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Wildlife holidays in France with Naturetrek
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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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Featured Tours


Black WoodpeckerCrested TitFirecrestHen HarrierColorado (Ian Small)Greater Flamingoes (Ken Williams)Les Dentelles de Montmiral (Mark Galliott)The Nesque Gorge (Mark Galliott)Marsh Fritillary (Andy McGeeney)Hotel Bellier (Paul Harmes)Group on the Hauts Plateaux (Paul Harmes)Short-toed Eagle (Paul Harmes)Glanville Fritillary butterflies (John and Jenny Willsher)Dactylorhiza sambucina (John and Jenny Willsher)Florac (John and Jenny Willsher)Cliffs at Belvedere des Vautours, Gordge de la Jonte  (John and Jenny Willsher)Searching for butterflies (Tom McJannet)Whiskered Terns perched (Tom McJannet)

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!


The trip was a delightful experience - the people were great and very interesting. Tony Williams really was outstanding - so knowledgeable! He was always cheerful and made it all great fun with much humour. A good family hotel which made us very welcome. A resounding success!

Mr. W. & Mrs. H.
France - Provence in Spring

All the French people involved were particularly helpful and very nice people. The lady who owns the hotel made every effort to accommodate my difficult food requirements.
Mark was a good, knowledgeable and considerate leader of our group. I certainly enjoyed all the walks every day in all the areas we went to.