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Cycling the French Riviera

3 nights from £485.00

Cycling Trip Highlights

  • Fully flexible holiday from anywhere in the south of France
  • Glitzy towns such as Cannes and Monaco to beautiful places such as St Paul de Vence
  • Amazing climbs offering stunning views or flatter coastal rides
  • Riviera chic on the Cote d’Azur
Cycling the French Riviera
3 nights from £485.00
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WE LOVEFrench Riviera Culture
If there is any place more chic than the French Riviera, we haven't found it. The food, the art, the cafes, the Mediterranean, the festivals, the beaches and we could go on and on.
WE LOVE300 Days a Year of Sunshine
The south of France is bathed in sunshine nearly all year round. With an average of 300 days of sunshine per year, you can almost guarantee warm weather riding on the Cote d'Azur.

What's Included

Our suggested French Riviera cycling holiday

We can tailor make this trip for you
Day 1Arrival in Nice

Base yourself in Nice, the vibrant capital of the French Riviera and location for 2020’s Tour de France Grand Depart. Nice Cote d’Azur airport is only a 15 minute drive away, and we can arrange a private transfer to your hotel for you. Spend some time today exploring the beautiful Nice full of artistic flair, or take a spin to St Paul de Vence if you arrive early. If you choose to do the loop ride around St Paul de Vence, take a pair of cleat covers or flip flops and take a wander around town, as the roads into town are cobbled and mainly traffic free.


Total distance55.3kmTotal climb1120m
Day 2Monaco and the Full F1 Circuit

This ride takes you to the glitz and glamour of Monte Carlo, where you can ride the legendary Monaco F1 Grand Prix circuit. The route is tough as you leave Nice and are straight on to the Col d’Eze where you will often see pros as you climb. Upon arriving at the Grand Prix start, if you’re riding in late May or early June, the starting grid will still be painted on the roads. Time yourself as you shoot down the boulevard and up the hill with views of mega yachts sitting in Monaco’s harbour.

Total distance51.6kmTotal climb1754m
Day 3Col d'Eze, Col de la Madone and Peille Loop

You begin with an ascent of the Col d’Eze, the location of the Grand Depart at the 2020 Tour de France and time trial stage for Paris-Nice. You start by looking over Nice and the Maritime Alps before heading round with views over St Jean Cap Ferrat and Villfranche-sur-mer. Then, head on to the Col de la Madone, made famous by Lance Armstrong, but never featured in the Tour de France. The Madone is 13.6km averaging 6.7% but because of its technical nature, there are ramps far above that at every turn.

Total distance79kmTotal climb1863m
Day 4Depart Nice

Say goodbye to Nice and make your way to the airport, or choose to extend your trip. Our packages are fully flexible, so if you would like to have a go at more routes, or have extra time exploring the area please let our team know.

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What to ExpectFrom guaranteed cycling to glorious French wines

The French Riviera offers cycling for you no matter what your ability. Discover beautiful regions such as Col de Vence, Grasse and easier rides close to the coast through Nice and Monaco. For keen riders, the Rhone Alpes are your playground. Visit the Tanneron and Esterel hills in the west, famous climbs such as the Col D’Eze and the Col de la Madone, in the east or head out even further towards the high Alps.

3day holiday
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Expect to ride an average of 62km per day
Expect to climb an average of 1579m per day

How's the Weather? in French Riviera

The SpringMarch to May
Spring is a magical time to visit as vibrant colours appear on the hillsides and the weather begins to warm up after a cold winter. As you move into the later months of Spring, particularly May, the weather is warm without being too hot and the summer crowds have yet to arrive.
The SummerJune to August
The summer on the French Riviera is usually very hot with little rainfall. It's best to cycle in the mornings before the midday sunshine.
The AutumnSeptember to November
The Autumn, similar to the Spring, is a beautiful time to cycle in the French Riviera. The warm summer sun lingers on and the crowds begin to disperse once again with winter incoming.
The WinterDecember to February
The French Riviera is best avoided in the winter as it's often very cold.

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