We meet for the first stage of our Napoleonic odyssey in the City of Love and Light ' Paris! Our warm up ride takes us around the Longchamp hippodrome with the locals then and down the Champs Elysees before a welcome aperitif in the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe. A stunning ride through the working innards of one of Europes premier cities, along oak-lined canals, is arguably one of the most beautiful city exits we have discovered; and so fabulously French! From here we head east into the beguiling Champagne Ardenne and Lorraine regions before crossing the border into Germany. With increased European integration the border is not marked but the cultural and scenic differences are immediately apparent as we traverse the famous Rhineland towards the university town of Worms; which provides a pleasant end to the first part of Stage 1.
From the giddy heights of Frankenstein's castle the Napoleon epic is glimpsed upon a horizon of towering forest spires; which guide our trail through this Tolkienian fantasy land. The grandeur of the Rhine is the perfect launch pad for the sensorial overload that awaits, as we traverse some of Germany's most dynamic pastoral scenery. From the resplendant ravines to the dappled majesty of primordial pine forests, stage two is as inspiring to the eye as it is fantastical to the mind. One cannot but help being drawn into the ambient mysticism of castles and churches, which mirror the magical realism of this deep-forested and much fabled beauty. As our quest takes us through the antiquated towns of these ancient, forested mountains, be prepared to feast ' as did warriors of the past ' upon the delicacies that abound spectacular Saxony. From its medieval pork knuckles to the exquisite monk beers and Rhineland wine, stage two is a bombardment of the senses that is as difficult to describe as it is to forget; simply exquisite!
- 15 Days
- Tour Language:
- Cost From:
- EUR 5820
Tour Distance & Dates
- 1414 Km
Double Occupancy / Twin Share
Single Supplement: Available
Deposit EUR 1000 (or your local currency equivalent). We also accept payment in GBP and AUD
14 nights accommodation
Bike case transfer
Personal items when you are on the tour
Wine (we run an optional wine kitty on tour)