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Bike tours born from a love of cycling and a passion to create the greatest cycling experiences. Book your next cycle tour with Thomson Bike Tours at World Travellers and we will make sure that this is an experience you will never forget.

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Why Choose Thomson?

THREE FULLY SUPPORTED DAILY RIDES

Yes, that's correct! 3 fully supported rides each day - from 20km to 175km (12 miles to 110 miles). No matter your fitness level, our extensive ride programme has you covered. Perfect for couples who love to ride but have different fitness levels. Only with Thomson!

VIP ACCESS TO STAGES

When we say VIP access, we mean it. VIP Stage Starts and Finishes, unique rides over the Finish Line & photo ops on the Official Podium.

TOP HOTELS

Premier 4-star hotels throughout the Alps and Pyrenees

PRIVATE HOSPITALITY MARQUEES

Experience the Tour de France LIVE on the mountain from our Private Marquees, strategically situated on the key climbs, with food, drinks, and satellite TV race coverage.

ASO PREMIUM STATUS

We're the Premier Official Tour de France Tour Operator - awarded Premium status by ASO.

THE BEST SUPPORT TEAMS

Our support teams are the envy of the mountain. The best support guaranteed.

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GRAN CANARIA CYCLING CAMP

Southern Portugal’s Algarve region - maybe the best gravel riding in Europe

From the Spanish border through the Monchique mountains and a spectacular conclusion on the cliffs high above the Atlantic Ocean, the Algarve, in the south of Portugal, has some of the best Beyond Tarmac riding in Europe.

 

Loosely based on the famous Via Algarviana cycling and hiking route, this 6 day traverse of the Algarve region in the south of Portugal is one of the favorites of the Thomson gravel staff. Spectacular views, perfect gravel, smiling people all around, excellent food and great hospitality make this a bucket-list trip that you should not miss!

 

Our East to West Beyond Tarmac pilgrimage starts in the town of Tavira near the Spanish border. Perfect gravel trails through dense pine and eucalyptus forests kick off the ride before we head into the Monchique mountains where we gradually start smelling the salty breeze of the Atlantic Ocean which will welcome us for the final stages.

TENERIFE & LA GOMERA CYCLING CAMP

The training ground of choice for so many pro riders preparing the Tour de France

Tenerife has become the preferred training destination of pro riders and this is your opportunity to discover just what is so special about this island.

 

Tenerife is the ideal destination for those looking to improve their fitness and escape the colder weather during the off-season. The island is of course famous for the climb to Mount Teide, where you’ll find the majority of pro riders in June, as they fine-tune their fitness for the Tour de France.

 

But there’s a lot more to our cycling camp than just Teide. You’ll take the short ferry ride over to the neighbouring island of La Gomera for an absolutely incredible day of riding. Competing with La Gomera and Teide for the ride of the week is the breathtakingly beautiful cliff road to the village of Masca, an amazing ride that will no doubt claim it’s spot in your all-time Top 10 rides.

 

Join us for a week of phenomenal riding and return home with fantastic fitness and a killer cycling tan that will make you the envy of your local grupetto!

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PORTUGAL-ALGARVE GRAVEL

Southern Portugal’s Algarve region - maybe the best gravel riding in Europe

From the Spanish border through the Monchique mountains and a spectacular conclusion on the cliffs high above the Atlantic Ocean, the Algarve, in the south of Portugal, has some of the best Beyond Tarmac riding in Europe.

 

Loosely based on the famous Via Algarviana cycling and hiking route, this 6 day traverse of the Algarve region in the south of Portugal is one of the favorites of the Thomson gravel staff. Spectacular views, perfect gravel, smiling people all around, excellent food and great hospitality make this a bucket-list trip that you should not miss!

 

Our East to West Beyond Tarmac pilgrimage starts in the town of Tavira near the Spanish border. Perfect gravel trails through dense pine and eucalyptus forests kick off the ride before we head into the Monchique mountains where we gradually start smelling the salty breeze of the Atlantic Ocean which will welcome us for the final stages.

