Torino to Paris - AllTrails Expedition (TourzPlus)

Torino to Paris - AllTrails Expedition (TourzPlus)

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.

Featured in Men's Journal as one of 3 top global epic long distance bicycle tours.

Combine with AllTrails Rome to Torino.

The Rome to Paris ride was voted by Men's Journal as one of the top "Epic Long-Distance Bike Tours for 2014.

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Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 13 Days
  • Total Distance / 978 kms (604 miles)
  • Avg. Distance / 98 kms 60 miles) per riding day
  • Tour Level / 1.0
  • Countries / France, Italy
  • Begin/End / Torino (Turin), Italy / Paris, France
  • Price / From AUS$6140
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Tour Summary

Tour Summary

  • Highlights
    • Cycling through the French and Italian Alps
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    • celebration of Bastille Day in France
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    • vineyards
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    • chateaus
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    • arrival in Paris 1 day prior to the Tour de France

    Keep in Mind: We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

    Mountainous terrain that flattens out as the tour progresses; high daily mileage; this tour is timed to combine with the finish of the Tour de France so expect it to be hot.
  • Includes
    13 days, 12 nights in comfortable 3 and 4 star hotels and country estates; 12 breakfasts, 6 dinners, 1 evening happy hour, 3 lunches, Champagne celebration at the Eifel Tower; van support
  • Arrive / Depart
    Torino International Airport (TRN) / Charles De Gaulle (CDG) or Paris-Orly (ORY)
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    Tour Level Note: First few days include long climbs in the Alps, long days with rolling hills.

    **We use Ride With GPS (ridewithgps.com) to calculate elevation and mileage information. Due to variance between mapping technologies, totals may differ slightly across devices and applications

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Daily Itinerary

DAY 1: Meet in Torino (Turin)

Highlights: Welcome to Cycle Leg 23

This 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 monasteries.

Distance: Test Ride. Meals: D

Lodging: Hotel Genova

  • Meals: Dinner

DAY 2: Torino to Susa

Highlights: Italian Alps

The 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.

Distance: 57km (35 miles). Meals: B, D

Lodging: Hotel Napoleon

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3: Susa to Briançon

Highlights: Climbing the French Alps, Briançon

Today 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.

Distance: 68 km (42 miles). Meals: B

Lodging: Parc Hotel

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4: 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.

Distance: 81 km (50 miles). Meals: B, L, D

Lodging: Alpenrose Hotel

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: Alpe d'Huez to La Cote St Andrè

Highlights: 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 then wind our way between the stunning mountain ranges, heading on and through Grenoble 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 two rivers on a nice and flat bikepath before getting to a small and typical village of the region Rhone Alpes: la Cote St Andre.

Distance 124 km (77 miles). Meals: B, D

Lodging: Hotel de France

  • Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6: La Cote St Andrè to Mâcon

Highlights: Rolling countryside of the French Rhone-Alpes region, Mâcon wines and Beaujoulais vineyards

A 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!

Distance: 141 km (87 miles). Meals: B

Lodging: Hotel de Bourgogne

  • Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7: Mâcon to Beaune - Capital of Burgundy Wines

Highlights: Burgundy vineyards - Montrachet, Tournus, Meursault, Pommard, Volnay

Highlights 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.

Distance: 102 km (63 miles). Meals: B

Lodging: Hotel de la Paix

  • Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8: Beaune (Rest Day)

Highlights: Beaune

Rest 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.

Distance: Rest Day Meals: B

Lodging: Hotel de la Paix

  • Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9: Beaune to Semur-en-Auxois

Highlights: Beautiful traffic-free country roads, fortified town of Semur-en-Auxois

Burgundy 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.

Distance: 90 km (56 miles). Meals: B, L

Lodging: Le Cote d'Or

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10: 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.

Distance: 102 km (63 miles). Meals: B, D

Lodging: Hotel le Parc des Marechaux

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11: Auxerre to Fontainebleau

Highlights: Fontainebleau

A 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.

Distance: 125 km (78 miles). Meals: B, L

Lodging: Aigle Noir

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12: Fontainebleau to Eiffel Tower, Paris

Highlights: Pedaling into Paris, Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte, Moulin de Senlis

Pedalling 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.

Distance: 88 km (55 miles). Meals: B, D

Lodging: Hotel West End

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13: Paris - Tour Ends

Highlights: Optional Extra - grandstand viewing of Tour de France Paris arrival

Today 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.

Meals: B

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.

  • Meals: Breakfast
Travel Information

Travel Information

What's Included

For a full list of what's included before, during and after your bike tour, visit our What's Included page.

Keep in Mind

We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

Mountainous terrain that flattens out as the tour progresses; high daily mileage; this tour is timed to combine with the finish of the Tour de France so expect it to be hot.

Pre-Trip Planning Checklist

To do right after you booked!

