Vacations

France - Barging in Burgundy
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France - Barging in Burgundy

The luxury barge, La Belle Epoque, is our home for seven days as we glide along the waterways of Burgundy.

Tranquility and comfort accompany us on our journey, cruising peacefully through Burgundy. Every day we leave our barge to set off on foot to explore Renaissance châteaux, dramatic cliffs, wooded hills, medieval towns, lush valleys and ancient vineyards.

Fine French cuisine is prepared on board La Belle Epoque by our personal chef and every meal is accompanied by a different regional wine, making this trip a gourmet's delight.

  • ACTIVITY: Walking & Hiking Vacations, Eco-Travel & Cultural Exploration, Yachting and Barging
  • WHERE: France, EUROPE
  • AVAILABILITY: October
  • FROM: from $4,650
  • DURATION: 7 days
  • AUDIENCE: Solo Adventure Travel and Singles Vacations, Family Vacations & Adventure Travel, For Groups: Adventure Travel With the Experts!, Vacations for Couples & Partners
  • MEMBER'S WEBSITE: Barging & Walking in Burgundy France

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France - The Historic Dordogne
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France - The Historic Dordogne

Discover 15,000 years of French history as we walk the Dordogne, one of France's most beautiful and unspoilt regions.

Setting off from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac, where 'Cro-Magnon man', one of the earliest modern humans, was first discovered, we explore an ancient world of caves, historic castles, lush farmland and elegant châteaux. We take a boat along the Dordogne River, visit cliff-side villages, dine in majestic surroundings and wonder at the perfectly preserved prehistoric cave paintings of Grottes de Font-de-Gaume.

We also visit Les Milandes, former home of 1930s music-hall queen, Josephine Baker, where we enjoy lunch and a display of falconry.

  • ACTIVITY: Walking & Hiking Vacations, Eco-Travel & Cultural Exploration
  • WHERE: France, EUROPE
  • AVAILABILITY: June, September
  • FROM: $3,895
  • DURATION: 7 days
  • AUDIENCE: Solo Adventure Travel and Singles Vacations, Family Vacations & Adventure Travel, For Groups: Adventure Travel With the Experts!, Vacations for Couples & Partners
  • MEMBER'S WEBSITE: Walking Vacations in France's Perigord Region

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France - The Alsace
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France - The Alsace

Alsace offers distinctive cultural, viticultural, and gastronomic experiences developed through centuries of ping-pong domination between France and Germany.

Today, the unique historic blend provides the walking visitor with unsurpassed richness and diversity from fairy-tale landscapes including pastel-painted villages, Europe's highest concentration of feudal castles to the distinctive Franco-Germanic cuisine and wines.

We walk along part of the famous Alsace Wine Trail, visit a medieval fortress with spectacular views to the Black Forest in Germany, and trek along forest tracks near Obernai and the Vosges Mountains, wining and dining along the way with the finest produce this fascinating area has to offer.

  • ACTIVITY: Walking & Hiking Vacations, Eco-Travel & Cultural Exploration
  • WHERE: France, EUROPE
  • AVAILABILITY: June, September
  • FROM: $3995.00
  • DURATION: 7 days
  • AUDIENCE: Solo Adventure Travel and Singles Vacations, Family Vacations & Adventure Travel, For Groups: Adventure Travel With the Experts!, Vacations for Couples & Partners
  • MEMBER'S WEBSITE: Luxury Vacation - France

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France - Cezanne's Provence
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France - Cezanne's Provence

Discover the color and radiance that inspired the Impressionist masters Cézanne, Van Gogh, Monet and Matisse. Brilliant blues of sky and water, dazzling flower fields and groves showered in sunshine where the Muses are still heard by a thriving creative community.  We walk through cherry orchards and gentle hills, explore dramatic limestone gorges, and follow packhorse trails past towering medieval châteaux. Taking a winding path through woods and vineyards, we reach the Marquis de Sade's picturesque village of Lacoste. Then, heady scents of rosemary, cedar and thyme accompany us to old Ménerbes. We visit a wine grower and taste the Luberon wine.

  • ACTIVITY: Walking & Hiking Vacations, Eco-Travel & Cultural Exploration
  • WHERE: France, EUROPE
  • AVAILABILITY: May, September, October
  • FROM: $4495.00
  • DURATION: 7 days
  • AUDIENCE: Solo Adventure Travel and Singles Vacations, Family Vacations & Adventure Travel, For Groups: Adventure Travel With the Experts!, Vacations for Couples & Partners
  • MEMBER'S WEBSITE: Walking Vacations in Provence, France

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France - The Loire -  River of the Kings
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France - The Loire - River of the Kings

The Loire, France's most fabled river, is our companion for this seven-day Walk through the historic garden of France.  Crossing undulating countryside and fertile riverbanks, we encounter a royal abbey, privately owned châteaux, vineyards and orchards, underground passageways and troglodyte caves. We dine on traditional local produce, visit a mushroom farm, sample the sparkling and still wines of Saumur, play locals at the ancient game of boules de fort and enjoy a delightful dinner on board a traditional barge on the river Loire as we watch the sun set.  In Chinon we discover a medieval fortress where Joan of Arc met Charles VII and we visit Fontevraud, the royal necropolis of the Plantagenet family: Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine and Richard the Lion-Heart, and the only mixed monk and nun community in France. Nearby we enjoy strolling through a charming medieval floral garden.

  • ACTIVITY: Walking & Hiking Vacations, Eco-Travel & Cultural Exploration
  • WHERE: France, EUROPE
  • AVAILABILITY: June, September
  • FROM: $3,995
  • DURATION: 7 days
  • AUDIENCE: Solo Adventure Travel and Singles Vacations, For Groups: Adventure Travel With the Experts!, Vacations for Couples & Partners
  • MEMBER'S WEBSITE: Luxury Walking Vacations - Loire France

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France & Spain - Le Pays Basque
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France & Spain - Le Pays Basque

Ideally situated in the South West of France and North West of Spain at the foot of the Pyrenees Mountains and on the Atlantic seaboard, the Basque-country has kept its superb natural environment, unspoiled and jealously guarded by its proud inhabitants.

The coastal paths meander beside endless stretches of golden sand, in sight of the Atlantic surf. The untamed beauty of this wild coast is interspersed with sophisticated Basque cities with their heady mix of port and beach life. On the mountainside, the pretty villages and farms nestle in green valleys surrounded by open slopes and a semi-wild landscape.

The origins of the Basques remain shrouded in mystery but the songs, festivals, local sport, distinctive regional cuisine and folklore reveal a unique history and strong cultural identity where they still speak the oldest living language in Europe.

  • ACTIVITY: Walking & Hiking Vacations, Eco-Travel & Cultural Exploration
  • WHERE: France, Spain, EUROPE
  • AVAILABILITY: May, October
  • FROM: $3,995
  • DURATION: 7 days
  • AUDIENCE: Solo Adventure Travel and Singles Vacations, Family Vacations & Adventure Travel, For Groups: Adventure Travel With the Experts!, Vacations for Couples & Partners
  • MEMBER'S WEBSITE: Walking Vacation in Le Pays Basque region of France and Spain

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