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France Alps GR5 Trekking Tour

Follow Epic Trails from the Mountains to the Mediterranean


Trek the Alps along ancient trade routes from the mountains down to the Mediterranean Sea. The historic Grand Randonnée 5, or GR5, has been used by traders and soldiers thousands of years. Beginning in the storied alpine heights of the Mont Blanc Massif, you'll wind through remote valleys, cross sun-dappled meadows thick with wildflowers, and explore three pristine French Alps National Parks: Vanoise, Queyras, and Mercantour. Comfortable hotels await after fulfilling days on the trail — not to mention a celebratory swim in the azure waters of the Mediterranean at the end of this epic trek! Enjoy this adventure in the company of our incredible Alps guiding team including Laurent Langoisseur, Florence Simond, and Beatrice Mugnier.

14 Days

From: $8,495

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Highlights


  • Trek the famous GR5, a comprehensive journey through the snow-capped Alps finishing on the French Riviera
  • Be impressed by the variety of scenery as it dramatically changes daily from rocky limestone to waterfalls, from Provencal to coastal
  • Challenge yourself as you hike through three secluded and pristine national parks

France Alps GR5 Trek

Start: Geneva, Switzerland  End: Nice, France

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Itinerary


  • Arrive in Geneva & Head to Combloux

    Day 1

    Upon your arrival at the airport in Geneva, transfer to the small town of Combloux, a simple but charming alpine village. After settling in at the hotel, you'll have a chance to stroll around the village, or simply savor the exquisite mountain scenery. Later, meet your guides and the rest of the group for a welcome dinner and an orientation.

    Accommodation: Hotel Le Coin Savoyard

    Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Dinner

  • Warm-Up Hike to a Mont Blanc Panorama

    Day 2

    Today's warm-up hike will get you ready for the long, invigorating days ahead. Begin with an ascent over the grassy slopes of Le Mont de Vores (6,781'). From the wide open summit, make a long traverse in the shadow of the Aiguille Croche (8,257') to reach the Col du Joly (6,525'). From here, take in epic views of the entire Mont Blanc Range, which include the summit of the Mont Blanc massif itself (15,771'). In the afternoon, hike down to the picturesque mountain town of Hauteluce (3,610'). Overnight in Areches.

    Accommodation: Hotel Le Christiania

    Activity: 7 hours/13 miles hiking with 2,770' elevation gain and 2,950' elevation loss

    Transportation: 15-minutes private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Trek to the Base of Pierra Menta

    Day 3

    From the trailhead this morning, overlooking the bright-blue lake of Roselend, take a winding path along the ridge of Le Mont des Acrays (7,130') toward the base of the "Giant's Tooth" peak of the Pierra Menta (8,902'). At the Col du Couvercle (7,680'), enjoy panoramic views of the southern edge of the Mont Blanc range and the summits of the Vanoise. Later, descend into the Tarentaise Valley, where the Isere River flows. The many stunning peaks of this area were host to the alpine events of the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics.

    Accommodation: Hotel de la Vanoise, Peisey-Vallandry

    Activity: 6.5-7 hours/8 miles hiking with 2,100' elevation gain and 2,300' elevation loss

    Transportation: 30-minutes private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Vanoise National Park

    Day 4

    Spend the day in Vanoise National Park, France's first, which was created in 1963 after an early mobilization of the country's environmental movement. The park is home to ibexes and marmots as well as an abundance of brightly colored wildflowers. Pinnacles, sink holes, and jagged peaks dot the landscape, and the area is famed for crimson-veined blocks of marble and the many fossils preserved in the limestone. Make a long ascent from the Rosuel Door (5,050') to the Col de Plan Sery (8,530'), where the meadows are carpeted with edelweiss. At the foot of the Bellecote summit (11,388'), hike down to the valley of Champagny (5,120') and your lodging in the village of Pralognan.

