What an incredible location, Rougon in Haute Provence with views to the Verdon Gorge
Verdon Gorge & GR4: Europe's Grand Canyon
Verdon Gorge & GR4: Europe's Grand Canyon
Verdon Gorge & GR4: Europe's Grand Canyon
Verdon Gorge & GR4: Europe's Grand Canyon
Verdon Gorge & GR4: Europe's Grand Canyon

Verdon Gorge: Europe's Grand Canyon

Long distance hiking holiday in France

Hike the Grand Canyon of Europe! If you love dramatic landscapes and the power of nature, then this is one for you. Experience the stunning limestone gorge carved by the Verdon river, one of the most beautiful in Europe and a magnet for walkers, climbers, bird watchers, geologists and canoeists from around the world. We walk from the foothills of Haute Provence through the Verdon National Park, and some of the most dramatic scenery in France as we make our way along the GR4. We spend five days completing a point-to-point journey, including the spectacular lower gorges of the Verdon river. Read our Blog to find out more about the hike. 


  • Discover the spectacular 'Grand Canyon' of Europe
  • Follow in the footsteps of Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Spend two nights in the famous village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie
  • Summit Le Grand Margès mountain
  • Wander beside lavender fields, olive groves and truffle farms
  • Eat crepes whilst watching griffon vultures in flight
  • Explore the pre-history of the lower gorges
  • Stay in a mix of characterful family run accommodation

The 25km (15.6 miles) of the Verdon Gorge makes it the largest canyon in Europe and second in the world slicing through the limestone plateau midway between Avignon and Nice. Carved by the turquoise water of the Verdon River, the gorge is between 250m (829ft) to 700m (2296ft) deep. The bottom is 8m (26ft) to 90m (295ft) wide, while the rims are 200m (656ft) to 1500m 4920ft) apart! The National Regional Park of Verdon was created in 1997 to protect an environment that has evolved over two million years and also prides itself in being labelled by UNESCO as the largest geological reserve in Europe.

We had a fabulous time, hiking through Haute en Provence and through the Gorges du Verdon. The scenery is spectacular and our guide was wonderful.

- Mike, USA, 2024

Home again, time to reflect ……but I’m ready for the next! Provence was beautiful and the itinerary varied, the hotels comfortable, breakfasts delicious and the group fun to be with. Our ‘Ultra fit’ Mountain Man from Chamonix is a wonderful guide, great company and considerate. A big ‘thank you’ to Seb and Tracks and Trails for the highlight of the week…….The Verdon Gorge on a gorgeous day! I’m itching to be back in the Alps and hope to book a future winter/summer trip.

- Ruth, UK, 2019

This trip had everything I needed for a perfect holiday. Our guide, Seb, is very knowledgeable and told us intriguing tales about the trails. The accommodations and food were fantastic, that includes our lunch stops along the route. The trails were along magnificent scenes I almost had a hard time processing them in 3D!

- Rima, Saudi Arabia, 2019

It’s hard to pick a winner when it comes to the accommodation. Lindsay our guide was absolutely excellent, knowledgeable, helpful and friendly and a pleasure to spend seven days with. Memorable moment? That’s a tough one, maybe picnic lunch overlooking Lac Sainte-Croix.

- Nick, England 2018


  • The meeting with your guide will be at approximately 1800 hrs in the small village of Saint-André-les-Alpes at. Saint André sits at the head of the turquoise Lac de Castillon. This quiet, Provençal village was built on the site of a 12th century medieval castle built by the Templar Knights and can be easily linked by road with other Provencal regions on what's known as the Route La Lavande.

  • From our hotel in Saint-André-les-Alpes we take the famous long distance walking route the GR4 which follows the old route used by the Romans to reach Lyon. We ascend steadily through mixed woodland to reach high meadows and a ridge on the western side of the lake which offers excellent views of the Lac de Castillon, the neighbouring valley and back towards the peaks of Haute Provence. The trail meanders over a high limestone plateau where in springtime the primroses can be found in abundance. On the way we pass the pine trees where local people can be found collecting the sap to make 'pine sweets'. After passing old farm buildings used by the French Resistance fighters in World War 2, we then descend and join the famous Voie Imperiale, a trail used by Napoleon returning from Elba, in March 1815. Our destination today is the village of Castellane a beautiful example of the architecture of the area. If time allows a walk up to the 'Notre Dame de Roc' is well worth it as we are treated to commanding views of Castellane and the Verdon River.

