Average daily distance: 68km (42 miles); basic route 2200m ascent per day (with the option of plenty more!)
No. of days cycling: 6
Vehicle Support: 100% (with limited seats).
Terrain and route: the basic route is a manageable challenge for most regular fit cyclists, with one or two cols every day. Those wanting more ascent can ride optional cols or stage endings. Climbs are long and steady (avg. 7.5%) and descents include some steep sections with no guard rails. This holiday isn't a race and can be done at your own pace.
7 nights in 2 star hotels. All rooms have private facilities and are allocated on a twin, or sometimes triple-share basis.
7 breakfasts included.
The riding on this trip can be accomplished by any fit cyclist, but it is as much a state of mind as your fitness that will see you up and over the cols. The secret to making it up the mountains is to plug away at a steady pace and stop whenever you feel tired.
We cover the same routes as the Tour de France but this trip is definitely not a race! It is likely that there will be quite a distance between the front and rear cyclists in the group.
The vehicle will shuttle between them as much as is practical (giving moral support and refreshments), but once you have set off on the downhill side it is possible to get a long way ahead of other people very quickly.
There may be long stretches when you don't see other members of the group or the vehicle. Each day you will be supplied with a map and route notes including altitude profiles. The roads are good quality - they just aren't flat! Although the gradients do not get much steeper than 10%, they can be long.
Daily distances are realistic, and there are plenty of opportunities for stronger riders to add more kilometres if they wish. The support vehicle is always available for riders who have achieved their personal goal and require a lift up or down any of the hills.
Normal group size and age
Normally 6 to 16, plus leader/driver. NB: the leader on this trip accompanies the group in the support vehicle. Minimum age 18.
The vast majority of Exodus adventures are adult group holidays. Groups are always small in size. We strongly believe that this adherence to small groups means a better experience for all; more time with your guide, less waiting around and a reduced impact on the communities and environments visited.
Each group is generally made up of like-minded travellers - with singles, couples and friends all joining in together. All these trips are suitable for single travellers, but if you prefer to travel with clients booking individually, please see our Solo Departures page.
At this level previous experience of the cycling style or surface is a must. These routes have long cycling days and tougher terrain on both road and off-road trips. You need complete confidence in your fitness and technical ability to cope with difficult or steep terrain, rough surfaces and longer distances. Ideal for those seeking a challenge!
Special Interest: For those who have a passion for archaeology, food, flowers, languages or yoga. Solar eclipse and Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) departures and specialist conservation holidays are also included.
Cycling: Our cycling holidays come in all shapes and sizes; from gentle self-guided trips in the Veneto, to tackling the High Atlas in Morocco, or exploring the length of Vietnam.