    Accommodation: Hotel de la Vanoise, Pralognan-la-Vanoise

    Activity: 8 hours/14 miles hiking with 3,615' elevation gain and 3,550' elevation loss

    Transportation: 15-minutes private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike in the La Vanoise Range

    Day 5

    This morning, start hiking over smooth, rolling hills until you reach the alpine farming area at Le Ritord, where local farmers make the famous Beaufort cheese. Stepping off of the main trail you'll head to the Col d'Aussois, the highest pass you'll cross on this trip at 9,566 feet in elevation. The pass is wedged between the ridge of La Pointe de l'Echelle (11,227') and the southern tips of the Domes de la Vanoise and the Dent Parrachee (12,129'). After crossing the col, begin your descent through fields frequented by grazing ibex to the lake of Le Plan d'Amont (6,610').

    Accommodation: Logis Hotel les Mottets

    Activity: 8.5/14.5 miles hours hiking with 3,800' elevation gain and 3,000' elevation loss

    Transportation: 40-minutes private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Enter the La Vallee Etroite

    Day 6

    Across from the Maurienne Valley, today you will follow the Grande Randonnee 5 (or GR5) trail into the Vallee Etroite, where the slopes are covered with forests of larch pines. Starting at the small ski resort of Val Frejus (5,350'), begin a pleasant ascent toward the open col of Vallee Etroite (7,985'), until reaching the foot of Mount Thabor. The area still retains a strong Italian heritage, as this region has changed hands many times over the years. From your vantage point in this narrow valley, you'll have excellent views of the summits of the Vanoise region. Your descent takes you along wild streams and through alpine meadows to the huts of the Vallee Etroite (5,790'). From here, continue your hike down to the van, then take a short transfer to Montgenevre where you'll spend the night.

    Accommodation: Le Chalet Blanc Hotel

    Activity: 5.5 hours/7 miles hiking with 1,850' elevation gain and 2,270' elevation loss

    Transportation: 30-minutes private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Experience Queyras National Park

    Day 7

    Today you'll hike into Queyras National Park, an area with a huge diversity of flora and an abundance of unique rock formations. Your hike begins in the hamlet of Chalets des Ayes (5,626'), and then continues up a forested stream. You'll reach a summer farming region just beneath the Col des Ayes (8,126'). In the afternoon, make your way up to the hamlet of Clapey and enjoy breathtaking views of the valley below, and then down to the village of Brunissard (5,741'). End the day with a transfer to Saint-Veran, one of the highest villages in Europe at 6,677 feet. Legend has it that the village is named after a 6th-century saint who drove a dragon away from the region.

    Accommodation: Hotel les Chalets du Villard

    Activity: 6.5 hours/8 miles hiking with 3,050' elevation gain and 2,940' elevation loss

    Transportation: 40-minutes private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Continue from Queyras to Saint Paul

    Day 8

    Your hike begins at the Chapelle de Clausis (7,677') and continues on to the hut at La Blanche (8,198') and a quiet mountain lake. The short climb to Col Blanchet (9,504') allows the group to set foot into Italian territory as you make your way around the Tete des Toillies (10,416'). Return to France via the wide and scenic Col Longet (8,704'). The descent from here is long and gentle, passing through alpine meadows, oases of wildflowers, and gorgeous river valleys. Transfer to the lovely town of Barcelonnette.

    Accommodation: Hotel SPA Azteca

    Activity: 8.5 hours/ 14.5 miles hiking with 2,491' elevation gain and 3,680' elevation loss

    Transportation: 40-minutes private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Journey to Saint-Martin de Vesubie via Col del la Bonette

    Day 9

    After a restful morning, leave the hotel at 10am for a scenic drive to Saint-Martin de Vesubie. On the way, enjoy the view from the Col de la Bonette (8,907'), the highest driving pass in Europe. Stop for lunch in the town of Saint Etienne de Tinee, and arrive in the afternoon for free time to explore the charming village of Saint-Martin de Vesubie.

    Accommodation: Edwards Park Hotel La Chataigneraie

    Activity: Scenic drive and town tour

    Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Head to Mercantour National Park

    Day 10

    Today you'll head into the heavily wooded area known as Mercantour National Park, a region with a diverse ecosystem and many geologic interests. The park is home to ermine, ibex, and eagles. And though it is rare to see any of the wolves that returned here in the 1990s in search of new territories, you'll certainly catch a glimpse of the many chamois goats that leap precariously from one rock ledge to the next. Starting from the stone barns at Vacherie du Boreon (5,413'), in the welcoming shade of a larch forest, head towards Trecolpas Lake and then continue to the Pas de Ladres (8,031'). The descent takes you to the Madone de Fenestre (6,260'), nestled at the end of the valley.

