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An Unforgettable Challenge: Trekking the French Maritime Alps

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Program #17990RJ
12 Days | 11 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
The Alps beckon! Heed the call on an adventure in the heart of the Maritime Alps. Created in 1979 as one of the seven French national parks, Mercantour National Park features a diverse topography ranging from fertile plains to marshlands to high mountains. Experience this astounding landscape on a trek from Dalius Gorge to the mountains via tiny hamlets, thick woods and wildflower meadows, all while admiring magnificent geology, flora and fauna.


Highlights

• On a trail high above Dalius Gorge, use your camera to capture breathtaking images of the gorge’s famous red stone, the result of oxidation of iron in the atmosphere.
• Trek along the foot of Mount St. Honorat and imagine days long ago when the abandoned fields you pass were once the breadbasket of an entire region.
• Conquer the magnificent “Tête de Méric” peak and enjoy sweeping views as you picnic atop its 6,800-foot summit.

Activity Notes

Good physical fitness, stamina, previous trekking experience. Hiking 4-12 miles, 4-6 hours per day over mountainous terrain, rugged trails, ridges, through forests. Elevations between 4,000-7,100 feet. Luggage will be transferred separately to each site.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Nice, 1 night; train and coach to Mercantour National Park, 9 nights; coach and train to Nice, 1 night; Departure

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12 Expert-led lectures
16 Field trips

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