The French Riviera is well known for its glitz and glamour and is a place where high society collects to indulge in art, food and entertainment. Explore some of the places behind this facade that collectively add character and a more relaxed charm to the region. Beginning in Grasse, perfume capital of the world with its Fragonard factory, you follow some amazing paths to hilltops and across plateaus with sweeping views to the coast and beyond. Visit Gourdon, rated the most beautiful village in France, and explore the tunnels of the Gorges du Loup. Be enchanted by Vence with its lovely setting, colourful flowers and markets that have inspired many famous artists, painters and sculptors including Matisse and Dufy. Wonderful food and hospitality compliment a visit to this eternally panoramic part of Provence.
DAY 1 Arrive Grasse DAY 2 Walk to Pont du Loup (5-6hrs) DAY 3 Walk to Gourdon, one of the most beautiful villages in France and return to Pont du Loup via the plateau (5hrs) DAY 4 Explore the Gorges du Loup enroute to Courmes (6.5hrs) DAY 5 Loop walk from Courmes to Courmettes mountain with views to Antibes (6hrs) DAY 6 Walk to Vence via the Saint Barnabe plateau (6hrs) DAY 7 Loop walk from Vence with superb views of the French Riviera coastline, 3 options of varying difficulty (1 to 6.5hrs) DAY 8 Trip concludes
Daily departures from 1 Feb to 30 Jun & 1 Sep to 30 Nov
High season is during May, Jun & Sep and a supplement applies.
*7 breakfasts, 4 dinners *7 nights in 2 star hotels or gîtes on a twin share basis *luggage transfer *information pack including route notes & maps *emergency hotline