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Nice - Tende - Menton - Côte d'Azur
Walking the Haute Roya along the border of France and Italy


3 tot 9 days, first day option: visit of Nice.
(available between 01-03 and 15-11, not recommended in July and August, too hot!)

Selfguided walking trip from hotel to hotel.

 
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 The trail to the sea


A cultural, non guided walking tour

4 to  9 days  (3 - 7 nights) in small village-hotels

You can book a budget * or a standard ** package.

In the standard ** packages some extra necessary short train transfers are not included.

A forgotten path, even in wintertime beautiful, with all the orange-and lemon trees along the path heavy with fruit. The path goes down from the mountains to the sea, winding from one valley to the next, passing perched villages, pine trees and olive orchards. During a number of centuries, it was the main salt route, a important source of prosperity.

The path leads you along the “plus beaux villages perchés”, the most beautiful high villages, of the Côte d’Azur and the surrounding country-side of Nice.

In this walk you will discover and admire the painted chapels and churches with altars painted by  local painters of an interesting school, Les Primitifs Niçois, with Louis Bréa as the most important exponent.
This is the path of a religious architecture,

The walk in three main lines
- An extraordinary heritage: the perched villages of the country side of Nice
- Well to do in the winter
- Beautiful trails, from the mountains down to the sea.

How to get there?

You are expected at night in La Brigue, the starting point of the walk, but we advise to start on a morning in Nice, spend your first day enjoying the treasures of the city, before you leave on car or train to La Brigue. La Brigue is at the railway line Nice-Cunéo. (if you want you can book a first night at B&B hotel in Nice (=extra night).

If you arrive by airplane, the airport is next to the historic centre of Nice and you can go to the railway station by bus 99.

The finishing point is Menton. From here you can go to Nice by train to the railway station (Gare SNCF) and then to the airport by bus.
 

Nice - Tende - Menton - Côte d'Azur
Walking the Haute Roya along the border of France and Italy

Not available in July and August.




 

 

valac  &  partners
 
Standard ** packages   2018 (3, 4 and 5 days)
Package: H70**
3d-stnd
H70**
4d-stnd
H70**
5d-stnd
Price p.p. pax=2p
Supplement solo package
(including supplement single room)
€ 306 pp double room
€ 118  solo suppl.
2 nights, incl. 2 dinners
€ 433 pp double room
€ 171  solo suppl.
3 nights, incl. 3 dinners
€ 495 pp double room
€ 190  solo suppl.
4 nights, incl 3 dinners
Supplement single room € 46 € 81 € 95
Extra night B&B Nice € 53 € 53 € 53
Day1 Sospel
(Walk begins in Breil)
Breil/Roya
(Walk begins in Fontan)
Breil/Roya
Day2 St.Agnès Sospel
(Walk begins in Breil)
Sospel
Day3 Walk to Menton

Bagage transfer to a
hotel in Menton.
End of the package in Menton

St.Agnès St.Agnès
Day4   Walk to Menton

Bagage transfer to a
hotel in Menton.
End of the package in Menton

Walk to Menton

Bagage transfer to a
hotel in Menton. Train to Nice Train not included. Night in Hotel in Nice
End of the package afterbreakfast in Nice

Day5      


 

valac  &  partners
 
Standard ** packages   2018 (6 to 9 days)
 
Package: H70**
6d-stnd
H70**
7d-stnd
H70**
8d-stnd
H70**
9d-stnd
Price p.p. double room
Supplement solo package
(including supplement single room)
€ 640 pp double room
€ 257  solo suppl.


incl 5 nights, 4 dinners
€ 716 pp double room
€ 279  solo suppl.


incl 6 nights, 5 dinners
€ 845 pp double room
€ 309  solo suppl.

incl7 nights,  6 dinners 
€ 905 pp double room
€ 336  solo suppl.


incl 8 nights, 6 dinners 
Supplement single room € 135 € 152 € 187 € 210
         
Day 1 St.Dalmas de Tende St.Dalmas de Tende St.Dalmas de Tende Nice
Day 2 Breil/Roya or Saorge St.Dalmas de Tende St.Dalmas de Tende St.Dalmas de Tende
Day 3 Sospel Breil/Roya or Saorge Breil/Hôtel-le-Roya +
dinner in restaurant le Vieux Moulin
or Saorge
St.Dalmas de Tende
Day 4 St.Agnès Sospel Breil/Hôtel-le-Roya +
dinner in restaurant le Vieux Moulin
or Saorge
Breil/Hôtel-le-Roya +
dinner in restaurant le Vieux Moulin
or Saorge
Day 5 Nice (or Menton)

Walk to
Menton.
Bags transfer to Menton included when last night in Nice.
St.Agnès Sospel-HP Breil/Hôtel-le-Roya +
diner in restaurant le Vieux Moulin
or Saorge
Day 6   Nice (or Menton)

Walk to Menton.
Bags transfer to Menton included when last night in Nice.

