Walking and Cycling tours in France French Riviera - Self-guided walking tour around Gardens and Villas of the Côte d'Azur

French Riviera - Self-guided walking tour around Gardens and Villas of the Côte d'Azur

Nice, Antibes, Cannes, Monaco, or Menton: emblematic places that evoke the Riviera. The sea and the sun of Provence plus sumptuous gardens of the Mediterranean and splendid Belle Epoque villas.

A beautiful destination in low or mid season with an amazing sunlight all year long !

Day 1

ARRIVAL IN NICE 2 OR 3 STAR HOTEL ACCORDING TO YOUR CHOICE ONLY ONE HOTEL FOR ALL YOUR HOLIDAY

Day 2

CAP FERRAT AND VILLEFRANCHE SUR MER HARBOUR Workable program everyday Transfer by bus to Beaulieu sur Mer (25 minutes). HIKE: Tour of Cap Ferrat on the coastal path. Approximately 3-4 hours VISIT: - Kerylos villa in Beaulieu sur Mer. This 1908 villa is an imitation of the villas of Ancient Greece. - Rothschild’s villa Ephrussi. A 1912 villa inspired by Italian classicism with themed gardens. Return to Nice by bus (25 minutes).

Day 3

EZE – LA TURBIE - MONACO Workable program everyday Transfer to the village of Eze by tram and bus (30-minute journey) VISIT: the exotic gardens of Eze Perched 429 metres above sea level, the exotic gardens of Eze form a beautiful backdrop for Jean-Philippe Richard’s sculptures. The works and exotic plants blend harmoniously framed by the commanding views of the Mediterranean. Transfer by bus (7-minute journey) to the Revère plateau (696 metres above sea level): one of the most beautiful viewpoints on the Riviera. HIKE: from the plateau to the village of La Turbie (150 metres ascent/descent, 2-hour hike) HIKE: walk down to Monaco via the Tête de Chien (500-metre descent, 2-hour hike) VISIT: the exotic gardens of Monaco. This garden extraordinaire is home to several thousand plant species known as succulents. Opened in 1933, the garden is perched daringly on the rocks above the principality. It is the kingdom of exuberance, extravagance and surrealism. Return to Nice by train (20-minute journey)

Day 4

CAP D’ANTIBES Program recommended on Wednesdays Transfer to Antibes by train (25-minute journey) then bus to Cap d’Antibes (7-minutes journey) HIKE: Tour of Cap d’Antibes via the Garoupe lighthouse, the gardens of Thuret, Villa Eilenroc and Cap Gros. (ascent/descent 80 metres, 3-hour hike) VISIT: • Thuret gardens In 1857, Gustave Thuret visited Cap d’Antibes for the first time. He bought five hectares of land, built a villa and set about creating a fabulous park. The Jardin Thuret is a botanical garden and arboretum managed by INRA, the French institute of argronomic research. • Villa Eilenroc In 1860, a rich Dutchman, Hugh-Hope Loudon purchased the cape to build a luxury residence on it. The residence was named Eilenroc, an anagram of Cornélie, the name of Mr Loudon’s wife. The gardens were planted six years later in 1873. Return to Antibes by bus, then train to Nice.

Day 5

LE BALCON DE L’ESTEREL Workable program everyday Transfer by train to Théoule sur Mer (45-minute journey) HIKE: Climb to Col de Théoule then along the ridge via Notre Dame d’Afrique. Descent via the Pointe de l’Aiguille. (200-metre ascent, 220-metre descent, 3-hour hike). Lunch in Théoule sur Mer Transfer by bus from Théoule to Napoule (7-minute journey) VISIT: The chateau of Napoule and its gardens. Henry Clews, an American billionaire, painter and sculptor, purchased the château in 1917. He and his wife Marie renovated the building using the original remains, namely two towers, and turned the residence and its gardens into a place of dreams. Henry drew up the plans for the new château and his wife designed the gardens. She was so talented that the gardens are still admired by visitors today and are classed as “remarkable”. Return to Nice by train (40-minute journey)

Day 6

MENTON Programme recommended on Fridays Transfer by train to Menton (35-minute journey), then bus to the hill-top village of Castellar (30 minutes). HIKE: From Castellar to Garavan via St Paul (120-metre ascent, 460-metre descent, 3-hour hike : a dip in the bay of Garavan and an outstanding view. Lunch in Garavan or Menton. Visit: Villa Serena. Built in 1886 for Ferdinand de Lesseps and his family, this Belle Epoque construction and its pinnacle-belvedere overlooks the sea against its backdrop of its greenery. Built on the edge of the town, in a neighbourhood known as “little Africa”, the garden has a vast collection of palm trees, cycads and exotic plants. Return from Garavan to Nice by train (40-minute journey)

Day 7

End of the trip after breakfast. Transfer by bus to the airport.

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Self guided WALKING
Level
FRENCH RIVIERA
Duration :
7 Days
From :
380 €

Included : (see details in Dates and Prices section)

6 nights in 2 or 3  star hotel 

Breakfasts and dinners in restaurants

All bus and taxi transfers

An English road book and a map.

English speaking assistance

 

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Starts in : Nice

Ends in : Nice

Access : Nice train station.TGV/ Airport

 

Information : click on "ask for more information"

cecile@icietlanature.com

Phone Cecile : +33 5 58 48 71 65

 

Customize your tour : add or remove one night or more, combine with another trip

 

See also :

 Electric biking on the French Riviera

Highlights

.A great place to visit at any time of year

.Depart from Nice and explore the French Riviera

.Easy walks and cultural visits