Family Walking Tour

with a donkey in the fFench alps

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From Inn to Inn

one week all included

What we do

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Mercantour national Park

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wild landscapes

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What we do

Family walking with a donkey in the French Alps

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Setting off from Villeplane village, 100 kms north of Nice, with just a donkey to carry your bags, is a fantastic family odyssey. Because this is a week of walking with, literally, no baggage. Just time to stroll and chat as a family, tuck into delicious picnics overlooking an Alpine valley or snowy peak. Luggage transportation by your own personal donkey. From gîte to gîte is a family favourite and one of the most freeing ways to discover the Mercantour national park. The traditional way, to carry your bags from gîte to gîte is a top way to meander through the Mercantour.There are 100km of waymarked ways with a vast choice of routes.

Holidays in the Mercantour

a donkey and his family resting together
Donkey and his family

Prices for 2018 : 7 days/6 nights

Adult (option family rooms) 650 € Children aged 6 – 12 : 550 €

Included in the price :   Not included in the price, for those who do not come by car:
  • The advice of a local guide who will welcome you in English: On the morning of your arrival, we will assess the various possibilities together, taking into consideration the weather forecast and your physical abilities.
  • Full board accommodation : At guest houses,1 in an hotel or in a mongol yurt and 2 nights in a mountain refuge. Each lodging is comfortable and clean, and will provide your breakfast, picnic lunch and a well-deserved dinner. The rooms consist of family rooms of 4-5, and showers are available throughout.
  • Transportation of luggage: Your own personal donkey to carry your bags.
  • A road book; an IGN map of the paths (25/000); a leafy booklet on the valley, its fauna and flora, and a leaflet published by the Mercantour National Park.
  • The transfer from Estenc-Villeplane at the end of your trek.
  • The air fare
  • The return fare from the airport up to the mountains.
    either by bus Nice-Guillaumes (once daily: 3€ per person return journey.)
    or by the small mountain train Nice-Entrevaux (4/5 times daily: 25€ per person return journey)
  • The transfer from and to the train/bus station at the beginning and end of your journey.
    either Guillaumes: 40 € per group return journey
    or Entrevaux: 80 €/per group return journey.
  • Drinks and personal expenditures

French Alps Mercantour/Day-by-day itinerary

Optional Pre-night   Day 1

Arrival at the Ecolodge or the mongol yurt ( option) at Villeplane. Easy to reach us by bus from Nice or Direct arrival : ecolodge at 9 am

Pre night half board : 56 euros adult and 49 euros kid

  Villeplane-Sauze: Your trek begins in the 'Redlands', on the southern and northern mountainsides of the Cante Valley. It will introduce you to the distinctive feature which creates the charm of the southern French Alps; The shear diversity of the landscapes, between the fresh, woody ubac (north-facing slope) typical of the northern French Alps, and the strong Provençal overtone of the adret (southern-facing slope).
Day 2:   Day 3
Sauze-St Martin: The ascent of the valley continues with this beautiful trek, shaded for the first part of your day as you head towards the panoramic plateau de la Lare. The rest of the day takes place in descent or on the flat. You will experience stunning glimpses between the trees, allowing you to discover the unique landscape of the high valley of Var with its striking outcrops of black marl.   St Martin-Val Pelens: The postman trail: This way with its evocative name, recalls the time (not so distant than that) when the public service had to provide good pair of shoes to ensure mail delivery ... Before beginning to climb, the trail follows an old irrigation channel, to supply water to land or crops and then crosses the rocky Bramus in a spectacular waterfall.
Day 4   Day 5
Val-Pelens-Entraunes: A stunning trek, travelling through ancient country living sites, sparing a thought for these generations of mountain folk who covered the foreground, in order to find the best area. Now that nature has taken over, it is the attentive eye that can detect the traces. You will then be mesmerised by the power of the dense, vertical waterfalls waiting for you towards the end of your day.   Entraunes-Estenc: By the waterfalls: Walking up through the village, you will follow a pretty path along the bed of the impressive Var river, between towering cliffs, and across the footbridges over the torrents of Garréton, Aiglière and the Var, with their impressive vertical falls! Passing the chapel of St. Sauveur, you will follow the path around a little lake to walk through Pra Long (long meadow) and arrive at your refuge.
Day 6   Day 7
Estenc-refuge de la cayolle By the woods of Garrets, an ascent which progresses in altitude up a beautiful path through a centennial larch tree forest to the timberline (edge of inhospitable climate), where you emerge to find high mountain pastures and the charming mountain range of Sanguinière with its wild scenery, typical of the contrast and diverse southern Alps.   Refuge de la Cayolle- Estenc :the breathtaking tour of the lakes : Your weeks trek rounds off in a climax with an enchanted tour around the glacial lakes of Allos, Garrets and la petite Cayolle. You will lose yourself on this journey through nature, where the blue sky is reflected in the clear waters of the lakes and the endemic flora strewn with alpine pastures: Alonie bluebell, woolly Berardie, Koch gentians, acaulescent catchflies, vanilla orchids, pansies ... In this geological battleground, where the emerging Alps have pushed back the sea, stone glacials and high altitude waters bring your journey to an end amidst the glittering blue expanse of the lake of Allos.
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F. 06470 Guillaumes
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