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The Côte d’Azur with Nice

Quiet side of the French Riviera
 
Combine walking and sightseeing for a leisurely discovery of the Côte d'Azur, finishing in elegant Nice. Your luggage is transported from one 4-star hotel to the next, as you explore self-guided, with plenty of time to appreciate the art, gardens and easy coastal paths.
The Côte d’Azur with Nice. 8 nights
The Côte d’Azur with Nice. 8 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday along the Côte d’Azur to Nice

Renowned for its exceptional quality of light – inspiring artists, writers and countless others – the French Riviera remains a magnet for lovers of art, culture and, of course, natural beauty. The luminous coastline, year-round sunshine and fabulously scenic paths also make this a dream destination for walkers – especially those who prefer trails that are as gentle on the legs as the far-reaching sea views are on the eyes.
Your holiday begins in the charming coastal town of Menton, where there are ochre and honey-coloured houses, lovely botanical gardens and signature Russian Orthodox and Baroque churches to explore. Villefranche makes an equally picturesque second base, with its Romanesque chapel, wonderful coastal paths and popular beach. From here, it's just a leisurely stroll along the unspoiled coastline to the beautiful and Italianate city of Nice, a showcase for the Baroque and Belle Époque. Art lovers will be rewarded by visits to the museums of Marc Chagall and Matisse, both situated just above Nice and easily reached on foot or by bus, while the elegant streets of the city itself are home to a sumptuous cathedral and Opera house, countless museums and galleries, and daily flower, fruit and vegetable markets offering local crafts and gourmet specialities.
 
Gallery
 

Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights. Pay locally for public transport to and from walks.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 11 11 13 16 19 22 26 26 23 19 14 12
    mm 77 79 74 66 61 46 22 43 65 104 101 78
  • Arrival in Menton
    Night 1: at Hotel Prince de Galles (the first of three nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking. Pay locally for public transport to and from walks.
  • Menton town trail
    We suggest you start by following our town trail, during which you can stop for lunch at one of several shady squares. First, pause to admire pretty gardens, an art museum and a Russian church close to your hotel before continuing into Menton itself where you will find the picturesque squares of the 'pre-Vieille Ville', colourful markets and the striking Jean Cocteau museum. Then ascend through Vieux Menton (the old town) itself, perhaps visiting the Baroque churches that dominate the skyline, before winding through narrow streets to an atmospheric, hill-top cemetery. Here there is a faded Russian Orthodox mausoleum and the graves of various well-known British former residents (William Webb Ellis, the ‘inventor’ of rugby, is one such occupant). From here, descend via botanical gardens to reach a second Jean Cocteau museum, housed in the bastion and former custom house, before taking time to explore Menton’s many shops and to stroll along its pleasant, sea-front promenade.
    Botanical gardens, Menton
  • Choice of walks from Menton: 7.5km to 11km

    Circular walk via Cap Martin: 11km, 3.5hrs; return by train: 7.5km, 2.5hrs
    Follow the scenic coastal path around Cap Martin to the beaches of Pointe de Cabbé. Either return across the headland, or take the Cap Moderne guided tour (allow 3hrs) of the Modernist architecture of Cabbé, including Le Corbusier's cabane, and return by train.

