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Giants of the Southern Alps

The unfamiliar giants in the French-Italian border area – 19/08-26/08/2017

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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!


Impressions


The Guides

Jan – Owingen Jan

quäldich-Guide Jan Treiber

Having our favourite guide name, he was pre-destined to work for Epic Climbs. When he's not exploring the Dolomites, the Cevennen or somewhere in-between on his bike, you'll find him in his village on Lake Constance.

Spaghetti Jan –The Bridegroom

quäldich-Guide Jan Stefaniak

According to rumour, he can even give Tobsi a run for his money on the climbs. Other rumours have it that he likes to climb in the broom wagon - which has more to do with staffing.

Gerold – The All-Rounder

quäldich-Guide Gerold Harder

Gerold's normally to be found somewhere on cross-country skis or hanging from a climbing rope. But when there's no snow around, his road and mountain bikes get the pleasure of breathing in the fresh mountain air.

Sille – Sport Support

quäldich-Guide Sille Stefaniak

Our Sille loves following the group in the broom wagon, in first or second gear. She dishes out excellent sympathy to everyone that approaches her and her vehicle suffering from exhaustion or a crash. Her lunchtime buffets are legendary, and her sports massages save the day for many. Founder, boss and the good fairy of Sille's Sport Support.


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 19/08-26/08/2017

  • 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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