    Ascent: 790m (2591ft) Descent: 850m 2788ft) Distance: 20km (12.5 miles) Duration: 7h00

  • We leave Castellane via a bridge which dates back to Roman times and then continue along the GR4 trail which to begin with follows the Verdon River. We then climb gradually on easy wide trails to gain our first views of the Verdon valley. With the river running beneath us, towering cliffs, and jagged rocky spires line our path. We pass sleepy hamlets and houses typical of the region, with red tiles and terracotta walls. We plan to stop for our picnic lunch at the lovely old school, now a gite, at Chasteuil which is run by Pascal. The family hand make lovely cosmetics and lotions made from natural ingredients and if he is open there is always the temptation to buy a few samples! We then make a second steady climb, again on good trails, to reach a high wide open plateau where we are rewarded by our first views of the Verdon Gorges itself. As our trail descends we arrive at the medieval village and castle of Rougon. Perched on a rocky outcrop Rougon has a small chapel at its centre, connected by narrow cobbled streets and is home to various artists and the best creperie we know (and that is saying a lot!). From here we enjoy great views of the 'Grand Canyon' of the Verdon and if we are lucky we will see the magnificent griffon and black vultures. The association of "Vultures in Haute Provence" reintroduced the birds in the 1990's and watching them in flight with their 2.5m (8ft) wing span is a highlight of the trip. A further 30 minutes brings us down to the head of the gorge to the perfectly situated Auberge du Point Sublime, our hotel for the night. If we are unable to stay at the auberge our alternative accommodation will be at the creperie 'gite' in Rougon village called Le Mur d'Abeilles, which means the 'bee wall'.

    Ascent: 780m (2558ft) Descent: 750m (2460ft) Distance: 20km (12.5 miles) Duration: 7h00

  • Today we enter the famous 'French Grand Canyon'. From our auberge, we have a short walk to the trail which leads us down to the Couloir Samson and the Verdon river 300m (984ft) below. Here, the trail is more challenging under foot as we descend toward the river along the steep walls of the gorge joining what is known as the 'Martel Trail'. What follows is a stunning world of limestone, towering cliffs and jade green waters. This trail was laid out in 1928 by the Touring Club of France and takes the name of the French speleologist, Édouard-Alfred Martel (1859-1938), who undertook the first complete descent into the canyon in August 1905. After a day of exploring we have a steep climb out of the Gorge, but the good news is that we exit the gorge at a bar, which seems to go down rather well! Tonight we stay in the lovely Provencal village of La Palud.

    Ascent: 700 m (2296ft) Descent: 700m (2296ft) Distance: 16km (10 miles) Duration: 7h00

  • The trail today leads up and through a large pine forest to the Col de Plein Voir which as the name suggests is an  exceptional viewpoint above the turquoise lake of Saint Croix. It is very pleasant walking today as we make our way on a single track trail through larch and pine forests along the Crete de l'Ourbes, a limestone craggy top, to reach 1213m (3978ft). The trail offers views to both sides, and is one of our favourite days. A final, steeper and rocky descent brings us to the valley floor and the picturesque village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, where we spend the night. Moustiers, steeped in the history of the Knights Templar, is a gem of a village. It is totally Provençal in its nature with many lovely art workshops and galleries to visit. The village is known throughout the world for its ceramics, and the Faience tradition. Examples can be found in the workshops and galleries but also at the Faïence museum. Definitely plenty of retail therapy today, if you want it! Tonight and tomorrow night we stay in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie giving you ample time to enjoy this lovely village.

