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Wildlife holidays in France

Whats special about the habitats & wildlife?

Our range of holidays in France focuses on the outstanding wildlife habitats that are still found in the country. In particular we focus on France’s spectacular mountain ranges – the Pyrenees and Alps, and other outstanding upland areas like the Cevennes and Auvergne, which are all exceptionally rich in plants, birds, mammals and butterflies.

France’s mountains and upland regions provide fine walking opportunities, although we always move at a pace slow enough to enjoy all aspects of the natural world!

France’s lowlands also provide some very special habitats. The Camargue is Europe’s best known wetland while Normandy offers a varied tapestry of coastal habitats and gently rolling hills rich in wild flowers and butterflies.

Our France specialist recommends...

"If you are not a fan of flying I would recommend our ‘France – The Vercors (by train)’ tour where we go in search of birds, plants, mammals and butterflies. For an introduction to European birding then I would recommend our ‘Camargue in Spring’ birdwatching holiday."

Andy Tucker
Operations Manager

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Naturetrek tours to France

Naturetrek offers a whole range of wildlife holidays and natural history tours to France. Our list of tours includes:

  • Bird watching in the Champagne Lakes focusing on Common Cranes & woodpeckers
  • Bird watching in the Camargue
  • An exploration of the flowers, birds & butterflies in the Lot Valley, La Brenne, the Vercors, the Dordogne, Normandy, the Cevennes, the Loire Valley & the Pyrenees
  • A tour combining Cathar history with birds, butterflies & wild flowers of the coastal wetlands, limestone garrigue & Pyrenean foothills in south-west France

Anything else?

Wherever you choose to travel with Naturetrek, you will enjoy the best of Frances birds, plants and butterflies in the company of our expert naturalist guides.

Furthermore, you will be able to enjoy all this in comfort and on a full stomach, for the characterful and friendly family-run hotels that we choose for our holidays offer both comfort and fine local cuisine.

The quality of the Naturetrek picnic lunch in France is legendary!

WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR France HOLIDAYS

Paul and Alan are superb leaders. Knowledge, enthusiasm, encouragement, people skills - they tick all the boxes. They work hard and long and effectively. The highest complement I can pay is to say that I enjoyed this Vercors trip as much as I had relished my 4 previous Naturetreks with John and Jenny Willsher. Vercors scenery: big surprise at how magnificent the Kanst landscape is, the mixed natural forests are especially beautiful in May with the dark conifers interspersed with bright new green deciduous tree leaves.

J.C.
Cambridgeshire
The Camargue in Spring

A big thank you to our tour leaders, Ian and Dave. They were brilliant. Not only did we see loads of interesting birds but we learnt a lot about birdwatching generally. This hotel was really good - quiet, comfortable and friendly.

C.H.
Hertfordshire
Corsica - The Scented Isle

I cannot speak more highly of the leaders for their knowledge of birds and plants, as well as their concern for their clients' safety and comfort. They were both excellent leaders and helped make sure that we both enjoyed ourselves and saw a wide range of birds and plants.