• Hiking Hidden France

    Hike through the Cévennes in the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson

    Let our French best guide you along the hidden paths of the GR70 over rolling hills, through fields of colorful wildflowers, to storybook villages on this beautiful hike through the Cévennes, following in the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson.

    best times to go: May, October

    departures: 4 scheduled datesview departures

    pricing: from $4,995 see detailed pricing

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Hike through the Cévennes in the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson

South-central France is harboring a secret—an Eden-like landscape of rivers and lakes, thick forests, and dramatic pinnacles. Though Robert Louis Stevenson immortalized this region in his classic story Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes,it’s remained well off the beaten path. Join us on a journey to the hidden corners of the Massif Central, from ancient villages undiscovered by tourists to high plateaus carpeted with wildflowers.In the company of Laurent Langoisseur, Stephane Berger, Florence Simond (our most popular Alps guides), you’ll enjoy spectacularly scenic hikes each day, with plenty of time for a leisurely picnic lunch or browsing a farmers market. Beginning in lovely, historic Lyon and ending in the medieval jewel of Avignon, this itinerary will leave you truly enchanted.


6 Days of moderate hiking.


  • Discover the historic treasures of Lyon and walk the 800-year-old ramparts of Avignon
  • Unravel the secrets of the Massif Central, from flower-strewn meadows to ancient villages
  • Walk in the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson on this journey from the Velay to the Cevennes

Duration: 8 days Start Location: Lyon, France End Location: Avignon, France

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  • Day 1 : Arrive in Lyon, France

    Plan to arrive in Lyon, France where your guides will meet you at the airport or the train station, and transfer to our hotel in town. We'll enjoy an afternoon tour of historic Lyon with a local guide, before having an evening orientation and welcome dinner.

  • Day 2 : Hike to Arlempdes

    Today we'll transfer to the Monastier sur Gazeille (2.5 hours), where we begin hiking over a lush plateau to the Velay village of Goudet. As we descend towards the scenic, stone village of Arlempdes, we'll be treated to sweeping views overlooking the Loire River. After our hike, we'll transfer to the Hotel Domaine des Barres in Langogne. (7 miles hiking)

    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Day 3 : Hike to Le Cheylard l'Evêque

    After breakfast, we'll hike from our hotel along an easy trail to St. Flour, and the beautiful beech forest of Mercoire. We'll then descend to the village of Le Cheylard l'Evêque, and its lovely chapel — a perfect location for our nice picnic lunch. In the afternoon, we'll transfer to Le Bleymard (35 minutes) and to the Hotel La Remise.  Those who prefer a little more hiking can opt to hike from the Lot River spring to our hotel. (8 miles hiking)

    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Day 4 : Hike to the Top of Mont Lozere

    After a 20-minute morning transfer to the Col de Finiels, we'll hike up and along a wide ridge of Mont Lozere to the Laubies summit, where views in all directions await.  We'll then descend to the Barandon Lake, where we can stop for a snack and to enjoy the scenery.  A 25-minute transfer then takes us to the Hotel La Lozerette in Cocures. (12 miles hiking)

    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Day 5 : Hike to the Heart of Cevennes National Park

    After breakfast, we'll start with a short 20-minute transfer to Pont de Montvert, near the heart of the Cevennes region. From here, we'll hike up to the Col du Sapet for a picnic lunch with rewarding views. A short afternoon transfer will bring us to Florac in Cevennes National Park, where we will visit the charming town before we return to the Hotel La Lozerette. (7 miles hiking)

    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Day 6 : Hike to Germain de Calberte

    We'll begin the day with a short 30-minute transfer to Cassagnas, from where we will hike up to the Col des Laubies and Col de la Pierre Plantée.  We'll then continue on to the town of St. Germain de Calberte. In the afternoon we'll transfer to Mialet and the Hotel Le Pradinas on the Gardon River. (7.5 miles hiking)

    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Day 7 : Uzes – Pont du Gard – Avignon

    Our morning transfer brings us to the lovely town of Uzes (1.5 hours). We'll have some time to explore this charming cobblestone village, with numerous shops, cafes, and wonderful farmers' market. After lunch, we'll continue on to the famous Pont du Gard where we will have a brief tour, and then on to the historic and charming town of Avignon. Tonight we will enjoy a festive farewell dinner in Avignon.