    Ascent: 750m (2460ft) Descent: 900m 2656ft) Distance: 18.5km (11.5 miles) Duration: 7h00

  • Today we literally climb a mountain, Le Grand Margès, which is a stunning view point above the beautiful quaint village of Aiguines. We begin with a short transfer (23 minutes) to the village of Aiguines where we begin our hike. Aiguines, situated on a hillside, is a very traditional French village with its own privately-owned chateau, dating back to the Renaissance. The village is also well known for its crafts and wood workers. Our climb is rocky but steady and the views at the summit, 1576 metres, (5169 ft) are wonderful. You can see Sainte-Croix lake, the Valensole plateau, the lower part of the Verdon gorges, the Digne and Castellane pre-Alps, including the Lachens mountain, the top of the Var region. Well worth the effort of getting there. Our route home is back along our ascent trail. 

    You may want to sit out this day and enjoy spending time exploring Moustiers Sainte Marie and perhaps hiking up to the historic chapel above the village. We overnight once again in Moustiers. 

    Ascent: 798m (2617ft) Descent: 798m (2617ft) Distance: 9km (5.6 miles) Duration: 5h00-6h00

  • This morning we travel to the old village of Quinson, just 35 minutes from Moustiers-Sainte-Marie. We have a stunning circular hike today as we explore the Basses Gorges du Verdon, the lower gorges of the Verdon river. The lower gorges have a fascinating history as humans in prehistoric times settled here in a number of caves and there is a museum in Quinson which details these communities. It does in fact claim to be the largest prehistoric museum in Europe. We will also hike along the old Verdon Canal path which was constructed in 1865 and used until the 20th century to direct the flow of water to Aix-en-Provence. Along the way we wander through the oak trees which supplied the raw material for the local charcoal industry. This walk is pure pleasure as we continue along the Lower Verdon Gorge with its turquoise water, dreamy pools, and peaceful coves before heading upwards to a high point above the gorge at the ancient chapel of St Maxime. At the end of the day we will take a private transfer from the village of Quinson to our overnight accommodation in the ancient and very lovely village of Gréoux-les-Bains. The village has many shops and cafes and is a wonderful place to end our traverse of the Verdon Gorge. 

    Ascent: 300m (984ft) Descent: 420m (1377ft) Distance: 12km (7.5 miles) Duration: 5h00

  • Today is departure day. Details about how to get to and from this trip are given in the Trip Information section, under "Arrival & Departure". To complete the week you might wish to consider another night in Gréoux-les-Bains, or travel on to the famous city of Nice on the French Riviera and enjoy a day by the Mediterranean Sea. 

It is always our aim to complete the proposed itinerary outlined above, however, it may be necessary for our guides/instructors to adjust the daily itinerary based on the weather conditions, group safety and enjoyment. 


We always aim to accommodate our guests in well-situated, clean, characterful, family run accommodation. All of our trips are based on two people sharing a bedroom, what we call a 'twin' means two single beds in one bedroom. If you are booking as a single traveller you will share with someone of the same gender. In many cases a single room is available for a supplementary fee, but these can be in short supply and require early booking. Note that it is very rare to have air conditioning in European mountain areas, and most bedrooms do not have this facility. If you have any questions about the accommodation please contact us.

Accommodation will be in small villages along the route. All accommodation is en suite and is in clean and characterful Provençal auberges and hotels. It is based on two people sharing a room. A single supplement may be available upon early booking. 

Hôtel Le Bel Air


The Hotel le Bel Air rustic exterior masks the recently renovated rooms that are both light and modern.  This family run hotel provides a perfect starting point for our week in the Verdon area. 


Le Nouvel Hôtel du Commerce, Castellane


The 3* Nouvel Hôtel du Commerce is a 14 century coaching inn located in the heart of historic centre of Castellane, the gateway to the Verdon Gorge. Having retained many of it's traditional features it offers 31 quiet rooms, many of which have balconies with mountain views, all are equipped with a safe, TV, free internet, ensuite bathrooms, courtesy tray and all guests have access to the outside swimming pool. We eat out tonight a typical Provencal restaurant.

