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France 2017

French Riviera Nice, Cannes, Menton, Antibes

September 18 – 24 (6 nights) Book these dates!
Guided – $1695 per person
Self-Guided – $1545 per person
Based on double occupancy, land only
Single supplement: $600

Maximum 12 guests. Program subject to change.

What do you want your vacation to be?

Imagine coming home from your vacation feeling lighter, more energized, stronger, relaxed, and on top of the world. Isn’t that what vacations are supposed to do? They can.

Experience The Blue Walk, guided or self-guided small-group walks along the French Riviera. No hiking boots or packs required, our exclusive morning customized itineraries of seaside walking trails and urban sidewalk strolls bring you to the Mediterranean’s best-loved towns around lunchtime including Nice, Cannes, Menton and Antibes. You have the Riviera as your playground each afternoon. A beautiful, fun, feel-good vacation.

The scope of our walks extends along the beautiful French Mediterranean coastline, from the Italian border on the east, to Cannes on the west. We cover several sections by foot, hugging the coast, wandering through the best-loved cities and villages of the Riviera, and include as many sentier (walking trails) as possible. Typical walking days average between 2-4 hours of walking including stops and breaks. There are convenient train and bus stops scattered along our route allowing us to customize your day for shorter or longer walks. Our program includes a one-week unlimited use train pass for our entire route so you can hop on and off whenever, and wherever you like. Guided walks are in the mornings, leaving after breakfast and arriving at our destinations between lunchtime and mid-afternoon. Most afternoons are free to explore at your leisure.

Sample Walking Itinerary Highlights & Options

All our tours feature a variety of routes which can be shortened or extended depending upon each traveler’s interest. France has the most walking of any of our tours and guests should plan to walk at least an hour a day. Walking on the coastal paths and strolling through quiet promenades is a great way to enjoy long leisurely conversations, rub elbows with local residents, or just quietly enjoy the beauty of the Riviera.

  • Day 1: Arrival Day. We’ll have an orientation meeting in the afternoon to learn about the program, get acquainted, and then head out for a guided walk around Nice of the lively pedestrian areas and Place Massena, and learn our way around.
  • Day 2: We begin along the famous Promenade des Anglais, Cours Saleya Flower Market, Nice’s Old Harbor, and end in the beautiful harbor town of Villefranche-Sur-Mer. Evening: Welcome dinner and a stroll to Nice’s Old Town for a gelato.
  • Day 3: We’ll stroll from Villefranche-sur-Mer to Cap Ferrat to walk its gorgeous sentiers. Then we finish with a cool drink in the harbor of St. Jean and an optional visit to the Rothschild Villa & Gardens. This is truly a spectacular day.
  • Day 4: Beginning with a train to Roquebrune/Cap Martin to walk the coastal sentier, visit the old town of Menton, options are easy walk to the Italian Border, and /or guided tour of the Principality of Monaco. (Three countries in one day!)
  • Day 5: Visit to Antibes old town, its Marche Provencal, the ramparts (and walk the wall!) Afternoon free for several great options: self-guided sentier walk, visit to the Picasso Museum, hilltop artist villages of Eze or St. Paul de Vence, Grasse, etc.
  • Day 6: We begin with the train to Cannes to meander the pedestrian street of Rue Meynadier, then we can shop for picnic supplies at the great covered market of Marche Forville, see the harbor and the Palais des Festivals, and then hop a ferry to Ile St. Honorat to walk the island’s trail. We’ll pass vineyards, pine, and eucalyptus, visit the Monasteries and have a typical picnic lunch. Ferry trip included.
  • Day 7: Last breakfast at the hotel, departure day . If you’re extending your stay, your rail pass will still be valid this day.

Guided or Self-Guided?

Self-guided offers the assistance of our guide throughout the week but you walk independently using our maps and itineraries. Think of it as hosted rather than guided.

GUIDED

  • Six nights at our centrally located 4-star hotel in Nice, minutes to the beach
  • Full hot & cold buffet breakfast daily
  • Welcome dinner
  • One-week unlimited use TER regional train pass along our route
  • Orientation meeting and walk in Nice
  • Visit to Cours Saleya flower market
  • Visit to Antibes’ Marche Provencal
  • Half-day guided walks along the coastline and towns of the Cote d’Azur
  • Ferry trip to the Lerin Islands
  • All maps, train schedules, and daily customized itineraries
  • Your English speaking guide
  • All hotel taxes, fees & service charges

SELF-GUIDED

Walk as much or as little as you like.

 

  • Six nights at our centrally located 4-star hotel in Nice, minutes to the beaches, old town, pedestrian area of shops and restaurants
  • Full hot & cold buffet breakfast daily
  • One-week unlimited use TER regional train pass along our route
  • Orientation meeting and walk in Nice
  • Half-day self-guided walks along the coastline and towns of the Cote d’Azur
  • All maps, train schedules, and daily customized itineraries
  • Daily meetings and services of your host throughout the week
  • All hotel taxes, fees & service charges

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