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Walking group Dordogne Burgundy
16 days walking tour From the sea to the summits

France & Switzerland

Walking Tour in France & Switzerland: Dordogne, Burgundy, Chamonix Mont Blanc & The Swiss Alps.

This beautiful walk begins in the rolling hills of the famous food and wine regions of Dordogne and Burgundy. It then continues east to the foot of Europe’s highest mountain Mont Blanc with the “pièce de résistance” being our last 4 nights in the Swiss Alps walking amidst some of the world’s finest alpine scenery.

In the Dordogne we spend our time walking through delightful oak forests, past ancient villages and beside the romantic Dordogne River. You will be surprised by the variety of delicious produce from this area - walnuts, foie gras, black truffles, goat cheeses and some excellent wines. The Dordogne has a very colourful history dating back to the Stone Age and today has some of France’s best-preserved chateaux.

Onto Burgundy - a land of clustered storybook hamlets, mediaeval chateaux, world-renowned wines and hot mustards! Our walks here, of course, concentrate on trails through some of the most famous vineyards in the world. We also introduce you to some of the lesser-known regions near Autun which is renowned for its beautiful deciduous forests and a history dating back to Roman times.

Surely one of Europe’s most treasured sights is “the alps”. There is nothing else in the world quite like them. It is not only the sheer grandeur of the towering peaks but it is the cosiness of the hillside villages, the unforgettable display of alpine wildflowers, the sound of cowbells ringing through the valleys and the sight of a welcoming inn as you round a bend on a mountain trail.

We base ourselves in Chamonix at the foot of Europe’s highest mountain - Mont Blanc. With 310 kms of walking tracks, this wonderful alpine area is a walkers’ paradise. Here, you also have the opportunity to ride on the world’s highest cable car to Aiguille du Midi - 3,842 metres. On a clear day the view is truly unbelievable. You can even catch another cable car across the glacier to Italy for a real cappuccino!

Our final destination is the famous Bernese Oberland in the Swiss Alps where we have chosen the lovely village of Grindelwald as our base. Marvel at the sheer splendour of Europe’s most spectacular mountain scenery. Stroll knee deep in alpine wildflowers and journey to the famous Jungfrau Joch on the highest railway in Europe. A walk not to be missed is the classic ridge walk to the Faulhorn, regarded as one of the top 10 in Switzerland. Our walk concludes in Luzern from where there are good train connections in all directions and flight connections from nearby Zurich International Airport.


Our Hotels and Cuisine

Our hotel in Grindelwald has a superb setting overlooking the village with a panorama of some of the most famous mountains in the world including the north face of the Eiger. The Brawand Family has been operating the hotel since 1708 and now Christian and Vera are the 9th generation to manage it. At night enjoy delicious dinners which highlights the influence of the German, Italian and French cuisine. Don't be late for breakfast as the buffet offers an amazing selection of healthy treats!

A warm welcome awaits you in Chamonix. Our hotel is family operated and has a relaxed and personalized atmosphere. Located at the base of the Aiguille du Midi, it has stunning views across the mountains and a pool and garden to enjoy. As they do not operate a restaurant you have the opportunity to sample three lovely restaurants in the town, which we have chosen and another of your choice on your free day.

In Burgundy we stay in a charming 18th century farm house which has been lovingly restored. It is located just on the outskirts of Beaune in a quiet village in a beautiful country setting. Relax in the delightful garden, enjoy their delicious breakfasts on the terrace and in the evening take an aperitif in the courtyard. At night we have selected 4 wonderful restaurants from the region where we enjoy excellent food and of course the opportunity to sample the famous Burgundy Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

In the Dordogne Valley we stay in the beautifully restored Villa Romaine. This immaculate hotel is located only a few hundred meters from the Dordogne River overlooking the valley. Enjoy a pre-dinner drink on the terrace and watch the colours of the sandstone buildings fade in the final evening light. Taste the delights of the famous Perigord kitchen as our hosts Emily and David spoil us each evening with some truly memorable meals.

