OVERVIEW

Hidden behind the glitz of the French Riviera lie ageless villages, cradled in verdant valleys and perched atop rugged cliffs. Winding through ancient forests and traversing majestic olive groves, the timeless paths offer a glimpse into the region's rich heritage. From their lofty vantage points above the sea, the vistas are nothing short of breathtaking. Following centuries-old routes, these pathways eventually converge on the picturesque Italian town of Menton, inviting travellers to explore the beauty of the Mediterranean hinterlands.

Immerse yourself in the natural landscape, enjoy the wide sweeping views from the snow-covered peaks of the Alps to the deep blue Mediterranean Sea. A 5-day tour to enjoy this true heaven of well-being rich in fascinating historic and architectural treasures blessed with stunning landscapes, Mediterranean climate and mouthwatering food. Take a breath of fresh air, experience the backcountry of the French Riviera and let Pays de Grasse awaken your senses!

Highlights

  • The diverse and captivating landscapes of both the majestic mountain peaks and deep blue Mediterranean sea
  • Awe-inspiring vistas over the French Riviera from clifftop vantage points
  • Unique blend of Italian and French architectural influences
  • Delight in the mild climate and diverse flora and fauna of the region
  • Indulge in delectable local specialties, savoring the flavors of the region
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of colorful markets including Breil Sur Roya, Sospel and Menton

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
5 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate

Grade 3 – Moderate

Short, steep hill sections. Walks that are longer than 12km with varied terrain. A moderate active lifestyle and some walking experience is recommended.

PRICE FROM
$ 1695

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 395

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of a room when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

Book now

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5

DAY 1
ARRIVAL IN SOSPEL

Your journey begins with a scenic transfer from Sospel to your accommodation, where you’ll spend the night. Please provide your arrival time so we can arrange a taxi to pick you up from the train station and transfer you to your guesthouse. Sospel boasts the remarkable 12th-century fortified bridge, once a toll bridge for travellers spanning the Bévera river. Divided by the Bévera river, Sospel features two distinct old towns, each with narrow streets and towering buildings. The Place Saint Michel stands out as the most vibrant and picturesque spot in Sospel. Enjoy dinner included in your stay.

Walking: No scheduled walking for today
Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Sospel

 

 

 

DAY 2
BREIL-SUR-ROYA OR PENE HAUTE TO SOSPEL

Today offers two enticing options. You can opt for the short transfer from your guesthouse in Sospel to Breil-sur-Roya for the long hike or to Pène Haute for the shorter one. From here, your journey begins on foot, offering a captivating panorama of the valley below. Opting for the less-travelled path, you’ll traverse abandoned stone terraces now adorned with olive trees, providing a scenic route above the village. Your route leads you to the mesmerizing ghost town of Pène Haute, boasting an ambiance more reminiscent of Italy than France, perched high above the valley. Continuing onward, you’ll cross into Italy, arriving at the vibrant town of Olivetta, before circling back to France and concluding your day in the authentic medieval mountain town of Sospel.   Spend the night at your hotel here, with dinner included. Note: the Breil-sur-Roya market is on Tuesday and Thursday.

Walking: 15km or 10km / 5.5hrs or 4hrs
Elevation: +600m or +300m / -550m or -490m
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Sospel

DAY 3
COL DE CASTILLON TO SAINTE AGNES

A brief taxi transfer brings you to the beginning of today’s hike. As you ascend gradually through a picturesque beech forest, the summit unveils itself. Perched over 1000 meters above sea level, you’re greeted by the majestic sight of the Mediterranean and the southern Alps in all their splendour. Your journey leads you to the enchanting perched village of Sainte Agnès, renowned as one of the most beautiful villages in France, nestled at an altitude of 800 meters. It proudly holds the title of being the highest coastal village in Europe. Spend the night at your hotel here, with dinner arrangements at your discretion.

