Coastal Trails of the French Riviera

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Trip code: 
LKM
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided
Activity:
Coastal Walks
Min age:
12

Hike coastal paths with stunning views of the sparkling Mediterranean

Boasting almost year-round sunshine, the French Riviera is a delightful combination of French and Italian culture and cuisine. This point-to-point self-guided walking trip allows the area to be explored in depth, from the mountains to the sea, hiking coastal paths with stunning views over the sparkling coastline. The scenery is incredibly varied, as you walk discover pretty mediaeval villages, lush olive and orange groves, with the opportunity to visit the chic principality of Monaco .

Highlights

  • Stunning architecture and exotic gardens
  • Fusion between French and Italian culture
  • Easy walking on well-marked trails

Key information

  • 7 nights in 2-star hotels, all rooms en suite
  • 6 days point-to-point walking with luggage transfers
  • Low altitude throughout
  • 8 days land only
  • Self-guided trip, min. age 12 yrs

 

What's included

  • All breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • Route notes and maps
  • All luggage transfers

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Arrival & departure transfers (available on request)
  • Single accommodation (available on request) Compulsory supplement applies

6

Terrain:

Varied; from manmade paved tracks (some are occassionally rocky) to tarmac

Day by day breakdown
Day 214.0km/8.0miles
Day 314.0km/8.0miles
Day 49.0km/5.0miles
Day 515.0km/9.0miles
Day 66.0km/3.0miles
Day 714.0km/8.0miles

Responsible Travel

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Itinerary

Breil-Sur-Roya
to
Menton
  • Day 1

    Start Breil-Sur-Roya.

    Individual arrival to Breil-sur-Roya. The town is located at the bottom end of the Roya valley and has the feel of an authentic mountain town from the 17th or 18th century. The town forms a compact crescent around a narrow rocky spur, nestled in the deep Roya valley. The mountain hillsides around the town are half covered by terraced olive groves.

  • Day 2

    Enjoy a loop walk along the valley track, through olive trees and luscious Mediterranean landscape.

    Today take a circular walk from Breil to discover the luscious Mediterranean vegetation and local olive groves. The path will be mainly on the ancient ‘sentier valleen’ (valley track) which is located on the left bank of the river Roya. As you walk through the villages of Cotté, Bourgogni and especially Libre you will feel the strong influence of Italy.

    Walk approx. 14km, ascent 550m, descent 550m

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Follow a picturesque path today as you walk towards the Italian border; night in Sospel, a quaint mountain town.

    Your walk begins on a good path overlooking the Roya valley, and we recommend stopping for lunch at the very pretty village of Piene Haute. This walk will take you right to the Italian border before heading down through the Beve valley, on a path which is ideal for observing the local Flora. Spend the night in the picturesque town of Sospel.

    Walk approx. 14km, ascent 520m, descent 480m

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Climb Mont Agaisen (751m) for a superb view of the valley, passing by forts of the Maginot line on your route; night in Sospel.

    Sospel is a typical mountain town situated in a wide flat valley, straddling a rushing river between its tall, compact buildings. The town exudes French and Italian culture as is evident from the town's Italian 'Piedmontais' heritage. Today you will enjoy a walk at the border of the Mercantour National Park, and will climb Mont Agaisen (751 m), from where the view of the valley is superb. You will also pass by the forts of the Maginot line built between the two world wars.

    Walk approx. 9km, ascent 460m, descent 460m

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Enjoy views of the coast today, and discover Saint Agnes, a real gem of the French Riviera, perched high on the flank of a mountain.

    This morning walk up to the Col de Castillon for some stunning views of the Mediterranean coast. Spend the rest of the day, and tonight in a real gem of the French Riviera: the village of Sainte Agnes, perched on the flank of a mountain, high above the Mediterranean.

    Walk approx. 15km, ascent 700m, descent 480m

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    All downhill today as you enter the famous Garavan Bay; spend tonight in Menton with time to discover the pretty town.

    A very scenic walk today as you enter the famous Garavan Bay. This short walk is downhill all the way and leaves you plenty of time to admire the Mediterranean and its coastline! Subject to availability, you spend the night at one of the 2-star hotels “Moderne” or “Lemon” in the centre of Menton. Take some time in the evening to discover Menton and its old town.There will be time to visit Carnoles art museum or the public and private gardens, and Menton has plenty of lovely cafes to enjoy some delicious local ice cream!

    Walk approx. 6km, ascent 0m, descent 620m

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    A splendid coastal walk today; chance to spend the afternoon the chic principality of Monaco before returning to Menton by train.

    Superb coastal walk between Menton and Monaco, on a lovely hiking path along the rocky seaside all the way around the main peninsula of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. Along the way you will encounter some superb views of Monaco and the surrounding villas. Spend some time to discover Monaco and its 'rocher' with an optional visit to the exotic garden. Return to Menton by public transport.

    Walk approx. 14km, ascent, descent 100m

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    End Menton.

    Leave Menton at any time, or stay an extra night on the Riviera.

    Meals included: Breakfast

Essential Info

Visas

France

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

France

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

7 breakfasts and 1 dinner are included on this trip.

There are nearby supermarkets and boulangeries to buy packed lunches and each village/town has a choice of restaurants for your evening meal. There are plenty of options for all budgets and palletes, including traditional French cuisine, fresh seafood and delicious Italian restaurants (influenced by the proximity to the Italian border).

Weather

The French Riviera enjoys a Mediterranean-type climate characterized by exceptional sunshine (nearly 300 days a year) and mild temperatures most of the year. Rainfall occurs mainly in March-April and October-November. Spring, from March to May, sees a high of 15°C in March, 17°C in April and 20°C in May. Light showers are fairly frequent. Summer, from June to September, enjoys long, hot days made pleasant by cooling sea breezes. The French Riviera sees an average high of 24°C in June, 27°C in July and 28°C August before dropping to 25°C in September. However, daytime temperatures often soar beyond 38°C. Seawater temperature peaks at 23°C in August. Autumn sees an average high temperature of 21°C in October.

Is this trip for you?

Activity level 2 - Leisurely/Moderate

This is a self-guided tour, so you can walk at your own pace (we recommend taking plenty of time to rest and enjoy the views!). However, on some of the walks the terrain encountered is similar to what you would find on a moderate walking trip, hence the Leisurely/Moderate grade.

Av. daily walk: 12km (7 miles)
No. of days walking: 6
Terrain & route: varied; from manmade paved tracks (some are occassionally rocky) to tarmac. Average altitude 450m, maximum 1050m.
All walks take between 4 to 6 hours including lunch stops and require a reasonable level of fitness. Please be aware that the French Riveria can be very warm, possibly exceeding 30 degrees in the summer (July/August).
Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to walk independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodation and provide you with route notes so that you can walk at your own pace. A representative will be there to meet you and will be on call throughout the trip should you need.

Accommodation

Hotels

On this trip you spend 2 nights in Breil-sur-Roya, 2 nights in Sospel, 1 night in St. Agnes and 2 nights in Menton. All accommodation is in family-run, traditional and charming 2-star hotels. These are generally located in the centre of villages/towns with restaurants a short walk away.

All prices are based on 2 persons sharing, so if there is an odd number of people travelling in your party or you are travelling alone, there will be a compulsory supplement for a single room for the tour duration. Please note there are seasonal variations on this price, for more information please speak to a sales consultant.
For a solo traveller there is an adttional charge to cover transfer costs.

 

 

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

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