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Bruges to Bordeaux: A cycling challenge not to be missed

Set your sights on an exciting new 900-mile Iconic Journey in 2018! This cross-border challenge, takes you through not 1, but 2 countries and offers a totally unique insight into Belgium and France. Take a closer look at Bruges to Bordeaux:

The journey in a nutshell…
From the cobbled climbs near Bruges to the extinct volcanoes of Auvergne, we cross Belgium and France from east to west through the wine-growing regions of Champagne, Burgundy and Bordeaux. This journey of varied terrain and culture is a must-do!

A note on the cycling…
The terrain varies dramatically with flatter days near to the start, a crescendo of climbing in the middle and more gentle rolling hills as we reach our conclusion. The mid-section of the route becomes increasingly hilly as we cross the Massif Central, before finishing with easier riding along the delightful Dordogne. 

A highlight to look out for…
Watch out for the climb of Le Puy Mary, a now extinct volcano with a cheeky 1600m ascent. Notably this featured on the Tour de France’s 2016 edition!

Up for the challenge?
Don’t miss our inagural tour in 2018, to find out more about our exciting new journey Bruges to Bordeaux click here. Or, for the full range of Iconic Journeys click here.

Iconic Journeys: The ultimate place-to-place challenge

As far as a cycling challenge goes, our long distance iconic journeys offer some of the most rewarding experiences in our range…

Alongside ticking off more kilometres than any other holiday in our range, on a range of spectacular roads, here are a few other benefits of joining an iconic journey in 2018:

1. You experience a genuine sense of journey
Whether taking on the world famous LEJOG or sampling our French, Italian and Spanish end to end routes, all offer the chance to see everything from rural communities and remote mountain villages, to some of the world’s most impressive cities.

2. You’ll really feel the changing regions
From incredibly varied terrain to legendary lunches loaded with local delicacies and fascinating changes to the accents and dialects of the locals you’ll meet along the way, the route will continue to evolve and inspire as you make your way onwards.

3. A very different sense of achievement to conquering a climb
Travelling across a country is a totally unique experience, one quite different to the highs felt conquering a challenging mountain road. Think of it as your own personal Grand Tour…but at a more enjoyable pace.

Keen to join us in 2018?
Choose from the classic LEJOG journey in the UK, or try our other popular options: St Malo to NiceDel Norte al Surand the Grand Traverse. Keep your eyes peeled for an exciting new journey in France, launching in 2018! More information coming soon…

What’s so good about our cycling holidays…

We’ve been travelling the world on our bikes for more than 20 years and what inspired us all those years ago still inspires us today. That travel should move you and that there is no better way to meet a place properly – its people, its culture, its natural wonders – than by bike.

We don’t do passing by, we do pedalling through
You can do something wonderful on two wheels, whether it’s weaving around cobbled city streets or pumping the knees with the hilltop picnic point in sight. Our local guides and their knowledge of the best food, wine and sights, give you an unrivalled opportunity to discover more about the people of a country and their culture; to really meet a place you’ll never want to forget.

A very different kind of ‘all inclusive’
We believe in being outdoors. In the rain and the wind, in sunshine and stillness. We plan for whatever the day has in store for us and look forward to being surprised. Because unlike back home there’s no autopilot or zoning out, we’re here to feel everything we can. All the sights and sounds, the odd bump along the way, just pedalling on and breathing it all in.

Life’s too short to not ride a bike
Medieval towns, rural villages, 
cafés in the harbour; views, smells, endorphins, goat bells and warm breezes, beads of sweat and the best bloomin’ picnics you’ve ever tasted. Meeting new people and sharing your journey with them, makes for the freshest and most enjoyable type of experience.

Whether you choose to go for our small-guided parties of around 6 to 15 people or decide to ride self-guided with friends or family, our hand-picked destinations and routes, led by local experts, are designed to make sure everyone has an incredible time.