The “Étape du Tour” experience
Wednesday 30 June to Monday 05 July
6 days, 5 nights
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 2021 Etape du Tour, starting and finishing in Nice. This Etape was delayed from 2020 to 2021.
The 2021 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 de la Colmiane (better known locally as 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 30 June – arrive Nice airport, transfer to accommodation, afternoon ride
- Thursday 01 July – full day ride
- Friday 02 – full day ride
- Saturday 03 – easy day
- Sunday 04 – Etape du Tour
- Monday 05 – morning ride, transfer to Nice airport, depart
From 1,145 Euros per person, based on two people sharing, single supplements apply. Get in touch with the number in your group, and we’ll respond with recommendations including different standards of hotel, from you which you can choose.
Extend your stay if you wish.
- Accommodation x 5 nights
- Route planning
- Daily ride briefing and guided rides
- Airport transfers
What’s not included:
- 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?
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, WITH OPTIONS FOR HOTELS.
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 EVENT ETC.
Parcours of Stage 2 of 2020’s Tour de France, and the 2021 Etape du Tour – 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, which made the return of the Tour to Nice in 2020 all the more welcome, and ASO put together two stages of explosive racing.
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!
Stage 2 of the 2020 Tour de France was selected as the 2020 Etape du Tour (delayed and ultimately cancelled), and we’re delighted that that stage has been retained for the 2021 Etape.
Azur Cycle Tours, the Côte d’Azur specialists