3 independent reviews for Walking vacation in France, Mercantour Reflections

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review 17 Oct 2014

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

Our first guided walk to Col de Fenestre was the highlight of the week for me. The route was filled with outstanding mountain views and we saw chamois, ibex, marmot and mouflon during the walk.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Book early so you can get a spot!

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

Yes - all of the above.

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

Tres bien! Liz and Mel took good care of us and went above and beyond our expectations to ensure our vacation was great. Good value, too!

review 19 Sep 2012

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

The variety of the walks and scenery - and loads of wildlife. Marmot, chamois, vultures, various birds. Level of challenge was set just right for the needs of the group. Very hospitable and friendly hosts, who did so much for us. Fantastic food cooked for us every night! Lovely, spacious gite in a tranquil location.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Make sure you're properly kitted out with good boots, a water bottle you can easily access and comfortable walking gear. Walking pole/s are useful for long ascents/descents when knees start to get tired. Bring a warm layer for the evening (not the sweaty fleece you've been wearing all day...) as it can get a bit chilly.

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

Yes.

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

Great - would do it again! Really good value for money.

review 6 Sep 2012

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

Exploring, mainly on foot, a 'new', relatively unknown but scenically stunning corner of France on the back of excellent, welcoming accommodation and hospitality.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

You need to be quite fit to fully appreciate walking in high Alpine scenery - but with that proviso, go there! It is far less crowded than most Alpine areas; consequently there are higher chances to observe nature. The walking itineraries are well constructed but adaptable in response to group preferences, capabilities, the weather, etc. Each walk is well-led by a knowledgeable, informative guide.

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

It was self-evident that wherever practical, food is locally sourced, that other local associated businesses are supported, and that there is some employment of local people. During the walks we were conscious of being in a National Park and learnt something about the way in which the French National Park system is constituted and managed; we also increased our awareness of aspects of the local ecosystems, including issues surrounding Chamois over-population and the re-introduction/reappearance in the Mercantour of the Wolf. It was possible to do plenty of walks in this location without the need to travel long distances by car to the start/end points.

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

The arrangements for this tour were impeccable. There was a wonderful combination of fine scenery; abundant wildlife; superb food; comfortable and welcoming accommodation; brilliant hosts/guides; historical, cultural and social dimensions; memorable mountain days. A high quality experience all round.

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
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