The Italian Riviera & Monte Carlo

8 Days from £869 | April, May, June, September

The holiday base is Bordighera, on the coast 18 miles to the east of Monte Carlo. The British have enjoyed strolling in and around Bordighera since the 19th century – so much so it was an enclave where the local Italians were a minority. Today, Bordighera is an extremely pleasant resort whose climate and scenery can be enjoyed in much the same as visitors of yesteryear. It was also a favourite resort of Claude Monet who stayed ten weeks here and painted thirty-five landscapes in Bordighera and the neighbouring hills. There are three guided walks including one from Menton to Monte Carlo.

The Italian Riviera & Monte Carlo

Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 89%
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

  • 7 nights hb on the Italian Riviera
  • Three included walking excursions
  • Visits to Monte Carlo and to the Princedom of Seborga

DAY ONE: Flight to Nice and transfer to your hotel (45-minutes) hotel in Bordighera for seven nights half board accommodation.

DAYS TWO TO SEVEN: In Bordighera with three included walks. On Day 2 there is a late morning walking tour pointing out the highlights of the town.

Walk 1: Bordighera to Sasso & the Princedom of Seborga. For this walk you start at the hotel on the seafront in Bordighera, passing through the old town, before following an old watercourse through a valley of palm trees to the pretty hamlet of Sasso. You then take the old road to the village of Seborga, a historical curiosity: it is claimed that following its omission from a series of treaties, it is not officially part of Italy! 9 miles there and back, with ascent/descent of 500m. If you wish to walk a shorter distance, you can catch the local bus back from Sasso or Seborga to Bordighera.

Walk 2: Taggia to the artists’ village of Bussana Vecchia. Coach transfer to Taggia, which claims to be home to Italy’s longest medieval bridge. You walk through the old town, and then climb through smart villas, olive trees and greenhouses, following the old road and country paths as far as Old Bussana – one of those ‘must-see’ places. What was a completely empty village following the 1887 earthquake has become home to a Bohemian artist community which took root in the 1960’s – not without controversy. 5 miles, 250m ascent.

Walk 3: Monte Carlo or Bust! You travel by coach to Menton, where you walk up to Roquebrune village, before descending towards Monte Carlo. Roquebrune, on Mont Gros, is a favourite place for hang-gliders and has fine views of Monte Carlo. Time permitting, you will have time to explore a little of the Principality before you re-join the coach to return to Bordighera, just 18 miles away. 7 miles, 200m of ascent/ descent.

In your free time, there are several walking opportunities in the town itself. One takes you to the scenes of several of Monet’s paintings. Another is a one-mile walk along the Lungomare Argentina – the colourful flower-filled promenade along the beach and the longest pedestrian promenade on the Riviera. It was inaugurated by Eva Perón whose husband had visited Bordighera in 1947. On Thursday there is a market on the seafront near the hotel. Your hotel is handily situated for the station, with services to Ventimiglia, and to San Remo and beyond. There are also local bus services.

There will also be an optional excursion to the Nervia Valley. You drive through Camporosso, a pretty village, and stop in medieval Dolceaqua, dominated by the Dorias’ Castle. The bridge, over the Nervia river, was painted by Monet in 1884. You will visit the ‘Visionarium’ – it will surprise you, we promise! You continue up the valley to Pigna, a pretty mountain village.

DAY EIGHT: Free time until you depart for the airport. Dependent on traffic conditions and flight timings, there may be time for some last- minute shopping in Nice en route.

If you have friends who are not walkers interested in this itinerary, we also offer it with a touring programme.

The Italian Riviera & Monte Carlo

Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 89%
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

HOTEL PARIGI ****, Bordighera (seven nights)
This comfortable hotel is family-run and stands right on the seafront promenade, just a short stroll from the town centre. Rooms have flat screen tv with satellite channels, air-conditioning, private bath or shower, wc and hairdryer. Although the railway line passes 20 metres behind the hotel, there are very few trains overnight and in any case rooms are double-glazed. The holiday price is based on hill view rooms. Side and full sea view rooms are available at a supplement. Our guests have a free one-hour session in the hotel wellness centre. (www.hotelparigi.com)
Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this hotel* - 84%
*as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details
Walking Holiday - The Italian Riviera & Monte Carlo
Holiday code: 7WBI
Supplements per person:
Single Room: £100
Front Sea View Twin/Double Room: £70
Side Sea View Twin/Double Room: £45
Travel Insurance: £44.95
Supplements on some holidays vary by departure date - the applicable price will be shown when booking.

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Prices shown are based on the shared occupancy of twin/double standard rooms, and are subject to availability. Please refer to ‘Accommodation’ for details of any room supplements (including single rooms) and extended stay costs that apply to this holiday. Further details in our FAQ.

Data as at 22/09/2018 at 0:47:06

Very comfortable hotel, best bed and super shower. Staff helpful and very friendly. A lovely resort to visit. Our Walking guide Marco was excellent and all the walks were good, but I particularly enjoyed the walk to Sasso and up the Valley. Valentina kept everyone informed and is a good representative for Preferred Travel Services. I would recommend this holiday.

Mr S, Scotland

This was an excellent holiday. The accommodation was good and all the hotel staff friendly and helpful. Food excellent. Marco, the walking guide really made the holiday. He is very knowledgeable and was able to answer all questions. Looking forward to more Preferred Travel Services holidays in the future.

Ms W, Perth

Great holiday in nice surroundings with excellent walks and guides.

Mrs D, Bothwell

Staff were very helpful and courteous. Overall holiday was Fabulous.

Anon, no name given on questionnaire

Excellent holiday - our Tour Guide went out of her way to be helpful and informative on this delightful area of northern Italy.

Mrs H, Bristol

I appreciated the local history and knowledge learned from Marco, the Walking guide and Valentino the Tour guide. I am looking forward to coming back. Thanks very much.

Mrs C, Lanarkshire

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