Port Cros
Porquerolles, beach Breganconnet
Porquerolles, beach La Courtade
View from the Ile de Gien

Hike over the Golden Islands

7 days mountain & sea in a protected area

  • First coastal protected area in Europe
  • Island hike, birds observation
  • Hike without luggage
  • French licenced guide
  • Accommodations in Hyères & Le Lavandou, full board

The natural park of Port Cros

Discover the “Golden Islands” Porquerolles, Port-Cros and Levant in the natural park of Port Cros by the Giens Peninsula in the French Riviera!

Thanks to a bland climate, the flora there have developped a lot – It is also not a miracle that the first sea protected area in Europe is also a paradise for birds of all breeds! The park spreads over 5000 hectares of sea and land and embraces Port-Cros, Porquerolles, Cap Lardier, the Giens Peninsula and the salty lake of Hyères. This enormous protected area has been done in order to allow an eco-friendly development. This is why we do not offer any tour in the Summer. In Spring and Autumn you will find there a true paradise for walkers!

Price from 795,- €

The golden Islands

Guided tour, 7 days

Difficulty level


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Day 1: Arrival in Hyères
The meeting point is at approx. 7 pm at the hotel in Hyères , where you will spend 3 nights. After a small explanation of the weekly programme, you go take a dinner at the restaurant next to the hotel.

Day 2: Presqu'île de Giens
Today you will dicover the Giens Peninsula, that is connected to the continent thanks to two thin piece of land. After an hike along the coast you can visit the village Giens at the center of the peninsula.
Duration: 4 to 5h – Ascent: 300 m – Descent: 300 m

Day 3: Île de Porquerolles
With the ferry you go to the island Porquerolles, where the people still live in union with the nature. The coastal hike leads to the southern point ot the island, to its lighthouse, to its fort of Langoustier and to the beach of Argent.
Duration: 5h – Ascent: 300 m – Descent: 300 m

Day 4: Le Lavandou – Crêtes de Roussel – Col de Grateloup – Bormes-les-Mimosas – Le Lavandou
After a substantial breakfast you will take the bus to Le Lavandou and hike from there to the ridge of the_Roussel_, that sits 400 m above the sea level. Then the way leads you up to an amazing panorama sight at the Col de Grateloup. At the end of the afternoon you will reach Bormes-les-Mimosas, one of the most beautiful village in the French Riviera. Then you come back to Le Lavandou, where you will sleep for the 3 nights.
Duration: 5h – Ascent: 500 m – Descent: 500 m

Day 5: Port-Cros
From Le Lavandou, you take the ferry to the island Port-Cros. There you will discover the first land and sea natural park in Europe with its amazing natural landscape. From the tiny port on the island, the ferryboat drives back to Le Lavandou.
Duration: 4 to 5h – Ascent: 250 m – Descent: 250 m

Day 6: Hike between beaches and coastal path
From the beach La Favière you will hike up to the ridge des Fourches and down to the Cap Bénat. The way back leads you over the most lovely places at the Mediterranean Sea with several bays and hidden beaches.
Duration: 5h – Ascent: 300 m – Descent: 300 m

Day 7: Departure
After the breakfast ends the tour at the bus station of Le Lavandou. From there there are connections to Hyères and Toulon.

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  • Apr 22nd, 18 – Apr 28th, 18
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  • May 06th, 18 – May 12th, 18
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  • May 20th, 18 – May 26th, 18
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  • May 27th, 18 – Jun 02nd, 18
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  • Jun 10th, 18 – Jun 16th, 18
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  • Sep 16th, 18 – Sep 22nd, 18
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  • Sep 30th, 18 – Oct 06th, 18
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  • Oct 21st, 18 – Oct 27th, 18
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Indicated pricing per person in double bedroom occupancy
Surcharge price for a single bedroom: 285,- €

Our hiking programm begins at Hyères train station and ends at the bus station of Le Lavandou.
Your organise the arrival and return by yourself and extend your trip on your option.

For groups of 6 persons at least, we can arrange dates and content for the trip.
An organised guided tour in english can also be set.

With your enquiry, please let us know the number of your party and the dates of your holiday.

Terms of payment:

  • 20% of the total price within 7 days after receipt of the invoice
  • Full payment 21 days prior to departure without further request to pay
    Only by SEPA bank transfer.


6 nights in 2 and 3 stars hotels in double bedroom, full board (picnic lunch), french licenced guide, carrying of the luggage, transfers according to the programm from Hyères to Le Lavandou, visitor's tax

Not included:
Travel to Hyères and from _Le Lavandou, drinks, insurance in case of cancellation

Number of participants

Can be booked by individual travellers!
Guaranteed departure: 6 persons (max. 15 persons)
Last possibility of cancellation from the tour operator: 21 days before the beginning of the trip


Nights in a 2 to 3 stars hotels (3x in Hyères and 3x in Le Lavandou)
Single bedrooms according to the availability on request: +€285

Level: Easy

Feasible by anyone that does sport on a regular basis.
Average duration of the hike: 4 to 5 hours a day, max 20 km a day
Land: Coastal paths with frequent but relatively low difference in altitude
Not suitable for beginners!
You do not have to carry your luggage, just your personnal belongings (Camera, wallet…) and your picnic lunch.
Walking with French people, an authentic experience
French speaking licensed guide
For groups of 6 persons at least, we can arrange dates and content for the trip.
An organised guided tour in english can also be set

How to get there?

We recommend you an eco-friendly journey with the TGV to Toulon. There you can take the bus to Hyères.

You can find more information on our detailed info sheet, that we send you gladly on enquiry!

Reviews for The Golden Islands

Leider beschränkten sich die Hinweise des Reiseführers auf die Botanik. Die französischen Pflanzennamen sind für mich aber nicht sonderlich interessant. Hinweise insbesondere zur Kunst und Kultur, aber auch zur Landschaft und zum Naturschutz kamen aus meiner Sicht zu kurz. Ich war vor allem sehr enttäuscht, dass in den Restaurants und Hotels so wenig Rücksicht auf Vegetarier genommen wurde. Die Wirte wirkten geradezu hilflos, wenn ich um ein Gericht ohne Fleisch gebeten habe und servierten dann oft nur die Beilage des Fleischgerichts. Das habe ich andernorts in Frankreich zum Glück schon besser erlebt. Die Landschaft ist allerdings grandios und die Inseln sind eine Reise wert.

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