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Walking Southern Alps to the French Riviera: short and sweet

Walking Southern Alps to the French Riviera: short and sweet

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You explore the genuine back country of the French Riviera, and hike on panoramic trails as the Alps rise dramatically in the Med sea. You walk from one small mountain authentic village to the next, with jawdropping panoramas of mountains and Mediterranean Sea. You end your French Riviera holidays in Menton, one of the loveliest italian town in the south of France, where you enjoy the coloured old city and the beaches.

A great hiking holiday, with simple accommodation in the mountain villages, and comfort to charming hotels in Menton.

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  • 1 dinner & 1 picnic included
  • Genuine montain villages surrounded by the Alps mountains
  • The cultural mix of Italian and French influences
  • Ancient pathsthrough forests and follow majestic olive groves
  • The lovely perched village of Sainte Agnès
  • The coloured italian-style town of Menton on the Med Sea

  • Extra walk option : Add an extra walk to Gorbio ! 

Day 1

Charming Breil sur roya

Nice La Brigue back country of the french riviera

  • Arrival on your own by train from Nice (not included). Surrounded by lush mountains along the banks of the river Roya, you start your Mercantour hiking trip  in the picturesque town of Breil
    sur Roya. You will hear both languages French & Italian and feel both influences in architecture, culture .. and food !
  • Night in your hotel in Breil sur Roya

  • Market on Tuesday & Thursday morning in Breil

  • Access: Regular train lines from Nice > Breil. Check ahead the schedule on SNCF PACA

Day 2

    • Distance :
    • 15 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 600m
      - 550m

Olive groves to Italy

olive groves of olivetta

  • Breil sur Roya > Olivetta > Sospel (3h30 - 6.5 miles)
  • A scenic and short bus/train/taxi transfer takes you to the town of Breil sur Roya, lower in the valley, nestled between the mountains and the Roya River. From Breil, a path leads you along centuries-old terraces through the olive groves. You reach the tiny village of Piène Haute, seemingly lost on its rocky perch, with a year-round population of only 30 souls.
    From here you descend a valley adorned with ancient olive trees, and arrive smack on the border between France and Italy. Embark on a small detour to the quaint Italian village of Olivetta for lunch before walking above a spectacular gorge to Sospel.
  • Night in Sospel

  • Small market on Tuesday in Breil sur Roya

Day 3

    • Distance :
    • 10 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 500m
      - 500m

To the highest coastline village in Europe

hikers walking from sospel to sainte agnes

    • Sospel > Sainte Agnes (4h - 6.2 miles)
    • A short transfer takes you to the Col de Castillon pass, where you are teased with views of the shining blue Med Sea. You follow a path under the shade of an ash forest and zigzag upward towards the watchtower of Mont Ours before the true panorama is laid out: the entire Riviera and even the island of Corsica in clear weather. The medieval town of Sainte Agnes sits perched like an eagle's nest between you and the sea.  Sainte Agnès is listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France, its narrow cobbled streets built over the centuries with massive granite blocks. Only 3km from the sea as the crow flies, and perched at 800m in altitude, Sainte Agnès is listed as Europe's highest coastline village.
    • Dinner included and night in Saint Agnès

    • Market on Thursday & Sunday (small one) morning in Sospel

    • Extra walk option: We recommend an extra night in Sainte Agnès to enjoy the extra walk to the nearby village of Gorbio out-and-back (3h45 - 10km - 6.2 miles - +450m/-450m). See the Extension section below

Day 4

    • Distance :
    • 14 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 250M
      - 950M

Down to the Mediterranean sea

sainte agnes menton

  • Sainte Agnès > Menton (4h30 - 8.7 miles)
  • Picnic included
  • You leave Sainte Agnès to descend into a lush valley, framing the hilltop Castellar. This sleepy village with quiet streets, sole grocery store, bar and two restaurants, is the last bastion of tranquility before arriving on the Riviera. From Castellar you find and old path winding down, and soon you've reached a set of ancient steps set directly above the old village of Menton. Spend time raoming along the colourful labyrinth of streets in the old town before a small stretch of boardwalk leading to your hotel.
  • Night in Menton.

Day 5

End of your hiking in Cote d'Azur ...

menton on the med sea

  • End of your trip after breakfast. Take the time to relax and enjoy Menton, visit Cocteau museum, the daily market and the Med sea ...

