Join Fabrice, a local UIMLA Mountain Leader, on this great day hike with spectacular views over the French Riviera, starting from the medieval village of Peille, close to Nice, in the beautiful Provence region.
Enjoy wide panoramic views embracing the Mediterranean Sea and the southern Alps
Discover Peille, a charming medieval hilltop village, very close to Nice
Hike through beautiful Mediterranean landscapes, along a local certified guide
Is there a better hike close to Nice and Monaco, than a walk where you can enjoy the view over more than 100 km of the Mediterranean Sea coastline (from San Remo to Saint Tropez) and to the Alps at the same time ? Yes, if you hike up to Baudon Peak, wich culminates at 1200 meters right next to the sea!
We start from the medieval village of Peille, only 30 min from Nice, one of the biggest villages in our region during the Middle Ages. Not surprising as Peille was one of the main relay on the Salt Road, starting from Nice to the northern Alps! We will enjoy a visit the the village after the hike. Peille is located in the beautiful Provence region, in the Alpes-Maritimes department.
You will hike through a nice mediteranean vegetation with aromatic plants and even orchids in spring. Goats and ships herds may be around too, providing an interesting contrast.
The ascent to the peak is a little steep and rocky sometimes, on about 20% of the loop path. This is a program suitable for sporty people, so you need to have a good fitness level, as well as to bring good hiking boots. While hiking we will discover stunning wide panoramic views. The hike will take us about 4 hours and it involves a 620-meter ascent (2000 feet).
Find this proposal tempting? Just send me a request and we will start planning this fantastic hiking tour. Bear in mind this program is better enjoyed from October to May.
In summer, we always recommend to discover the Mercantour National park, with cooler temperatures due to its altitude. Take a look at the 1-day hike in the Mercantour National Park, or the Valley of Marvels 1-day or 2-day hiking trip in the park, or check out all the great hiking programs I also guide in 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.
-Price per person for a Group from 8 to 10 people: 30 EUR -EQUIPMENT: Good walking boots (no tennis shoes!). Micro fleece and mountain t-shirts, if possible avoid cotton t-shirts. Cap. Water bottle (1 liter/pers minimum). Sun protection, eye protection. Vest may be usefull, specially from November to early may (may be hot too sometimes). "
Peille Village, 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.
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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 52 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 and a little snack// Picnic (with local food and specialities) may be provided with 10 €/pers charge.
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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.