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Giants of the Southern Alps

The unfamiliar giants in the French-Italian border area – 25/08-1/09/2018

Come with us, in August 2017, to where the Alps are at their most remote. The Southern Alps in the French-Italian border area – between Piemont, the Maritime Alps and Haute Provence – are waiting for you. Here there are far fewer over-the-top, synthetic ski resorts, the roads are narrower, the routes are more adventurous and the scenery is wilder. There are high peaks here nonetheless – particularly the 2802 m Cime de la Bonette. And there are wonderful, unrivalled mountain roads such as the unfamiliar giants dei Morti, Sampeyre and Agnel or the Southern Alps dream loop via Allos, Champs and Cayolle.

Our tour begins and ends in Nice, the sophisticated city on the Mediterranean. Enjoy with us what may be Epic Climbs' most authentic alpine trip. Conquer the famous ascents of the Tour de France – and see for yourself that the Alps are often at their most beautiful where the Tour never passes by.

The sensational Southern Alps!


The Guides

Rainer – The Leader

quäldich-Guide Rainer Hartmann

His training terrain is Franconian Switzerland with its notorious ramps, but he also enjoys the long climbs in the Alps. Always talking and almost never knackered. His one big weakness: pastries.

Getting there

Our hotel is very close to Nice, near the airport.

Cars may be left free of charge all week in the hotel car park.

From Germany and Northern Europe via Zurich - Gotthard - Milan - Savona - San Remo on France's A8 to the Saint-Laurent-du-Var exit.

From Western Europe possibly also via Luxembourg - Nancy - Dijon - Lyons - Avignon to France's A8.

From Central and Eastern Europe via Brenner - Verona - Savona - San Remo or Villach - Verona - Savona - San Remo on France's A8.

We recommend you use our internal forum to organise car-sharing.

Our initial hotel is very close to Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport, which has direct flights from many European airports.

Travelling by train is not recommended due to the length of the journey, but in principle it can be done. From Germany, Northern or Western Europe take TGV or Thalys via Strasbourg or Paris. From Central and Eastern Europe, you may also travel via Milan and Ventimiglia.

The nearest station to the hotel is Saint-Laurent-du-Var.

The Itinerary

Guided Bike Tour 25/08-1/09/2018

  • Saturday, 19th August 2017
    Travel to Nice. Evening meal in the hotel at 8pm.
  • Sunday, 20th August 2017
    Start of first stage (Nice - Col de Turini) at 9am.
  • Monday, 21st August 2017
    Second stage Col de Turini - Isola 2000
  • Tuesday, 22nd August 2017
    Third stage Isola 2000 - Ponte Marmora
  • Wednesday, 23rd August 2017
    Fourth stage
    Ponte Marmora - Molines-en-Queyras
  • Thursday, 24th August 2017
    Fifth stage Molines-en-Queyras - Barcelonnette
  • Friday, 25th August 2017
    Sixth stage, loop from Barcelonnette
  • Saturday, 26th August 2017
    Seventh stage Barcelonnette - Nice. Arrive there between 2pm and 4pm. Then depart (or stay another night)

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