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Walking the French Riviera

Walking the French Riviera

3050

It's the French Riviera at its finest: its glamour of course, but also its spectacular coastal walking paths and hidden coves.
You explore the back country of Nice, the infinite beaches of Le Lavandou, and the limestone peaks and turquoise inlets of the Calanques of Cassis.
And to top it all off, a celebratory champagne lunch on a private boat. Just for us ..

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  • The French Riviera at its finest, off the beaten track
  • Nice's back country: breathtaking hilltop villages
  • Scenic coastal walking in Villefranche sur Mer, Le Lavandou & Cassis 
  • Swimming opportunities nearly every day
  • The magnificent perched village of Sainte Agnès
  • The beaches of Le Lavandou
  • The Calanques of Cassis: turquoise inlets and beautiful paths
  • A private boat excursion along the coast including a champagne lunch

Day 1

Villefranche on the Mediterranean Sea

  • Villefranche sur mer 
  • Our walking tour begins with a 6pm welcome meeting with our trusty guide at the hotel in Villefranche sur Mer, set on the shining Mediterranean Sea. Set just beside Nice, Villefranche has a little town feel, with its small fisherman’s port lined with cafés and local restaurants. The streets of the town have a distinct medieval flair, especially its 14th century rue obscure, a covered and vaulted street, dimly lit, haunting and majestic in design. Don’t forget to visit the citadel and its gardens, and the 14th century Romanesque chapel.
    Dinner and night in Villefranche.
  • Access : Regular bus line from Nice aiport > Nice city center station, and regular train lines from Nice - Marseille - Menton > Villefranche on SNCF

Day 2

    • Distance :
    • 12km
    • Elevation :
    • + 50m
      - 50m

Saint Jean Cap Ferrat

  • Villefranche sur Mer > Cap Ferrat > Villefranche sur Mer > (4h - 7.5 miles)
  • The peninsula of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat is an eden of luxurious villas and finely manicured gardens. Despite its wealth and exclusiveness, a superb walking path is traced around the entire length of the peninsula. The sounds of the sea will be with us all day, while the wealthy homes of stars and royalty are within grasp. The most astonishing is the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild: formerly owned by the Baroness de Rothschild, the opulent villa is surrounded by some of the most magnificent gardens on the Côte d’Azur. Nearing the end of our walk, the port area is full of quaint cafés, where we can contemplate (and people watch!) along one of the prettiest sections of the French Riviera.
    Dinner on your own, and night in Villefranche.
  • Tour of the St Jean Cap Ferrat peninsula & visit of the Villa de Rothschild 

Day 3

    • Distance :
    • 5km
    • Elevation :
    • + 50m
      - 350m

Nice's back country: Sainte Agnès & Gorbio

  • Villefranche sur Mer > Sainte Agnès > Gorbio > Menton > Villefranche sur Mer (2h - 3 miles)
  • A lovely train and bus transfer will guide us to the town of Sainte Agnès, perched like an eagle’s nest 800m above the sea. Its colourful granite stone houses and cobbled streets are complete with small artist shops and traditional restaurants.
    On a walking path high above the waters, with marvelous panoramic views of the Côte d’Azur, we begin a gentle descent. The path leads to the equally beautiful town of Gorbio: its centuries-old limestone homes giving the village a true feeling of timelessness and authenticity.
    Before heading back to Villefranche we'll have time to explore Menton, its shaded medieval streets, its architecture, and its exceptional gardens. Dinner on your own and night in Villefranche.
  • Back country of Nice & its perched villages

Day 4

    • Distance :
    • 8km
    • Elevation :
    • + 100m
      - 300m

Mimosas and garden paths

  • Villefranche sur Mer > Bormes les Mimosas > Le Lavandou  
    (2h30 - 5 miles)
  • A private transfer (about 1h30) takes us to Bormes les Mimosas, a veritable storybook village of spectacular gardens, with proud displays of bougainvillea, mimosa and countless other flowers. It's market day, and we take the time to meander through the colourful stalls and collect our picnic items. Our walk takes us up through the golden-glistening shale, and under the sparse shade of cork trees to reach the chapel of Notre Dame de Constance. Perched up at 300m in altitude, our views extend along the entire Riviera. We then find a path wedged in between the impressive villas, and leading its way down to the seaside town of Le Lavandou, our home for the next two nights.
    Le Lavandou is active with quaint cafés and great seafood restaurants, little boutique shops and one of the best beaches along the Côte d’Azur. Dinner included in town and night in Le Lavandou.

Day 5

    • Distance :
    • 10km
    • Elevation :
    • + 50
      - 50

The Coastline Path

  • Le Lavandou > La Londe > Estagnol beach > Le Lavandou (4h - 6 miles)
  • The day begins along the "sentier littoral": a protected coasline path. It heads through untamed inlets of turquoise waters, lined with wild lavender and cistus flower, with no buildings in sight. Could this be the Côte d’Azur? It's a perfect postcard with each new scene revealed: a lone pine tree stranded on a tiny island, the lone sailboat rocking gently in a quiet bay, the white sands capturing the prints of our bare feet entangled in posidonia leaves...
    Halfway through our walk a timely beach appears, an opportunity for a swim and to try one of the best restaurants along the coast. And with our stomachs full of food we continue our journey along the coastal path. We reach the centuries-old Brégançon fort, now used as a summer retreat for the French President. Unfortunately we don't have open invitations, but we'll make up for it... Transfer to Le Lavandou. Dinner is on your own and night in Le Lavandou.

