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Explore the beautiful Valley of Marvels (Vallée des Merveilles), in the Mercantour National Park, along UIMLA Mountain Leader Fabrice. Discover stunning alpine scenery and one of the most famous archaelogical sites in the Alps.
Discover amazing alpine landscapes next to the French Riviera
Visit one of the most famous archeological areas in the Alps
Enjoy the view of beautiful alpine wildlife and flowers
Next to Nice, Cannes, Monte Carlo and the French Riviera, you can find the unique Valley of Marvels, located in the the Mercantour National Park, in the southern French Alps.
The Valley of Marvels –Vallée des Merveilles, in French- is a famous alpine area to visit in the southern Alps, as it gathers some of the most beautiful landscapes and it is a very important archelogical site at the same time. We find here one of the largest amount of open-air Copper and Bronze Age petroglyphs in Europe, a great evidence of the earliest human presence in the Alps.
Many great lakes, colorful rocks, and high peaks create an impressive alpine landscape you will enjoy, located at an altitude of 1300 to 2500 meters above sea level (4200 to 8500 feet).
Morever, as the Valley of Marvels is a highly protected area, there is a great chance to enjoy some wildlife encounters, with chamois (or shammy), ibex, marmotts or other alpine animals. On this Valley of Marvels 2-day excursion, we will be staying at the Vallée des Merveilles alpine refuge (cabin).
If you are interested on this great hiking tour, just send me a request. Book your trip and get ready to discover the unique Valley of Marvels.
Also note it is also possible to do an easier 1-day hiking excursion in the Valley of Marvels, from Fontanalbe. We can also propose a 3 to 5-day tour in the Valley of Marvels, as there are many interesting spots for great hikes in this area.
We will stay at the Merveilles alpine refuge (cabin). Please note before reservation is made, we have to verify availability in the alpine club refuge. Then the refuge booking will have to be done separately and directly online at the Refuge Vallée des Merveilles site (https://refugedesmerveilles.ffcam.fr/).
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 Group of 9: 80 EUR Group of 10 to 12 people: 70 EUR CHECK LIST. Good walking boots-Breathable Jacket and rain vest (It can be hot and cold in the same day in the high altitude mountains)- Micro fleece and mountain tee shirts (if possible avoid cotton tee-shirts)- Cap- Water bottle (1 liter/pers)- Sun protection- Sunglasses -Walking sticks if you need (for the petroglyph area)- 2 pairs of walking sticks can be provided.
We usually meet in Saint Dalmas de Tende. Our hiking tour starts in Casterino. HOW TO GET THERE: -You can drive from Nice and from the French Riviera to Saint Dalmas de Tende. In the Roya Valley through Nice and Vintimiglia (Italy). -Train is available from Nice to Saint Dalmas de Tende. Then, we have a 30 min. drive to Casterino. -Nice is the closest airport. *If you wish, I can pick you up from a number of different places, from Nice or other places on the French Riviera. In this case, 40 to 60 EUR will be asked for transportation cost.
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 516 each|
Group of 2
|EUR 269 each|
Group of 3
|EUR 186 each|
Group of 4
|EUR 155 each|
Group of 5
|EUR 135 each|
Group of 6
|EUR 114 each|
Group of 7
|EUR 104 each|
Group of 8
|EUR 83 each|
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• Price does not include meals and accommodation. Consider about 55EUR per person for 1 full board night. Picnic can be provided by additional 10 EUR 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.
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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.