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2018 Italy France Cycling Tour

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    Italy France Tour: 26th May - 10th June

    Presenting the 2018 tour. 15 Nights, riding fully supported across Italy. We stay in luxury hotels in all our locations making our tour as much about enjoying time off the bike as well as on the bike. Use our hotels' amazing facilities to enjoy pampering yourself, to make your holiday an unforgettable luxury bike tour. Experience a food and wine journey from many different regions with seasonal fresh local dishes. Most importantly, leave the rest to us to make your riding holiday stay with you forever.

    START LOCATION: Sestri Levante, Italy
    FINISH LOCATION: Turin, Italy
    TRIP LENGTH: 16 Days - 15 Nights

    DAILY RIDES: 25 - 255 km with optional rest days

    ITINERARY
    Day 1: Saturday 26th May 

    • Pickup: (pre-organised) guest pickups and transfers to hotel for check in.
    • Unpacking the bikes and making sure everything is ready to go.
    • Exploring Sestri Levante!!
    • Welcome to the Tour! Cocktail drinks in the Hotel Bar overlooking the "Med!"
    • Stay location: Sestri Levante (Grand Hotel dei Castelli)

    Day 2: Sunday 27th May 

    • Three ride options departing from your hotel and back for lunch:
      • 1. Climbing out of Sestri Levante over the Passo Bracco onto the Cinqua Terra high road then descend down past Monterosso then onwards to the town of Levanto before climbing back to the high road for a downhill run back into Sestri Levante.
      • 2. Test your legs over Passo Bracco to enjoy the views over the Mediterranean's stunning coastline then descend down into the town of Levanto on the sea before climbing back up passing the colourful town of Bonassoa, then descending back into Sestri Levante for lunch.
      • 3. Enjoy a short option with views of the coastline climbing from the beachfront to look back over Sestri and as far as Portifino before descending back into town for a coffee.
    • Distance: full loop 102km - medium loop 80km - short option 25km
    • Stay location: Sestri Levante (Grand Hotel dei Castelli)

    Day 3: Monday 28th May 

    • Gently climb out of the coastal town of Sestri Levante through the forest into the tablelands looking back over the coast. Spectacular views along the way passing through little villages on the way to Varese Ligure. Climb again to the town of Prato di Reppia the highest point before of our ride before coasting back down into Sestri Levante for lunch.  
    • Distance: 79km
    • Stay location: Sestri Levante (Grand Hotel dei Castelli)

    Day 4: Tuesday 29th May 

    • Two ride options departing from your hotel and finishing in your next destination Genoa:
      • 1. Leaving Sestri Levante we ride along the coast through the famous holiday destination of Rapallo before gently climbing over the headland then back along the coast road into Genoa. A wonderfully scenic ride with a coffee stop.
      • 2. A harder option rolling out the same way along the coast then climbing back into the tablelands behind Rapallo to Torrigliathen. Then a long gradual descent back down into Genoa. A solid ride that will earn you a few beers later in the afternoon in Genoa's many beer houses.
    • Distance: short 52km - long 102km
    • Stay location: Genoa

    Day 5: Wednesday 30th May 

    • Departing our hotel we follow the coastline from Genoa to Varezze then start climbing into our next region, Piemonte. Short little climbs with views in every direction. The rolling hills in Piemonte are covered with grapes as this is Italy's premium wine region. Pretty, small towns are along our route to our next destination for a quick coffee stop before arriving. A glass of Barolo will be the order of the day at many of the wine bars in Acqui Terme.   
    • Distance: 102km
    • Stay location: Acqui Terme

    Day 6: Thursday 31st May

    • Today we take back roads up and over many short little climbs throughout the Piemonte countryside. Passing though many towns along the way and stopping in the town of Canelli for a coffee or glass of prosecco. A beautiful ride with some slow hill climbs and fast descent getting back into town for lunch and another glass of Barolo.  
    • Distance: 65km
    • Stay location: Acqui Terme

    Day 7: Friday 1st June 

    • Departing Acqui Terme with two options depending how the legs feel:
      • 1. The short option takes you over the rolling hills and through many little towns so take the time and stop for a coffee along the way. If you feel brave you can add a climb up to famous wine town of Barbaressco that looks back over your destination Alba. A beautiful ride that will get the group to Alba before lunch.
      • 2. The longer option winds through many single lane roads with very few cars to be seen. Lots of short climbs that will test the legs before starting a downhill run into Alba. A tough day on the bike as the rolling hills suck the energy out of your legs. A well-deserved drink will be needed at the end of the ride.  
    • Distance: short 55km - long 95km
    • Stay location: Alba

    Day 8: Saturday 2nd June 

    • Looking west of Alba is the Italian-French Alps blasting into the sky. Lucky for us we have a couple of days before we start to tackle them. It will be interesting to see who thinks the rolling hills of Piemonte are harder that the Alps...Today we have a fantastic ride though many famous wine towns. Leaving Alba our first climb is up to La Morra, home of the Barolo Boys soccer team and many wine shops. A quick stop at the lookout before heading down the hill to Barolo where you can find Italy's most famous red wine. Another stop at the castle of Barolo and maybe a quick coffee before we climb up to Monfort d'Alba past the famous winery of Gaja and onto to medieval town of Sinio then a downhill run back into Alba for lunch. 
    • Distance: 80km
    • Stay location: Alba

