Day 1 / 271 miles From Calais we cross the country and make our way along the beautiful rural roads of northern France to Verdun and the famous Douaumont ossuary WW1 war memorial at Verdun, then on to our hotel.
Day 2 / 240 miles Today takes us up into the Vosges Mountains and some truly dramatic scenery before settling in to our second overnight stop near the border with Switzerland.
Day 3 / 168 miles Our first full day in the mountains sees you conquering spectacular alpine roads all day long. Starting with the Jura Moutains and leading down past Geneva, the Massif de Bauges, Chambery and finally into Albertville..
Day 4 / 151 miles From Grenoble another day of sublime riding joining the famous “Route Napoleon”, along the D900 and Luberon which brings us to our base. Weather dependant we may also travel along the Routes des Grandes alps to really get a taste of the best the region has to offer.
Day 5 / 240 miles Ride Europe’s answer to the Grand Canyon. The Gorges du Verdon form a truly impressive canyon with walls 2,000 feet high. We spend the morning riding the curves around the canyon before making our way to Genoa in Italy and our ferry to Sardinia.
Day 6 / Arrive in Arbatax and have the day to explore the charming small fishing port and climb the nearby watchtower built by the Spaniards to protect the territory from the incursion of Arab pirates
Day 7 / 180 miles A twsity ride east to west across the island to fortified town of Alghero, one of Sardinia’s most beautiful medieval cities
Day 8 / Time to explore the town, visit Neptunes Caves, the Grotte di Alghero or just relax in the sun.
Day 9/10/11/12 A short afternoon ferry crossing over to Corscia where we spend three further days and you can either join us on organised ride outs along the coastal cliffs, over mountain passes and through granite gorges or relax by the pool and down by the beach before exploring the local towns and villages.
Day 13 / 230 miles Getting off the ferry we have a leisurely cruising morning across the south of the country through the low hills and national park of Cevennes to Millau. Taking in the best and quietest roads in the lower Pyrenees, our overnight stop is within striking distance of the Millau Viaduct, the tallest vehicular bridge in the world.
Day 14 / 204 miles Today starts by visiting the Millau Viaduct, this takes us up towards the Limousin region and the town of Treignac on the banks of the Vezere, our base for the next 2 nights.
Day 15 / 248 miles From Treignac we continue back northwards with a leisurely ride through rural France and the tranquil National Park at La Brenne. We skirt Orleans and the Loire valley to take us to our final evening stop in Chartres where we take in a night time walking tour of the city and its festival of lights.
Day 16 / 212 miles Hearty breakfast and then onto the channel tunnel for the final leg of the trip home…