    To Monaco & Cap d'Ail: 8km, 3hrs
    Board a train to Monaco to follow our trail through the old town (avoiding all casinos!) before passing marinas and Princess Grace's Rose Garden to reach scenic Cap d’Ail. You can visit the fascinating local museum at the lovely Belle Époque Villa Les Camélias and also the beach of Mala, hidden beneath cliffs, before catching the train back to your hotel. (You could save this walk for Day 4 during your stay in Villefranche – see below* – as it can be done from either hotel.)
    Cap d'Ail
  • Beaulieu to Villefranche-sur-Mer: 10km, 3.5hrs; longer option: 11.5km, 4.5hrs
    Leaving Menton behind, catch a train west to Beaulieu, where you join a footpath to circuit the small cape of St-Jean with its wild coastline. Maybe stop at the port or village of St-Jean for a sophisticated lunch, or make a short detour to Villa Rothschild to admire the gardens and fabulous art collections, perhaps taking tea on the terrace. From here you can take the bus to Villefranche from outside the gates (deduct 3km / 1hr), or continue on foot via Villa Nellcote – where the Rolling Stones recorded Exile on Main Street – before circling the sandy bay into town. You stay for three nights at the Welcome Hotel.
    Cap Jean on the route from Menton to Villefranche
  • Villefranche town trail & linear walk to Pointe des Sans Culottes: 8km, 3hrs
    Our town trail enables you to amble among Villefranche’s grid of evocatively named streets (we love the tunneled Rue Obscura), before taking in the Romanesque Chapelle de Saint-Pierre des Pêcheurs (known as ‘Cocteau Chapel’ due to the artist’s floor-to-ceiling murals), and the 16th-century Saint Elmo Citadel. You can then walk along the coast as far as Pointe des Sans Culottes. Take in views back towards Cap Ferrat and its lighthouse before turning back towards your hotel. *You could also take the train to explore Monaco and Cap d’Ail, as described under Day 2.
    Cap Ferrat on the route around Villefranche
  • Circular walk from Villefranche: 8km, 3hrs; shorter option: 6km, 2.5hrs
    The whole of this unspoiled cape, like much of the rest of this coastline, has been circled by a paved footpath. Beginning with a bus journey to St-Jean, our suggested walk follows this coastal footpath along the old route of the customs officers, to pass below the historic Ferrat lighthouse. The scenery here is particularly beautiful, scented by pines and with views towards Nice and Villefranche. Pause awhile at the beach and restaurant of Plage de Passable before returning to Villefranche on foot (or catch the bus again to shorten the route). Once back in Villefranche, take time to relax in this beautiful coastal town, no doubt finding it easy to relate to Cocteau’s immortal words: “When I see Villefranche, I see my youth again. Pray Heaven it may never change.”
    Sundown over Villefranche-sur-Mer
  • Villefranche to Nice: 9km, 3hrs
    It's a wonderful route along the coast, simply extending the Day 5 walk described above. (If you’ve had enough walking, you could take a taxi or local train.) Once in Nice, you stay at La Villa Victoria in the heart of the city.
    View over Nice
  • Explore Nice
    There’s no denying the distinctly Italian feel of Nice’s architecture and cuisine, but the holidaying English and Russian upper classes who spent winters here during the Belle Epoque also left their mark in the form of the sweeping seafront promenade (the Promenade des Anglais) and the onion-domed Orthodox cathedral. Much of what attracted northern European aristocrats, not to mention artists such as Matisse and Chagall, is still relevant today – plentiful sunshine, swaying palm trees, the proximity of mountains and sea, the elegance of the Baroque palazzi, the clarity of the light – and is now supplemented by a range of fascinating museums devoted to art, different periods of the city’s history, and more.
    Explore the markets of Nice
 

Accommodation

You stay at three high-quality hotels. In both Menton and Villefranche, these face the sea (and we include sea-view rooms with a balcony), whereas in Nice the hotel is located centrally, close to the Old Town.
 

Options to extend or shorten your stay

 

Prices for 2020

We are in the process of updating our prices for 2020. If you’d like to book now, please contact us – we’ll be happy to provide a quotation.
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Prices & travel options
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  • 8 nights: 02 March 2019 - 17 July 2019 & 01 September 2019 - 28 October 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    2 - 24 Mar 2019 £875 £565
    25 Mar - 28 Apr 2019 £1070 £700
    29 Apr - 16 May 2019 # £1270 £915
    17 - 26 May 2019 not available not available
    27 May - 9 Jul 2019 £1330 £975
    1 - 30 Sep 2019 £1330 £975
    1 - 8 Oct 2019 £1240 £880
    9 - 20 Oct 2019 £1070 £700
    3rd & 4th person discount -£60
    Single traveller supplement £60

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

    8 nights: 02 March 2019 - 17 July 2019 & 01 September 2019 - 28 October 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    2 - 24 Mar 2019 £1120 £565
    25 Mar - 28 Apr 2019 £1315 £700
    29 Apr - 16 May 2019 # £1515 £915
    17 - 26 May 2019 not available not available
    27 May - 9 Jul 2019 £1580 £975
    1 - 30 Sep 2019 £1580 £975
    1 - 8 Oct 2019 £1490 £880
    9 - 20 Oct 2019 £1315 £700
    3rd & 4th person discount -£60
    Single traveller supplement £60

    Includes all elements in the 'walk price', plus standard-class travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet International to Lille or Paris, with onward travel as described below.