Walking: 10km / 4hrs
Elevation: +550m / -550m
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Sainte Agnès

DAY 4
SAINTE AGNES TO MENTON

Today you’ll pass through the charming villages of Monti and Castellar, where you’ll find quaint streets and inviting restaurants. Continuing along your path, you’ll arrive at the heart of Menton, renowned as the most picturesque town on the French Riviera. Its vibrant streets wind endlessly, revealing a labyrinth of colorful facades and numerous architectural wonders. Spend the night at your hotel here, with dinner of your choosing.

Walking: 14km / 4.5hrs
Elevation: +250 / -950m
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Menton

DAY 5
ONWARDS TRAVEL

Following breakfast, we recommend that you take the time to explore Menton market, which is open every morning.  Au revoir!

Meals: Breakfast

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • 4 nights accommodation in hotels with private facilities
  • 4 breakfasts and 2 dinners
  • Luggage transfers days 2 to 4 and transport on days 1, 2 and 3
  • Our comprehensive set of notes with detailed walking itineraries, integrated maps and insider tips (where to get the freshest baguettes, where to taste olive oil or wine)
  • Awe-inspiring vistas over the French Riviera
  • Authentic villages nestled in wooded valleys, surrounded by high mountains

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

The accommodation has been handpicked to reflect the character and history of the region. During this tour, you will spend each night in double occupancy rooms with private facilities. Chosen for their location, facilities and history, our accommodation in Sospel, Sainte Agnes and Menton is used to welcoming walkers. The hosts are very knowledgeable about the region and they will always be happy to chat with you about the history, food and wine. Of course, you can always call us too should you need anything during your walk.

You will be provided with 4 daily buffet breakfasts after each of the nights stay. With the wide variety of offerings at your fingertips, you can enjoy choosing whatever takes your fancy for lunch and dinner. Lunches are available at various cafes or food stores daily. There are numerous places to get dinner each night, your hosts will happily give you a list of recommendations. If you have any food allergies or intolerances please let us know at the time of booking so we can let your hosts know. Should you have severe food allergies, it’s always worth bringing a few of your own snacks with you.

We suggest adding a day or two to your trip to truly savour all that it has to offer.  Let us know if interested and we cna happily arrange.

FITNESS GUIDE

It’s well worth investing some time and effort preparing for your walking holiday. The graph shows the average daily distance, elevation and terrain difficulty for your hike. The dotted line indicates the average across all our walks, which will give you a feel for how challenging your walk is compared to all – and the recommended type, and amount, of preparation needed.  Of course, you can adapt this according to your existing fitness levels and lifestyle.

The graph and the information below can be used in conjunction with the fitness guide to help you prepare for your walking adventure. Across all walks, average daily distance is 16.8km, average daily elevation is 448m, average terrain difficulty is 5/10.

ngraph

DISTANCE - BELOW AVERAGE

Distance is not a major consideration in your training program. However, you should still incorporate some long walks as it will increase your cardiovascular fitness.

ELEVATION - ~AVERAGE

Elevation training is undoubtedly a consideration in your overall training program. Try to include some form of elevation in more than 40% of your walking and prioritise resistance training, whilst incorporating stairs anytime you can. Walking up and down stairs at work, at a local oval with a grandstand or up and down small hills, boring as that sounds, is incredibly useful. Elevation is often the chief walk killer, not distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles. Ensure you can comfortably walk the average elevation per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

TERRAIN

MOUNTAINOUS / UNDULATING TERRAIN

As terrain associated with mountain climbs is often somewhat uneven and rocky, balancing and core exercises are vital.

Try to also include some form of elevation in more than 50% of your walking and prioritise resistance training, whilst incorporating stairs anytime you can. Walking up mountains or hills, up and down stairs at work, or up and down at a local oval with a grandstand is incredibly useful. Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems not distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking. Concentrate on doing lots of squats and lunges to build your glute muscles.

UNEVEN TERRAIN

Preparation for hiking on uneven terrain demands a blend of physical and mental readiness.