    Accommodation: Edwards Park Hotel La Chataigneraie

    Activity: 6 hours/12 miles hiking with 2,624' elevation gain and 1,771' elevation loss

    Transportation: 30-minutes private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Mercantour National Park

    Day 11

    From the remote valley of Gordolasque, leave the Pas de l'Arpette (8,238') on your left to head south to the Cime du Diable (8,809'), via the Pas du Trem (8,156'). It is the southernmost summit of the park, and you'll be able to see it well from your vantage point. The trail then follows the winding ridgeline between the Roya and Vesubie Valleys, eventually emerging at La Pointe des Trois Commune (6,824'), which offers stunning panoramic views of the Southern Alps. The last stretch leads you to Baisse de Tueis (6,197').

    Accommodation: L’Estive du Mercantour

    Activity: 8.5 hours/16 miles hiking with 3,900' elevation gain and 3,300' elevation loss

    Transportation: 30-minutes private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Follow Trails to Sospel

    Day 12

    Coming back to where you stopped yesterday, follow the GR5 down to Sospel (1,148'), passing more remnants of the Great War en route. Along the ridge between the Roya and Bavera Valleys, you will have the chance to pass through different stages of vegetation and enjoy the fragrance of the Mediterranean as you reach Sospel (1,148'), a charming medieval town with a baroque cathedral and a newly restored town square. Dinner tonight is on your own.

    Accommodation: Hotel des Etrangers

    Activity: 7 hours/13 miles hiking with 660' elevation gain and 4,900' elevation loss

    Transportation: 30-minutes private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Hike to Grand Mont & Descend to the Mediterranean

    Day 13

    Your final hiking day begins with a trek to the Grand Mont (4,524') to enjoy one last panoramic view of the mountains. Then it's down to the Mediterranean village of Castellar (1,280'), perched on the side of a steep slope overlooking the sea. Hike to your last night's hotel in Menton, where you can end your trek by dipping your toes in the azure waters of the Med. Of all the Cote d'Azur resorts, Menton is the warmest and most Italian, only a few miles from the border. Enjoy a farewell dinner with the group tonight.

    Accommodation: Hotel Prince de Galles
    Accommodation: Hotel Riva Art & Spa
    Accommodation: Hotel De Londres

    Activity: 6.5 hours/12.5 miles hiking with 2,624' elevation gain and 4,600' elevation loss

    Transportation: 30-minutes private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Transfer to Nice & Depart

    Day 14

    Rise early for your transfer to the Nice airport and depart or pair this trip with another MT Sobek adventure in Europe!

    Transportation: 30-minute private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

Why Travel With Us?


  • MT Sobek has been leading Alps adventures for over 50 years and is one of the few adventure travel companies that can guide you along this ancient route.

  • In 14 days, you'll journey from the French Alps to the Mediterranean Sea and hike more than 130 miles, staying at comfortable hotels along the way.

  • We work with professional local guides, who are truly the best in the Alps. Many of our Alps-loving guests return to hike with them year after year!

Dates & Prices


  • 2024
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2024 Pricing

6 to 9 guests from $8,895 per person double occupancy

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6 to 7 guests from $8,695 per person double occupancy

8 guests from $8,895 per person double occupancy

9 to 10 guests from $9,695 per person double occupancy

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Price Includes


  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
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  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
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  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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Your Guides


The best people to immerse you in a destination are the ones who live there, which is why we feature local Adventure Guides on our trips. Here are a few that you might meet on this adventure.

Laurent L.

Laurent L.

Laurent hails from Normandy, France, having grown up in Argentan. In 1991, he obtained his European Mountain Leader certification, and in 1995 he was awarded the coveted patch of the Compagnie des Guides. Laurent has been guiding for MT Sobek since 1995, and is a senior guide on our Alps trips, he has hiked the Tour du Mont Blanc close to 100 times! When he isn't guiding for MT Sobek, he teaches First Aid and Mountain Rescue to mountain and hiking guides. During the winter, he's a ski patrol monitor in the mountains above Chamonix.