Featured Hotels

Hotel Kirchbuehl   Hotel Kirchbuehl » Grindelwald Switzerland ★★★★
Chalet-style, provides a beautiful view on the Grindelwald glacier
Hotel L'Oustalet   Hotel L'Oustalet » Chamonix, France ★★★
Chalet-style hotel set at the base of the French Alps
Hotel le Clos   Hotel le Clos » Montagny-Les-Beaune, France ★★★★
Set in a restored farmhouse dating from the 18th century
La Villa Romaine   La Villa Romaine » Carsac Aillac, France ★★★★
Set in a stone mansion, near Sarlat in the rural Perigord Noir


Featured Restaurants

Kirchbuehl Restaurant   Hotel Kirchbuehl » Grindelwald Switzerland
Sophisticated delicacies in the gourmet, panoramic Swiss restaurant
Restaurant La Villa Romaine   La Villa Romaine » Carsac Aillac, France
Gourmet french cuisine all with local products on a Gallo-Roman site
La Maison Carrier   La Maison Carrier » Chamonix, France
A meticulous, mountain style setting that emphasises popular mountain cuisine

Walking Tour Combination
Departure dates have been arranged to allow both the "From the Sea to the Summits" and "
Discover the Pyrenees" or "Peer Gynt's Trail" walks to be combined.

Tour departure dates

2024 tour price
  Tour   From the Sea to the Summits [16 days]
  Begins   08 September 2024 | Bordeaux, France   Walking Tour France
  Ends   23 September 2024 | Luzern, Switzerland    Walking Tour Switzerland
  Price   AUD $10,565


2025 tour price
  Tour   From the Sea to the Summits [16 days]
  Begins   08 September 2025 | Bordeaux, France   Walking Tour France
  Ends   23 September 2025 | Luzern, Switzerland    Walking Tour Switzerland
  Price   AUD $10,565


