Walk along the Balcons d’Azur

  • Starting location: Menton
  • Ending location: Nice
Activity level
Meal options

Half-boardBed and breakfast

Terrain types

Unsurfaced roadsOff-roadHilly


Private roomTwo-star accommodationThree-star accommodation

Descend from the mountains to the Riviera on this self-guided walk from Menton to Nice. Mountains, perched villages and blue sea are stretched out at your feet.

The anticipation grows as you walk, the contrasting scenery changing from rugged peaks to wooded hills and finally the magical Riviera - you stand on very own Balcony of the Cote d’Azur!

What's included:

  • 6 nights hotel accommodation sharing a twin/double room
  • All breakfasts, dinners on days 2 & 3
  • Transportation of luggage from hotel to hotel
  • A map (scale 1:25,000) and English FootNotes© for the itinerary

What's excluded:

  • Flights
  • Transport to/from start and end points
  • Lunches
  • Dinner on days 1, 4, 5 & 6
  • Services of local guide

Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Menton

This famous seaside resort is not far from the Italian Border. Spend time discovering its beautiful old town and its lovely gardens. Overnight stay in your hotel.

Day 2 - Menton to Sainte-Agnès

  • 5 hours
  • 400m

High mountains rise up just behind Menton. You’ll walk through picturesque villages such as Castellar and Sainte-Agnès. Beautiful scenery with the sea below. Tonight and tomorrow night we dine and overnight in Ste- Agnes in a small 2* inn looking out on to the bay of Menton.

Day 3 - Ste-Agnès to Ste-Agnès:

  • 5 hours
  • 1266m

Today your walk takes us to the top of Mont Baudon (1,266m). This summit will give you an extraordinary 360° view of the mountains and the sea. Dinner and overnight stay in our Ste-Agnès inn.

Day 4 - Ste-Agnès to Menton

  • 5 hours
  • 1000m

Your walk today is a combination of Mediterranean scents, alpine flora, scrub land and pine forests. Your first stop of the day will be in Gorbio, a lovely little medieval village, really isolated from the tourist crowds of the nearby coast. It is perched on a hilltop forested with olive groves, and surrounded by towering rocky mountains.

The village is arranged in a long oval of medieval narrow streets and many vaulted passages. After a refreshing ‘pit-stop’ you continue along the Balcon d’Azur to Roquebrune-cap-Martin. This is a very different medieval perched, located between Monaco and Menton, east of Nice.

The old village is dominated by the 10th century chateau-fort that seems to grow massively from the rocks. There are lovely little squares and fountains, wrought-iron balconies and other charming discoveries. Overnight stay in your hotel in Menton.

Day 5 - Menton to Beaulieu-sur-Mer

  • 5 hours
  • 600m

Incredible views, nature and the skyscrapers of Monte Carlo is what awaits you on today. You’ll enjoy visiting the Principality and discovering La Turbie, a medieval village on the busy road junction of the Moyenne Corniche on the way to Monaco.

Don’t be too much of a hurry, or you’ll miss a picturesque Medieval village and, for those of you interested in European and Roman history, the famous Trophée des Alpes or Trophy of Augustus, originally a 50m high monument to the power of Rome and the glory of Augustus.

Now only 35m high and half in ruin, it’s still an imposing monument, over 2000 years after it was built. Overnight stay in a 2* hotel in the seaside town of Beaulieu-sur-Mer.

Day 6 - Beaulieu-sur-Mer to Nice

  • 5 hours
  • 350m

A marked path will guide you along the wild coastline of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Walk along the beach through Villefranche-sur-Mer and reach Nice via the foothills. Fantastic views in natural unspoilt surroundings. Your hotel is in the town centre making it easy for you to explore the town the following day.

Day 7 - Nice

The tour ends today after breakfast. We suggest that you take your time to visit Nice – the old town, the flower market and the Promenade des Anglais are just a few things to see in this ever popular city.

Important information

Best walking months are: April to June and September to October.

Dates and prices

Guided tour available dates

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Arrival date
1 October to 15 October
16 October to 30 October
1 December to 12 December

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Term explanations

Activity levels

All of our holidays have an activity level rating. They are rated on a scale of 1 - 5 and give you a good idea of the level of activity and fitness which the holiday requires.

Activity level 1: Leisurely

A holiday for those that are in good health, enjoy the outdoors and want a relaxing trip with some light exercise on their adventure.

Activity level 2: Moderate

This is a holiday for the fit and healthy, who love to get up and are prepared to do a good day's worth of exercise every day of the holiday.

Activity level 3: Tough

Only for the most experienced of holiday-makers, you have to have a wild spirit of adventure and impeccable health and fitness!

Meal options

Depending on the holiday, there will be different meal options that come standard in the price. They may change from day to day, depending on the holiday's itinerary and where you end up staying. The meal plans will be clearly marked in your itinerary.

There may also be the opportunity to upgrade your meal plans when filling in our booking form.

Bed and breakfast

After a good night's rest, there will be a free breakfast available for you to indulge in.


You will be given two free meals included with your accommodation, depending on the itinerary it could be any combination of breakfast, lunch and dinner. Which combination will be clearly marked out in your itinerary.


You will be given three free meals included with your accommodation: breakfast, lunch and dinner.


All meals, food and beverages are free and included with your accommodation.


No meals are included in your accommodation but there will be some sort of kitchen, cooking utensils and cooking apparatus available to use.


No meals are included in your accommodation and there is no cooking apparatus available. You will be expected to eat out or prepare/buy meals beforehand.

Terrain types

As we provide holidays all across the world, there are many terrain types which you will encounter. As the terrain is likely to change on a day to day basis depending on your itinerary, we aim to list the most prevalent types you will find on your holiday.


Terrain with no noticable incline.


The terrain includes multiple inclines going up and down.


Terrain with a steeper incline than hilly and is more likely to be combined with unsurfaced roads and off-road activities.


Tarmacked roads which are easy to cycle and drive down.

Unsurfaced roads

Roads which have a gravel or dirt surface.


Commonly this will involve hiking trails and other hard-to-reach places by car.


Depending on your holiday, you may be staying in one type of accommodation or you may stay in many as you travel. For each holiday we list the standard accommodation included in the holiday.

There may be opportunities to upgrade or change your accommodation, please let us know of any special requests when filling out the booking form.

Private room

Usually rooms with a double bed or twin singles for just you and/or your companion.

Shared rooms

Rooms which you will be sharing with other adventurers and new-found friends. Often these rooms will have bunk beds and sleep up to six people.

Single cabin

The same as a private room but on-board one of our cruise ships or barges.

Shared cabin

The same as a shared room but on-board one of our cruise ships.

Huts / Gîtes

These are homely places, similar to staying in a holiday cottage. They have self-catering facilities and sleeping arrangements can range from private rooms with en-suite bathrooms to shared rooms with other adventurers.

Star-rated accommodation

On many of our holidays there are places you will stay which are three- and four-star rated accommodation.

Financial Protection

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