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Classic Climbs: The Tour Bike Vacation

French Alps, Pyrenees, and Mont Ventoux

Ride the most famous climbs of the Tour de France on this nine-day cycling tour of the Alps and Pyrenees. Join us on this epic trip as we greet each day with new challenges and ride the legendary cols of Aubisque, Galibier, and the mythic Ventoux, along with the test of all tests: the grueling ascent up Alpe d'Huez. You'll follow in the footsteps of countless pro riders on this Classic Climbs trip, which offers scenic beauty, spectacular riding, and the experience of a lifetime through the Alps and Pyrenees. Book your trip with confidence »
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Challenging climbs and alpine passes await you in between the gorgeous French countryside
Fuel yourself with traditional alpine favorites including tartiflette, raclette, and fondue
Imagine yourself leading the peloton as you ride over the names of your favorite pro riders painted on the road
Marvel at the stunning alpine vistas along the way throughout the entire trip
Explore the intimate villages that come alive with dedicated fans during cycling's grandest race
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Classic Climbs: The Tour Bike Vacation
This trip is the single best bicycle tour I have ever been on! I would even consider doing it again. The guides are excellent. The riding is superb and the lodgings are excellent. I strongly encourage any avid bicyclist to consider booking this tour immediately.
-Bill, Trek Travel Guest

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Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Lourdes Train Station (24 Avenue de la Gare, 65100 Lourdes, France) at 8:30 AM for a round of introductions and a 10 minute shuttle to the ride departure location. After a morning coffee and croissant you will get fitted to your Trek bikes and learn about safety on the road before we depart for our very first ride. This morning, you’ll appreciate the true grit and sheer determination of the pros as you climb the Col du Soulor, often featured in the Tour de France. It begins with a gentle ascent, then soon ratchets up to a severe 9% grade. Take a break for lunch at the summit, or continue on to summit Col d’Aubisque, from where you can enjoy a well-earned sweeping descent and scenic ride all the way back to Lourdes. This evening, we’ll meet over cocktails and dinner to discuss what's to come in our cycling tour of the Alps and Pyrenees.

Today's Ride:

Lourdes to Soulor Loop
Approximately 45 miles with 5,200 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Lourdes to Col du Soulor with shuttle
Approximately 31 miles with 4,800 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Lourdes to Soulor Loop with Col d’Aubisque
Approximately 57 miles with 7,500 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hotel Le Viscos

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Today you confront one of the Pyrenees’ legendary mountain passes: the mighty Col du Tourmalet. Cruise for a few miles along the valley floor following the river to Pierrefitte-Nestalas before climbing gently through the Gorges de Luz. With dramatic jagged cliffs above and a lively bubbling stream below, this section of the ride is incredibly picturesque. You'll ascend Tourmalet from the Barèges side - the same side the pros approached in 2012 and the finish line for Stage 14 in 2019. This climb is where Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador confronted each other in the fog in 2010’s deciding mountaintop finish. From here, you’ll descend to climb over the Col d’Aspin to the town of Saint Lary-Soulan. Or, if you still have power in your legs, ride one more climb up the Pla d’Adet, with an 8% average grade over the six-mile climb and grades reaching up to 12%. This afternoon make sure to visit the spa of the hotel before getting together with the group to enjoy a dinner at the comfortable location of our hotel restaurant.

Today's Ride:

Saint-Savin to St. Lary via Col du Tourmalet and Aspin
Approximately 56 miles with 8,800 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Saint-Savin to Payolle via Col du Tourmalet with shuttle
Approximately 38 miles with 7,400 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Saint-Savin to St. Lary via Col du Tourmalet, Aspin, and Pla d'Adet
Approximately 69 miles with 11,500 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Mercure Saint Lary Sensoria

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

This morning, you’ll rise early, bidding ‘adieu’ to the mountains of the Pyrenees and beginning the day's transfer to Provence and the home of Mont Ventoux. Take some time to rest, relax, and watch the scenery change from the Pyrenean mountain landscapes to the vibrant lavender fields of Provence. This afternoon, with Ventoux as your backdrop, you’ll ride through the vineyard-covered hillsides from one sleepy village to another. If you’d rather take a day off the bike to linger in one of Provence’s quaint villages or take a dip in the pool, your guides are always ready to accommodate. Tonight your home will be in the Château de Mazan, once frequented by the notorious Marquis de Sade. You and your travel companions will be treated to your first Provençal meal at the hotel’s fantastic restaurant.