Florence S.

Florence S.

A native of Chamonix, Florence is a descendant from two of the area’s oldest families. After growing up in the Chamonix Valley, “Flo” spent several years in the south of France, and then traveled abroad to South America and Asia. She returned to her ancestral home, where the mountains now form an integral part of her life. She has led nearly 50 trips to the Alps, not counting how many times she has done this trip for her own fun! In addition to being an accomplished hiking guide, Flo is a skier and climber. As a member of the Compagnie des Guides, she follows in the footsteps of her forefathers.

Beatrice M.

Beatrice M.

Beatrice is a native of Chamonix, France, and has been guiding professionally in the Alps since 1989. She comes from a family of mountain climbers and her grandfather was also a professional mountain guide. Aside from being an expert hiking guide, Beatrice is also an avid climber and accomplished skier, and is a ski instructor during the winter months. She loves the mountains and will share her enthusiasm and in-depth experience with you during your trip.

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Upon your arrival at the airport in Geneva, transfer to the small town of Combloux, a simple but charming alpine village. After settling in at the hotel, you\'ll have a chance to stroll around the village, or simply savor the exquisite mountain scenery. Later, meet your guides and the rest of the group for a welcome dinner and an orientation.

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From the trailhead this morning, overlooking the bright-blue lake of Roselend, take a winding path along the ridge of Le Mont des Acrays (7,130\') toward the base of the \"Giant\'s Tooth\" peak of the Pierra Menta (8,902\'). At the Col du Couvercle (7,680\'), enjoy panoramic views of the southern edge of the Mont Blanc range and the summits of the Vanoise. Later, descend into the Tarentaise Valley, where the Isere River flows. The many stunning peaks of this area were host to the alpine events of the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics.

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Spend the day in Vanoise National Park, France\'s first, which was created in 1963 after an early mobilization of the country\'s environmental movement. The park is home to ibexes and marmots as well as an abundance of brightly colored wildflowers. Pinnacles, sink holes, and jagged peaks dot the landscape, and the area is famed for crimson-veined blocks of marble and the many fossils preserved in the limestone. Make a long ascent from the Rosuel Door (5,050\') to the Col de Plan Sery (8,530\'), where the meadows are carpeted with edelweiss. At the foot of the Bellecote summit (11,388\'), hike down to the valley of Champagny (5,120\') and your lodging in the village of Pralognan.

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This morning, start hiking over smooth, rolling hills until you reach the alpine farming area at Le Ritord, where local farmers make the famous Beaufort cheese. Stepping off of the main trail you\'ll head to the Col d\'Aussois, the highest pass you\'ll cross on this trip at 9,566 feet in elevation. The pass is wedged between the ridge of La Pointe de l\'Echelle (11,227\') and the southern tips of the Domes de la Vanoise and the Dent Parrachee (12,129\'). After crossing the col, begin your descent through fields frequented by grazing ibex to the lake of Le Plan d\'Amont (6,610\').

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Across from the Maurienne Valley, today you will follow the Grande Randonnee 5 (or GR5) trail into the Vallee Etroite, where the slopes are covered with forests of larch pines. Starting at the small ski resort of Val Frejus (5,350\'), begin a pleasant ascent toward the open col of Vallee Etroite (7,985\'), until reaching the foot of Mount Thabor. The area still retains a strong Italian heritage, as this region has changed hands many times over the years. From your vantage point in this narrow valley, you\'ll have excellent views of the summits of the Vanoise region. Your descent takes you along wild streams and through alpine meadows to the huts of the Vallee Etroite (5,790\'). From here, continue your hike down to the van, then take a short transfer to Montgenevre where you\'ll spend the night.

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Today you\'ll hike into Queyras National Park, an area with a huge diversity of flora and an abundance of unique rock formations. Your hike begins in the hamlet of Chalets des Ayes (5,626\'), and then continues up a forested stream. You\'ll reach a summer farming region just beneath the Col des Ayes (8,126\'). In the afternoon, make your way up to the hamlet of Clapey and enjoy breathtaking views of the valley below, and then down to the village of Brunissard (5,741\'). End the day with a transfer to Saint-Veran, one of the highest villages in Europe at 6,677 feet. Legend has it that the village is named after a 6th-century saint who drove a dragon away from the region.

