The French Riviera offers wonderful walking, fascinating art, architecture and history. Take time to visit the new Matisse museum in Nice, one of many excellent galleries. Much remains from the famous Belle 脡poque period, when wealthy Russian princes and English earls built palatial villas. History reaches back even further, with Roman monuments, bridges, and ancient roads. In many towns and villages, the narrow twisting streets and colourful buildings of the old quarters transport you back to the Middle Ages. For those interested in more recent wonders, the shopping is fabulous. Find haute couture fashions, interior decorations, unique perfumes and delicious candied fruits.

Location

Menton

Menton, France

Day 1+2

Monaco

Monaco-Ville, Monaco

Day 3+4

Villefranche-sur-Mer

Villefranche-sur-Mer, France

Day 5+7

Nice

Nice, France

Day 6

What鈥檚 Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN聽REGULAR TRIP

6 nights lodging
All breakfasts and 1 dinner
Luggage transfers
Comprehensive Tour Details with detailed pre-trip information
Detailed maps and route instructions
Access to Loyalty Program and other exclusive benefits

Particulars

EVENT DATES

Any start day from January 1 to June 23 and from September 1 to December 31.
Due to the vagaries of bus schedules we recommend that you do not start this tour on a Thursday.
Custom trips also available and can start any day. Call or email for details.

TOTAL DAYS

7 days / 6 nights, with 5 days walking

ARRIVE / DEPART

Menton / Villefranche-sur-Mer

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Walking times: 2.5 to 4 hours.

TERRAIN

Some of the walks climb up into the hills above the coast, while others are easy walks on level terrain

COST

Classic Accommodation: US $2015
Single Supplement: US $445

Luxe Accommodation: US $4730
Single Supplement: US $1045

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. If you have any questions before making your reservation, please contact us.
Getting There The tour starts in Menton, approximately 15 km east of Nice, which is the main point of access for the area. There are flights to Nice from many European gateway cities, including Paris, London, Amsterdam, and Geneva. Menton can also be reached by train from major cities. We鈥檒l provide you with directions to the tour start.

1

Day 1

Menton

Arrive in Menton. Stroll along the narrow streets and winding alleys of the old town. You won鈥檛 be able to resist the colourful shops offering tablecloths and napkins made of bright Proven莽al fabrics. Wander along the beach and the old port. Relax at a caf茅 and watch the world go by.

2

Day 2

Menton

Start with a bus ride to Castellar, from where you walk into wonderful, quiet country and to Ste-Agn猫s, the highest coastal village in Europe. Climb through the cobbled streets of the village to the remains of an 11th-century castle high above the sea. Visit the museum dedicated to the Maginot Line and explore the fortifications that were part of this Alpine defense line. Then descend back to the bustle of the Menton.
Walking time: 2.5 hours, with additional 1.5 hours possible.

3

Day 3

Monaco

Today follow one of the most stunning coastal walks along the Riviera. Walk around Cap Martin, past opulent villas and exclusive hotels, pause among pine trees to watch the turquoise surf wash among the white rocks. Your destination is the glamorous principality of Monaco, with its chic shops, museums, and lovely beach.
Walking time: up to 4 hours.

4

Day 4

Monaco

Enjoy a delightful walk high in the hills above the coast. Take the bus to La Turbie, a wonderful perched town with a spectacular view of the coast. La Turbie is the site of the Alpine Trophy, erected in 6 BC to commemorate the important victories in the Roman conquest of the Alps and one of the only two remaining trophies still standing. Take time to follow the nature trail and learn about the local flora before returning to Monaco.
Walking time: 2.25 hours.

5

Day 5

Villefranche-sur-Mer

Wind your way up to the magnificent perched village of 脠ze, following in the steps of the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, who found the climb highly inspiring. Explore the beautifully restored winding streets of the village, the many craft workshops, and the famous exotic garden. Take another look at the breathtaking view, then head for Beaulieu and set off on your walk around Cap Ferrat passing some of the most sumptuous villas on the Riviera, including one of the best known, the Rothschild Villa. Your destination is the charming resort of Villefranche-sur-Mer.
Walking times: 3 hours for the Eze walk; 4 hours around Cap Ferrat.

6

Day 6

Nice

Explore Nice today. Stroll along the Promenade des Anglais and take some time to sit and contemplate the azure sea. Browse in the shops along the Rue Massina, then head for the port, lined by squares and quays lined by lovely ochre-coloured buildings built in the 19th century. Be sure to visit Old Nice, which many art historians consider one of the most beautiful old quarters in France. You can also climb to Cimiez and the new Matisse Museum.

7

Day 7

Enjoy a last morning on the French Riviera before departing for your next adventure.

Classic

H么tel Prince de Galles, Menton

Since 1865, this former barracks for the carabiniere of the princes of Monaco has welcomed lovers of the French Riviera. The hotel offers uninterrupted view of the sea, the Italian Riviera, the Old Town of Menton and Cape Martin.


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H么tel Ambassador, Monaco

Conveniently situated in La Condamine district, the hotel is walking distance from the main tourist attractions including Casino Square and the beautiful Place d鈥橝rms. Malizia, the renowned hotel restaurant offers Italian specialties in a Liberty style setting.


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H么tel La Flore, Villefranche-sur-Mer

Five minutes from the beach, this character hotel from the early 20th Century was rebuilt in original Proven莽al style. All of La Flore鈥檚 guest rooms have either balconies or terraces overlooking the stunning natural harbour of Villefranche. Enjoy the beach or relax by the hotel鈥檚 own outdoor swimming pool.


Luxe

H么tel Prince de Galles, Menton

Since 1865, this former barracks for the carabiniere of the princes of Monaco has welcomed lovers of the French Riviera. The hotel offers uninterrupted view of the sea, the Italian Riviera, the Old Town of Menton and Cape Martin.


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H么tel Hermitage, Monaco

This historic Belle 脡poque palace, now a 5-star hotel faces the Mediterranean and combines old world charm with modern elegance. Guests receive complementary admission to the Casino and a private beach club.


H么tel Welcome, Villefranche-sur-Mer

This 4-star hotel is located in the centre of Villefrance, and directly on the sea next to many restaurants. All of the rooms have a sea view and balcony.


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Trip Reviews

June 8, 2016

The location was absolutely gorgeous. The food was exceptional. My husband liked the hiking and seeing the sites visitors don’t usually see.

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