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Hikes 'n' Hotels Cote D'Azur

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Stephen Molloy

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Hikes 'n' Hotels Cote D'Azur

This 10-day package links the very best walking in the south of France. These short and beautiful hikes take you past the finest sites on the French Riviera showing the rich and diverse heritage of the area. You cross medieval villages clinging to cliffs, and stop at castles that defended the hinterland or coastal ports...the route passes by the nicest little local cafes and bistros so your day pack will not be heavy! We organize the baggage transfer

DAY 1

Nice

Discover the different faces of this city, and the Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels) by strolling along the Promenade des Anglais, the symbol of the golden age of sea bathing. Our route is of course flexible today, it is a loop and it is all a suggestion only. You should walk up the Paillon River, largely covered today by the city, to discover the classical city and its villas which today are home to beautiful museums. You should then walk up the hill to Cimiez, with its sumptuous villas and palaces to reach the ruins of the ancient Roman city and the monastery of Cimiez. Enjoy this magnificent view of the bay and the city of Nice, before returning to the downtown. Night and breakfast in Nice. Read more

Nice
DAY 2

Villefranche - Beaulieu

Taxi transfer from Nice to the citadel of Villefranche de Mer (with its houses clinging to the hills and arranged in tiers) offers a view of one of the most beautiful bays in the world. The real walk starts here. After visiting St. Elme citadel, you will discover the old town with countless streets, squares and ornate stairways. Climb up along old streets to admire the magnificent panorama, and the Chapel of the Black Madonna, before reaching Beaulieu, an oasis of calm and for you, rest. Huddled around the Bay of Ants (Baie des Fourmis in French) at the foot of hills that protect it from the north winds, this coastal city is one of the warmest places to live on the Riviera. Palm trees, banana trees, orange trees, and lemon trees all blossom in beautiful gardens along the boulevards. You must visit the villa Kerylos, a faithful replica of a sumptuous Greek manor house. Your overnight bags will have been delivered to your hotel. Night and breakfast in Beaulieu. Read more

Beaulieu
DAY 3

Presqu'île du Cap Ferrat

Loop of 15 km to explore the ‘peninsula of billionaires’. A simple fishing village in the late 19th century, St Jean Cap Ferrat is now a trendy resort dotted with superb villas. You’ll follow the coastal path which, from the beach at Passabe, makes its way through the limestone cliffs and beside sharp reefs to the lighthouse of Cap built by the Sardinians in 1827. Next to the coves and along the beach edge, you will climb to Saint Hospice Point, crowned with a chapel and a monumental bronze statue of the Madonna. The trail then heads to the port of St John with its mix of prestigious yachts and simple fishing boats. You will get back to Beaulieu on the top of the isthmus to discover the magnitude and beauty of an idyllic site whose symbol is the Rothschild family villa and its beautifully landscaped park. Night and breakfast in Beaulieu. Read more

Beaulieu
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DAY 4

La Petite Afrique - Eze

This part of Beaulieu has magnificent gardens and sumptuous Belle Epoque villas that accommodate their often illustrious British or Russian guests. Exotic plants, known for their fragility, flourish here in a profusion of colors and scents! You will climb to the Plateau St Michel where there are the remains of some traces of 2000 year old habitation, as this was on the Aurelian Way in Roman times. You will then descend into the valley of St Michel on the north side, and be struck by the immediate contrast in vegetation. You will reach Eze sur Mer then climb again up historical old paths in scrubland to the heights of Mount Bastide. Then you’ll descend through the shady side until Eze Village, a charming medieval city, clinging to a rocky outcrop, dominated by its castle ruins and a beautiful botanical garden. You descend to the sea by the famous Nietzsche Path, in memory of the philosopher who lived for a long time here. Taxi transfer to Monaco, and your hotel where your bags will have been delivered. Night and breakfast in Monaco. Read more