TUSCANY GRAVEL

Ride the legendary strade bianche!

Famous for it’s hilltop towns, Chianti wine, cypress trees, great food and Italian style, Tuscany is also home to the strade bianche and some of the best gravel and Beyond Tarmac rides in Europe.

 

Tuscany with it’s legendary strade bianche  is the perfect destination for a Thomson gravel trip.

Starting just outside Florence, you’ll ride through the best of Tuscany following many of the white gravel routes made famous by the Eroica and the annual Strade Bianche professional race. Discover the magical medieval towns of Volterra and San Gimignano and ride through Montalcino, home of the famous Brunello di Montalcino wine. Ride through the classic Chianti and Vernaccia vineyards and the Crete Senesi with its quintessential Tuscan landscapes of rolling hills and lines of cypress trees leading to hilltop farms.

 

Join us in this gravel paradise for an unforgettable experience and some of the best Beyond Tarmac riding Europe has to offer!

YRENEES SMUGGLERS ROUTE
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Follow the centuries-old Smugglers route, across the Pyrenees mountains, from Spain to Andorra

Ancient smugglers would search out the most remote routes to deliver their illegal goods from Spain to Andorra and back. Expertly re-tracing these ancient trails, our local team have developed a magical route through the wildest parts of the Pyrenees mountains.

 

A truly unique experience through the Pyrenees mountains – only with Thomson!

Your journey starts in La Cerdanya, a high plateau surrounded by France, Spain and the principality of Andorra. From La Cerdanya you’ll head west into the remote but spectacular Cadì mountain range before the final trail northwards across the border into Andorra. Throughout the journey you’ll follow ancient trails used by smugglers to deliver tobacco, alcohol and other dubious products illegally over the borders.

Conquer some of the most majestic climbs in the Pyrenees, forget the Tourmalet, the climbs on this trip are remote and spectacular. You’ll also ride through remote villages, some with over 1000 years of history, enjoy the local cuisine and hospitality and discover local traditions and myths from our local guides.

Be ready for a total immersion into the deepest traditions of the Pyrenees mountains. It will be a challenging ride but an experience that will remain with you forever.  Welcome to the Pyrenees!

Iceland
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Iceland is an absolute must for gravel lovers, the polar beauty of the Westfjords creates a brutal paradise for gravel cyclists looking for the ultimate adventure.

The cycling scene in Iceland is well-established, with hardy locals smiling at the harsh conditions as they conquer the raw power of nature. A land of volcanoes, hot springs, glaciers and waterfalls await those in search of a truly unique wilderness experience.

 

Join our expert ride leaders, experienced locals and legendary Thomson support team for a week of the very best gravel. Expect mostly smooth and fast gravel with a few broken or tricky sections here and there, but nothing too technical. Stay in incredibly remote hotels, marvel at the epic landscape and live a truly authentic Icelandic gravel adventure.

 

Are you ready for the ride of your life?

GIRONA & CATALONIA GRAVEL

A unique journey from Girona to the vibey Mediterranean port of Cadaqués and into the Pyrenees mountains.

Girona is well known as the perfect roadie destination, but the city and the surrounding Catalan countryside have way more to offer than the much-loved paved roads of the many PRO cyclists who live in the area. Go Beyond Tarmac and discover the real beauty of this fascinating region.

 

Join us for a magnificent Beyond Tarmac loop around Girona and the Catalan countryside.

From the narrow streets of the old city with it’s trendy cafés and bike shops, the route heads east towards the Mediterranean Coast and the magical town of Cadaqués, where Salvador Dalí worked his wonders.

 

Leaving behind the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean we ride into the Garrotxa National Park, famous for its now extinct volcanoes and the Fageda d’en Jorda, one of the most stunning beech tree forests in Europe. A spectacular ride high above the Sau River valley cliffs take us to one of the most scenic hotels in Spain before the final day ride back to Girona – and a night out in the old town!

