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Trip: Luberon – Walking
Duration: 7 days, 6 nights
Price from: € 725
Difficulty:  Easy
Walking Distance: 92 kilometres
Availability: March – October

The Luberon region of Provence is one of the finest examples of French countryside. Lean into a higher quality of life and a calming atmosphere in the stunning heart of Provence.

The Luberon region  is a vast area with an extraordinary variety of plants and animals to see. The architectural heritage of the area is picturesque, with five of the villages you’ll see listed among the “Most beautiful villages in France”. Beautiful rolling landscapes greet you everywhere.

The area is named after the main mountain range; a compact massif with an easy 1100m summit. The northern face is steep and rich in oaks, whereas the villages in southern Luberon overlook the tranquil course of the Durance river.

Sun-gilded drystone walls, ochre-washed homes, terraced fields and shady squares with gurgling fountains all contribute to the warm and gentle lifestyle.

Artists and craftspeople hone their talents in each village. Vineyards and cherry orchards dot the hillsides, and the plains are planted with gorgeous fruit, including one of the jewels in Vaucluse’s crown, the melon from Cavaillon.

Provence Countryside, Beautiful Villages and Architecture

Trip: Loire Valley – Walking
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
Price from: € 740
Difficulty:  Moderate
Walking Distance: 103 kilometres
Availability: March – October

Loire Valley (Vallee de La Loire in French) was listed by UNESCO World Heritage in 2000. 

The Loire Valley is noteworthy for the quality of its architectural heritage. In particular, its world-famous castles – Château of Amboise, Château of Chambord and Château of Chenonceaux (“Château des Dames”). These are known as three of the most exceptional castles in France, but there are also lots of small castles you will see during this walking holiday, like Leonardo da Vinci’s last home .

The romantic representation of the Valley in the 19th century by writers and painters led to the Loire becoming a magnet for tourists, first from France, then Europe, and then the rest of the world. This interest in the scenic qualities of the Valley and its monuments encouraged efforts to preserve the heritage of the landscape, in the form of its monuments, its towns,  its rural structure, it nature and gastronomy.

 With cities such as Orleans, Blois, Tours and Nantes, the Loire Valley offers an incredible quality of architectural heritage. Also known as the Gardens of France, Loire Valley is a great place to enjoy biological diversity, endless well kept forests and world-class wines.

French Royalty & Valley of Castles

Vineyards, Medieval Villages and Choucroute

Trip: Alsace – Walking
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
Price from: € 825
Difficulty:  Moderate
Walking Distance: 78 kilometres
Availability: March – October

Fancy a breath of fresh air and a return to simpler times? Parks, gardens, nature reserves, the Ballon d’Alsace, the renowned Wine Route… Alsace can quench your thirst for greenery and fulfillment!

There are 21 nature reserves in Alsace! Wander through the lush Alsatian Petite Camargue and the peaceful Delta de la Sauer. Stroll around Rhinau Island where abundant creepers, a multitude of birds, and twisted trees will transport you far from the places you think you know.

Mountain enthusiasts will find happiness in Alsace on the marked Alpine character of the Honeck Mountain. Admire the magnificent Lac Blanc, overlooked by a rock in the shape of a fortress. Fortified castles highlight the foothills of the Vosges and the bunkers of the Maginot Line. The fortifications of Vauban are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, just like Strasbourg and its Grande Ile. In Alsace, more than elsewhere, heritage complements legacy.

A curious mix of German and French cultures, the wealth of the area’s sometimes troubled past is marked in the Alsacian countryside. Enthusiasts of stones loaded with history will love the walk through Alsace’s towns and villages! Heritage is still truly alive in the villages you will walk through, through skills passed down through generations. You will be impressed by the know-how of craftsmen, in line with tradition with a touch of modern adaption.

 

Nature, History & Finest French Food

Trip: Dordogne – Walking
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
Price from: € 900
Difficulty:  Moderate
Walking Distance: 90 kilometres
Availability: March – October

If you would to try something else, be active but also want your kids to learn something about their origins, we have the perfect trip for you! 

Discover the first human prints in the Lascaux cave, the UNESCO World Heritage where you can learn everything about the beginning of our world. Starting from Sarlat and ending in the same place gives you the chance to see the most important place in France and in the World. 

You also have the chance to meet the descendants of the Prehistoric animal in the Thot Park, you’ve seen the drawing in Lascaux, now you can see the evolution of those animals through the time.

The region is also magically surrounded by castles. So let the conquerant inside you grow up and look around you, the Dordogne river is waiting for someone to cross it in a canoe and prepare yourself to be on the Castelnaud Throne. This castel is on the top of the hill but you will be rewarded with the best view over the valley. Take some rest and enjoy the delicious French food in some of the local restaurants, we promise you, you will not be disappointed by the Perigord gastronomy. 

France has a large range of activities for you

  • Lascaux cave 
  • Canoe on the French river 
  • Medieval Castle
  • Lavender farm 
  • Magical House 

Local Foods Your Family Will Love

1. Flammekueche

A thin bread dough, a cream-based, the Tarte flambee is covered with onions and thin lardons. You have a lot of different varieties: on with mushroom, and another one with goat cheese. The Flammekueche is special from Alsace, the Alsatian are very proud of this dish. And to be in a traditional spirit drink it with beers. For the younger (and even for the adult) you can find a sweet version of the flammekueche. 

2. Nougat de Tours

This nougat is not a typical one. It’s a cake! A light shortbread in wich apricot jam and dried fruit are putting before being covered with a macaronade. This part is made with eggs, almond powder, and sugar, the same ingredients as the true nougat. This cake travel well, you don’t need a fridge and you can keep it for 10 days! 

3. Perigord’s  strawberries

Have you ever heard about the Gariguettes? No? This variety of strawberries is produced in the Perigord, they are very well known in France. The great balance of sugar and acidity are the hallmark of those strawberries. You will have a huge choice of strawberries in the summer. And those strawberries are used in many dishes in this region such as the Magret de canard

 

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