    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Day 8 : Depart from Avignon, France

    After breakfast, we'll transfer to the Avignon TGV train station where we say farewell.

    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast
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DATES: Best time to go: May, October Departures: Oct 1 - 8, 2015 May 14 - 21, 2016 May 28, 2016 - Jun 4, 2016 Oct 1 - 8, 2016


2015 Prices
$4,995 (4-12 members)
$600 single supplement

2016 Prices
$4,395 (5-12 members)
$500 single supplement

Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.

Expert leadership is the key to an exciting, unforgettable experience. Our trips feature gifted leaders for whom leading trips is a true vocation. Besides showing you wonders you’d never find on your own, they make sure everything runs smoothly and safely without a hitch. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of your trip, and take great pleasure in sharing their insights with you. More than just guides, they positively elevate your experience by being teachers, companions, and the best of friends. You’ll be in good hands with them every step of the way.

  • Laurent Langoisseur

    Laurent Langoisseur hails from Normandy, France, having grown up in Argentan (a small village that became famous in August 1944, “tournai sur dives”). At the age of 12, Laurent read La Grande Crevasse by Roger Frison-Roche, and became fascinated by the guiding and climbing descriptions of the Chamonix-Mont Blanc area. At 16, Laurent visited the area and was hooked. At 19, Laurent joined the French alpine troops, and after a year of service, moved to Chamonix. In 1991, he obtained his European Mountain Leader certification, and in 1995 he was awarded the coveted patch of the Compagnie des Guides. An avid sports enthusiast and inexhaustible hiker, Laurent has hiked the Tour du Mont Blanc close to 100 times. He is also an accomplished mountaineer, having summited Mont Blanc three times, as well as several other mountains over 13,000-feet. When he is not hiking and climbing, Laurent can be found running long distances for fun. Laurent recently completed a 48-mile race in 6 hours; and has also finished 48 miles in 9 hours with 10,000’ of ascent/descent. Laurent has been guiding for MTS since 1995, and is a senior guide on our Tour du Mont Blanc, Mont Blanc Express, Mont Blanc to Matterhorn (Haute Route), GR5, Gran Paradiso, and French Riviera trips, as well as any other trip we can get him on! His knowledge of the culture, history, plants, birds, and the name of every single peak and glacier along the trail is a wonderful complement to his guiding skills. When he isn’t guiding for us, he teaches First Aid and Mountain Rescue to mountain and hiking guides; and during the winter, he’s a ski patrol monitor in the mountains above Chamonix.

  • Stéphane Berger

    Stéphane is a true man of the mountains, with a Savoyard father and Swiss mother. He grew up in Chamonix, then left the valley to follow his first love, architecture. But the call of the wild proved too strong: numerous travels in North Africa, Siberia, and the Himalaya opened a new door to him—the profession of hiking guide. Nowadays Stéphane lives in a chalet in Chamonix from where he escapes frequently to travel the mountain areas of the world. “Steph” has now been a member of the Compagnie des Guides for many years, with over 100 trips to the Alps under his belt.

  • Florence Simond

    A native of Chamonix, Florence is a descendant from two of the area’s oldest families. After growing up in the Chamonix Valley, “Flo” spent several years in the south of France, and then traveled abroad to South America and Asia. She returned to her ancestral home, where the mountains now form an integral part of her life. She has led nearly 50 trips to the Alps, not counting how many times she has done this trip for her own fun! In addition to being an accomplished hiking guide, Flo is a skier and climber. As a member of the Compagnie des Guides, she follows in the footsteps of her forefathers.

  • Fabienne Bozon

    Native from Chamonix, Fabienne comes from a family of mountaineers and farmers. Her grandfather was a recognized mountain guide. A former cross-country ski champion, she raced in several Europa Cups, and has been coaching the Chamonix cross-country Ski Club for the last 20 years. Very involved in the city life, she has a passion for the history of the valley and the surrounding mountains. A guide since 1993, she is also keen in botany and proud to share her love and knowledge of the Mont-Blanc massif.

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Many activities are optional and involve fairly easy travel. Trips may include short hikes of two to three hours or optional walks at low elevations. Includes less demanding sea kayaking and river rafting trips with Class I-II rapids.


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Oct 1 - 8, 2015 May 14 - 21, 2016 May 28, 2016 - Jun 4, 2016 Oct 1 - 8, 2016

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