1. Hike the French Alps
The snow-capped mountains decorating the landscape in southeast France are among the highest peaks in Europe and a treasure for mountaineers. A trekking tour in France will take you to iconic mountains like Mont Blanc, beautiful alpine lakes and charming villages.
- Best time to hike: June – September (summer) due to warmer temperatures, clearer skies and a lower risk of avalanches.
- Tip: Stick to hiking trails that have a refuge in order to stock up on food and supplies during your trek. You may even find a lodge or bed & breakfast to rest in during your adventure tour in France.
2. Ski the world-class slopes
Powdery slopes and exhilarating off-piste adventures make the French Alps a highly sought European winter destination. Courchevel, Les Arcs, Val-d'Isère and other famous resorts provide riders of all skill levels many opportunities to catch big air.
- Best time to ski: December – March (winter) when the snow coverage is at its very best.
- Tip: Pack your ski gear in wheeled bags to make transporting your equipment easier when arriving at the airport or train station.
3. Discover France on horseback
Admire gorgeous vistas and soak up the fascinating history of France while riding to elaborate châteaux, cozy villages and rustic terrain. Exploring each beautiful region of the country on horseback is a great adventure activity in France for travelers looking for a more intimate experience.
- Best time to ride: April – June (spring) due to comfortable temperatures and longer days of warm sunshine.
- Tip: Some of the best areas for horseback riding tours include Bordeaux wine country, the Alps, the Loire Valley or, for those looking for a taste of beach riding, Normandy or Britanny.
4. Cycle the French countryside
Home of the historic Tour de France, cyclists will have a field day exploring the numerous routes winding through France’s peaceful landscapes. From mountainous climbs to coastal routes, a cycling adventure trip in France is an exciting way to discover the country’s natural beauty at your own pace.
- Best time to cycle: April – June (spring) and September – October (fall) to avoid sweltering temperatures and Tour de France road closures.
- Tip: The Hautes Côtes and the Vallée De L’ouche in Burgundy, Route des Vins in Alsace and Petit Lubéron in Provence are among the best cycling routes in France, although there are so many to choose from!
5. Go canyoning
The turquoise waters and jagged cliffs of Gorges du Verdon present the perfect environment for one of the most daring adventure tours in France. Thrill-seekers up for a challenge have endless obstacles that test one’s ability to climb and swim through sparkling pools in between the canyon.
- Best time for canyoning: June – September (late spring-summer) when the temperatures are warmer, and the canyon has the right amount of water for a fun but safe excursion.
- Tip: Always check with a local guide to inspect the water levels of a canyon trail to ensure the conditions are not dangerous. Increased snowmelt and recent thunderstorms can cause the canyon’s water to reach unsafe levels.