Auberge du Pointe Sublime


We love staying at Pointe Sublime, as the name suggests the Auberge is located at a magnificent viewpoint over the Verdon Gorge. For three generations the same family has welcomed travellers and hikers. They described the Auberge as a typical Provencal family hotel, with comfortable en suite bedrooms, and a shady terrace to enjoy a drink. If we are unable to stay at the auberge our alternative accommodation will be at the creperie 'gite' in Rougon village called Le Mur d'Abeilles where the evening can be spent watching the majestic vultures swooping overhead.

The restaurant has the accolade Pays Gourmand and also the label "Maître Restaurateur". This means excellent home made food based on local produce chosen from local producers known to the family. They love to say they offer authentic cuisine with the scents of Provence.

Hotel Le Provence, La Palud


This characterful family run hotel is in the village of La Palud, and heart of the Verdon region. The hotel was completely refurbished including the bedrooms, Le Styx restaurant, and the hotel's common areas to obtain 3 stars in 2020. The bedrooms have en suite facilities and many have balconies. There is a terrace by the hotel where you can enjoy a drink in the sun, or the shade! The hotel is located close to the small range of artisan gift shops, grocery store and bars.

La Bonne Auberge, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie

La Bonne Auberge is ideally situated at the entrance to one of France's most beautiful villages, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie. It has comfortable rooms with ensuite facilities, a shaded terrace where you can enjoy the local offerings from the restaurant, and a great outdoor pool. We will spend two nights here and as the hotel is only a few minutes walk to all the shops, cafes, and historic centre there will be plenty of time for exploring.

Le Mas de La Crémaillère Verdon


The Le Mas de La Crémaillère provides a fitting end to your holiday. This small hotel, with its friendly staff, has a family feel to it. The pastel shades of the light and airy rooms plus the outside terrace and pool provide a relaxing environment. The hotel’s restaurant serves  Provençal dishes made from seasonal, locally grown produce whilst a comfortable bar enables you to raise a glass and celebrate the end of the trek.


  • Arrival

    Train You can enjoy a train ride from Nice which will take you through the Provencal countryside to the start of your trip at St André Les Alpes. The journey time is approximately 3 hours. Times and tickets can be seen here.

    Flights For your arrival the nearest airport is Nice. Many guests prefer to arrive a day early and explore the ancient seaside boulevards of Nice and the old town. 

    Bus Click here for general information on travelling by public transport in Europe. 


    Flights Marseille is the closest airport for your departure, but there are also options to return to Nice. We recommend using the online public transport scanner to search for your method of transport www.rome2rio.com To get to Marseille Airport by bus you will go via Manosque and it takes 1h40. Follow this link for bus times to Marseille Airport.

    Bus Flix Bus runs a service from Aix en Provence to Nice and Nice Airport taking 2 hours 30 minutes, depending on the timings. Tickets can be bought in advance for the intercity buses but not the regional buses. We recommend buying regional bus tickets on the bus itself to avoid queues. The bus stop in Greoux-les-Bains is about 100m from the hotel. If going to Aix-en-Provence all buses go to/from the main bus station.

    Other onwards travel details from Greoux-les-Bains can be found here on the local website. Please contact us if more detailed travel information is required or help is required with translation.

    We can provide contact details for a private taxi transfer which you may like to share with other members of the trip. 

  • If you would like to extend this holiday to fill the week you might consider an extra day/night in the beautiful village of Gréoux-les-Bains to allow time for shopping or poolside action. Enjoy the quaint streets with their pavement cafes and watch the world go by, or explore the boutique shops featuring local products and produce. 

    If you are travelling onwards to Nice for transport reasons we highly recommend a night in this famous city on the French Riviera. The natural beauty of the Nice area and its mild Mediterranean climate came to the attention of the English upper classes in the second half of the 18th century, when an increasing number of aristocratic families took to spending their winters there. In 1931, following its refurbishment the city's main seaside promenade, the Promenade des Anglais , "Walkway of the English" was inaugurated. The clear air and the wonderful 'light' inspired painters such as Marc Chagall, and Henri Matisse, among others. Well worth a visit!

