Hidden Villages of the French Riviera

Self Guided - 7 Nights/8 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 Breil sur Roya

Arrive 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

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 with a 12th century stone toll bridge.

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 to the village of Gorbio

Circuit walk to the ancient mountain village of Gorbio.

Walking: 14km, approx. 4hrs.

Day 5: Saint Agnes to Menton

Leave the tranquility of the mountains, passing the forgotten villages of Monti and Castellar. Descend into Menton, often called the prettiest town on the French Riviera.

Walking: 14km, approx. 4hrs      

Day 6: Villefranche sur Mer to St Jean Cap Ferrat circuit

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, 3 hrs

Day 7: Optional walk Menton to Eze

Rest day or optional walk to the fortified village of Eze.

Walking: 4km, 2hrs 30mins return trip

Day 8

Tour ends after breakfast.


Challenging walking on marked trails. Some uphill climbs.


Breakfast daily, one picnic lunch.


2020: Cost is per person in Euro.  Low / High

Double/Twin Share: €978 / €1015

Single Room Supplement: €270/ €270

Deduct €30 if travelling with 4 or more participants.


2020: Start any day 1 March - 31 October

Low Season: March, April, October

High Season: May to September


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