The "Routo": 1st stage (Var, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence)

Duration : 4 days

France, Southern Alps, Provence

Level : moderate

from 545 € / p. from 5 to 12 persons

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The Routo (or GR®69) is a long distance hiking trail of 520 kilometers that starts in Arles, in Provence, and ends in Cuneo, Italy.

Every month from April to July, I propose you to walk a part of it during a 4 to 6 days tour. The final objective is to arrive next summer in Italy, to meet the shepherds. The offer made here is the first part.

From Provence to the Alps, throughout history and still today, pastoral and transhumant breeding has deeply marked the territories with its imprint, leaving a considerable cultural heritage. During this itinerary in the footsteps of the transhumance, you will discover this movable, immovable (sheepfolds, huts, etc.) and immaterial (know-how, language, memory, traditions, etc.) heritage.

All along its global route, the Routo allows the discovery of some of the most emblematic and diversified landscapes of our territories from Provence to the Alps, from the Camargue delta, the Crau steppe, the Valensole plateau with its lavender fields to the Alpine summits and lakes: Camargue, Alpilles and Verdon Regional Natural Parks, Mercantour National Park, Coussouls de Crau National Conservation Area, Grand Site de la montagne Sainte-Victoire, Haute-Provence National Conservation Area, UNESCO Geopark of Haute-Provence and Arco Naturale Alpi-Marittime.


D1: Vauvenargues - Rians.
Distance: 17km.
Positive difference in altitude: 600 meters.

D2: Rians - Vinon-sur-Verdon.
20 minutes transfer to Rians.
Distance: 18km.
D+: 400 meters.

D3: Vinon-sur-Verdon - Valensole.
20 minutes transfer to Gréoux-les-Bains.
Distance: 16km.
D+: 400 meters.

D4: Valensole - Riez.
Transfer back to Vauvenargues.
Distance: 16.5km.
D+: 310 meters.

The walking times are given as an indication and can be modified according to the weather or the level of the group.

Note: This program can be modified at any time depending on the weather conditions, the physical and technical abilities of the participants and the availability of the accommodations. Ultimately, I am the only organizer of the program.

The price includes

  • Supervision by the mountain leader.
  • Lodging in a hotel residence, gite or guest house.
  • Breakfasts and dinners (excluding drinks).
  • Transfers in a 9-seater van and additional car.
  • Nature and heritage supervision.
  • Assistance, repatriation and cancellation insurance (Covid included).

The price does not include

  • Transport to the meeting point.
  • Lunches.
  • Extra charge "minimum number of participants not reached" (from 6 to 9 participants): +90€.
  • Anything not mentioned in "The price includes".


  • Lodges,
  • Hotels,
  • or guest houses according to availability.
Next departures :

No scheduled departure, but you can contact me to book your dates.

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