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Gorges du Verdon

Hiking in France’s Grand Canyon.

For millennia the turquoise waters of the river Verdon have been carving their way through the mighty limestone massif situated between the Provençal Pre-Alps and the foothills of the Western Alps. The resulting river landscape offers a unique hiking experience, from the medieval village of Castellane you discover the amazing Verdun national park step by step: via the world-renowned Blanc-Martel-Path you advance further and further to the 700-metre deep canyon via innumerable stairs, tunnels, ladders and bridges, steep limestone rock and stupendous panoramic views onto the jagged mountain peaks of Provence line your path. In the evening the picturesque villages of Provence welcome you with their unique charm and magically round off an unforgettable hiking holiday.

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Details of the hiking holiday Gorges du Verdon

Gorges du Verdon, also known as the Verdon Gorge or Grand Canyon du Verdon, is a particularly impressive gorge in French Provence. Starting from Castellane, the route takes you along ancient Roman paths to the small village of Chasteuil and up to the famous Point Sublime, one of the most beautiful viewpoints of the Verdon Gorge. Look forward to the next day, since today features a very special stage – the hike along the “Sentier Blanc-Martel”. Surrounded by rocky sceneries, this impressive hiking path takes you via ladders and tunnels through the Veron Gorge to the Day Finish of La Palud-sur-Verdon. The following day is just as spectacular. The route takes you in form of a circular hike over the “Sentier du Bastidon” – including great views of the gorges of Belevedere de Mayreste. The next two stages initially take you to the town of Point Sublime and finally to medieval Trigance.

Highlights of the mountain hiking holiday Gorges du Verdon

  • Village with a view: On the fifth day of your hiking tour, the route takes you to the mountain village of Rougon. From here you enjoy a unique panorama of the Grand Canyon du Verdon.
  • The taste of Provence: When hiking in Provence, you can be sure of one thing – the wonderful cuisine of Provence. From the excellent wine, the tasty onion tart, the delicious niçoise salad, or the popular aioli – have a good time and try the delicacies of the region.
  • Pure nature & tranquility: This hiking tour takes you through the wonderful nature of France’s Grand Canyon and provides soothing moments of tranquillity. On the final day you reach Trigance, where you can look back on your hiking holiday in a wonderful location on a hill and with a view of the valley.  

Worth knowing about the hiking tour Gorges du Verdon

This hiking holiday is assigned our level of hiking ‚Mountain Hiking’. With a good fitness level, surefootedness and a head for heights, the daily stages become an unforgettable adventure in the so-called Grand Canyon du Verdon. The stages are scheduled to last around 5 to 6.5 hours and the route runs on nice, but somewhat rocky hiking trails through the impressive gorges.

Mountain Hiking
Mountain Hiking
  • 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Self-guided Tour
  • Minimum number of participants: 2 people
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Itinerary

Discover the remains of the historic fortress and the picturesque historic centre. Alternatively take a circular hike to the Notre Dame du Roc chapel, towering over the town on a 184-metre-high limestone cliff. 

You leave Castellane and via ancient Roman trails reach the little sheperd’s village of Chasteuil. Enjoy a short break before you continue to the limestone bog and pastures located higher up. During the rocky descent towards Rougon you hike through dense forests featuring century-old oak trees and majestic canyons, at the famous Point Sublime your Day Finish awaits with a stunning view.

approx. 5.5 hours
21 km
700 m
780 m

Today a true hiking classic is next on the agenda: the „Sentier Blanc-Martel“, named after Edouard Alfred Martel, the discoverer of the Grand Canyon of Verdon. The path is spectacular and leads via countless ladders and through winding tunnels deeper and deeper into the unique rocky scenery. Marvel at the steep limestone scarps surrounding you as well as the turquoise-green waters of the river Verdun below you at the bottom of the canyon. A truely unforgettable experience! Short transfer into the pretty village of La Palud-sur-Verdon.

approx. 6 hours
15 km
900 m
800 m

In the morning transfer to La Maline to the start of the hiking tour via the „Sentier du Bastidon“. Time and again you are spoilt with grandiose views onto the canyons of Belevedere de Mayreste. The winding route leads you in countless turns above the river Verdon along the slope, experience the contrast of jugged rock, the ‚Garrigue‘ and the pine- and beech tress up close. 

