DAY 1 | Arrive Lyon, France

  • Our Staff will meet you at Lyon Airport and you will be coached to our accommodation near Chambery.
  • After check in we will assemble bicycles and take a short ride to freshen the travel legs and ensure that the bikes are in great mechanical shape for the cycling ahead.
  • Tonight we will host you to a welcome dinner in the Hotel Gardens
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DAY 2 | St Michaels Mount, France

  • Distance: 16km (one way)
  • Total Vertical Climb: 435m
  • Max slope: 14.6%
  • Estimated Time: 3hrs 30mins
  • Today's Ride is Rated: Moderate

This ride is great in both directions! The hairpins above Challes Les Eaux give this relatively short ride a surprisingly mountainous character. The perfect ride to unwind those travel legs.

DAY 3 | Col Du Granier, France

  • Distance: 68km
  • Total Vertical Climb: 1728m
  • Max slope: 17.7%
  • Estimated Time: 4 hrs
  • Today's Ride is Rated: Difficult

This ride begins with a relative easy passage of 8kms to La Monet where the Climb begins. A long steady climb of around 9kms to the summit of Col De Granier. Climbing legs essential but be assured the climb is worth every breathtaking moment. A time to reflect at the summit and then your climbing efforts are rewarded with around 23kms of sometimes fast descent taking some time out at Entremont Le Vieux for some French cuisine before further descents through Mountain Tunnels before reaching the Valley floor at St Christophe. This followed by a shortish climb before around 17kms of rolling country  on a slightly busier road but still with ample cycling room into Chambery for a short stop and then on to the Chateau in Challes where today's ride concludes.

DAY 4 | Isiere, France

  • Distance: 71km
  • Total Vertical Climb: 833m
  • Max slope: 14.8%
  • Estimated Time: 4 hrs
  • Today's Ride is Rated: Easy     

A snappy ride to get the heart rate up. Mostly flat with a climb of around 5kms to a paltry height of just 489 metres. One to clear the nostrils (As Frank would say).   

DAY 5 | Col de Croix de Fer, France

  • Distance: 79km
  • Total Vertical Climb: 2104m
  • Max slope: 12.93%%
  • Estimated Time: 5 hrs 30 mins
  • Today's Ride is Rated: Difficult     

One of the mythical Tour de France rides and climbs. We are Coached to the village of St Jean de Maurienne where our circuit begins. Then on to St Colomban where we take stock and prepare for the climbs ahead. The last few kms are at 10% plus but the panorama of the Aiguilles d,Arves from the Croix de Fer is stunning.

Day 6 | Col de Marocaz, France

  • Distance: 56km (one way)
  • Total Vertical Climb: 863m
  • Max slope: 8.65%
  • Estimated Time: 3hrs 30mins
  • Today's Ride is Rated: Moderate

From Challes we climb to the pinnacle of Mont Cruet taking a brief detour to see the charming village and lake of La Thuile. Then we press on for descent from the pass to the Combe de Savoie where the views are in a word "fabulous". Then through gently rolling farmland and hillside Vineyards to our home base of Challes.

Day 7 | Rest Day

REST DAY

A well deserved rest. Time to discover the beauty and shopping of nearby cosmopolitan Chambery.

Day 8 | Vizille - Alpe D'Huez (or just Alpe D'Huez), France

  • Vizille - Alpe D'Huez                                          Just Alpe D'Huez
  • Distance: 50km                                                  Distance: 15km
  • Total Vertical Climb: 1839m                              Total Vertical Climb: 1167m
  • Max slope: 20.63%                                             Max slope: 19.88%
  • Estimated Time: 4hrs 30mins                           Estimated Time: 2 hrs 30mins
  • Today's Ride is Rated: Difficult                        Today's Ride is Rated: Difficult

Two options today. Both start with a coach ride. Those looking to warm up before the climb will disembark and commence todays ride at Vizille. Those just wanting ghe climb will carry on to Bours D'Oisan at the the foot of the famous climb. Then, with strength in the heart and legs it begins. The ascent followed by the return downhill and longish coach ride home.

 DAY 9 | Le Revard, France

  • Distance: 61kms
  • Total Vertical Climb; 1492m
  • Max slope: 11.48%
  • Estimated Time: 4 hrs
  • Today's Ride is Rated: Moderate/Difficult

Possibly the most rewarding ride of the entire Tour. A  circuit of the Massif with a mid point high of around 1600 metres and spectacular views.

Beginning with a sedate 10kms to St. Alban Leysse where  the climb begins. Approx 13 kms of steady climb and switchbacks past the Ski facilities of La Feclaz and on to Le Revard where the view extends over the largest natural lake in France Lac du Bourget. A break here to appreciate your efforts before approx 20kms of wonderful descent to the Lakeside community of Aix Les Bains.