6 to 3 Months Prior to Tour Start Date

  • Check the online itinerary of your trip and review the arrival and departure information under the "Travel Information" tab to see meeting place and time, if a reservation on a complimentary ExperiencePlus! Shuttle (if applicable) is required, and other important information to help you plan your arrival and departure.
  • Reserve your flights after you know you have a confirmed tour departure. Please check with our office if you do not know if your trip is confirmed.
  • Book your pre and post-tour hotel nights.
  • 12 weeks before your tour begin your training program: https://www.experienceplus.com/blog/travel-planning/bicycle-tour-training/
  • Final payment is due 90 days prior to the tour start. Please refer to your Deposit Payment Invoice and the Final Payment Reminder e-mail you have received for detailed instructions.

6 to 2 Weeks Prior to Tour Start Date

Day of Your Flight

Get as much sleep on the plane as you can. Pack your one day of cycling gear in your carry-on. See you soon!

What to Expect on Tour

Bicycles

Your bike will be equipped with: a men's or women's saddle, a quick release style seat post adjustment, rear rack and expandable pack, pump, patch kit, spare tube, cable lock, cyclometer, rear lights, a water bottle cage (or two) and a water bottle (or two) and in some cases a bell. If you would like to bring your own pedals and shoes we recommend doing so—your tour leaders will install them during the bike fitting. We have flat pedals with or without cages available. For safety and hygiene reasons you are responsible for bringing a helmet.

Daysheets

Each day you'll receive a daysheet with information on the day's activities, meals and ride. These also include Tour Leader phone numbers, hotel information and interesting historical and cultural information about sites that you may want to stop and see along the route. Your Tour Leaders will also post daily announcements in the hotel lobby with information about sightseeing in town or restaurant recommendations for dinners on your own as well as important information about breakfast, luggage down and "arrows down" time.

Navigating on Tour

Each day we will provide you with a route map with the day's ride highlighted route. Of course, we also mark the route every day with our signature chalk dust arrows. Our arrows make navigating very easy—you may never need to look at the map! The arrows also allow you to ride at your own pace. There is no need to "keep up" with the group—this is your ride!

But what if it rains? What happens to the arrows? In a light rain, the arrows actually "set up" and become more permanent. In a heavy rain, they do wash away. If that happens, we'll re-group to cycle together for those who want to continue cycling while those who prefer to stay dry can shuttle.

For the tech-loving riders out there we offer the opportunity to download GPS tracks of most tour routes to your personal GPS device using RideWithGPS.com. Tracks are available upon request approximately three to four weeks prior to the departure.

Van Support

The van carries luggage and supports cyclists. It also has water, fruit and snacks. Though the van has snacks, we encourage you to stop and enjoy markets and find your own favorite local specialty.

Hotels

We have carefully chosen all of our accommodations for their charm and location. They are typically small, family run hotels that offer you a glimpse into the local culture.

We prefer hotels near interesting sites in the center of town located along the best cycling route in the area. Because many of the hotels are small not all of the rooms will be exactly the same. We keep this in mind and do our best to distribute rooms fairly by the end of the tour. Our itinerary lists our primary hotels. On rare occasions, listed hotels are subject to change.

Meals and Restaurants

Breakfasts: we work hard to arrange complete breakfasts but some hotels still serve continental style breakfasts; cycling is energy intensive so we do recommend you plan for a morning or mid-morning snack on the road at a local café or market.

Water is OK in almost all hotels and in country fountains; if there is a problem, we will advise you.

We'll recommend lunch locations en route and most itineraries include a few group picnics. We limit the number of picnics so you don't feel pressured to be at a certain place in the middle of your ride.

Dinners together are often pre-planned and pre-ordered. We'll ask you prior to your trip if you have special dietary requirements. Preplanned meals allow us to provide a variety of regional specialties and facilitate efficient service. Water, wine and beer are included.

Tipping Your Tour Leader Team

If you feel your tour leader team has demonstrated great expertise and service, common practice within the travel industry is to tip. Tipping is voluntary and greatly appreciated, and gratuity amounts vary widely. Should you decide to leave a tip, as a guideline, we suggest 5% of the tour cost per traveler – this for the entire tour leader team, not each Tour Leader. If you’d like to show your gratitude for your Tour Leaders’ excellent service you can give the tip to any member of the tour leader team, as they share it evenly. In order to avoid social tensions, we encourage you to tip as individuals and not as a group. If you feel your Tour Leaders did not quite meet your expectations, then we would like to know about it. You will also have the opportunity to leave your comments in our evaluation survey which we email to you after your trip.

Photos

By reserving space on tour, you agree that ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours may use, re-use and reproduce any images, photos or videos that you send to us, or that are taken by our guides and/or other travelers of you individually or in a group, in any medium, including but not limited to print, electronic media, or Internet, free of charge and without your right to inspection, for promoting and publicizing our travel products and services worldwide. If you do not want us to use any images of you that are taken by us or other participants during the tour, you must inform us or your tour leader in writing at the start of the tour.

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