  • When booking a trip we ask you to acquire insurance to cover you for the following:

    Mountain Rescue Insurance

    It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical expenses, injury, illness, death, mountain rescue, cost of repatriation and personal accident risks. Please ensure that your insurance covers you to the maximum altitude given on your trip itinerary. The maximum altitude for any trip can be checked on the 'At A Glance' box on each trip page. Most of our trips have a maximum altitude of 3,000 metres. If you are unsure or are joining a bespoke trip, then please ask us for specific details.

    Trip Cancellation/Curtailment Insurance

    You should also have insurance to cover trip cancellation and curtailment. Please note that your deposit and balance payments are non-refundable, unless it is Tracks and Trails who cancel the trip due to a failure to reach the required minimum numbers. In this case we will offer you a refund or the option of transferring to another trip if one is available. We also advise that you should have insurance which covers baggage loss/equipment damage as Tracks and Trails will not be held responsible for loss/damage to baggage/equipment.

    COVID-19 Insurance

    As well as medical cover, we recommend that you have appropriate travel insurance so that if you fall ill and test positive for COVID-19 prior to (or during) your trip, you will be financially covered for cancelling your trip. You should also consider booking a policy that covers you if you have to cancel or curtail your holiday because you have to self-isolate. If you choose to cancel, cancellation charges will be payable, but if the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges. Please read the clauses below detailing trip cancellation and curtailment.

    Travel Insurance covering COVID-19 is now available from a number of suppliers, Campbell Irvine, Trailfinders and Staysure. Please check their websites for the latest information on what is and isn't covered. It is likely that more companies will offer COVID related cover in the future.

    All of the above insurances are detailed in our Terms and Conditions

    If you are joining a trip in the UK helicopter/mountain rescue insurance is not required as this is a free service.

    For further details, please read the Insurance section on our website.

  • In mountainous terrain the weather can vary considerably and you should always be prepared for any eventuality. 

    Temperatures in Haute Provence, France, range from daily highs of 17°-21°C (63°-71°F) in April, and May, to daily lows of 5-9°C (41°-48°F) . In September and August the daily temperature ranges from an average 24-29°C (76°-84°F), down to 11-15°C (53°-59°F). 

    It is often sunny with good clear days and can be very warm where hydration will become important, but it can rain and the temperatures can drop dramatically. It is not unusual for thunder storms to occur at the end of the afternoon and waterproof clothing should be carried at all times. 

  • When packing for a trip in the mountains it is important to have appropriate equipment and clothing. This kit list features items we believe are necessary for the weather you might encounter and accommodation you will be staying in. 


    • Walking boots - waterproof and comfortable. We have no objection to ‘low cut walking shoes’ provided you are used to walking in them on rough terrain 
    • Walking Poles – optional, but highly recommended
    • Rucksack – 20-25 litres, ideally with a chest & waist strap 
    • Rucksack liner/cover - to keep contents dry 
    • Water container - bottle or hydration system 
    • Gaiters - useful, but not essential 


    • Waterproof Jacket - essential
    • Waterproof Trousers - essential. We reserve the right to ask you to purchase waterproof trousers if we deem them necessary, or to ask you to miss a day of the trip if you are not properly equipped for the weather
    • Trousers - comfortable walking trousers that allow free movement
    • Shorts/skort
    • Sun hat 
    • Warm hat 
    • Gloves 
    • Base layer - such as t-shirt/thermal tops 
    • Fleece jacket/top 
    • Socks - technical walking socks
    • Duvet jacket/warm second layer
    • Thermal leggings - optional, and only needed if a cold day


    • Sunscreen - this is essential and a total ‘bloc’ is useful
    • Lip salve 
    • Sunglasses – essential as the sun can be extremely strong in the mountains
    • Toilet/tissues - plus a few biodegradable bags to dispose of rubbish
    • Anti-bacterial hand wash
    • Swimwear for the pool/hot tub and sandals

    Personal First Aid

    • Personal medication 
    • Blister plasters 
    • Painkillers/Anti-inflammatories
    • Glucose tablets/Energy gel
    • 2 x Re-hydration sachets - eg Dioralyte
    • Throat lozenges
    • Antiseptic cream/spray
    • Insect repellant - Tuscany does have a few ‘bugs’ 


