The “Etape du Tour” experience

Wednesday 2nd to Monday 7th September

6 days, 5 nights

4* hotel with pool

From 1,145 Euros per person

 

The perfect combination: guided rides on the same roads that the Côte d’Azur-based professionals train on year-round, culminating on the Sunday in the 2020 Etape du Tour, this year’s stage 2 starting and finishing in Nice.

 

The 2020 Etape du Tour showcases the very best of the Côte d’Azur: Mediterranean coastal roads, iconic mountain climbs in the Southern Alps, thrilling descents, the glamour and elegance of Nice.

The Etape takes in the Col St Martin, the Col du Turini and Col d’Eze. Our 6-day trip gives the opportunity to tackle a selection of the other famous cols in the region, including “Lance Armstrong’s col” the Col de la Madone, the Col de Braus, Col de Brouis, Col de Castillon, Col de Vence, with many others to choose from. Our “three countries in a day” ride passes through France / Monaco / Italy.

We will organise everything for you: airport transfers, cyclist-friendly B&B accommodation in Beaulieu-sur-mer or Nice, “in the know” itineraries combining classic climbs with little-known gems, an experienced guide to lead you along the quietest and most beautiful roads, pointing out the places offering the best coffee and pastries and where to top up your water, all wrapped up with seamless logistics so you can relax and focus on getting the most out of your trip.

 

Our Etape du Tour programme:

  • Wednesday 02 September – arrive Nice airport, transfer to accommodation, afternoon ride
  • Thursday 03 September – full day ride
  • Friday 04 September – full day ride
  • Saturday 05 September – easy day
  • Sunday 06 September – Etape du Tour
  • Monday 07 September – morning ride, transfer to Nice airport, depart

 

Prices:

 

1,145 to 1,395 Euros per person, based on two people sharing, and depending on the number of people in the group. This price is an estimate, see below. Single supplements apply.

Extend your stay if you wish.

 

What’s included:

  • Accommodation x 5 nights in a 4* hotel with pool (our preferred hotel subject to availability)
  • Breakfast
  • Route planning
  • Daily ride briefing and guided rides
  • Airport transfers

What’s not included:

  • Flights
  • Lunch (taken out on the road) and dinner (local restaurant), drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Etape entry

How to book:

Just contact us and let us know:

  • How many in the group
  • Bike hire: Do you need to hire any bikes? If, what size (or your height), and what pedal type?

 

Important:

PLEASE NOTE: WITH ALL THE ISSUES CREATED BY COVID-19, ACCOMMODATION PRICES ARE UP AND DOWN THE WHOLE TIME! THE PRICE GIVEN IS AN ESTIMATE ONLY. WE WILL PROVIDE CONFIRMED PRICES IN RESPONSE TO YOU, BASED ON ACCOMMODATION PRICES AT THE TIME.

GIVEN UNCERTAINTIES OVER TRAVEL, WE WILL BE VERY CLEAR ABOUT THE PAYMENT SCHEDULE, WHICH PAYMENTS ARE REFUNDABLE, AND WHICH PAYMENTS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

WE RECOMMEND MORE STRONGLY THAN EVER THAT CUSTOMERS TAKE OUT TRAVEL INSURANCE TO COVER ANY LOSSES IN THE EVENT OF BEING UNABLE TO TRAVEL FOR ANY REASON, OR CANCELLATION OF THE TOUR ETC.

 

 

 

Stage 2 parcours of the 2020 Tour de France

Stage 2 parcours – Nice Haut Pays

A beautiful parcours which showcases the best of what the Côte d’Azur has to offer.Azur Cycle Tours, the Côte d’Azur specialists

 

 

 

 

Our preferred hotel: 4*, cyclist-friendly, with pool and good bike storage, a short walk to the beach, local cafés and restaurants, and shops

 

 

 

 

Apart from a prologue time trial in Monaco in 2009 (the year of Armstrong’s return), and a team trial in Nice following 3 days in Corsica in 2013, the Tour de France has largely missed out on visiting this corner of France in recent times.

But it is worth remembering that in its original format, the Tour de France was effectively “autour de France” – going around France – and hence would pass through the Côte d’Azur regularly. One of the local legendary Cols, the Col de Braus, has featured in the Tour no less than 21 times, but the last time the Tour climbed the Braus was in 1961!

This makes the return of the Tour to Nice all the more welcome, and ASO have put together two stages of explosive racing for us, and it’s wonderful that stage 2 has been selected for this year’s Etape du Tour

Azur Cycle Tours, the Côte d’Azur specialists