Cycle Nice to Genoa

Cycle Nice to Genoa

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Cycle Nice to Genoa

8 Days Starting in Nice and ending in Genoa

Visiting: France, Monaco, Italy

Tour operator:

UTracks

Tour code:

NTG

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 15

Physical rating:

moderate

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Tour Overview

The French and Italian Riviera are idyllic and stunning destinations, and they are perfect to explore by bike. Nice, which is a fascinating mix between the modern and cosmopolitan and the grand old palaces, is your starting destination. Stroll along the famous promenade, visit the flower market or relax on the beach before starting your cycle journey to Italy. Commencing the cycle stage, you follow the coast, admiring the clear Mediterranean waters and stopping in small towns and fishing villages. You'll visit the famed Monte Carlo before crossing the border into Italy where you can have a coffee break at a small cafe or stop for a swim at the cove of Balzi Rossi. Much of this tour follows coastal cycling paths, where you can smell the sea air and experience a quieter side of the bustling Riviera. With time to visit an archaeological museum, an olive oil museum and visit the artists and ceramists of Albisola, this trip has so much to offer. Finishing in the port city of Genoa, birthplace of Christopher Columbus, where you can walk its narrow streets and visit its palaces and churches, a legacy of its resplendent past. History, glamour, culture and stunning coastal views - you'll get to experience and enjoy it all on this week long self guided cycle.

Highlights

  • Discovering the French and Italian Riviera by bike

  • Enjoying the glamour of the Côte d'Azur, including the cities of Nice and Montecarlo

  • Following coastal cycling paths and soaking up the sea air

  • Experiencing a quieter side of the bustling Riviera

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive Nice

Today you will make your own way to the first hotel in Nice. Once you have checked in you are free to explore this fascinating city. Nice is a fabulous starting point for the trip, it has a great mix of cosmopolitan and grand old palaces. You can visit the flower market and the old town, then take a walk on the famous Promenade des Anglais where the cycling trip starts.

Day 2 : Cycle Along The Coast To Monte Carlo, Menton And Ventimiglia (43Km/26.5Mi)
Meals Included: B

Three countries in one day! From France, through Monaco and into Italy. Set out from Place Massena along the Promenade des Anglais, along the seaside. Later there are a few short climbs, before you reach Monte Carlo. Here you are likely to encounter traffic. Continue along the coast, cycling down to Menton, with its long beach. Shortly afterwards you'll cross the border into Italy, where you'll find the beautiful 'Balzi Rossi' beach and interesting Prehistoric Museum. Continue along the coast to Ventimiglia and your hotel.
Ascent: 560m/1837ft, descent 525m/1722ft.

Day 3 : Pass Coastal Villages To Imperia Or Porto Maurizio (50Km/30.5Mi)
Meals Included: B

Today you will continue up and down, cycling along roads passing through lovely coastal villages. We recommend taking a coffee break among the narrow streets of Bordighera Alta, before proceeding along the Pista Ciclabile della Riviera Ligure (the Cycle Track of the Ligurian Riviera), and passing through the village of San Lorenzo al Mare. At the end of the day you will arrive at Porto Maurizio, part of the town of Imperia, which has been divided into little villages, each with its own unique identity. This afternoon you can stroll by the charming stone houses of La Foce - the fishermen’s village. Overnight in Imperia or Porto Maurizio.
Ascent: 495m/1624ft, descent 501m/1643ft.

Day 4 : Continue To Alassio (44Km/27Mi)
Meals Included: B

Today's cycle passes through many coastal villages where you can explore their little 'carruggi' and 'budelli' (alleyways). The medieval village of Cervo deserves a visit and an exploration on foot. Before arriving in Alassio, where you will stay tonight, there's a detour inland with a few km climb before the final descent. With its sandy beaches, seaside restaurants and hotels, Alassio is a popular holiday destination known for its natural and scenic views, and has featured in the works of numerous artists, writers and musicians.
Ascent: 599m/1965ft, descent 775m/2542ft.

Day 5 : Cycle On An Ancient Roman Road To Finale Ligure (43Km/26.5Mi)
Meals Included: B

Your route for the day follows the Via Julia Augusta, an ancient Roman road commissioned by the Emperor Octavius. As you leave Alassio you will notice that the land still bears traces of this ancient Roman road. A surprising cycle today takes you through the remains of ancient necropoli and has panoramic views of the isle of Gallinara. You can stop in Albenga to admire the mosaics that decorate the face of the baptistery, or to enjoy the famous chickpea flour focaccia. In Finale we recommend trying grilled fish in one of its typical restaurants. After dinner, do not miss a walk through the medieval district of Finalborgo, which, in the evening becomes even more beautiful thanks to its attractive lighting. Overnight Finale Ligure.
Ascent: 717m/2352ft, descent 735m/2411ft.

