Paris to Milan

Combining legs 2 and 3 of the Ride25 adventure (Paris to Geneva & Geneva to Milan), this is a fabulously scenic tour encompassing the delights of the French and Italian countryside (plus a few mountain climbs!)

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Paris to Milan

Combining legs 2 and 3 of the Ride25 adventure (Paris to Geneva & Geneva to Milan), this is a fabulously scenic tour encompassing the delights of the French and Italian countryside (plus a few mountain climbs!)

  • Half board hotel
  • Italian Alps —Paris > Milano
  • Activity Type
    • With guide
    • Point to point
  • Groups up to 10
  • Challenging riding
  • Style
    • Flats
    • Mountain cols
    • Rolling hills
  • Distances
    • 100-150km/day
    • 150km+/day
    • 75-100km/day
  • Features
    • Ensuite rooms

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Departing from Paris, with the Eiffel tower behind us, we will begin our journey into France, passing through vineyards and Romanesque churches before taking on a challenging climb across the stunning Jura Mountains into Switzerland, before our descent into Geneva. Here we will enjoy two days’ rest before setting off on the next stretch of our journey, starting with a flat and traffic free route followed by an exciting mountain climb up the Nufenen pass. We will also pedal alongside some of Italy’s most beautiful lakes and climb to the the Madonna del Ghisallo, before arriving in Milan.

What’s included

  • 10 nights’ accommodation in a clean, comfortable hotel (in Sens, Semur-en-Auxois, Lons-le-Saunier, Geneva (3 nights), Sierre, Airolo, Como, Milan). (NB: for the June 2017 trip there will only be 2 nights in Geneva). All rooms will have twin beds and we will allocate you a room partner unless you specify who you would like to share with. (You may select a single supplement in the booking process for an extra £500 if you prefer not to share a room)
  • Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) plus stops for snacks. (NB: Lunch is not included on your ‘rest day’ in Geneva)
  • Coffee/tea and cake at designated stops
  • Support vehicle to transport your luggage (clothes and supplies) from each stage to the next
  • Back-up vehicles to provide you with medical help and any assistance should you need a rest
  • A digital map in the format of a .gpx file for mobile navigation devices such as Garmin
  • Customised, waterproof route maps including essential directions, pitstops and interesting information on the area.
  • Four new, bespoke high quality breathable cycling shirts for use on your trip. - These will be fully personalised for you and adorned with badges showing the number of Ride25 legs you have completed so far.
  • Daily fresh fruit and water in the support vehicles
  • Celebratory dinner in Milan

What’s not included

  • Flights and transfers (please organise your own transport to get you to Paris and then back home again from Milan)
  • Accommodation the night before the tour commences (this can be selected as an optional extra during the check-out process)
  • A Bike
  • A bike box (this can be selected as an optional extra during the check-out process)
  • Personal insurance

Day 1 - Paris to Sens

With the iconic Eiffel Tower behind us, we will follow the Seine out of Paris to the southeast to the historic Fontainebleau for lunch. Our route will cover lots of cycle paths along the beautiful river and through various forests. In the afternoon we will enjoy well-surfaced, fast roads and French beautiful countryside before staying in Sens for the night.

Day 2 - Sens to Semur-en-Auxois

After an early start we will cycle along lovely quiet roads before stopping in Chablis. We will cover more peaceful roads after lunch before arriving in the medieval town of Semur-en-Auxois in the evening.

Day 3 - Semur-enAuxois to Lons-le-Saunier

Up and out nice and early, we will follow the Burgundy canal before having lunch in Nuits St George. The afternoon offers fairly flat paths before arriving in the small Roman Spa town of Lons-le-Saunier for the night.

Day 4 - Lons-le-Saunier to Geneva

We will kick-start with a steep climb to get us limbered up for the day ahead. We will then cross the Jura Mountains into Switzerland with a seven mile long climb of over 1200m. A beautiful and fast descent to Lake Geneva will be the perfect end to the day before enjoying a well-deserved meal.

Day 5 + 6 - Rest day in Geneva

Enjoy a well-earned rest day in Switzerland’s second biggest city of Geneva. Explore the Old town and take a selfie in front of the iconic ‘Jet d’Eau’ - take a gentle exploration of the area on your bike - or simply put your feet up and relax!

Day 7 - Geneva to Sierre

Time to get back in the saddle again with a beautiful ride along the south side Lake Geneva before turning south along the Rhone Valley. We will then enjoy 50 miles of traffic-free, fairly flat cycling on good tarmac alongside the river - bliss! We will stay the night in the old town of Sierre.

Day 8 - Sierre to Airolo

We will leave Sierre and enjoy 30 miles of beautiful, fairly flat cycle paths before climbing gradually from Brig to Ulrichen. We will then enjoy a climb through the Nufenen Pass (the second highest mountain pass with a paved road in Switzerland!) before enjoying the descent into Airolo. It is possible to avoid the road from Brig to Ulrichen on a cycle path but the path is not suitable for road bikes in various places.

Day 9 - Airolo to Lake Como

Leaving Airolo, we will enjoy a morning ride downhill into Italy and the Italian Lakes, going part way around Lake Maggiore before cycling along Lake Lugano and across to Lake Como.

Day 10 - Lake Como to Milan

Our day will start with the scenic route to Milan by cycling around part of Lake Como before climbing to visit the patron saint of cycling at the Madonna del Ghisallo. We then cycle to the east of Milan before the last 30 miles into the centre of Milan on a traffic-free cycle path alongside a canal.

Accommodation back to top

10 nights’ accommodation in a clean, comfortable hotel (in Sens, Semur-en-Auxois, Lons-le-Saunier, Geneva (3 nights), Sierre, Airolo, Como, Milan). (NB: for the June 2017 trip there will only be 2 nights in Geneva). All rooms will have twin beds and we will allocate you a room partner unless you specify who you would like to share with. (You may select a single supplement in the booking process for an extra £500 if you prefer not to share a room)

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This is a fabulously scenic tour encompassing the delights of the French and Italian countryside (plus a few mountain climbs!)

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