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
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
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.