approx. 6.5 hours
18 km
950 m
900 m

Initially you walk through a marvellous oak- and beech forest with a view onto the village of La Palud, before following the impressive Baou-trail between cliffs and gorges all the way to Rougon. This little place is situated high up amidst the mountain peaks on a viewing platform. Steep in the panorama and the incredible view into the distance in peace and quiet before you continue with your hike to Point Sublime.

approx. 6 hours
18 km
260 m
990 m

Across an ancient Roman bridge, constructed with only one arch, you ascend along the ancient shepherd’s trail through the forest to the Belvédère de Rancoumas, a ledge offering a fabulous view far into the Verdon-river valley canyon and onto the 500-metre-high rockface of Escalès. From the Plateau d’Entrevergues along forest paths and green pastures you reach the medieval hamlet Trigance. Enjoy an evening of absolute quiet and amidst idyllic nature.

approx. 5 hours
12 km
860 m
860 m

After the breakfast back to Castellane by organised transfer.

Tour character

You mainly walk on well-maintained, rocky paths through a unique canyon landscape. Surefootedness as well as a head for heights are prerequisite along the limestone rock and when crossing the numerous ladders and bridges. A good basic fitness level is necessary for the individual hiking tours with walking times of up to 6.5 hours each.

Prices and events

All data for 2023 at a glance
Place of arrival: Castellane
  Season 1
28.04.2023 - 26.06.2023
02.09.2023 - 31.10.2023

Arrival daily
Gorges du Verdon, 7 days, FR-PRWCT-07X
Base price
939.00
Surcharge single traveler 279.00
Surcharge single room 349.00

Category: pretty 2**-hotels and traditional country estates (French classifying)

Extra nights in each day upon request.

Season 1
Apr 28, 2023 - Jun 26, 2023
Sep 2, 2023 - Oct 31, 2023
Arrival daily
Gorges du Verdon, 7 days, FR-PRWCT-07X
Base price
Surcharge single traveler
Surcharge single room
939.00
279.00
349.00

Category: pretty 2**-hotels and traditional country estates (French classifying)

Extra nights in each day upon request.

Prices per person in EUR

Services and infos

Services

Included:

  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • 2 Half board (Point Sublime)
  • Luggage transfer (1 piece of luggage per person)
  • Transfers according to program

 

  • 1 Return transfer Trigance – Castellane
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • GPS-data available
  • Service hotline
Infos

Arrival / Parking / Departure:

  • Arrival by train via Paris to Marseille and from there by bus in approx. 4.5 hours to Castellane (www.ter.sncf.com/paca).
  • Nice-Airport and from there by bus or train in approx. 2 hours to Castellane.
  • Parking: public parking spaces free of charge near the hotel, no reservation possible.
  • Organised return transfer from Trigance to Castellane, included in the tour price.

Things to note:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
Contact & booking
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Ratings

5 of 5 Stars (1 Rating)
5 stars
Nicole B. DE | 09.06.2022
Tolle Wanderung durch blühende Felder, Wälder und Berge
Auf unserer einwöchigen Wandertour zu zweit konnten wir jeden Tag neue wunderschöne Eindrücke gewinnen von den kleinen Ortschaften in toller Umgebung und für uns angemessenen Höhenmetern. Auch die Unterkünfte waren individuell und verschieden, aber alle sehr gemütlich und gut gelegen. Im Vorfeld hatte es einen "Dreher" bei den Kontaktdaten gegeben, sodass die Reisenunterlagen nicht wie üblich per Post, sondern recht kurzfristig per Email gesendet wurden. Die Wanderrouten haben wir schnell in die passende App eingeben (was wirklich hilfreich war, da wir uns so auf die schönen Ausblicke konzentrieren konnten). Dies war schon meine dritte Tour mit Eurohike in verschiedenen Konstellationen (Familie, Sohn, Freundin), und im Juli steht schon die nächste Tour an.
Tanja Haring
Tanja Haring answered:
Lieber Wandergast, wir haben uns sehr über Ihre Rückmeldung zur gebuchten Tour gefreut, vielen Dank dafür! Bezüglich der Umstände im Vorhinein mit den Reiseunterlagen möchten wir uns nochmals bei Ihnen entschuldigen, schön dass Ihnen die Wanderrouten in unserer App dann weiterhelfen konnten und Sie somit diese schöne Tour in vollen Zügen genießen konnten.

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