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Your hike begins at the Chapelle de Clausis (7,677\') and continues on to the hut at La Blanche (8,198\') and a quiet mountain lake. The short climb to Col Blanchet (9,504\') allows the group to set foot into Italian territory as you make your way around the Tete des Toillies (10,416\'). Return to France via the wide and scenic Col Longet (8,704\'). The descent from here is long and gentle, passing through alpine meadows, oases of wildflowers, and gorgeous river valleys. Transfer to the lovely town of Barcelonnette.

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Today you\'ll head into the heavily wooded area known as Mercantour National Park, a region with a diverse ecosystem and many geologic interests. The park is home to ermine, ibex, and eagles. And though it is rare to see any of the wolves that returned here in the 1990s in search of new territories, you\'ll certainly catch a glimpse of the many chamois goats that leap precariously from one rock ledge to the next. Starting from the stone barns at Vacherie du Boreon (5,413\'), in the welcoming shade of a larch forest, head towards Trecolpas Lake and then continue to the Pas de Ladres (8,031\'). The descent takes you to the Madone de Fenestre (6,260\'), nestled at the end of the valley.

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From the remote valley of Gordolasque, leave the Pas de l\'Arpette (8,238\') on your left to head south to the Cime du Diable (8,809\'), via the Pas du Trem (8,156\'). It is the southernmost summit of the park, and you\'ll be able to see it well from your vantage point. The trail then follows the winding ridgeline between the Roya and Vesubie Valleys, eventually emerging at La Pointe des Trois Commune (6,824\'), which offers stunning panoramic views of the Southern Alps. The last stretch leads you to Baisse de Tueis (6,197\').

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Coming back to where you stopped yesterday, follow the GR5 down to Sospel (1,148\'), passing more remnants of the Great War en route. Along the ridge between the Roya and Bavera Valleys, you will have the chance to pass through different stages of vegetation and enjoy the fragrance of the Mediterranean as you reach Sospel (1,148\'), a charming medieval town with a baroque cathedral and a newly restored town square. Dinner tonight is on your own.

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Your final hiking day begins with a trek to the Grand Mont (4,524\') to enjoy one last panoramic view of the mountains. Then it\'s down to the Mediterranean village of Castellar (1,280\'), perched on the side of a steep slope overlooking the sea. Hike to your last night\'s hotel in Menton, where you can end your trek by dipping your toes in the azure waters of the Med. Of all the Cote d\'Azur resorts, Menton is the warmest and most Italian, only a few miles from the border. Enjoy a farewell dinner with the group tonight.

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Rise early for your transfer to the Nice airport and depart or pair this trip with another MT Sobek adventure in Europe!

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Activity Level


This trip is rated activity level 4. On this trip, you will be hiking 5-9 hours a day at elevations below 10,000 feet. The trails can be rocky and steep, requiring stamina, excellent balance, and coordination. You need to be in good physical condition to enjoy this experience.
Learn more about activity levels here.

Activity Snapshot

Day 2

7 hours/13 miles hiking with 2,770' elevation gain and 2,950' elevation loss

Day 3

6.5-7 hours/8 miles hiking with 2,100' elevation gain and 2,300' elevation loss

Day 4

8 hours/14 miles hiking with 3,615' elevation gain and 3,550' elevation loss

Day 5

8.5/14.5 miles hours hiking with 3,800' elevation gain and 3,000' elevation loss

Day 6

5.5 hours/7 miles hiking with 1,850' elevation gain and 2,270' elevation loss

Day 7

6.5 hours/8 miles hiking with 3,050' elevation gain and 2,940' elevation loss

Day 8

8.5 hours/ 14.5 miles hiking with 2,491' elevation gain and 3,680' elevation loss

Day 9

Scenic drive and town tour

Day 10

6 hours/12 miles hiking with 2,624' elevation gain and 1,771' elevation loss

Day 11

8.5 hours/16 miles hiking with 3,900' elevation gain and 3,300' elevation loss

Day 12

7 hours/13 miles hiking with 660' elevation gain and 4,900' elevation loss

Day 13

6.5 hours/12.5 miles hiking with 2,624' elevation gain and 4,600' elevation loss

Accommodations


Charming accommodations in alpine towns and villages, featuring comfortable rooms, on-site restaurants, and stellar vistas of surrounding scenery.

