Southern Alpes-Côte d'Azur

From Nice to Grenoble

31st July - 9th August

10 days / 9 nights

Level: Intermediate

Distance: 900km

Price: $550/day (twin-share)

The conclusion of our earlier tour and the commencement of this tour enables all guests from both trips to embark on a terrific ride along the French Riviera coastline. Starting in the elegant city of Nice, we take a serene ride to Monaco, famously known as the playground of the rich and famous, despite being the world's second-smallest nation. After stopping for lunch at an iconic lookout that boasts Monaco's coastal scenery, we take a look at the world-famous Place du Casino that made Monte-Carlo an international destination for the extravagant display and reckless dispersal of wealth. 

On day three, we will depart the Mediterranean Coast from Nice and navigate north up into the Provence Alpes. Cyclists less frequently visit this region, towns of few and far between the mountains are big. After riding the Red Canyon and summiting the most beautiful climb in Europe (Col de la Cayolle), we spend two nights in Barcelonette, with an optional trophy ride up to the highest road pass in Europe, Cime de la Bonette (2860m). Yes, it beats everything. 

We follow the historic route Napoléon took in 1815 on his return from Elba, a Mediterranean island in Tuscany, Italy, called Route Napoléon. We venture through the Hautes-Alpes of France and Italy that put Cadel Evans on an international stage, such as Col du Lautaret and Col du Galibier. These are enormous peaks and big days out on the bike, with spectacular views in every direction. 

After Galibier, we have one of the longest descents to Le Bourg-d'Oisans for a few days to conquer Alpe d’Huez and Les Deux Alpes. After our mountainous experience, we venture down to Grenoble to prepare for the second half of our Grand Alpes tours.

 

Select any date below the overall tour map below to view each days route individually. 

Highlights

  • Monaco

  • Cime de la Bonette

  • Col de Cayolle

  • Col de Vars

  • Col d’Izoard

  • Col du Lautaret

  • Alpe d’Huez

  • Les Deux Alpes

  • Route Napoléon

  • Famous routes of the Tour de France

Arrival Details

31st July 2022

Fly into Nice (NCE)

Departure Details

9th August 2022

If not continuing: TGV to Lyon, to Paris Airport (CDG)

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