Cycle from Italy to France over legendary passes in the Alps and through renowned wine towns. Absorb the scenery on the way to Paris from your bike seat. This 13-day trip enables you to enjoy French culture, explore the tiny villages en route and make new friends on the road, as well as welcome the Tour de France cyclists as they race into Paris on the last day of the most famous cycling race in the world.
Day 1: July 9: Meet in Turin
Highlights: Welcome to Cycle Leg 23 - TurinThis is rest day in Turin after Leg 22 from Rome to Turin. For cyclists joining us in Turin, we strongly suggest arriving on the 8th to prepare yourself and explore the area before meeting the AllTrails Cycle Legs team and riders. Turin was the first capital of a unified Italy and a major business and cultural centre for the country, it is also the capital of the Piemonte region, famous for its wines and monastries. Dinner together tonight.
Day 2: July 10: Torino to Briançon
Highlights: Italian/French Alps, Sestriere, Col de Mongenèvre, BriançonThe beauty of the Italian and French Alps is with us today in all its glory as we cycle up the Dora Riparia - the magnificent valley taking us to Susa and the snowfield region of Bardonecchia, a popular holiday resort in the heart of the Alps and our last town before crossing the border and dropping down into Briancon. This tour and roads are often included in the Tour de France routes. A tough first day, however our support vehicle is always close-by.
Mileage today: 124km (77 mi)
Day 3: July 11: Briançon to Alpe d'Huez
Highlights: Col du Lautaret, La Meije, Massif des Écrins, l'Alpe d'Huez, Col du GalibierWe cycle through the valley alongside beautiful river systems, before climbing Col du Lautaret 2058mt then on to La Meije, Massif des Écrins. For those who want the ultimate Tour de France cycling experience you have the opportunity to ride up and down Col du Galibier before we all climb the world famous Alpe d'Huez. Stand on the podium at the top for a great picture opportunity before retiring to our accommodation right here at the top of Alpe-d'Huez for our overnight stay (unless you want to go down and do Alpe-d'Huez again!). Don't worry if you do not want to tackle all of the hills today - our support vehicle will be there to help you along where required (and remember that tomorrow is pretty much all downhill).
Mileage today: 80 km (50 mi)
Day 4: July 12: Alpe d'Huez to Aix-le-Bains
Highlights: Gorges de la Romanche, Chaine de la Belledonne, Massif de la Chartreuse, Aix-les-BainsToday we head down from Alpe d'Huez to Le Bourg d'Oisans along the valley through the Gorges de la Romanche, bypassing Grenoble through la chaine de Belledonne and Massif de la Chartreuse to Aix les Bains. Today is mostly downhill after your big day of climbs yesterday. Dinner together.
Mileage today: 130 km (80 mi)
Day 5: July 13: Aix-les-Bains to Mâcon
Highlights: Bugey, Jura, La Dombes, Mâcon wines and Beaujoulais vineyardsThe cycling to Paris from now has a lot less hills, however vineyards are the beauty of this area. We head away looking forward to our rest day, ready to take in the wonderful scenery and atmosphere of the french countryside and villages as the country prepares for French National Day, the anniversary of the storming of Bastille fortress prison.
Mileage today: 150 km (93 mi)
Day 6: July 14: Mâcon (Rest Day)
Highlights: Bastille DayToday is a great day for a rest day in a beautiful location and of course with the celebrations and festive atmosphere of Bastille Day - the day of French Independence.
Day 7: July 15: Mâcon to Beaune - Captal of Burgundy Wines
Highlights: Cluny Abbey, Burgundy vinieyards, Montrachet, Meursault, Volnay, PommardHighlights today are many as we cycle through Saone-en-Loir to Cluny Abbey - at one point one of the most influential and richest monasteries in the Western world. Our ride ends today in the bustling town of Beaune, the heart of Burgundy wine country. Dinner together.
Mileage today: 135 km (83 mi)
Day 8: July 16: Beaune to Semur-en-Auxois
Highlights: Beautiful traffic-free country roads, fortified town of Semur-en-AuxoisBurgundy Vineyards beautify this area, which has many quiet back roads through medieval villages built on a pink granite bluff. Semur-en-Auxois is near surrounded by River Armancon, also the start of 2007 Tour de France. Dinner on your own tonight.