    • Mountain Rescue Insurance - compulsory
    • Travel Insurance 
    • Passport
    • Credit card
    • Cash - Euros
    • GHIC - if travelling from UK for medical cover

    Additional Items

    • Slippers for use at accommodation
    • Clothing for use at accommodation
    • Camera/ Book/Music
    • Toiletries - soap/shower gel
    • Ear plugs - if room sharing
    • Small thermos for hot drinks
    • Head torch - plus spare batteries, useful if room sharing
    • Umbrella - useful for shade on hot days 
    • 1x Medium size kit bag/holdall/suitcase
    • Padlock - for your luggage being transferred

    Your luggage will be moved each day by a taxi driver. Please restrict yourself to one bag of approximately 15kg (33lbs) per person. Not all hotels have 'lifts' and you should be able to carry your luggage upstairs. There may be a charge imposed but the taxi company if you have more than 1 bag, and we would please ask you to cover this. 

    **Supplementary snacks if you follow a gluten free or coeliac diet**

    Leaders are all first aid trained and carry their own first aid kit 

  • On many of our trips there will be an element of 'group kit' which will be shared amongst our guests. As mountain people you will be used to team work and working together to the mutual benefit and safety of the group.

    The 'group kit' will be minimal and usually just a case of sharing a few lightweight 'survival shelters'. For example on a week-long trip you may carry a small shelter for just one day before passing it on to the next person. 

    If you are booking a trip in winter there will be a few additional safety items. These will be distributed in such a way that no one is over burdened. 

    Other group items necessary for safety and comfort will be carried by your guide/instructor.

  • For each of our trips a minimum number of guests is required before we can confirm that your trip will go-ahead. The minimum and maximum number of guests on your trip is displayed in the 'At a Glance' box on the righthand side of the trip page. 

    We strongly advise you do not book travel until we have confirmed your trip is 'guaranteed' to run. If you book travel before we have confirmed it is 'guaranteed' we cannot be held responsible for any financial loss if the trip does not go ahead.

  • When booking a holiday as a solo traveller a twin bedded room comprising of two single beds, is booked as standard. This will be with someone of the same gender unless you request to pay extra for your own room. Single rooms are often limited in supply so if you would like to pay a supplement for a single room we urge you to get in touch as soon as possible. This trip has a single supplement of £450 and in 2025 it will be £500.

  • Tracks and Trails go to great lengths to work with first class guides and instructors who are passionate about their work. They are all fully qualified, insured, and hold the correct documentation for the countries that they work in.

    Note your guide has complete discretion to make a daily decision on whether or not to take the advertised route based on the weather and the ability of the members of the group. They have our authority to make any route changes they believe are necessary in the interests of safety and enjoyment. 

    Your hiking guide will be a fully qualified and experienced International Mountain Leader. International Mountain Leaders are not only qualified to ensure the safe management of the group, but are also a source of knowledge about the local flora and fauna, and traditions of the area which you are visiting. You can learn more about our guides and instructors on the About Us page.

  • Suitable for those of you who consider yourself ‘hill-walkers’, these trips involve longer days at an altitude of up to 2800m (9184ft) on good paths and tracks. A good level of fitness is required as these treks can involve considerable amounts of ascent and descent and the occasional difficult day on rougher paths. There may be an occasional day with ascents/descents of up to 1350m (4428ft). We would expect you to have previous experience of walking on consecutive days in the mountains, and have experience of hiking in bad weather. Expect to walk 5-7 hours per day. 

    NB: We have graded this trip 'Difficult' because the days are lengthy, but we would say this is at the lower end of the scale and nearer 'Moderate' in terms of terrain and fitness required. We would not consider it essential that you had previous mountain walking experience if your mental attitude and level of fitness is good!

  • On this point-to-point trip you will have luggage support which means your bags are transferred each day to the next accommodation and you only need to carry a small/medium sized 'rucksack' for items you might need during the course of the day. Please refer to the kit list for this trip for guidance on the size of rucksack required.

