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harbour of honfleur, highlight on Normandy walking tour

France

FRANCE

France is the world’s most popular tourist destination with nearly 85 million tourists each year making the trek to see the Eiffel Tower,  the Mont-St. Michel and the Aiguille du Midi cable car in Chamonix, to name but a few hotspots. It would be incredibly reductive to speak of France simply as a tourist destination as it has been, and still remains -though less so lately- at the centre of European politics and culture for at least  1000  years. With architectural marvels, world-class museums such as the Louvre in Paris and ancient cave paintings dating back thousands of years, such a medium-sized country packs a real punch.

France is famous for many things: cheese of course, wine, haute couture, zany film directors, bad English accents, incredible castles, the best food in the world, amazing mountains, rivers and countryside. With a population of nearly 70 million, France is  a compact, populous country, with 7 main mountain ranges, major rivers, a sea and ocean, plains and deep gorges. France is also steeped in history, from Viking conquests to more recent battles such as the D-Day landings. With a land mass slightly smaller than the state of Texas, France’s geography goes from arid coasts to high mountains and almost everything in between.

Our focus is on three areas for our hiking and walking trips: Normandy (Rouen, Mont St. Michel and the D-day beaches), Provence (specifically around Avignon), and, of course, the French Alps in the Haute Savoie and Savoie, combined with the neighbouring Italian and Swiss Alps (Tour du Mont Blanc, Haute Route, Essentials Alps, Day-hikes from Chamonix).

FRENCH ALPS:

The Alpine Arc is 1200km long and  runs from Triest in Italy, to the French Mediterranean coast, cutting through 8 countries. As a mountain range, it has defined regions and held back armies, and has been a playground both in winter and sumer for the last 150 years. The highest peak in Europe is the Mont Blanc, towering above the French town of Chamonix, in the Haute Savoie region which hosted the first Winter Olympics. At nearly 5000m, the Mont Blanc and satellite peaks are the setting for an incredible hiking journey. Towering granite spires, hanging glaciers and dense larch forest are the backdrop for a trip of a lifetime. 

With major international airports such as Geneva and Zurich a short train journey away from many great hiking destinations in the Alps, connecting to an alpine adventure is easy. Getting to Chamonix could not be easier as the major highway runs right through town a mere 1 hour from the Geneva International Airport.

 

Tour du Mont Blanc

If you have never experienced the splendour of staying in mountain huts, sleeping in cozy inns or hiking through flower-filled fields in July, then our Tour du Mont Blanc is the hike for you. After years of fine-tuning this 160 km circumnavigation of the entire Mont Blanc mountain, we have perfected an experience that allows you to hike moderate distances during the day and relax in comfortable, family-run inns and hotels, savouring local dishes and sampling French, Italian and Swiss wines. You only need to carry a day-pack as your luggage is shuttled to the next hotel.  Unlike other operators, we do not offer each stage of the TMB walk as some are not as interesting as others.

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Italy

Dolomites Hiking Extravaganza

This Dolomites hiking trip focuses on the area around Cortina, Corvara, and the Fassa Valley. Most days are day-trips with some hikes from one hotel to another.

Jun
29
2018
Jul
20
2018
Aug
10
2018
Aug
24
2018
Sep
07
2018
Price: $3,334
WPCS 1.1.2
via ferrata dolomites

Dolomites Sampler

The Great Dolomites Traverse - South Tyrol: Italy meets Austria: Charming Alpine Villages, Hiking below Sun-drenched Limestone Cliffs, Gourmet Cuisine.

Jul
08
2018
Aug
25
2018
Sep
08
2018
Price: $2,951
WPCS 1.1.2
hike gran paradiso traverse

Gran Paradiso Hiking Traverse

Gran Paradiso National Park is known for having an abundance of wildlife and beautiful scenery

Jun
21
2018
Jul
04
2018
Aug
18
2018
Price: $2,836
WPCS 1.1.2
tre cime di lavaredo, dolomites trek

Hike the Dolomites Traverse

A classic hiking traverse for all levels, private tours available.

Jun
24
2018
Jul
01
2018
Aug
05
2018
Aug
12
2018
Sep
16
2018
Price: $3,028
WPCS 1.1.2
in champoluc, tour de monte rosa

Hike the Tour de Monte Rosa

Hike around one of the most majestic mountain ranges in the world, the Monte Rosa Massif between Switzerland and Italy.

Jul
22
2018
Jul
29
2018
Aug
12
2018
Aug
26
2018
Sep
02
2018
Price: $3,028
WPCS 1.1.2
Hiking up the Mont de la Saxe Ridge

Tour du Mont Blanc Express

Hiking around the Mont Blanc Range - one of the Alps' finest hikes through Switzerland, France and Italy.

