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Walking Ratings for

France Off The Beaten Path™ Tours

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Always enjoyable walking on Off the Beaten Path Tours!

No matter which of our active, small group tours you join, you can expect to know, in advance, the level of difficulty of the walks scheduled during each tour by reading our walking tour ratings information below. We also provide expert-guided cultural options daily for BOTH walkers and non-walkers alike. Choose to walk as much or as little as you wish!!

 


Every Off the Beaten Path tour vacation is designed to meet a wide variety of guest fitness levels. Each walk is categorized using the system below.

 

  • EASY:  Relatively flat terrain. Well-kept paths. Fine for even occasional walkers. • Average walk distance: 2-5 miles
    • Average walking time: Up to 3 hours
  • EASY TO MODERATE:  Ideal for those who walk for a morning or afternoon on a regular basis. Footing may be a variety of surfaces. No extended ascents or descents. • Average walk distance: 4–6 miles
    • Average walking time: Up to 4 hours
  • MODERATE:  Suitable for experienced walkers who are comfortable with ascents and descents (but no scrambling!). Uneven terrain possible. Elevation gains of up to 800 feet.• Average daily distance: 5-8 miles
    • Average walking time: up to 4-5 hours
  • Our tours are structured and designed to appeal to BOTH walkers and non-walkers alike.
  • We offer the best and most flexibility in leaving the distance choice up to each individual guest by offering multiple pick-up points throughout each walk.
  • Any guest who starts a walk, but opts to get picked up during a walk can then choose to participate in a cultural option.
  • We have multiple guides and a dedicated driver on each tour.

 


WALKING TOUR RATINGS For Provence Tours – WALKS ARE RATED AS FOLLOWS:

 

PLEASE NOTE – Our Walks are nature walks through the Provence countryside that include walking through quaint and historical villages, vineyards, forests, olive orchards, lavender, flower fields, a truffle farm, and other such landscapes in nature. These are country walks, enjoying the scenic backroads and natural landscapes to discover Provence. We enjoy the “slow road” taking in the beautiful scenery of the Provence countryside and local villages daily.

Provence Walk #1 …

  • WALKERS – April, May, September, October: Guided walk “Luberon Valley Village to Village” walk in the Luberon is rated EASY to MODERATE (optional: designed for interested guests). Walking on vineyard and country trails through picturesque lansdcapes and French country architecture, lavender and sunflower fields with a variety of beautiful villages in the background. Ideal for those who walk for a morning or afternoon on a regular basis. Walk distance is 4 miles – approximately 2 hrs. depending on stops made for photo-ops.
  • Non-Walkers: Shuttle to each of our beautiful hilltop villages and gourmet picnic lunch.

During lavender season (June, July, August)…

  • WALKERS – June, July, August:   Our morning Luberon village to village walk is replaced with our “Lavender Trail“ Walk – Walkers – Participate in a Spectacular, guided walk amidst some of the most beautiful landscape of Provence; walking through magical fields of lavender. The countryside is absolutely beautiful with incredible color and aromas, and offers the perfect setting for a walking experience.
  • Guests will visit our friends’ local lavender farm and distillery to learn about lavender production and essential oil distillation.
  • Non-Walkers: shuttle to lavender fields to experience and photograph the endless fields of lavender and enjoy non-walking cultural experiences with your guide.
  • WALKERS – JUNE, JULY, AUGUST:  WALK RATING for Guided “Lavender Trail” walk in the Valensole region of Provence is rated EASY to MODERATE (optional: designed for interested guests). Walking on country trails of gravel and pebble stone through picturesque landscapes of lavender fields with a beautiful village in the background. Ideal for those who walk for a morning or afternoon on a regular basis. Walk distance is about 2.0 miles – approximately 1.5 hrs. depending on number of stops made for photo-ops. 

Provence Walk #2 …

    • WALKERS: Guided Walk – “CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE – Amidst the Vineyards Walk”- is rated MODERATE due to large Rhone River bedrock at end of trail (optional: designed for interested guests). Sturdy walking shoes recommended. Walking on vineyard and country trails with riverbed rock and large gravel stones, occasional easy ascents and uneven terrain. The trail offers spectacular views of the Chateauneuf-du-Pape vineyards – The walk is rated moderate-Ideal for those who walk on a regular basis. Walk distance is about 4 miles – approximately 2-2.5 hrs. of walking depending on number of stops made for photo-ops.
    • Non-Walkers: shuttle to Roman town of Orange to visit the Roman amphitheater and old town with your cultural guide.
  • WALKERS – Van support is provided for walks to offer maximum flexibility to all guests. You decide how much walking you’d like to do, if participating in our walks.
  • NON-WALKERS:  Are shuttled to/from all activities, excursions, meals and visits. NON-Walker rating = EASY.

