Normandy and Brittany

Culture, History, and Hiking in Northern France


Here are the Trip Leaders scheduled for this journey (please note that leader assignments are subject to change).

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CĂ©line Brossard

Céline lives by her motto, “la vraie liberté, c'est le vagabondage,” meaning “true freedom is only to be found wandering.” Her enthusiasm for hiking was sparked at the young age of five in the Pyrenees, and she has had a passion for ...

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Tim Burford

Tim Burford’s goal to explore the world led him to write nine hiking guidebooks for destinations from Latin America to central Europe, including the definitive Travel Guide to Georgia (the former Soviet Union). With hiking poles in hand, he has been leading ...

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Magali Calcagno

Magali was raised in a small town near Mercantour National Park on the French-Italian border. Growing up, she often spent time on her grandparents’ farm, where she developed a deep love for nature and the outdoors. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Foreign ...

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Laurence Frison

Traveler, hiker, skier, and guide by passion, and graphic designer by trade, Laurence (“Lolo”) Frison embodies the life of an adventurer. She spent a decade exploring the world from Africa to Australia, including a three-month road trip from Vancouver to ...

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James Fuss

James Fuss is a trekking guide, photographer, cyclist, and chef extraordinaire. Born and raised in South Australia, James found his wanderlust early on family camping trips across Australia. His love of the culinary arts is deep-rooted as well, and as a young chef, he ...

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Annie Hawkins

Annie Hawkins, born and raised in a small village in Burgundy, is a passionate world traveler and one of our most enchanting Trip Leaders. After studying art history in Provence, Annie moved to California, where she led adventure tours in the American Southwest and ...

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Stephan Renard

Stephan Renard was born in Grenoble in the French Alps and grew up in the wild and remote Vercors region of the Rhône-Alpes, where he gained his passion for hiking, climbing, and skiing. A professional mountain leader and ski instructor since his youth, he loves ...