Beyond The French Riviera Walking

Beyond The French Riviera Walking

Beyond the French Riviera’s glamour hides timeless and forgotten villages, nestled in lush valleys and nestling atop rocky crags. On this French Riviera Walking Holiday the ancient paths wind through forests and follow alongside majestic olive groves, taking you from one village to the next. Perched high above the Mediterranean Sea the views are stunning and the scenes are breathtaking. Your centuries-old paths lead straight to the beautiful town of Menton. You then transfer to Villefranche-sur-Mer, a small town just a stone’s throw from Nice, from where you will explore the stunning coastal paths of the Riviera.


  • Traditional villages nestled in wooded valleys, surrounded by high mountains
  • The cultural mix of Italian and French influences in the architecture
  • The beautiful perched village of Sainte Agnès
  • The “Italian syle” town of Menton on the Med Sea


  • Breil sur Roya: market on Tuesday & Thursday morning
  • Sospel: market on Thursday morning
  • Menton: every morning at the covered market


Holiday TypeSelf Guided Walking
Duration5 days 4 nights 3 days walking
GradeModerate. You enjoy regular exercise are keen to set off on all-day walks and can handle walking uphill (slowly) for up to two hours at a time. Walks are generally under 5 hours on various types of terrain — though nothing technically difficult — with up to 600m/2000ft of climbing per day.
SeasonMarch – June / September – November

Day 1 – Breil sur Roya
Arrival on your own by train from Nice > Breil sur Roya ( not included )

> Breil sur Roya: market on Tuesday & Thursday morning 
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.
Night in your hotel in Breil sur Roya. 

Day 2 – Breil sur Roya > Sospel
From the border of Italy to France
-Walking time about 9 miles/15 km – 5 hours – +600m/-550m

> Breil sur Roya: market on Tuesday & Thursday morning
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 an genuine and medieval mountain town with a n old stone toll bridge crossing the Brévera river.
Night in your hotel in Sospel. 

Day 3 – Sospel > Sainte Agnes
Col de castillon to Ste Agnes

hours – +/-550m 

> Sospel: market on Thursday morning
-Walking time about 6 miles/10 km – 4 hours – +/-550m
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.
Night in your hotel in Ste Agnes.

Day 4 – Sainte Agnes > Menton
Down to the Mediterranean
Walking time about 8.7 miles / 14 km – 4 1⁄2 hours – +250m / -950m
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

Night in your hotel in Menton. Picnic lunch included. 

Day 5 End of the trip in Menton
Menton : market every day at the covered market
Your trip ends this morning after breakfast. Au revoir ..

Low Season: March &  Oct 4th to Nov 15th 2019
1 person travelling alone, €800
2 – 3 persons, €480
4 – 6 persons, €435
Single Supplement, €200

High Season: April – October 3rd (except Grand Prix Monaco with supplement )

1 person travelling alone: €839
2 – 3 persons, €520
4 – 6 persons, €470
Single Supplement, €210


    • 4 nights double occupancy with private facilities, in */** hotels ( simple and comfortable, back country part), ** hotels on the riviera
    • 4 breakfasts 1 picnic lunch day 4
    • 3 self guided walks
    • Luggage transfers days 2 to 4
    • Day 3: Taxi transfer from Sospel to the Castillon pass( start of your walk)
    • Our Road Book with detailed walking itineraries, and integrated maps.
    • 24/7 local support

Not Included

    • Transportation to your 1st hotel in Breil sur Roya (easy access by regional train from Nice)
    • Transportation ( train ticket) from Menton to Villefranche sur mer on day 6
    • Transportation from Menton at the end of the tour: easy access by train
    • Lunches & dinners not in the itinerary
    • Drinks, Entrance fees into museums, Insurance, Items of personal nature.
1Breil sur RoyaLa Bonne Auberge **
2SospelAuberge Provencale *Standard room.
3Sainte AgnesHotel St Yves*Standard room
4MentonHotel de Londres ***Standard room.

Fly return to Nice with Ryanair. 

By plane to Nice airport

By TGV & train to Nice & Menton

By local train to Breil sur Roya, from Villefranche sur mer

 Schedule to be checked ahead by the client on the following web site :

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