  • Lots of markets in Menton : Covered market every morning, on Tuesday morning on Carei Square, on Saturday morning fish market at the port

  • Return: Regular train lines from Menton > Nice

  • Continue onwards your exploration of Provence with the costal trip around the PORQUEROLLES islands
  • SELF GUIDED TOUR : 
    - The rates are per person, based on a double-bedded room (1 bed) 
    - Sup for a twin-bedded room (2 beds) in some hotels 
  • GUIDED DAY - A fixed rate: the price is the same from 1 to 4 participants with one guide 
     The rate for the guided day remains the same no matter if you are 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 persons 
  • BOTH are subject to availability
  • Go to the TRIP INFO section below :
    - to check the minimum person BASIS of this trip
    - to check the single room ( 1 pers. ) supplement
    - if you're travelling SOLO: please contact us

Sup per period
    • Unavailable
    • Low
    • High + 30€

Choose your level of comfort according to your wish & budget !

> For a single room ( 1 pers. ) a single supplement will be charged
> See in our TRIP INFO section
> Keep in mind that your trip is always subject to availability

  • Hotel Le Roya ** - Breil sur Roya

    Hotel Le Roya ** - Breil sur Roya

    A typical French Auberge with restaurant and home style food located in the heart of a charming village, at 300 meters altitude

  • Auberge Provencale ** - Sospel

    Auberge Provencale ** - Sospel

    Located in the heart of the village of Sospel, the family-run Auberge Provençale welcome you with a warm & friendly welcome. You will enjoy its greatrestaurant and panoramic terrasse.

    Room upgrade on the COMFORT type of accommodation ( subject to availability)

  • Hotel Saint Yves ** - Ste Agnes

    Hotel Saint Yves ** - Ste Agnes

    Perched high above the Mediterranean - though there are no bells and whistles - the modest rooms have been modernized, and the fellow walkers' ambiance here is made extremely warm and friendly by Georges & Marie-Rose.

    At the restaurant, you'll find the same atmosphere, and be careful what you order: the portions are set for even the most famished walker!

  • Hotel Londres *** - Menton

    Hotel Londres *** - Menton

    Ideally located in the heart of Menton , a small town on the Côte d’Azur famous for its wonderful gardens and standard of living, the Hotel de Londres is pleased to welcome you into its warm and family friendly atmosphere.
    The 3 star hotel enjoys an extremely privileged location, 5mn walk from
    the beaches. 

  • Hotel Le Roya ** - Breil sur Roya

    Hotel Le Roya ** - Breil sur Roya

    A typical French Auberge with restaurant and home style food located in the heart of a charming village, at 300 meters altitude

  • Auberge Provencale ** - Sospel

    Auberge Provencale ** - Sospel

    Located in the heart of the village of Sospel, the family-run Auberge Provençale welcome you with a warm & friendly welcome. You will enjoy its greatrestaurant and panoramic terrasse.

    Room upgrade on the COMFORT type of accommodation ( subject to availability)

  • Hotel Saint Yves ** - Ste Agnes

    Hotel Saint Yves ** - Ste Agnes

    Perched high above the Mediterranean - though there are no bells and whistles - the modest rooms have been modernized, and the fellow walkers' ambiance here is made extremely warm and friendly by Georges & Marie-Rose.

    At the restaurant, you'll find the same atmosphere, and be careful what you order: the portions are set for even the most famished walker!

  • 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, on a 2 pers. basis 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
Add an extra walk to Gorbio

ADD AN EXTRA LOOP WALK IN GORBIO

  • We recommend an extra night in Sainte Agnès to enjoy an extra walk to the nearby village of Gorbio (out-and-back).
  • 3h45, 10km,  +450/-450m
  • The perched little village of Gorbio - on its rocky spur - is worth a lengthy visit. Those who come to visit it often remark that it is one of the most authentic villages along the Riviera. The Renaissance castle at the edge of the village - converted into a museum - and the two chapels attest to the village’s rich medieval history.
  • The extension rate includes: a (shared) room BB at the St Yves hotel in Ste Agnes, a picnic, and a roadbook with detailed note & map. Sup single room : 30€. 
  • Rates on a min. of 2 persons. reservation. 
    (for 1 person: 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 

TRIP rates 

The rates are per person

  • on a 2 pers. minimum reservation basis ( shared room)
  • and subject to availability

INCLUDED

  • 4 nights double occupancy with private facilities
  • 4 breakfasts
  • 1 dinner
  • 1 picnic
  • Luggage transfers days 2 to 4
  • Our Road Book with detailed walking itineraries, including highlighted maps
  • 1 road map of the region
  • 24/7 assistance tel

NOT INCLUDED

  • All lunches not noted-included in your itinerary
  • Entrance fees into museums, insurance, drinks
  • Items of personal nature

NOTE - Accommodation

The Hotel St Yves in the village of Saint Agnes (day 3) is rather a simple hotel, than a "standard" comfort one. : it offers modest rooms, with a family and fellow walkers' ambiance that is extremely warm and friendly.

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