Hotel Le Coin Savoyard
Hotel Le Coin Savoyard

Hotel Le Coin Savoyard is a snug Alpine retreat in the charming town of Combloux, and great for travelers exploring Mont Blanc. This warm family-run hotel, once a farm, features inviting guest rooms that are simple and come equipped with good-sized beds, Wi-Fi, TV, a tea and coffee station, and a balcony. Conveniently situated near a skibus stop, guests can easily access nearby trails. Savor the stunning views of the Mont Blanc massif while dining on the restaurant terrace.

Hotel de la Vanoise, Peisey-Vallandry
Hotel de la Vanoise, Peisey-Vallandry

A welcoming mountain retreat located in the heart of Paradiski Ski Area, Hotel de la Vanoise offers a great retreat for taking in the fresh alpine air. Rooms are outfitted with modern amenities and traditional Savoyard furniture; with plenty of wellness treatments that include the sauna, steam room, fitness suite, and massage chairs. The restaurant serves delicious Savoyard cuisine, such as Raclette and Tartiflette.

Hotel de la Vanoise, Pralognan-la-Vanoise
Hotel de la Vanoise, Pralognan-la-Vanoise

Located in the heart of Pralognan, an Olympic village in 1992, Hotel de la Vanoise is a welcoming, characterful alpine stay with beautiful views over the mountain, a lounge bar, spa, and a sauna. Its rooms feature private bathrooms, LCD flat-screen TVs, hair dryers, and Wi-Fi. Most of Pralognan's attractions and are just a walk away, including the cable car if you want to admire Pralognan la Vanoise from the sky!

Logis Hotel les Mottets
Logis Hotel les Mottets

Experience cozy Alpine hospitality at the family-friendly, charming Logis Hotel les Mottets in Aussois. Enjoy scenic views of the Mont Blanc from the convenience of your bedroom! Its wooden-rustic rooms feature en-suite bathrooms, complimentary tea/coffee, free Wi-Fi, and a desk. Just a short walk to Les Forts de l'Esseillon.

Le Chalet Blanc Hotel
Le Chalet Blanc Hotel

At this stunning property right in the heart of the Voie Lactee ski area, the 5th largest in the world, classical elegance and alpine comfort meld effortlessly with a contemporary touch. Admire stunning vistas of the Haute Alps or the charming alpine village from their elegant, spacious rooms. The spa is impeccable with a sauna, hammam, whirlpool bath and Shiatsu massages. Le Chalet Blanc Hotel has been awarded the "Famille Plus Montagne" award in the past!

Hotel les Chalets du Villard
Hotel les Chalets du Villard

Discover the magic of Saint-Veran from the comfort of the family-run Hotel les Chalets du Villard, a perfect base from which to explore the surrounding historic village. Every corner of this beautiful building offers panoramic high-alpine views! Modern rooms with kitchenettes are clean and well-equipped with amenities for a comfortable stay. Take a stroll in their picturesque gardens or relax in their spa and sauna with Jacuzzi. Enjoy an unforgettable stay.

Hotel SPA Azteca
Hotel SPA Azteca

Indulge in a Mexican villa-inspired oasis nestled in the heart of Barcelonnette, the Hotel SPA Azteca! Its creative, stylish guest rooms are equipped with Wi-Fi, TV, a mini-fridge, and a hairdryer. Many of the rooms offer garden views! Start your day with a delightful buffet breakfast served in the hotel's cafeteria, a definite highlight of a guest's stay.

Edwards Park Hotel La Chataigneraie
Edwards Park Hotel La Chataigneraie

A family-style hotel centrally located in Saint-Martin-de-Vesubie, Edwards Park Hotel La Chataigneraie features well-equipped guest rooms with scenic views of the mountainous landscape and comfortable amenities, like Wi-Fi and TV. Facilities include a spectacular hotel garden with a family-friendly mini-golf and a trampoline for kids.

