7 Days Hike in the Haute-Roya Valley: from Tende to Menton (France)

Chapel in La Brigue

Tende

Sospel

7 Days Trek in The Haute-Roya Valley: from Tende to Menton (France)

Guided tour – Nothing to carry
France
Season: Jun-Oct
Level: Easy to medium
Cost: from S$ 1380

It is a forgotten road that must be crossed at the end of winter, when the lemon trees and the orange trees that border it are laden with fruit. We descend from the mountain to the sea, weaving in a balcony from one valley to another, passing villages perched between pine forests and olive groves. For many centuries, it was the most important of the salt routes, a source of both lasting and exceptional prosperity. Our path passes by one of the most beautiful perched villages of the Côte d’Azur and the hinterland of Nice; through the painted chapels and the retables of the churches, that of an enthralling school of regional painting, the Primitives Nice, dominated by Louis Bréa. It will also finally be that of a religious architecture marked by the triumph of Baroque.

Day 01: La Brig (Hotel, D) Day 02: La Brig : Tende, Our Ladies of the Fountains (Walk ~ 5.5hr, Hotel, BLD) Day 03: La Brig – Fontan (Walk ~ 6hr, Hotel, BLD) Day 04: Fontan – Saorge – Breil-sur-Roya (Walk ~ 5hr, Hotel, BLD) Day 05: Breil-sur-Roya – High Pole – Sospel (Walk ~ 5-6hr, Hotel or Hostel, BLD) Day 06: Sospel – Saint Agnes (Walk ~ 4-5hr, Hotel, BLD) Day 07: Saint Agnes – Menton by Castellar (Walk ~ 4.5hr, BL)
7 days, 6 nights Trekking in The Haute-Roya Valley: from Tende to MentonDay 1 La Brig (Hotel, D) Welcome by your guide at La Brigue train station at the end of the afternoon when the train arrives from Nice. Dinner and overnight in a hotel in La Brigue.Day 2 La Brig : Tende, Our Ladies of the Fountains (Walk ~ 5.5hr | + 450m, -450m | Hotel, BLD) Short transfer by train from La Brig to Tende (10 min). Hiking from Tende to La Brigue, by a beautiful route in balcony and the Boselia pass (1111 m of altitude). Then descent from La Brigue to Notre Dame des Fontaines by a new path. In Tende, discover the church of Tende (baroque altarpieces and Italian organ) and stroll through the medieval streets of the village. Visit the chapel of Notre Dame des Fontaines: the largest collection of murals in the Alps (1492). Return back to La Brig for dinner and overnight at the same accommodation as the day before.Day 3 La Brig – Fontan (Walk ~ 6hr | + 400m, -700m | Hotel, BLD) Very nice stage of La Brigue in St-Dalmas-de-Tende along beautiful paths in balconies above the gorges of Roya. Then from St-Dalmas to Fontan by the hamlets of altitude of Granile and Berghe. We discover during the day the church of La Brigue (altarpieces of the Primitives, including a Brea), the traditional architecture of Granile, one of the most beautiful mountain hamlets of Roya, and the Baroque church of Fontan . Dinner and overnight in a hotel in Fontan.Day 4 Fontan – Saorge – Breil-sur-Roya (Walk ~ 5hr | + 400m, -600m< | Hotel, BLD) Transfer by bus to reach Saorge. Discover the alleys of Saorge, the most beautiful hilltop village in the region. Hike from Saorge to Breil-sur-Roya by the vallée de la Roya trail: a splendid course and quite short, but with some atypical passages. Discover the Baroque Franciscan convent (17th and 18th century) and the chapel of Notre Dame del Poggio (11th century Romanesque chevet). In Breil-sur-Roya, you will discover one of the most beautiful Baroque churches of Nice’s hinterland and it’s 18th century organs. Dinner and overnight in a hotel in Breil-sur-Roya.Day 5 Breil-sur-Roya – High Pole – Sospel (Walk ~ 5-6hr | + 450m, -450m | Hotel or hostel, BLD) From Breil-sur-Roya to Sospel, we walk via the perched village of Piène Haute, which we will visit, including its church (Baroque dance baroque eighteenth century). Our route is along beautiful paths in balconies bordered by olive groves, above the Roya and Bévéra. On our arrival at Sopsel, we discover with wonder its toll bridge of the 17th century. Dinner and overnight in hotel or hostel in SospelDay 6 Sospel – Saint Agnes (Walk ~ 4.5h | + 550m, -500m | Hotel, BLD) Short transfer in the morning by regular bus, then walk from the pass of Castillon to the village of Sainte Agnès, by the summit of Mont Ours (1239 m). Visit the morning cathedral of Sospel (Baroque decoration and altarpieces of Primitives Nice). Observe the military works of the end of the 19th century (line Serrée de Rivières) and the years 1936-40 (Maginot line of the Alps) and the village of Saint Agnès perched above the sea, and its immense underground fort of the line Maginot. Night in a hotel in Sainte Agnès, the highest hilltop village on the Côte d’Azur.Day 7 Saint Agnes – Menton by Castellar (Walk ~ 4.5h | + 200m, -850m | BL) Free wheel or almost to the sea! Beautiful course through the pine forests on the path of “Balconies of the Cote d’Azur” to the hilltop village of Castellar and the chapel of Saint Sebastian. Then descent by the Baouset on the old Menton, its port and the Saint Michel baroque church. End of the trip to Menton around 1600hr.

