9. Mountain Train from Nice : Hike, Mystic Forest, Meteors Rain
A unique Train Experience through the Alps to discover a historic train line that crosses the Alps from the Côte d'Azur to the Gorges du Verdon, a technical feat of French civil engineering from the beginning of the 20th century, the opportunity to visit 2 amazing villages shaped by a unique history, the most surprising hike in the Southern Alps with giant sandstone blocks creating a "meteor shower" effect, rock shelters, a unique geological site, the "King's Room", a forest of chestnut trees several hundred years old and in a few hours a diversity of landscapes that creates a succession of surprises. The 2nd site is not the least with the Royal City-Citadel of Entrevaux, its medieval drawbridge, its majestic citadel overlooking the Var Valley. Many gems to discover and fabulous landscapes. Let's start the day early in the morning (meeting at 8:45 am) to fully enjoy this special day. The Train des Pignes will amaze you with its route, its breathtaking views of the villages, through valleys, viaducts and tunnels, witnesses of the French civil engineering of the beginning of the 20th century. 2 hours of unique experience commented on board by our local expert guide through one of the most incredible train lines in France. Then, we will pass from village to village and stop in the 2 most interesting sites: Annot and Entrevaux. You will enjoy the clean, fresh and invigorating air of the Alps, during a hike full of surprises and hidden treasures (depending on the physical condition of the group we will choose the shorter hike (4km) or the longer loop (8km), a haven of peace just a few steps from the French Riviera. We will prepare a delicious picnic of local specialties and products and finish this stop by discovering the village of Annot, its medieval atmosphere and its troglodyte houses dug in the rock. Then, we will take the train des Pignes to explore Entrevaux, a medieval city of Exception with its remarkable drawbridge perched above the river, the flamboyant baroque cathedral, its ridge that forms a natural rock barrier determining its history as a French historical fortress and especially its castle overlooking the village by 100 meters from which one can wonderfully embrace the Var Valley. An unforgettable day, a caress for the eyes... Attention, sportive day, good physical condition strongly recommended!