PROVENCE & MONT VENTOUX GRAVEL

A magnificent Beyond Tarmac ride through the best of Provence including the legendary climb to Mont Ventoux on gravel!

Join us for a week in colorful Provence, riding around (and up) the “Giant of Provence” on gravel.

 

Join us for a week around the Mont Ventoux area (Reserve de la Biosphere), riding through small villages and lavender fields, using the network of dirt roads between towns and farms. Our route takes us on a magnificent loop through Provence, cycling through famous landmarks such as Les Gorges de la Nesque, the lavender fields around Sault, the amazing hill-top town of Gordes, and Peter Mayle’s Luberon.

 

On our final day, we’ll tackle the gravel climb to the summit of Mont Ventoux, using an abandoned dirt road that progressively will put us on the roof of Provence. It’s a challenging climb that starts on pavement and gets more and more complicated (technically and physically) as we get closer to the famous Chalet Reynard and on to the famous antennas at the summit. Epic!

MOROCCO GRAVEL

An epic journey to a different world, from the Atlas mountains to the Saharan sand-dunes

Exotic adventure is guaranteed on this epic journey across the mountains and desert plains of Morocco.

 

We’ve partnered with Moroccan adventure travel experts, Grup Xaluca (based in Barcelona and Marrakech), to bring you this magnificent gravel adventure in Morocco.  With Xaluca’s expert local knowledge, extensive support, and their network of luxury Moroccan hotels – combined with the gravel riding experience of our Gravel Project Manager, Marc Gasch, we’re able to offer you a unique and epic trip to this exotic country.

The trip starts in the most mesmerising of Maghreb cities, Marrakech, and continues in the Atlas Mountains near Dades, before crossing the Saghro mountain plateau and reaching the Saharan desert plains in Arfoud. You’ll ride around the incredible Erg Chebbi sand dunes, sleep under the desert stars in the luxury bivouac campsite provided by Xaluca, before heading north along the Kasbah route to finish the ride close to the famous market town of Rissani.

 

Expect a truly epic trip, designed for riders with experience in riding technical gravel trails and who welcome both a challenge and adventure.

Join the Thomson staff and the local Xaluca experts on this epic journey across Morocco. Are you ready?

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FRENCH ALPS

From Morzine to Alpe d'Huez, ride one of the most ambitious routes across the French Alps

Test yourself on the battleground of the world’s greatest race. Includes the newest paved climb in the Alps, the massive Col de la Loze, first introduced at the 2020 Tour de France and now rated the toughest climb in the French Alps.

 

Alpe d’Huez, La Madeleine, Galibier, Col de la Loze, Glandon, Joux Plane, Colombiere – these are just a few of the iconic Tour de France climbs that you’ll conquer on this magnificent ride across the French Alps.

 

We’ve prepared an epic, awe-inspiring challenge that will test your limits and introduce you to the majesty and wonder of road cycling’s most celebrated terrain.

 

You’ll conquer the newest paved road in the Alps, the massive Col de la Loze, which is now rated the most challenging climb in the French Alps! You’ll be thrilled by the dramatic Col de Sarenne, the back-road to Alpe d’Huez, and a classic ride over the Lacets de Montvernier, the Col de Telegraphe, the Col du Galibier and Alpe d’Huez.

 

You can’t fit more Alps into one week!

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DOLOMITES

Discover the breathtaking landscapes and majestic mountain passes that have featured in so many epic Giro d’Italia stages. Includes the Stelvio, Mortirolo, Gavia, Zoncolan, Giau, Crostis, Fedaia and many more!

Made famous by the Giro d’Italia, the Stelvio, the Gavia, and the Mortirolo are just a few of the legendary climbs you’ll conquer on this ambitious and stunning route across the Italian Alps and Dolomites. You’ll ride the Sella Ronda loop, one of the most famous and impressive bike rides in Europe, and bag a number of other Giro legends including the Passo Giau and Passo Fedaia.

