Vence half-day hike to milennial oak tree, French Riviera

Fabrice, an UIMLA Mountain Leader, takes you on this great half-day hike around Vence, in the hills of Provence, in southeastern France. A milennial oak tree and interesting archaeological remains are some of the highlights of the tour.




Trip Duration

1/2 day

Mountain Range


People per Guide

12 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified



    I invite you to join me on a half-day hike around Vence, close to the French Riviera. A milennial oak tree, a very nice medieval village perched above the French Riviera, great views from the hilltops, and many surprising evidences of 4000 years of human presence, from the Copper Age period to the more recent shepherds and farming life are the higlights of this hike.

    Baous is the local name for small hills and cliffs in Provence and the southern French Alps nearby Nice, Cannes and the very famous village of Saint Paul de Vence on the French Riviera. This small mountains are very famous among the locals as they can easily get there to enjoy the views.

    About 40 minutes from Nice, the main city of the French Riviera, this is a nice wilderness gateway in the Alps, that you will enjoy in spring or fall. We usually avoid summertime as it would be too hot.

    From there we can enjoy broad views on the Mediterranean coastline and on 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 with rosemary, thyme and Sage and ancient terraced fields.

    The highlights of this hike are getting to the milennial oak tree and also the archological remains of the first stone fortress made by human hand, perched on top of the hill.

    The hike is about 3,5 hours and includes a 450 meters ascent. You have to be a bit fit to keep the pace, as the trail is a little steep.

    Send me a request if you want to join me on this half-day hike in Vence. Book your trip and enjoy a great hiking tour in Provence. If you wish to spend a full day on this hike, taking more time and visiting the two Baous of La Gaude and Saint Jeannet, you can book the full day trip that I also guide.

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    160 EUR

    Group of 2
    85 EUR

    Group of 3
    55 EUR

    Group of 4
    45 EUR

    Group of 5
    35 EUR

    Group of 6
    30 EUR

    Group of 7
    25 EUR

    Group of 8
    25 EUR


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
     A small snack is included in the price. A picnic can be provided at 10 EUR p/person // Hiking tour price per person for Group of 9 to 10 people: 23 EUR; Price per person for Group of 11 to 12: 20 EUR

    Other details

    Skill level required


    Fitness level required


    Meeting point

    Saint Jeannet Village parking, 30 minuts from Nice, 1 hour from Cannes or Monte Carlo

    More info

    -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


    About the Guide


    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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    What People are Saying about Fabrice Morel


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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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    Brice Gouvernel
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    LAM Jit Sau
    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.
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