7 Days The Haute-Roya Valley: from Tende to Menton (France)
Tour Code: EUR-FRHRV-07
LAND Price per person in SGD 

Min 10 pax

DateCost
Jun – Sep

1420

Oct

1380

Options, extras and discounts

  • Single supplement: + S$ 350
  • Extra night in Nice in Hotel 2 *: from S$ 90/ person in B & B in room of 2, and S$ 135 in single room.
  • Extra night in Nice in Hotel 3 *: from S$ 130/ person in B & B in room of 2, and S$ 250 in single room.
  • Extra night in Menton in 2 * hotel in B & B: S$ 100  / person in double room, S$ 135 in single room.
  • Extra night in Menton in 3 * hotel in B & B: S$ 120 / person in double room, S$ 210 in single room.

Price is subjected to changes without prior notice

LAND Price includes

  • Accommodation 6 nights as per program
  • Full board food from dinner on Day 1 to lunch on Day 7 (with lunch picnics)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Planned transfer as per program
  • A local guide
  • Tourist taxes
  • 15% discount for gears at X-Boundaries

Price excludes

  • All airfare & taxes
  • All other transfers not mentioned
  • Sites visit and entrance fees
  • Personal gears
  • Expenses of a personal nature like laundry, phone calls, alcohol, beverages, cigarettes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
  • Visa and Visa application fees
  • All those not mentioned in “the price includes”
More information
LEVEL Easy to Average walker, who can walk 4-6h per day and +200m to +550m of ascent by day.CARRIAGE You only carry a back pack for the day with the necessary for your hike and the packed lunch. Your luggage will be transported by vehicle.LENGTH 7 days, 6 nights,  6 days walking.ACCOMMODATION  In hotels 2 * or equivalent or in guest rooms, in a room of 2-3. With showers and toilets in the rooms or sometimes upstairs.FOOD Full board. Evening meal and hot breakfasts. Dinner at the accommodation or in town. Picnic lunch.GUIDE French mountain guide, State graduate.BOOKING 6 – 14 participantsSTART / END Start: Day 1, at 1700h, at the train station La Brigue End: Day 7, around 1600h at the train station in MentonDATES At mentioned dates or at your convenience, from June to Mid October. When you book the tour please give us one or two other departure dates in case your 1st choice is not possible.
Getting There
By train: From Nice: TGV Paris Gare de Lyon 07h19 – Nice City 13h01. Then TER for La Brig, by the “line of Wonders” Nice-Breil / Roya-Cuneo: Nice City 15:00 – Brig 16:55.