FRANCE SELF-GUIDED HIKING TOURS

French hiking is a national treasure and some of the most accessible for self-guided hikers in the world. Self-guided hiking in France caters to a plethora of abilities, ranging from easy hikes through the rolling hills in Provence, to ascending high passes around Mont Blanc and what ties all of this together is the extremely high standard of French hiking.

The French trails are well-traveled, access some of the most beautiful valleys in the Alps, and all finish in charming French villages with delicious high alpine cuisine. Our Hiker’s Haute Route travels between Mont Blanc in France and the iconic Matterhorn above Zermatt. We offer two self-guided Tour du Mont Blanc variations, the standard Tour du Mont Blanc which circumnavigates the entire mountain passing through three countries and a shorter one, the Tour du Mont Blanc Vitesse, which focuses on the stunning views of the Mont Blanc itself between Courmayeur, Italy and Chamonix, France. Our Provence: Hill Towns of the Luberon hike takes a different perspective on French hiking heading to the lavender fields and medieval villages of  Provence for a much gentler French hiking experience.

Self Guided Tours: France

The Mer de Glace and Mont Blanc above Chamonix, France

This self-guided trek links the villages of the Mont Blanc region and the western Swiss Valais, crossing through the highest mountain range in western Europe, the Pennine Alps. You hike through two distinct cultural regions, the French speaking and German speaking Alps. Starting in the bustling alpine center of Chamonix, France beneath the dramatic flanks of Europe’s highest summit, Mont Blanc, ...

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Self-Guided Tour Date

Late June-Mid September

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July 3-14, 2020

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provence

Experience souleu e terraire, ‘the soul of the terrain’, as you walk amongst vineyards, historic villages and the famous lavender fields that characterize the Vaucluse region of Provence, France. Enjoy a great combination of countryside walking through farms, vineyards, and orchards, while rambling along herb-scented hillsides toward golden-hued villages. Provence’s landscape and light ...

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April-June, Sept-Oct

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Aiguille Chardonnet and Verte

For those who want to hike the Tour du Mont Blanc, but have a limited amount of time, we offer the Tour du Mont Blanc Vitesse. Vitesse means “speed” in French, and this shortened TMB itinerary covers the greatest highlights of our standard itinerary in five hiking days instead of eight. Our abbreviated TMB begins in Courmayeur, Italy, hikes around the east side of Mont Blanc, and finishes ...

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Mid June-Mid September

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Hiking the self-guided Tour du Mont Blanc with Ryder-Walker Alpine Adventures

Outside Magazine named Ryder-Walker’s trek one of the 25 Best Hikes in the World. Mont Blanc (15,781 feet) rises more than 12,000 vertical feet above the famous resort village of Chamonix, France. The epitome of everything that is “alpine” in the Alps, Mont Blanc beckons hikers and climbers from around the globe with its snow-white glaciers, sheer cliff walls, and chalet-studded valleys. To ...

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Self-Guided Tour Date

Mid June-Mid September

Guided Tour Date

June 23-July 2, 2020

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*All prices are per person based on double occupancy and subject to change