Blue Marble Travel

Unusual Trips for Exceptional People, since 1986. The best way to move through life is on a bicycle!

Blue Marble’s trips are different from those operated by luxury operators. For starters, they are half the price.  But, more importantly, they are loosely-structured, individualistic trips, designed to let you travel amongst the people who live in the country you are visiting, and as they do.  The other riders on your trip provide as much company as you desire:  they (you) form a diverse, interesting bunch. 

But you are no more a part of a collective than you want to be:  you are free to go off on your own at all times, even for meals included as part of your trip.  And your fellow travellers do not replace contact with the people who live in the places to which you journey. 


Which brings us back to price:  we travel at an economic level in keeping with the one you observe around you.  We shun the palaces and private coaches that isolate you from the people who live in the local village.  If the only “local” in a hotel is the maitre d’, it is not a hotel we use.  No doubt as a result, our trips are peopled by curious, easy-going travellers:  fun, relaxed, and open to their surroundings.  You!


Their Tours

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Brittany's Emerald Coast

7 Day(s)
Guided

Our Brittany trip follows the north coast – a unique part of France, unlike any other.  No local wine, for starters (well, little local wine...  Muscadet, the ideal partner of fine shellfish, is breton, though by just a few kilometers ...

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Umbria Unravelled

7 Day(s)

Home of St. Francis and olive oil capital of Italy, Umbria is a landscape of sleepy valleys, solemn poplars and medieval towns perched atop hills. The land in between is filled in by green forests, grain fields in the plain, and vineyards on the slo ...

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Swiss Cycling

8 Day(s)
Moderate

Two sets of mountain scenery for the price of one! First the Jura: goofy cow bells and achingly beautiful vistas, which you know from chocolate wrappers and always assumed was the Alps.The Alps follow close behind: Lake Geneva lies like a gem set i ...

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Pure Tuscany

7 Day(s)
Mod/Advanced

Italy as a country is relatively recent, but unity has reigned in Tuscany since the 15th century. Etruscan heritage, climate, light, richness of the agricultural lands, geography, natural beauty... all are advanced as explanations of the ìTuscan Mir ...

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Norway Fjords & Glaciers

7 Day(s)
Easy

Norway is extraordinary. A friend likened it to Jupiter, if youíve been there recently, but Norway is less crowded.If you grew up on Grieg, eat only Munch, or eyeball all Ibsen, you will find them well-remembered. Cultural identity is manifested in b ...

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Northern Star

8 Day(s)
Easy

Our most international itinerary carries you seamlessly through three countries, four languages, and an endless variety of landscapes.Flat Flandersí brick cities are linked by canal tow paths, now traffic-free cycle routes. Flower-covered locks, sta ...

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Lively, Singing Hills

7 Day(s)
Easy/Moderate

As a cultural reference, Julie Andrews and the ìSound of You-Know-Whatî are fading from view. And the gingerbread houses, flowerboxes, alpine pastures, perfect churches..., were only a film set, anyway, right?Well, no, actually: they live here, in ...

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Italian Lakes

9 Day(s)
Moderate

Our Italian Lakes route roughly follows the Italian / Swiss border through the Alps, circling three beautiful and world-renowned lakes: Maggiore, Lugano and Como. As our Swiss route often visits France, our Italian Alps route dips into Italian-spea ...

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Biking Denmark

7 Day(s)
Moderate

This non-flat land (thatís Holland, silly) abounds with fun. Friendly people with a lively history inhabit adorable villages. Islands offer storybook seascapes and endless skies, the settings of Hans Christian Andersenís fairy tales. Pubs pour Carlsb ...

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Celtic Spain

8 Day(s)
Moderate

Our Spanish routes, in the Basque Country and in Galicia, have in common the exploration of some of Europeís wildest, least developed corners, a ìLatinî pace, a profound culinary & cultural link with the ocean, temperate climates (the Atlantic genera ...

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The Blue Danube

7 Day(s)
Easy

Yes, the Strauss waltz is the first thing everyone thinks of when they think of the ìBlue Danube.î Itís a fitting symbol, even if the Danube really looks more gray-green to us. Maybe in the right light....But a more gracious river, set in a more gr ...

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Basque Biking

9 Day(s)
Adv/Challenging

Our Spanish routes (the Basque Country and Galicia) have in common the exploration of some of Europeís wildest, least developed corners, a ìLatinî pace, a profound culinary & cultural link with the ocean, temperate climates (the Atlantic generally ke ...

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A Week in Provence

6 Day(s)
Moderate

Colors of Van Gogh and CÈzanne, flavors of the Mediterranean diet, the smells of wild rosemary and sage wafting from the fields at dusk... a gentle climate which gives life to fields of lavender and poppies, olive groves and parasol pines, and sun-ba ...

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Pinot Noir Burgundy

5 Day(s)
Moderate

A trip that showcases all that youíve heard about France, and much that you havenít. The worldís most precious vineyards, 15th century villages, Renaissance castles, great art, some of Franceís best cuisine, and one of her most beautiful cities, lon ...

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Gorges of the Cévennes

8 Day(s)
Adv/Challenging

Franceís least accessible region is almost unknown to foreigners, and only a vague idea to the French themselves. It is our favorite.Dramatic moors and gorges, pristine rivers and forests, and villages built of the stone cut from the surrounding mou ...

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Chocolate Box Jura

8 Day(s)
Easy/Moderate

The Jura is a small line of mountains shared by France and Switzerland, the one that you see on every box of Swiss chocolates and always assumed was the Alps. Goofy cowbells, achingly beautiful scenery, and Swiss cheese without the holes. We once a ...

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Chardonnay Burgundy

7 Day(s)

The crisp slate of Chablis, chardonnay with attitude; Auxerreís cathedral and VÈzelayís basilica, the Nivernais canal tow paths; Epoissesí cheese, whose perfume you recognize in the pastures of wild flowers.... And glorious biking on country lanes, ...

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Champagne Pedal

6 Day(s)
Moderate

More than a drink, itís a place!Just an hour from Paris, pop the corks amongst the beautiful vineyards. Gawk at the splendor of Reimsí cathedral, where French kings were long crowned. Explore the WWI battle sites of the Marne. Peek into Picardyís ...

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Castles of the Loire

7 Day(s)
Easy

And what of the Loire? Kings & their sumptuous ch‚teaux. Mushroom caves, troglodyte houses, wine towns and their tastings. Da Vinciís last home, and a museum to his inventions. Sound-and-light stories projected on castle facades, blackberries by t ...

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Bordeaux & the Dordogne

8 Day(s)
Easy/Moderate

Picturebook scenery, turbulent history, and the ultimate hedonistic gastronomy combine in a river valley that today is an exercise in harmony. From cavemen to merlot, religious wars to roast duck with sour cherries, the caressing of the senses is co ...

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