Today's Ride:

Mazan to Blauvac Loop
Approximately 15 miles with 1,120 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Shuttle Pyrenees to Provence

Hotel:

Chateau de Mazan

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner

Prepare yourself for epic scenery and legendary riding today! The challenge is the mighty Mont Ventoux - 13.42 miles of climbing with no flat sections and an average grade of 10% through the middle 6.2 miles before you hit the moonscape. What makes this climb challenging is not just the ride itself but also the weather. Intense winds or scorching heat can make this climb seem a hundred times more difficult than those found in the Alps. Your day will start early to give you the best opportunity to have a stellar climb. After taking a picture at the top to memorialize achieving this feat, you’ll descend to Malaucène to enjoy a bistro lunch where you can relax and refuel before spinning back to the hotel. This evening, you and your travel companions can explore this charming Provençal village and dine in the bistro of your choice.

Today's Ride:

Malaucène to Mont Ventoux Loop
Approximately 47 miles with 6,440 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Malaucène to Bedoin to Malaucène with double ascent of Mont Ventoux
Approximately 60 miles with 11,476 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Chateau de Mazan

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch

This morning you’ll rise early and say "au revoir" to the lavender fields of Provence to focus on your next destination - the majestic Alps. After a scenic three and a half hour transfer, you’ll gear up to tackle the next classic climbs: Télégraphe and Galibier. Now the Tour's most visited mountain pass, the peloton first ascended Galibier in 1911. Take on the same route as the pros and understand just what makes the double ascent so tough! Challenging and beautiful, this is one of the great rides of the French Alps. If you're up to it, throw in the Lacets de Montvernier, featured in 2018 Tour de France, for some additional miles. After cresting the top of Galibier, you have a beautiful and fast descent to the town of La Grave and our hotel for the night, Hotel Edelweiss. This evening, you’ll be treated to a cycling-friendly dinner so you can retreat to your bed in time to rest up for tomorrow’s special day.

Today's Ride:

St. Michel to La Grave with Col du Télégraphe and Col du Galibier
Approximately 35 miles with 7,500 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Col du Télégraphe to La Grave via Col du Galibier
Approximately 27 miles with 4,600 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

La Chambre to La Grave with the Lacets de Monvernier, Col du Télégraphe, and Col du Galibier
Approximately 55 miles with 9,000 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Auberge Edelweiss

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner

This morning, you begin by cycling one of the Tour’s most famous climbs and descents, the Col du Lautaret and descent to Briançon. Here is where Alberto Contador and Alexander Vinokourov won some of their most heralded Tour stages. Once in Briançon, make your way to the Vallée de la Clarée, with its quiet roads and stunning scenery. After a short climb over Col de l’Echelle, you'll descend into Bardonecchia, Italy for lunch. Enjoy the superb Italian food and coffee, and a quick taste of what makes Italy so magical. Later, you have the option to tackle both climbs again or alternatively opt for a shuttle back to La Grave. Tonight you are free to explore La Grave to find a great restaurant to refuel before more stunning climbs tomorrow!

Today's Ride:

La Grave to Bardonecchia, Italy with Col du Lautaret and Col de l’Echelle
Approximately 56 miles with 5,600 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Vallée de la Clarée to Bardonecchia, Italy via Col de l’Echelle
Approximately 32 miles with 3,300 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

La Grave to Bardonecchia with Col du Lautaret and Col de l’Echelle double
Approximately 84 miles with 8,200 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Auberge Edelweiss

