Walking holidays around our ecolodge
|Far from it all : This area is still spared from the extensive tourism which tends to stay on the coast. As a result, our region is still exceptionally authentic and unspoilt, as we intend to keep it. With the red stones and blue skies, our mountains offer a unique perspective in Europe. Located near the National Park of the Mercantour, our area is protected by the Natura 2000 Network: currently it ranks amongst some of the most significant natural protected sites in Europe.|
Family holidays-multi activities-centre based in the French Alps
Family walks around our centre based ecolodge in the Mercantour, in the French Alps
For families with young children or teenagers (no minimum age) couples looking for a romantic getaway
In option - Multiactivity : canyioning, aquatic walk, Walking two days of itinérance (baggage carried by donkey or by car)
Prices for 2018 : 7 days/6 nights
Adult 676€ excluding flights and outdoor activities
Children 595 € per child (under 12 yrs) including full board, excluding flights and outdoor activities of canyioning
Accommodation: 3 nights in our new Ecolodge, with en suite bathroom. 1 night in a local hostel, 2 nights in Mongolian yurts (home comforts in the wilderness!)
Dates: This trip departs from mid-May to end-September
Climate: due to the proximity of the Mediterranean Sea, the weather is warm and sunny, ideal for summer hiking
Level: easy, trails clearly marked
Mercantour national park : stay in our ecolodge " green key"
This package is tailored to those who feel like less is more. This is the right option if you are looking for an enjoyable, relaxing, and easy-going experience.
Take the time to relax properly
This package is tailored to those who feel they've earned the right to take it slow during their holidays. It's all about lying down in the mountain pastures and watching the butterflies flutter by. Get away from it all. This is an extraordinary commune with nature.Enjoy the fantastic sights we have to offer, like the breathtaking red Alpine gorges just below us. Come stay in our brand new Ecolodge, painted in a unique and incredible golden-brown lime-based color scheme.Let the donkeys greet your arrival as they peek their head through the third story window.Come lose yourself here! Come relive simpler times!
Walk in the Mercantour national Park
|Day 1||Day 2|
Easy to reach Villeplane.Arrival by bus or mountain train from Nice or by car. Welcome tout in the afternoon. Meet Jeremy, master of the house… or should we say master of the kitchen, as cooking is what is closest to his heart. Come enjoy some of the finest French cuisine in a place you might not have expected!
Our guides will help you choose your adventure according to the season and the weather. For those who enjoy kayaking and canyoning, this is an ideal starting point, right above the famous Clue d'Amen.
|Walk to "le belvédère des gorges rouges" A walk to the breathtaking Alpine red gorges along a wide panoramic vista.|
|Day 3||Day 4|
|Outdoor activity ( cayioning, rafting or aquatic walk For hikers, exceptionally clear signage gives you the opportunity to explore the upper valley, with only a 30 minute drive to the trailhead. Return to the Ecolodge||Part 1 of a two-day hike: Sauze par Les Moulins Your luggage will be carried by car or by donkey ( your choice) This pleasant hike is filled with breathtaking vistas as you cross the flanks of Mount St. Honorat (2550m). You will eventually reach the charming village of Sauze, which was once the centre of a busy rural life, as witnessed by the large number of hamlets you will encounter near the end of the day.When you arrive in Sauze, your hospitable hosts, Bernadette and Gilbert will greet you for your overnight stay in a traditional inn. Bernadette is a famous " chef".|
|Day 5||Day 6|
|Return to Villeplane, via the Cante mountain stream. Hike down amongst the lavender and thyme bushes. Take a dip in the mountain pools of the Cante, then climb back up the shaded woods to arrive at the two yurts of Villeplane. Nestled in the greenery, these yurts were imported from Mongolia and are traditionally furnished. Outside, you'll find the water, showers, electrical outlets and dry toilets. This is an unforgettable opportunity to live close to nature..||The comfortable yurts tend to make travelers want to sleep in, so on day 6, we offer a lovely, relaxing half-day hike, far from everything. The top of the Collet peak offers a 360 degree vista of all the peaks of the valley. A shaded picnic amongst the larch trees and a pit-stop along a mountain stream, which allows for some fun splashing around, usually motivates slower groups to keep moving.|
For those who get a car : Morning departure by car (1hr drive) to go exploring the lakeside and drive up the valley. It would out of the question to leave the valley without this excursion. 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, wooly 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.
Walk through the walled village and follow the signs for the citadel entrance. Return to Nice with the picturesque mountain train.