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Mercantour National Park

From the Maritime Alps to the Côte d´Azur.

Along the traces of one of France’s formerly most important salt routes you walk from the Maritime Alps through pretty mountain villages to the charming Côte d´Azur. Starting point of this tour is a region - lovingly called the ‚Fairy Tale Land’ by the locals – with remote mountain scenery amidst Mercantour national park. You will be fascinated by the diversity and culture of the mountain villages which prospered by the former salt trade. From the Roya-valley you walk steadily along the French-Italian border with views onto the vast valleys and mountains in the background, and where the vegetation becomes more and more Mediterranean every day. Soon you are accompanied by the scent of the sensitive plants, orange blossoms and rosemary, at the latest once you arrive at the well-known lemon town Menton at the end of your hiking holiday.

Mountain Hiking
Mountain Hiking
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided Tour
  • Minimum of participants: 2 persons
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Itinerary

During your hiking tour you come across numerous medieval mountain villages such as Tende and La Brigue, situated on an altitude of over 2.000 m in altitude. Both villages will enthrall you, La Brigue with its marvellous Baroque church and Tende with a magnificent cathedral, the pretty old part of town and the Prehistoric Museum.

approx. 5.5 hours
16 km
960 m
960 m

You walk through chestnut forests and past sleepy villages, with their houses – characteristic for the region - built with dry stone walls and slate roofs. A particularly beautiful village is Granile, a genuine jewel. You continue via Berghe with a view over the Roya and reach Saorge, whose architectural style is unique in this region.

approx. 6 hours
15 km
800 m
800 m

Along the former saline path you reach the village Breil-sur-Roya which was daringly built into a steep slope. Always along the ridge, you pass a steep staircase cut into the rock, but well secured. In your Day Finish you can listen in on the organ craft, which is renowned far beyond the borders of Italy. The valley owes its name to this handcraft: ‚Vallée des Orgues’ (valley of the organs).

approx. 5.5 hours
9 km
700 m
800 m

A particularly pretty path leads you via Piène-Haute to a very well maintained village situated on a mountainside. A picturesque chapel located amidst olive groves awaits and also a spectacular ravine with a height of 600 metres. You walk through the ravine, where the route takes you again and again across into Italian territory.

approx. 5.5 hours
15 km
600 m
700 m

The fortress, the cathedral and many other historic unique examples of architecture remind you of the significance of Sospel over the centuries. You leave Sospel behind you and walk through the already mediterranean vegetation into the mountain village of Saint-Agnès, which towers and sits high up like a nest on top of a hill.

approx. 6 hours
12 km
810 m
700 m

The coast and the sea are now already visible! With a breathtakeing view onto the coast the route takes you through little typical villages such as Monti and Castellar. Then through the well-known Garavan-bay all the way into the vibrant old centre of Menton, located fabulously on the radiant coast of Southern France. 

approx. 5.5 hours
13 km
100 m
940 m

Tour character

A good basic fitness level is required for the hiking tour in the most beautiful valleys of the hinterland of Menton. Daily you tackle approx. 600 to 1.000 meters in altitude, with a daily walking time of 5 to 6 hours. The route takes you along good hiking paths. In sections, some surefootedness and a head for heights is required.

Prices and events

All data for 2023 at a glance
Place of arrival: Saint-Dalmas-de-Tende
  Season 1
01.04.2023 - 21.04.2023
17.09.2023 - 22.10.2023

Arrival daily
Season 2
22.04.2023 - 16.09.2023

Arrival daily
Mercantour National Park, 8 days, FR-COWSM-08X
Base price
949.00
999.00
Surcharge single room 329.00 329.00

Category: 4x 2**-hotels (French classifying), as well as 3x pretty cozy hotels and inns (without classifying)

You can book extra nights for any day of your tour. Prices upon request!

Season 1
Apr 1, 2023 - Apr 21, 2023
Sep 17, 2023 - Oct 22, 2023
Arrival daily
Season 2
Apr 22, 2023 - Sep 16, 2023
Arrival daily
Mercantour National Park, 8 days, FR-COWSM-08X
Base price
Surcharge single room
949.00
329.00
999.00
329.00

Category: 4x 2**-hotels (French classifying), as well as 3x pretty cozy hotels and inns (without classifying)

You can book extra nights for any day of your tour. Prices upon request!

Prices per person in EUR

Services and infos

Services

Included:

  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • 6 dinner (not in Menton)
  • Luggage transfer (1 piece of luggage per person)
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • GPS-data available
  • Tourist tax, if due, is included in the price
  • Service hotline

Optional extras:

  • Airport transfer Nice - Saint-Dalmas-de-Tende (max. 7 people), cost per trip EUR 290 (Sunday and holiday EUR 340), reservation required, payable in advance.
  • Return transfer from Menton to Saint-Dalmas-de-Tende (max. 7 people), cost per trip EUR 190 (Sunday and holiday EUR 235), reservation required, payable in advance.
Infos

Arrival / Parking / Departure:

  • Airport Nice.
  • Arrival by train to Nice and then by regional train (www.ter-sncf.com) to Saint-Dalmas-de-Tende, cost duration approx. 2 hours.
  • Parking: unguarded parking spaces at the train station,no reservation necessary.
  • Return journey from Menton to Saint-Dalmas-de-Tende by bus „Lignes d’Azur” in approx. 1.5 hours(www.riviera-francaise.fr).Or return journey by train, approx. 2 hours (1x change of trains).

Things to note:

  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
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Tanja Haring
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Tanja Haring, Travel specialist
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