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch

Welcome to another day of thigh burning climbs and rapid descents. You'll start your day with a gentle descent and incredible views from La Grave, en route to the epic Col du Glandon, which was first featured in the 1947 Tour and showcased again in Stage 19 of 2013. The base of the col is at the Lac du Verney, which often hosts the swim of the Alpe d’Huez triathlon. From there, you'll ascend 3,770 feet over 15 miles. At the top, you’ve earned the fresh alpine air and dramatic mountain views this remote area affords for the short time the road is open from June to October. As always, your Trek Travel guides will have refreshments and snacks available for you to rest and refuel. If you have the legs, continue up another mile and a half to the summit of nearby Col de la Croix de Fer, featured last in the 2018 Tour de France. After a satisfying mountain lunch, enjoy an incredible descent and the last climb back to our hotel in Alpe d’Huez. Tonight, explore the village of Alpe d’Huez for dinner and celebrate the week’s exploits so far.

Today's Ride:

La Grave to Alpe d'Huez via Villard Reculas with Col du Glandon
Approximately 68 miles with 9,700 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Shuttle to Glandon Base and ride Alpe d'Huez via Villard Reculas
Approximately 41 miles with 6,000 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

La Grave to Alpe d'Huez via Villard Reculas with Col du Glandon and Col de la Croix de Fer
Approximately 70 miles with 11,000 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Les Grandes Rousses

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch

It's time. The moment you have been waiting for: the classic ascent of Alpe d'Huez, the most revered and famous mountaintop finish in France. With an average grade of 8% and 21 hairpin bends, this lion of a climb will grab and hold all your attention. You'll descend onto the route made famous in the 2013 Tour over the Col de Sarenne to take in the beauty of the mountains and to imagine the pros descending this small and narrow road, before we reach the final climb of the trip, Alpe d’Huez. The ultimate grand finale ride, this climb was first included in the Tour in 1952, and it's often one of the most exciting points in the race as the pros dance on their pedals to the summit. Take a photo on the summit podium and relax over lunch at the top of this mighty mountain as you soak up the reward of the grueling ascent: astounding views. Tonight, gather with your traveling companions and guides to raise a glass to the Tour, the legendary riding that makes it famous, heroes past and present, and your incredible cycling tour of the Alps and Pyrenees!

Today's Ride:

Alpe d’Huez Loop with Col de Sarenne
Approximately 35 miles with 5,800 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Bourg d’Oisans to Alpe d’Huez classic side
Approximately 9 miles with 3,900 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Alpe d’Huez Loop with Col de Sarenne Double
Approximately 60 miles with 9,500 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Les Grandes Rousses

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner

It's truly been an amazing trip, and you're sure to return home a different cyclist, changed forever by the experience. It's time to say farewell to your guides and fellow riders at 9:00 AM at the hotel lobby before boarding your shuttle to Grenoble train station.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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Le Viscos

Saint-Savin, France (Hautes-Pyrénées)

Explorer Accommodation | Situated in a small picturesque village near the base of Tourmalet, this hotel is a comfortable retreat with amenities such as wifi and an accomplished restaurant, but most importantly it is perfectly located for the best riding you can get!
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Mercure Saint Lary Sensoria

Saint Lary Soulan, France

Luxury Accommodation | In the heart of the Pyrenees lies the hotel Mercure Saint Lary Sensoria, offering an exceptional location with excellent access to many of the legendary mountain passes. The hotel has kept its roots and soul in these mountains and has a history of impeccable service.
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Chateau de Mazan

Mazan, France

Explorer Accommodation | Nestled in the tiny town of Mazan - only a short distance from the base of Mont Ventoux - stands Château de Mazan. Originally built in 1720 during the Regency Period, the Château soon became the property of the notorious Marquis de Sade. It was here that the Marquis organized his first theater festival. In 2001, the new owner, Madame Lhermie, transformed the Château into the quaint Hotel de Charme that welcomes tourists from all over the world.
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Auberge Edelweiss

Le Grave, France

Explorer Accommodation | Located along the route between the Col du Lautaret and Alpe d'Huez, the charming Auberge Edelweiss is run by a family passionate about cycling. Accustomed to housing cyclists - even a stage winner or two - this hotel knows how to cater to active travelers and has the appropriate facilities, including a whirlpool and sauna. Additionally, the hotel's terrace offers the ideal setting to enjoy a cold beverage and spectacular views of the Meije glacier after a great day of cycling.
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Les Grandes Rousses

Alpe d'Huez, France

Explorer Accommodation | New hotel for 2022! Ideally situated in the center of Alpe d’Huez village, Les Grandes Rousses is a contemporary mountain chalet in a chic mountain setting. It is tastefully decorated with a mix of copper, wood, leather, and wool details. Enjoy the pool, spa, or some fresh air on the large terrace overlooking the village.

