6 independent reviews for Mercantour family walking holiday, France

Reviews for Mercantour family walking holiday, France

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review 17 Sep 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Our children would say Kaia, our donkey who they bonded with. For me, the emptiness and the views. Possibly my favourite spot of all was the Chappelle St- Barnabe near Val Pelens where we whiled away a couple of hours in glorious sunshine with spectacular views.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Don't expect luxury. But do expect some spectacular scenery in a surprisingly untouched area. There are no shops along the way (with the exception of one bakery and a few cafes) so bring what you need. The pack lunches are generous and include a treat - but bring some other snacks if you have children who need encouragement.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The area isn't at all developed and lacks infrastructure. The donkey treks are a creative way to bring people to the area with minimal impact on the environment but lots of benefit to locals.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

We loved it. We want to visit the area again - and preferably with a donkey.

review 21 Aug 2015

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The stunning scenery of the mountains. If you love being outdoors and don't mind being away from creature comforts you'll love this holiday.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Some breakfasts (not all) can be really basic, just bread and jam. We had nut and protein bars to fill us up before a day's walking. Take plenty of snacks we stopped every hour for snack breaks which the kids looked forward too. Don't underestimate your kids ours (6 and 8 years) loved it and had no problems walking. They always had plenty of energy left at the end of the day. A couple of places were in dormitory style shared accommodation (but never any problem) so if you feel you need privacy let them know when you book.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes. We stayed in some really nice local places where others were in bigger hotels. We had better food and better views.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Awesome, it has raised the bar for next year!

review 26 Aug 2014

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The whole thing! Our 6 year old and 4 year old leading "Leonidas" our donkey through the French Alps, sleeping in a beautiful yurt in an Alpine meadow, and feeling like we'd done something completely different to the typical "bucket and spade" type of holiday.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

We expected our young children to grumble about the hiking but in fact they exceeded all expectations and walked 5 steep miles per day for 3 days in a row. It's easy to under-estimate what your kids (and you) can do.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Mercantour NP is a protected national park. It is very beautiful and the trip felt like it had low impact on the environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent. Some aspects could be improved (we were given little for breakfast - some stale bread and butter, but the jam, tea and coffee had all run out). But as long as you are easy going about such things (we'd brought our own supplies, just in case!), you will have a great adventure in beautiful surroundings.

review 21 Aug 2011

. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday? The mountains, flora and fauna in an exceptionally beautiful and unspoilt part of the world, within and on the periphery of the Mercantour National Park in the French maritime Alps. Also staying in auberges and gites among friendly people, with excellent breakfasts, picnic lunches and evening meals provided as part of the package.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

The key thing is to be adaptable. We were lucky with the weather, which was consistently good for the week we were there (mid-August) but it is not always perfect even in summer. However, the tour operator provides a choice of routes in getting from one rest place to another, and this flexibility is a huge advantage. Don't go if five star accommodation is what you want, but having said that, the level of service at the rest places was generally very good. The contact with like-minded walkers looking for quiet communication with nature, away from large crowds, was also very rewarding.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes, it was clear that the Itinerance walking holidays were very important to the local economy, yet at the same time organised in a way that was very friendly to the local environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent.

review 31 Jul 2008

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The fantastic alpine flora high in the mountains.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Practical advice about getting there, but otherwise just do it - the info we had in advance was thorough and meant there were no real snags to advise people of.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes, definitely.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

A great experience for the whole family.

review 26 Aug 2006

Great holiday - five-star trip. Superb scenery; walks outstanding capped by 10,000-foot climax (Mont Pelat); well organised; easy to follow route; very amenable hosts at night stops; honest mountain fare (and plenty of it); mostly off the tourist trail; good value for money; under our own steam but companionship from other trekkers in eves; accommodation basic but, on the whole, charming; glad to support local economy in lesser visited valley; no Brits (that's a plus!). How do we beat that next year?

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