PROVENCE: THE VERDON GORGE

FRANCE | SELF-GUIDED

Trip Style

Rolling hills

Availability

From 20th of April to 6th of October

Highlight

Largest canyon in Europe, Famous GR4, Roman way, Beautiful villages

Price from

595 EUR

 

Grade

Discover the largest canyon in Europe: the Verdon Gorge, and walk down to the Verdon River below for a well deserve “Siesta”. Follow the famous GR4, the Roman way, and the Route Napoleon.

 

Witness the unique culture, tradition, of Provence and the most beautiful villages of France. Relax in our selected “logis de France” hotels, selected for their comfort, character, and the quality of their food

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A Magnificent and wild landscape characterised by its preserved nature and turquoise waters.

 

Les Gorges du Verdon (the Verdon Gorge), also called “Le Grand Canyon du Verdon” or Verdon Canyon, define the border between the département Var and Alpes de Haute Provence. The Verdon River carved a deep canyon into the limestone cliffs here for about 21 km. It is much smaller than the Grand Canyon but it’s Europe’s deepest. This is a nature conservation area, the Parc Naturel Regional du Verdon. The Parc Naturel Régional du Verdon was inaugurated in 1997 finally recognising and officially protecting the special nature of the region.

 

Les Gorges du Verdon is not only an exceptional natural site, we find a lot of beautiful typical villages through the Verdon River. Villages and towns of character such as Riez-la-Romaine, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, Castellane, Entrevaux or Annot ( the villages ranked as “villages et cités de caractère”) unfold on the hills covered with oaks, vineyards and orchards. La Palud sur Verdon is heaven on heart for climbers from all over the world, Castellane is an exceptional site, overlooked by Notre-Dame-du-Roc or Entrevaux, a medieval town, has kept its ramparts and its citadel built by Vaudan.

 

The pre-alpine treasures of Haute Provence are found in the local delicacies that you can discover in the village shops: truffles, oil, tapenade, lavender honey, seasonal vegetables, biscuits, goat’s cheese or “charcuteries” (salted meats).

 

The day dawns on the fantastic chasm of the Verdon Gorge, and the emerald-green river winding along the bottom, as vultures glide by in the sky. The walking holidays we designed for you aim to bring you through the heart of this incredible area and to enjoy the wide variety of landscapes, authentic, peaceful, natural and rustic in a wonderful atmosphere.

PACKAGE DETAILS

Day 1: Castellane

Castellane sits in the beautiful hills at the doorway to the Verdon canyons. Travellers are especially drawn here by the vast choice of excursions and sports offered around the old city.

 

The whole of the town can be admired from the terrace of Notre Dame du Roc. Walk along what remains of the 14th-century walls of the city to reach the chapel. There is also a beautiful view of the ramparts, the Napoleon Bridge and the Verdon canyons.

Day 2: Castellane to Point Sublime 18km/5h

Hanging from a rocky peak rising out of the stony ground and lavender bushes, the village of Rougon overlooks the Verdon gorge.

 

Rougon offers a peaceful setting far from the smoke and noise of the big cities. It is a typical little Provençal village complete with narrow streets and houses built from traditional materials. From the ruins of the castle, there is a wonderful view of the Point Sublime which truly deserves its name.

Day 3: Point Sublime to La Palud sur Verdon 20km/8h

La Palud is one of the highlights of visiting the Verdon Gorge. There is plenty of hiking and mountain biking around the village and in the summer, swimming in Lake Ste. Croix.

 

La Palud was once a potters’ village, and the traditional local products are still produced here. Feast on trout and crayfish, lamb with Provençal herbs, lavender honey, truffles, ham, and country bread.

 

If you would like to cut 1.5 or 2 hours from the walk, we would suggest ordering a taxi at Chasteuil, from here the walk is along the road beside the Gorge.

Day 4: La Palud sur Verdon to Moustiers Sainte Marie 17km/6h

Moustiers is set in a semi-circle of rocky cliff at 630m altitude. Two peaks at either end of this cliff are linked together by an iron chain (227m. long) on which is hooked the star of one of the knights of the Crusades.

 

Walk through the heart of the villageto admire its interesting architecture or make your way to the outskirts to see the waterfall of Rion, Notre Dame de Beauvoir, and the grotto of St. Madeleine. Moustiers Sainte Marie is the home of earthenware tiles for this region. Take a stroll through the cute pottery shops and pick up some lovely locally made souvenirs. 

Day 5: Moustiers Sainte Marie

Moustiers Sainte Marie is the end of this walking holiday route through France.

We can arrange extra nights anywhere on the itinerary after your last walking day, or you can continue on to another one of our French routes. We can also arrange a station/airport transfer. Please get in touch at info@onefootabroad.com for more info.

INCLUDED AND NOT

  • 4 nights in 2*
  • 4 Breakfast
  • Dinner on Day 2
  • Roadbook (Guidebook)
  • Luggage Transfer
  • 24/7 Customer Care
  • Flights/trains
  • Insurance
  • Drinks
  • Transfer from/to airport
  • Extra night stays
  • Upgrade Hotels: 3* or 4*
  • Dinner on Day 3 if upgrade to 3*

Access

Fly in/Fly out

Best airport are Nice and Marseille. Other possible airports: Paris Orly and Paris Charles De Gaulle or Toulon

Check train transfers below to choose the most convenient airport for you to visit The Verdon Gorge

Nice Airport, 106 km of Saint Andre les Alpes.
Marseille Airport, 160 km of Saint Andre les Alpes.

Daily direct flights:
Nice – London (2 hrs) – British Airways / Easyjet
Nice – Dublin (3 hrs) – Aer Lingus / Ryanair
Nice – Bristol (2 hrs) – Easyjet
Nice – Liverpool (2 hrs) – Easyjet
Marseille – London (2 hrs) – Ryanair/ British Airways / Easyjet
Marseille – Dublin (3 hrs) – Aer Lingus / Ryanair
Marseille – Edinburgh (3hrs) –  Ryanair
Marseille – Bristol (2hrs) –  Easyjet
Toulon – London (2 hrs) – Easyjet
Daily TGV from/to:
Paris – Marseille
Paris – Aix en Provence

Other

TER regional train (for Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur region):
Marseille – Valonne  (gare de Chateau Arnoux Saint Auban)
Marseille – Digne les Bains
Aix en Provence – Digne les Bains
Aix en Provence – Valonne  (gare de Chateau Arnoux Saint Auban)

Details on prices and time on the sncf websites:
For TGV trains
For TER trains (Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur region)

Marseille / Castellane
Download time schedule 2012 (3.32MB)
Autocars Sumian
Avenue Mouliero – 13770 Venelles
Phone: 33 (0) 4 42 54 72 82

Digne les Bains / Saint Andre les Alpes
Download time schedule 2012 (920KB)

Motorway:
Marseille / Peyruis (A51)
Nice / Castellane (D6185 and N9)

View itineraries: ViaMichelin
See our options in Dates & Prices.
Way back: From Moustiers Sainte Marie
Manosque / Marseille
Manosque / Aix en Provence
Manosque / Nice

Details on prices and time on the sncf website.
Moustiers Sainte Marie / Digne les Bains
Download time schedule 2012 (294 KB)

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