Hannibal Odyssey - Barcelona to Rome

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31 Day(s)
Adv/Challenging
2545 Km
Guided

European Bike touring at its best....

Cycle from Spain to France and into Italy in the footsteps of Hannibal, one of history’s greatest military commanders. From Barcelona to Rome, experience some of Europe’s most beautiful and breathtaking routes and infamous climbs. Dive into the diverse gastronomy of Spain, France and Italy, cultures famous for their cuisine. Sommeliers, picnics sourced from local fromageries, boulangeries and boucheries, and hand-picked restaurants will excite your taste buds daily.

Immerse yourself in the landscape, history and culture of the places we visit as we ride this inspirational trail. The terrain is best seen from the small roads we hand pick, maximising cycling pleasure and safety. Staying in monasteries, castles and agriturismi you will relax and refresh each evening in unique and exceptionally interesting places with a masseuse on hand.

We created this route for the BBC back in 2009 and have run this tour since 2012 - it is an amazing journey. However, it was time for an update so we have reviewed, re-shaped, revamped and rescouted every section of the journey - routes, restaurants, sites and experience. There are better locations to visit - Florence, Siena, Cortona and Les Plus Beaux Villages de France such as La Grave. Better roads to ride - Col du Télégraphe, Lacets du Montvernier and more of the Chianti hills and Val d'Orcia. Better food to eat - Michelin star restaurants in France and Italy. Better rest days - UNESCO Carcassonne, Villa Sparina, Renaissance capital Florence. More optional cycling challenges - A 5 day Pyrenean start for the climbing keen and at the opposite end of the scale a full non-rider partners itinerary. Lastly, better history - In consultation with the L'Association HANNIBAL BARCA we have adjusted our route - we now ride ever closer to Hannibal's route - our Apennine crossing now reflects this and as ever you will have archaeologist Sam Wood's Hannibalic story telling to accompany your journey.


Information

Tour Location

Country:
France|Italy|Spain
Region:
Occitanie|Provence|Lazio Abruzzo Umbria Molise & Marche|Piedmont Aosta & Liguria|Tuscany|Catalonia
From:
Barcelona
To:
Rome

Tour Information

Guiding:
Guided
Duration:
31 Days
Level:
Adv/Challenging
Terrain:
On-road|Hills|Big climbs
Tour Type:
Road Bike
Theme:
History
More Options:
Non-rider program|Point to Point
Tour Language:
English
Cost From:
EUR 12250

Tour Distance & Dates

Distance:
2545 Km
Month(s):
August|September
Departure:
24th Aug 2019 31st Aug 2020

Additional Information

Accommodation:

Double Occupancy / Twin Share

Single Supplement: €65 per night

Inclusions

All accommodation
All breakfasts, snacks all day and picnic lunches
5 dinners a week
Shuttles at the start and end of the tour to your hotel or airport
Van support (with coffee machine on our remote tours)
1 expert guide per 6 riders
Exceptional documentation - overviews, itineraries, accommodation lists and daily maps with information on locations visited and historical context.
Your own soigneur - At least 2 massages per week on tour to keep the legs and mind fresh!
A history specialist to excite the mind.
Latest technology in navigation and tracking - each rider will have a user friendly GPS device.

Exclusions

Airfares
Personal Insurance
Bike Hire
Personal expenses
Alcohol (we do run an optional wine kitty on tour)

Options

You can join any of three stages for a shorter tour
Options are available every day for shorter and longer distances and support is always at hand if you ever want a lift or break!

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