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Fabrice, an UIMLA Mountai Leader, takes you on a great day hike in the beautiful Calanques National Park, near Marseille, hiking along the stunning calanques of En Vau, Port Miou and Port Pin.
Discover some of the most stunning landscapes on the Mediterranean Sea
Hike along the amazing crystal clear blue sea in the Calanques
Discover the special flora, geology and history of the Calanques National Park
The Calanques National Park has one of the most impressive sea landscapes you can ever find. It’s near Marseille, in the south of France. The National Park was created recently, in 2012. I invite you to join me on this great 1-day hike and discover this beautiful destination.
Calanques are like very deep fjords, but all composed of white limestone cliffs diving in crystal clear blue water. The En Vau Calanque is a very deep calanque and one of the most famous to discover. Actually you will hike to Port Pin and Port Miou on your way to En Vau. So, you will enjoy the view of three calanques on the same day!
Colors and views are stunning. There is a very special flora and geology here, and many local stories of the local human history about fishermen, climbers and people living in the tiny houses right on the beach.
The Calanques is a whole world with its own special climate, landscapes, and unique way of life. You can also enjoy the charming city of Cassis and its little port after the hike.
The hike is about 5 hours long, if you want to reach both En Vau view points. We will reach the beach of the deep En Vau Calanque, with some rocky and steep trail portion in the end. But you may also do a shorter hike of about 3h30 minutes hiking on a easier path, getting only to the first viewpoint, wich is already amazing.
Send me a request if you’d like to discover the stunning landscapes of the Calanques National Park. I will be happy to guide you around this amazing area in France.
If you prefer to arrive the day before, we can recommend you a hotel or lodging options in Cassis.
The guide can decide to modify this program for reasons of safety, weather conditions or any other unforeseen event. It can also be adapted according to the technical and physical level of participants.
Check List: Light walking boots. Micro fleece mountain t-shirts, if possible avoid cotton t-shirts. Cap. Water bottle (1 liter/pers). Sun protection, eye protection. For bigger groups, please contact me for conditions and prices.
We will meet in Cassis, located about 30 min from Marseille. It can be reached by train. Transportation may be proposed from Nice, Monte Carlo or any other French Riviera cities Please contact me for more information and pick-up rates, starting from 60 €.
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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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|
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• Guiding fee
• The price includes guiding fee, a little snack and parking in Cassis, if necessary, depending on the date you come, usually free from October to April. Picnic (optional) is not included in the price. // Price per person for a Group from 8 to 10 people: 30 EUR
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We had an amazing trip, we wanted to explore the Mercantour region, reconnect with nature, and spend quality time as a couple. Fabrice understood the brief, was clear in his guidelines to prepare the trip, proposed different options, and, ultimately, adapted the hikes on a day to day basis based on the weather. For example, instead of having us hike all day in the mountains in pouring rain on the first day, he adapted the program and took us for a hike all around Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat along the riviera coast. The hikes were stunning, especially at this time of the year (fall) with amazing lights and colors. We highly recommend Fabrice as a guide, he is very knowledgeable on the fauna&flora, local history, on wolves. He also initiated us to some key principles of Nordic walking and mindful walking. Thanks Explore & Share team for connecting us. We definitely will do it again and recommend to friends.
LAM Jit Sau
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We spent a day hiking with guide Fabrice in Mecantaur Park. It was a great hike with different levels of difficulty. We rested at the lake at around 2000 meters and then made our way to the mountain pass high above. We were rewarded with a lot of wildlife sightings and even a patch of snow in August. Patrice was great and gave us a lot of information about the area and the flora and fauna. He was also great at pointing out historical events that took place in the area in the past.
Superbe randonnée au lac de Fenestre. Le guide Fabrice connaît vraiment bien son sujet, le parc du Mercantour, qu’il commente bien, et la randonnée en général. Il su très bien s’adapter à mon niveau (très moyen). Je recommande vivement !
We really enjoyed our trip up and around Utelle. Based on weather conditions, Fabrice identified and organized a slightly different hike for optimal views and tailored to our hiking abilities. He also organized hotel transportation and a lovely picnic. He was very knowledgeable about local history. We are so glad that we were able to get off the beaten path and see something truly special.
Thanks again, it was one of our favourite moments from the holiday!
The trip was great! Fabrice was a wonderful guide and I’m contemplating further trips with him and explore share.
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our hike to Mercantour National Park. Fabrice was entertaining and knowledgeable, and helpful. He arranged for our pickup from our hotel at Nice, and even drove us to a village bakery to pack a Provençal sandwich for our picnic at the top of the mountains. Fabrice shared with us a lot of information about the place’s landscape, flora and fauna. And he also showed us how to spot the wildlife and take pictures of the animals. We learnt that he’s also an avid photographer and has extensive experience in nature photography. The highlight of our trip was reaching the crystal clear mountain lake, close to the top of the mountain range, where we also got to cross the border from France into Italy for our picnic. The only regret we have is not being able to spend more time in the park, as the hike took most of the day. We will definitely be interested in doing this again! Thanks for the arrangement! Regards Ernest and Leidia
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Our excursion with Fabrice was one of the highlights of our trip to France. He was extremely knowledgable about the area and the local history. He even went out of his way to take us to see some local orchids that were in bloom when he learned that we love orchids! We will definitely take another trip with him the next time we find ourselves in the area.