Begin with balance-enhancing exercises, such as one-legged stands and stability ball workouts, laying a groundwork for stability and coordination. Strengthening the lower body is especially important, achieved through the incorporation of squats, lunges, and step-ups. Gradually increase the complexity of the terrain on which you walk, moving from gravel paths to rocky trails. Cultivate mindfulness during your practice, directing focused attention to both your immediate surroundings and precise foot placement.

The importance of suitable footwear cannot be overstated; prioritise options that offer robust support and reliable grip to navigate varying terrains with confidence. Build endurance through consistent hikes, progressively increasing distance and difficulty.

GENERAL INFO

AVAILABILITY

March to mid November

HOW TO GET THERE AND AWAY

Travelling to the Start of the walk

The walk starts in Sospel at your first accommodation and ends in Menton on the final morning at your accommodation. Please refer to your itinerary. You will need to get yourself to Sospel, most likely from Nice, and we will pick you up from Sospel station – so let us know when you will be arriving before departure.  From the end of your walk, you will need to organise your travel away from Menton. To make it easy we have collated some useful information that will assist you in making arrangements for your travel.

By plane: The easiest option would be to fly into Nice and then catch the train to Sospel. There are many airlines that fly from Paris to Nice. Below are possible websites that provide a number of different carriers to choose from.

https://www.kayak.com/flights 

www.google.com/flights

By train: The train from Nice to Sospel will take around 1hr and will cost around AUD$15.  Please find below ways to book.

https://www.thetrainline.com/en/train-times

https://en.oui.sncf/en/tgv

https://www.rome2rio.com/map/Bastia/Calvi

Travelling from the End of the walk

By train of bus: You can catch a train or bus from Menton back to Nice which takes around 35 minutes and costs around AUD$10.

https://www.thetrainline.com

https://en.oui.sncf/en/tgv

https://www.rome2rio.com/map/Bastia/Calvi

WALKING

The walk is moderate with some ascents, with full-day walks averaging around 13km. We highly recommend that you incorporate some extra time after the walk to rest but also to fully immerse yourself in the natural beauty, savoring sweeping views from the snow-dusted peaks of the Alps to the deep blue of the Mediterranean Sea, while treating your palate to exquisite French fare and wine.

For what to bring please refer to Gear Advice in our FAQ section.

WEATHER

From March the temperature begins to rise so be prepared for warmer days if you walk in summer. Shoulder season is by far the best time as the weather is perfect for walking and the added advantage of having fewer people around in the villages and on the coast (we walk away from the populated areas on the walk so crowds are not an issue.)

See the weather information about average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

For all trips that require international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance that also includes medical evacuation coverage.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred from our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section for more information.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

MAP

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    PER PERSON
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Mar 2024 - 15 Nov 2024
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $1695

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $395
  • 1 Mar 2025 - 15 Nov 2025
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $1795

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $425

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Overview

OVERVIEW

Hidden behind the glitz of the French Riviera lie ageless villages, cradled in verdant valleys and perched atop rugged cliffs. Winding through ancient forests and traversing majestic olive groves, the timeless paths offer a glimpse into the region's rich heritage. From their lofty vantage points above the sea, the vistas are nothing short of breathtaking. Following centuries-old routes, these pathways eventually converge on the picturesque Italian town of Menton, inviting travellers to explore the beauty of the Mediterranean hinterlands.

Immerse yourself in the natural landscape, enjoy the wide sweeping views from the snow-covered peaks of the Alps to the deep blue Mediterranean Sea. A 5-day tour to enjoy this true heaven of well-being rich in fascinating historic and architectural treasures blessed with stunning landscapes, Mediterranean climate and mouthwatering food. Take a breath of fresh air, experience the backcountry of the French Riviera and let Pays de Grasse awaken your senses!

Highlights

  • The diverse and captivating landscapes of both the majestic mountain peaks and deep blue Mediterranean sea
  • Awe-inspiring vistas over the French Riviera from clifftop vantage points
  • Unique blend of Italian and French architectural influences
  • Delight in the mild climate and diverse flora and fauna of the region
  • Indulge in delectable local specialties, savoring the flavors of the region
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of colorful markets including Breil Sur Roya, Sospel and Menton

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
5 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate

Grade 3 – Moderate

Short, steep hill sections. Walks that are longer than 12km with varied terrain. A moderate active lifestyle and some walking experience is recommended.

