Sanremo to Nice

Physical rating: Challenging 

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From 18 years old - Group size: 4 - 10+

Accomodation: Standard 

Day 1 : Arrival - Nice airport - transfer to San Remo

Welcome by your France Outdoors guide at Nice airport in the afternoon and transfer to San Remo (approx 1,5 hours). For the night you will stay in a 2 star hotel in San Remo, located in the centre of the town. San Remo is the little Monaco of Italy, famous for its flowers, the labyrinthine architecture of the old town and its excellent Italian restaurants! San Remo is also famous for the annual 298 km cycling race (Milan San Remo).  Welcome meeting to check the bikes and do the last adjustments. Dinner not incl.

Day 2 : San Remo to Menton - Poggio climb - San Romolo

In the morning, you will try your bikes on a short loop through the Poggio climb (150 m climb) that comes at the end of the Milan San Remo race. Then you will take a nice ride through the back country of San Remo with a relatively steep climb to San Romolo and then a pass (920 m) from where you will cycle down to the village of Perinaldo and then down to the Italian Riviera on the west side of Bordighera, and along the coast on secondary road to Menton in France. Distance: 67 km  Ascent: 1300 m  Descent: 1300 m Stay in a 2 star hotel in Menton for the night. Breakfast incl. Picnic lunch and Dinner not incl.

Day 3: Menton - Col de la Madone
Today you will take one of the most famous cols near the Rivera with the Col de la Madone (950 m),  13 km of 7% average, that was Lance Armstrong's  test climb before the tour. On the way to La Madone you can stop for a short visit to Sainte Agnes. Once you reach the col you will descend to La Turbie, and then you cycle the Col d'Eze, famous in the Paris-Nice Race. Then you will cycle down to Eze, one of the most remarkable perched villages of the Rivier, before coming back to Menton  on the upper road. Distance: 57 km  Ascent: 1250 m  Descent: 1250 m. Stay in a 2 star hotel in Menton.  Breakfast incl. Picnic lunch and Dinner not incl.

Day 4: Menton - Vence - Cols du Castillon & Col du Braus
Today is the challenging ride of the week with the climb of Col du Castillon (728 m), Col de Braus (1002 m) and a series of relatively difficult climbs  from L'Escarene to Vence. The landscape you will discover is typical of the inland Alpes Maritimes with limestone cliffs, views of the snowy high mountains of the Mercantour National Park in the background, and the sea in sight at the same time. Distance: 100km  Ascent: 2100 m  Descent: 1800 m. Stay in a 2 star hotel for the night in Vence. Breakfast incl. Picnic lunch and Dinner not incl.

Day 5: Col de Vence
A very gentle and pleasant loop ride today, with the ascent of Col de Vence another famous climb for the Paris Nice Race. In the morning we will head East to the village of Gattieres and then Carros; before starting the climb steady, and not difficult on this side to the Col de Vence. Once at the col we can admire the view and cycle down to Vence. This ride is giving enough time in the afternoon to visit the charming town of Vence. Distance: 58km Ascent: 1520 m Descent: 1250 m. Stay in a 2 star hotel for the night in Vence. Breakfast incl. Picnic lunch and Dinner not incl.

 

Day 6 : Vence - Grasse
Today start with the Col de Vence the hard way! (9.7 km at 6.7% in average max 9%) and continue toward the magnificent perched village of Greolieres, with a road following impressive cliffs. Passing Greolieres then you can enjoy a view point to the Plateau de Calern (Plateau de Caussol). Then the ride continues down to Saint Valliey through a lovely road with few hairpins and panoramic views. The last part finishing in Grasse is nice and easy with some sections of flat road and downhill. Distance: 65 km Ascent: 1750 m Descent: 1800 m. Stay in a 2 star hotel for the night in Grasse. Breakfast incl. Picnic lunch and Dinner not incl.

Day 7: Grasse Loop Ride
For your last day you will take a loop ride from Grasse offering a large variety of landscape through the Caussol plateau and near the perched village of Gourdon. In the morning ride to Saint Cezaire sur Siagne (easy climb) and then a gentle climb to Saint Valliey. From Saint Valliey, climb to the Plateau de Caussol. The ride continues down to Gourdon, famous its magnificent gardens designed by André Le Nôtre. From Gourdon the road continues down to Grasse with some superb views of the sea at a distance and the Loup valley. Distance: 58 km Ascent: 1300 m Descent: 1300 m. Stay in a 2 star hotel for the night in Grasse. Breakfast incl. Picnic lunch and Dinner not incl.

Day 8 - Farewell!
Transfer to Nice airport. Bon Voyage!

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Access Routes to Holiday Destination:

By plane: (please check flight schedule on airline site):

-From Dublin access to Nice Airport
-From London access to Nice

 

 


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