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The Côte d’Azur in the gaps between the urban sprawl, on the islands, in the remarkable beauty of the hills, the impossibly blue water after which the coast is named and in the special light that drew so many artists to paint here – it captivates still.
Nowadays, the Riviera is an uninterrupted sprawl of hotels, serried apartment blocks and secluded villas, with liner-sized yachts bobbing at anchor.
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Welcome to Lago di Como, one of the top Italian gems on the foot of the Alps. In a fact we will pick you up at the Malpensa Milano Airport, but in order to avoid megalopolis jams we will settle in Lago di Como region. Lake Como (Lago di Como in Italian) is a lake of glacial origin in Lombardy, Italy. It has an area of 146 square kilometers (56 sq. mi), making it the third-largest lake in Italy, after Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore. At over 400 meters (1,300 feet) deep, it is one of the deepest lakes in Europe, and the bottom of the lake is more than 200 meters (660 ft.) below sea level. Lake Como has been a popular retreat for aristocrats and wealthy people since Roman times, and a very popular tourist attraction with many artistic and cultural gems. It has many villas and palaces. Many famous people have or have had homes on the shores of Lake Como. Lake Como is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful lakes in Europe. Depending on your arrival time we will organize further activities. Next, we would like you to get acquainted with your bike and therefore a short test ride will be optimal and can include some of sightseeing or if enough time sightseeing will be done separately. Traditional dinner in the evening apart from new taste will be fine opportunity to discuss about the tour details.
2.Lago di Como - Aosta
A quick daily briefing will follow the breakfast and our journey will start. We head north crossing Lago di Lugano another glacial lake on our way to next, Lago di Maggiore. We will reach the shore line and move south enjoying lake side riding and will reach the Province of Biella. The Province of Biella stretches across northern Piedmont and borders the Valle d’Aosta Valley to the west. In this unspoiled land, nature has many faces, such as the picturesque Biellese pre-Alpine mountains dotted with pretty valleys, and in the south, the pleasant banks of Lake Viverone, a very popular spot with tourists. Then we will turn north to Aosta, our night stop. It is situated near the Italian entrance of the Mont Blanc Tunnel, at the confluence of the Buthier and the Dora Baltea, and at the junction of the Great and Little St. Bernard routes. Aosta shows traces of Roman times, medieval castles, towers and strongholds, churches and sanctuaries. It boasts a natural heritage of rare beauty. It is a home of tradition, museums and exhibitions and traditional food and wine, but it is a home of top ski competitions too.
3.Aosta (Italy) - Briancon (France)
Today we start real Alpine riding. We will cross over French border on our way to Briancon, France. We will ride spectacular passes like Petit Saint Bernard Pass, 2.200 m/asl and then through Val d'Isere over Col de l'Iseran at its 2.770m/asl, considered as highest paved Alpine pass. It is part of the French Graian Alps and belongs to the Route des Grandes Alpes. It connects the Isere Valley and the Arc River Valley between Val-d'Isere in the north and Bonneval-sur-Arc in the south. We settle in Briancon, they say, highest town in Europe, a great fortress town, walled and fortified by Vauban (famous 15th century military engineer), and it's really something to see. There are many sights to see in the town, with fountains, squares, sundials, gargouille streets. In the evening we will check French Provencal Food and Cooking.
4.Briancon - Nice
Our route will take us south where we will be meeting the Cote d’Azur. We start with alpine riding over next two passes, Col du Vars and Col de la Bonnete. Since then the scenery will start slowly changing its face. We are leaving Southern Alps and entering Provencal Mediterranean area enjoying onetime landscape transformation. Entering Nice it is going to be a real change, refreshing change. The natural beauty of the Nice area and its mild Mediterranean climate brought the title: Nice the Beautiful or Nice la Belle. Many have come here not only to find the relaxation but to find the inspiration. The City Museums are home of masterpieces of some outstanding world painters, like Marc Chagall or Henri Matisse. Nice also have long history and displays the evidence of very early use of fire. Nice is one of the oldest human settlements in the world. Nice has a few local dishes, representing the influences from Provence, Liguria and Piedmont. It must be good and we will test it.
5.Rest day: Nice
Nice offers so many different things that it will be challenging to decide. History, culture, art, cuisine, science (Nice Observatory), architecture or sights like famous promenade Bay of Angels or panorama view from the Chateau. Or visit to nearby sites like Monte Carlo or Cannes, the most glamorous places the World. So get prepared and use the chance.
