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Exceptional journey along the Ligurian Sea, from the French Cote d’Azur to Genova.
You will cycle mostly along the coast and sometimes on the new bike lanes, built on the old railway tracks. Part of the tour follows the route of the ancient Via Julia Augusta, designed by the Emperor Augustus around 13 BC.
You will see many delightful little villages like Noli and Finale, elegant towns such as
Bordighera, Sanremo and Alassio, ancient towns of Roman origin, but also the old
towns of major cities such as Nice, Porto Maurizio, Oneglia, Savona and Genova.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

The route is characterized by the typical landscape of Liguria, wavy and shaded, with the presence of some climbs, at times challenging. When possible, the itinerary follows the bike path that runs over an abandoned railway track.

TOUR PROGRAMME

Day 1: Individual arrival to Nice
Day 2: Nice - Ventimiglia ca. 42 km
Day 3: Ventimiglia - Bordighera - San Lorenzo - Imperia ca. 49 km
Day 4: Imperia - Diano - Cervo - Alassio ca. 44 km
Day 5: Alassio - Via Julia Augusta - Albenga - Borgio Verezzi ca. 44 km
Day 6: Borgio Verezzi - Finale Ligure - Savona ca. 34 km
Day 7: Savona - Arenzano ca. 24 km; Arenzano - Genoa by train
Day 8: Individual departure from Genoa

Day 1: individual arrive to Nice
Nice awaits you with its beautiful promenade des Anglais, the heart of the city, where you can meet street artists, trendy bars and, above all, a beach overlooking the endless blue sea. The most characteristic corner of Nice is the old city: a maze of lanes, alternating betyouen charming restaurants and shops of local handicrafts, which open onto small and picturesque squares.

Day 2: Nice – Ventimiglia 42 Km
Today you follow the panoramic road which brings to the Cap Martin and take the
ancient path of customs officers. The path is surrounded by nature and overlooks the sea. The promontory is dominated by the castle of Roquebrune, and it is a true paradise for nature lovers. From Cap Martin you descend quickly to Menton, where you can spend some time visiting the city, before arriving to Italy.

Day 3: Ventimiglia – Bordighera - San Lorenzo - Imperia 49 km
You follow a beautiful bike path that leads to Sanremo, one of the most renowned holiday
resorts of youstern Liguria, also known as the city of flowers. After Sanremo you reach
Bussana; if you have time, you can deal with about 3 km climb that leads to Bussana
Vecchia, where a community of artists, who have restored some of the houses
destroyed by the earthquake of 1887, now lives; you can visit the romantic ruins of the church and the stone houses of the late medieval period, as well as having a magnificent sea view. From San Lorenzo, the road leaves the coast and leads to the hinterland of Liguria and Civezza, which is on top of a hill surrounded by olive groves. From here on a nice descent brings you to Imperia, where you spend the night.

Day 4: Imperia – Diano - Cervo - Alassio 44 km
Today you continue to ride through small towns on the coast, which can become real cities in July and August, as Diano Marina and San Bartolomeo, some of which are well worth a visit, perhaps taking advantage of a terrace by the sea. One of the most picturesque is the village of Cervo, which seems suspended above the sea. From here on, the country seems to dive directly into the water, and you need to get to Marina di Andora to find a suitable beach. You should take a little break here, maybe for a short swim, before taking the path that leads inland. You ascent the valley of the Merula stream to overcome the hills in Villalunga and descend to Alassio, where you spend the night.

Day 5: Alassio - via Julia Augusta - Albenga – Borgio Verezzi ca. 44 km
From Alassio you follow the ancient Roman road Via Julia Augusta up to Albenga, a very
suggestive way, which preserves part of the original Roman footsteps. In Borghetto you leave the coast for a first turn inland, relatively flat, towards the villages of Toirano and Boissano. Regained the sea, you proceed along the coast through the fishing villages of Pietra Ligure, and Borgio.

Day 6: Borgio Verezzi - Finale - Savona 34 km ca.
From Borgio you begin a climb to Gorra, then it´s all downhill to Finalborgo, whose medieval walls have been preserved to this day; it´s worth to take a break walking in the streets of the historic core of the village, overlooked by fifteenth-century and Renaissance buildings. Then the route is flat up to Finalpia, then you go up to the plateau of Manie, from which you reach the sea at Noli Ligure, through a quiet street surrounded by woods. Noli is a small village by the sea, nestled among the hills with the ruins of its castle. To achieve Spotorno you can follow the direct route by taking a walk along the beach or up the road to the castle of Noli, continue towards Vezzi Portio and from there you take the road downhill, which goes up to Spotorno. You continue on the coast to Torre del Mare, then up again above the sea to Bergeggi and back down in Vado Ligure; finally the beautiful waterfront brings you to Savona, where you spend the night.

Day 7: Savona – Arenzano 24 km – train to Genova
You follow the seafront to Albissola, the beach is backed by extensive establishments, where you may stop. Continuing along the coast you reach the beach of Celle Ligure and then the beautiful town of Varazze, with a wide promenade framed by historic buildings. Then you follow the last stretch of bike path that comes with a short interval, until Arenzano. The path has been drawn by nineteenth century old railway, converted into a cycle path following the disposal of the tracks, it winds through tunnels, stone bridges and picturesque steps overlooking the sea.You end your bicycle journey in Arenzano; load the bikes on the train and comfortably reach the Ligurian capital of Genova, to spend the last night.

Day 8: Genova, departure or extra nights

TOUR DEPARTURES

Arrival every Saturday from 4 March to 4 November 2017 (last departure).
Minimum number of participants: 2

WHAT´S INCLUDED

  • 6 nights in 3* hotels and 1 night in 4* hotels (double room basis)
  • 7 breakfast
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel
  • Detailed travel documents (maps, route description, places of interest)
  • Telephone support for the duration of the trip

WHAT´S NOT INCLUDED

  • travel to the resorts of the beginning and end of the trip
  • lunches and dinners
  • drinks with meals
  • visits and entrance fees
  • tips
  • tourist tax
  • any other extras and anything not specified in the "What´s included" section.

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Bike rental
€95.00 (10%) ( Per week )
  
E-bike rental
€160.00 (10%) ( Per week )
  
Extra night in Genoa (3* hotel)
€55.00 (10%) ( Per week )
  
Extra night in Nice (3* hotel)
€70.00 (10%) ( Per week )
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