Hiking the French Riviera 

The Côte d’Azur made a name for itself in the 18th century with the British elite who, convinced by the health benefits of a milder climate, would travel to the south of France during winter. The proximity to Italy, with its cultural upper-class image, played a part in attracting the European aristocracy to the south-eastern coastal towns. During the 19th century, royalty and famous writers and actors would descend upon the Côte d’Azur, enhancing the image of the wealthy and glamourous place to be. This side of the French Riviera still very much exists today with the casinos, sports cars, horse racing and villas. But hiking the French Riviera with Intura merely grazes the materialistic, choosing instead to lead you into the backcountry, where authenticity, simplicity, and tranquility reign.

Why do we like the Côte d’Azur?

There are many answers to this question! But we’ll give you the 3 main ones. Firstly, there is so much more to the Côte d’Azur than the glitz and glamour of the coastal towns and villages. Hiking the French Riviera with Intura is heading inland, into the rural backcountry, with beautiful hiking trails, remote hamlets and authentic villages. Secondly, we love the Côte d’Azur because of the cultural mix of French and Italian in the architecture, the food and the way of life. On our French Riviera walking tours, you can easily hop over the border and spend the afternoon in Italy! Why explore only one country when you can two! And finally, the proximity to Nice international airport is a real bonus. Hikers from all over the world can come and enjoy the walks and explore this beautiful region of France.

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    • Self-guided
    • Walking
    • Easy
      • 6 days
      • From March to November
  •   Accommodation choice :
      • Simple /
      • Comfort /
      • Charming /
      • Superior

Highlights of the trip

  • The wilderness of the islands of Porquerolles and Port Cros
  • The hidden gem of the Mediterranean gardens of Le Rayol
  • Plenty of swimming opportunities every day !
  • Majestic coastline paths and hidden inlets






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    • Self-guided
    • Walking
    • Moderate
      • 6 days
      • From March to June
      • From September to November
  •   Accommodation choice :
      • Simple /
      • Charming

Highlights of the trip

  • Discover the hidden gems in the backcountry of the French Riviera
  • Grasse, the perfume capital & Saint Paul de Vence, a source of inspiration for painters and writers
  • The beautiful perched villages of Gourdon, Saint Paul de Vence, Tourettes sur loup
  • Charming Provencal landscapes and panoramic hikes


    Go Private or go guided ! Customize your holidays with a local specialist here 

    • Self-guided
    • Walking
    • Moderate
      • 6 days
      • From March to November
  •   Accommodation choice :
      • Simple /
      • Comfort /
      • Charming

Highlights of the trip

  • Genuine mountain villages surrounded by the Alps mountains
  • The cultural mix of Italian and French influences
  • The lovely perched village of Sainte Agnes
  • 4 dinners & 3 picnics included
  • Ancient paths through forests and follow majestic olive groves
  • The coloured italian-style town of Menton on the Med Sea
  • Option walk : The lovely town of Eze and the charming Saint Jean Cap ferrat cape

  • Please note :  the hotels in the backcountry are quite rustic and simple, but you will appreciate the charm and authenticity. Once you get to Menton, you can choose your level of quality and comfort



    Go Private or go guided ! Customize your holidays with a local specialist here 

    • Self-guided
    • Walking
    • Challenging
      • 6 days
      • From June to October
  •   Accommodation choice :
      • Simple /
      • Charming

Highlight of the tour 

  • The lakes, mountains and rock carvings of the "Vallée des Merveilles"
  • A true Alpine experience 
  • The cosy "Chamois d'Or" hotel: an unforgettable experience
  • 3 dinners & 3 picnics included
  • Authentic villages nestled in deep, wooded valleys surrounded by high mountains
  • The Mercantour National park and its wild fauna and flora
  • Walks on centuries old paths in some outstandingly beautiful valleys 



    Go Private or go guided ! Customize your holidays with a local specialist here 

    • Self-guided
    • Walking
    • Moderate
      • 7 days
      • From March to November
  •   Accommodation choice :
      • Simple /
      • Comfort /
      • Comfort

Highlights of your walk in the French Riviera

  • Authentic villages nestled in deep wooded valleys, surrounded by high mountains
  • The cultural mesh of Italian and French influences
  • The lost village of La Brigue, on the Italian border
  • 4 dinners & 1 picnic included
  • The magnificent perched village of Sainte Agnès
  • The coloured italian-style town of Menton on the Mediterranean Sea

  • Please note :  the hotels in the backcountry are quite rustic and simple, but you will appreciate the charm and authenticity. Once you get to Menton, you can choose your level of quality and comfort


    Go Private or go guided ! Customize your holidays with a local specialist here 

Why travel with us ?

Here are 4 very good reasons read more... for booking walking or cycling holidays in France with Intura :

  • 1. Our very own tours

    We create and operate all of our waking and cycling holidays. Our itineraries are tried and tested by our team of track finders, who walk the paths and cycle the routes to ensure that you see only the very best. Because we create the tours, we can also tweak them and create a tailor-made holiday, just for you. Choose the duration of nights, the level of walking or cycling that you feel comfortable with, the level of accomdation that you would like and let us know if there are any extras such as wine tasting or a cooking class or a restaurant or two that you wish to include, and we will get back to you with a personalised offer and/or recommendations for any ‘must sees’ and local markets not to be missed !

  • 2. Handpicked local suppliers

    We choose our partners based on our core values and it is important to us that we work local. We strive to offer small family-run guest houses on our walking and cycling holidays in France and avoid the chains. We understand the importance of a decent cup of coffee in the morning and the pleasure at finding home-made jams on the breakfast buffet. The accommodation on our trips is all part of the local experience!

  • 3. High end bikes on your cycling holiday

    France is home to the ‘Tour de France’ and thus reigns a strong bike culture with superb trails and paths to explore safely. We offer good quality bikes and have been working with our bike supplier for almost 2 decades now. The fleet is renewed regularly and the bikes are expertly maintained. You can choose to hire a hybrid bike, an electric bike or a road bike. The bikes are delivered to your first accommodation and picked up from your final destination. We include a brief for Ebikes, an explanation on how they work. Enjoy a bike tour through Provence, from 3 to 8 days, taking it easy or setting yourself more of a challenge, either way, you will fall in love with France’s rich and diverse landscape and culture.

  • 4. Reassurance

    Although our walking and cycling holidays in France are self-guided, we do all the groundwork to provide you with excellent, detailed written route notes and up to date GPS files. We book all transfers in advance so you don’t have to and we provide you with a 24/7 emergency telephone number. We are here to answer any questions, put an end to any doubt and assist you in any way we can whilst you are out on the trails.