Your self guided walking holiday: Set high above the French Riviera, the Mercantour National Park sets the scene for dramatic hikes in an alpine setting: serrated peaks, sacred rock carvings, mountain lakes and refuges, abundant wildlife, alpine pastures carpeted with wildflowers, all from the comfort of a stunning chalet.
During this self-guided walking trip, you spend the first two nights in the authentic and picturesque village of La Brigue, nestled in the Roya valley and complete a warm-up hike in lower altitudes. You're then transferred to the hamlet of Castérino, at over 1500m, where you settle into a cozy chalet-style hotel. Gateway into Mercantour National park, Castérino is the perfect base from which to explore the stunning alpine landscapes of the Mercantour.
Though we've chosen well-trodden paths in and around the park, it's important to note:
* this is indeed a hikers' holiday, for seasoned hikers
* and set in an alpine environment, with considerable altitude gain -- up to 800m -- daily