French Riviera: mountains-to-sea

€780 per person

Beneath the glitz of the French Riviera, lie timeless villages, cradled in Alpes Maritimes’ verdant valleys or perched atop rugged cliffs. Ancient walking trails meander through woods and trace the paths of grand olive groves. High above the azure sea, these settlements offer breathtaking views that leave you in awe. Centuries-old routes guide you directly to the captivating town of Menton, nestled at the Italian border. Renowned for its remarkable gardens, pastel villas, historic sites, museums, and memorials, Menton reflects a cultural blend of Italian and French influences that have shaped its architecture and cuisine. The local charm extends to open-air markets in various villages and small towns, where you can savor local delights and organic produce straight from the source. If you’re planning your holiday, be sure to consider the market days:

Breil sur Roya: Tuesday & Thursday mornings
Sospel: Thursday mornings
Menton: Daily at the covered market

  • Destination
  • Duration
    5 Days I Level: 2/3 (of 5)
  • What is included
    Accommodation in simple backcountry inns incl. breakfast (en-suite rooms); 2x dinners (Day 1 & Day 2); Luggage transfers; People transfers (Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4); Roadbook (itinerary description in English and detailed walking maps, incl. access to GPS tracks of the trails; 1 set per booking); Emergency hotline
  • What is not included
    Drinks and other meals, public transportation, entry fees.
  • Best period
    mid-March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, mid-November
Day 1: Arrival in Sospel
Individual arrival by train from Nice to Sospel (less than 1hrs train ride). An organized transfer (included) will take you from the train station to the guesthouse where the first 2 overnights of this independent walking tour will be.
Day 2: Sospel - Breil sur Roya - Sospel (15km; 5,30hrs; +600m/-550m)
Begin your self-guided hiking tour after breakfast, with a brief transfer to Breil. Setting forth from Breil sur Roya on foot, you'll be treated to a captivating valley panorama. As you depart the village, you have two path options above, and we've opted for the less-traveled one, leading through abandoned stone terraces adorned with olive trees. Your journey leads you to the striking ghost town of Piène Haute, an enclave more reminiscent of Italy than France, nestled high above the valley. Continuing onward, your path leads you into Italy, to the charming town of Olivetta, before looping back into France and guiding you to Sospel. This medieval mountain town is authentically captivating, featuring an ancient stone toll bridge that spans the Brévera River.
Day 3: Sospel - Col de castillon - Sainte Agnès (10km; 4hrs; +550m/-550m)
A brief taxi transfer transports you to the beginning of today’s self-guided hiking route. Following a gentle ascent through a picturesque beech forest, the summit unveils itself, revealing the awe-inspiring sight of the Mediterranean stretching majestically over 1000m below, framed by the Southern Alps. Your path leads you to the enchanting village of Sainte Agnès, acclaimed as one of France's most beautiful villages and perched at an elevation of 800m above sea level. Notably, it holds the distinction of being the highest coastal village in Europe.
Day 4: Sainte Agnès - Menton (14km; 4,30hrs; +250m/-950m)
Today’s section of this independent walking adventure starts at the perched village of Sainte Agnès, following a picturesque valley and guiding you to the secluded villages of Monti and Castellar. Castellar welcomes you with its charming streets and dining establishments. Continuing on, your route descends further, eventually leading you to the heart of Menton, often considered the most enchanting town on the French Riviera. Here, vibrant streets weave through perpetual mazes, revealing a plethora of architectural marvels. Your day concludes with an overnight stay in the delightful Menton.
Day 5: Menton (Departure day)
Take your time to explore multi-faced Menton on your own before you continue your travels.


780 Euro per person in twin/dbl room
(*during the “Grand prix de Monaco”, which is normally held in the last week of May, additional supplement may apply)
Single room & Solo Traveler supplement
Single room supplement: 200 Euro
Solo traveler supplement: 495 Euro
Daily arrivals between mid-March and mid-November. Best town to arrive from is Nice. Regular trains (almost each hour) link Nice and Sospel.
Simple back country inns incl. breakfast (en-suite rooms); 2x dinners (Day 1 & Day 2);

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