Today it is going to be the great day in great environment. River Rhone on the west, Alps on the left bank and azure blue Mediterranean See on the south frame the area of so many different amazing landscapes, such are Camarque the largest western Europe delta river, or maritime Alps packed with National and Nature Parks, rich in outstanding number of flora and fauna, or bare limestone small mountains, or Calanques characteristic 20-km long series of narrow inlets in the cliffs of the coastline. We will be riding through the fields of aromatic lime-tolerant shrubs such as lavender, sage, rosemary and wild thyme entering small villages in the hills tracing the numerous signs of deep history tales, enjoying the shadows of oaks, the open landscape of the garrigue punctuated by dense thickets of kermes oak. This is a countryside which will be wake up all your senses. The town Grasse is excellent example for that, the perfume capital of the world, is a gateway town to Beyond. We spend the night in St Tropez region, to have a touch of glamour or the way how the military stronghold became an internationally known seaside jet set resort.
7.Cote d’Azur - Embrun
Today we say goodbye to the Cote d’Azur and head through inland to north to say hello to Alps again. We will be riding along North Rim of Grand Canyon du Verdon spectacular canyon that forms a border between the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and the Var. Up to 700 m deep, the 21-km-long canyon varies in width between 6 and 100 m at the bottom and 200 to 1500 m at its rim. Then we will move to Castellane located at the cross-roads of the Route Napoléon and the Upper Verdon road. Castellane is the opposite of a perched village. Tucked down in the throat of the steep Grand Canyon du Verdon, the town is invisible from a distance as you approach, except for a tall rock jutting straight up out of the valley, with a stone chapel (from 1703) perched on top. Sisteron will be our next stop, a pre-Roman town built at a narrow rocky gap (clue) where the Durance and Buech rivers join. The gap, at the north edge of the town, rises in a cliff to the Rocher de la Baume on the east side of the river, and to the rocky peak topped by the imposing 13th-to-17th-century citadel on the west side, protecting the town. And in the end of the day we will reach Embrun, the town located between Gap and Briançon and at the eastern end of one of the largest artificial lakes in Western Europe: the Lac de Serre-Ponçon. The town of Embrun sits on a cliff-top plateau (the "Roc") overlooking the upper Durance river just before it flows into the Lac de Serre-Ponçon.
8.Embrun - Chamonix
For a warm up prior to real alpine riding we say hello again to a familiar face of the town Briancon. Then we move north and get tested to the some of the highest mountain passes in French Alps likes of Col du Galibier and Col du Lautaret developing the alpine scenery all around us again. On our route to Chamonix we will be passing many alpine villages, but also the famous ski resorts like Albertville or Megeve. Chamonix Mont Blanc has been at the sharp end of first adventures in history of Alpine. Marked as a first growth spurt in the Victorian era, host of the first Winter Olympics in 1924 and has re-emerged on the free ride wave as the capital of all-mountain skiing. This steep-sided valley, draped with tumbling glaciers beneath a crown of rocky spires, is where snow sports and mountaineering meet. It is located on French side of Mont Blanc tunnel. Will host us for two nights.
9.Rest day: Chamonix
The numbers give a clue as to Chamonix’s stellar pedigree. Resort height: 1035m. Top lift: 3842m. The range is exceptional and it spells versatility – long runs below the tree line offer good sport in bad weather, and big glacier runs at high altitude are often at their best in April. This is a landscape built on a heroic scale that makes other resorts seem tame by comparison. No two days are the same in this hugely varied ski area. It offers the range of ideas and options, like climbing, or testing the highest cable cars in order to get closest to Mont Blanc, or, what actually is our proposition, take a ride downhill to visit the town of Montreux nestled in a sheltered Lake Geneva bay, surrounded by vineyards and against the breathtaking backdrop of snow-covered Alps. The lakefront promenade between chic Montreux and charming Vevey is said to be the finest in Switzerland. The region is a paradise for gourmets. With its 20 restaurants registered in Guide Michelin and GaultMillau, Montreux Riviera is one of the most famous destinations for culinary art. We are inviting you to taste it.
10.Chamonix (France) - Andermatt (Switzerland)
On the route to our next stop, Andermatt, we are back in saddles for pure Alpine riding. We will make a break at the foot of the Aletsch Glacier, the largest glacier in the Alps. It has a length of about 23 km (14 mi) and covers more than 120 square kilometers (46 sq. mi). It is worth to take a cable car and reach the viewpoints like Eggishorn or Bettmerhorn. The area of the Aletsch Glacier and some surrounding valleys is on the UNESCO World Heritage list, thus it is protected and the facilities are mostly restricted to the external zones. Next will be us riding over Grimselpass and astonishing scenery of Grimselsee and then over Furkapass entering Andermatt region, to take an overnight.
