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Walks & Gardens of the French Riviera

Walks & Gardens of the French Riviera

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  • Holiday type
    Guided walking
  • Duration
    7 nights
  • Accommodation
    single-centre
  • Activity level
  • From $1799per person, tour only
  • Departures
    Selected Saturdays from 25 Apr '20 to 25 Sep '21
  • What's Included?
  • All breakfasts
  • All accommodation 
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Key Information
  • This holiday is operated by our sister company, Exodus
  • 7 nights comfortable hotel with en suite facilities
  • 5 days centre-based walking
  • Low altitude throughout
  • Altitude maximum 751m, average 350m
      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

Walks & Gardens of the French Riviera

  • Operated by our sister company, Exodus
  • • Centre based in the heart of the Côte d’Azur
    • Coastal paths and mountain trails
    • Beautiful gardens and picturesque mountain villages

Located on the Franco-Italian border, on the edge of the warm Mediterranean sea, Menton is a delight for any visitor. It is easy to see how it earned its nickname 'The Pearl of France,' combining a city of gardens, seaport, beach resort and a paradise for hikers all rolled into one! With the Alpine chain dropping into the sea at the level of French/Italian border, it is also an ideal location for an Headwater guided walking holiday. Many of the trails start directly from the town and gain altitude in a short distance, offering some of the finest views of the French Riviera.



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Typical holiday itinerary

Walking information

This trip is graded activity level 2 (Leisurely/Moderate). 

Although the pace of the walks is leisurely and there is plenty of time to rest and enjoy the views, we place this itinerary at the tougher end of the leisurely/moderate scale due to several of the walks heading to or descending from hilltop villages. You should expect some ascent and descent and read the daily itinerary carefully. The terrain and type of path/track will vary from manmade paved tracks (which are occasionally rocky) to tarmac. All walks take between 4 and 6 hours including lunch stops and require a moderate level of fitness. Public transport can be subject to delays and seasonal timetables, so some waiting at bus stops should be expected.

All walks are optional and there is plenty to do in and around Menton should you wish to take extra days out of the walking itinerary. On some days walks may be shortened if you wish to take public transport (again this is dependent on the time of year), however please be aware this may be at your own expense and the leader will continue with the group (they will happily advise and ensure you know which bus or train you need to take).



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

Day 1: Start Menton

Our start point is a comfortable 3-star hotel in Menton. Situated just a short stroll from the train station, beach and shops, it is ideally located for a week of centre-based walking. In the evening our guide will hold a welcome meeting to discuss the week ahead, give advice on the local area and answer any questions.

Day 2: Walk to the Cap Martin Peninsula, visit Carnoles garden, bursting with colourful citrus trees; those that wish can explore the Palais Carnoles, an art museum with a priceless collection. 

Today we discover the region. Starting from the hotel we stop at the local market where we discover local food ingredients, then we take the train or the public bus to Carnoles. From there we will start our walk around the beautiful Cap Martin Peninsula where we stop for picnic lunch. After lunch we will visit Carnoles Garden, originally surrounding the summer residence of the princes of Monaco. It is one of the notable gardens of France, known for its citrus trees.

Day 3: Discover Eze; visit the Exotic Garden. Walk down the Nietzche path to join Eze plage. 

We begin our day by taking the train for a 20 minute journey to Eze plage, and carry on by bus to Eze, a medieval village established in the 14th century, offering magnificent views over the coast. From there we will have the option to walk to Mont Bastide castle ruins to admire amazing views before we visit the Exotic Garden which is built 429 meters above sea level on the site of an ancient fortress. It is overlooking the Provencal hill village providing home for cacti, succulents, xerophytes and various Mediterranean species. After some free time in town we will walk down the Nietzsche path to join Eze plage.


Day 4: Train or bus to Carnoles; Walk to Roquebune. Take the ferry shuttle to cross Monaco Harbour; Discover Monaco old town.{BREAK} 

Today we take a train or bus to Carnoles followed by a walk to Roquebrune where we enjoy stunning views. Then we walk down to Monaco where we will take the ferry shuttle to cross Monaco harbour. We will discover Monaco’s old town with tiny streets and beautiful buildings as well as the Casino are before we take the train back to Menton.

Day 5: Free day to explore Menton old town, take a trip to the chic principality of Monaco or visit one of the many exotic gardens in the area.

On your free day you could choose to explore Menton old town. During the 19th century, the British and Russian aristocracy met here in fabulous palaces and villas. The architecture is stunning with the unique baroque style of the Saint-Michel and Conception squares as well as the Saint-Michel Basilica façade. Alternatively you could visit one or more of the 8 gardens of Menton or head further afield to Nice by train or bus and visit its renowned market as well as the 'Promenade des Anglais'. Monaco also has much to offer, particularly its exotic garden which is hanging over the 'Rocher' giving a beautiful view over the city and the sea.

Day 6: Train to Villefranche bay; walk to Cap Ferrat and to Saint Hospice peninsula. 

This morning we take the train to Villefranche from where we will walk to the Gavinette point to admire the spectacular view of Villefranche bay. We will continue our walk to Cap Ferrat where we will be charmed by the beauty of Villa de Rotschild.

Day 7: Optional visit to Serre de la Madone garden showcasing rare subtropical plants, followed by a visit to Sainte Agnes. 

