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Marches for Débutants

Perhaps you have been flirting with the idea of taking a walking holiday for a while now? Maybe you are thinking something not too strenuous? Have the cuisine and vineyards (including associated wines) of France always been appealing and do you like the charming towns and diverse countryside? At Sherpa Expeditions, you’re at the right place to start your search as we have a number of walking holidays in France that can be enjoyed comfortably by everyone, even first timers.

 

Although a reasonable good level of physical fitness is required, a walking holiday does not have to be demanding or only for seasoned, fitter hikers. From walking itineraries that discover some of the famous French vineyards and from following centuries-old paths in the Luberon to stepping in the famous pictures of Van Gogh, check out the below four introductory to moderate graded walking holidays in France:

 

Burgundy Vineyard Trails

Burgundy Vineyard Trails walking holiday with Sherpa Expeditions

 

Calling all oenophiles (and not only): a trip where you can wander through fragrant vineyards, meet local winemakers, discover vine-covered valleys and visit private cellars. Burgundy claims the highest number of appellations d'origine contrôlée than any other region in the country. The ‘Route des Grands Crus’ runs through many of the great appellations of Burgundy wine, punctuated by nearly 40 picturesque villages and little towns.

The walk should present no difficulties for anyone in reasonable condition and accustomed to day walks in undulating countryside. Day stages are between 10km to 20km, which comes down to 3 to 6 hours walking per day. We’ve planned the itinerary to give you plenty of time to visit sites, and vineyards, along the way.

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In Van Gogh’s Footsteps

Easy walking in Van Gogh's home in France - Sherpa Expeditions

 

Van Gogh’s time in Provence – where he first arrived in early 1888 – was the most productive period of painting in his life. Along footpaths dotted with cypress trees, crumbling farmhouses and lone chapels, this trip follows in his footsteps from St-Rémy to Les Baux-de-Provence and onto Arles.

Take in the sublime images of the region, with highlights including the Saint-Paul de Mausole monastery (where Van Gogh painted 150 paintings in one year!) and the painter’s much-loved second home, the city of Arles, where he lived in the late 1800s.

You don’t have to be super fit to do this tour, but you should be able to walk for a few hours each day and be able to cover some steep ascents and descents. Day stages are 3.5 – 6 hours of easy-to-moderate walking.

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Rambling in the Luberon

easy walking in France - Sherpa Expeditions

 

Gain a unique insight into rural French life as you walk the secret hills and gorges of the Luberon – some of which plunge to depths of 30 metres – dotted with ‘mas’ (stone Provençal farmhouses) and ochre coloured hilltop villages. Starting in the heart of Papal Avignon, you will cross a revolving landscape through magnificent forests filled with oak, maples, cherry and fig trees, but also butterflies, owls and eagles.

The walking on this tour varies between introductory and moderate. Due to the length of walks and terrain we would classify the tour as more moderate and a reasonable level of fitness and ability to walk on rocky paths is required.

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Vineyards Trails of the Loire

Easy walking holidays in France with Sherpa Expeditions

 

The ever-popular Sauvignon Blanc was one of the very first fine wines to be commercially bottled with a screw cap and the Loire Valley is known to be producing some excellent delicate varietals – especially the Upper Loire areas of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. With a cool continental climate that slows down the ripening on the vine, the region’s winemaking history dates back to the 1st century!

The Loire region is hilly but there are no prolonged ascents or descents and few steep gradients on this trip. Several of the days are however fairly long with day stages between 15-27 kilometres and 5-7 hours per day.

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Check out all walking holidays in France or contact our team of travel experts with any queries you may have.

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