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Orient Express

Orient Express

Orient Express

Cycle in the tracks of Europe’s iconic long distance train connecting the city of lights (Paris) to Byzantium (Istanbul)

RIDERS AND STAFF

Gergo Szanyi

Leader

Paris to Istanbul

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Gergo Szanyi

Leader
Paris to Istanbul

Hungary

Hi, My name is Gergo [Grrr-go], I'm from Budapest, Hungary. Graduated in Visual Communications (photography and graphic design) After more than a decade of annual and occasional bike touring with my family and friends in the late 80's and 90's, a few seasons of mountain bike racing, and quite few years of just sitting in an office, in 2005 I've read a magazine article about the Tour of Freaks... I mean... the Tour d'Afrique, it made me wonder if it is even doable? Next January I found myself in Cairo at the start line of the 4th edition of TDA, and completed the full tour successfully. Since then, I did a couple of Orient Express tours, Amber Route, Trans Europa, Odyssey and PubRide. In 2007 I also crossed the Himalaya by bike, riding from Lhasa to Kathmandu including a ride to Mount Everest North face base camp where this photograph was taken.

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Balazs Perjesy

Assistant Leader

Paris to Istanbul

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Balazs Perjesy

Assistant Leader
Paris to Istanbul

Hungary

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Stephanie Thornton

Assistant Leader

Paris to Istanbul

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Stephanie Thornton

Assistant Leader
Paris to Istanbul

Canada

Hello good people, my name is Stephanie, and I will be your Assistant Tour Leader. I am from Canada, currently living in Victoria, BC. I have lived, worked, and travelled throughout Africa for the greater part of the last 10 years. Looking forward to getting back on the road.

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Melissa Morse

Rider

Paris to Istanbul

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Melissa Morse

Rider
Paris to Istanbul

United States

I have settled in Houston, Texas after living overseas for most of my adult life. Originally from suburban New Jersey, I headed to the Rocky Mountains for college and stayed a while to enjoy all the healthy living. I enjoy traveling on a bicycle; it provides more opportunity to interact with people, to smell the aromas and feel the elements, and it's a great way to burn enough calories to enjoy the flavors along the way. I haven't been very active since I had a hip replacement last year and am challenging myself to get back into shape with this Orient Express ride as my reward. On, on!

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Elizabeth Feit

Rider

Paris to Istanbul

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Elizabeth Feit

Rider
Paris to Istanbul

United States

Currently based in Florida USA, and enjoying the road biking here . Winds are our hills...Am always up for a distance riding, and the "Orient Express" with TDA looks like the perfect challenge...

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Bob Kieckhefer

Rider

Budapest to Istanbul

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Bob Kieckhefer

Rider
Budapest to Istanbul

United States

Geophysicist, cyclist, swimmer. I currently live in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where there are plenty of hills to climb.

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Jay Ozturk

Rider

Paris to Istanbul

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Jay Ozturk

Rider
Paris to Istanbul

Canada

Looking forward to challenges ahead.I am Realtor in Toronto and love adventure. This tour fits my style perfectly.

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Cathy Mead

Rider

Paris to Istanbul

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Cathy Mead

Rider
Paris to Istanbul

Australia

I'm a retired academic, and a board member of Council on the Ageing, Australia. I love cycling and hiking, and doting on 4 grandchildren. I live in Melbourne, Australia. This will be my 3rd epic cycling trip and I've completed a lot of shorter trips in all states of Australia, in New Zealand, Europe, Vietnam and China.

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Margaret Perlette

Rider

Paris to Istanbul

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Margaret Perlette

Rider
Paris to Istanbul

Canada

I'm Marg. I look forward to the sights and experiences that the Orient Express will offer next summer. While I enjoy single bike riding as well, I prefer to tour on the tandem as Mike can only get so far ahead of me on the road!

