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Grenoble to Nice - 3 Stages, introducing you to some quieter climbs through the southern Alps


For the perfect introduction to the Alps, it has to be the Grenoble to Nice trip. Offering rides through the beautiful scenery of the Vercors and over the less well-known Cols of the southern and central Alps, this route builds up to a tough final stage down to the Mediterranean. It’s a tour sure to whet your appetite for a return trip.

Currently available for bookings of 4+ riders only - Priced from £950 per person


Contact us for details on suitable dates

Sample itinerary:


Day 1 - Arrival

Arrive at Lyon Airport late afternoon/evening, where you’ll be met and driven to your accommodation close to Grenoble.  If you haven’t taken advantage of our Bike Transfer service you’ll have time to unpack your bike before we get together for an informal briefing on the days ahead.


Day 2 - Grenoble to Gap - 105km

 Heading south of Grenoble today’s route resists the temptation to turn east towards some of the the giants of the Alps, and instead goes through the overlooked region of the Vercors. In this area of contrasts the quiet roads meander through chiseled mountains and gorgeous meadows. It provides an ideal first day, with some of the most stunning views in France, and climbs to awaken rather than trash your cycling legs.  Following the ride there is a short transfer to our overnight stop in the town of Gap, a regular Tour de France stopover.


Landmark Climbs: Col de la Machine, and Col de Rousset.


Day 3 - Gap to Barcelonnette - 79km

Today we focus our attention on the spectacular Serre-Ponçon Lake. Leaving Gap you head east towards the village of Montgardin. First climb of the day is the Col Lebraut (1110m) followed by a descent to the lake’s shores and the climb to the hamlet of Puy Sanières. After crossing to the lake’s southern shores, you head towards the biggest climb of the day, the Col de Pontis (1,301m). Following a descent to the Ubaye Valley, there is a short transfer to your accommodation for the night, just outside Barcelonnette.


Landmark Climb: Col de Pontis.


Day 4 - Barcelonnette to Nice - 150km

Having found your mountain legs, on this the final day, you’ll be ready to conquer the main climb of the tour, the beautiful Col de la Cayolle (2326m). Subject to the road being open the alternative ascent is the Col de la Bonnette (2802m), which claims to be the highest paved road in Europe. From there you’ll descend to the foothills of the Alps, with time for showers and refreshments prior to your transfer to Nice Airport for the late evening flight.


Landmark Climb: Col de la Cayolle/Col de la Bonnette.


Currently available for bookings of 4+ riders only - Priced from £950 per person


Contact us for details on suitable dates 

What’s included:


3 nights in 2-star (minimum) accommodation on a shared occupancy basis

Breakfast, packed lunches and four evening meals (1st night dependant on arrival time)

Luggage transfer between stopovers

Vehicle support during your rides

Transfers from Lyon Airport and to Nice Airport (at recommended flight times)


What’s not:


Travel to and from UK airport


Travel Insurance

Drinks with meals

Meals other than those specified

Subsidiary or sundry expenses


NB. All routes are subject to favourable weather and road conditions.

Red Lantern Cycling Col du Rousset - Grenoble to Nice