Our Favorite Skiing & Adventure Tours
Our Skiing & Adventure Tours in Depth
With French Side Travel, every detail is meticulously crafted to create unforgettable adventures.
Deep canyons, soaring peaks, dramatic coastlines, and rolling hills make France a destination for skiing, hiking, cycling, scuba diving, sailing, and much, much more. The French Alps and Pyrenees are among the world’s top ski destinations with breathtaking peaks and challenging slopes. In the summer the snow retreats turning the mountains and valleys into a paradise for hikers. Snowmelt feeds magnificent canyon streams, perfect for kayaking and canyoning. Untamed Corsica is a mythical spot for sailing, snorkeling, or braving the 120-mile (200km) GR20 hiking trail. France’s wild west coast attracts surfers with crashing waves and stunning beaches. With ten sublime national parks and many more regional ones, endless outdoor adventures await.
Embarking on a skiing adventure in France is a thrilling escapade that promises an exhilarating blend of adrenaline and awe-inspiring landscapes. Nestled in the heart of the French Alps, the renowned ski resorts like Chamonix, Courchevel, and Val d’Isère beckon avid skiers and snow enthusiasts from around the globe. With their pristine slopes and world-class amenities, these alpine havens provide the perfect canvas for both seasoned skiers and novices alike. Beyond the slopes, the charm of French mountain villages, adorned with chalets and cozy cafes, adds a touch of warmth to the snow-covered panorama. Adventurous souls can explore the vast terrain through exhilarating activities like heli-skiing, snowmobiling, or even paragliding, offering a unique perspective of the majestic peaks. And when the day’s adventures come to a close, the vibrant après-ski scene invites revelers to indulge in delectable French cuisine and fine wines, creating a perfect blend of excitement and relaxation. Whether you’re carving through powdery descents or immersing yourself in the rich alpine culture, a skiing expedition in France promises an unforgettable experience for those seeking the perfect blend of adventure and charm.
Corsica, known as the "Isle of Beauty"
Corsica, known as the “Isle of Beauty,” offers a captivating tapestry of adventures that go beyond the conventional. Nestled in the Mediterranean Sea, this French island is a haven for thrill-seekers and nature enthusiasts alike. For water adventurers, Corsica’s turquoise waters are a playground for activities such as kayaking, paddleboarding, and snorkeling. Scattered along the coastline are hidden coves and secluded beaches, inviting exploration and moments of tranquility. Diving enthusiasts can plunge into the underwater world, discovering vibrant marine life and submerged caves.
The French Alps during the summer
In the French Alps during summer, the snow-capped peaks transform into a haven for adventure enthusiasts. Hike scenic trails, conquer mountain biking routes, and paraglide amidst breathtaking landscapes. Brave the alpine rivers for thrilling rafting or kayaking, or find tranquility by swimming in pristine mountain lakes. With opportunities for rock climbing and exploration of charming villages, the French Alps offer a perfect blend of adrenaline and natural beauty during the warmer months.
Last Track After Hours Ski
You’ll have the opportunity to continue skiing after the slopes are closed at the end of the day. You’ll meet at the top of Courchevel to have a drink while you enjoy the sunset.
Then, once the sky is dark and everyone is at home, you’ll enjoy the entire slope for yourself and experience what skiing at night is like. An excellent opportunity to take in the view of the lights of Courchevel from the top!
Full-Day Private Catamaran Boat Tour from Marseille
Explore the coast around Marseille with your skipper for a full day. You will have the choice between a cruise to the East and the Calanques National Park, or to discover the Côte Bleue and Frioul islands, located to the West. A gourmet buffet will be served on board for lunch.
Discover the spectacular Calanques National Park. Sail through the narrow passageway of Cap Croisette, the gateway to the heart of the park. The Calanques are white limestone cliffs interspersed with secluded coves and beaches. The park stretches between Marseille and Cassis’s coastline and offers a playground for hiking, snorkeling, sunbathing, and, of course, sailing.
Early morning or evening hot air balloon ride over Saint-Émilion
Gironde’s remarkable landscapes are best appreciated from above. See the vineyards, valleys, and some unforgettable sights aboard an intimate 2 to 4-seat hot air balloon. (Larger groups can be accommodated in multiple hot air balloons).
Marvel at the castles, the vineyards, the valleys of Isle and Dordogne, the forest, the wildlife, and you bring back photographs that will make many envious. Help inflate the balloon with the crew, and learn how it works. Flight time is an hour or more depending on weather conditions.
Fly over Saint-Emilion with a château owner or director, who will explain the Saint-Emilion appellation to you. Wine tasting in flight and a picnic (or brunch for morning flights) featuring local specialties follow when you’re back on the ground. This truly is a unique experience!
Horse and Cart racing at the beach
Enjoy and participate in a horse and cart race – also known as “sulky harness racing”, one of the the most popular variations of horse racing known all over the world. A challenging and exciting sport, whose roots extend nearly 3000 years ago to the Assyrian kings who lived and breathed chariot racing. They even used this means of sport not only for war but even for hunting purposes.
Harness racing accompanied by a chariot has evolved over the centuries and represents the beauty and culture of Normandy. For a fulfilling experience, you will ride along the beaches of Deauville or in the countryside of the Cote Fleuri.