4 Terrific Shorter Trips in France and Spain

Cycling in FranceThere are plenty of reasons that people may not want to take a full 8 or 10-day trip. Maybe you’ve never been on a walking tour, and you’re not sure that you want to commit to a full-length trip. Maybe you’re planning on a long independent vacation and just want a small trip as part of your longer adventure, or are simply looking for a more budget-friendly travel option.

Regardless of the reason, we have several terrific options of 4-night trips, with walks and cycling trips offered in both France and Spain. Unlike our longer tours, in which your walk/cycling days alternate with rest days, on our short trips you’ll walk or bike every day.

Here are a few options:

Heart of Provence – Taster Cycling

This trip offers a fantastic opportunity to see the lovely French countryside of sunny Provence. The five-day, four night trip starts and ends at a hotel in Le Thoronet, a charming town that’s well known for its Le Thoronet abbey, built in the 12th Century. The relaxed cycling tour, will give you stunning views of sun-drenched vineyards, churches, châteaux, and chapels.

Chateaux of the Loire Taster Walk

This easy walking tour offers the chance to see some of the most stunning and lavish royal  châteaux in France as you walk through the Loire Valley and the royal forest of Blois. The hotels you’ll stay in along the way have been selected for their charm, location and the warmth of the owners—and of course all along the trip you’ll have the opportunity to taste fantastic French wines and food.

Chablis Vineyards Taster Cycling

Chablis Vineyards Cycling with view of VezelayThis cycling tour is gentle and fairly flat, a terrific choice for beginners, but will take you through scenic meadows, villages, and along scenic canals and rivers. You’ll visit vineyards in Chablis, one of the most famous winemaking regions in the world, and see the infamous stained glass at St. Etienne.

Catalan Classic Taster Walk

This is one of our most popular walking tours, popular for its easy walks and incredibly varied scenery, with walks through pine forests, through lush valleys, and along sandy coastal paths. This is a particularly good trip for birders: the countryside is protected in order to preserve natural habitats, so you may see some incredible rare birds including hoopoes, buzzards, booted eagles, golden orioles and more.