St.Agnès Sospel-HP
Day 7     Menton (or Nice) St.Agnès
Day 8     End of the package after breakfast. Menton (or Nice)
Day 9       End of the package after breakfast.
Extra night 
in Menton
hotel B&B
€ 53 € 53 € 53 € 53
Extra night 
in Nice
hotel du Comté de Nice B&B
€ 57 € 57 € 57 € 57
Extra night in Villefranche-sur-Mer in hotel La Fiancée du Pirate  B&B € 100 € 100 € 100 € 100
Supplement for a stay at B&B hotel La Fiancée du Pirate  in Villefranche-sur-Mer at 6 km from Nice instead of the regular night(s) in Nice or Menton: €55 p.p. per night (supplement on basic rate!).        

 

 

 

 

 

valac  &  partners

Budget */** packages   2018 (6 to 9 days)

  6d-budget 7d-budget 8d-budget 9d-budget
Prijs € 634
5 nights
incl. 5 dinners
€ 691
6 nights
incl. 5 dinners
€ 759
7 nights
incl. 6 dinners
€ 825
8 nights
incl. 6 dinners
Supplement
1p-room
€ 119 € 143 € 149 € 172
Extra nacht
in Nice,
B&B hotel **
€ 53 € 53 € 53 € 53
Day 1 La Brigue
(Walk begins in Tende)
La Brigue
(Package starts with the visit of Nice)
La Brigue
(Package starts with the visit of Nice)
Nice
 
Day 2 Fontan Fontan La Brigue La Brigue
(Package starts with the visit of Nice)
Day 3 Breil/Roya Breil/Roya or Saorge Fontan La Brigue
Day 4 Sospel Sospel Breil/Roya or Saorge Fontan
Day 5 St.Agnès St.Agnès Sospel Breil/Roya or Saorge
Day 6 Walk to Menton

Bags transported to a
hotel in Menton.

Night in Menton or Nice St.Agnès Sospel
Day 7   Leave after breakfast Night Menton or Nice St.Agnès
Day 8     Leave after breakfast Night Menton or Nice
Day 9       Leave after breakfast
Extra nacht 
in Menton
hotel B&B
€ 53 € 53 € 53 € 53
Supplement Dog € 43 € 43 € 51 € 51

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




The route (8 days)

During this hike the culture lover as well as the hiker will be satisfied. The path follows mainly the famous “Route Royale”, which was made by the lords of the Savoy to connect Nice with Piémomt via the col de Tende. The trail stays in the mountains, but never higher than 1200m, so it can be practised in every season, even in wintertime.
 

 Day 1 : Arrival in Nice. Visit of the town

All day discovery of the city of Nice and its culture: (To visit the barok churches of Nice you'll have to be here on Sunday)
- Saint Pons church and chapel of the Miséricorde, Baroque masterpieces
- church of Gesu, example of early Baroque (17th century)
- the historic centre with its narrow streets and the hill of the castle
- the altarpieces of Louis Bréa in the monastery of Cimiez
- the Chagall museum, http://www.musee-chagall.fr/
- the Matisse museum, http://www.musee-matisse-nice.org/


Departure for La Brigue (budget package) or St. Dalmas (standard** package) at the end of the afternoon, either with your car (80 km) or with train (this and all next train journeys are not included in the package).


 Day 2 : Tende – La Brigue - Saint Dalmas  (Your first day if you booked the 6 days walk)

Departure by train from La Brigue or St. Dalmas to Tende (leave at 8.57h, 12 minutes)

Route: from Tende to La Brigue, over the col de Boselia (altitude 1111m). downhill to La brigue and walk to Notre Dame des Fontaines and back. Elevation gains :+400m and –400m, length 5 hours.

To see in Tende:
- church with Baroque altar and Italian organ.
- medieval streets
- visit of the chapel of Notre Dame des Fontaines: highest amount of frescos of the Alps (1492)

Walk back to La Brigue (budget package) and with the train to Saint Dalmas (standard arrangement) for your second night.