    As your luggage will be moved along the route by taxi we ask that you keep the weight to a maximum of 15kgs (33lbs), and ONE bag per person. Many of the taxi companies who move your bags impose a 15kg (33lbs) limit and restrict the number of bags simply because they have to unload and reload the vehicle many times each day. If you take more than one bag you may be asked to pay a supplement. Also with regard to weight be aware that you may have to carry your luggage to your bedroom, which may involve climbing several flights of stairs as not all hotels have elevators. Luggage on wheels is generally a good idea.

  • We do not include lunches in your trip fee for various reasons, the most important of which is food waste. In general our guests have particular tastes and requirements for 'trail' or 'hill' food and it is better you purchase your own snacks rather than throw away items from the picnic lunch which we would supply.

    Lunches on our trips are 'picnic' style lunches, in other words you take a packed lunch with sufficient snacks, food and fluid to sustain you throughout the day. Buying snacks and trying local specialities is a great way to inter-act with local people and to practise your language skills.

    If there is the possibility of lunch being taken at a restaurant/farm/cafe beside the trail, your guide/instructor will advise you of this. Each evening you can order a picnic or a sandwich from the hotel, or your guide/instructor will advise you of other options such as a local shop or market. In all cases we would ask you to settle any 'bill' for lunch or drinks the evening before you depart, and not in the morning when there may be a queue.

  • On your itinerary you will find an indication of the amount of ascent and descent you can expect each day. This offers a guideline to how much effort might be expended each day and allows you to decide, based on previous experience, if your fitness and stamina are correct for the trip. 

    We make every attempt to ensure these statistics are as accurate as possible, but ask you to note that the most modern of technology used to record these details can show considerable variations in terms of ascent, descent, and in particular distance. In other words no two people using GPS devices on the same route will have exactly the same details recorded at the end of the day. 

    The statistics given should be used as a 'general' indication of the effort required. 

  • Your leader will carry the correct maps and you are not expected to navigate, but if you would like to have maps of the itinerary you could consider those listed below:

    IGN 3541 OT: Annot 1:25,000

    IGN 3542 OT: Castellane 1:25,000

    IGN 3442 OT: Verdon 1:25,000

    IGN 3343 OT: Gréoux-les-Bains 1:25,000

  • It is useful to arrive at your destination with some cash in the local currency, however, on most occasions it is relatively easy to visit a 'cash machine' after arrival and withdraw money on a credit or debit card. Some of our locations are an exception to this in particular Norway, where the accommodation will often have no facilities for withdrawing cash, but they will take a credit card. 

    On many of our trips we will visit remote cafes/farms where it is wonderful to enjoy a drink and a cake, at places such as these they will often only accept payment in the local currency in cash.

  • Food

    We encourage you to experience local tastes and dishes and for this reason many of our accommodation options will be family run with a reputation for traditional food and where the menu reflects the best that the region provides.

    The hotels to there best to accommodate the dietary needs of our guest . If you are vegetarian this is not a problem as the hotel is used to being asked for vegetarian meals. If you have a 'special' diet because of an allergy or intolerance which will make you ill then the accommodation will cater for this as best they can but we would ask that you make it clear on your booking form of any food intolerance so that we can discuss your needs with the hotel at the earliest point possible. When using remote mountain huts the staff are usually able to offer breakfast and dinner which meet with the clients needs.  Packed lunches can be more problematic and so we do suggest that, if you do have a specific dietary requirement, you bring a range of suitable snacks to supplement the lunches.  If you would like to discuss the suitability of a trip for a vegan diet, gluten or lactose intolerance  contact us

    We request that you do not CHANGE your dietary requirements during the trip as we will have pre-ordered your meals.


    The countries we visit all have tap water which is drinkable. If for any reason a particular hotel or mountain hut is having a problem with a remote mountain water supply they will normally post a sign over the tap indicating that you must not drink the water.

    At all times you are welcome to ask your guide/instructor if the water can be drunk. We would ask, for environmental reasons, that you avoid using single-use plastic bottles, and bring a water bottle that can be used repeatedly.

  • A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for the country you are visiting, paying attention to your citizenship. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice.  

