Mountain hiking to the splendid port of Menton
Impressing cultural highlights at the village of Sospel
Fascinating mountain on hiking trails range around the village of Sainte-Agnes
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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 Walking

Mountain Walking
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided tour
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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 2000m 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.

ca. 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.

ca. 6 hours
16 km
900 m
1.050 m

Along the former saline path you reach the village Breil-sur-Roya which was daringly built into a steep slope. 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).

ca. 4,5 hours
10 km
600 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.

ca. 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.

ca. 6 hours
12 km
1.040 m
720 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.

ca. 5,5 hours
13 km
150 m
900 m

Characteristics of the route

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 900 metres in altitude, with a daily walking time of 5 to 6 hours. The route takes you along good hiking paths.

Prices and events

All data for 2019 at a glance
Season 1
Apr 1, 2019 - Oct 28, 2019
daily
Mercantour National Park 8 days, FR-COWSM-08X
Base price
Surcharge single room
799,00
299,00

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

Price
Airport transfer: Nice - Saint-Dalmas-de-Tende
Return transfer: Menton - Saint-Dalmas-de-Tende
190,00
150,00

Services and infos

Included:

  • 7 overnight stays as stated, breakfast included
  • Evening meal (6x, not in Menton)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel and tour documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • Service hotline

Optional extras:

  • Organised transfer from Nice airport to Saint-Dalmas-de-Tende, cost approx. EUR 190 per fare (from 2 up to 7 persons, between 08:00am and 07:00pm), approx. 1.5 hours. Reservation necessary, payable in advance.
  • Organised return transfer from Menton to Saint-Dalmas-de-Tende, approx. EUR 150 per fare (from 2 up to 7 persons, between 08:00am and 07:00pm). Reservation necessary, payable in advance.

Arrival / Parking / Departure:

  • Airport Nice. Further by shuttle bus to the train station.
  • Arrival by train to Nice and then by regional train (www.ter-sncf.com) to Saint-Dalmas-de-Tende, cost EUR 20 per fare, approx. 2 hours.
  • Parking: unguarded parking spaces near the hotel, free of charge and at the train station of Saint-Dalmas-de-Tende, no reservation necessary.
  • Return journey by bus „Lignes d’Azur” (www.riviera-francaise.fr) from Menton to Saint-Dalmas-deTende, approx. 1.5 hours. Or return journey by train, approx. 2 hours (1x change of trains).

Things to note:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Number of participants: min. 2 persons
  • Extra nights upon request in every stage finish
  • Special dates on request
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
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Ratings

4 of 5 Stars (1 Rating)
4 stars
Julian Gassner AT | 12.05.2017
Wanderreise Mercantour
Schöne Wandertour durchs Hinterland. Man bekommt gute Eindrücke von einem eher ruhigen Teil Frankreichs. Besonders gut gefallen haben uns die Ruhe und Originalität der Orte und Menton am Ende!

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