Fabrice, an UIMLA Mountain Leader, takes you on a hiking day trip with amazing views, in the countryside near the medieval village of Saint Paul de Vence, very close to the French Riviera.
A milennial oak tree, a beautiful medieval village perched above the French Riviera, great views from the hilltops, shepherds and farming life, and many surprising evidences of 4000 years of human life, from the Copper Age to the Middle Ages or from even more recent times are the higlights of this hike.
Baous is the local name for the little hills and cliffs in Provence and in the southern French Alps nearby Nice, Cannes and the very famous village of Saint Paul de Vence on the French Riviera.
Located about 40 minutes from Nice, the main city of the French Riviera, this is a nice wilderness gateway into the Alps in spring or fall, avoiding summertime as it would be too hot.
From there we can enjoy broad views on the Mediterranean coastline and the high alpine peaks of the large Mercantour National Park in the north.
Landscapes are quite diversified with oak tree forest, very Provencal limestone hills covered of rosemary, thyme and Sage and ancient terraced fields.
We can propose you two hiking options, one for beginners and the other for more fit hikers.
If you wish to do just a half day hike, I offer a shorter option in the same area of about 3 hours and 450 feet ascent. In this case, you have to be a bit fit to keep the pace, as the trail is a little steep.
You will be amazed by the views on these hikes, embracing the Mediterranean Sea to the southern French Alps and all the French Riviera coastline.
So what are you waiting for? Send me a request, book your trip and come discover this hidden jewel in the French Riviera with a great hiking tour. If you are looking for more hiking options, you could check out my profile link.
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.
-Picnic can be provided for 10 € per person. -Transportation may be proposed from Cannes, Nice, Monte Carlo or any other French Riviera cities (Please contact us for prices and more informations). Check List: Walking shoes or boots. Breathable Jacket Micro fleece and mountain t-shirts, if possible avoid cotton t-shirts. Cap. Water bottle (1 liter/pers). Sun protection cream, sunglasses
Saint Jeannet Village parking. 30 minutes from Nice, 1 hour from Cannes or Monte Carlo
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.
Fabrice nous a proposé une très belle randonnée. Il nous a permis d\'observer la flore et de voir de nombreux chamois, des marmottes. Le niveau de marche était parfaitement adapté au groupe. Très belle journée !
Pascal Van Brabant
I had an amazing day, guide was very good and helpfull. I was some wildlife and the nature was breathtaking... thx a lot
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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.
Group of 1
|EUR 220 each|
Group of 2
|EUR 115 each|
Group of 3
|EUR 75 each|
Group of 4
|EUR 60 each|
Group of 5
|EUR 50 each|
Group of 6
|EUR 45 each|
Group of 7
|EUR 40 each|
Group of 8
|EUR 30 each|
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A small snack is included in the price.// Price per person from 8 to 10 people: 30 EUR - From 10 to 12 people: 25 EUR.