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Michael Perlette

Rider

Paris to Istanbul

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Michael Perlette

Rider
Paris to Istanbul

Canada

Please call me Mike. Like many Canadian kids I rode a bike around my neighborhood from sunrise to sundown. Eventually the rides got a bit longer, we packed a small lunch and we left the neighborhood. When I got my drivers licence at the age of 16 I pretty much abandoned my bike as I discovered cars, girls and employment. The occasional time that I did get back on a bike it felt foreign and a bit uncomfortable. I was 25 and hitch hiking in New Zealand when I became acquainted with 2 very independent cyclists who were using 2 wheels instead of their thumb to see the country. A light went on and the next summer I rode across Canada with my tent, sleeping bag and what I could fit in my panniers. Since then cycling has been a constant in my life. Sometimes a little sometimes a lot. I am fortunate in that my wife shares my love of 2 wheels and we have done a lot of rides together especially in the past half dozen years. We bought a tandem a couple of years ago and we will be bringing it on the Orient Express ride. It is a way to see other parts of the planet while staying in the slow lane, smelling, hearing, tasting and feeling the places that you pass through. Cheers...

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Maria Victoria Cardini

Rider

Paris to Bucharest

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Maria Victoria Cardini

Rider
Paris to Bucharest

Argentina

I m taking a sabatic years since last month. I may work in the future. Hobbies: movies and technology

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Stephen Slotnick

Rider

Paris to Istanbul

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Stephen Slotnick

Rider
Paris to Istanbul

United States

I'm a 62-year-old resident of Juneau, Alaska. Mostly retired from state service last year. If I'm not traveling, I like to cross-country ski in winter, and bicycle or hike in summer, with my wife, Kate. We have three daughters and five grandchildren. This ride is way ambitious for me. Yet perfect.

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Katherine Slotnick

Rider

Paris to Istanbul

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Katherine Slotnick

Rider
Paris to Istanbul

United States

I am a retired public health nurse living in Juneau, Alaska.

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Wayne Grover

Rider

Paris to Istanbul

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Wayne Grover

Rider
Paris to Istanbul

Canada

Early 60s, bike touring enthusiast, Recently retired, (Prof. Emeritus (ECE), UofA). TDA Alumni of NAE 2015, French Connection 2016, Oh Canada 2017. Took 2018 off from any long tours and looking forward to the Orient Express this summer.

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Michel Bee

Rider

Freiburg to Budapest

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Michel Bee

Rider
Freiburg to Budapest

United States

Geophysicist, cyclist, hiker. I am retired in Bend, Oregon, where there are many opportunities for outdoor activities.

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Carolyn Pearson

Rider

Paris to Budapest

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Carolyn Pearson

Rider
Paris to Budapest

United States

I'm excited to cycle from Paris to Budapest with my husband, Doug Pearson and all of you! I started cycling in April 2011. Four short years later my husband asked me to participate in the last month of the 2015 Tour d'Afrique. After much consideration, I said yes. I enjoyed one of the most challenging, scenic & cultural experiences of my life! This time the trip was my idea : ) I am looking forward to experiencing a variety of European cultures, food, history & sites along the way. See you in July!

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will carter

Rider

Paris to Istanbul

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will carter

Rider
Paris to Istanbul

United Kingdom

I live in Bedford uk.,im 69 and enjoy reading , cycling ,traveling and meeting people of different cultures.

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John Karwoski

Rider

Paris to Istanbul

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John Karwoski

Rider
Paris to Istanbul

United States

Sixty six years old, retired. Enjoy road bicycling, camping, and hiking. This will be my first bicycle excursion longer than two days!

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Robert Stavros

Rider

Paris to Istanbul

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Robert Stavros

Rider
Paris to Istanbul

United States

I am a retired engineer who likes to ride on long trips. I have made the Cross Country trip from Oregon to New Hampshire with America By Bike (ABB) and I have gone from Oregon to San Francisco also with ABB. I have done several week long trips with Lizard Head Tours in Utah and New Mexico,

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Steve Rogers

Rider

Budapest to Istanbul

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Steve Rogers

Rider
Budapest to Istanbul

United States

I'm an active cyclist, always seeking new adventures and, having thoroughly enjoyed the 2018 Pub Ride, now look forward to the 2019 Orient Express tour. Let's ride - 'eat, drink and be merry' - all the way to Istanbul!

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Donna Queen

Rider

Paris to Bucharest

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Donna Queen

Rider
Paris to Bucharest

United States

I love to bike but have never attempted a ride like this one before. Last year I rode in the California Coast Classic--8 consecutive days of 80 miles per day. It was a great ride, but a tough one! I'm looking forward to this--the riding and the sightseeing--and meeting some great people!

