This 8 day tour includes:
7 Day Programme
Day 1: Arrive Nice
Day 2: Nice – Ventmiglia – Imperia 86.5km
Elevations 560m & 280m Descent 525m & 290m
From Place Massena you start cycling along the Promenade des Anglais, along the seaside. Later there are a few short climbs, before reaching the city of Monte Carlo. Here there is a little bit of traffic. Then you continue along the coast, down to the coastal town of Menton, with it long beach. Shortly after you cross the border entering Italy. Right after the border there is the beautiful beach of “Balzi rossi”, here there is also an interesting archaeological museum. Last stop is Ventimiglia.
Day 3: Imperia – Finale Ligure – Varazze 89km
Elevations 450m & 310m Descent 620m & 310m
In today’s ride you touch many coastal villages, passing by the “carruggi” and “budelli”, little alleys and “bowels”, as they are called here. The medieval village of Cervo also deserves a visit (on foot). The arrival is the town of Finale, a well known outdoor-activity mecca, where mountainbike and rock climbing are very common; it’s divided in 3 parts: FinalPia at east, FinalMarina in front of the sea and the beautiful Finalborgo, 2 km inland.
Day 4: Varazze – Arenzano – Genova 40km
Rest day in Genova
Day 5: Genova – Varazze – Finale Ligure 73.5km
Elevations 60m & 310m Descent 310m & 60m
Today’s ride touches some pretty fishing villages, such as Varigotti and Noli, passing by Savona, that used to be an important harbour, with the impressive Palomar fortress. Later in the day it’s nice to walk around Albissola Marina, home of ceramic craftsmen as you will notice just by walking along the colourful coastal promenade
Day 6: Finale Ligure – Imperia – Ventimiglia 95km
Elevations 620m & 289m Descent 450m & 280m
Cycling towards Ventimiglia is for the most part on the Riviera dei Fiori cycle path, starting with a tunnel/gallery about the history of road cycling. Half way it’s possible to visit the city of Sanremo. Porto Maurizio, the final destination, is a nice place to discover, it dominates the area from the top of a hill. Two km away there is Oneglia (the city of Imperia is formed by two parts, Porto Maurizio and Oneglia), where you can visit Villa Grock (clown museum) and Carli museum of olive oil.
Day 7: Ventmiglia – Monte Carlo – Nice 41km
Elevation 525m Descent 560m .
Day 8: Depart Nice
|N. Participants:||Minimum 1 person|
|Trip Grade:||Easy to moderate|
|Activity characteristics:||The rides follow mostly well asphalted country roads and secondary roads. Near larger towns, the roads are more trafficked.without traffic and 5% on gravel tracks|
|Arrival & departure airport:||Niece Airport|
6 nights hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis using a variety of 3* and 4* hotels.
The hotels in Florence, Siena and Volterra are in the city centre, while the hotel in San Guiliano Therme is about 3.5km from the centre of Pisa, the agriturismo in Vinci is 1km from the centre
Any other items not specifically mentioned in the section “the price includes”
The luggage transfer is INCLUDED between each hotel for this trip.
The concept behind most of our trips is active holidays and the fitter you are the more easily you will adjust and enjoy yourself. We expect participants to take responsibility for their fitness and preparations on a consistent basis prior to departure, and INCREASE the regular weekly training schedule in the two months leading up to departure. That way, when you start walking, you will feel relaxed and comfortable and strong, having done more than sufficient preparation for the trip. You will also have more energy to enjoy the views, take photos and explore the sights in your spare time, rather than just make it to the next hotel.
During the day is when the most interesting features of interest will be found, and being fit allows you to optimize every situation you encounter. As a minimum, we recommend 40 minutes of aerobic type exercise; running, swimming, biking, hill walking, or gym work two to three times a week for two to six months leading up to your walk. Note the best training is the activity that you are actually going to be doing; walking up and down hill, and crosscountry. Practice this as much as possible. Training should be stepped up as you get closer to departure, to an amount you feel appropriate (you don’t want to cause yourself an injury!).
Using your gear before departure (boots, day pack, clothing, etc.) gives familiarity and comfort whilst on the walk. It makes sense to know that all your gear ‘works for you’ BEFORE departure, rather than discovering how things work or fit (or don’t!) on the trip you have invested so much in. Use the philosophy of ‘getting fit to go walking’, rather than ‘going on a walk to get fit’, to avoid problems.
Bicycle touring has its inherent risks. It is a sport whose safety is dependent upon the judgment and alertness of the cyclists. As a cyclist you are responsible for the way you ride and the condition of your bicycle. We, nor the local agent, are responsible for possible damages (physical or not) to the participants due to: physical activity during the tour, not following road regulations, alcohol consumption, breaking of means or materials, lack of medical assistance in far-off places or other not predictable circumstances.
If you have rented a bike with us, you will find it waiting for you, fitted to your requirements. All bikes, before being handed out are cleaned and overhauled. All bikes are equipped with a padlock and key that must be used at all times when not riding the bike, luggage pannier attachments at the rear and 1 rear side bag per bike, 1 front bag and map compartment, 8 front and back lights, puncture repair kit, pump and spare inner tube, all of which you should know how to use.. You are expected to know the vary basics of bike mechanics and how to mend a puncture or change a tire. If something more serious happens to the bike that you cannot repair on the spot, call the shop and they will help you fix it or suggest the best and fastest solution.