Day 6 : Cycle Via Pretty Fishing Villages To Savona (30Km/18.5Mi)
Meals Included: B

The cycle today is through some pretty fishing villages, such as Varigotti and Noli. Take some time for a break to stop for a swim or a coffee in a beachside cafe. Follow the Ligurian coast to Savona, which was once an important harbour, with its impressive Palomar fortress. Later in the day it's nice to walk around Albissola Marina, home to many ceramic craftsmen whom you will notice as you walk along the colourful coastal promenade. Overnight Savona.
Ascent: 465m/1525ft, descent 458m/1502ft.

Day 7 : Continue Along A Cycle Path To Arenzano, Train To Genoa (25Km/15.5Mi)
Meals Included: B

The cycle for today is a short one, mainly on a dedicated cycle path. Cycle to Arenzano station. Here you hand over your bike to our representative and collect your luggage before taking the train to Genoa (ticket not included, allow EUR4. There are regular services, takes around 35 minutes). From the station make your way to the hotel. You will have plenty of time to visit this beautiful city, the old and new harbour, the imposing aquarium, as well as its many squares, churches and palaces.
Ascent: 211m/692ft, descent 215m/705ft.

Day 8 : Trip Concludes
Meals Included: B

The trip concludes this morning in Genoa after breakfast. We can assist with booking extra nights if you'd like to extend your stay to further explore the city.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    7 nights hotels and B&Bs

  • 7 breakfasts

  • 7 nights in charming B&Bs and 3 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (hotel taxes extra, payable locally - allow €5-10)

  • Information pack including route notes & maps per room booked, navigational app access

  • Luggage transfers (*on day 7 to Arenzano station)

  • Hybrid 27 speed rental bike with pannier, repair kit, odometer and lock - helmet available on request (e-bikes available - supplement applies)

  • Emergency hotline

  • 7 nights in charming B&Bs and 3 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities

  • Digital information pack including route notes & maps per room booked, navigational app access

  • Luggage transfer (max 1 piece, max weight 20kg and max size 60 x 50 x 40 cm per person) *on day 7 to Arenzano station. Supplement applies for excess

What's Not Included

  • Travel to Nice and from Genoa

  • Lunch, dinner and drinks daily

  • Entrance fees to museums, parks and archaeological sites

  • Items of a personal nature

  • Tour guide - this is a self guided trip

  • Travel insurance - mandatory

  • Hotel taxes (allow approx €5-10)

  • Train ticket Arenzano to Genoa (allow EUR4 per person) on day 7

  • (note: do not ride into Genoa! The cycling ends at the station in Arenzano on day 7. A hefty fee applies for the bike collection in Genoa and will be charged)

  • We recommend bringing a phone holder to best use the navigational app.

  • Meals not listed as included, drinks

  • Entrance fees

  • Guide – this is a self guided cycling holiday

  • A supplement will apply if you are travelling solo or book a single room

  • Travel insurance

  • Excess luggage

Grading

This trip involves 6 days cycling with daily distances between 25 to 50km/15.5 to 30.5mi. The cycle route is mainly along well-asphalted secondary roads with several long sections on paved cycling paths. As you approach larger towns you will cycle on roads with more traffic. The accent is on keeping a relaxed pace to take in all of the attractions, with time to stop and take photos. You will need a good level of fitness to participate fully in this adventure. The train line follows the Ligurian coast so if you don't feel like cycling the full distance on any day you can hop on the train with your bike in most villages along the way. *For safety reasons we insist that helmets be included as a compulsory item on your equipment list.

What You Carry

During the cycle day you will carry your daily requirements in the pannier provided with the bike. This may include your lunch, wet weather gear, mobile phone and water. A small daypack which can be kept inside the pannier is useful for sightseeing.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

L. Schoor(Tamworth, Australia)  

Cycle Nice to Genoa

5 Nov 2023

What an amazing experience!

L. Shames(Asheville, United States)  

Cycle Nice to Genoa

20 Sep 2023

Excellent itineraries, amazing sea coast!

R. Edinger(Christchurch, New Zealand)  

Cycle Nice to Genoa

11 Aug 2023

We rode Nice to Genoa with friends and enjoyed the trip overall. The Lugurian Coast has some beautiful sections. The hotels were great (apart from the one at Genoa), two with swimming pools (it was a very hot week!) The sections that were on the SS1 road were not so nice as there is a lot of traffic, however there were also some sections along the old coastal railway line which were great with some nice cool tunnels. I think there will be more sections of these opening at some point. The supplied GPX files and GPX Viewer worked really well (much better than trying to follow written instructions).

D. revel(Vacaville, United States)  

Cycle Nice to Genoa

13 Jun 2023

Riding the Cote d’Azure, from Nice to Genoa, is spectacular.

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