Train Experience Through The Alps : Discovering The Baroque Royal Route (salt Trade Road) Full Day - Nice

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 12 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    7:35 am (recommended) or 9.23 am (Central Train Station of Nice Ville) The meeting point 15mn before the train departure 7:20 am (or 9 am). Please comment us what is the departure time you prefer.
  • Departure Details :
    Thiers Station, 06000 Nice, France
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


A unique experience by mountain Railway through the Alps, beyondcanyons, viaducts and tunnels discovering new treasures unknown by most of the visitors of the French Riviera.
We will stop in the most picturesque villages, very surprising hidden treasures, being astonished as well by the landscapes, as by medieval villages & baroque treasures of the Baroque Route, also called Salt Road for the Trading Route back in centuries.
The Valley of Roya is surrounded by Alps Mountains and is the main door of the very preserved National Park du Mercantour, well known for his several lakes, and his mysterious engraving stones on the Valley des Merveilles.
You will be guided by a professional local guide proposing you the classic program or offering several options if you prefer sports, hikes or craftmanship.

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Passing holidays in the French Riviera and you are finding alternative to the crowdy coast and the mass tourism destinations ? This quirky tour is perfect for you combining a mountain train experience, medieval unique villages and with options water sports or hikes in astonishing natural spots.

During centuries, this flourishing valley, the Royal Trade Road, populary known as Salt Road, became wealthy thanks to the traders travelling from the mediterranean sea to the Alps.

Classic full day BAROQUE ROUTE program (ask customize your program) :

- 7:35 am (recommended, or 9.23 am) : Departure from train station of Nice for 2h of unique exploration, train experience through the alps with professional guide commenting the history of the train line, the perched villages, the hanging bridges, the impressive tunnels and the majestuous landscapes, one of the most beautiful train line in the world fruit of the genius of french civil engineering of the beginning of the XXst century.

Guided visit in the Medieval Village of Tende, where we will discover one of the most beautiful baroque cathedral, visit of the museum des Merveilles (engraving stones and history) very well adapted for childrens and adults. During the day we will go down the valley jumping from village to village, exploring the history and legends of the Salt Trade Road, visit a very surprising medieval Chapel decorated in 1492 by a famous painter, precursor of Italian Renaissance.

After a lunch in a restaurant or a pic nic of local food snacks next the river, we will go to visit the Medieval perched Village of Saorge, historical fortified locked door of the Trade Road, with on top of this astonishing village a very surprising guided visit of the Franciscan monks Monastery, the church, and its gardens for a trip back in the old times.

20:23 (recomended, or earlier is possibe) : Arrival in Nice train station

- ELECTRIC MOUNTAIN E-BIKE (recommended specially if you don't like to walk) (Possibility to carry on the train until Tende): 25/person
- Walk until a nice river corner to take a dip or panoramical road by e-bike to Sospel
- Watersports in the River: canyoning or rafting (ask quote for activities)
- Hiking in the Valley des Merveilles with a guided visit of the engraving stones (Bus option + hiking in the National Park 2h30 to 3h30) or shorter trek from several villages
- Possibility to visit the Museum des Merveilles, or the Museum of the Old Trains
- Possibilities to stay a night in Hotel, Inn or Camping/Mobilhome/Yourte and 2-3 days program with hiking in the National Mercantour Park for the more curious and aventurous ones
- a 4x4 experience through the Alps,
- A ride on a donkey or a horse through the mountains

Contact us to organize your customize tour depending on your desires, everything is possible!


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Professional guide

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Landing and facility fees



Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

Wheelchair accessible

Children must be accompanied by an adult

May be operated by a multi-lingual guide

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Traveler Reviews

  • 10-Oct-2019

    Great trip, our tour guide Samuel was awesome, passionate, friendly, professional and very knowledgeable. We went off the beaten tracks, one of my best trips in the French Riviera.

  • 06-Sep-2019

    The villages chosen for this trip were incredibly beautiful and had very interesting histories. Our guide Samuel was outstanding. He was continuously pointing things out during the train journey, making sure everyone knew where to look and what features were unique. Our trip was complicated by train cancellations but Samuel got us where we needed to be and was extremely resourceful. I would highly recommend this day trip, certainly a highlight of my time in France. One suggestion would be make sure you have decent footwear as several people in our party suffered uncomfortable blisters from walking in sandals on the cobblestones (lots of up and down hills).

  • 16-Jul-2019

    This was a great trip to the villages of Tende, La Brigue, and Saorge. All were incredibly beautiful and the visit to Notre Dame des Fountaines is a must as well. Samuel was very knowledgeable and provided a great overview of the history of the region.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    Excellent Trip far from the crowds of the Riviera
    Good commentary on the train, worth the time and value for money

  • 26-Nov-2017

    We love trains, so we were surprised when this turned out to be less a train experience and more a bus/car journey. This tour is new and seems to be a work in progress. It is not what is described in the booking literature. However, there were some extenuating circumstances. Because this was the off season, some places were closed, and work was being done on the rail lines. What redeemed it was the great guide that we had - Samuel. He is knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and eager to please. He took us to a great place for lunch, and the visit to the Chapel of Notre Dame des Fontaines, which culminated the trip, was truly special. Having overdosed on most of the big cathedrals in Europe, we found this to be a little gem tucked away some distance from the nearest town. The landscapes and scenery from Nice to Breil/Roya to La Brigue are spectacular.

    So we would recommend this trip if you are the flexible type.