In search of the Wolf

Wolves at Alpha Wolf Santuary Mercantour National Park France

In a nutshell

  • Indulge your love of wildlife – and be sure to shoot a wolf – with a camera of course!!
  • Learn more about wolf behaviour from experts at Alpha – Le Boréon’s Wolf Park
  • Enjoy walking out into beautiful countryside where you’ll need all your instincts honed and a lot of luck to see one!
  • Duration : 8 days, 7 nights
  • Also available as a short break.

What's it all about?

An extremely rare sight anywhere in Europe these days, but especially so this side of the Italian border. This magnificent animal had been hunted out of the region prior to the formation of the National Park.

Gradually, les loups have returned, first seen by a local man in the early 1990s.

Wild wolves live in the Park, albeit in very small numbers, and so one will be very lucky to spot this shy, elusive creature, but it is possible! Your local guide is passionate about this, his home ground, and the wolves.

Throughout the year with the high peaks are still covered in snow, and the human element very seldom seen we'll combine five fantastic days on this walking holiday, searching out for signs of wolf activity and of course all the other fauna and flora with which the area abounds.

Alpha – The time of the wolf – Alpha Scénoparc in Le Boréon near St Martin Vésubie opened in 2005 – and gives you the chance to discover more about the myth of the wolf and come face to face with the centre’s semi-wild inhabitants.

They have had new litters of cubs every year since their arrival, which is testament to their contentment in their new home.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Pick up in Nice airport and transfer to your accommodation in Berthemont les Bains or Valdeblore.

  • Day 2 - Visit to "Alpha the Time of the Wolf", the sanctuary at le Boréon. Take time to enjoy eyeballing semi-wild wolves in their environment where you can shoot them at leisure, see feeding times and chat to the experienced and very passionate staff on site. The “scenovision” films which portray the presence of the wolf from three different angles, really bring the whole week to life.

  • Day 3 - Cut away from normal life with two days out in the wild.  The slow climb to the Col de Salèse is magic, usually taking in nutcracker birds, eagles and chamois en route. After a pause for lunch, climb up to the stunningly located Lac Scluos for a quick dip in the lake for the brave before heading off down to Mollières. Here in the only hamlet in the core of the Mercantour National Park you will stay in a private refuge near to the church and enjoy a candlelit dinner (there is no electricity).

  • Day 4 - Head quietly out of Mollières, with a big picnic lunch, via Vallon des Margès, and then cross country to the Lac du Barn, taking in an old wolf lair en route. Heading back down via the Salèse, you will be delighted to head back to a great home cooked meal back in Berthemont.

  • Day 5 - A free day when you can walk from Berthemont if you are so minded or chill out with a book and enjoy the local wild life and stroke the ponies.

  • Day 6 - Two days which have been left open and their content will depend very much on information from locals and the Mercantour National Park – this may involve a small supplement if distant.

  • Day 7 - As above – plus a great last meal in Berthemont.

  • Day 8 - Depart to Nice.

What's included

  • Full board accommodation.
  • Berthemont – Gîte based - provisions and hot pastries provided for breakfast, picnic lunch, home cooked dinners – 2 meals enjoyed with your hosts, the balance delivered to your door ready to eat, or together with fellow guests. Wine and beer provided.
  • Valdeblore - Chambre d'hôte : All meals, inclusive of packed lunches.  Dinners around communal table. Table wine with meals.
  • Transport : To and from all venues. To and from Nice airport.

Dates :

2019 : May 11

Grade :

Walking - Moderate - suitable for adults and children of age 14 or older

See our grades explained here

Pricing :

Gîte based : €845 pp

Chambre d'hôte based : €995 pp

Single supplement : €140 for the week