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Walking the French Riviera

from $1,799.00

Discover the hidden secrets of the French Riviera, plus some of the familiar sights too, on this guided walking week based at a charming 3-star hotel just a stone’s throw from the beach. Picturesque walks, beautiful views and visits to the Riviera’s magnificent Caps.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Moderate
    5/8
  • Group Size Small Group
    4 - 15
All about the Walking the French Riviera.

With the warm waves of the Mediterranean lapping its shores and located on the Franco-Italian border where the Alpine chain meets the sea, Menton offers something to indulge all tastes. Indeed, as five-time winner of France’s Best City of Flowers award, many of which are evidence of the region’s sub-tropical climate, we think the ‘Pearl of France’ is the perfect base from which to explore not just the familiar sights of the French Riviera, but many of its hidden treasures too.
Using a range of local transport your experienced local guide will lead you on a week of wonderfully varied walks, taking you along picturesque coastal trails, lined with orange trees and vibrantly coloured mimosa. then it’s on through beautiful mediaeval mountain villages with magnificent views overlooking the Riviera including Eze and Castellar. On a clear day you may even spot Corsica! take time to discover the delights of Menton, from its beautiful gardens to the beaches and port to the old town. You’ll also head to the affluent principality of Monaco to indulge in its renowned glamour and luxury.
Throughout the week, you’ll be staying at the Hotel Balmoral. this charming hotel, with its well-appointed rooms, is just a five-minute walk from Menton town centre, where there is a wide choice of restaurants to choose from for your evening meals.

  1. Day 1 Day 1 Arrive at Menton

    Our base for the week is the Hotel Balmoral in Menton. Situated just a short stroll from the train station, beach and shops, it’s ideally located for a week of fabulous walking. In the evening our guide will hold a welcome briefing to discuss the week ahead, give advice on the local area and answer any questions. (Hotel Mediterranee for 7 nights, Breakfast only)

  2. Day 2 Day 2 Cap Martin to Roquebrune 12km/7.5mi/5hr

    The week’s adventures start from the hotel as we walk around the beautiful wooded Cap Martin Peninsula, framed against a dramatic cliff-front backdrop and overlooked by the perched village of Roquebrune. the walk takes us through this old village, located between Menton and Monaco, and affords breathtaking vistas of the Mediterranean Sea. Dominated by a charming C10 chateau-fort, the narrow, stepped streets, deep-vaulted passages and enchanting little squares are perfect to explore on foot.

  3. Day 3 Day 3 Sospel to Mercantour National Park 9km/6mi/6hr

    We begin today with a 45-minute bus journey to Sospel, a peaceful village located very near to the Italian border and an erstwhile important staging post on the royal road from Nice to Turin. Bombed by the Germans during WW2 to isolate the French Resistance, much of the town has been rebuilt. Remnants of the architectural heritage are still evident, however, and the cobbled street, gothic houses and Baroque cathedral make a picturesque starting point for our walk. From here, we walk along the border of the Mercantour national Park before a return bus trip to the hotel.

  4. Day 4 Day 4 Monaco to Eze 9km/6mi/6hr

    This morning we take the train or bus to Monaco, followed by a second bus to La Turbie. From here we’ll enjoy views over Monaco and a balcony walk to the C14 village of Eze, a pretty little village described as an ‘eagle’s nest’ due to its location atop a hill, 400m above the sea, with magnificent views of the coast. Having previously been occupied by the Romans, Moors and the House of Savoy, the village centres on the ruins of a C12 castle and is famous for producing cloves and orange fruit. From here we’ll return to Menton by bus.

  5. Day 5 Day 5 Free Day

    Options abound as you better acquaint yourself with the various architectural styles in Menton’s old town; the Belle Epoque market, open every day from 5am to 1pm in the summer, and the Baroque basilica of Saint-Michel-Archange are well worth a visit. La Serre de la Madone, Maria Serena, Val Rahmeh and Fontana Rosa are four of the town’s elegant public gardens and showcase a huge variety of flora. Alternatively, you have the option to visit Monaco, cross the border into neighbouring Italy or simply bathe in the sea and relax on the beaches.

  6. Day 6 Day 6 Castellar to Menton 13km/8mi/6hr

    Taking the public bus we reach the perched village of Castellar. Dating back to the C15, it’s situated on the French-Italian border and made up of winding cobbled streets, quaint shops and gives an insight into traditional mountain living. From here we walk up to the Italian border; those with the energy can walk all the way back to Menton whilst those looking for a more gentle day can hop on the public bus.

  7. Day 7 Day 7 Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat 11km/7mi/5hr

    After a short train journey, our week concludes with a final coastal walk around Saint-Jean-Cap- Ferrat, one of the most beautiful Caps on the French Riviera. As the route hugs the shoreline and follows limestone cliffs, we’ll see beautifully tended gardens flourishing with a mix of flora and fauna. there’s even time to visit Villefranche-sur-Mer with its C16 citadel and the Saint-Pierre Chapel decorated by the famous French writer/cineaste Jean Cocteau. On returning to the hotel, enjoy an aperitif on the sun terrace or stroll along the coastal path.

  8. Day 8 Day 8 Leave Menton
Where you stay
Hotel Mediterranee
Situated just a 3 minute walk from the sea whilst being in the heart of Menton, this comfortable, contemporary hotel makes the perfect base for a week of walking. The hotel has a restaurant, a bar/lounge, 24-hour reception and a rooftop terrace with sun loungers and seating areas. All rooms are en suite and come equipped with air conditioning, TV (with satellite channels), minibar, coffee maker and hair dryer. Underground parking is available at an extra cost and Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
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April 25, 2020
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June 6, 2020
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August 29, 2020
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September 12, 2020
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October 10, 2020
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May 8, 2021
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$1,879.00
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June 5, 2021
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$2,049.00
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August 28, 2021
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$2,099.00
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September 11, 2021
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September 25, 2021
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