Mileage today: 92 km (57 mi)
Day 9: July 17: Semur-en-Auxois to Pouilly-Sur-Loire
Highlights: Parc Régional Naturel du Morvan, Pouilly VineyardsCrossing the Canal du Nivernais in the Bourgogne area, we visit Parc Regional Naturel du Morvan, the Pouilly vineyards and Canal a la Loire. Dinner together tonight.
Mileage today: 140 km (87 mi)
Day 10: July 18: Pouilly-Sur-Loire to Montargis
Highlights: Sancerre wines, Canal de BriareAlong the Loire Canal to Val de Orleans to Loiret, we visit Sancerre wines and view the Canal de Briare. The buildings here have not changed in centuries; we'll enjoy the village green where activities are held and see history stand still; the area has very little signage and cute little shops, chalets, and villages. Explore where you'd like to do dinner on your own tonight in Montargis!
Mileage today: 97 km (60 mi)
Day 11: July 19: Montargis to Fontainebleau
Highlights: Seine River, Noing river, FontainebleauOur route takes us along Canal de Briare, then into the Seine River area and Champagne sur Seine, Noing River and into the Forest of Fontainebleu, with its historical château. This area is a popular place where Parisians escape city life in the forest and it is a lovely way to appreciate where the kings of France once lived. Dinner on your own tonight.
Mileage today: 67 km (41 mi)
Day 12: July 20: Fontainebleau to Eiffel Tower, Paris
Highlights: Pedaling into Paris, Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte, Moulin de SenlisPedalling into Paris, the scenery, vineyards, villages, churches, magnificent architecture to Notre Dame Cathedral then finish under the Eiffel Tower with celebrations , champagne, French bread, cheese, olives, meats. Photos and 3 cheers before cycling down to Champs d'Élysses. Our hotel is exceptional, placed between Eiffel Tower and Champs d'Élysses, in a lovely area of Paris amongst great restaurants.
Mileage today: 89 km (55 mi)
Day 13: July 21: Paris - Tour Ends
Highlights: Optional Extra grandstand viewing of Tour de France Paris arrivalToday we wander the sights of this wonderful city, and as an optional extra, some clients have bought seats in a hospitality tent on the Champs Elysees, with food, drinks and a giant screen opposite. Others are scouting around, grabbing their best vantage points for the last day of the Tour de France. Don't miss it! A venue will be arranged for dinner tonight for those who want to continue celebrating which is at your own expense. No cycling today. Dinner on your own.
Optional Extra: enjoy the final day of the Tour de France in Paris with a fully catered grandstand package as the riders race up the Champs d'Élysses. A venue will be arranged for dinner which is at your own expense. We can also help arrange a hotel for you if you plan to stay for the fun.
HighlightsCycling through the French and Italian Alps, celebration of Bastille Day in France, vineyards, chateaus, arrival in Paris 1 day prior to the Tour de France
IncludesUse of a quality 27 - 30 speed bicycle; 13 days, 12 nights in comfortable 3 and 4 star hotels and country estates; 12 breakfasts, 7 dinners, 2 afternoon happy hours with complimentary snacks, wine/juice/water, 1 celebratory lunch/snack at Eifel Tower, van
Begin/EndTurin (Torino), Italy / Paris, France
Arrive/DepartTorino International Airport (TRN) / Charles De Gaulle (CDG) or Paris-Orly (ORY)
Total Distance1000-1100 kms (600 - 680 miles)
Daily Distance70-130 kms (45 - 80 miles)
What to ExpectMountainous terrain that flattens out as the tour progresses; high daily mileage
First few days include long climbs in the Alps, long days with rolling hills.
NotesSome daily procedures may vary from ExperiencePlus! tours as this trip is operated in tandem with AllTrails, an Australian Bike Tour Company. As an Expedition tour this trip receives no Re-Cycle credit.
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|*We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the single supplement rate. This fee will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available this fee will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.|
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