Do you feel like exploring Southern France, a picturesque diversity of sea and little mountains? Following the footsteps of the legendary French emperor Napoléon Bonaparte Bonaparte, you’ll get a sense of the typical French lifestyle.
The Route Napoléon traces the historic travel route of Napoléon Bonaparte after leaving exile back in 1815. In order to regain power, he made it from the Italian island of Elba up to the bright city of Grenoble near the Alps. On its approximately 200 miles, it covers a stunning route leading from the coastal city of Antibes to Grenoble. Along the route you’ll get to see the idyllic coastline, the famous city of Cannes and cross the six mountain ranges passing by Grand Canyon du Verdon.
Don’t miss the chance to visit the stunning Canyon du Verdon. There you can find several hiking trails and enjoy fantastic views over the nearby hills.
Updated: July 17, 2018
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Route Napoléon follows mostly the signposted Route Nationale 85. There are only a few curves on this road. However, the track between Grasse and Barrême as well as the northern track of the route (until Col Bayard) counts with several hidden curves, so please drive carefully.
city center of Antibes (16 m)
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city center of Grenoble
From the city center of Antibes we depart in southern direction on the national road D 6107. After about 3 miles we cross Golfe-Juan and drive southwards on D 6007 until Pointe Croisette. After further 7 miles we reach the city of Cannes and continue on D6285, 6185 and 6085 until the small town of Grasse. Reaching Saint-Vallier-de Thirey by D 6085 we continue heading northwards. After a total of 78 miles we see the mountain range of Col de Corobin on our right. Following national road N 85 (D 1085) in northern direction, after approximately 145 miles we get to the small town of Gap, then we continue for further 50 miles until Laffrey (just a few miles from Praire de la Rencontre) until we finally leave behind Le Pont de Claix and get to Grenoble after a total of 205 miles.
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Public transport friendly
At the airport of Nice (NCE) take the bus line 23 (St Laurent du Var Gare) until the final stop, then continue by train line 86024 heading for Cannes-la-Bocca until Gare d’Antibes (total length: approx. 40 min.).
From the airport of Nice (NCE) we head southwards on motorway A8 to the coastal city of Antibes (total distance: 14 miles).
There are parking lots on the cities/small towns and at the POIS alongside the route.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
For the stopovers alongside the route you need solid footwear, weatherproof clothing and enough to drink (preferably water).
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