DAY 10

Rest and Pack Day

A morning to pack the bikes and baggage in preparation for tomorrow's transfer to Tuscany followed by an afternoon at leisure perhaps wandering the streets of Chambery or down the local saying goodbyes to Eric and other new friends at the Savoyard.

DAY 11 | Tuscany, Italy

Coach transfer to Tuscany (estimated travel time, 5hrs)

  • Breakfast from 6.00am – Coach Departure 8.30a
  • Today we leave the French Alps behind as we transfer from our accommodation in the Haute Savoie to the heart of Tuscany where our tour continues.
  • After check in, our staff will assist with the building of your bike and we will take a short local ride to ensure that we have ironed out any mechanical problems.
  • Tonight  we will host you all to drinks in the Gardens of the Relais.

DAY 12 | Towers of San Gimigagno, Italy

  • Distance: 50kms
  • Total Vertical Climb: 814m
  • Max slope: 6.77%
  • Estimated Time: 3 hrs
  • Today's Ride is Rated: Easy

Today’s ride is a fabulous introduction to the Tuscan Sun and provides a taste of things to come with picture postcard scenery culminating in our arrival at the medieval town of San Gimignano where we stop for brunch and an extended break for walking the streets and alleyways of this stunning Tuscan town famed world over for its towers.

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DAY 13 | Chianti Heartland, Italy

  • Distance: 80kms
  • Total Vertical Climb: 1444 m
  • Max slope: 10.22%
  • Estimated Time: 5 hrs
  • Today's Ride is Rated: Moderate

Today we take a longer ride with a few more lumps as we head to Castellina and Greve in Chianti where we will take time out for coffee and a wander through this amazing town sampling local produce as we go. Then it is time to head home to a well-deserved dip in the Hotel pool perhaps.

DAY 14 | Radicondoli & Casole D'Elsa, Italy

  • Distance: 77kms
  • Total Vertical Climb: 979m
  • Max slope: 9.32%
  • Estimated Time: 4 hrs
  • Today's Ride is Rated: Moderate

 

Heading South from our base, our destination is the medieval hilltop village of Radicondoli. This beautiful medieval hamlet, a long way off the beaten path, is well worth a look around. It is also very scenic with sensational views from the top when we arrive. Coffee and sustenance before we head to Mensano and Casole D’Elsa before returning home once more.

DAY 15 | Tuscany, Italy

A day of rest and discovery

Time to treat yourself to the Cities of Tuscany. Both Florence and Siena are easily achievable and should not be missed.

DAY 16 | Volterra, Italy

  • Distance: 45km
  • Total Vertical Climb: 940m
  • Max slope: 13.93%
  • Estimated Time: 3 hrs
  • Today's Ride is Rated: Moderate

 

A later start today, our aim is Volterra which is a town of great architectural interest located 1770 feet above sea level between the rivers Bra and Cecina. Volterra boasts two fine castles and Etruscan remains. Perhaps more importantly the ambience of Volterra is amazing easily rivalling that of the more famous destination of San Gimignano. This then is the reason for our late departure – time to wander the streets and shop before we dine at a fabulous restaurant before being coached back to our Hotel.

DAY 17 | Castellina in Chianti & Monteriggioni

  • Distance: 50KMS
  • Total Vertical Climb: 776m
  • Max slope: 10.22%
  • Estimated Time: 4 hrs
  • Today's Ride is Rated: Moderate

 

Castellina in Chianti is a typical Tuscan wine village located atop a forested hillside.  Stopping here for coffee and sustenance before pressing on to Monteriggioni, which is without doubt, one of the most classical and best known Italian walled towns. Time again for a wander and perhaps some lunch here before heading home. Sadly this afternoon it is time to pack and prepare for our journeys home

DAY 18-20 | Rome, Italy

Coach transfer to Rome (travel time, 0hrs)

  • Breakfast from 6.00am – Coach Departure 8.30am
  • Today we leave Tuscany behind as we transfer from our accommodation to our Rome apartments and 3 days of leisurely discovery and wind down.
  • After check in, our staff will assist with bike storage and you will be free to discover Rome at your own pace either singly or as small groups according to your preference.

Exploring Rome

  • Three luxuriant days in this amazing city to discover antiquities, visit museums, wine, dine and shop at your leisure in readiness for your return to your normal lives.

DAY 21 | Leonardo Da Vinci, Fiumicino Airport

Coach transfer to Leonardo Da Vinci, Fiumicino Airport

Arrivederci