What's Included

For us, the details matter most

Every moment of a Trek Travel Classic Climbs bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that's how we help you create more memories.

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Trek Domane SL 7 Disc

It isn’t the cycling vacation of a lifetime unless you have the industry’s best bike to match. In 2019, we upgraded our fleet to feature the award-winning Domane SL 7 with Shimano Ultegra Disc brakes. Because when you combine the lightweight stability and comfort of the Domane with the superior safety and stopping power of disc brakes, you get a match made in cycling heaven. And the best part? It’s included in the trip price. Ride confidently, comfortably and longer in the most beautiful destinations around the world with the new Domane SL 7. Learn More

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Eight nights of accommodation at handpicked hotels
  • Two experienced guides to provide local knowledge, support, and camaraderie
  • Daily route support with both guides and our support van
  • Daily breakfast, four lunches and four dinners (2021) or five lunches and five dinners (2022)
  • Two social hours of drinks and hors d'oeuvres
  • Ride a Trek Domane SL 7 disc
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Snacks and drinks for each day's ride
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Cinch sack day bag to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer, flat pack, front and rear Bontrager Flare R lights, a Bontrager saddle, and pedals (Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged, or flat pedals)
  • Bontrager WaveCel helmets
  • All gratuities for drivers, local experts, and hospitality staff
  • All luggage transfers and transportation during your trip
  • A personalized digital photobook of your trip
  • Entrance fees for all activities, private tours, and events

GEAR

  • Trek Domane SL 7 disc carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged, or flat pedals
  • Bontrager WaveCel helmet
  • Bontrager men's and women's specific saddles
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights and a flat pack
  • Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer
  • Cinch sack day bag to keep
  • Upgrade your bike to include carbon wheels (+$200, subject to availability)
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip.
  • For the most comfortable ride, you may choose to bring your own pedals, saddle, and helmet on the trip. Your guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care, and service.
  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.

More Information

Rider Level: 4 - Avid?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
53 (2021) / 47 (2022) miles
TOTAL MILES:
481 (2021) / 427 (2022) miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
7,344 (2021) / 9,112 (2022) feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
66,100 (2021) / 72,890 (2022) feet
TERRAIN: MOUNTAINOUS
When cycling the Alps and Pyrenees, the terrain is mountainous with several mountain passes. Classic Climbs of the Tour is best suited for our Type 4 Riders. Type 4+ Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer.
NON-RIDING ACTIVITIES:
This destination is best suited to guests who want to cycle every day. Because of the terrain and/or remoteness of the hotels and riding routes, there are few, if any, non-riding options available. If a non-rider wants to accompany a rider guest on this trip, they would need to spend many hours in the van and/or at the hotels on the trip. Due to this, we strongly discourage non-riders from this destination. As an alternative, call a Trek Travel Trip Consultant at 866-464-8735 for trip suggestions where more non-rider activities are available, such as:
  • Provence
  • Tuscany
  • Tour de France

See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel seeks to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

Averages and totals are calculated from our "Avid Ride" options.

Travel Details

How to Get There

FLY INTO:
Pau (PUF) or Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrenees airport (LDE)
MEETING TIME:
8:30 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Hotel Gallia & Londres (2021) or Lourdes Train Station (2022) in Lourdes, France

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Lyon (LYS) or Paris Charles de Galle (CDG)
DEPARTING TIME:
10:15 AM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Grenoble TGV Station, Grenoble, France

Arriving

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the start of our cycling tour of the Alps and Pyrenees, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Pau (PUF) or Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrenees Airport (LDE). There are direct flights to Pau and Tarbes from Paris (CDG or ORY) and some European cities. Air France has several daily options, and early bookers may find cheaper flights with EasyJet, although these are less frequent. From the airport, you can take a taxi to Lourdes; from Tarbes, the taxi is approximately 30 euros and from Pau expect to pay between 70-100 euros.

