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The perched villages of The Roya 2018


From the area known locally as ‘Wonderland' to the Mediterranean this path takes you on a journey of discovery. The discovery is of mountain villages which are fascinating in their variety, their culture and the richness of their history. Passing from mountain scenery to the relative gentleness of the Mediterranean shores, through an area whose Italian roots have been modified by more recent French influences, you will find that this holiday is all that you ever hoped for from a walking holiday spent in the pursuit of culture


What we offer
 [The Perched villages of the Roya 2018] -
The Perched villages of the Roya 2018 cross-hiking Self-guided
Cost per person
Single bedroom
Single participant
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Single bedroom: Supplement for single bedroom - Single participant: Supplement for Single Participant -
ProgrammeDAY 1 : Arrive at Saint-Dalmas-de-Tende, at the hotel.

DAY 2 : St-Dalmas-de-Tende – St-Dalmas-de-Tende. During this walk you will see two superb medieval villages packed with history, which will charm you just as much as the walk itself. Evening meal and a night's stay at the Saint-Dalmas-de-Tende hotel. + 860 m / - 860 m 5h30 walking time

DAY 3 : St-Dalmas-de-Tende – Fontan. During this walk you will encounter a series of isolated villages which, nevertheless, are inhabited. They are built of drystone walls and roofed with the local slate. Your evening meal and night's stay are at the hotel at Fontan, a building whose architectural style is unique in this region. + 600 m / - 700 m 5h30 walking time

DAY 4 : Fontan – Breil-sur-Roya by the old salt road. Saorge, an impressive village stuck on a steep hillside can only excite your enthusiasm. The same is true of Breil-sur-Roya where you will be able to see for yourself one of its famous organs, made by the Italian mastedr craftsmen whose work originally gave this valley, the ‘Vallée des Orgues‘ (Valley of Organs) its name. Evening meal and night‘s stay at Breil-sur-Roya. + 600 m / - 740 m 5h30 walking time

DAY 5 : Breil-sur-Roya – Sospel passing through Piène-Haute. A strikingly beautiful footpath takes you to a very well-maintained ‘perched village'. Here you can see a chapel in the midst of the olive groves and a gorge which is partly in France and partly in Italy. Evening meal and night‘s stay at Sospel, in an hotel.+ 400 m / - 500 m5h30 walking time

DAY 6 : Sospel – Sainte-Agnès. The remains of a fortified castle, the cathedral and many other buildings testify to the importance of this old village down the centuries. After Sospel your walk continues to Sainte-Agnès, a village from which you can already get a view of the sea. Evening meal and night‘s stay at Sainte-Agnès, in the hotel.+ 510 m / - 250 m 5h00 walking time

DAY 7 : Sainte-Agnès – Menton. You arrive in the old quarter of Menton after pasing the famous Bay of Garavan, through scenery you will never forget. Your walking holiday ends at Menton before dîner. + 150 m / - 900 m 5h30 walking

Description sheet Document PDFWalks in France The Perched Villages of the Roya 2018.pdf

Duration7 days / 6 nights / 6 days' walking

CommentsNo arrival on Wednesdays.

CommentsHotel** (2 nights) an in unclassified hotels (4 nights), in double bedrooms.

Meals: Half board (drinks not included) from dinner of Day 1 until breakfast on Day

Getting therePlane: International airport at Nice Côte d'Azur. A shuttle will take you to the train station (gare SNCF).
Train: Train to Nice then take a connection (TER) to Saint-Dalmas-de-Tende.
By car from Nice: The quickest way is by the motorway to Vintimille, Italy, then you take the RD6204, Vallée de la Roya (Roya Valley), signposted Col de Tende.
By car from Italy: Gap, Col de Larche, heading towards Cuneo, Col de Tende, Tende, Saint-Dalmas-de-Tende.

GradientThe walking route requires you to have a good level of physical fitness. You need to be capable of walking on all types of terrain, and to be able to walk uphill for around 600 to 900 metres (approximately 2000 to 3000 feet) each day.

Level of difficultyNiveau 2

The price includes: - Hotel accommodation in a double bedroom, half board, for 6 nights.
- The carrying of your baggage as set out in the holiday specification.
- A guidebook and 2 maps to ensure that you can follow the planned walks (one information pack for two people)
- The city tax (‘taxes de séjour‘).

The price DOES NOT includes : - Transport to Saint-Dalmas-de-Tende and return travel from Menton.
- Picnics or packed lunches.
- Drinks, personal expenses and the cost of visits not included in your program.
- The extra fees for a single bedroom (this is possible, if single rooms are available, at a cost of 160 €).
- Additional information pack (30 €).
- The optional cancellation and repatriation insurance.
- Booking fees (15 € per person)
- The extra charge for postage outside France (15 €)
- High season supplement

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