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Peter Roberts

Rider

Budapest to Bucharest

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Peter Roberts

Rider
Budapest to Bucharest

Australia

I'm really excited to get behind the iron curtain and experience the roads of Austria, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania. This is my first adventure with TdA, and I'll be relying on the experience of my well travelled wife, Trina Prior, to get me through! We'll be raising money for Cycle 4 Sam, an Australian charity supporting paediatric palliative care projects.

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Mark Brandjord

Rider

Paris to Istanbul

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Mark Brandjord

Rider
Paris to Istanbul

United States

Hi, I'm Mark. I live near Seattle Washington, and I'm retired. I worked as a software developer for over 30 years, and I've been retired since 2013. I am looking forward to this ride because every day I'll get to ride down a road I've never been on before, and I'll get to experience so many new sights, sounds and tastes. And the frosting on the cake will be getting to share the day with so many other people who enjoy cycling as much as I do.

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William Olmstead

Rider

Bucharest to Istanbul

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William Olmstead

Rider
Bucharest to Istanbul

United States

Lawyer and educator who ended up in Ghana managing a furniture manufacturing and retail company. www.furnart-gh.com.

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Kathleen Dempsey

Rider

Paris to Istanbul

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Kathleen Dempsey

Rider
Paris to Istanbul

United States

Recently retired nurse practitioner. Have done quite a bit of long-distance cycling in past: TDA 2008 alum. Have not cycled in Europe. Looking forward to seeing new parts of the world to me and having a great time.

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Stella Afesumeh

Rider

Paris to Istanbul

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Stella Afesumeh

Rider
Paris to Istanbul

Nigeria

I like an adventure I like to see different cultures I am sure I'm taking a gigantic bite... we shall see

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sylvain rondeau

Rider

Paris to Istanbul

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sylvain rondeau

Rider
Paris to Istanbul

Canada

i am so happy to be on this tour

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Cove Fylpaa

Rider

Paris to Istanbul

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Cove Fylpaa

Rider
Paris to Istanbul

United States

Hello! My name is Cove and I'm going to be the Tour Mechanic and Support Aide for the 2019 Orient Express. Since graduating from Macalester College, I've been exploring the bicycle industry from every angle that I can. I have a broad range of mechanic experience spanning from community bike co-ops to racing focused boutiques. Lately, I've been most excited about linking single track to spend all day on my mountain bike, racing the regional enduro series with my friends, and getting into bicycle frame building. I've done a bit of self-supported touring in Central America and a handful of overnight trips in the United States, but this will be my first time visiting Europe, let alone exploring the continent by bike! I cant wait to sample all the beautiful breads, stinky cheeses, and cured meats throughout our trip. I'm looking forward to connecting with each of you over the next few months as we all prepare for our travels together later this summer.

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Joseph Lee

Rider

Budapest to Istanbul

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Joseph Lee

Rider
Budapest to Istanbul

Canada

I love to travel, and bicycle touring is my preferred way to see the world. This will be my first tour as a 'sectional rider'. I’ve enjoyed 4 full TDA tours: Indian Adventure, Ruta Maya, Pub Ride, West Africa en Vélo. I am looking forward to re-visiting Budapest and experiencing Romania, Bulgaria and Istanbul for the first time. I have travelled lots, but my list of places to visit never gets any shorter. I became a teacher, mainly because of the holidays, and I am now semi-retired, doing occasional teaching in between travels. Looking forward to renewing old friendships and making new ones.

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Thomas Eldner

Rider

Budapest to Bucharest

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Thomas Eldner

Rider
Budapest to Bucharest

Switzerland

german/swiss Citizen Living in Lucerne

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FINN TRYGVE NYBAKKE

Rider

Paris to Istanbul

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FINN TRYGVE NYBAKKE

Rider
Paris to Istanbul

Norway

My name is Finn and I have lived in Norway all my life since I was born i 1952. I am a father of two Girls who have given me four grandchildren. I live together with my biking companion Asrun who has 4 children an 3 grandchildren. Most important is that all our grandchildren live near by us in Oslo. Five years ago we joined TDA on the last stage on The Silk Road to Istanbul. This time we also are heading for Istanbul but from the opposite direction; and we are biking full Tour (but no camping)! See you soon in Paris! :-)

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ASRUN AALVIK

Rider

Paris to Istanbul

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ASRUN AALVIK

Rider
Paris to Istanbul

I am born in 1951 in Hardanger in the western part of Norway With narrow fjords between steep Mountains. I love hiking and biking, but most of all I love to be grand mother of two girls and one boy!

