Itinerary changes coming for 2014! The new route will feature shorter cycling days after the Alps. There will likely be modifications that change some towns/hotels along the way. Look for updates in early December 2013.
We have partnered with Australian company AllTrails to bring you a bicycle expedition from Torino to Paris.
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.
If you are interested in riding all the way from Rome to Turin continuing to Paris combine Leg 23 with Leg 22.
Day 1: July 15: Meet in Torino (Turin)
Highlights: Welcome to Cycle Leg 23This is rest day in Torino after Leg 22 from Rome to Torino. For cyclists joining us in Torino, we strongly suggest arriving on the 8th to prepare yourself and explore the area before meeting the AllTrails Cycle Legs team and riders. Torino 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 16: Torino to Susa
Highlights: Italian Alps, SestriereThe beauty of the Italian 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, where the Winter Olympics took place in 2006. Dinner together.
Mileage today: 57km (35 mi)
Day 3: July 17: Susa to Briançon
Highlights: Climbing the French Alps, BriançonToday we cross the French border then head south to the lovely Alpine town of Briançon. At 68km this is a reasonably short ride but it marks the start of the mountain climbing so it will be a nice warm up for tomorrow's attack on the famous Tour de France climbs and you will enjoy the afternoon in beautiful surroundings. We are going to pass through Bardonecchia, the last village in Italy before climbing the Colle della Scala/ Col de l'echelle which marks the boundary between Italy and France. From the top of the Col (1762 metres) we will gently ride downhill into Briancon, the highest town in the European Union at 1325 metres, with its magnificent fortifications of the Vauban. Briancon has often been the final stage of the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia. Dinner together.
Mileage today: 68 km (42 mi)
Day 4: July 18: Briançon to Alpe d'Huez
Highlights: Col du Lautaret, la Meije, Massif des Ecrins, l'Alpe-d'Huez, Col du Galibier (optional)We cycle through the valley alongside beautiful river systems, before climbing Col du Lautaret 2058mt then on to La Meije, Massif des Ecrins. 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). Many of the climbs that you ride today will be ridden by the Tour de France cyclists tomorrow as le Tour travels in the opposite direction to us. Dinner together.
Mileage today: 81 km (50 mi)
Day 5: July 19: Alpe d'Huez to La Cote St Andrè
Highlights: See the Tour de France Stage 14, Gorges de la Romanche, Chaine de la Belledonne, Grenoble.Today we head down from Alpe d'Huez to Le Bourg d'Oisans on a long downhill Somewhere around this point we will cross paths with the Tour de France as the pro cyclists head from Grenoble down the same valleys that we rode yesterday. We will take advantage of this opportunity to soak up some of the atmosphere for the famous bike ride before heading on and through Grenoble cycling along the Drac and then Isere Rivers. Grenoble is considered the capital of the French Alps and the city's history goes back more than 2000 years! We'll bike along the 2 rivers on a nice and flat bikepath before getting to a small and typical village of the region Rhone-Alpes: La Cote St Andre.
Mileage today: 124 km (77 mi)
Day 6: July 20: La Cote St Andrè to Mâcon
Highlights: Rolling countryside of the French Rhone-Alpes region, Mâcon wines and Beaujoulais vineyardsA long but flat ride for today as we cross the Rhone River and head north through the marshy plains of the Dombes region, also known as the thousand lakes region. Many spots for bird watching today, as we pedal from one pond to the next. The cycling to Paris from now has a lot less hills, however vineyards are the beauty of this area. We head away taking in the wonderful scenery and atmosphere of the French countryside and villages. In the morning we will pedal through the beautiful countryside on small roads with no traffic before getting into the Burgundy region with its production of excellent wines. Our final stop is Macon, a town which lies on the river Saone. The city has a wonderful recently restored romanesque cathedral and many cafes along the river where you can taste some wines of the Maconnais!
Mileage today: 141 km (87 mi)
Day 7: July 21: Mâcon to Beaune - Capital of Burgundy Wines
Highlights: Burgundy vineyards - Montrachet, Tournus, Meursault, Pommard, VolnayHighlights today are many as we cycle through Burgundy's famous Vineyards. A scenic flat ride through some of the best known vineyards of France. We will start the day biking along rolling roads in the middle of the countryside before getting to the medieval town of Tournus where you can stop by to visit the massive church of Saint Philibert. From Tournus you will bike through the famous vineyards and chateaux of Burgundy before getting to Beaune, the capital of the wine region, ready for your rest day tomorrow. Dinner together.
Mileage today: 102 km (63 mi)
Day 8: July 22: Beaune (Rest Day)
Highlights: BeauneRest day today in the Capital of Burgundy Wines to recharge the batteries and prepare for the final push on to Paris. Explore the town or relax at the wineries scattered around every corner.
Day 9: July 23: 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. We pedal the small roads again before a short climb to the splendid medieval chateau de Chateauneuf where you can stop for a visit and enjoy a magnificient view of the countryside. There will not be many villages today along our route - simply the beauty of the green, flowery countryside before arriving in Semur en Auxois which is encircled by River Armancon and was the start of 2007 Tour de France.
Mileage today: 90 km (56 mi)
Day 10: July 24: Semur-en-Auxois to Auxerre
Highlights: Auxerre - Capital of Lower Burgundy.Rolling terrain today on our way to Auxerre, the Capital of Lower Burgundy and home of some of the most famous wineries in France. Not to be missed is the historical center with its half-timber houses and the exquisite flamboyant Gothic Abbey of St. Germain. From Semur we will experience the bucolic side of France, pedaling through flat roads before a short climb to Avallon, an architectural medieval pearl in the middle of Burgundy. Take the time to explore the village and do not miss the collegiate de Saint Lazaire. From Avallon we will continue on rolling and flat roads with little traffic till the entrance of Auxerre. We will pedal through the historical centre on small medieval lanes to our hotel. Auxerre is simply stunnning: explore the city and taste some typical wines such as the Chablis or the Cremant de Bourgogne. Dinner together.
Mileage today: 102 km (63 mi)
Day 11: July 25: Auxerre to Fontainebleau
Highlights: FontainebleauA great ride today as we cycle the flat and easy terrain, passing through villages and crossing the border with our final region that is the Ile de France region. A few last short rolling hills before our final destination of Fontainebleau where you will admire one of the most famous French royal palaces: Fontainebleau. The Palace and the surrounding forest are popular destinations for Parisians to get out in the country and a lovely way to appreciate where the kings of France once lived.
Mileage today: 125 km (78 mi)
Day 12: July 26: 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 the Champs-Élysées. Our hotel is exceptional, placed between Eiffel Tower and Champs-Élysées, in a lovely area of Paris amongst great restaurants.
Mileage today: 88 km (55 mi)
Day 13: July 27: 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-Élysées, 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-Élysées. 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/EndTorino (Turin), 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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