Jul
16
2018
Aug
20
2018
Sep
03
2018
Sep
17
2018
Jul
02
2018
Aug
22
2018
Price: $3,181
WPCS 1.1.2
peuterey noir, tour du mont blanc

Tour du Mont Blanc, Huts & Inns

Walk the famous Tour of Mont Blanc, (TMB), through the French, Italian & Swiss Alps around the Mont Blanc Range

Jul
15
2018
Jul
28
2018
Aug
18
2018
Sep
01
2018
Price: $2,798
WPCS 1.1.2

Slovenia

hiking in slovenia

Slovenia Hiking Tour

Aug
22
2018
Price: $2,338
WPCS 1.1.2

Switzerland

Matterhorn, Haute Route Hike

Haute Route Classic Hike

The famous Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt is one of the classic alpine treks, no mountaineering required.

Jun
29
2018
Aug
05
2018
Aug
19
2018
Aug
27
2018
Sep
01
2018
Price: $3,986
WPCS 1.1.2
hiking bernese oberland

Hike in the Bernese Oberland

Hike through the Bernese Oberland in the Swiss Alps from Meiringen to Kandersteg.

Jun
24
2018
May
08
2018
Aug
12
2018
Sep
01
2018
Price: $3,718
WPCS 1.1.2
theodulpass zermatt

Hike the Essential Alps

A guided 10-day hiking tour in Switzerland and France, combining the best alpine hikes around Chamonix, Zermatt & Grindelwald, using only public transport.

Jun
17
2018
Jul
01
2018
Price: $4,637
WPCS 1.1.2
cabane des dix swiss alps hike

Hike the Haute Route, Huts & Inns

Our Walker's Haute Route Huts & Inns Itinerary from Chamonix to Zermatt is one of the best hiking tours in the Swiss Alps.

Jun
29
2018
Jul
22
2018
Aug
24
2018
Sep
02
2018
Price: $3,334
WPCS 1.1.2
in champoluc, tour de monte rosa

Hike the Tour de Monte Rosa

Hike around one of the most majestic mountain ranges in the world, the Monte Rosa Massif between Switzerland and Italy.

Jul
22
2018
Jul
29
2018
Aug
12
2018
Aug
26
2018
Sep
02
2018
Price: $3,028
WPCS 1.1.2
Hiking up the Mont de la Saxe Ridge

Tour du Mont Blanc Express

Hiking around the Mont Blanc Range - one of the Alps' finest hikes through Switzerland, France and Italy.

Jul
16
2018
Aug
20
2018
Sep
03
2018
Sep
17
2018
Jul
02
2018
Aug
22
2018
Price: $3,181
WPCS 1.1.2
peuterey noir, tour du mont blanc

Tour du Mont Blanc, Huts & Inns

Walk the famous Tour of Mont Blanc, (TMB), through the French, Italian & Swiss Alps around the Mont Blanc Range

Jul
15
2018
Jul
28
2018
Aug
18
2018
Sep
01
2018
Price: $2,798
WPCS 1.1.2

Canada

Icefall Lodge hiking Canadian Rockies

Canadian Rockies Lodge Adventure

Hike in Banff, Lake Louise, and off the beaten track at Icefall Lodge, a helicopter fly-in lodge in the stunning Lyell Mountains

Jul
22
2018
Aug
26
2018
Jul
13
2018
Price: $3,449
WPCS 1.1.2
hiking lake o'hara canadian rockies

Hike the Canadian Rockies

Hike the best around Banff and Lake Louise National Parks

Jul
15
2018
Jul
22
2018
Aug
26
2018
Price: $3,028
WPCS 1.1.2

Mexico

view from tent espiritu santo

Baja Express Adventure

Kayaking experience for Beginner and Intermediate Paddlers out of Laz Paz and Espiritu Santo Island.

Jan
18
2019
Jan
26
2019
Feb
08
2019
Feb
22
2019
Oct
19
2018
Oct
26
2018
Nov
02
2018
Nov
09
2018
Price: $1,380
WPCS 1.1.2
espiritu santo family holiday

Baja Family Getaway

Fully supported with kayaking guide and cook, and boat accompanying the group and kayakers.

Feb
09
2019
Mar
02
2019
Mar
24
2019
Mar
29
2019
Apr
05
2019
May
04
2019
Price: $1,495
WPCS 1.1.2
kayaking baja california, mexico

Kayak Loreto, La Paz & Espiritu Santo Island

Great guided Baja California sea kayaking trip based in La Paz and on Espiritu Santo Island.

Mar
02
2019
Mar
09
2019
Mar
23
2019
May
04
2019
Price: $2,223
WPCS 1.1.2
baja california kayaking and snorkelling

Sea of Cortez Getaway

Fully catered sea kayaking in Baja California, Mexico, from Espiritu Santo Island just off La Paz

Feb
09
2019
Mar
02
2019
Apr
05
2019
May
04
2019
Price: $1,495
WPCS 1.1.2

Patagonia

torres del paine national park, patagonia

Full Patagonia Adventure

Trekking in Patagonia: Full Patagonia Adventure: Fitz Roy and Torres del Paine

Jan
12
2019
Jan
23
2019
Mar
08
2019
Price: $4,867
WPCS 1.1.2
lodge in patagonia

Patagonia – Wild & Scenic

Starting in Buenos Aires, the trip includes Cerro Torre & Fitz Roy, Torres del Paine National Park, and Perito Moreno Glacier

Jan
13
2019
Feb
23
2019
Mar
08
2019
Price: $3,986
WPCS 1.1.2

France

above lac blanc, tour du mont blanc

Chamonix Hut Trek

The Chamonix Aiguilles Rouges near the Mont Blanc Range. Perfect for any hiker, including families.

