Country Walks, Prehistoric Caves, and Magnificent Chateaux
Discover the Lot Valley of southwest France, with hikes to cliff-perched towns including Rocamadour and overnights in historic hotels. Explore ancient abbeys, open-air markets, visit the extraordinary prehistoric Pech Merle caves.
Hike from mighty Mont Blanc, with its perpetual glaciers, through traditional villages and national parks to the palm-fringed beaches of the Cote d’Azur, where the Maritime Alps plunge into the blue Mediterranean.
With more than 250 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 7 according to the activity and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 7 the most difficult—see descriptions at right for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level.
The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions.
The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.
Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.
Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.
Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many hikes. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.
Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.