Undiscovered French Riviera Walk

From $1445 per person

****# Based on 10 customer reviews
  • Picturesque coastal mountain walks revealing the undiscovered French Riviera
  • Mediaeval mountain villages overlooking the Mediterranean
  • Fine architecture: Belle Epoque and Baroque; luscious gardens in Menton
  • Balcony walk with stunning views over the chic principality of Monaco
  • Visit the magnificent Cap Martin and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
  • Your hotel is a stone's throw from the beach

What's included?

  • 7 nights, single centre
  • Departs selected Saturdays from 30 Apr '16 to 17 Jun '17
  • All continental breakfasts included
  • Managed by our sister company, Exodus
  • Sustainability rating: 82%

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Undiscovered French Riviera Walk

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

Typical day-by-day itinerary

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.

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.

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.

Day 4 - 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.

Day 5 - Monaco to Eze 8km/5mi/5.5hr

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.

Day 6 - Menton to Castellar 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.

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.

Day 8 - Leave Menton

Where you stay

This single-centre holiday is based at the following hotel. If you'd like to extend your stay here, or upgrade your room, just let us know at the time of booking. You can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss accommodation options.

Hotel Balmoral, Menton   (3 stars)

Hotel le Balmoral, Menton

The charming Hotel Balmoral, with its recently refurbished and well-appointed rooms, is just a 5 minute walk from Menton town centre. It is ideally situated for the local railway station and nearby beaches.



Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Television
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe

Nearby facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine



Extra nights and stop over hotels

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.

Hotel Le Grimaldi, Nice   (4 star)

Hotel Le Grimaldi, Nice

Le Grimaldi has 46 individually decorated rooms all equipped with air-conditioning, satellite tv, minibar, safe and hairdryer.

Ideally situated in the heart of Nice the hotel is just 3 minutes walk to the pedestrian area of the city with its vast choice of bars and restaurants, 10 minutes walk from the Promenade des Anglais and 15 minutes walk from the Old Town.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine
  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe

Hotel Carre Vieux Port, Marseille   ((3 star))

Hotel Carre Vieux Port, Marseille

Situated by the well-known old port - which gives the hotel its name - the Hotel Carre Vieux Port is in the perfect location to make the most of this vibrant city. The hotel has cosy, modern rooms with contemporary bathrooms and fixtures.

There are plenty of restaurants near the hotel for you choose from for dinner.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine
  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Air conditioning
  • Tea/coffee facilities

Travel options

Transfers included from Nice airport at 17:40, and back to Nice airport at 15:45

Please call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or email info@breakaway-adventures.com to arrange connecting flights.

Customer reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus, of course, an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted straight to our website - totally unedited. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.

Reviewed by Mr Simkiss on 13/09/2016

*****
The group became a bunch of very friendly fellow holiday makers in no time. The local guide was experienced and competent.

Reviewed by Mrs Marsden on 08/06/2016

*****
The holiday was everything I hoped for and expected. Beautiful location and weather with lots of wild flowers I had hitherto only seen in books. The people in the group were a good mix, we all got on well together and our common interest cut across the wide age range. Our guide Stephanie was wonderful in every way . She was friendly and personable with a good sense of humour and was a fund of knowledge on the the location, historical background, flora and fauna. We could not fault her! The website was easy to negotiate and very user friendly.

Reviewed by Mr Drane on 10/05/2016

***#.
Great holiday if you are fit and active. Some of our group struggled as they were expecting gentle strolling. Anyone expecting high quality accommodation and fine dining would be disappointed On arrival we were told that no sea view rooms were available even though we had paid for one booked months ago. The hotel staff had little idea how to deal with this situation. Consequently we were highly disappointed. Eventually they found one, although it was nothing like the standard of accommodation that we were expecting, having recently stayed on La Palma with headwater. We notice that Exodus have more information in their brochure.

Reviewed by Mr Cameron on 23/10/2015

***#.
Spectacular views of the Mediterranean from the mountains above Menton and Monaco.

Reviewed by Mr Browett on 08/09/2015

*****
Fantastic walks, fantastic guide, fantastic area, can't wait to go again

Reviewed by Mr Townsley on 12/05/2015

*****
Excellent guide who made a lot of effort to ensure that we had a great holiday. Got to see some very different aspects of the French Riviera. Great walking, good food and good company.

Reviewed by Mr Davies on 28/10/2014

*****
A delightful holiday satisfying my need for aesthetic, athletic, intellectual, emotional stimulation....& all so easy....in one gem of a town!

Reviewed by Mrs Leitch on 30/09/2014

*****
Excellent group walking holiday in beautiful coastal countryside. Lovely walks to medieval villages and great to use the local buses and trains to get to high up villages. Good mix of walking and exploring local life. our guide Stephanie was absolutely excellent in all respects, encouraging, organised, helpful and she joined in with the group so well. Lively group diinners in the hotel. Menton good base for holiday, plenty of shops plus interesting places to vist. Hotel was by the seafront, excellent location. Rooms were very small though and the ones at the back were noisy with street noise. Pace of the walking is dependent on the ability of the group, ours was mixed but everyone joined in well and were patient when it got slower on steeper descents.

Reviewed by Mrs Pickavance on 03/07/2014

***#.
This was one of the most enjoyable holidays I have had.

Reviewed by Mr Jones on 11/05/2014

*****
A very enjoyable holiday in a beautiful area - excellent guide.

Departure dates & prices

April 2016 departuresTour only 
Apr 16$1445
Apr 23$1445
Apr 30$1530
May 2016 departuresTour only 
May 14$1530
May 28$1530
June 2016 departuresTour only 
Jun 11$1530
August 2016 departuresTour only 
Aug 27$1530
September 2016 departuresTour only 
Sep 3$1530
Sep 10$1530
October 2016 departuresTour only 
Oct 1$1445
April 2017 departuresTour only 
Apr 15$1477
Apr 22$1477
Apr 29$1579
May 2017 departuresTour only 
May 13$1579
May 27$1579
June 2017 departuresTour only 
Jun 10$1579
Jun 17$1579

Holiday details

Minimum group sizes

A minimum of 4 people (in total) are required for each departure.

Holiday type

Guided walking, single centre. Managed by our sister company, Exodus.

Departures

selected Saturdays from 30 Apr '16 to 17 Jun '17, for 8 days (7 nights).

Meals

All continental breakfasts included.

Other details

Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information. Please call us for single room supplements, room upgrade options and child prices.

Starting your tour

Transfers included from Nice airport at 17:40, and back to Nice airport at 15:45

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