Join UIMLA-certified mountain guide Fabrice on half-day hiking tour in the scenic Calern Plateau, between the French Riviera and the Prealps. This is a non-technical program, open to everyone.
The Plateau de Calern (1,458m) is an 8-kilometer-wide limestone high plain located in the municipalities of Caussols and Cipières, in the Alpes-Maritimes department, in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region, in southeastern France. The plateau stretches out to the north, within the Préalpes d’Azur Natural Regional Park (1,800m).
The Préalpes d’Azur extends over 88,944 hectares between the French Riviera (also known as the Côte d’Azur or Blue Coast) and the French Prealps. Given it receives both Mediterranean and alpine weather, the park features a wide variety of landscapes, ideal for hiking: rugged arid hills, karst plateaus, dense forests, gorges, sinkholes and caves, fertile valleys, and cultivated hillside terraces, plus numerous picturesque medieval perched villages!
Our tour will depart from the Caussols commune, about an hour drive from Cannes and Nice, the main cities in the French Riviera. We will hike across the Calern Plateau’s trails and sinkholes for about 3 hours with an estimated 183-meter (600ft) ascent. Along the way, we will enjoy panoramic views to the Mediterranean coastline and the high peaks in the Mercantour National Park (685 km²) far-away north. Furthermore, if you decide to join this outing in spring (especially in May), you will be lucky to see the area covered by wild orchids and other beautiful alpine flowers!
The best time to go on this tour is spring or fall. Given that the trail does not present any difficulty, this program is open to everyone, without any prior hiking experience or fitness level requirement.
Explore one of France’s most scenic landscapes in this half-day trek in the Calern Plateau. Send me your booking request now!
If you are looking for similar activities around the French Riviera, I recommend the Saorge perched village hiking and the full-day guided hiking in Mercantour National Park.
Caussols commune (Alpes-Maritimes department, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, France)
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.
We can help you arrange transportation from Cannes, Nice, Monte Carlo or any other city in the French Riviera. If interested, please let us know in advance. Required equipment: • Walking shoes or boots • Breathable jacket • Micro fleece and mountain t-shirts (if possible, avoid cotton t-shirts) • Cap • Water bottle (1 liter per person) • Sunscreen and sunglasses
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 227 each|
Group of 2
|EUR 119 each|
Group of 3
|EUR 78 each|
Group of 4
|EUR 62 each|
Group of 5
|EUR 47 each|
Group of 6
|EUR 42 each|
Group of 7
|EUR 37 each|
Group of 8
|EUR 31 each|
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• Guiding fee
• Please note that the price also includes a small snack. However, it doesn’t include picnic. This can be provided with an additional €10-charge per person.
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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.