Take Fido for a Walk Through France

MT. PLEASANT, S.C. — Breakaway Adventures, a tour company that specializes in relaxed overseas getaways, has made taking the dog for a walk a lot more interesting. The company is inviting pooches to join their “people” for three different walking tours through France.

The High Alps Tour, an 11-day walk, is a great choice for hardier hounds. Based in the Chablais region on the Swiss border, owner and pet will follow well-marked high level walking trails that climb through flower-filled meadows and past glacial tarns to offer balcony views over Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn and the Swiss Alps. Each night the pair stays in traditional mountain hotels that offer authentic local cuisine, such as raclette served with smoked mountain ham and fresh bread.

For more relaxed routes, the company offers the Dordogne Gastronomic Walk, a nine-day trip past the pink limestone cliffs, prehistoric caves and fortified chateaux that line the Dordogne River – with lots of swimming (and doggy paddling!) opportunities en route. The seven-day Jura Vineyards Walk gives guests the opportunity to stroll through the vineyards and apple and cherry orchards that characterize the gentle rolling hills of the Jura and indulge in some laidback wine tastings (Fido can wait outside!) along the way.

The High Alps Tour departs June 6-Sept. 14 and starts at $1675/person with an additional $20/per dog. The Dordogne Gastronomic Walk departs May 11-Sept. 24 and starts at $1671/person with an additional $20/per dog. The Jura Vineyards Walk departs May 11-Sept. 20 and starts at $1653/person with an additional $84/per dog.

While there will be plenty of gourmet “people” food on the tours, travelers are advised to bring their own dog food, and in most instances, pets are allowed to stay in the same rooms with their owners. Owners are also required to supply a health certificate from their veterinarian, and pets must meet certain vaccination and identification requirements for Fido to make it past French customs.

Breakaway Adventures is a tour company that offers relaxed overseas getaways where guests can walk, cycle, trek or barge through the back roads of 30 countries, including Italy, France, Greece and Great Britain. Specializing in self-guided and full-supported independent tours, the company provides the highest level of service to its customers, managing all the details so they can focus on the adventure at hand. For more information about the company and detailed tour itineraries, visit www.breakaway-adventures.com or call 1-800-567-6286.

Editor’s Note: High resolution images of pooches and their “people” available upon request.