France Grand Tour Finale: Alpes Maritimes & Nice Escape

  • Location

    Nice, Côte d'Azur & Alpes Maritimes

  • Duration

    6 days / 5 nights / 4 days riding

  • Length

    Up to 393 km

  • Climb

    Up to 6,500 m

17 Jul 2024 - 22 Jul 2024

For the first time in its history the 2024 edition of La Grande Boucle will finish in Nice, due to the Olympic Games taking place in Paris. But Paris’ loss is our gain, as we are in for a grand finale for the ages in Nice – La Belle de la Côte d’Azur.

Set against the stunning backdrop of the Alpes Maritimes, the last few days of the race take in mountain summits and iconic climbs, before a spectacular Individual Time Trial from Monaco to Nice. With so much to play for at the end of the Tour, these stages may well determine the Yellow Jersey so we’re heading to Nice to take in all the action.

The region of Nice and the Alpes Maritimes offers some of the best riding that any cyclist could wish for. Combining epic cols with spectacular coastal roads, ancient hillside villages and the glitz and glam of the Cote d’Azur, this is a road cyclist's paradise. We will be riding parts of the final two stages of the Tour and more, being sure to take in the iconic roads of the region such as Col d’Eze, Col de la Madone and Col de Turini, as well as finding our way to the best viewpoints to watch the race live. Our Grand Tour Finale: Alpes Maritimes & Nice Escape is a one-off opportunity not to be missed!

"This experience of riding part of the same course as the pros, and just a few hours ahead of them, and then cheering on them as they pass by flying the cols is unique in the sporting world. The atmosphere is simply incredible."
Keith Tuffley, Founder - Grand Tours Project

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Total price: FROM €3,980

  • Level of fitness: FIT - fit enough to ride 3 to 5 hours, or 50 to 100 km+ per day, with a good amount of climbing
  • Ride iconic climbs Col d’Eze, Col de la Madone, Col de Braus and Col de Turini
  • Bask in the beauty of some of the best towns on the Côte d’Azur including Monaco, Antibes, Cannes, Grasse and Vence
  • Soak up the excitement of the world’s biggest cycling event in the battle for the Yellow Jersey
  • Ride parts of the race stages just ahead of the pros
  • Watch the Individual Time Trial grand finale of the race on the Promenade des Anglais
  • Enjoy delicious Niçoise food and drink
  • Relax in a luxurious 4* hotel, nestled in the hillside just above Nice old town
  • Expert planning and support from our team (guides, mechanics, drivers)
  • Premium bike rental (carbon frame and Shimano Ultegra Di2 or equivalent) available
  • Max group size of 14 (max client to guide ratio 7:1)

    Bienvenue à Nice!

    We will meet you at Nice Côte d’Azur airport and transfer you to your hotel in the heart of Nice. Our team will help you to check in and unpack your bike or set up your rental bike. After a light lunch or snack, we’ll test ride the bikes on the Promenade des Anglais, admiring the buzz and beauty of the Baie des Anges. Back at our hotel, we can adjust the bikes, and then explore Nice old town before dinner and the tour briefing.

    Hotel Le Petit Palais

    Monaco, Col d’Eze, Col de la Madone

    52 km | 750 m or 76 km | 1,350 m

    The Tour’s spectacular Individual Time Trial finish on Sunday will take the pros from Monaco on a climb up to La Turbie and the Col d’Eze before dropping down to Nice’s Promenade des Anglais and the finish line at Place Masséna.

    While the Tour makes its way across the Alps, we will take on the best of this route a few days ahead of the race. Heading out on the coastal road to Monaco, we’ll pause for coffee before choosing our route. Our shorter option follows the ITT course exactly to La Turbie and the beautiful Col d’Eze, while those wanting a longer ride may wish to also take in the iconic Col de la Madone before La Turbie.

    A glorious first day of riding should be rewarded with a cold drink as we finish on the Promenade des Anglais, before catching the action on screen as Stage 18 reaches its finish in Barcelonnette.

    Hotel Le Petit Palais
  • DAY 3 – FRIDAY 19 JULY

    Cap d’Antibes, Cannes, Grasse, Vence

    65 km | 200 m or 109 km | 850 m

    Today we head out early and west along the Baie des Anges to explore the famous towns of the Côte d’Azur, passing through Cap d’Antibes before reaching Cannes. We can then choose to either retrace the coastline back to Nice, or head northwards into the hills via the quaint old towns of Grasse – France’s centre of perfumery, and Vence – a hidden gem.

    We’ll finish the day’s riding by midday, with our van ready and waiting to whisk you, should you wish, up into the mountains to the old village of Isola to watch the race pass through on its way to a summit finish at Isola 2000.

    Rest and reflect on the day's action during the drive back to Nice, before a delicious dinner to refuel ahead of the next day's fun.

    Hotel Le Petit Palais

    Col de Braus, Col de Turini, Saint-Martin-Vésubie

    83 km | 2,400 m or 133 km | 2,900 m

    It’s time to test your legs in the mountains as we head out of Nice and up, up, up on the epic climbs of Col de Braus and Col de Turini – just a few hours ahead of the race. Expect verdant mountain valleys and switchbacks galore as we ride the Alpes Maritimes’ biggest climbs while being cheered on by Tour fans.

    Not wanting to be caught by the pack, we’ll finish our ride with lunch in the medieval mountain village of Saint-Martin-Vésubie, ‘Nice’s Little Switzerland’, before watching Stage 20 of the race come through.

    This is a big day out and we think we’ll be ready to rest our legs in the van back to Nice but, if you are so inclined (get it?), you could ride the 60km back via Lantosque. It’s *mostly* descent! Back at base we’ll celebrate and check out the fun as cycling’s biggest party hits town.

    Hotel Le Petit Palais
  • DAY 5 – SUNDAY 21 JULY

    Cannes, Fréjus, Corniche d’Or and the Grand Finale

    Up to 65 km | 200 m or 75 km | 1,350 m

    Our final day gives you the option of either a recovery ride, tracing the ITT course of the day along the spectator zone of the Promenade des Anglais, continuing on an out-and-back to Cannes (or far as you like).

    Alternatively if you want a bigger ride, we’ll drive you to Cannes to take on the stunning westward loop along the Corniche d’Or and towards the Roman port town of Fréjus, before looping back to Cannes through the Estérel national park.

    We'll be back in Nice in good time to refresh and head to the spectator zone to see the ITT grand finale, before the podium ceremony as the world’s biggest cycling race crowns its champions.

    Hotel Le Petit Palais
  • DAY 6 – MONDAY 22 JULY

    Au revoir et à bientôt!

    Enjoy Nice at your leisure and then sadly it’s time to pack our bags and say farewell to our home-from-home and newfound friends. We’ll help you with your bike box and get you comfortably back to Nice airport in time for your flight. But it’s not goodbye from us, just à bientôt – until next time!