Roman Roads of France & Italy

Roman Roads of France & Italy - 4 weeks
Tuscany and Southern France (Bordeaux & the Dordogne, the Cévennes, & Provence)


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Everybody’s dream:  biking in vineyards first planted by Romans, through soft hills, by Mediterranean shores.  The smell of lavender, lines of dark cypress on white limestone hills, almond and olive groves....

Communities organized 2,000 years ago still operate on their original city charters.  Battles fought in the 16th century prevent today’s marriages between adjoining valleys.  Arrow-straight roads laid out by legionnaires are now farm lanes and cycle paths.  Time lines are different in this part of the world.  Things here feel as if they have always been, and will always be.

We start with Tuscany:  Pisa, Siena, and the definition of a soft landscape everywhere between.  Olive groves, fortified hill towns, and hearty chiantis lead us to Florence, where the ghosts of the Medici accompany bikeless ramblings. . . .

An overnight train spirits us to another world:  southwestern France.  Limestone towns, tailored vineyards, and dotted with castles that are the relics of religious wars fought into the 18th century.  Today they watch over some of the most beautiful cycling in Europe, married to one of her great cuisines.

The journey becomes wilder and wilder as we cross the Massif Central, a zone so lightly populated that it is only a vague notion to the French themselves.  Roads designed by the Romans are still today our route, vestiges of an era that seems much closer in this part of the world than perhaps anywhee

On to Provence, where climate and terrain soften, tomatoes and rosemary appear in the sauces.  A kingdom once located between France and Italy, and which joined the former, reveals colors, styles (and politics) which we associate with the latter.

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Summary Trip Itinerary

For details within each region, including ride difficulty, click on the name under “Region Visited”...
Days of the Week
Region Visited
Meet in Pisa 
1 - 7
Su - Tu
San Gimignano, the Elsa Valley
Tu - Th
Siena, Colline Sienese
Fr & Sa
Chianti, to Florence
Overnight train to Paris, with daylight connection to Bordeaux.
8 - 14
Su &Mo
Pomerol, St.-Emilion
Mo - We
The Dordogne Valley
We - Sa
Hilltowns, Cro-Magnon Caves of the Perigord
14 - 21
Sa & Su
The Upper Dordogne, Rocamadour
Su - Tu
The Lot Valley
Tu - Sa
Gorgeous Biking (yuk, yuk)
22 - 27
Su & Mo
Nimes & Arles
Mo & Tu
The Alpilles, Melons
We - Fr
The Luberon
Our trip disbands on Friday, upon arrival in Aix-en-Provence.
Access Package includes a Friday night dinner and hotel, and Saturday ongoing travel.
Travel Date

Roman Roads of France & Italy — Facts & Figures
2017 Dates
Trip Prices
Baggage Services Offered*
Sept. 9 - Oct. 7

$5,895 US
$7,695 C

Daily, Half, Lite
* Prices in $ and € do not include precisely the same things.   Click here for details.

Prices of Optional Extras (links lead to explanations)
$ prices include
the bike.
See here for information on bringing your own.
** At least 4 riders must subscribe to a given baggage service for it to operate (except for Lite, which always operates on this trip).  The services listed are those currently offered on the departure in question.  Services which appear in bold already have at least 3 subscribers (so, one more would ensure their operation).

Reaching & Leaving Your Trip:  General Information on Access Packages
Specific information on reaching your trip’s start in... Pisa / Empoli
Specific information on departing from your trip’s end... Nimes