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/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.
Mileage today: 60km (37 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 Briancon. At 64km 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.
Mileage today: 64 km (40 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: 80 km (49 mi)
Day 5: July 19: Alpe d'Huez to Bourgoin-Jallieu
Highlights: See the Tour de France Stage 14, Gorges de la Romanche, Chaine de la Belledonne, Grenoble, Massif de la Chartreuse.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. A gap through the Massif de la Chartreuse leads us to the plains all the way to the outskirts of Lyon, France's second largest city. Today is mostly downhill after your big day of climbs yesterday.
Mileage today: 141 km (87 mi)
Day 6: July 20: Bourgoin-Jallieu to Mâcon
Highlights: La Dombes, Macon 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.
Mileage today: 108 km (67 mi)
Day 7: July 21: Mâcon to Beaune - Captal of Burgundy Wines
Highlights: Cluny Abbey, Burgundy vineyards, 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: 107 km (66 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.
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. 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 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.
Mileage today: 97 km (60 mi)
Day 11: July 25: Auxerre to Fontainebleau
Highlights: FontainebleauA great ride today as we cycle to 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: 126 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 Champs Elysees. Our hotel is exceptional, placed between Eiffel Tower and Champs Elysees, in a lovely area of Paris amongst great restaurants.
Mileage today: 89 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 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/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.
|Jul 15 - 27, 2014||See notes. Price varies with date||AUS$ 1000||
Book by Jan 31 AUS$6140;
Book Feb 1-28 AUS$6240;
Book Mar 1-31 AUS$6340;
Book Apr 1-Jul 15 AUS$6440.
Combine with Leg 22 and save AUS$500 per leg.
|*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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