11.Andermatt (Switzerland) - Sankt Anton (Austria)
On this day we will start to leave top hills and alpine riding. We will scale down fascinating Klausenpass and say goodbye to big peaks. But hello to legends, such is William Tell when riding through Altdorf region in Wallensee direction. It is going to be smooth riding through forested medieval landscapes. We will visit Vaduz, capital of small monarchy of Lichtenstein to feel the touch of history tales and then keep on riding to Sankt Anton region. Again in Alps, but Austrian ones, dinner will be traditional one, culinary delights of regional food, just to remind us on where we are.
12.Sankt Anton (Austria) - Corvara Alta Badia (Italy)
Today we will open “the secret door to the south”, will drive along the Timmelsjoch High Alpine Road, the highest pass of the eastern Alps, enjoying a majestic view of the Oetztal Alps and a masterpiece of road construction at the same time. 60 spectacular bends lead to an altitude of 2500 meters - truly memorable experience especially motor bikers. Fantastic vantage points, crystal-clear brooks and steep-ascending rock faces accompany you from the Oetztal valley to the Italian Tyrol. Our route will take us south over the Italian border where we will be entering the Dolomites. The Dolomites are a mountain range in the northern Italian Alps, with 18 peaks rising over 3,000 meters and covering 141,903 ha. They feature some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes with vertical walls, cliffs and dense narrow, deep and long valleys, representing a diversity of spectacular landscapes of international significance for geomorphology marked by steeples, pinnacles and rock walls, glacial landforms and karst systems. The Dolomites are a part of UNESCO World Heritage List and widely regarded as being among the most attractive mountain landscapes in the world. It is a place filled with roads for ultimate joy of riding and, as such, an ideal place on our route where we will be crossing next known passes, Jaufenpass and Pennes. We will settle in Corvara Badia. Corvara, situated at 1568 meters above the sea level on a sunny plain at the foot of the Mt. Sassongher, is, in many ways, the cradle of tourism in Alta Badia.
13.Rest day: Corvara Alta Badia
Rest day in Corvara offers many options. Surrounding passes, like Falzarego or Valparola or just relax and recuperating strengths. We propose smooth ride to Lago di Garda one of the famous lake resorts in Italy. Depending on your preferences we will organize group or individual itineraries.
14.Corvara - Bormio
From Corvara we will head on an outstanding ride through the Dolomites, visiting Passo di Stelvio. The Stelvio Pass is a high mountain pass at 2757 m (9045 feet) above the sea level, located in the Ortler Alps in Italy. The road over the pass, Strada Statale 38, is the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps and the second highest in the Alps, after the Col de l'Iseran (2770 m asl). The road itself is a marvel of engineering skill; the exhilarating serpentine sections simply lure experienced drivers. All in all, this could be the most magnificent road pass in Europe. The day six journey ends in Bormio, another Italian top touristic resort. The hosts say, who discovers Bormio never forget the charm that emanates. It is a cauldron kissed by the sun. And after a full day, nothing is better than a typical Italian dinner and entertainment provided by your guide.
15.Bormio - Lago di Como
Our last day of riding takes us over magnificent Passo di Gavia on our route to Lago di Como region, our starting point. GaviaPass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2,621 m (8,599 ft) above the sea level, located in the Lombardy region, Italy. It’s often used on the route of the Giro d'Italia road bicycle race. On top of the Gavia Pass we will find the picturesque lake Lago Bianco, surrounded by the mountain Corno dei Tre Signori, 3359 m/als. Even more beautiful is the lake Lago Nero on 2386 m/als, which is situated just underneath the pass on the south side. The drive is definitely worth it. Along the Dolomite chain direction west and then south we will round up our journey in Lago di Como region. In the evening we let the traditional dinner to unleash the tons of impressions gathered in past two weeks of riding.
The farewell day: your departure time will determine the way we organize the day.
To round up your stay, we will transfer you to the airport and wish you a nice and pleasant flight home with one final hope: that you had the time of your life with us and that you'll be coming back!
Difficulty - Hard
15 nights 3/4*
2x Spec. Lunches
Petrol for the tour
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