21 days
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Europe
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Level 3 - Moderate to Challenging
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Great guided cultural small group walking tours of France for seniors

Our walking tours of France for seniors is designed for the active walker. It extends from the scenic island of Noirmoutier on the Atlantic coast all the way to Limousin and the Auvergne to the peaks of the Savoy Alps. On the way there we traverse France via the Massif Central. This walking tours in France includes a number of spectacular and beautiful walks, with plenty of culture along the way.

Highlights include a walking tour of Nantes, a town on the Loire river, and home to many beautiful cathedrals.

We also catch a boat to Port Joinville in Ile d'Yeu for a guided tour of the beautiful island. In picturesque Limoges, we take a tour of the city, and visit a porcelain workshop.

You will also get to experience the beautiful Notre Dame des Vernettes walk, a path through a mountainous nature reserve.

This walking tours in France also includes travel on the famous TGV rail.

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Trek through the forests and moors of the island of Noirmoutier the exquisite Ile d’Yeu.
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Walk along the Pilgrim Route which leads to the cathedral of Santiago di Compostela in Spain.
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In the Savoy we cross pathways dating from the beginning of time soaring through Alpine scenery.
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Criss-cross France on its ultra-fast TGV.
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Thread our way through France’s own Peak District in the Auvergne.

Overview: Arrive in Paris and make your way to our hotel. In the evening we get together for a briefing and welcome dinner.

Accommodation: Mercure Respail or similar

Overview: Today we transfer to the train station and board the TGV to Nantes where we”ll enjoy a walking city tour followed by some free time for lunch. We then continue on by coach to Noirmoutier en Ile.

Accommodation: Hotel Fleur de Sel or similar

Overview: Today we spend the full day in Noirmoutier en Ile with two easy level guided walks. One in the morning (Roses Tremieres, 6.5 km / 1.5 hrs) and one in the afternoon (Sur les traces de Jacobson 7.2 km / 2 hrs).

Accommodation: Hotel Fleur de Sel or similar

Overview: Today we start the day with another walk “Chemin de Mer et de marais”, which is a moderate level walk (11.2 km / 1.50 hrs). We will visit the salt pans and take a sailing tour around the coast to view the island from a different perspective.

Accommodation: Hotel Fleur de Sel or similar

Overview: After breakfast we are met by our local guide for a moderate walk – “Les Portes de l’Ile”, 13.4 km / 3 hrs.

The afternoon is at leisure to explore on your own.

Accommodation: Hotel Fleur de Sel or similar

Overview: Today we travel to Fromentine where we catch a boat to Port Joinville in Ile d’Yeu for a guided tour of the island. The afternoon is free to walk around this beautiful island before we return to our hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Fleur de Sel or similar

Overview: Today we take another full day excursion, this time to discogver “la Corniche Vendeenne” and La Rochelle. In the evening we return to Noirmoutier.

Accommodation: Hotel Fleur de Sel or similar

Overview: After breakfast we depart Noirmoutier en Isle and travel to Correze where we’ll stay for the next week. En route we stop in Limoges for a city tour and visit a porcelain workshop.

Accommodation: Mercure Correze de la Seniorie or similar

Overview: Today we’ll enjoy a full day excursion to “Les Tours du Merle”. Jewel of medieval Limousin, this citadel from the XII century stands on a rocky outcrop, surrounded by the river Maronne. The site includes a 10 hectare park with remains of the village, restored farmhouse, and the House Madège (Archaeological Exhibition and layout of the site).

Accommodation: Mercure Correze de la Seniorie or similar

Overview: We spend today visiting villages around Limonges, like Blond, Mortemart and Montrol Senard.

In Blond we’ll have a moderate walk – “Sentier des villages en pays d’Oc” 13 km / 3.25 hrs.

Accommodation: Mercure Correze de la Seniorie or similar

Overview: Today we visit Collonges la Rouche, a surprising natural heritage, you will be amazed by the material used to build its houses, a natural local rare red sandstone coloured by the iron oxyde. The city was a wealthy village thanks to the wine trade, until the 19th century phylloxera crisis. Now its beautiful mansions, its turets and narrow streets in red sandstone continue to attract many visitors each year.

Here we take an easy walk – “Au long des lavoirs Collongeois”, 7 km / 2 hrs

On our return to Correze we stop to view Tulle, a lively market town surrounded by water and greenery.

Accommodation: Mercure Correze de la Seniorie or similar

Overview: Our travel today takes us to Massif Central where we’ll walk to the top of Puy de Dome via Chemin des Muletiers, an easy level walk. We have a short stop in Orcival, home to one of the most important roman style churches in Auvergne.

Accommodation: Mercure Correze de la Seniorie or similar

Overview: After breakfast we travel to Aydat where we’ll walk to the top of Puy de la Vache and Puy de Lassolas, an easy level walk of 10 kms / 3 hrs. Later we also visit Maison du Fromage before returning to the hotel.

Accommodation: Mercure Correze de la Seniorie or similar

Overview: Today we walk to the top of Puy Mary, an easy walk, and then follow by coach to Salers and Tournemire where we visit Chateau d’Anjony.

Accommodation: Mercure Correze de la Seniorie or similar

Overview: We depart Correze and travel to Savoie area, where we’ll be based for the next 5 nights.

Accommodation: Hotel Bellecote or similar

Overview: After breakfast we travel to Peysey-Nancroix where we enjoy the “Notre Dame des Vernettes” walk, easy level, 3.8 km / 3 hrs.

Accommodation: Hotel Bellacote or similar

Overview: In the morning we have a guided walking tour of  “Lac de la Sassiere”, another easy walk of 7.5 km / 3 hrs. After a picnic lunch we make our way to Val d’Isere where we take the Telepherique de l’Olympique and admire the views of the Tarentaise.

Accommodation: Hotel Bellecote or similar

Overview: Today we enjoy an easy walk “Les Montagnettes de Planay”6.4 km / 3 hrs. We then continue from La Rochette to Pragonan la Vanoise to take in the local views.

Accommodation: Hotel Bellecote or similar

Overview: After breakfast we drive to Bessans where we’ll take a guided walk “Geologie autour de Bessans”, an easy level 7.8 km / 3.5 hr. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Accommodation: Hotel Bellecote or similar

Overview: This morning we leave Montchavin for Paris on the TGV. We arrive early afternoon and have some free time until our farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Mercure Respail or similar

Overview: Our small group tour France on Foot concludes today after breakfast.

Inclusions:

  • 20 nights accommodation
  • 20 breakfasts, 10 picnic lunches and 6 dinners
  • TGV train tickets Paris to Nantes and Chambery to Paris
  • Transportation in modern, air-conditioned coaches
  • Detailed information booklet
  • Services of an Odyssey Program Leader
  • Entrances and tipping

Exclusions:

  • International airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Comprehensive travel insurance
  • Items of personal nature like laundry, phone calls, etc

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