1-day Hiking in Provence, Montagne Sainte-Victoire

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Join UIMLA-certified Mountain Leader Fabrice on this great hike to the Montagne Sainte-Victoire, one of the most famous mountains in France and a symbol of Provence.

Alps

1 Day

Apr, May, Jun, Sep, Oct, Nov

Occasional

Intermediate


Highlights

  • Climb one of the most emblematic mountains in Provence
  • Enjoy a spectacular view over the region from the top
  • Discover the special atmosphere of the famous Provence region

Description

The Montagne Sainte-Victoire is an impressive limestone mountain with an imposing ridge in the south of France, which extends over 18 km right next to the city of Aix-en-Provence.

The Montagne Sainte-Victoire is one of the most famous mountains in France. Its unique shape is well known in Provence and it is a symbol of the region. That is why it is also on the list of  “The Grand Sites de France“,  which gathers emblematic landscapes and monuments in France such as Rocamadour or Pont du Gard.

The highest point of the Montagne Sainte-Victoire is the Pic des Mouches, at 1011 metres. Another notable feature of the mountain is the Croix de Provence. From the top, the views are breathtaking.

The mountain is celebrated for its many appearances in a series of paintings by Paul Cézanne (1839–1906), who could see it from near his home-town in Aix-en-Provence.

Many different hikes may be proposed to discover this unique region. On this hiking day, we propose to reach the Pic des Mouches, which is Sainte Victoire’s highest point. It is not difficult to reach, either climbing by the south or the north side.

If you choose to climb by the south side, it will take us about 4 hours, with an ascent of 680 meters. The easy option is the north side, that takes about 2 hours and includes a 240 meters ascent.

If you find this proposal interesting, just send me a request. Book your trip and climb this iconic mountain in Provence.  You could also check other hikes I guide in Provence, like the Martel Verdon Gorges hike, the Calern Plateau hike, the beautiful perched village of Saorge in the French Riviera, or a great hiking tour in Vence country, also in the French Riviera.

Details

Accommodation

You can pick a hotel in Aix en Provence or Puyloubier

More info

Price per person: Group of 8 to 10 people: 30 EUR Group of 11: 28 EUR Group of 12: 25 EUR For bigger groups, please contact me for conditions and prices.

EQUIPMENT: Light walking boots. Micro fleece mountain tee shirts (if possible, avoid cotton tee-shirts). Cap. Water bottle (1 liter/pers). Sun protection, sunglasses.

Meeting point

Puyloubier. It's located 30 min. from Aix en Provence, 1h40 min. from Nice, 1h from Marseille. We can arrange transportation from from Nice, Monte Carlo or any other French Riviera cities. Contact me for more information and pick-up rates, starting from 60 €.

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About the guide

I am a hiking guide (International Mountain Leader) who has been working all over France (including Provence and the Alps), Italy and Portugal since 2001. I speak fluent English due to my frequent trips to Taos Ski Valley (in New Mexico, USA where my family runs a great hotel and ski school), and my hiking trips in the American Southwest.

I live mainly in Nice (French Riviera), but I also move all over the Alps working in different alpine valleys. I often visit Martinique (French Caribbean island), where I enjoy rainforest and tropical hikes.

When I´m not guiding, I also work as a photographer, and like to climb, ski, play tennis, or kitesurf in my spare time. Additionally, I really enjoy botany and history.

I can guide you for a half day or for as many days as you like. I´ll take you to discover my favourite French Riviera alpine region, and the wild and large Mercantour National Park (counting 8 different valleys) near Nice, Monte Carlo and Cannes.

In my region we can enjoy the Mediterranean landscape at sea level. As we move into higher altitudes, we will discover alpine lakes, larch or pine forests, orchids and alpine flowers, open meadows, spectacular medieval perched villages and old baroque chapels and churches, with great historic value.

We can also discover the hiking hotspots in Provence such as Calanques National Park, Verdon gorges, Sainte Victoire and the Var region, with Saint Tropez a particular highlight.

I also love to hike in Italy in the very famous world heritage Cinque Terre (the amazing national park of the "Five Lands"), or in Liguria near San Remo.

And finally, I always enjoy taking my guests to the northern Alps: to Chamonix and Mont Blanc´s amazingly large panoramas or to the great Vanoise National Park, the largest in the heart of French Alps.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 258 Each

Group of 2

EUR 135 Each

Group of 3

EUR 88 Each

Group of 4

EUR 68 Each

Group of 5

EUR 57 Each

Group of 6

EUR 47 Each

Group of 7

EUR 42 Each

Group of 8

EUR 31 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

Price per person: Group of 8 to 10 people: 30 EUR/ Group of 11: 28 EUR / Group of 12: 25 EUR


For booking assistance

Our experienced outdoor adventure team is ready to help you boost your experience and will assist you throughout the whole process, from the moment you choose a program until you return from your trip.



 

 

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