    Day 9: Sunday 3rd June 

    • Departing Alba we head south crossing through Monfort d'Alba and along the river to Doglani before the rolling hills start and continue to Mondovi. We finish by dropping down to the flats for the first time this trip through the cornfields into our destination of Cuneo. A very pretty ride with many river crossings over stone bridges and Roman roads finishing in Cuneo's Roman Piazza.
    • Distance: 98km 
    • Stay location: Cuneo

    Day 10: Monday 4th June 

    • Today we start in Italy and cross the border into France. Two ride options:
      • 1. Departing Cuneo we head out of town on the flat roads then start to climb on a long false flat until we have our first Alpine Pass to tackle. Colle Della Maddalena 1996mt. A steady climb with many switchbacks and the KOM is the border of Italy and France. Once over the KOM it's all downhill to our destination Jausiers.
      • 2. Departing Cuneo we follow a 2008 Tour de France stage route (weather depending). Following the same path the shorter ride we take a left turn before we start the Colle Della Maddalena taking a new course up the tough Colle Della Lombardi 2350mt crossing the border into France and down through the town of Isola then following the river up the valley to Saint-Étienne-de-Tinée, the start of the infamous Colle Della Bonnette reaching 2802mt then a downhill run into Jausiers.
    • A glass of champagne is the order of the day for finishing this ride.
    • Distance: short 90km - long 150km
    • Stay location: Jausiers (France)

    Day 11: Tuesday 5th June

    • Sleep in, take a rest day or a light ride down the river to Barcelonnette for lunch.
    • Distance: Short 14km
    • Stay location: Jausiers (France) 

    Day 12: Wednesday 6th June 

    • Departing our hotel we warm up on a false flat before climbing Col de Vars 2108mt. A solid climb with some steep sections that are not too long. Once over the top be prepared for a long descent with amazing views. Once at the bottom we turn right and along the river with magnificence rock overhangs along the road before turning left to tackle the infamous Col d'Izoard 2360mt. Once over the KOM its all downhill to our destination Briancon. 
    • Distance: 93km
    • Stay location: Briancon (France) 

    Day 13: Thursday 7th June 

    • Today is the day that cyclists live for! Three options that will suite everyone and no one will feel left out:
      • 1. Depart from Briancon and start the gentle Col du Lautaret 2058mt. Not a hard climb but long. Once at the top it's straight down the other side. Its magical scenery will make you stop for a photo. You are high and the drop back down into the valley is extensive, making the descent long, very long. Once at the bottom its dead flat to the right-hand turn to Alp d'Huez 1860mt. 13km up the famous mountain for lunch. Fantastic!!!
      • 2. The big option takes you over the Col du Lautaret 2058mt then right at the top onto and KOM the Col du Galibier 2645mt. With its moon scape summit it’s time to descend almost to the bottom until the backside of the Col du Telegraphe 1566mt before dropping to the bottom of the valley. Small rolling hills alongside the autoroute with big mountains either side can only mean the next climb is close. A left turn takes us onto the Col de la Croix de Fer 2067mt and over the summit then down past the dam and onto the flat lead in to Alpe d'Huez 1860mt for lunch. A proper ride that you will remember forever!
      • 3. For those that just can’t get enough, they can descend Alpe d'Huez 1860mt after lunch and head towards the climb of the big side of the Col du Lautaret 2058mt and coast back into Briancon. This is the most epic of epic challenges. 
    • Distance: short 79km – long 155km - epic 233km
    • Stay location: Briancon (France)

    Day 14: Friday 8th June 

    • With tired legs and a longing for a good coffee it's time to ride back to Italy. Today we depart Briancon straight onto the Col de Sestriere 2035mt. It’s not far to the border and a great coffee before descending back off the alps into the town of Pinerolo then following the river and flat roads all the way to Turin. At first glance 127km is a long ride but for the most of it is downhill and the km’s will be eaten up very quickly in time for a Campari in one of the many bars around the city of Turin.
    • Distance: 127km.
    • Stay location: Turin

    Day 15: Saturday 9th June

    • Recovery coffee ride is the order of the day. A short cobble section to cross the river and out of the city to climb above the city of Turin. A photo stop looking back into the city with the Alpe’s you have just crossed twice is worth a photo. Fast descent back into town for a well-deserved park up with coffee and prosecco.
    • Distance: 30km
    • Stay location: Turin

     Day 16: Sunday 10th June 

    • Our tour comes to an end and we sadly wish you ARRIVERDECI
    • Depart at your leisure

    OUR PACKAGE INCLUDES:

    • 15 nights of accommodation in 4 Star and 5 Star Hotels
    • Daily breakfast, 11 dinners
    • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
    • Daily route support
    • All luggage transfers
    • All transportation during the trip
    • Comprehensive trip literature
    • Welcome Aperitif

    OUR PACKAGE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

    • Airfare to and from the trip
    • Transportation to the trip pick-up location including your bike
    • Accommodation before and after the trip
    • Travel insurance
    • Alcohol not mentioned in inclusions
    • Some meals are not included in each destination, which allows you the opportunity to explore regional cuisine on your own. Your guides are happy to make recommendations should you so desire.

    PRICING OPTIONS:

    • Twin Share: $6500.00 AUD per person
    • Single Room: $8500.00 AUD per person
     
    FURTHER INFORMATION:

    Visit, email or call Turramurra Cyclery (02) 9144 2128, 1366 Pacific Highway, Turramurra 2074, mail@turramurracyclery.com.au.

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