L’Estive du Mercantour
L’Estive du Mercantour

L'Estive du Mercantour is the perfect stay for travelers who love adventure and enjoy nature! Boasting rustic architecture and beautiful natural surroundings, this hotel offers dormitory-style, single, or double beds. The restaurant serves local specialties that win raves from the guests. Conveniently situated near Mercantour Park, guests can easily access nearby trails. Enjoy warm alpine hospitality at this guest inn.

Hotel des Etrangers

The simple Hotel Des Etrangers has a prime location in the center of Sospel, just a short distance from the Bevera River and the town center. Their friendly staff offers a warm hospitality to all guests, and rooms feature private bathrooms and functional amenities. Enjoy great views of the river and mountains from the hotel.

Hotel Prince de Galles
Hotel Prince de Galles

Nestled in the bustling, seaside town of Menton, the sophisticated Prince de Galles Hotel boasts a history as the former summer residence of Prince Antonio I of Monaco. Modern amenities abound at this hotel, including satellite TVs, a mini-bar, and Wi-Fi. The hotel's rooftop terrace offers great views of the city, while beach access and a peaceful garden with a solarium provide ultimate relaxation. Menton's old town and the Carnoles neighborhood is a walk away!

Hotel Le Christiania
Hotel Le Christiania
In the heart of the Areches valley, Hotel Le Christiania is within walking distance of shops and cafes. Relax in one of its 20 cozy rooms, accented with natural wood paneling and views of the beautiful surrounding mountains. Guests can enjoy traditional Savoyard cuisine using seasonal and local ingredients in the restaurant. Areches-Beaufort is an outdoor playground with hikes to high-altitude lakes and gorgeous mountain scenery.
Hotel Riva Art & Spa
Hotel Riva Art & Spa
Experience the Hotel Riva Art and Spa, sitting between Monaco and Italy in Menton, the hotel is beachfront on the French Riviera. Forty-one airy rooms feature a balcony facing the sea or mountains in the Alpes Maritimes. Unwind at the rooftop spa, soaking in the outdoor hot tub with panoramic views of the Mediterranean or enjoying a massage or scrub using organic products in the adjacent spa.
Hotel De Londres
Hotel De Londres
The iconic facade of Hotel De Londres is a local landmark in Menton and sits steps away from the sea. The hotel has hosted many historic figures over more than 150 years in operation and evokes its Art Deco history with a pop of modern style. Settle into one of the 27 inviting well-appointed rooms, each with thoughtful modern conveniences including a Morphee meditation box.

Weather


From mountain weather to a Mediterranean climate, plan on everything from wind and rain to sunshine and warmth. Bring your layers!

 
Jun
Sep
Nice 
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Low
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Nice
74
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66
Vanoise National Park 
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Vanoise National Park
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33
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30

FAQs


What is different or special about this trip vs. other trips in the Alps?

This is our longest hiking trip in the western European Alps, and a great choice for those who aren't short on time.

Do I need hiking experience to join this trip?

The GR5 is a long-distance trek through some of Europe's highest mountains. You should already know that you enjoy long, challenging days of hiking, and for many days in a row.

What are some things I might see during this tour?

Colorful wildflowers, charming alpine villages, cascading glaciers, snowcapped peaks, chamois, ibex and marmots.

Do we hike the complete GR5 trail?

The GR5 begins in the Netherlands, crosses Belgium and Luxembourg before crossing France from north to south. We will only hike the sections in France.

Will we sleep in huts on this trip?

No! We no longer sleep in huts along the GR5, and instead transfer just a little bit further to the next available inn or hotel.

What is the minimum age for this trip?
The standard minimum age for this trip is 18, but check out our private trip options for families and groups with younger guests.

Guest Reviews


"Great experience every time with some of the most knowledgeable guides in their fields. We always come home with wonderful memories of the people we meet and things we see."

Bob J.
MT Sobek Guest

"A prominent reason we have chosen MT Sobek as our favorite adventure travel company has been the excellent travel guides."

Carol & Burt D.
MT Sobek Guest