Active tours

Barging along the Saone River in Burgundy, Barging, General (Photo courtesy of Locaboat.com)
Barging along the Saone River in Burgundy, Barging, General

Hiking, biking, kayaking, ballooning, horseback and other active tours of France

Sometimes you just have to go beyond the sightseeing and get physical. 

Guided walks and hiking tours, and biking tours, are incredibly popular—and each get their own sections—but you can also go fishing, caving, or rock climbing, go on a horseback trek or whitewater rafting, sail, skydive, go off-roading, and much much more.

Here's how to find the best active tours and adventures in France:

The Tour du Mont Blanc hiking path (Photo by akunamatata)

Guided walks, hikes, and treks in France

 
View of Lac du Bourget and Mont du Chat from part way up Grand Colombier (Photo by will cyclist)

Biking in France and cycling tours of the countryside

 
Barging along the Saone River in Burgundy (Photo courtesy of Locaboat.com)

Barge cruises and barge rentals to cruise the rivers, canals, and inland waterways of France

 
Riding along a bridle path (Photo by Terry Kearney)

Tour France in a saddle

 
Sailing the Gulf of St. Tropez in the French Riviera (Photo by mhobl)

Sailing the coast and islands of France

 

Active tours

Hiking

Cycling

Barging tours

Barging rentals

 

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Rocks and a view of the sprawling forest (Photo by Thesupermat)
Forest of Fontainebleau
Paris: Île-de-France

France's second largest forest at Paris's doorstep

 
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Notre Dame de Paris from pont de la Tournelle. Quai de la Tournelle on the left. (Photo by Lolowaro)
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Banks of the Seine
Paris: Louvre

The banks of Seine are now a park, with summertime beaches, bike paths, pedestrian zones, pools, gardens, foot bridges, and more—plus classic river cruises

 
 (Photo courtesy of Paris Greeters)

Microtours in France—Guided walks, bus tours, museum tours, private guides, escorted sidetrips, and more

 
The Tour du Mont Blanc hiking path (Photo by akunamatata)

Guided walks, hikes, and treks in France

 
A Paris walking tour from Context Travel (Photo Ainsley DS Photography, www.ainsleydsphotography.com,  @ainsleyabouttheworld, courtesy of Context Travel)

Guided walks are a fabulous way to bring a city to life and learn its secrets and its history

 
View of Lac du Bourget and Mont du Chat from part way up Grand Colombier (Photo by will cyclist)

Biking in France and cycling tours of the countryside

 
Barging along the Saone River in Burgundy (Photo courtesy of Locaboat.com)

Barge cruises and barge rentals to cruise the rivers, canals, and inland waterways of France

 
Sailing the Gulf of St. Tropez in the French Riviera (Photo by mhobl)

Sailing the coast and islands of France

 
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Bicycle tours are fun for all ages (Photo by Susan Smith)

Guided bicycle tours of Paris

 
Riding along a bridle path (Photo by Terry Kearney)

Tour France in a saddle

 
 (Photo by Jean-François Gornet)

How to rent a bicycle in Paris