As the trip ends in Grenoble, we recommend booking your return flight from Lyon (LYS) or Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG). You can take a TGV from Grenoble to Paris Gare de Lyon station or Lyon. This journey is approximately three hours to Paris and one hour to Lyon. For tickets and schedules please check www.sncf.fr.

2021: In the afternoon prior to the first day of your trip, your Trek Travel guides will meet you for the bike fitting at the Hotel Gallia & Londres (26 Avenue Bernadette Soubirous- BP83 Lourdes). For that purpose, please bring your cycling shoes, your helmet, pedals, and saddle if you plan to use your own. In case you want to ride after the fitting, you can bring your cycling gear for a self-guided warm-up ride. The bike fitting is located in the courtyard on the lower level at the rear of the hotel (Garage à vélos). Once you arrive at the hotel, please ask the reception to direct you to the rear parking area. Your guides will be on hand to welcome you and get you fitted on your Trek bike.

The following day, your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Hotel Gallia & Londres (26 Avenue Bernadette Soubirous- BP83 Lourdes) at 8:30 AM for the first day of the trip. Your guides will get you settled in and begin your bike fitting if you were unable to make it the day before. Once you arrive at the hotel, please present yourself at reception and you will be directed to your guides.

If you will be late for the start or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip starts with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Hotel Gallia & Londres (+33 (0)5 62 94 35 44), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. A taxi from the airport to our meeting place at the hotel will take approximately 30 minutes and cost around 40 euros.

2022: Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Lourdes Train Station (24 Avenue de la Gare, 65100 Lourdes, France) at 8:30 AM on the first day of the trip. A 10 minute shuttle will transport you to the ride departure location. Please have your first day’s riding gear handy and separate from your other luggage to facilitate the bike fitting and ride.

If you will be late for the start or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip starts with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Le Viscos (+33 (0)5 62 97 02 28), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. A taxi from the airport to our meeting place at the hotel will take approximately 45 minutes and cost around 70 euros.

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Leaving

You will say farewell to your guides at 9:00 AM, and a private shuttle will take you to the Grenoble TGV station to arrive approximately at 10:15 AM. Trains run directly to Lyon and Paris. See www.sncf.fr for schedules. Please do not arrange any connections from the station until after 11:00 AM

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Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

The summer months can bring warm days, ranging from the mid 60s to low 80s, with evenings dropping to the mid 50s to mid 60s. When traveling in the mountainous regions of France, it is best to be prepared for variable conditions, as weather can change very quickly, and there is always the chance of snow and rain. We recommend always traveling with rain gear, as well as plenty of breathable layers to provide warmth should the temperature drop at any point during the cycling tour of the Alps and Pyrenees. Packing List

Before and After Your Trip

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Before: Lourdes, France

If you have the time, consider staying in Lourdes before your trip to experience this unique town. As the second most visited destination in France after Paris, Lourdes attracts some five million people each year and is a place of mass pilgrimage from Europe and other parts of the world. Visit the famous grotto, where apparitions of the Virgin Mary are reported to have occurred in 1858. The spring water from the grotto is also believed by some to possess healing properties. Lourdes is a fascinating destination unto itself. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel:

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After: Grenoble, France

If you have the time, consider staying in Grenoble after your trip to further explore the diverse activities this French town offers. Grenoble has numerous outdoor activities, including via ferrata, a mountain route equipped with fixed cables, ladders, and bridges that provide access to otherwise isolated routes to climbers with a variety of skills. Not to be missed in this Rhône-Alpes town is a ride up the télépherique; egg-shaped cable cars, les bulles, take you across the Isère river to the bastille, a series of ancient fortifications. Enjoy the view from the summit, then wander the many trails leading down to the city. We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel:

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Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

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Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.

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