Walking in the Ardeche

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  • No booking fees
  • duration 7 days
  • tour type Group Request as private
  • age requirement 18-99 yrs
  • max group size 22
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-20484
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English
  • Starts Les Estables, France
  • Ends Les Estables, France
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Walking through the volcanic landscape around Mont Mézenc
  • Exploring authentic and interesting villages
  • Soaking up the way of life in rural France
  • Enjoying typical, regional cuisine and the facilities of the hotel
The "Walking In The Ardeche" tour starts and ends in Les Estables. It is a walking trip that takes 7 days taking you through Le Suc De Chapteuil, Mont Mezenc, The Way of St. James and 3 other destinations in France. "Walking In The Ardeche" is a guided group tour that includes accommodation in hotels, transport, meals and others.

Discover on foot the charms of the Massif du Mézenc from a comfortable hotel base. Based in a specially designed hikers hotel in Les Estables (1340m) at the foot of Mont Mézenc, the giant of the Cévennes at 1753m, this unique walking holiday offers a fine balance of activity and indulgence. The village, located in the Regional Nature Park of Ardeche, has the highest altitude of all the towns on the Massif Central. Surrounded by ancient volcanoes including the famous Mont Gerbier de Jonc (source of the Loire River), the region offers exceptional natural sights including volcanic domes, deep gorges, vast valleys and an abundance of flora and fauna, making it ideal for walking in the company of a local guide. After the walk, explore the village, relax in the garden, swim in the pool or take a sauna. An ideal trip for lovers of mountain landscapes and the camaraderie of other travellers.
  • Day 1 : Arrival in Les Estables
  • Day 2 : Walk to the summit of a dome volcano (6hrs)
  • Day 3 : Mont Mézenc and the Cirque des Boutières (4 or 6hrs)
  • Day 4 : Morning at leisure, afternoon hike on the giant steps of Saint-Clément, perched on layers of lava flow (3hrs)
  • Day 5 : Walk through the gorges of the Loire river (5hrs)
  • Day 6 : Walk past water mills to the ruins of Chapteuil castle (6hrs)
  • Day 7 : Trip concludes
  • 6 nights accommodation in a 3 star hotel on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • Use of the hotel facilities including swimming pool and recreation room
  • 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners (does not include drinks) – breakfasts are continental style and generally consist of croissants, breads, jams, cheese, yoghurt, coffee, tea and juices. Lunch is picnic style with meats, cheeses, breads, and usually also a hot dish. Dinner will consist of 3 courses which usually include some regional specialties.
  • Transfers where required for each day's activities
  • Guide to accompany specified activities
  • Emergency hotline
  • Travel to and from Les Estables.
  • Optional group arrival and departure transfers between Le Puy station and the hotel are available on Day 1 (departs Le Puy by 5.30pm) and day 7 (departs the hotel at 9am, to be at the station by 10am) are available. The cost is EUR38pp return, payable locally but must be pre-booked. See 'Getting there' below, and further details will be included in the pre-departure information provided on booking.
  • Meals not listed as included, drinks at the bar including wine
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • A supplement will apply if you are travelling solo (and are not matched with another single) or book a single room
  • Entrance fees, as part of the excursion day with your hosts
  • Some facilities in the spa - wellness area (including sauna and jacuzzi, massages and relaxation sessions). There are numerous options during your week - purchase a sauna and jacuzzi for EUR19 per session or EUR80 for the week. Massage sessions are charged by the duration. An option to add a spa package for the week (EUR155pp) which includes unlimited access to the sauna and jacuzzi plus a group relaxation session (45min) and a re-energising massage (45min).
  • Tourist tax - allow EUR7 pp over 18yrs (subject to change)
  • If you have not notified us of any special meal requests prior to your arrival, a supplement of €7 per day will apply (vegetarians included)
  • Items of a personal nature (laundry, phone calls etc)
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Walking in the Ardeche tour. You can cancel the tour up to 72 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 71 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 07 May 2024, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 07 May 2024, a deposit of 190 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 71 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Walking in the Ardeche tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Walking in the Ardeche tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure.
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