PRICE FROM
$ 1695

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 395

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of the accommodation when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

Book now
Itinerary

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5

DAY 1
ARRIVAL IN SOSPEL

Your journey begins with a scenic transfer from Sospel to your accommodation, where you’ll spend the night. Please provide your arrival time so we can arrange a taxi to pick you up from the train station and transfer you to your guesthouse. Sospel boasts the remarkable 12th-century fortified bridge, once a toll bridge for travellers spanning the Bévera river. Divided by the Bévera river, Sospel features two distinct old towns, each with narrow streets and towering buildings. The Place Saint Michel stands out as the most vibrant and picturesque spot in Sospel. Enjoy dinner included in your stay.

Walking: No scheduled walking for today
Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Sospel

 

 

 

DAY 2
BREIL-SUR-ROYA OR PENE HAUTE TO SOSPEL

Today offers two enticing options. You can opt for the short transfer from your guesthouse in Sospel to Breil-sur-Roya for the long hike or to Pène Haute for the shorter one. From here, your journey begins on foot, offering a captivating panorama of the valley below. Opting for the less-travelled path, you’ll traverse abandoned stone terraces now adorned with olive trees, providing a scenic route above the village. Your route leads you to the mesmerizing ghost town of Pène Haute, boasting an ambiance more reminiscent of Italy than France, perched high above the valley. Continuing onward, you’ll cross into Italy, arriving at the vibrant town of Olivetta, before circling back to France and concluding your day in the authentic medieval mountain town of Sospel.   Spend the night at your hotel here, with dinner included. Note: the Breil-sur-Roya market is on Tuesday and Thursday.

Walking: 15km or 10km / 5.5hrs or 4hrs
Elevation: +600m or +300m / -550m or -490m
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Sospel

DAY 3
COL DE CASTILLON TO SAINTE AGNES

A brief taxi transfer brings you to the beginning of today’s hike. As you ascend gradually through a picturesque beech forest, the summit unveils itself. Perched over 1000 meters above sea level, you’re greeted by the majestic sight of the Mediterranean and the southern Alps in all their splendour. Your journey leads you to the enchanting perched village of Sainte Agnès, renowned as one of the most beautiful villages in France, nestled at an altitude of 800 meters. It proudly holds the title of being the highest coastal village in Europe. Spend the night at your hotel here, with dinner arrangements at your discretion.

Walking: 10km / 4hrs
Elevation: +550m / -550m
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Sainte Agnès

DAY 4
SAINTE AGNES TO MENTON

Today you’ll pass through the charming villages of Monti and Castellar, where you’ll find quaint streets and inviting restaurants. Continuing along your path, you’ll arrive at the heart of Menton, renowned as the most picturesque town on the French Riviera. Its vibrant streets wind endlessly, revealing a labyrinth of colorful facades and numerous architectural wonders. Spend the night at your hotel here, with dinner of your choosing.

Walking: 14km / 4.5hrs
Elevation: +250 / -950m
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Menton

DAY 5
ONWARDS TRAVEL

Following breakfast, we recommend that you take the time to explore Menton market, which is open every morning.  Au revoir!

Meals: Breakfast

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • 4 nights accommodation in hotels with private facilities
  • 4 breakfasts and 2 dinners
  • Luggage transfers days 2 to 4 and transport on days 1, 2 and 3
  • Our comprehensive set of notes with detailed walking itineraries, integrated maps and insider tips (where to get the freshest baguettes, where to taste olive oil or wine)
  • Awe-inspiring vistas over the French Riviera
  • Authentic villages nestled in wooded valleys, surrounded by high mountains
Accommodation & Dining

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

The accommodation has been handpicked to reflect the character and history of the region. During this tour, you will spend each night in double occupancy rooms with private facilities. Chosen for their location, facilities and history, our accommodation in Sospel, Sainte Agnes and Menton is used to welcoming walkers. The hosts are very knowledgeable about the region and they will always be happy to chat with you about the history, food and wine. Of course, you can always call us too should you need anything during your walk.

