The route (8 days)
The path follows mainly the famous "Route Royale", which
was made by the lords or the Savoy to connect Nice with Pi?omt via the
Col de Tende. The trail stays in the mountains, but never higher than
1200m, so it can be done in every season, even in wintertime.
Day 1 : Arrival in Nice.
Visit or the town, evening train to and night in St.Dalmas de Tende
All day discovery or the city or
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 Mis?icorde, 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
in the monastery of Cimiez
- the Chagall museum,
- the Matisse museum, http://www.musee-matisse-nice.org/
Departure from Nice to St. Dalmas
at the end or the afternoon, either with your car (80 km) or with train
(this and all other train journeys are not included in the package).
Day 2 : St.Dalmas de Tende
- La Brigue - Saint Dalmas de Tende
by train from 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.
- church with Baroque altar and Italian organ.
- visit of the chapel of Notre Dame des Fontaines: the most
frescos of the Alps (1492)
Walk back to La Brigue and walk or
by the train back to Saint Dalmas for your second night.
3 : Saint Dalmas-de-Tende - Saorge
today, walking over so-called balcony paths along the Gorges of the
From Saint Dalmas to Fontan and to Saorge, via the perched
villages or Granile and Berghe.
Difference in height: +400m, -700m,
length : 5h30min
- Village or Saorge, a beautiful
- The Baroque Franciscan monastery (17th and 18th
- The chapel or Notre Dame del Poggio (Roman apse, 11th
- The baroque church of Fontan
- Traditional architecture
of Granile, one of the most beautiful mountain-villages of the Roya.
Day 4 : Saorge - Breil
From Saorge and the Roya valley to Breil. A very nice and
not too long track, but with some considerable climbing.
in height: +300m and -600m, length: 5h
- In Breil
sur Roya, one or the most beautiful Baroque churches in the country-side
or Nice, and the organ from the 18th century)
Night in Breil
Day 5 : Breil sur Roya
- Pi?e Haute - Sospel
No trains today. From Breil
sur Roya to Sospel, via Pi?e Haute, by beautiful balcony paths and
along olive orchards.
Elevation gains: +450m and -450m, length :
5h30 - 6h
- Pi?e Haute and its church (baroque
dance of the death, danse macabre, from the 18th century)
bridge in Sospel (15th century)
Night in Sospel
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 or the Mont Ours (1239m).
Elevation gains: +550m
and -500m, length 4h
- In the morning visit or
the cathedral or Sospel (baroque décor and altarpieces by the Primitives
- Pay special attention to the military defences from
the end of the 19th century and 1936-1940 (Maginot
line of the Alps), the village of Ste Agnès above the sea and her enormous
subterranean fort, part or the Maginot line.
Night in Ste. Agnès
Day 7 : Ste Agnès - Menton
Freewheeling, or almost to the sea! Beautiful
walk through pine woods till Castellar, then descent to the historic
Menton and its old 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
- Castellar and the chapel of Saint Sébastien
- The historic
Menton and the baroque church St Michel
- The small museum Jean Cocteau,
near the harbour or Menton,
No transfers today.
Day 8 : Menton (or Nice)
, 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:
Signposted paths. Average elevation gains: +500m
altitude: 1240m, Average altitude for the nights: 700m
difficulties: The Côte d'Azur, near the Italian border, is not a hilly
region, but very mountainous, with a typical alps relief.
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 sure is much colder, but dry and
What we offer
- A guaranteed departure
from up to 2 persons
- Free choice of starting day and date.
Half-board (shops in every village to buy yourself a picknick) , single
room possible. In Nice and
- 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 detailed instructions.
are: beverages, entrance fees and train- and bus-tickets.
1st or February till the 15th or June
From the 15th or September
till the 15th or November