EUR 899.00

France - From mountain villages to The French Riviera

From the beautiful mountain landscape close to the Italian border, you wander through beautiful paths down to the Mediterranean coast at Menton.

On this hike you will experience mountain villages with different expressions. They are all absolutely fascinating and rich in history and culture. As you walk through the mountain landscapes down to the slightly milder Mediterranean coast, you'll pass through an exciting area with strong Italian roots, seasoned with newer French influences. You will undoubtedly find that this walking holiday has everything you could dream of - both in terms of culture and nature.

Highlights on this tour

  • Self-guided hiking holiday from the lower Alps to the French Mediterranean coast
  • Discover small medieval villages surrounded by mountains
  • Hiking on fine trails and small roads with magnificent views
  • From raw rock walls to the deep blue Mediterranean
  • Cozy little accommodations
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Day 1 Arrival in Saint Dalmas de Tende

You arrive in the small mountain village of Saint Dalmas de Tende.

Day 2 Tour of the area around Saint Dalmas de Tende

On the first day of the tour, the route goes through a medieval area packed with a fascinating history. You also experience a couple of fantastic mountain villages and their charming culture. Dinner at the hotel in Saint Dalmas de Tende is included in the price.

Duration: 5½ hours
Distance: 17km
+960m / -960m

Day 3 Hiking from St. Dalamas de Tende to Saorge

On today's hike you will walk through a number of more isolated small mountain communities that, despite their slightly deserted location, are inhabited. The villages are made up of dried stone walls and with roofs of local slate. At the hotel in Saorge, dinner will be served for you.

Duration: 6 hours
Distance: 17km
+900m / -1050m

Day 4 Hiking from Saorge to Breil sur Roya

From Fontan you follow the old salt route towards the village of Saorge, which clings beautifully up a hillside in a landscape consisting of both greenery and protruding cliffs.

From here, the walk continues along the beautiful hiking route towards Breil sur Roya, which lies deep in the valley - packed tightly in a crescent shape, almost sandwiched between river and rock walls. The atmosphere in the city will send your thoughts several hundred years back. At the town's church you can see one of the most beautiful organs built in the 18th century.

Dinner is served at the hotel in this beautiful town.

Duration: 5 hours
Distance: 10km
+700m / -800m

Day 5 Hiking from Breil sur Roya to Sospel

Today's walk takes you on a beautiful path that leads you to the stunningly situated village of Piène Haute, which thrones over a hillside surrounded by mountains. As you approach the village, you see the church tower scouting over the olive groves' haze as you pass a ravine stretching over the Italian border.

Dinner is served at the hotel in Sospel.

Duration: 5½ hours
Distance: 15km
+600m / -700m

Day 6 Hiking from Sospel to Sainte Agnès

Today you have the possibility to choose between a shorter and a longer route.

The ruins of an ancient castle, the city's church and many other buildings emphasize that for centuries, Sospel was an important village. As you walk out of the town, you continue the route to the village of Sainte Agnès, from where the first glimpse of the Mediterranean can be enjoyed. As many of the former villages you have walked through, this one also has an impressive location in the landscape. There is a great view of the village winding up from a smaller mountain.

There will be dinner at the hotel in Sainte Agnés.

Duration: 3½-6 hours
Distance: 15km
+580m / -720m

Day 7 Hiking from Sainte Agnès to Menton

This hike brings you along paths that wind like swaths through the hilly landscape. You come through the small villages of Monti and Castellar, both of which lean safely up the mountains. The walk down to the old town of Menton takes you through the famous Garavan bay. The landscape from the mountains to the coast creates the perfect ending to an eventful hiking holiday.

The dinner in Menton is not included, but the town is full of great restaurants, so just stroll out into the streets and let your appetite do the choosing.

Duration: 5½ hours
Distance: 14km
+150m / -900m

Day 8 End of the tour

After breakfast and check-out the individual return journey awaits you. 

Price includes

Not included
  • Flight to/from Nice
  • Beverage in the included meals
  • Cancellation- and Travel insurance
EUR 959.00

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General information

The price is based upon two people sharing. It is also possible travel alone in a single room. Simply choose "1 person" in the booking form and it will automatically add the single room surcharge.

Notice: If you open the booking form, fill it out and go to page two, you can save your quote and have it sent to your email as a pdf. This way you can easily send it to others who can then see the price and exactly what is included. When you have saved the quote you can easily restart the booking and you will not need to enter all the information again.

Transportation / Flights

The flights to/from Nice are not included in the price. You can easily find a suitable flight via a flight booking engine such as Momondo or Skyscanner.

Notice: we recommend that you book with us and wait for the confirmation before you book your flights.

Airport transfers
On the booking form you can book transfer from Nice Airport to Saint Dalmas de Tende

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If you prefer that we handle your flight, then we would be happy to arrange this for you. You simply book a quote below the map on this page and we will return with a quote as soon as possible (usually within 48 working hours). Please note that we add a handling fee of 45 euro to each flight and this means that the flight will be cheaper if you book it yourself.


Food and drinks

On this trip, half board is included on all days, except dinner in Menton on day 7 - where there are plenty of restaurants to choose from.

The dinner will consist of a 2-3 course menu that you can pick yourself. Beverage is not included.

Lunch can be bought in the small towns during the trip and brought along the hikes.


The overnight stays on the trip take place in double rooms at specially selected hotels:

  • A 2-star hotel (4 nights)
  • A 3 star hotel (1 night - Menton)
  • Inns & Guest Houses (2 nights)

It is possible to book extra nights before and after the trip

Travel insurance

We highly recommend that you are covered by a good travel insurance covering at least Medical Expenses, Illness, Personal Accident, Baggage and Repatriation. The customer is responsible to take the necessary travel insurance that covers these costs. Mountain Adventures, or our local partners, do not have any responsibility for our customers not being covered by a necessary travel insurance. You have to arrange your insurance in your home country.


It can be difficult to plan your trip according to the weather, but here is the average statistics of the climate in the area, as shown on

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