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Walking the French Riviera

Walking the French Riviera

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  • Holiday typeGuided walking
  • Duration7 nights
  • Accommodationsingle-centre
  • Activity level
  • From $1675per person, tour only
  • NEW FOR 2019  
  • Departures
    Selected Saturdays from 11 May '19 to 26 Sep '20
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 7 nights single-centre accommodation in a hotel
  • All continental breakfasts
  • Management by our sister company, Exodus
  • Services of an experienced walking guide
  • Standard groups transfers from your hotel
  • Optional Upgrades
  • City break add-ons in Nice and Marseille
  • Excellent choice for
  • Flora & fauna, art & history, swimming opportunities, solo travellers, coastal routes
      from 12 reviews

Ms Hardman says...
wonderful holiday with excellent guide. The accomodation in Menton was good and the location was excellent. Food for dinner at recommended restaurants was ...
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France: The French Riviera

Walking the French Riviera

  • Picturesque coastal and 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

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.

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Typical holiday itinerary

Walking information

This varied level 2 holiday includes walks along mountain paths and coastal trails. Some sections are rocky and uneven so good, supportive footwear is essential, and walking poles recommended.

We're here to help

If you've any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 , or email usa@exodustravels.com

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)

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 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.

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.

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.

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

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.

To find out more call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com

Find out more on the hotel website.
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Hotel Mediterranee, Menton

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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.

Extending your stay

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.

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Hotel Le Grimaldi, Nice

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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 three 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.

Find out more on the hotel website.
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Hotel Carre Vieux Port, Marseille

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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.


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

Please call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or email usa@exodustravels.com to arrange connecting flights.


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Any feedback collected is posted to our website, so that people can make an informed decision based on past experiences before heading off on holiday. We don’t edit the reviews, the only thing we do is proofread them and alter any typos, where necessary, to ensure they are easy to read for everyone. All reviews will be published (except in certain extreme circumstances), and a member of the Headwater team will respond to any constructive criticisms/comments under the reviews, at their discretion. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.

Ms Hardman, 22/06/2017

wonderful holiday with excellent guide. The accomodation in Menton was good and the location was excellent. Food for dinner at recommended restaurants was excellent also.

Mr Simkiss, 13/09/2016

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

Ms Klein, 27/06/2016

A wonderful way to enjoy great walks in superb scenery, with a very knowledgeable guide and good company, without having the worry and responsibility of planning all the details - which makes the whole experience much more relaxing.

Mrs Marsden, 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.

Mr Drane, 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.

Mr Cameron, 23/10/2015

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

Mr Browett, 08/09/2015

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

Mr Townsley, 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.

Mr Davies, 28/10/2014

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

Mrs Leitch, 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.

Mrs Pickavance, 03/07/2014

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

Mr Jones, 11/05/2014

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

Dates and prices

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For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

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Departure date Tour only Availability
11th May '19 US$1785 Check availability
8th Jun '19 US$1825 Check availability
31st Aug '19 US$1855 Check availability
14th Sep '19 US$1855 Check availability
28th Sep '19 US$1675 Check availability

The prices quoted for each individual departure supercede those published in our current brochures. Air prices are subject to change and we advise early booking to obtain the best prices. Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information.

Holiday details

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

This holiday is unsuitable for children.

Holiday type
Guided walking Managed by our sister company, Exodus.

Selected Saturdays from 11th May 2019 to 28th Sep 2019, for 7 nights.

All continental breakfasts

Room upgrades
Please call for details and prices.

Tailor-made travel

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

If you choose to book your own flights please check with us first that your chosen departure date is definitely operating as our guided holidays are subject to minimum group sizes.

How to book

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form.

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