DURATION: 7 days, 6 Nights. Ideal for Mountain adventurers or able beginners (easy – challenging options)
Extra-night: Ecogîte de Villeplane. On request at the booking.

PRICE 2024 : Adult : 780€ Children aged 7 to 12 years old : 680€

LUGGAGE TRANSPORT: by car EXCEPT DAY 2 AND 3, from Sauze to Péone.

LOCATION: Mercantour national park, South of France, 100 km north of Nice

HOLIDAY TYPE: Self guided, moderate / strenuous walking holidays.

TREK DEPARTURE: Villeplane. Every day according to availability from 01/06/2024 to 25/09/2024.

TREK ARRIVAL: Villeplane

LEVEL: We have planned this walk so as to offer each day a choice of several routes to the same lodging place, easy or more sportive.

PATH CONDITIONS : Very well signposted and marked.

This includes 1 night in an inn, 3 nights in a « chambre d’hôte», 1 night in a charming chalet. Each form of lodging will provide individual rooms with private commodities and will provide you with breakfast, pic-nic lunch and a well-deserved dinner. Picnic (fresh mixed salad) for lunch because the rural villages along the route do not have stores.

CLIMATE: due to the proximity of the Mediterranean Sea, the weather is warm and sunny, ideal for summer hiking. .

Walk in France,

Responsible tourism

Hike in the core of the Mercantour national park

This trek invites you to travel around the most beautiful villages and hamlets of the Alpine mountain valleys which dominate the magnificent wine-stained gorges of the Daluis and the Cians.

The mountains boast fantastic summits for hiking addicts ! In this fantastic hiking location, the hills are fairly steep, yet there are numerous hiking trails which head out in all directions, and several loop possibilites of various distances. The IGN map 3540 ET shows the trails, and the numbered markers assist with the navigation.

The Forgotten villages and sunny peaks of the southern Alps.

At the witness of the ancient stones: enchanting villages like Péone with its « demoiselles coiffées » embedded in the rocks; Chateauneuf with its charming water mill, and Guillaumes with its wine museum, or Barels, 2 hours from the path, invites you to meditate. Here is the breathtaking country we invite you to discover for the first time.

Summits between the sun and the azure sky. On clear mistral days you can genuinely see the Mediterranean. Mount st Honorat (2550m), la Tête de Méric (2048 m), le Mont Mounier (2817 m), le dôme du Barrot (2136m), summits which are reachable by everyone … it is definately worth the hike!

An exceptionally unique mountain in Europe Red gold covers the ground you tread, Forests of larch trees and deserted, wild mountain tops, Wine-coloured gorges with valiant streams. These magnificent areas, which are part of the massif of the Mercantour and the borders of the national park, have been recognized as a heritage of the natural european sites of priority preservation.

At the source of our civilisation: The Alps Pastoral custom, transhumance … so many traditions from long ago, are still to be found in these mountains, due to the tenacity of our shepherds who remain honorable in their work.
It is here that we propose an excursion into our roots, through the discovery of the tiny forgotten villages of Mercantour.