Hidden Villages of the French Riviera

Self Guided - 6 Nights/7 Days

Behind the French Riviera’s glitz and glamour hides timeless and forgotten villages, nestled in lush valleys and resting atop rocky crags.
Ancient paths wind through forests and olive groves, leading from one village to the next. Perched high above the Mediterranean Sea the views are stunning. These centuries-old paths descend to the beautiful Riviera towns of Menton and Villefranche-sur-Mer, just a stone’s throw from Nice, from where you will explore the stunning coastal paths of the Riviera.

Your Journey

Day 1: Arrival in Sospel

Arrive Sospel which has two distinct ‘old towns’, one on each side of the Brévera River which is spanned by a 12thC fortified bridge. Breil sur Roya, surrounded by mountains and far from the bustle of the coastline. This once-Italian town was annexed back to France in 1947 so you’ll hear both languages and feel both influences in food, culture, and architecture.

Day 2: Breil sur Roya to Sospel

Transfer to Breil Sur Roya. This once-Italian town was annexed back to France in 1947 so you’ll hear both languages and feel both influences in food, culture, and architecture. Ascend from Breil for wonderful panoramas of the valley and a stunning ghost town. Traverse into Italy and the colourful town of Olivetta then return to France to Sospel, an authentic medieval mountain town.

Walking: 15km, 5hrs 30mins.

Day 3: Transfer Col de Castillon, then walk to Saint Agnes

Transfer to Col de Castillon and walk to St Agnès, listed among the most beautiful villages in France. Set at 800m in altitude, it’s the highest coastline village in Europe.

Walking: 10km, 4hrs.

Day 4: Loop walk the Cime de Baudon

Circuit walk to the sumit of the Cime de Baudon, which offers an exceptional 360 degree view of the whole region.

Walking: 15km, approx. 4.5hrs.

Day 5: Menton - Villefranche

Travel by train to Villefranche. Loop walk to St Jean Cap Ferrat along the pathway of the jagged coastline of the Mediterranean and past some of the most expensive villas in the world

Walking: 11km, approx. 3hrs      

Day 6: Villefranche sur Mer to Eze Village

Travel by train to Eze, walk to the fortified village of Eze and return.

Walking: 4km, 2 hrs

Day 7

Tour ends after breakfast.


Challenging walking on marked trails. Some uphill climbs.


Breakfast daily, one picnic lunch, 2 dinners.


2024: Cost is per person in Euro.  Low / High

Double/Twin Share: €1082 / €1120

Single Room Supplement: €322/ €345

Deduct €400 if travelling with 4 or more participants.


2024: Start any day 1 March - 15 November

Low Season: March - 14 May, October - 15 November

High Season: 15 May to 30 September


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