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Walking the French Riviera and forgotten backcountry

Walking the French Riviera and forgotten backcountry


The Côte d’Azur - French Riviera, with its shining sea and dazzling coastline, sits on the top of many a bucket list.  It’s a guided walking tour based in Menton, nestled between Alps and Sea, probably the prettiest town along the French Riviera.

From our base,  your guide leads you on a variety of walks, juxtaposing pristine coastline and villages of the backcountry, forgotten in time, set on rocky crags high above the sea. With plenty of swimming opportunities and the chance to check out some the world’s most expensive real estate – including Monaco –

A genuine French Riviera off the beaten paths ! 

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  • Menton: the prettiest village of the Côte d'Azur
  • Stunning coastal walks carved into the jagged coastline
  • Walking to the Principality of Monaco
  • Picturesque and authentic villages of the backcountry: Sainte Agnès, Gorbio, Castellar...   
  • Your hotel facing the Med sea and the beach : don't forget your swim-siut ! 
  • 1 free day to enjoy the French Riviera at your own pace ! 
  • 1 delicious apéritif & dinner included
  • Small groups : a maximum of 8 participants 

Day 1

Menton, jewel of the French Riviera

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  • Your walking tour begins in Menton, nestled up against the Italian border. Settle into our comfortable hotel in Menton for the next 6 nights. The majestic Alps are tucked just behind the shores. This is the perfect base from which to explore the region, with easy access to both coast and backcountry trails.

    The old town of Menton boasts colorful, Italian-inspired architecture, a maze of centuries-old buildings, oozing with old-world charm; the new part of town is chic, filled with designer shops, restaurants, and even a casino. Menton is often touted as the prettiest town along the French Riviera. There’s a mild microclimate in Menton: the town is known for growing lemons, and holds a yearly lemon festival!

  • 6PM : The group meets the guide at the hotel.
    Together you stroll through the streets to get your bearings, have a drink, enjoy dinner together (included) and go over the week’s itinerary.  
    Aperitif + dinner included. Night in Menton
  • Access: Regular flights to Nice, and regular train lines to Nice on the SNCF

Day 2

    • Distance :
    • 10 km
    • Elevation :
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Costal walking day in Monaco!

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  • WALK : Menton > Cap Martin > Monaco > Menton (3h, 6 miles) : coastline trail
  • Today your guide leads you on a walk straight into a neighbouring country: Monaco!   We begin our walk from the hotel and head westwards along the coastline: just a thin strip of land wedged between Alps and Mediterranean. Following the coastline all day, we’ll enjoy beautiful views of both sea and Alps throughout the walk. We follow the famed Le Corbusier coastline footpath: a mix of cemented walkway and steps etched into the jagged coastline. A famous Swiss-French architect, Le Corbusier is often deemed the father of modern architecture.

    Passing beaches and coves, we round the outcrop of Saint Martin, passing under the towering 10th century castle that crowns the medieval village of Roquebrune, set dizzyingly above the sea. The improbable skyline of the Principality of Monaco comes into view, in stark contrast to old-world Menton: high-rises huddled together in tight formation, modern and opulent, the most densely populated country in the world, and a favorite playground for the world’s rich and famous.

    We take the time to enjoy the main attractions in Monaco – trying not to lose too much money at the blackjack table – before returning to Menton via the local train.

  • Picnic included. Dinner is on your own, with plenty of options in town. Night in Menton

Day 3

    • Distance :
    • 10 km
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Hiking in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat

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  • WALK : Menton > Beaulieu Sur Mer > Saint Jean Cap Ferrat (3 hours, 6 miles):  coastline trail
  • A short and scenic train ride along the Azur coastline leads us to the seaside town of Beaulieu sur Mer, just a stone’s throw from Nice. Our walk follows the coastline path around the famed peninsula of Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat.

    Just over a century ago, when the French Riviera was comprised of no more than modest fishing villages, Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat didn’t have a single home, and was only frequented by shepherds and their flocks; a lot has changed since: today it harbours the world’s most expensive real estate. The most lavish of them all is the
    Villa Rothschild, set upon the crest of the peninsula: an Italian-style palazzo complete with themed gardens and a fountain synchronized to classical music.  Option :  Possibility to make a detour and visit the Villa Rotschild ( not included ) 

    Some of these otherworldly properties are visible as we tour around the eastern side of the peninsula, walking on a cemented footpath draped upon the jagged limestone coastline. Once we’ve circled around the outmost point, and tuck into the protected western bay, the walking path is at its most spectacular: carved right into the rock, steps leading above and down to the coast.

    On the western side of the peninsula is the bay of Villefranche sur Mer, a pretty village with its colorful homes huddled together below Mont Boron. At the end of the path is a timely and exclusive beach, where we can take a well-earned dip. We return to Menton by train.

  • Picnic and train ticket included. Dinner on your own, night in Menton.

Day 4

Free day in the heart of the Côte d'Azur !