You will be provided with 4 daily buffet breakfasts after each of the nights stay. With the wide variety of offerings at your fingertips, you can enjoy choosing whatever takes your fancy for lunch and dinner. Lunches are available at various cafes or food stores daily. There are numerous places to get dinner each night, your hosts will happily give you a list of recommendations. If you have any food allergies or intolerances please let us know at the time of booking so we can let your hosts know. Should you have severe food allergies, it’s always worth bringing a few of your own snacks with you.

We suggest adding a day or two to your trip to truly savour all that it has to offer.  Let us know if interested and we cna happily arrange.

Fitness Guide

FITNESS GUIDE

It’s well worth investing some time and effort preparing for your walking holiday. The graph shows the average daily distance, elevation and terrain difficulty for your hike. The dotted line indicates the average across all our walks, which will give you a feel for how challenging your walk is compared to all – and the recommended type, and amount, of preparation needed.  Of course, you can adapt this according to your existing fitness levels and lifestyle.

The graph and the information below can be used in conjunction with the fitness guide to help you prepare for your walking adventure. Across all walks, average daily distance is 16.8km, average daily elevation is 448m, average terrain difficulty is 5/10.

ngraph

DISTANCE - BELOW AVERAGE

Distance is not a major consideration in your training program. However, you should still incorporate some long walks as it will increase your cardiovascular fitness.

ELEVATION - ~AVERAGE

Elevation training is undoubtedly a consideration in your overall training program. Try to include some form of elevation in more than 40% of your walking and prioritise resistance training, whilst incorporating stairs anytime you can. Walking up and down stairs at work, at a local oval with a grandstand or up and down small hills, boring as that sounds, is incredibly useful. Elevation is often the chief walk killer, not distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles. Ensure you can comfortably walk the average elevation per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

TERRAIN

MOUNTAINOUS / UNDULATING TERRAIN

As terrain associated with mountain climbs is often somewhat uneven and rocky, balancing and core exercises are vital.

Try to also include some form of elevation in more than 50% of your walking and prioritise resistance training, whilst incorporating stairs anytime you can. Walking up mountains or hills, up and down stairs at work, or up and down at a local oval with a grandstand is incredibly useful. Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems not distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking. Concentrate on doing lots of squats and lunges to build your glute muscles.

UNEVEN TERRAIN

Preparation for hiking on uneven terrain demands a blend of physical and mental readiness.

Begin with balance-enhancing exercises, such as one-legged stands and stability ball workouts, laying a groundwork for stability and coordination. Strengthening the lower body is especially important, achieved through the incorporation of squats, lunges, and step-ups. Gradually increase the complexity of the terrain on which you walk, moving from gravel paths to rocky trails. Cultivate mindfulness during your practice, directing focused attention to both your immediate surroundings and precise foot placement.

The importance of suitable footwear cannot be overstated; prioritise options that offer robust support and reliable grip to navigate varying terrains with confidence. Build endurance through consistent hikes, progressively increasing distance and difficulty.

General Info

GENERAL INFO

AVAILABILITY

March to mid November

HOW TO GET THERE AND AWAY

Travelling to the Start of the walk

The walk starts in Sospel at your first accommodation and ends in Menton on the final morning at your accommodation. Please refer to your itinerary. You will need to get yourself to Sospel, most likely from Nice, and we will pick you up from Sospel station – so let us know when you will be arriving before departure.  From the end of your walk, you will need to organise your travel away from Menton. To make it easy we have collated some useful information that will assist you in making arrangements for your travel.