Monaco
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DAY 5

Monaco

You will discover this small state that clings to the steep cliffs of the Rock of Monaco and owing to centuries of public works, reclaimed hectares from the sea. We offer a tour through the city to discover the old town with its oceanographic museum, the exotic garden, the cathedral and the royal palace. You will cross La Condamine shopping district to reach Monte Carlo, whose name alone evokes gambling, casino and luxury hotels. Night and breakfast in Monaco. Read more

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DAY 6

Monaco - La Turbie - Cliffs

You will leave the city to climb to the village of La Turbie, built on a high ledge on either side of the Via Augusta, the Roman road that led from Genoa to Cimiez. Here stands the Trophee des Alpes, huge monument Augustus built in 76 BC to celebrate his victory over the Alpine peoples. Admire the Roman masterpiece and enjoy the splendid panorama that stretches to the Italian city of Esterel. You will continue your walk on the hills to reach the ‘Massif of the Dog's Head’. You walk along the cliffs of the Loubière and descend to the Cap d'Ail by some portions of Roman roads. Cross the station to reach the coastal path and reach Monaco and the new district of Fontvieille, by the sea. Night and breakfast in Monaco. Read more

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DAY 7

Roquebrune - Menton

Taxi transfer to the beach in Roquebrune. You will reach the Pointe de la Vigie and walk up to ‘Our Lady of Good Voyage to discover the majestic bay below and the sumptuous villas clinging to the sides of the cliff. You will again head towards the sea to the old village of Roquebrune, perched on a rocky spur and dominated by the imposing castle built in the 10th century by the Counts of Ventimiglia. You’ll return to the coast passing by the chapels of St Roch et de la Pausa, built in the 15th century to ward off a plague that ravaged the coastline. The coastal path allows you to discover the wild side and pass the Cap Martin which houses some of the beautiful villas of the coast, all embedded in a high pine forest. Walking along the long beach you will reach Menton and its old town. Your bags will have been delivered to the hotel. Night and breakfast in Menton. Read more

Menton
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DAY 8

Menton loop

We propose to explore Menton: the old city, the open amphitheater on the seaside surrounded by lively streets, squares and houses all clinging to the rock. The city's 19th and 20th century architecture is a joy to observe. Beautiful villas abound as do numerous gardens, the pride of this city that does not know what winter is! Some gardens contain plants from the four corners of the world; Asia, Australia and elsewhere ...The Serre de la Madone has some very few rare species, some of which are totally unique! The Orthodox Church testifies that the city was very popular with Russian colonists in the early 20th century and many museums remind us of the history of the city and the region and that Menton has attracted and still attracts many artists. Night and breakfast in Menton. Read more

Menton
DAY 9

Departure

End of the circuit after Breakfast.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Nice
Day 3
Location Beaulieu
Day 5
Location Monaco
Day 8
Location Menton

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • 9 nights in 3 star hotel or in a bed and breakfast in twin/double share
  • 9 Breakfasts
  • 3 Baggage transfer between hotels
  • 3 Transfers by taxi as described above
  • Roadbook with all relevant tourist information, itinerary details, and detailed IGN maps
  • Telephone assistance 24/ 7 – english and french

Package excludes

  • Return transfers between the airport and the point of departure (Possible option: contact us if you want to book)
  • Any city tax to be paid directly on site (approximately 2 € per night per person)
  • The lunch and dinner (around 10 to 15€ for a picnic and 25 to 35 € for fine dining)
  • Tours and excursions not specified in the program
  • The entrance fees for any paying sites
  • Everything that is not mentioned in 'this trip includes"

More information

  • Price per person based on twin share. Please ask us if your group is larger.
  • There is a single supplment of 480€ when someone chooses to sleep in a single room.
  • Accommodation
  • The accommodation options mentioned in the itinerary above are available at the creation of this quotation; the final accommodation options depend on the availability at the moment of payment of the deposit. If an accommodation option is unavailable, we will reserve accommodation of equivalent quality. The earlier that you reserve the tour, the more likelihood that all preferred accommodation choices mentioned above will be available.
  • Optional:
  • If you would like an experienced local guide (who speaks your language) please contact us for a quote.

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