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
We took two Naturetrek one-week trips, both in France: the Vercors, and the Cevennes. Coming independently from Australia, as we have in the past, we met each group at their point of entry to France. We had been with each leader on previous Naturetrek trips so fell easily in with the very pleasant small group company. Everything ran smoothly in both cases, with each day filled with interesting excursions to sites of botanical and scenic beauty and the possibility of bird observing. Naturetrek chooses small, friendly hotels out of large towns where the service, accommodation and food is very good, the small groups work very well under experienced leadership both for the nature and for people management. Daily picnic lunches are a highlight and overall, we can't think of any better way to experience nature in places we couldn't imagine finding for ourselves.
We would like to mention the quite exceptional guides - Jenny and John Willsher. They were quite unstinting with the care and generosity they gave the group. They were so knowledgeable about the country. Never got us lost - knew every bird, flower and butterfly. Really marvellous, good company and charming. This is the second Naturetrek expedition we’ve enjoyed. This was exceptionally good.
I was delighted with the holiday. The first time I had been away with experts and I certainly learned a lot.