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Through the fragrant foothills of Provence and up to the alpine panoramas of the Mercantour. With or without the help of one of our devoted donkeys, take in sights such as Europe's largest glacial lake, red gorges, marmots, chamois and golden eagles.


€612 adult /€498 child under 12, full board at a guest house, hotel and mountain refuge, and including luggage transport by donkey and transfer from/to train station

Duration: 8 days (7 nights)
Departures: 15 May to 15 September
Start point: Guillaumes (nr Nice)
End point: Guillaumes (nr Nice)
reviewed by greentraveller

Greentraveller's Travel Advice: If you have some extra time to spend in Nice after this exciting walking tour, this spectacular French city has a few green travel options. Wander through the flower and fruit market in the Old Quarter, stroll through the magnificent Parc Phoenix or visit one of Nice's several cultural hotspots, such as the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art for an art fix plus stunning panoramic views of the city.

Overview of Mercantour Walking Holiday

The Mercantour National Park is located at the heart of the 'Alpes Maritimes'  region– little known and,  depite its proximity to the Mediterranean coast, is true Alpine country.   We will lead you up the Var Valley, from the fragrant foohills of Provence to alpine panoramas of rocky outcrops, glacial cirques and deep blue and green lakes, alpine pastures, dense forests, immense gorges and crystal clear rapid glacial rivers.

We have an idyllic climate for walking here, as the alpine and Mediterranean influences converge  to produce a mild, sunny climate. At the higher altitudes, chamois, marmots, eagles and wolves still live undisturbed inside the boundaries of the Mercantour National Park. Our hikes offer a choice of several routes to your daily lodging, according to levels of walking experience and ability. And our secret to making these hidden mountain paths accessible to a family?… a donkey! These affectionate animals have been part of our family for as long as we can remember. Each one of them has their own individual personality and they love the company of humans, especially children. 

Reviewed by Catherine Mack:
Verdict: "Amazing experience with carefully thought out itinerary, prepared by people who really care about showing you the best of the mountains. But this is not just a walk in the park. The walks are challenging, but we cityfolk made it, and were over the moon to have achieved it. Itinerance also run a wild camping holiday for families holiday, so we are definitely going back to the Kieffers for that one."

Summary: "This holiday confounded all expectations. It was much tougher than we had expected, and yet we all rose to the occasion in our own ways, and pushed ourselves beyond limits we had never really set ourselves as a family before. The boys threw themselves up the mountains with gutso I never knew they had and chatted with the families, whose arms we fell into every night, with an infectious enthusiasm about the stunning landscape we had just traversed...".

 >> Read Catherine's full review of her Itinerance Trekking holiday

What price includes

  • The advice of a local guide in English
  • Full board accommodation (option individual room available)
  • breakfast, picnic lunch and a well-deserved dinner
  • family rooms of 4-5, showers are available throughout.
  • The transfer from Estenc-Villeplane at the end of your tre
  • A road book; an IGN map of the paths (25/000);



Plan your journey by train

Meeting point:
Nice Ville train station

Nearest train station to meeting point:
Local station Gare SNCF (via Nice Ville)

Transfer to meeting point:
Operator collects guests from station
From Nice Ville, take bus no. 23 (a 30min journey) then get off at the train station 'Gare SNCF' and walk 10 mins - or take the tramway - to the mountain train station 'Gare des chemins de fer de Provence'

How to get there:
Train from London to Nice

Plan your journey by train to Nice

Plan your journey by train

Finish point:
Nice Ville train station

Nearest train station to finish point:
Nice Ville

Transfer to finish point:
Operator drops guests off at station
Bus no. 23 (a 30min journey) to Nice Ville

How to get back:
Train from Nice to London

Plan your return train journey from Nice