 

Our newly designed route concludes with the infamous Monte Zoncolan. Starting under a banner that reads “Welcome to the Gates of Hell”, the Zoncolan, along with the Angliru in Spain, is widely considered the most difficult climb of the Grand Tours. Make sure you have your climbing legs as we’ll also be riding the infamous Monte Crostis on the same day!

 

We’ve designed one of the hardest routes across the Italian Alps and Dolomites, and you’ll thank us for it.

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PORTUGAL

Portugal - one of the best kept secrets in European cycling

Take the high road across this quiet country’s wondrously diverse terrain. Enjoy the magnificent scenery, historic villages and traffic-free roads – and of course, it wouldn’t be Thomson terrain without a few big climbs.

 

Portugal is one of Europe’s hidden cycling gems. The country has everything for the avid road cyclist: big climbs, magnificent scenery, historic villages (complete with cobbles!), and exceptional food and wine. Combine all of the above with the quietest, traffic-free roads you’ll find anywhere in Europe, super-friendly locals and impressive historical hotels and you’ll soon understand why Portugal is a firm favourite with repeat guests and staff alike.

 

And who would have thought that one of Europe’s toughest climbs would be in Portugal. 30km (19 miles) in length and with a total elevation gain of 1,765m (5,800ft), the climb to the Torre ski-station in the Serra Estrela is up there with the Col du Tourmalet and other Tour de France legends.

 

Bring your climbing legs and get ready for some of the best cycling to be found anywhere in Europe.

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PYRENEES

An epic ride across the legendary climbs of the Pyrenees, from Girona to Pau

Discover the natural beauty of one of Europe’s most celebrated cycling terrains. Cross the Pyrenees, conquering legendary Tour de France climbs every day. Includes Tourmalet, Aubisque, Aspin, Peyresourde, Port de Balès, Rocacorba and many more!

 

The Pyrenees conjure up images of famous Tour de France stages. This is your opportunity to transform these images into real life as you conquer the legendary Pyrenees climbs of the Tour de France.

 

Starting in the renowned cycling hub of Girona with the iconic Rocacorba climb, you’ll cross the Pyrenees from east to west, conquering iconic Tour de France climbs like the Tourmalet, Aubisque, Aspin, Peyresourde, Pailheres, Port de Balès and Portet d’Aspet. The full list of legendary climbs is impressive!

Throughout the entire ride you’ll be amazed with the sheer natural beauty of this incredible region.

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COLOMBIA

Huge climbs and incredible landscapes in the most exciting cycling destination on the planet

Epic doesn’t quite do Colombia justice. Our Trans-Colombia Challenge offers you the opportunity to ride one of the most challenging routes in Colombia, including the famous Alto de Letras.

 

Not for the faint of heart, our Trans-Colombia Challenge features the best of Colombian cycling.

 

The highlight of the trip is the 80km (50 miles) climb to Alto de Letras, known as the longest climb in the world. And in true Thomson style you’ll ride Letras not once, but twice – from both sides!

Starting in Medellin, the mecca of Colombian cycling, our route takes us south over the Andes mountains. You’ll ride through the coffee plantations of the world-famous Coffee Triangle which claims to produce the worlds best coffee.

 

From the Coffee Triangle you’ll head over to Los Nevados National Park where the Nevado del Ruiz volcano lies under its blanket of snow and glaciers, at an elevation of over 5000m (16,500ft). Los Nevados also hosts our final challenge – the unbelievable 80km (50 miles) climb to Alto de Letras!

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ANDALUSIA

Sensational rides, challenging climbs, traffic-free roads and the best weather in Europe

The quintessential Spain, Andalusia is famous for flamenco, fiestas, bulls and “pueblos blancos”. But it’s also home to some of the most stunning and challenging rides in Europe.

 

Andalusia ticks all the boxes for a classic Thomson trip — stunningly beautiful rides, challenging climbs, great hotels, traffic-free roads and the best weather in Europe.