Feedback from previous guests

Guided Walking HolidaysThe tour was amazing from start to finish. We had perfect weather for walking, in the Swiss alps from Grindelwald and the French Alps in Chamonix. Cable car ride to the Top of Europe and the Aiguilles du Midi as well was just magic. The trails were challenging but the rewards so satisfying. Walking in the Soane valley through beautiful vineyards around Beaune was a complete contrast. There is so much history to enjoy as well with a visit to Cluny and Hotel Dieu. A delicious and informative wine tasting rounded off the time there. Further west into the Dordogne through lovely villages was a real treat. Our accommodation was superb, and having four nights in each location meant less packing and more time to relax at the end of each walking day with aperitives and a special dinner. Graeme is a wonderful, thoughtful guide, so helpful and knowledgeable about each place we visited. A truly memorable experience."
Denise from Sydney NSW, Australia [2023]
Guided Walking HolidaysAs repeat Walkabout guests, we once again thoroughly enjoyed our adventure exploring the spectacular mountains of Switzerland, where you really do hear the cowbells constantly ringing. Our view of the Eiger from our hotel room was special. The walking tracks in the Chamonix area in France, with Mont Blanc as our constant companion were also spectacular. Travelling west across the beautiful countryside with their numerous vineyards and farmlands to the Burgundy area and then continuing on to the Bordeaux area with a great bunch of travel companions was truly memorable. Graeme once again was a wonderful guide. Our hotel accommodation, picnics, gourmet dinners and travelling between areas exceeded our expectations. If anyone is looking for a well organized walking adventure with flexibility, we would honestly have no hesitation in recommending joining a Walkabout adventure - you will have no regrets!"
Davina & Stuart from Brisbane QLD, Australia [2023]France
Guided Walking Holidays110% wow factor! This was an exhilarating exploration of the exquisite Swiss and French alps, the vines and wines of Burgundy and the lush fields and forests of the Dordogne. We had energising walking, fascinating local sites, superb accommodation, delectable regional food and wine, the friendliest of travel companions and skilled, easy going Graeme - our guide who ensured smooth running and enjoyment of everything. A very special learning experience. Thank you. It was the BEST!"
Helen from Adelaide, South Australia [2023]
Guided Walking HolidaysMany thanks Graeme for this fabulous journey of discovery through the Swiss and French Alps, the Chamonix Valley, Burgundy, the Dordogne area and Bordeaux. It was truly an unforgettable experience as many of the landscapes we covered were quite magical and awe inspiring and on each and every day of walking we came across a range of new and differing vistas and landscapes. We never knew what was around each corner! The accomodation and meals were superb. I feel so grateful to you as team leader and our team of walkers for this fabulous experience. The organisation of the trip, the attention to detail, the responsive care of each member of the team was faultless. Thank you."
Jennifer from Gold Coast QLD, Australia [2023]France
Guided Walking HolidaysWhat a great holiday. The scenery through France and Switzerland was breathtaking, and the accommodation and food first class. Thanks to all our group for making this a truly memorable holiday, and a special thanks to Graeme and Dom our guides."
Laurie from Gold Coast QLD, Australia [2018]
Guided Walking HolidaysNow in my mid seventies, I have enjoyed about a dozen different tours with WGA. For me, this is one of the best. Starting with easier scenic walks it builds as one's fitness improves. By the time encountered the tougher French and Swiss Alps we were strong enough to really the walks and the vistas. As a bonus, the food was very good and the company great."
Robert from North Manly NSW, Australia [2018]
Guided Walking HolidaysAnother spectacular walking adventure in Europe, our third one. Every detail was well planned which made it very relaxing and enjoyable. Our very knowledgeable and helpful guides Graeme and Pascal, led us through France and Switzerland without us needing to organise anything. Thanks again for a worry free holiday. The scenery was varied from open grasslands, alpine meadows with wild flowers to snow-capped mountains and we walked amongst them all. We had many chances to explore the villages we came across during the trip. Each walking day took us to a new area with panoramic views over the country side. Some of the best we have ever seen. Walking amongst the snow in the Swiss Alps was a highlight for us Queenslanders. We looked forward to the picnic lunches we had in various locations along the way. The cable car and cog rail rides were spectacular to say the least. The accommodation and meals were amazing, well thought out and planned. Our walking group and guides were great company all the way which enhanced our adventure and holiday!"
John & Cheryl from Hervey Bay, QLD, Australia [2016]
Guided Walking HolidaysAmazing trip and thank you Graeme and Pascal! The weather, size of group, trails, hotels and food were all really great. Coming back to a WGA is like rejoining a familiar family and the other guests are always like you've known them before. One suggestion is to split the group into two on big days (with a guide each) to do a fast or less fast pace. Otherwise it was all very nice!"
Lysia from Sydney, NSW, Australia [2016]
