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Grand Tour of the Med
Tour Location
Country:
France (Corsica, Provence-Alps Côtes d'Azur), Italy (Piedmont, Aosta & Liguria, Tuscany)
From:
Nice
To:
Nice
Tour Information
Guiding:
Guided, Hosted (Ride Leader)
Support:
Vehicle Support, Luggage Transfer
Duration:
12 days
Level:
Moderate-Advanced
Terrain:
On Road
Bike Options:
Bike hire available
Tour Language:
English
Cost From:
£2145
Tour Distance & Dates
Riding Days:
8
Month(s):
Aug
Tour Operator:
Saddle Skedaddle

Grand Tour of the Med

12 Days Moderate-Advanced

This superb tour has become our signature road cycling holiday and deservedly so with its miles of great classic riding; it really is a distinctly varied cycling adventure which showcases some of the the best of coastal cycling in France and Italy. Following arrival and an evening of fine Niçoise cuisine on the French Riviera, we ride out of town into the hills that overlook the city.
Our first ride takes us through numerous ancient small towns and perched villages and takes us up and over the Col de Vence, an occasional Tour de France climb and a frequent feature of Paris-Nice.
It's a popular training ground for pro-riders and on any day of the week it is we might even encounter some big names. Later we set sail for the beautiful island of Corsica. A night crossing allows for an early morning arrival in one of the ports on the island's western coastline and gives us plenty of time to enjoy a full day in the saddle as we head down the coast to Porto.
During the next two days we will ride some of the island’s most dramatic roads, visiting numerous beautifully rustic and very typical town and villages along the way. Our final Corsican ride sees us rising into the chestnut forests of the Castagniccia before descending into Bastia. The following morning we make our crossing to Tuscany, in Italy.
In Tuscany, another popular training ground for the pro-peloton we spend the next two days exploring the country lanes around historic walled city of Lucca and the small town of Vinci, birthplace of Leonardo himself.
Next on the itinerary are the dramatic slopes of Italy’s most enchanting coastline, the Cinque Terra (Five Lands), where, if time allows, we visit each of the five villages which give their name to this area of extreme natural beauty.
From the Cinque Terre we head inland to the mountain town of Gavi in Piemonte and a blast along the roads which used to be home of the legendary Italian cyclist Fausto Coppi. One final transfer back towards Nice sets us up for one last ride as we finish in style on the city's world famous Promenade des Anglais.
Accommodation
Double Occupancy / Twin Share, Hotel / Guesthouse
Single Supplement: Available
Inclusions
11 nights hotel accommodation
8 days riding + optional riding on day 9
Rest day on day 6 + optional rest day on day 9
Breakfast and lunch
Guided and vehicle support
Airport transfers
Ferry crossings
Luggage transfers
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