Day 6

    • Distance :
    • 10km
    • Elevation :
    • + 50
      - 300

The famous Calanques of Cassis

  • Le Lavandou > Cassis (3h - 6 miles)
  • A private taxi transfer (1h30) takes us to a pass high above the Calanques of Cassis, where the golden shale has given way to jagged, white limestone.
    A gentle descent takes us to the Calanque of Port Pin, a narrow finger-of-an-inlet complete with a sandy beach, the perfect stop for our secluded picnic. The next Calanque is Port Miou, over a km long but ultra-thin, lined on both sides by picturesque sailboats sheltered in a quiet cove. Our walk takes us straight into the centre of Cassis, a small fishing village set on the Mediterranean, just a handful of narrow streets, restaurants huddled tightly around its port. Dinner included and night in Cassis.

Day 7

3-hour boat cruise along the Calanques

calanques champagne cote d azur walk hike

  • That's right: a champagne lunch on a boat: a private cruise along the perfect inlets of the Calanques, admiring the jagged limestone peaks that soar above the sea, casting their turquoise glow on the shining waters. With our flip-flops dangling on the side of the boat it's a well-deserved time to relax and celebrate after a week of walking.
    A farewell dinner is included before a final night in Cassis.

Day 8

Au revoir

Cassis charming little fishing men port on the med sea just next to Marseille

  • Cassis center > Cassis train station
  • Though you can choose to remain in Cassis for days or weeks or months, we've included a transfer to the train station to help you continue your journeys. End of your trip in Cassis.
  • Extend your stay in the heart of Provence!  Do not miss the Papes Pope's Palace in Avignon or the famous vineyards in Châteauneuf du Pape.  Just ask us! 
  • RETURN : regular trains from Cassis to Marseille on the SNCF

    GUIDED TRIP - The rates and supplements are per person and subject to availability

    Go to the TRIP INFO section:
    - to check the minimum of person BASIS of this trip
    - to check the single room ( 1 pers. ) supplement

    Dates Sup. Status
    From Sun May 21 2017
    to Sun May 28 2017
    Guaranteed departure
    From Sun Sep 10 2017
    to Sun Sep 17 2017
    Available
    From Sun Jun 10 2018
    to Sun Jun 17 2018
    Available
    From Sun Sep 16 2018
    to Sun Sep 23 2018
    Available

    For a single room ( 1 pers. ) a single supplement will be charged.
    > Refer to our TRIP INFO section

    • Hotel le Welcome - Villefranche

      The hotel ideally situated has been known for 2 centuries, and has worldwide renown. All of its 35 rooms are air-conditioned, with balconies, overlooking the bay & Cap Ferrat.

      Wine bar on a terrace with sea view. Train station, beaches & restaurants a short walking distance.

      Many artists have stayed there: Jean Cocteau spent “the best days of his life here”!

    • Hotel Espadon - Lavandou

      Just steps from the golden beaches of the Mediterranean sea, the 3* hotel Espadon is nestled in the heart of the village of Le Lavandou, surrounded by quaint cafés and restaurants.

      Rooms have all been recently renovated, yet the hotel has kept its authentic charm.
      Breakfast is served in a delightful dining area overlooking the sea.

      Walk Inn guests are given rooms with a private terrasse with a sea view !

    • Hotel la Rade - Cassis

      Exquisitely designed hotel La Rade*** featuring 28 newly decorated rooms & suites welcomes you in the heart of the village of Cassis.

      Enjoy breathtaking views while having breakfast or a drink on the terrasse facing the sea. Relax after your walk in the heated pool and Jacuzzi.

    The rates are per person,  and subject to availability

    • Most prices are based on a 2-person booking ( with shared accommodation for a hotel)
    • You will be able to select the exact number of traveller(s) when completing your reservation form
    • If you're travelling SOLO : please contact us

    • Repatriation insurance : applicable for all clients visiting the Europe-Schengen region that includes France
    • Rate : for a trip from 8 days > 2 weeks = 14 days
      Supplement for a trip above 14 days
    • See the insurance contract here 

    Guided trip rates

    • The rates are per person (shared room)
    • You can book this guided trip as from 1 person
    • Guaranteed departure as from 4 persons
    • On our guided trips, you may have the opportunity to meet & travel in Provence with international travellers

    INCLUDED

    • 7 nights double occupancy with private facilities
    • 7 breakfasts
    • 3 gourmet Provençal picnic lunches
    • 1 café lunch
    • 4 dinners
    • All taxi, train, and bus transfers from days 1 to 8 
    • Luggage transfer
    • An English speaking private guide during the whole tour
    • All visits described in the itinerary
    • Day 7 : Private boat cruise including a champagne lunch

    NOT INCLUDED

    • All lunches & dinners not noted-included in your itinerary
    • Entrance fees into museums (not included in the itinerary)
    • insurance,
    • drinks, items of personal nature
    • SINGLE supplement
      Charming accommodation : 620€

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