Mountain hiking to the splendid port of Menton
Mountain hiking through traditional mountain villages of Mercantour National Park
Impressing cultural highlights at the village of Sospel
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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
  • 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 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
15 km
700 m
700 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. 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.

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 2020 at a glance
Season 1
Apr 1, 2020 - Oct 25, 2020
daily
Mercantour National Park 8 days, FR-COWSM-08X
Base price
Surcharge single room
839.00
329.00

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

Extra nights upon request in every stage finish

Services and infos

Included:

  • 7 overnight stays as stated, breakfast included
  • Evening meal (6x, not in Menton)
  • Luggage transfer (1 piece of luggage per person)
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel and tour documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Service hotline

Arrival / Parking / Departure:

  • Airport Nice. Further by shuttle bus or tram to the train station.
  • Arrival by train to Nice and then by regional train (www.sncf.com) to Saint-Dalmas-de-Tende, cost EUR 20 per fare, approx. 2 hours.
  • Parking: unguarded parking spaces at the train station, free of charge and 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), cost EUR 2 per person. Or return journey by train, approx. 2 hours (1x change of trains, www.sncf.com).

Things to note:

  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
Madlene Reischl
"I will help you with the planning of your holidays with advice and action"
Madlene Reischl, Customer Service

Ratings

4.3 of 5 Stars (3 Ratings)
4 stars
Marcel Egloff CH | 25.10.2019
Mercantour
Sehr attraktive Tagesrouten, keine Transporte zu Wanderstart fanden wir sehr gut, Einstieg in Sospel nach St. Agnès schwierig muss genauer beschrieben werden.
Madlene Reischl
Madlene Reischl answered:
Lieber Herr Egloff, vielen Dank für Ihr Reisefeedback! Freut uns sehr, dass Ihnen die Wanderreise so gut gefallen hat! Wir bedanken uns auch für Ihren wichtigen Hinweis zur Streckenführung nach St. Agnès. Wir werden somit diesen Streckenabschnitt nochmals genauestens überprüfen und überarbeiten, sodass die Reiseunterlagen noch weiter verbessert werden und keine Unklarheiten auftreten!
5 stars
Andreas Schürmann DE | 21.07.2019
Echt individuell
Beeindruckende Landschaft, keine anderen Wanderer, perfekt vorbereitetes Kartenmaterial, regionaltypische Unterkünfte, große Gastfreundlichkeit vor Ort. Leider fehlte bei der letzten Etappe ein Hinweis auf eine bereits seit 2008 bestehende Sperrung der Wegstrecke zwischen St. Agnes und Monti (ein durchaus gehbarer Weg, der aus Sicherheitsgründen wegen eines Felssturzes gesperrt ist).
Madlene Reischl
Madlene Reischl answered:
Sehr geehrter Herr Schürmann, besten Dank für Ihr schönes Feedback! Danke für den Hinweis zur letzten Etappe, wir werden die Unterlagen noch einmal diesbezüglich prüfen und entsprechend ergänzen. Vielen Dank und bis zum nächsten Mal!
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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