    We ask that you carry a paper copy of your passport with you on your trip. We suggest keeping your passport in your rucksack, and a paper copy of your passport in any luggage you might have. If your trip is without luggage transfers then keep a paper copy somewhere in your rucksack, separate from your original document. 

  • We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

    Plug, Socket & Voltage by Country

    Note that if your trip involves staying in a mountain refuge/rifugio/hut that electric sockets may be in short supply and for that night you may not be able to charge any items. Although the accommodation will have electricity this will often be supplied by solar panels or a generator and limited to use by the staff. For this reason we advise that carrying a small slimline and lightweight 'battery pack' can be very useful for recharging phones which many of you will also use as your camera. 

  • Tracks and Trails pays guides/instructors a fair and appropriate fee for their professional service. However, if you feel your guide/instructor has provided an excellent service that went 'above and beyond' then it is at the discretion of each guest whether to tip or not.  Guests will often give a tip of between 2 - 5 per cent of the total value of their trip. It is entirely up to you and any gesture will no doubt be appreciated no matter the size. 

  • Before booking consider whether you expect to be in the appropriate physical condition on the date of your  departure to allow you to fully participate in and enjoy your holiday. If you have any doubts because of an illness or injury it would be advisable to check with your doctor.

    For UK residents travelling to an EU country you should obtain and bring with you a free Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment in certain European countries, but is not a substitute for medical travel insurance.

    If you have a UK European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) it will be valid until the expiry date on the card. Once it expires, you’ll need to apply for a GHIC to replace it. The UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) lets you get state healthcare in Europe at a reduced cost or sometimes for free. Please check this before departing. We advise that you always carry your insurance documents with details of the Emergency Medical telephone number for your insurance provider, and your policy number. 

  • We feel strongly about protecting the environment and do not encourage the use of single-use plastic items. We would ask that you arrive with a ‘water bottle’ or ‘hydration system’ that can be used repeatedly. We would point out that we operate a ‘zero tolerance’ for rubbish, and would ask you to remove all your rubbish items from the mountain even those you consider to be bio-degradable. In particular we ask that you remove any toilet tissue.

    You can read our full policy here.

  • Working across international boundaries, and with various currencies means that the price of our trips can change overnight. We have, however, undertaken to guarantee that once you have paid your deposit the price of your trip is fixed. In this respect we urge you to book early to ensure that you receive the price advertised on our website. The website price may increase due to currency fluctuations, but we guarantee that the price advertised on the date of your booking will be maintained in your individual case. 

  • We believe in team work, and enjoy working with other small high quality companies. In this respect due to the specialised nature of our holidays, we co-sell a number of trips with 'partner' companies. All the trips being sold by Tracks and Trails are organised by Tracks and Trails, but you may find guests from other companies on your trip. Partners are carefully selected to ensure they reflect our ethos and standards. By encouraging other companies to sell our trips it means your chosen holiday may reach its 'minimum' number earlier, allowing us to guarantee the trip and to give you the go-ahead to book your travel arrangements. We guarantee that companies with whom we work will offer the same price package. If you have any questions about this policy contact us and we will be happy to discuss it with you. 

What's Included

  • Seven nights half-board accommodation in 2 or 3 star hotels, based on two people sharing
  • The guiding services of a qualified International Mountain Leader
  • Daily transfer of your luggage to the next accommodation
  • Taxi transfers which are part of your itinerary

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Drinks and other beverages
  • Transfer to the meeting/departure points
  • Mountain rescue insurance – this is compulsory for all clients
  • Lunches; we find our guests prefer enjoying the experience of buying local produce
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Grade: Intermediate


At a Glance

From Price £1895
Holiday Type Walking
Duration 8 Days
Group Size 4-10
Minimum Age 18
Maximum Altitude 1213m (3978ft)
Countries Visited France
Meet In Saint André Les Alpes, France
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Grand Canyon of Europe

Why book with T&T?

  • Highly professional guides
  • Personal service guaranteed 
  • Attention to detail throughout
  • Explore off the beaten track
  • Single rooms on request
  • No surcharge guaranteed
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