Check in at your hotel in the vicinity of Nice. For those who want to have an airport/railway station pick up please contact us. A welcome drink awaits you and evening dinner will be provided. The tour leader will explain the coming activities and itinerary for this Cycle Côte d'Azur program.
Cagnes-sur-Mer to Col du Vence
Cycle the Côte d’Azur on your first day in “La Douce France”. You will start from the historic village of Vence. This twelve century perched village has the perfect starting point for a fantastic ride in the backyards of the Mediterranean Sea. The circuit of today is a roughly 90 km (56 miles) with the climb of Col de Vence at the end. The climb is relatively steep but not especially hard. The day starts with a short climb then a decent to Gorges du Loup from here you head to the typical perched village of Coursegoules. Virtually it’s a 40 km downhill ride back to Vence before you tackle Col du Vence. In the evening a delicious French haute cuisine. Evening at leisure.
Cagnes-sur-Mer to Col du Madone
Get up bright and shiny and prepare yourself for a long and remarkable day. At your hotel you directly jump on our bikes for a cycling tour on the famous Promenade des Anglais in Nice. The cycle path on the banks of the Mediterranean Sea is a perfect place to discover Nice and its surroundings; this is cycling the Côte d'Azur on his best. After Nice you continue your way along the beautiful coastline of the French Riviera. You cross villages like Villefranche-Sur-Mer and Beaulieu-sur-Mer before reaching the Principality of Monaco. Relax and watch the enormous yachts in Monaco’s main port before heading to Menton. From this popular village you take the route up to Lance Armstongs Col de Madone! From here you continue back to your hotel. Evening at leisure.
Cannes & Wine Tasting
Today you will have a non-cycling day. After breakfast you will leave to Cannes. Once a little hilltop fishing village, Cannes has evolved into a sophisticate, flashy and high class destination .Cannes is one of the most popular places to visit in France and worldwide known for its annual Cannes Film Festival which takes place every year in May. After all, it’s not every day you get the chance to tread the red carpet! In the afternoon you will leave to Chateau des Demoiselles in La Motte : located in a magnificent setting in the Var region. The vineyard is dominated by the chapel of St Michel and known for its “Le Charme des Demoiselles” wine that once belonged to the famous Grimaldi family. After the visit of Chateau des Demoiselles you return to your hotel. Late afternoon and evening at leisure.
La Napoule to Saint-Raphaël to La Napoule Loop ride
Today you will ride a top class France Cycle Tour, after breakfast you go to La Napoule. This tiny village is situated on the footsteps of Massif de L’ésterel and the Corniche d`Or (gold coast). You get on our bikes and peddle all the way up through the Massif de l`Esterel to the beautiful resort town Saint-Raphaël where Napoleon landed in 1799. From this touristy town you navigate your way back on the N98 with the Mediterranean Sea constantly on your right hand side. You will pass coastal villages like Boulouris and Agay before you reach the pretty resort of Théoule-Sur-Mer (one of our favourite spots). From there we descend gently back to La Napoule. A beautiful day…. breath-taking views stunning landscapes and hopefully full of sunshine. Discover Nice during the evening you will go to the old medieval town of Nice and explore this beautiful ancient city. Grab a beer on the famous boulevard Promenade des Anglais. Evening at leisure.
Gorges du Verdon Loop ride 95 km
Cycle The Alps, your alarm clock rings early! Today you will leave for Trigance. This tiny medieval village is the perfect starting point for visiting the Canyons of du Verdon and lies right in the middle of the beautiful Gorges du Verdon region. The Gorge du Verdon is one of the biggest and most beautiful Gorges in Europe and therefore a very popular tourist attraction. Today’s Cycle Tour is Cycling France on his best. You will see stunning views and gigantic cliffs of limestone rock cut by the unbelievable turquoise green river Verdon. It will be a day you never forget. There is an excellent road circuit with many hairpins and narrow steep mountain roads. First you take the route up to Moustiers-Sainte-Marie passing plenty of viewpoints and particularly Balcony de la Mescla (look down some 250 meters to the base of the Gorge). From Moustiers-Sainte-Marie you will continue our way along the Route des Crêtes on the north side where you will see some points overlooking an 800m drop down of the Gorges du Verdon, before you’ll reach our former starting point Trigance. The entire circuit loop will be approximately 95 km (59 miles). After this spectacular day you deserve a good glass of wine and a good chat with your new cycle friends! Dinner included.
Departure day…..Time to say goodbye, a good flight back home or else a pleasant stay in France.