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From the Alps to the Sea

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Visit: Breil-sur-Roya, Sospel, Sainte-Agnès, Gorbio, Menton, Villefranche-sur-Mer, St. Jean Cap Ferrat, Èze, Villefranche-sur-Mer

Day 1: Breil-sur-Roya

Nestled along the banks of the River Roya, your walking holiday begins in the picturesque town of Breil-sur-Roya, far from the bustle of the coastline. You’re surrounded by lush mountains and in a place where time is at a standstill. The town is shaped like a crescent along the waters, with colourful streets laden with cobbles. You’ll hear both languages French & Italian and feel both influences in food, culture and in architecture.

Day 2: Breil-sur-Roya - Sospel

Walking time about 15 kms (5 hrs 30 mins)

You leave Breil-sur-Roya by foot, giving you a wonderful panorama of the valley. There are two choices in paths above the village and we’ve chosen the one less travelled, following abandoned stone terraces, now dotted with olive trees. You reach the stunning ghost town of Piène Haute, more Italian than French, perched above the valley. Your path then takes you to Italy to the colourful town of Olivetta before returning France and to the town of Sospel. Sospel is a genuine and medieval mountain town with an old stone toll bridge crossing the Brévera River.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Sospel - Sainte-Agnès

Walking time about 10 kms (4 hrs)

A short taxi transfer takes you to the start of our walk. After a gradual climb through a scenic beech forest the summit appears and perched well over 1000m above the sea the Mediterranean appears in all its majesty, the southern Alps. You reach the perched village of Sainte-Agnès, listed among the most beautiful villages in France, and set at 800m in altitude. It is the highest coastline village in Europe.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Sainte-Agnès - Gorbio - Sainte-Agnès

Walking time about 10km (3 hrs 45 mins)

Leaving Sainte-Agnès you climb towards the Col de Bausson pass, through a landscape of wild lavender and with great views behind you of the village. Beyond the pass you enter a valley to the north, and with the highway and bustle of the coastline out of view, you’re left with the wild slopes of pine forest and wildflowers. A steep, zigzagging descent leads you to the village of Gorbio, worth a lengthy visit. On the main square you’ll find two restaurants for lunch, one refined and the other casual. You ret urn to Sainte Agnès along a shorter and easier route the GR 51 with views of the coastline accompanying you along the way.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Sainte-Agnès - Menton

Walking time about 14 kms (4 hrs 30 mins)

Once again you leave Sainte-Agnès by foot, and walking along a deep and scenic valley you reach the lost villages of Monti and Castellar. Castellar offers quaint streets & restaurants. You path leads you to the heart of the town of Menton, the prettiest town on the French Riviera with its colourful streets winding around in never ending labyrinths and with several architectural treasures.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Villefranche-sur-Mer  - St. Jean Cap Ferrat - Villefranche-sur-Mer

Walking time about 11 kms (3 hrs a few short climbs along the coastal path)

After breakfast you take the train with your luggage from Menton to Villefranche-sur-Mer, it’s a short 30 minutes scenic train ride (train ticket at your own expense 4,20€ per person). You leave your luggage at your hotel and start your first walk around the famous St. Jean Cap Ferrat, it’s a beautiful 3 hours coastal walk. You can also add a detour and walk around the Eastern arm of the peninsula, add one hour.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Villefranche-sur-Mer - Èze Village- Villefranche-sur-Mer

Walking time about 2 hrs back and forth to Èze

After breakfast you take a 5 minutes short train ride from Villefranche to Èze (tickets at your cost 1,80€). Èze is a medieval village perched like an eagles nest on a narrow rocky peak overlooking the Mediterranean sea. The ancient fortified village is still crowned with the ruins of its 12th century fortified Castle (torn down in 1706), sitting on a narrow rocky peak. The Castle grounds host the well known Jardin Exotique and from the top (429 m) you'll have an good view of the coast. After your walk you take the train back to your hotel (1,80€ per person).

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Villefranche-sur-Mer

Breakfast at the hotel. End of Services.

Meals: Breakfast

Included:

  • 7 nights double occupancy with private facilities, in 1* - 3* hotels.
  • Breakfasts daily.
  • Picnic lunch on day 5.
  • 6 self guided walks.
  • Luggage transfers days 2 to 5.
  • Day 3: Taxi transfer from Sospel to the Castillon Pass (Start of your walk).
  • Our Road Book with detailed walking itineraries and integrated maps.

 

Not Included:

  • Transportation to your 1st hotel in Breil-sur-Roya (easy access by train).
  • Day 5: Transportation from Menton on to Villefranche with your bags 4.20€ per person.
  • Day 6: Transportation from Villefranche-sur-Mer to Èze and return 1.80€ per person.
  • All lunches & dinners.
  • Drinks.
  • Entrance fees into museums.
  • Insurance.
  • Items of personal nature.

 

Hotels or similar:

  • Breil-sur-Roya - La Bonne Auberge 2*
  • Sospel - Auberge Provencale 1*
  • Sainte-Agnès - Hotel St Yves 1*
  • Menton - Hotel de Londres 3*
  • Villefranche-sur-Mer - Le Provencal 2*

 

Tour Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and group tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (wi)

Package Information

  • Duration: 8 Days/7 Nights
  • Type: Hiking Tour
  • Departures: March - November 2019
  • Cities Visited: Breil-sur-Roya, Sospel, Sainte-Agnès, Gorbio, Menton, Villefranche-sur-Mer, St. Jean Cap Ferrat, Èze, Villefranche-sur-Mer
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