    Included travel from the UK: UK–Paris (Eurostar), Paris–Carnolès (TGV/regional rail), approx. duration 11h plus 0h10 walk to to the hotel. Home, Nice–Paris (TGV), Paris–UK (Eurostar), approx. duration 9h30 plus 0h10 walk from the hotel.

    If you book your holiday less than 3 months in advance of your travel date, seats may no longer be available at the tariffs on which our prices are based, but we may be able to offer you seats on the sames services at a supplement.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Welcome Hotel , Villefranche-sur-Mer
    Deluxe with sea front view & balcony: 05 Mar - 27 Mar 2019 £28
    Deluxe with sea front view & balcony: 28 Mar - 15 Jul 2019 £44
    Deluxe with sea front view & balcony: 01 Sep - 26 Oct 2019 £44
    Junior suite : 05 Mar - 27 Mar 2019 £65
    Junior suite: 05 Mar - 27 Mar 2019 £65
    Junior suite : 28 Mar - 15 Jul 2019 £100
    Junior suite: 28 Mar - 15 Jul 2019 £100
    Junior suite : 01 Sep - 26 Oct 2019 £100
    Junior suite: 01 Sep - 26 Oct 2019 £100
    Suite 'Bateau': 05 Mar - 27 Mar 2019 £28
    Suite 'Bateau': 28 Mar - 15 Jul 2019 £50
    Suite 'Bateau': 01 Sep - 26 Oct 2019 £50
    Suite 'Voyage': 05 Mar - 27 Mar 2019 £65
    Suite 'Voyage': 28 Mar - 15 Jul 2019 £100
    Suite 'Voyage': 01 Sep - 26 Oct 2019 £100
    Superior with sea front view & balcony: 05 Mar - 27 Mar 2019 £15
    Superior with sea front view & balcony: 28 Mar - 15 Jul 2019 £25
    Superior with sea front view & balcony: 01 Sep - 26 Oct 2019 £25

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel Prince de Galles, Menton (B&B) Double room Single room
    05 Mar - 28 Mar 2019 £90 £135
    29 Mar - 31 May 2019 £100 £158
    01 Jun - 15 Jul 2019 £110 £180
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2019 £110 £180
    01 Oct - 26 Oct 2019 £90 £135
    Welcome Hotel , Villefranche-sur-Mer (B&B) Double room Single room
    05 Mar - 27 Mar 2019 £96 £190
    28 Mar - 02 May 2019 £110 £218
    03 May - 15 Jul 2019 £160 £318
    01 Sep - 12 Oct 2019 £160 £318
    13 Oct - 26 Oct 2019 £110 £218
    La Villa Victoria, Nice (B&B) Double room Single room
    08 Mar - 30 Mar 2019 £58 £102
    31 Mar - 17 Jul 2019 £99 £166
    01 Sep - 28 Oct 2019 £99 £166
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Nice

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Nice. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Belfast Intl. - Nice easyJet,  jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Nice (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Nice easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Durham Tees Valley - Nice (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Nice easyJet 
    Edinburgh - Nice (via Paris) Air France 
    Edinburgh- Nice Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Nice (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Nice Flybe,  jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Nice easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Nice British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Nice British Airways,  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Nice British Airways 
    Heathrow - Nice (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Nice easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Nice Ryanair 
    Stansted - Nice easyJet,  jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Nice easyJet,  jet2 
    Manchester - Nice (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Nice easyJet 
    Newcastle - Nice (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Southampton - Nice Flybe 
    Southampton - Nice (via Paris) Air France 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Nice. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Nice

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    airport bus Nice airport to Menton (1h15), walk to hotel (opposite bus stop) £26 1900
    direct taxi Nice airport to first hotel (1h15) £62 flexible
    rail Nice Ville to Carnolès (0h35), own taxi (0h05 pay locally) or walk (0h10) to hotel £6 1945
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    arrange own transport to the airport pay locally flexible
What is included
  • 8 nights
  • 8 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • The official language is French. The currency is the Euro. French time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to France, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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