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This exciting, short cycling challenge links the two classic cities of Paris and Geneva, crossing the border with a fabulous climb in the beautiful Jura Mountains.
Day 1: London – Paris
Travel to Paris by Eurostar. Explore the city before meeting for an evening meal and briefing
Day 2: Paris – Sens (Cycle approx 125km)
We head to the Eiffel Tower before our route takes us along the boulevards of the capital’s Left Bank and past landmarks including Les Invalides and the Grand Palais. From the city to the country, we pass quintessential French villages and ride through the forests of Fontainebleau on our way to the Burgundy town of Sens.
Day 3: Sens – Semur-en-Auxois (Cycle approx 125km)
We head further into rural Burgundy with wonderful views over the typically French countryside. We pass rows upon rows of vineyards as we enter Chamblis for lunch, before riding on to the picturesque medieval hill-top town of Semur-en-Auxois for the night.
Day 4: Semur-en-Auxois – Lons-le-Saunier (Cycle approx 158km)
Continuing south-east, we ride through more picturesque towns and villages, following the Canal de Bourgogne for a short stretch. A twisting 6km ascent presents our most challenging climb so far – but the thrilling double-distance 12km descent that follows is incredibly rewarding! Across the River Saône, our route is relatively flat as we head to the Roman spa town of Lons-le-Saunier.
Day 5: Lons-le-Saunier – Geneva
Our big challenge looms as we cross the Jura Mountains into Switzerland! We start climbing almost immediately into the mountainous scenery, heading through a scenic gorge and across the beautiful aquamarine Lac de Vouglans reservoir. The stunning views help distract from the challenging climb, which has featured in the Tour de France on many occasions and culminates in Col de la Faucille (1323m). We savour the descent with views over Lake Geneva. Tonight we celebrate!
Day 6: Geneva – UK
Explore Geneva before flying back to the UK.