France

Summary
Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4+ adventure travel stars

The beautiful Gardon River... perfect for canoeing and kayaking

The beautiful Gardon River… perfect for canoeing and kayaking

France is much more than a destination for lovers, it’s a land with so many incredible adventure travel experiences that you would barely scratch the surface even if you spent a decade going from one adventure to the next.

The paragliding in Annecy is superb, white water rafting the River Verdon is quite a thrill and scuba diving in the warm Mediterranean waters off St, Tropez is very exciting. You can take your pick or go on one of the enlightening eco tours, try canoeing or kayaking on the Gardon River or go trekking the historic Saint-Gilles Way.

The cultural tours alone are a great reason to book a trip. Add all of the extraordinary hard adventure travel experiences and you’ve just discovered one of the best places in the world for just about any quest you can imagine.

Touring France can be a bit on the pricy side, so if you’re looking for an economy adventure, France may not be the right place for you. If this European wonderland does fit your budget then by all means get your plan together and go.

The bottom line: France is more than a land of superb food, wine and cheese. There are certainly a lot of quality adventures for you here whether you’re looking for the hard or soft variety, so pack your gear and go.

Exotic Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

There are many aspects to defining the word exotic, but some will reserve use of the word for things that are strangely unique or unusual, but there’s more to it than that. And the exotic nature of France is a good example.

France has an exotic charm, elegance and beauty that is unique in, and of, itself. Where to begin… the gorgeous pastoral landscapes, the striking architectural wonders, the wines and cheeses, the unique outlook on life of the people who relish the simple joy of living, which they refer to as “joie de vivre.”

France is an exotic gift to adventure travelers, and it comes in a beautiful, romantic package just waiting to be unwrapped.

Cultural Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – 5 adventure travel stars

The words “France” and “culture” almost seem synonymous. There are few places on earth that have more fine culture to explore than you’ll find in France.

Cultural tours in France are a major adventure experience where you’ll find some of the best museums in the world, like the Louvre, that display centuries worth of phenomenal masterpieces.

There are no superlatives that can do justice to French architecture. You’ll be completely awed when you see Chartres Cathedral, Château de Chenonceau, and Vaux-le-Vicomte. You could spend years in France just ogling the incredible structures.

French cuisine is also a highlight with mouthwatering delicacies everywhere you turn. I simply cannot do it justice in this cultural summary.

Suffice it to say that the French can take a garden variety snail, dress it up in butter, or a delicate sauce, and VOILA… you have a fine dining experience on your hands, so grab a baguette and go for it.

I haven’t even begun to tell you about the incredibly rich historical adventures waiting for you in France. I’ll think I’ll just let you discover that for yourself. And you’ll have a wonderful intellectual experience doing it.

Adventure Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

Many people associate jungles, mysterious cultures and hard to access places with adventure. But just because France is a well known, heavily traveled destination doesn’t mean you won’t find world-class adventures there… just the opposite. For those looking for overseas adventure travel experiences at their finest, France comes in at the top of the list.

Sure, if you’re looking for jungle treks and camel rides, this isn’t the place for you. However, just about everything else for the passionate adventure traveler can be found here in France from the rich, cultural tours to bicycling, hang gliding and more.

Here’s a longer list of adventures you can find in France.

Hard

  • Bungee jumping
  • Canoeing
  • Dog sledding
  • Four wheel drive trips
  • Hang gliding
  • Hunting
  • Ice climbing
  • Motorcycling
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain climbing
  • Paragliding
  • Rock climbing
  • Scuba diving
  • Sea kayaking
  • Skydiving
  • Snorkeling
  • Snow shoeing
  • Snow skiing
  • Soaring (gliding)
  • Spelunking (caving)
  • Surfing
  • White water rafting
  • Windsurfing

Soft

  • Bird watching
  • Cultural tours
  • Eco tours
  • Nature trips
  • Walking tours
  • Whale watching

Could be either

  • Backpacking
  • Bicycling
  • Camping
  • Ziplines
  • Fishing
  • Flying
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Hot-air ballooning
  • Quad-biking / ATVs
  • Safaris
  • Sailing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Trekking
  • Wildlife watching
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