Jun
29
2018
Jul
21
2018
Price: $1,840
WPCS 1.1.2
aiguille verte and les drus, chamonix valley

Chamonix Trails

This hiking tour is led by local Chamoniards who have years of experience and will make sure you have the time of your life.

Jun
30
2018
Jul
21
2018
Aug
04
2018
Aug
25
2018
Price: $2,223
WPCS 1.1.2
poppy fields provence walking tour

Country Walks in Provence

Walk through Provence and live the French way of life: Visit St. Remy de Provence and Avignon, vibrant Provence markets and Côte de Rhones wineries.

Mar
28
2019
May
01
2019
May
09
2019
May
23
2019
Price: $3,986
WPCS 1.1.2
Matterhorn, Haute Route Hike

Haute Route Classic Hike

The famous Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt is one of the classic alpine treks, no mountaineering required.

Jun
29
2018
Aug
05
2018
Aug
19
2018
Aug
27
2018
Sep
01
2018
Price: $3,986
WPCS 1.1.2
theodulpass zermatt

Hike the Essential Alps

A guided 10-day hiking tour in Switzerland and France, combining the best alpine hikes around Chamonix, Zermatt & Grindelwald, using only public transport.

Jun
17
2018
Jul
01
2018
Price: $4,637
WPCS 1.1.2
cabane des dix swiss alps hike

Hike the Haute Route, Huts & Inns

Our Walker's Haute Route Huts & Inns Itinerary from Chamonix to Zermatt is one of the best hiking tours in the Swiss Alps.

Jun
29
2018
Jul
22
2018
Aug
24
2018
Sep
02
2018
Price: $3,334
WPCS 1.1.2
cliffs of etretat, Normandy walking tour

Normandy – Coast, Culture & Cuisine

Our Normandy hiking tour leads through medieval towns and along the famous sandy D-Day Beaches.

May
05
2019
May
26
2019
Aug
26
2018
Sep
16
2018
Aug
25
2019
Sep
15
2019
Price: $3,986
WPCS 1.1.2
Hiking up the Mont de la Saxe Ridge

Tour du Mont Blanc Express

Hiking around the Mont Blanc Range - one of the Alps' finest hikes through Switzerland, France and Italy.

Jul
16
2018
Aug
20
2018
Sep
03
2018
Sep
17
2018
Jul
02
2018
Aug
22
2018
Price: $3,181
WPCS 1.1.2
peuterey noir, tour du mont blanc

Tour du Mont Blanc, Huts & Inns

Walk the famous Tour of Mont Blanc, (TMB), through the French, Italian & Swiss Alps around the Mont Blanc Range

Jul
15
2018
Jul
28
2018
Aug
18
2018
Sep
01
2018
Price: $2,798
WPCS 1.1.2

Greece

phoenix near loutros, crete

Coastal Walks in Crete

A wonderful walking tour for hiking aficionados, foodies, and culture buffs. Perfect holidays during Spring and Fall along Crete, Greece's southern island.

Apr
21
2019
May
05
2019
May
19
2019
Jun
04
2019
Oct
01
2018
Price: $2,683
WPCS 1.1.2

Russia

kamchatka trekking tour

The Kamchatka Peninsula

Guided Hiking and Trekking in Russia, on the peninsula of Kamchatka also known as the ring of fire.

Jul
07
2018
Jul
15
2018
Price: $4,944
WPCS 1.1.2

Scotland

hiking scottish highlands, torridon inn

Hike the Scottish Highlands

Guided Hiking and Walking Tours traversing the Scottish Highlands staying in charming Scottish Inns along the way

Aug
16
2018
Aug
26
2018
Aug
31
2018
Price: $3,181
WPCS 1.1.2

Nepal

everest villages trek, ama dablam,

Everest Villages & Base Camp Trek

Guided Trekking Tour to Everest Base Camp and the Khumbu Region in Nepal: Hike below Mount Everest, Nuptse and Ama Dablam in the Sherpa homeland.

Apr
13
2019
Oct
20
2018
Price: $4,216
WPCS 1.1.2
machhupichare, hiking annapurna sanctuary

The Annapurna Sanctuary

Hike to Annapurna Basecamp below the Annapurna amphitheatre, ringed with many peaks over 7000m

Oct
21
2018
Nov
04
2018
Jan
29
2019
Apr
15
2019
Price: $2,683
WPCS 1.1.2

 

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