 

Your journey starts in the Sierra Nevada, travels westwards through the ancient cities of Antequera and Ronda, and concludes on the Mediterranean Coast in Estepona. Along the way, you’ll conquer the Carretera de la Cabra (Goat’s Path climb), considered by many to be one of the most dramatic climbs in Spain. Other highlights include the Puerto de las Peñas Blancas, the Puerto de las Palmas, the dramatic limestone formations of the classic Vuelta a España climb to El Torcal, and a fabulous ride through El Chorro Gorge with breathtaking views of the world-famous Caminito del Rey.

 

Join us and experience the essence of Southern Spain on this challenging and stunningly beautiful ride from the Sierra Nevada to the Mediterranean Coast in Estepona!

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PIEDMONT

Huge mountains and Barolo Wine - Piedmont is the perfect Thomson terrain

Sitting at the foot of the Alps in north-western Italy, Piedmont is the perfect destination for an epic Thomson Challenge. Massive climbs including the Finestre, Agnello and Fauniera combine with the best food and wine in Italy.

 

You’ll start off the week with a testing, yet magnificent ride through the Barolo and Langhe vineyards. Don’t be fooled, there may be no big climbs on this ride, but it’s a leg-breaker!

 

From Barolo you’ll head through Cuneo and into the high Alps where the serious climbing starts with the Colle della Fauniera, a magnificent climb that has its place in the Top 5 most spectacular climbs in Europe. The Queen stage comes on Day 6 when you’ll take a brief excursion into French territory over the 50km (31 miles) Colle dell’Agnello, topping out at 2,744m (9,000ft).

 

The final day is equally impressive and features one of Europe’s toughest climbs, the Colle delle Finestre, where Chris Froome attacked 80km from the Finish Line to win the 2018 Giro d’Italia.

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PROVENCE-ALPES

A magnificently challenging ride across the Alpes de Haute Provence

Featuring the Col de la Bonette, the highest paved through road in the Alps, and Mont Ventoux, the Giant of Provence, this is not a trip for the faint of heart. In addition to being one of our toughest challenges, it’s also one of the most spectacular with an incredible mix of high mountain passes, river gorges, high Alpine and Provençale terrain. A must-ride for the avid cyclist!

 

Mont Ventoux, Col de la Bonette, Col de la Lombarde, Col de la Cayolle – just a few of the stunningly beautiful and challenging Hors-Categorie climbs that you’ll conquer on this magnificent ride across the south of France.

 

We’ve prepared an epic, awe-inspiring challenge that will test your limits and introduce you to some of the lesser-known, but spectacular terrain from the southern edge of the Alps through Provence.

 

You’ll conquer the highest paved through road in the Alps, the 2,802m (9,193ft) Col de la Bonette, and test your climbing legs on a final day ride over 2 sides of Mont Ventoux. You’ll be blown away by one of the absolute best loops in the Alps over the Coll d’Allos, Col des Champs and Col de la Cayolle, and ride through 2 of the most stunning gorges in France, the Gorges de Verdon and Gorges de la Nesque.

A bucket-list trip for every avid cyclist!

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SWISS

Part fairytale, part Alpine adventure - arguably the most scenic of all our trips

It’s really hard to match Switzerland for it’s incredible scenery, unique charm and the sheer volume of iconic and challenging climbs. An absolute must for any avid cyclist who loves to climb.

 

Join us on a magnificent ride through some of the most incredible landscapes in Europe. Nowhere are the Alps more stunning than in Switzerland, and our Trans-Swiss Challenge captures the very best of the Swiss Alps.

 

Ride the incredible St Gotthardpass – one of the few cobbled passes in Europe – and Grosse Scheidegg – with it’s views of the famous Eiger, one of the most dramatic climbs in Europe. In addition to these 2 unique climbs, you’ll also conquer the Furkapass, Albulapass, Nufenenpass, Ofenpass, Umbrailpass, Grimselpass, and even the Passo Stelvio!

 

Few trips are blessed with such an impressive list of famous, breathtakingly beautiful – and challenging climbs!

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