Azur Vélo Cycling Retreat
with Optional Afternoon Wellness &Activity Program
Enjoy the spectacular roads of the Côte d'Azur on your own terms at our semi-custom Azur Vélo Cycling Retreat, based at one of our partner hotels on the coast or in the countryside. Choose the dates of your trip, the types of daily rides, and add the optional afternoon wellness and activity program if you are looking for additional ways to relax and enjoy the Côte d'Azur. This cycling retreat may be adapted to cyclists of all levels, whether you are preparing for competition, trying to improve overall fitness, or just looking to relax and enjoy the beautiful French Riviera scenery by bike.
6 nights in 4 star accommodations :
seaside or countryside
cocktails & welcome meeting
5-6 days guided level 1 to 4 rides
arrival & departure mechanical assistance
*optional vehicle assistance
*optional afternoon wellness & activity program
Arrival Day: Airport transfer to your accommodations; mechanic on hand to assist with bike set-up; welcome meeting with cocktails; optional 1-2 hour ride for early arrivals
Days 2 through 6: Healthful pre-ride breakfast included each day followed by guided 2 to 4+ hour ride (choose your ride level for each day) with mid-ride lunch stop or lunch at accommodations; 3 dinners included on days chosen at time of reservation, at your accommodations or nearby locations highlighting regional specialties
Optional Afternoon Wellness & Activity Program - choose 1 afternoon activity or service for each day from the following list:
Day 7: Departure; Assistance with packing bike if needed and complementary airport transfer
Choose your daily ride level from the list below, and request specific ride routes or mountain passes if desired.
Level 1 Rides: Explore the beautiful coastal villages and cities of the French Riviera on relaxing rides suitable for cyclists of all levels, from the novice to the avid cyclist. Discover the charming towns along the coast just east of Nice, including Villefranche-sur-Mer, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Cap d’Ail and St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Extend your ride just a little further to discover the Principality of Monaco and the luxurious city of Monte Carlo. Ride along the coast to the west of Nice through Cagnes-sur-Mer to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Cap d’Antibes and visit the cities of Antibes and Cannes. 20km - 70km
Level 2 Rides: Explore the lovely medieval villages in the hills just outside of Nice. Level 2 rides include some short climbs and are suitable for cycling enthusiasts and intermediate+ level riders. Villages that we ride through on our level 2 rides include the spectacular perched village of Eze with its stunning Mediterranean views, the historic village of La Turbie with its ancient Roman monument, the Trophée d'Auguste, and the charming mountainside village of Peille. Rides just west of Nice take us to the medieval fortified village of St Paul de Vence, the charming old town of St Jeannet, and the lovely hillside villages of la Gaude and Carros Village. 40km - 80km
Level 3 Rides:Challenge yourself as you climb the scenic and winding mountain roads just outside Nice. These rides are suitable for intermediate to advanced and/or competitive cyclists who are used to doing 3+ hour rides with 700m+ of climbing. Visit the villages perched in the hills north of Nice, including Aspremont, Tourrette-Levens and Levens; or ride east along the coast and climb to Eze, La Turbie, Peille and St Agnès. If you’re ready for a challenge, climb the epic 13.5km Col de la Madone that rises from sea level to 925m altitude, with breathtaking views all along the way. To the west of Nice, explore the fortified medieval village of St Paul de Vence, the perched village of Gourdon with stunning 360 degree sea and mountain views, and the charming countryside villages of La Gaude, St Jeannet and Gilette. Take on the Col de Vence if you’re up for a tough 10km climb that promises to reward you with stunning views of the sea on the winding mountain road leading to the summit.
50km - 100km
Level 4 Rides: These rides are suitable for avid and/or competitive cyclists who are used to doing long and difficult rides of 3 to 5+ hours with significant climbing. They include the challenging mountain passes of our region, frequented by the many pro cyclists who live and train in the South of France. Level 4 rides take cyclists on the legendary cols of Paris-Nice, the Tour de France, and the Ironman Nice course, including: the Col St Roch; the Col de Turini; the Col de la Madone; the Col de Braus; the Col de Castillon, the Col de Vence; the Col de l’Ecre; the Col de Bleine; and many others. 60km - 160km
The Azur Vélo Cycling Retreat is open to individuals, couples and groups of up to 12 participants. Contact us for a custom price quote based on your group size, accommodations preference, ride level, trip dates and afternoon wellness and activity options.