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The FRENCH RIVIERA  - MENTON
 
2019 Dates:    Sat Set 14 - 21

Itinerary:
The walking on this holiday will be easy walks done at a relaxed pace.

 Day 1
- Meet at Nice Airport at 4 PM and transfer by private bus to our hotel in Menton (about one hour).  Welcome drink and briefing.

 Day 2 -
Menton, Cap Martin, and Monaco    
This morning we become acquainted with the layout of the town: its historic Market Hall, museums, churches, and other points of interest -- including shops, restaurants, and cafés. Mid-morning, we set out from Menton on foot.  This leisurely-paced walk takes us along the seafront west to Cape Martin. The path is flat, and offers beautiful views of Monaco.  This is approximately 2 ½ to 3 hours of walking, 7 km, with very little change in elevation (+50m, -50m). For a sneak-peek at the scenery, check out this video:  
www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fWc3_F2f_0  
There is time for a drink or an ice-cream in Roquebrune, a coastal town full of Provencal character, with its old stones, red tiles and slender cypress trees.  From here we head to Monaco. This tiny principality which is sometimes known as a "sunny place for shady people"  is just a 5-minute train ride.  Here we head up to the Palace for a view of the port and surroundings. The Palace is located on what is known as “la Roche”: “the Rock” where the Palace square meets the historic quarter.  There is free time to visit the Old Town or to ride the little tourist train.  This is a 30-minute circuit, with audio-guide commentary in English, allowing visitors to discover the main sites: the elegant Casino and Hôtel de Paris restaurant, the Cathedral where Grace Kelly wed Prince Ranier, the Formula 1 racing circuit, and more.  M
arvel at the massive yachts bobbing in the port. Admire Princess Grace's Rose Garden.  And imagine James Bond heading for the Casino.  In late afternoon we head back to Menton by train (about 12 minutes).

Day 3 –  St. Jean Cap Ferrat     
Today, we take a regional train to lovely Beaulieu-sur-Mer, with its Belle Epoque villas. From here, we follow an easy coastal path to St Jean Cap Ferrat, and make our way around the cape to Saint Hospice. This site, with its protected forest, affords an “authentic” experience of the Mediterranean:  unspoiled nature at its best. This walk lasts 3 hours (7 km) with a few up’s and down’s (+150m, -150m).    
www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOI7s2eil3E    After a picnic lunch, we visit the magnificent Rothschild Villa. Designed and commissioned by Béatrice de Rothschild, this palace is where the Baroness indulged her whims and wishes. Touring the  villa gives an insight into how the super-rich lived during the glittering 1920’s. The villa is surrounded by nine themed gardens including an exotic fantasy of cactus, a mysterious stone garden, a tranquil Japanese garden and a pink garden with hundreds of varieties of pink roses. Every twenty minutes the famous “musical fountains” move into action accompanied by Mozart.  This site is one of the most popular attractions on the Riviera.  Return to Menton by train.

 Day 4 –   Cannes and the Lérins Islands 
Our private coach takes us to Cannes where we board a ferry to l’sle St Honoré. The 20-minute boat-ride provides scenic views of Cannes’ famous seafront and grand hotels. We skirt St. Honoré’s “sister” island of Sainte Marguerite, whose dungeon housed the prisoner in Hollywood’s adaptation of the story, “The Man in the Iron Mask”.  On l"Isle St Honore we have a 3-hour walk around the island (on mostly flat terrain) and see the Cistercian Lérins Monastery and the monastic vineyards. Monks settled here in the 5th century, and the current buildings date from 1073.   We picnic on the island before the ferry-ride back to Cannes, where we stroll along the famed “Croisette” with its chic boutiques and the bunker-like headquarters of the world-renowned Cannes Film Festival. You can almost picture the star-studded red carpet!  Private coach back to Menton at the end of the day

 Day 5Antibes    
Private coach to Antibes. Through the pleasure port and past the “Billionaires’ Wharf” with its splendid yachts, we enter the walled Old City via the city gates. There is free time to discover the historic town centre with its quaint little streets and the Picasso Museum, housed in the Grimaldi Castle overlooking the sea. Enjoy lunch in your choice of restaurant or pick up a selection of local delicacies at Antibes’ traditional Provençal market.  In early afternoon we transfer by coach to the Garoupe beaches for a walk around the Cap d' Antibes (approximately 5 km, 2 ½ hours, with minimal differences in elevation.  Check out the following link for a taste of this day’s walk:   www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zo1ge8NW5D4      Return to Menton by coach.

Day 6 –    Menton and Surrounding Area   
The morning is free to spend as you wish: linger over a leisurely breakfast, visit the Cathedral, take in a museum, check out the shops, taste a variety of products featuring Menton’s renowned lemons. Menton’s local market features 30 vendors and is located in the restored municipal “Hall” just steps from our hotel.
Early in the afternoon we depart by bus for the perched village of St. Agnès, whose cathedral overlooks Menton from an elevation of 680m.  We have a gentle walk in and around this charming village and up to the castle with its views of the Alps and the Mediterranean. Seeing the surrounding area from this vantage point, one understands why the locals say that it is here that the Alps “plunge into the sea”. From St. Agnès, we offer two options:  some will choose to walk back to Menton via a path of “moderate difficulty” (about a 2 ½ to 3-hour descent of 650m);  others may prefer to return to our hotel by bus.

 Day 7 – La Turbie and Eze
We travel a short distance by private bus to the village of La Turbie high above the Cote d’Azur. Here we find the gigantic Trophee d’Auguste that was erected 2000 years ago in honour of Roman Emperor Augustus. Celebrating the unity and power of the Roman Empire, the monument bore the names of all the Gallic peoples “subdued” in Augustus’ campaign.  From La Turbie our walk is called Circuit de la Forna. There is little ascent and lovely views and we end in the medieval village of Eze. There is free time to explore the village before returning to Menton.

 Day 8 – Depart after breakfast.

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