Dates: 18-Jun-2019  - 27-Jun-2019

Group size: 8

Rider type: Intermediate to Advanced

Price: $5950 per person twin share ($AUD)

Deposit: $750 per person twin share ($AUD)

Single Supplement$900 ($AUD)

Alpine Odyssey - France & Italy
Alpine Odyssey - France & Italy
Alpine Odyssey - France & Italy
Alpine Odyssey - France & Italy
Alpine Odyssey - France & Italy

10 Day European Cycling Tour - France & Italy - Alpine Odyssey

Classic climbs include: Col Agnel, Col de la Bonette/Cime de la Bonette, Col de Vars, Col d'Allos, Cipressa, Poggio, Col d'Èze and Col de la Madone. 

TOUR START: Pick-up approx. 10:00am, 18th June, Nice (airport, train station or hotel)

TOUR FINISH: Drop-off by 12:00pm, 27th June, Nice (airport, train station or hotel)

The French Alpes-Maritimes feel uniquely different, as they are influenced by a Mediterranean climate which rear up from behind the Cote d'Azur. For cyclists they offer the pleasure and pain associated with some of the highest and longest paved passes in Europe, mountain passes with lunar landscapes and simply amazing vistas.

We start and finish this tour on the beautiful Cote d'Azur, Nice is the holiday mecca for the rich and famous with its glorious curved Bay of the Angels, fringed by the famous Promenade des Anglais. You could spend hours just wandering along the streets of this cosmopolitan heaven.

Our base for the first two nights is along the coast near ‘film famous’ Cannes. We start with a beautiful ride along the rolling coast to St Raphaël, followed by a trip up into the hinterland to see the town of Grasse, the gorges around Le Bar-sur-Loup and the ancient hill top village of Gourdon.

On Day 3 the Col d’Allos is our first major objective as we enter the Alps Maritimes, a range of mountains often used by the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France; we head to the town of Barcelonnette which was founded in 1231 and has a rich medieval history. It also offers a different cultural experience as the town was heavily influenced by French emigrants returning from Mexico in the late 1800’s; having made their fortunes the people built large houses and villas of colonial style better known as ‘maisons mexicaines’, to display their wealth. From Barcelonnette we ride the highest paved pass in Europe, the Col del la Bonette and Cime de la Bonette, at 2,808m it tops better known giants such as the Stelvio at 2,757m and the Galibier at 2,642m.

It’s then time to climb over the border into Italy via another col made famous by the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France, the Col Agnel, which at 2,744m is the fourth highest paved pass in Europe. In the ancient Italian town of Saluzzo we enjoy accommodation in a 14th century convent and monastery, the stately rooms and functional areas are decorated with fresco from the 15th century. Its feels like your walking back in time! Saluzzo and Cuneo offer a rest day chance to recover and explore these history laden towns, wondering through the shops in the backstreets and having coffee in piazza’s at your leisure.

The Po valley ride is always a highlight and we take a hillside route to exploring the capital of Piemonte, Cuneo. Riding along the Italian coast allows us to experience the climax to Milan – Sanremo as we traverse the Cipressa and Poggio down to Sanremo for coffee on the Via Roma. Our final day highlight takes us up local favourites, the Col d’Eze and the Col de la Madone. These Col’s are often used in Paris – Nice and have been made famous by modern day cyclists that lived in this area, such as Rominger, Armstrong and now our own Richie Port who currently holds the unofficial record for the Col de la Madone.

This tour is a mix of high mountains balanced with the rich cultural experiences gained from ancient towns and of course the French and Italian Riviera.

velobiketours provide a truly boutique tour experience, limited to 8 riders, with a VIP wrap to ensure your every need is catered for. This tour includes two massages during the tour, to aid recovery and be ready for the next ride. We stay in premium accommodation and immerse ourselves in the cultural, gastronomic and aesthetic delights of these magnificent French and Italian regions.

Every day we can tailor the distance and amount of climbing to ensure each person truly enjoys the experience of touring the Cote d’Azur and the French & Italian Alps.

  • 9 nights’ accommodation in 3 & 4* hotels
  • 9 days of riding
  • Daily breakfast, daily lunch, as well as welcome and farewell dinners
  • Rider nutrition
  • This tour includes two massages during the tour
  • Experienced on road rider guides and vehicle support
  • Mechanical support

See more information under the Inclusions and Highlights tabs above.

Hire a bike from our Storck fleet (setup with Australian right-hand front brake)

To book the tour, use the 'Book Now' button above, only a deposit is required to book.

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KEY HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Featuring the majestic scenery and natural beauty of the France Alpes-Maritimes and Piedmont region Italy.
  • Delight in the spectacular Riviera coast, enjoy the charm and history of ancient and quaint villages; the cobbled streets, steep staircases, churches and elegant palaces of Saluzzo and wonderful piazza’s of Italian towns.
  • Ride many famous climbs, roads often used in the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia.
  • Stay in specially selected accommodation from elegant neo-classical places, to hotels noted for their ‘character and charm’ or even bright modern places with superb outlooks. On this tour we also stay in an old 15th century monastery in the heart of the charming historic centre of Saluzzo.
  • With only 4 hotels over 9 nights there are less hotels moves on the tour.
  • Our tour routes have been carefully designed for variety and enjoyment, to experience diverse areas, scenery and terrain.
  • Enjoy the velobiketours boutique touring experience. Our VIP wrap is designed to create a memorable tour and deliver a fantastic holiday.
Always remember there are flexible ride options available every day so you can ride as much or as little as you desire



KEY INCLUSIONS
  • A truly boutique experience with group sizes limited to 8 guests
  • 3-4 staff per tour creating an industry high ratio of staff to guests
  • Transfers - pickup & drop off
  • We only use modern luxury 9-seater air-conditioned vans to ensure the best possible travel experience
  • Accommodation in carefully selected bike friendly premium hotels often noted for their ‘character and charm’
  • Fresh and filling daily breakfast - buffet style aimed at getting the cycling day off to the perfect start
  • Fresh baguette style French lunch provided daily
  • Gourmet 3-4 course dinners including a selection of local wines (3 out of 9 nights)
  • We create and personally delivery your tour experience, the owners of velobiketours are with you every day
  • On transfer days our VIP wrap ensures that everything is ready for you upon arrival. Full luggage transfer service between your accommodations - hop off the bike, and your room with luggage in is ready for you
  • Flexible ride options available every day so you can ride as much or as little as you desire
  • velobiketours cycling kit - includes cycling jersey, cap and gloves
  • Cycling kit laundry services - two washes included for the tour
  • Riding nutrition including fruit, energy bars, gels and rehydration drinks
  • Full vehicle backup and support services provided throughout your ride every day
  • On road experienced rider guides and support, assisting the group each day
  • Mechanical assistance and support
  • Purpose built bike racks for safe and careful bike carriage
  • Quality bike hire options available - fees apply. Bike hire options
  • Daily photos to capture your memories.
  • Road guide book including detailed itinerary, ride maps, climb profiles, hotel details and daily activity information.
  • Prior to your trip we can provide advice on preparing for you trip, including a cycling packing check list. Other travel planning and arrangements (flights, additional accommodation, travel insurance etc), are available through our travel partners.
  • General information and tips on travel in France
EXCLUSIONS
  • Meals that have not been included in the itinerary (most meals are included, refer to the tour daily itinerary)
  • Pre and post tour travel arrangements, including flights, any additional accommodation or transfers required (however we can provide assistance for additional travel requirements)
  • Personal purchases
  • Activities not scheduled in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance (compulsory requirement for guests. Enquire for assistance with travel insurance)