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
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
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
Tony Williams proved to be an excellent leader, determined for us to see as many species of butterfly as possible (including the elusive Woodland Brown!). The highlight of the trip was our visit to the private estate with its amazing wild flower meadows, but all the days were good. The lunches were excellent - lots of choice and variety, with all tastes catered for. We could not fault the organisation.
This was an extremely well organised and enjoyable trip and, despite the weather, we saw a wealth of plants and, of course, a variety of birds, butterflies etc. Please thank our leaders for doing such a good job.
In the past, I have always rated the quality of Naturetrek's guides extremely highly and I would add John and Neil to that list. John's knowledge of the area and his ability to spot while driving added greatly to the trip and Neil's plant knowledge, in particular, and general wildlife knowledge was first-class.