Epic Cycling Expedition from Rome to Paris ~ Plus Bonus Tour de France Finale!
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Award-winning bicycle tour operator, ExperiencePlus!, announces a thrilling two-part expedition tour from Rome to Paris in partnership with esteemed Australian bicycle tour operator, AllTrails. Perhaps the two most romantic cities in the world ~ Rome, with its ancient ruins and historic architecture, is the perfect place to start ~ while Paris, the hub of Europe, with its elegant style of art, fashion, and flair is the ideal end point for this epic bike ride through Europe!
Introducing a unique chance to experience a European expedition in one or two parts, this exciting collaboration invites riders to cycle from Rome to Torino, Italy with the added opportunity to continue from Torino to Paris, France just in time to witness first-hand the finale of the legendary Tour de France! The combined expertise of bicycle tour operators AllTrails and ExperiencePlus! creates a powerhouse team to deliver an unforgettable cycling adventure.
The seasoned AllTrails staff, run by owners Phil and Susan McDonald, has earned top recognition in the bicycle tour industry through a mix of great organization and attention to detail, genuine care for the rider experience, passionate tour leaders, and just down-right hard work.
ExperiencePlus! has been family-owned since 1972 and was the first U.S. based tour operator to offer bicycle tours in Italy. Owned and operated today by sisters, Maria Elena and Monica Price, ExperiencePlus! has earned the reputation of providing true cycling expertise with innovative routes and off-the-beaten-path immersion throughout Europe and South America.
Heading north from the eternal city of Rome, part one of this expeditionary route wends its way through stunning southern Tuscany, over the Apennine Mountains to Emilia Romagna, and through the Po Valley into the wine hills of Piedmont over the course of 13 days for a total of 603 miles. The finale of this portion of the tour is the arrival in Turin (Torino), designated the first capital of the Kingdom of Italy in 1861, and the leader in uniting Italy under one flag. Along the way, the unique history and customs of diverse Italian regions are highlighted as we pedal along quiet roads past small villages while passing imposing medieval and renaissance castles and cities. Of course, there will be ample stops to sample the best of each region's finest wines and traditional dishes.
If you are up for an added extraordinary adventure, sign on for part two: Departing from Turin, cross challenging mountain passes from Italy into the French Alps and explore a colorful landscape of renowned wine towns. This 13-day, 604-mile section highlights French culture while stopping to explore remote villages and taste coveted Burgundian wines before culminating in Paris with a champagne arrival celebration in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower! Arrive in Paris the day before the grand finale of the 2015 Tour de France to welcome cyclists as they race to the finish line. We are offering an exceptional bonus option of a grandstand viewing from the comfort of an invitation-only hospitality tent (complete with food, drinks, and a giant television screen) located directly on the Champs-Élysées.