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France

An adventure and cultural paradise; Mont Blanc (the highest mountain in central Europe), home to some of the best skiing and snowboarding on the planet, an extensive coastline for watersport lovers, 180,000km of long-distance footpaths for hiking (sentiers de grande randonnée or GR), and 60,000km of marked cycle paths (pistes cyclables), France will fulfil every adventure desire in one destination.

The Alps are the home of mountaineering, and what better place to learn to climb than on a guided trip in the French Alps, or achieve a long term goal of climbing one of the highest peaks in Europe. Mountains are intrinsically linked with French culture, so what better place to indulge your ski or snowboard passion that places like Val Thorens, Courchevel, Val d’Isère, Tignes and Méribel. Each has its own unique culture and style depending on ability levels and what type of supplementary features you are after.    

Whilst sampling and experimenting with French gastronomy when you relax in beautiful café terraces, village squares, or bustling bistros, you can plan you hiking or mountain biking adventures on one of thousands of trails around France. From oceanside jaunts along the French Rivera, meandering the hills of Tuscany, hiking mountain trails near Chamonix, through to multiday challenges such as the spectacular 180km GR20 in Corsica – ‘the toughest long distance trail in Europe’.   

France is such as adventurous destination beyond the mountains. Cycle holidays and walking tours are incredibly popular and allow you to experience the true heart of the culture while undertaking an activity whereby you provide the power to get yourself from one place to another. You could try horseriding across the famously romantic Camargue at the Rhône Delta, tandem hang-glide and paraglide in the Hautes-Alpes of Provence or the Pyrenees, or canoe down the rivers of the southwest (the Dordogne, Vézère, Lot and Tarn).

The extensive coastline provides ample opportunities to indulge in watersport passions.  The Mediterranean coast has every conceivable sort of beachside activity, including sailing around Brittany, surfing at Biarritz, boating, sea-fishing and diving. It can get crowded at peak times as this is such an iconic destination, however the clear-blue waters and stunning weather mean places like Corsica and the Côte d’Azur are a must do destination for your next adventure.

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