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France and Italy - Grand Tour of the Med - Road Cycling Holiday

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Holiday Highlights

  • The glitz and glamour of La Côte d‘Azur
  • Live out your Paris to Nice fantasies on the Col d‘Eze
  • Explore northern Corsica’s beautiful coastline and rugged interior
  • Enjoy a chestnut beer in the rustic mountain capital Corte
  • Lucca’s walled city streets and magnificent piazzas
  • Cinque Terre – the 5 villages on 2 wheels, a very unique experience
  • The cool fresh hills of Gavi where Fausto Coppi perfected his craft

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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 so 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 in 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 wayOur 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.

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Holiday Details

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11 nights hotels

65% meals provided

9 days biking

1 rest day

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