Discover the unspoiled Cevennes landscapes in Southern France with its extraordinary natural, cultural and culinary heritage! Your guide will take you off the beaten path, allowing you to explore secret routes just off the famous Stevenson Trail, while showing you around the region's most beautiful towns and villages and letting you in on their history and legends. A truly unique hiking and culture experience awaits you!
Day 1: Hike around Chasseradès
Our hiking tour begins at Chasseradès train station. Following a welcome apéritif, you will set out on your first hike to the source of the Allier river and through the Mercoire forest, gradually making your way up to the Moure de la Gardille.
Duration: 3hrs – elevation gain: 300m/980ft – elevation loss: 300m/980ft
Day 2: Mount Goulet
Today's hike will take you to the railroad viaduc of Mirandol and up Mount Goulet, passing the source of the Lot river and finally arriving at your accommodation where you will enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of Mount Lozère.
Duration: 5hrs 20min – elevation gain: 550m/1,800ft – elevation loss: 500m/1,640ft
Day 3: Mount Lozère
This beautiful stage leads across the mountain crest of Mount Lozère, the Col Finiels and the high valley of the Tarn river before descending towards the country inn at Merlet where you will spend the following two nights.
Duration: 6hrs 30min – elevation gain: 800m/2,620ft – elevation loss: 800m/2,620ft
Day 4: Tarn river source
Spend the day relaxing at the inn or join us on a hike across the granite plateau of Mount Lozère and to the source of the Tarn river following the Cevennes nature reserve's hiking trail and passing fortified granite farms along the way.
Duration: 5hrs – elevation gain: 450m/1,480ft – elevation loss: 450m/1,480ft
Day 5: Le Pont de Montvert
Today's hike will take you along the Tarn valley, through the picturesque village of Pont de Montvert, across the Tarn river, up Mount Bougès and finally down to your inn in Saint Julien d’Arpaon in the Mimente valley.
Duration: 5hrs 20min – elevation gain: 600m/1,970ft – elevation loss: 500m/1,640ft
Day 6: Vallée des Gardons
Following an ancient railroad trail through the Mimente valley, make your way toward the Relais Stevenson. Having conquered the Montfort Plateau and Mount Mars, enjoy an amazing view of the Gardons valley before heading back towards your inn across chestnut-lined mountain crests.
Duration: 6hrs 20min – elevation gain: 400m/1,310ft – elevation loss: 700m/2,300ft
Day 7: Vallée française – St Jean du Gard
An ancient mule trail will take you through the Gardon valley, passing beautiful country houses and the village of Saint-Etienne-Vallée-Francaise. Take a dip in the river before heading on toward Saint-Jean-du-Gard, a typical Provençal village full of boule players, small cafés, plane trees and a museum of local history, where you will spend the night.
Duration: 5hrs – elevation gain: 100m/330ft – elevation loss: 600m/1,970ft
Day 8: Departure
Our hiking tour ends after breakfast at around 10am. If you are travelling by train, a shuttle service will take you to Alès train station.
Our trip starts at Chasseradès train station and ends in St Jean du Gard (shuttle service Alès train station).
Please feel free to arrange your trip to Chasseradès and from Alès by the means of transportation of your choice and extend your trip according to your preferences.
For parties of 7 or more, we're happy to arrange for additional travel dates and/or guided tours in English.
Please fill out our enquiry form indicating the number of your party and your preferred travel dates.
Single bedrooms for 5 nights upon request (depending on availability):+€130
Payment via SEPA direct debit (Single Euro Payment Area) only.
7 nights incl. full board (lunch picnics), welcome drinks on the first day, local guide, luggage transfer, transfers according to the programme, shuttle service to Alès train station.
Train or airfares to/from destination, beverages, travel cancellation insurance.
We accept bookings from groups as well as individual travellers!
Guaranteed departure: 7 participants (max. 14 persons)
The tour operator reserves the right to cancel this trip up until 21 days prior to departure.
7 nights in comfortable 2-star hotels, B&Bs, country inns, and possibly in a gypsy caravan. All accommodations are located in small villages and run by local owners.
Meals: Traditional regional cuisine for dinner and lunch picnics during the hikes.
Average daily hikes: 3hrs-6hrs 30min with elevation differences ranging between 300 and 800m (1,000-2,600ft). Participants should be in good physical condition, prepared to walk for several hours without major breaks.
Terrain: Hiking trails with uneven, rocky and steep stretches.
Guide: Licensed local guide with inside knowledge of the region's geography, geology, history and culture.
Walking with French people, an authentic experience
We recommend a low-carbon train ride to Chasseradès via Nîmes.
Closest airport: Montpellier. Train connection to Chasseradès via Nîmes.
If you're travelling by plane, please consider offsetting your carbon emissions, for example through the atmosfair programme.
For detailed travel information, please request our info sheet by filling out the enquiry form below.