 


WALKING TOUR RATINGS for Bordeaux Tours – WALKS ARE RATED AS FOLLOWS:

 

  • Walk No.1 – For Walkers:  The Saint Emilion walk is rated easy to moderate. Ideal for those who walk for a morning or afternoon on a regular basis. Walking on vineyard and country trails. Walk distance is 4.5 miles – approximately 2.5 hrs. of walking. Winery tours and tastings range in duration from 1-1.5 hours each.
  • Walk No.2 – For Walkers:  The Arcachon Basin walk is rated easy. Ideal for those who walk for on a regular basis. Walking on coastal path. We will also walk on the Pilat sand dune. The coastal walk distance is 2.5 miles – approximately 1.5 hrs. of walking with photo-op stops.
  • Bordeaux wine country is relatively flat with some small rolling hills in the Saint Emilion and at Pilat Dune.
  • WALKERS – Van support is provided for walks to offer maximum flexibility to all guests. You decide how much walking you’d like to do, if participating in our 2 walks.
  • NON-WALKERS  are shuttled to/from all activities, excursions, meals and visits. Non-walker rating = EASY.

 


WALKING TOUR RATINGS for Loire Valley Tours – WALKING IS RATED AS FOLLOWS:

 

  • ALL TOUR GUESTS – Only leisure walking daily on this exclusive cultural and gourmet foodie tour. You decide how much walking you’d like to do. Guests need to be able to manage standing for short periods of time during our story telling at the castles, as well as be able to manage steps throughout the tour during castle visits, as no elevators or excalators are available in any of the chateaux (castles).
  • TOUR RATING – Tour Rating = EASY. Tour involves only daily leisure walking at castles and in villages.

 


WALKING TOUR RATINGS for Champagne Tours – WALKING IS RATED AS FOLLOWS:

 

  • This tour involves a considerable amount of daily leisure walking.
  • This trip is not recommended for travelers with severe or impairing knee or back problems that would result in limited participation in the tour.
  • Travelers need to be comfortable climbing up and down a significant number of steps to tour the cellars of each producer. Travelers need to be able to stand for extended periods of time at markets, during champagne house tours and chocolate class, as seating is not available.

 


WALKING TOUR RATINGS For Dordogne Tours – WALKS ARE RATED AS FOLLOWS:

 

  • Walk No.1 – For Walkers:  The “chateau (castle) walk” is rated moderate. Walking on gravel and country trails. Suitable for experienced walkers who are comfortable with ascents and descents (but no scrambling!). Walk distance is 5.5 miles.
  • Walk No.2 – For Walkers:  The “gorges d’enfer” walk is rated moderate. Walking on gravel and country trails. Suitable for experienced walkers who are comfortable with ascents and descents (but no scrambling!). Walk distance is 6.5 miles.
  • WALKERS – Van support is provided for walks to offer maximum flexibility to all guests. You decide how much walking you’d like to do, if participating in our walks.

 


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“This was my third trip in the same number of years with Christy and Off the Beaten Path. While on her trips you can tell how much effort there is on the off season to make every single week perfect. From the pick up at the train station to the teary goodbye at the airport, everything is perfectly planned and executed. The hotel in St. Remy is magical, and the tour guides Philippe and David are exceptional. If you are considering a trip with OTBP, go for it and come home with new friends, a love of Provence and a longing to return as soon as you can!” — Beth Bower

“We had an excellent tour with Christie and her crew in the Loire valley. We did things that only a true insider would have access to-dinner at a Michelin chefs house, helping/learning to cook at a highly rated restaurant in their kitchen. This was in addition to seeing the sights and touring the castles. A truly unique experience that is off the beaten path. We will use her again when going back to France.” — Karen Berner

“France Off the Beaten Path was so great the first time that I had to return to Off The Beaten Path for a repeat visit. Everyone that works for Christy is excellent and full of life. Loved their tours to Van Gough, Dinner at Catherine’s home, picnic in the woods, wineries – And the only max at 16. So we really got to know each other. Highly recommend.” — Lauren

“Outstanding tour of truly beautiful areas of Provence by a very friendly and knowledgeable guide who spoke perfect English. Gorgeous accomodation, very special restaurant experiences, and an effort made to avoid arriving at tourist hotspots with the hordes made it all the more enjoyable.” — Geoff & Lorrene Evans

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