By plane: The easiest option would be to fly into Nice and then catch the train to Sospel. There are many airlines that fly from Paris to Nice. Below are possible websites that provide a number of different carriers to choose from.

https://www.kayak.com/flights 

www.google.com/flights

By train: The train from Nice to Sospel will take around 1hr and will cost around AUD$15.  Please find below ways to book.

https://www.thetrainline.com/en/train-times

https://en.oui.sncf/en/tgv

https://www.rome2rio.com/map/Bastia/Calvi

Travelling from the End of the walk

By train of bus: You can catch a train or bus from Menton back to Nice which takes around 35 minutes and costs around AUD$10.

https://www.thetrainline.com

https://en.oui.sncf/en/tgv

https://www.rome2rio.com/map/Bastia/Calvi

WALKING

The walk is moderate with some ascents, with full-day walks averaging around 13km. We highly recommend that you incorporate some extra time after the walk to rest but also to fully immerse yourself in the natural beauty, savoring sweeping views from the snow-dusted peaks of the Alps to the deep blue of the Mediterranean Sea, while treating your palate to exquisite French fare and wine.

For what to bring please refer to Gear Advice in our FAQ section.

WEATHER

From March the temperature begins to rise so be prepared for warmer days if you walk in summer. Shoulder season is by far the best time as the weather is perfect for walking and the added advantage of having fewer people around in the villages and on the coast (we walk away from the populated areas on the walk so crowds are not an issue.)

See the weather information about average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

For all trips that require international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance that also includes medical evacuation coverage.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred from our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section for more information.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

Map

MAP

Departure Dates

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    PER PERSON
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Mar 2024 - 15 Nov 2024
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $1695

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $395
  • 1 Mar 2025 - 15 Nov 2025
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $1795

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $425
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  • 4 buffet breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers throughout the trip
  • Transport on day 1,3 and 4
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  • Awe-inspiring vistas over the French Riviera
  • Authentic villages nestled in wooded valleys, surrounded by high mountains

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  • 4 nights accommodation in hotels
  • 4 buffet breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers throughout the trip and transport on day 4
  • Our comprehensive set of notes with detailed walking itineraries, integrated maps and insider tips (where to get the freshest baguettes, where to taste olive oil or wine)
  • Awe-inspiring vistas over the French Riviera
  • Authentic villages nestled in wooded valleys, surrounded by high mountains

Provence Wine Trails – 8 Days

Self-guided

A gorgeous snapshot of the wine-growing area of Provence best discovered on foot, strolling between gnarled vines, from one estate to the next.

Self-guided 8 Days From $2495 Moderate What's Included

Provence Wine Trails – 8 Days

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What's Included
  • 7 nights’ accommodation, rooms with ensuites, 2/3* handpicked hotels, auberges and guesthouses.
  • 7 breakfasts, 3 evening meals
  • All transport on and off the track and luggage transfers
  • Our comprehensive set of notes with detailed walking itineraries, maps and Insider tips (where to get the freshest baguette, where to taste olive oil or wine)
  • 24/7 phone support from our representatives on the ground.
  • The best of Provence wineries in southern France’s premium wine-growing area.
  • Provencal villages nestled in wooded valleys, surrounded by fields of vines.

Provence Wine Trails and Mount Ventoux – 10 Days

Self-guided

A snapshot of the Provence wine-growing area, strolling between gnarled vines, enjoying a glass or two and hike to the top of Mount Ventoux.

Self-guided 10 Days From $3095 Challenging What's Included

Provence Wine Trails and Mount Ventoux – 10 Days

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What's Included
  • 9 nights’ accommodation, ensuite rooms, 2/3* handpicked hotels, auberges and guesthouses.
  • 9 breakfasts, five evening meals (plus one lunch if you do the extended walk)
  • All transport on and off the track and luggage transfers
  • Our comprehensive set of notes with detailed walking itineraries, maps and Insider tips (where to get the freshest baguette, where to taste olive oil or wine)
  • Support from our representatives on the ground.
  • The best of Provence wineries in southern France’s premium wine-growing area.
  • Provencal villages nestled in wooded valleys, surrounded by fields of vines.
  • Hike Mont Ventoux, Provence’s highest mountain.

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