In the morning there will be an option to take the public bus to the Serre de la Madone garden for a visit (payable locally). In the morning we will take the public bus to the Serre de la Madone garden for a visit. Created by Sir Lawrence Johnston he turned terraces of vines and olives into a garden bright with drifts of agapanthus and strelitzia. After our visit, a private bus will collect and take us to the village of Sainte Agnès. High above Menton town, this village is registered as 'one of the most beautiful French villages'. It hides picturesque streets and artist studios. Perched at 800m of altitude, it offers a breath-taking view over the blue Mediterranean Sea. We then take the bus or walk back to the hotel.

 

Day 8: End Menton

After a relaxed breakfast we say our goodbyes.

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.

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

Hotel Mediterranee

Situated just a 3 minute walk from the sea whilst being in the heart of Menton, this comfortable 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. 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.

Single supplement available on request.


Meals

In the itinerary we state which meals are included on each day (7 breakfasts are included). There is a nearby supermarket and boulangerie to buy packed lunches and Menton brimming with restaurant choices for your evening meal. There is plenty of choice for all budgets and palletes, including traditional French cuisine, fresh seafood and delicious Italian restaurants (influenced by the proximity to the Italian border).

Travel

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

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

Transportation

All transport mentioned in the itinerary is included, except for optional excursions or where a client may choose to curtail a group walk. Airport transfers will be by private coach and throughout the week public transport including buses and trains will be used.

Joining Instructions

8 days, normally depart London Sat, return Sat

The group flight from London is a daytime flight departing on Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London

We normally use the scheduled services of British Airways (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

UK Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please visit www.exodus.co.uk/regionaldepartures for a useful overview of the options available, and contact our sales team for expert advice.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1½ hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Airport Transfers

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. Please note that transfers are not included for clients arriving onany other flight, even if Exodus has booked it. Those arriving from London on non‐group flights should read the airport transfer section below for information on reaching the start point. Please check with the Exodus office.

Several low cost carriers fly to Nice. From the airport it is a simple journey to our hotel in Menton. If you are unable to arrive in time to join the group transfer you will need to take the public bus - number 99 from the airport to the centre of Nice and then take the train directly to Menton. The train station is conveniently located just a short walk from our hotel.

You can also take a bus directly from the airport to Menton (approx €20 one way). Please see here for further details:

http://uk.niceairportxpress.com/timetables.html

If you wish us to book a private transfer for you the cost will be approximately €90 one way for a taxi.

This Trip can be combined!

With so much to see and do in the world we know how hard it is to settle just on one destination. That's why we have put together a handy guide of trips you are able to do back‐to‐back.

This trip aligns with most departures of the TEA: Highlights of Provence and TEH: Walks of the Cinque Terre & Portofino. To transfer between the 2 destinations:

TEK Nice (Menton) ‐ TEA Marseille ‐ For logistical ease we suggest you join the Provence trip first. You will then be able to join the return group transfer to Marseille airport from where you can take a bus (they run every 20 minutes) to the train station. From here you can take the train to Menton (the hotel is a short walk from the station).

TEK Nice (Menton) ‐ TEH Pisa (Moneglia) ‐ You can take the train via Genova (approx 5hrs) to Moneglia.

Please note: both departures need to guaranteed for these trip combinations to be confirmed.

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 an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

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

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

Find out about The Headwater Price Promise to ensure you're getting the very best value for money.

This 7 night guided walking holiday includes:

All breakfasts

All accommodation 

All transport and listed activities

Tour leader throughout

Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)


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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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.

Key information

This holiday is operated by our sister company, Exodus

7 nights comfortable hotel with en suite facilities

5 days centre-based walking

Low altitude throughout

Altitude maximum 751m, average 350m

Transportation

All transport mentioned in the itinerary is included, except for optional excursions or where a client may choose to curtail a group walk. Airport transfers will be by private coach and throughout the week public transport including buses and trains will be used.

Joining instructions

8 days, normally depart London Sat, return Sat

The group flight from London is a daytime flight departing on Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London

We normally use the scheduled services of British Airways (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

UK Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please visit www.exodus.co.uk/regionaldepartures for a useful overview of the options available, and contact our sales team for expert advice.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1½ hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Airport Transfers

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. Please note that transfers are not included for clients arriving onany other flight, even if Exodus has booked it. Those arriving from London on non‐group flights should read the airport transfer section below for information on reaching the start point. Please check with the Exodus office.

Several low cost carriers fly to Nice. From the airport it is a simple journey to our hotel in Menton. If you are unable to arrive in time to join the group transfer you will need to take the public bus - number 99 from the airport to the centre of Nice and then take the train directly to Menton. The train station is conveniently located just a short walk from our hotel.

You can also take a bus directly from the airport to Menton (approx €20 one way). Please see here for further details:

http://uk.niceairportxpress.com/timetables.html

If you wish us to book a private transfer for you the cost will be approximately €90 one way for a taxi.

This Trip can be combined!

With so much to see and do in the world we know how hard it is to settle just on one destination. That's why we have put together a handy guide of trips you are able to do back‐to‐back.

This trip aligns with most departures of the TEA: Highlights of Provence and TEH: Walks of the Cinque Terre & Portofino. To transfer between the 2 destinations:

TEK Nice (Menton) ‐ TEA Marseille ‐ For logistical ease we suggest you join the Provence trip first. You will then be able to join the return group transfer to Marseille airport from where you can take a bus (they run every 20 minutes) to the train station. From here you can take the train to Menton (the hotel is a short walk from the station).

TEK Nice (Menton) ‐ TEH Pisa (Moneglia) ‐ You can take the train via Genova (approx 5hrs) to Moneglia.

Please note: both departures need to guaranteed for these trip combinations to be confirmed.



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Alternatively, you can call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 to discuss your requirements in more detail.

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