Guided Walking HolidaysThank you Graeme and Gabriela for offering the Sea to Summit in reverse this year, we feel it worked really well for our group of eight like minded fellow walkers. We started with the majestic mountains of Switzerland and France with their challenging walks and breathtaking views all made easier with the help and encouragement of our new found friend and guide Pascal. We finished our tour in the beautiful vineyards and fields of the Dordogne Valley. This walk should be on everyone's list of things they must do, we couldn't fault it. Thank you once again Graeme, Gabriella and Pascal for this wonderful experience."
Gary and Sandra from Hervey Bay, QLD, Australia [2015]
Guided Walking HolidaysThis was our 3rd walk with Walkabout Gourmet and thoroughly enjoyed it as we did the other two. Graeme is a terrific guide and we love the way the trips are organised so the walks give variety and a wonderful look at each area. The mountains were breathtaking and loved everything. Its so nice to be able to turn up on day one and know everything is organised just the way you would like it if you had spent months organizing the itinerary yourself. Relax and have a holiday."
Janet from Brisbane, QLD, Australia [2015]
Guided Walking HolidaysWhat a fabulous way to sample the food, wine, culture and countryside of France and Switzerland. Walking through the fertile farmland and vineyards of the Dordogne and Burgundy, and hiking in the French and Swiss Alps was sensational and we were lucky enough to share our experiences with a terrific group of people. Fortunately the walks counteracted some of the kilojoules consumed at the wonderful restaurants, and the standard of the accommodation was high. A big thank you to Graeme and Pascal for their guiding and friendship, and to our fellow walkers for their great company."
Jane and Daryl from Canberra, ACT, Australia [2015]
Guided Walking HolidaysIt was a wonderful holiday, well thought out walks in spectacular countryside married with amazing food, typical of the area we were in. The hotels were delightful & thank you Graeme & Pascale for being such wonderful guides especially as we had so many "sickies" to contend with."
Margaret from Tasmania, Australia [2015]
Guided Walking HolidaysI was lucky enough to join Graeme and Pascal on the Sea to Summit tour, it was an adventure from start to finish that I didn't want to end. From the wonderful wine regions of France, to the beauty and friendlyness of Chamonix, the magical Swiss Alps and everything inbetween it certainly met my expectations and so much more. The professionalism of our tour guides would be very hard to beat, they always had plan B, C and D to ensure everyone's needs were met. It didn't matter if you were the leader of the pack or strolling along at the rear snapping the multitudes of alpine flowers your needs were catered for. Some of our group were unfortunate enough to fall ill during our tour, this was handled in the best possible way to ensure minimal disruption to the group. Oh, did I forget to mention the food... so much delicious food at a variety of amazing restaurants and hotels. I can't say enough about my trip, the group of 16 was the ideal size, the guides were very efficient, helpful, professional and knowledgeable, the selected hotels were great, food amazing and lots of it, I felt very safe traveling (which was very important to me). All of the above helped me have a holiday of a lifetime, one I would surely recommend whether you are planning to travel on your own or with a group of friends. I would be happy to communicate with anyone wanting to know more about my wonderful Walkabout Gourmet holiday."
Gaye from Ulverstone, TAS, Australia [2015]
Guided Walking HolidaysWhat amazing and wonderful memories we have tucked away of 16 glorious days exploring 4 distinct regions - with stimulation of all senses scenically, culturally, historically, gastronomically, bibulously and socially. Our metaphoric hats off to our 2 magnificent guides who seamlessly arranged for the days just to unfold from one delight to the next - even on the rare wet days we encountered."
Janet, Melbourne, VIC, Australia [2014]
Guided Walking HolidaysThis tour was really impressive, starting in the beautiful Dordogne area, with its lovely fertile valley. Then the vineyards of Burgundy with their thousands of hectares of grapes. Then the spectacular scenery at Chamonix, Mont Blanc, glaciers this only became better when we reached Grindelwald and had the north face of the Eiger outside the dining room window. Beautiful meadows, cows with bells ringing, just as you would expect in the mountains of Switzerland. One of the nicest parts of the trip was the company of such nice people from all over Australia and a lot of different backgrounds."
Peter, Narromine, NSW, Australia [2014]
Guided Walking HolidaysThank you. I loved every minute if the walk. The Dordogne was lovely as always, food sensational. The Burgundy region was delightful for both walking and the food. The absolute highlight for me were the French and Swiss alp walks. What stunning areas! I could walk there for weeks it is so wonderful. Finally the accommodation, the great company made it very special. I look forward to the next walk!"
Sandy, Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia [2014]
Guided Walking HolidaysOur first tour with the company. Impressed with the friendly and affable efficiency of Graeme and his willingness to accept that my injured knees were not up to some of the descents. He and Pascal were kind and caring to ease my load and offer alternatives when I found the going tough. The tour itinerary, hotels and food were of a high standard and our walking companions were compatible and pleasant company. We had a great time in gorgeous landscapes. Thanks for the memories!"
Anne and John, Brisbane, QLD, Australia [2013]
Guided Walking HolidaysWe really enjoyed the tour and Graeme was a very good guide, most conscientious. Thought it was a great group. The best part was simply being outdoors in France and Switzerland and just absorbing the general atmosphere."
Cliff, Queenstown, New Zealand [2012]

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