On the Franco-Italian border, by the warm Mediterranean sea, Menton is a delight for any visitor. It is easy to see how the city earned its nickname 'the Pearl of France', combining gardens, seaport, beach resort and a hiker’s paradise into one. With the Alpine chain dropping into the sea at the France-Italy border, it is also an ideal location for a 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. Did you know you can travel by train to this trip? Find out more here
Our start point is a comfortable three-star hotel in Menton. Situated just a short stroll from the railway station, beach and shops, it is ideally located for a week of 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.
Starting from the hotel, we stop at the market where we discover local food ingredients, then take the train or public bus to Carnolès. In the grounds of the Palais Carnolès and Musée des Beaux-Arts, we find a renowned collection of citrus trees. After time exploring the gardens, we start our walk around the beautiful Cap Martin Peninsula where we stop for a picnic lunch. After lunch, we visit the Cap Martin olive groves then walk or take the bus back to Menton.
We begin our day with a 20-minute train journey to Eze Plage, and carry on by bus to Eze, a medieval village established in the 14th century with magnificent coastal views. From here, we can walk up to the Mont Bastide castle ruins to admire amazing views before we visit the Exotic Garden, which is built 1,407ft (429m) above sea level on the site of an ancient fortress in Eze village. It overlooks the Provençal hill village providing home for cacti, succulents, xerophytes and various Mediterranean species. After free time in the village, we walk down the Nietzsche path to join Eze Plage, before taking the train back to Menton.
Today we take a train or bus to Carnolès, followed by a walk to Roquebrune where we enjoy stunning views over Monaco. Then we walk down to Monaco where we take the ferry shuttle to cross Monaco harbour. We discover the old town with tiny streets and beautiful buildings and the casino, before returning by train to Menton.
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 plus the Saint-Michel Basilica façade. Alternatively, you could visit one or more of the eight gardens in Menton or head further afield to Nice by train or bus and visit its renowned market and the Promenade des Anglais. Monaco also has much to offer despite its diminutive size, and is renowned for the luxurious lifestyle afforded to its residents.
This morning, we take the train to Villefranche from where we walk to the Gavinette point to admire the spectacular view of Villefranche bay. We continue our walk to Cap Ferrat where we can marvel at the beauty of Villa de Rothschild and its gardens.
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). Created by Sir Lawrence Johnston, it was turned from 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, it is registered as “one of the most beautiful French villages”. It hides picturesque streets and artist studios and, at 2,625ft (800m) above sea level, offers a breath-taking view over the blue Mediterranean Sea. We then take the bus or walk back to the hotel.
After a relaxed breakfast, we say our goodbyes and begin our return journey home. If you’d like to explore a little more, speak to your sales representative about extending your stay.
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Overall, an excellent holiday with a varied walking itinerary, comfortable well located hotel and great weather. The local walking guide, Sandrine, was also excellent.
Excellent variety of mountain and countryside walking combined with experiencing local towns and villages. This holiday rates at the top end of the '2 boot' category with some tough ascents and at least one descent which verges on treacherous (down to Eze). However, our guide Jessica Viale, was an exceptional leader - her local knowledge was encyclopaedic and her mountain and countryside experience made each day's walk a pleasure. She found us wonderful restaurants each evening and was a charming and entertaining dinner companion. She really made the holiday a wonderful experience.
Daily hikes from a base is a great way to go. Very scenic area plus resort amenities nearby if wanted.
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This 7 night guided walking holiday includes:
All transport and listed activities
Tour leader throughout
Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
How to book:
To book this holidays speak to our sales team on 0044 1606 720199 or click on the appropriate 'book now' or 'check availability' button below.
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|Departure date||Tour only||Prices||Single supplement|
|30th Sep 2023||US$2179||US$616||Tour only: US$2179
Single supp: US$616
|1st Jun 2024||US$2379||US$672||Tour only: US$2379
Single supp: US$672
|15th Jun 2024||US$2349||US$672||Tour only: US$2349
Single supp: US$672
|7th Sep 2024||US$2379||US$672||Tour only: US$2379
Single supp: US$672
|28th Sep 2024||US$2379||US$672||Tour only: US$2379
Single supp: US$672
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