Mercantour national park, South of France, 100 km north of Nice
Self guided, moderate / strenuous walking holidays. Return journey in minibus.
Depart from Villeplane, every day according to availability from June to 25 September
DURATION : 7 days / 6 nights
We have planned this walk so as to offer each day a choice of several routes to the same lodging place, easy or difficult..
Very well signposted and marked.
TRANSPORTATION OF LUGGAGE: by car each day to your next lodging.
This includes full board in guesthouses, with local inhabitants and 1 night in a mountain refuge. You have two options regarding the accommodation: 'option gite' where you will usually sleep in family rooms of 4 – 5 (8 in the mountain refuge), or 'option individual room' which is subject to availability, so get in quickly if you're on honeymoon!
PRICE 2017: 7 days/6 nights Adult (option gîte) : 645 € /sup 70€ (option individual rooms) Children aged 6 – 12 : 545 €
CLIMATE: due to the proximity of the Mediterranean Sea, the weather is warm and sunny, ideal for summer walking in the French Alps of the Mercantour.
This walk is full of variety. Through the foot-hills and the fragrance of Provence and up to the alpine panoramas of the Mercantour National Park.
From the oak to the larch; from the wheat fields to the gentian lawns; from a man-made landscape to a sweeping scenery of wilderness.
The last two days are a grandiose conclusion to the trip - with a good general idea of high mountain conditions and Europe's largest glacial lake. Marmots, chamois and golden eagles will be there to meet you!
This walking tour is open to "second timers" who have already done the first hike around the lakes and mountain tops.
Two of the overnight stays are very much off the beaten track, not set up to receive too many or too frequent visits. We in turn are careful not to send them too many hikers. This may not seem like good business sense, but they and we are keen to protect the special character of these remote valleys!
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