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The FRENCH RIVIERA  - MENTON
 
2018 Dates:    Mon Oct 8 - 15

Itinerary:

Monday 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.

Tuesday Day 2 - Our morning walk explores Menton with its winding passageways and market which overflows with colours and exotic aromas. In the afternoon we travel a few stops by local train to start a lovely coastal walk around Cap Martin called the Sentier des Douaniers.  This easy trail leads us to the Principality of Monaco, the tiny country some call "a sunny place for shady people".  There is time to marvel at the massive yachts bobbing in the port, watch the perfectly synchronized changing of the guards outside Grimaldi Palace, admire Princess Grace's Rose Garden and imagine James Bond heading for the Casino before we head back to Menton.

Wednesday
Day 3 – Today we head into the hills to the pretty town of St Agnes and the lovely Mercantour National Park.

Thursday Day 4 –   We travel to Cannes and from here take a 15 minute ferry ride to the Lerin Islands and L’Isle St Honorat. Inaccessible to cars or bicycles, the island is a peaceful getaway to enjoy nature. The island's only residents are 20 Cistercian monks at a monastery that has been in existence since the 5th century.  Our two hour walk circling the island is easy and picturesque through pine forest, wild myrtle, acacia and olive trees.  It is a lovely place for a picnic.

Friday Day 5 – Friday is market day in Ventimiglia which is just across the border in Italy.  We start our day with free time to explore the open-air market and sample some Ligurian specialties for lunch.  In early afternoon we meet and enjoy a  three hour walk in a quiet Alpine wooded area.

Saturday Day 6 –  In the morning we have a short train journey to Cap Ferrat, one of the most beautiful capes on the French Riviera. Here, a narrow footpath hugs the shoreline and as we walk we see, hidden away, some of the most sumptuous villas on the Cote d’Azur. After a break for lunch we continue to the amazing Rothschild Villa. Touring the treasure-filled 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. There is time to explore before we return to Menton.
 

Sunday Day 7 – We travel a short distance by 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.

Monday Day 8 – Depart after breakfast.

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