Join us on this spectacular eleven week Trans-Europa bicycle tour through twelve countries starting in St. Petersburg, one of the world’s most beautiful cities. The route snakes through the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and into Poland and Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia, reaching its halfway point in glorious Venice. Riders will then pedal along the Italian and French Riviera, visiting Genoa, Cannes and Montpellier. Then it’s into Spain skirting the foothills of the towering Pyrenees to Barcelona. From there we head west across the Iberian peninsula to the Spanish capital of Madrid, the medieval town of Caceres and finally the great Portuguese capital of Lisbon.
Our itinerary initially follows the ancient amber trade route used by the Romans, from St. Petersburg, one of the world’s most beautiful cities, to the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, then onwards through Poland and Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia, before the tour reaches its half way point in glorious Venice, Italy.
After a short break of gondola rides, pasta, and Chianti, we will cycle across Southern Europe to the Atlantic Ocean. En route we will ride along the Italian and French Rivieras, visiting Genoa, Cannes and Montpellier. Then it’s into Spain skirting the foothills of the towering Pyrenees to Barcelona where we will have 2 days to explore another of Europe’s most impressive cities. From there we head west across the Iberian peninsula to the Spanish capital of Madrid, the medieval town of Caceres and finally the great Portuguese capital of Lisbon, from where explorers like ourselves set sail to discover the world.
This section begins in the ‘Venice of the North’, St Petersburg. Riders will cycle along the gorgeous Baltic coast of Estonia before arriving in the capital of Tallinn, with its amazing 14th century Old Town architecture. From there the tour pedals south towards Latvia, enjoying a second rest day in Riga, the ‘Paris of the North’. After a day enjoying its cosmopolitan atmosphere, riders will head across the less travelled central portion of Lithuania, ending their journey in Vilnius, with its Baroque Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
This section starts in Vilnius, with its Baroque Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and heads west towards Poland. Riders will spin across the forests of Southern Lithuania, possibly stopping for a dip in a Soviet-era spa. Crossing into Poland the tour will camp along some of the country’s most beautiful lakes before heading south to the capital of Warsaw. Another few days brings you to Krakow, the only major city in the country to avoid damage during WWII and thus, an amazing repository of monasteries, palaces and churches. This section continues after 2 well-deserved rest days in Poland’s ancient capital and heads south to begin the climb up and over Central Europe’s highest mountain range, the Tatras. At the top of the climb, the cyclist will cross the border into Slovakia, a country of hill side villages and fiery Slivovica, a traditional plum brandy! The expedition now heads east across rolling hills to end in the country’s vibrant capital, Bratislava.
This section begins in the Slovak capital of Bratislava and heads south through western Hungary where the riders may see remnants from the original basalt amber road construction of the ancient amber trade route. Turning south-west, the cyclists will cross into tiny Slovenia, possibly stopping to sample some fine local wine on their way to the capital, Ljubljana. After a rest day spent exploring the city’s famous hill top castle, the riders will cycle towards the Italian coast, before arriving at incomparable Venice.
There are few roads in the world more famous than the ones resting between the mountains and the Mediterranean sea of Italy and France. The Riviera has been the sanctuary of the rich and famous in Europe and beyond for centuries, it has also been home to some of cycling’s’ most famous races, such as Paris-Nice and Milan-San Remo. We’ll tackle these steep winding roads while we savour the view of the waters below. We’ll have rest days in Genoa and Cannes but as well we’ll pass through San Remo and Nice. After we reach the city of Montpellier we’ll head towards the Pyrenees and Spain crossing the border near the coast and finding our way to magnificent Barcelona.
From the beaches of Barcelona we will cross the entire Iberian Peninsula finishing our journey in Lisbon, Portugal. In stark contrast to the busyness of the coast we’ll head inland into amazingly quiet regions of Spain where the occasional moo of a cow may startle your ride. The lingering heat of autumn will greet us as we move through areas that are truly off the beaten path. That is until we reach Madrid of course, the epicenter of Spanish culture! After 2 rest days we will continue on to the UNESCO designated town of Caceres. From there it is a few more days of adventurous cycling in Spain and then Portugal where our eyes will meet the Atlantic coast!
A registration fee of US$150 must first be paid to hold your place on the tour. This fee is in addition to the entry fee listed above. Full tour entry fees will receive an early payment discount of €800 if full payment is received 6 months before the start of the tour. Those coming for multiple sections get 10% off for 2 or more sections on the same tour (multiple section discount does not apply to full tour price). The full tour single supplement is €2300. TDA alumni get special alumni discounts. Please contact our office for further details.