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  • Today is a FREE day for you to explore some of the gems of the Côte d'Azur. You have the freedom to arrange your day as you want ! It’s your choice: the Côte d’Azur has lots to offer!

    - You may want to spend the day in beautiful Nice, exploring its majestic old city and modern and grandiose squares (and a wonderous Chagall museum).
    - A short train ride away is Cannes, with its famed festival, and two "Lerins islands" off the coast worth exploring and great for swimming.
    - Or maybe venture into Italy, exploring the authentic border town of Ventimiglia?
    - What about the Nietzsche path leading up to the perched medieval village of Eze, from where the views are spectacular?
    - Or just enjoy the covered morning market, the Cocteau museum, and  the beach facing your hotel in Menton ..

  • Dinner and lunch on your own, night in Menton.

Day 5

    • Distance :
    • 6km
    • Elevation :
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      - 350m

From Castellar down to the Sea

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  • WALK : Castellar >Menton (2 hours, 4 miles)
  • It’s often said that 90% of travellers to the Côte d’Azur visit only 10% of its landscapes. Hidden behind Menton, where the Alps ride almost immediately, is the 90% no one goes to: a countryside dotted with forgotten villages, centuries-old stone homes, a feeling as if you’ve gone back in time. A short bus ride takes us to one of those villages: Castellar.

    As the crow flies we’re only 2.5 km from the coast, but no designer shops, no glitz, and nothing remotely Côte-d’Azuresque about the village The village is set high up on a narrow ridge, with only four picturesque streets running parallel atop the narrow perch, and between them some secret vaulted passageways. Ancient chapels adorn the village.

    We explore the ancient streets and the picturesque squares where we can stop for an idyllic café. From Castellar we take a scenic and winding path through the forest, leading us on a gradual descent. We reach the country lanes behind Menton and then atop the village itself, where we’ll have the best vantage spot of the old town and its colorful buildings. A labyrinth of staircases wind between ancient homes and lead down to the sea. 

  • Picnic and bus ticket included. Dinner on your own, night in Menton.

Day 6

    • Distance :
    • 5km
    • Elevation :
    • + 50m
      - 300m

Perched Sainte Agnès and medieval Gorbio

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  • WALK : Sainte Agnès > Gorbio (2 hours - 3 miles)
  • From Menton, we take a local bus up to the village of Sainte Agnès. It’s the highest coastline village in Europe, perched a dizzying 800m above the coast. With its old cobbled streets, granite homes and vaulted passageways, the village is also listed among the most beautiful in France. We meander through the narrow streets, and enjoy a café with a jaw-dropping view of the Mediterranean and the Alps. We can walk up to the medieval gardens that crown the village – where the castle once stood.

    Our walk takes us down a verdant valley, where aromatic herbs grow wild among the sparse trees. Perched high above the coastline, we’ll have majestic sea views as we continue across the slope. As we turn around an outcrop the village of Gorbio comes into view, its austere limestone homes are set around an open square adorned with a 300-year-old elm tree. We take time to explore the village streets and will probably be persuaded to enjoy a cool glass of rosé at the village bar…
    From Gorbio, we return to Menton by local bus, where we’ll bid au revoir to your guide.

  • Picnic and bus ticket included. Dinner on your own, final night in Menton.

Day 7

Bye Bye Menton

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  • After breakfast you're free to continue exploring the Côte d'Azur, or perhaps some other gems of Provence ?

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 Sep 16 2018
to Sat Sep 22 2018
From Mon Jun 03 2019
to Sun Jun 09 2019
From Mon Sep 16 2019
to Sun Sep 22 2019

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

  • Princess Richmond **** - Menton

    Princess Richmond **** - Menton

    Modern and sleek, the Princess Richmond is a boutique hotel of 44 rooms, set within an arm's reach of the Mediterranean. It is ideally located facing the Mediterranean sea, in the centre of the Baie du Soleil. The rooms are all air-conditioned and comfortable.

    On the 7th floor, you will enjoy the large panoramic terrace, with a view stretching from Italy to Cap-Martin,  equipped with a sun lounges, and a jacuzzi.

    It's the perfect base from which to explore the French Riviera, and from its prettiest town: Menton!   

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 - 1 week trip
  • Repatriation insurance : applicable for all clients visiting the Europe-Schengen region that includes France
  • Rate : for a maximum trip of 1 week = 7 days
    Supplement for a trip above 7 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 from 4 participants
  • Small group of maximum 8  persons
  • On our guided trips, you may have the opportunity to meet & travel in Provence with international travellers


  • 6 nights double occupancy with private facilities
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 1 dinner & apertif on day 1 
  • 4 gourmet Provençal picnic lunches
  • All transfers carried out by bus and train from day 2 to day 6  
  • A professionnal day-time guide for your 4 walks
    (your guide will also attend dinner on day 1 to go over the week's itinerary)


  • All lunches & dinners not noted-included in your itinerary
  • Entrance fees into museums (not included in the itinerary)
  • Optional activities on day 4
  • insurance
  • drinks, items of personal nature
  • SINGLE supplement: 395€ 
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