 Day 3 :La Brigue – Saint Dalmas

Beautiful hike today, less culture, more walking over so-called balcony paths along the Gorges of the Roya.

Via La Brigue or Saint Dalmas to Fontan, over a beautiful balcony path.
Elevation gains: none. Length: 1 hour.
From Saint Dalmas to Fontan, via the perched villages of Granile and Berghe.
Difference in height: +400m, -700m, length : 5h30min

To see:
- church of La Brigue (altarpieces of the Primitives, a Bréa among others)
- the baroque church og ontan
- traditional architecture of Granile, one of the most beautiful mountain-villages of the Roya.


Night in Fontan(budget) or with train from Fontan to Breil sur Roya(standard).

 Day 4 : Fontan – Breil sur Roya

First you take the train toFontan and then you walk to Breil. Uphill to Saorge, then to Breil through the valley of the Roya: a fantastic and not too long track, but with some considerable climbing.
Difference in height: +300m and –600m, length: 5h

To see:

- Village of Saorge, a beautiful perched village
- The Baroque Franciscan monastery (17th and 18th century)
- The chapel of Notre Dame del Poggio (Roman apse, 11th century)
- In Breil sur Roya, one of the most beautiful Baroque churches in the country-side of Nice, and the organ from the 18th century)

Night in Breil sur Roya.


 Day 5 : Breil sur Roya – Piène Haute – Sospel

No trains today. From Breil sur Roya to Sospel, via Piène Haute, on beautiful balcony paths and along olive orchards.
Elevation gains: +450m and –450m, length : 5h30 – 6h

To see:

- Piène Haute and its church (baroque dance of the death, danse macabre, from the 18th century)
- Toll bridge in Sospel (15th century)

Night in Sospel

 Day 6 : Sospel – Ste Agnès

Leave by bus or taxi from Sospel to the col de Castillon.
From the col de Castillon to Ste Agnès, via the summit of the Mont Ours(1239m).
Elevation gains: +550m and –500m, length 4h

To see:

- In the morning visit of the cathedral of Sospel (baroque décor and altarpieces by the Primitives de Nice)
- Pay special attention to the military defences from the end of the 19th century (Serrée de Rivière line) and 1936-1940 (Maginot line of the Alps), the village of Ste Agnès above the sea and her enormous subterranean fort, part of the Maginot line.

Night in Ste. Agnès


 Day 7 : Ste Agnès – Menton

Freewheeling, or almost till the sea! Beautiful walk through pine woods till Castellar, then descent to the historic Menton and its harbour.

From Ste Agnès to Castellat, via the path of the “Balcons de la Côte d’Azur”.
Elevation gains : +200m and –500m, length 3h
From Castellar to Menton via le Baousset.
Elevation gains : -350m, length 1h30
In all 4h30

To see:

- Castellar and the chapel of Saint Sébastien
- The historic Menton and the baroque church St Michel
- The small museum Jean Cocteau, near the harbour of Menton,

No transfers today.

 Day 8 : Menton, leave after breakfast.

Degree of difficulty : average.

Hike of average degree of difficulty, accessible for anyone experienced in mountain walking.

Every day luggage transfer. Average length: 5 h

Signposted paths. Average elevation gains: +500m

Maximum altitude: 1240m, Average altitude for the nights: 700m

Particular difficulties: The Côte d’Azur, near the Italian border, is not a hilly region, but very mountainous, with a typical alps relief.

Nights
Budget package: in small simple hotels 1*NN (one or two persons room, sometimes shower and toilet outside the room)

Standard package: in 2**NN hotels or Chambres d’hôtes (guest rooms, one or two persons room, with toilet and shower, phone)

The season

The late autumn with its colours and the early spring with all the flowers are without any doubt the most pleasant periods to walk. During the winter it is sure to be much colder, but it is dry and very sunny.



What we offer

- A guaranteed departure from up to 2 persons
- Free choice of starting day and date (but we do recommend Sunday as first day)
- Half-board (shops in every village to buy yourself a picknick) , single room possible.
Menton B&B.
- Luggage transfer every walking day between La Brigue and Menton.
- You get a description and maps, which you leave behind at the end of the hike (1/25.000) and deailed instructions.

Not included are: beverages, entrance fees and train- and bus-tickets.


From 1st of February till the 15th of June
From the 15th of September till the 15th of November


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