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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!


In this amazing area, roads wind round towering rock faces, squeezing through natural arches, past dizzying chasms, to reach some awe-inspiring views. Waterfalls tumble to turbulent streams, calming themselves to babble conveniently past picnic sites; and everywhere - roadside verges, rocky cliff faces, open meadows and high plateaux are filled with flowers. So, the setting in itself was a veritable Shangri-La, where botanical enthusiasts discovered 32 varieties of orchid, whilst 'birders' scanned the skies for vultures and crag martins, or quietly watched for wallcreepers and dippers, bird songs and sightings permeating the day from dawn to dusk.
Well beyond my expectations. To see one wallcreeper is great, two is a bonus but to see (have good views) three, now that's just greedy. Stunning black woodpecker. A special, memorable Christmas.
This was my first Naturetrek holiday and it fulfilled and surpassed my expectations. The arrangements were smooth and efficient, the hotel was superb, the butterflies were wonderful and even the weather was fabulous! Mark Galliott was an excellent leader; a mine of information and expertise. Nothing was too much trouble and he remained focused throughout, whether netting and identifying butterflies, keeping to time schedules, driving the minibus or organising the picnic lunches. I particularly appreciated the group meetings before dinner to go over the check list, ask questions and confirm sightings. I learned a great deal.