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Doug Pearson

Rider

Paris to Budapest

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Doug Pearson

Rider
Paris to Budapest

United States

Hi: I am 60 years old and live in St. Louis, Missouri, USA with my wife, Carolyn. I have two grown children, one living in Houston, Texas and the other living in Seattle, Washington. I completed the Tour d'Afrique in 2015 and the Garden of Eden Section of the Silk Route in 2016. Haven't done much travel in 1st world countries so looking forward to hotels every night; Great new friendships; A fun relaxing time; Exploring with my wife and being with all of you!! Cheers!! Doug

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Trina Prior

Rider

Budapest to Bucharest

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Trina Prior

Rider
Budapest to Bucharest

Canada

I live in Vancouver, British Columbia. I love to see the world from the view of my bike and have done several multi-day cycling trips including Kenya to Tanzania in 2007 and Alaska to Whitehorse in 2012 with TDA. I will be raising money for Cycle 4 Sam which supports Paediatric Palliative Care Service at the Adelaide Children's Hospital http://www.cycle4sam.com/ This will be my second long distance bike trip with my husband Peter Roberts Looking forward to Cycling with Vlad and the rest of the TDA riders.

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Gergo Szanyi

Leader

Paris to Istanbul

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Gergo Szanyi

Leader
Paris to Istanbul

Hungary

Hi, My name is Gergo [Grrr-go], I'm from Budapest, Hungary. Graduated in Visual Communications (photography and graphic design) After more than a decade of annual and occasional bike touring with my family and friends in the late 80's and 90's, a few seasons of mountain bike racing, and quite few years of just sitting in an office, in 2005 I've read a magazine article about the Tour of Freaks... I mean... the Tour d'Afrique, it made me wonder if it is even doable? Next January I found myself in Cairo at the start line of the 4th edition of TDA, and completed the full tour successfully. Since then, I did a couple of Orient Express tours, Amber Route, Trans Europa, Odyssey and PubRide. In 2007 I also crossed the Himalaya by bike, riding from Lhasa to Kathmandu including a ride to Mount Everest North face base camp where this photograph was taken.

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Melissa Morse

Rider

Paris to Istanbul

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Melissa Morse

Rider
Paris to Istanbul

United States

I have settled in Houston, Texas after living overseas for most of my adult life. Originally from suburban New Jersey, I headed to the Rocky Mountains for college and stayed a while to enjoy all the healthy living. I enjoy traveling on a bicycle; it provides more opportunity to interact with people, to smell the aromas and feel the elements, and it's a great way to burn enough calories to enjoy the flavors along the way. I haven't been very active since I had a hip replacement last year and am challenging myself to get back into shape with this Orient Express ride as my reward. On, on!

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Elizabeth Feit

Rider

Paris to Istanbul

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Elizabeth Feit

Rider
Paris to Istanbul

United States

Currently based in Florida USA, and enjoying the road biking here . Winds are our hills...Am always up for a distance riding, and the "Orient Express" with TDA looks like the perfect challenge...

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Bob Kieckhefer

Rider

Budapest to Istanbul

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Bob Kieckhefer

Rider
Budapest to Istanbul

United States

Geophysicist, cyclist, swimmer. I currently live in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where there are plenty of hills to climb.

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Jay Ozturk

Rider

Paris to Istanbul

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Jay Ozturk

Rider
Paris to Istanbul

Canada

Looking forward to challenges ahead.I am Realtor in Toronto and love adventure. This tour fits my style perfectly.

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"Absolutely incredible. I would never have thought of riding Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria but I am so glad I did. Especially Romania."

"Excellent cycling experience with a safe, knowledgeable, fun, and organized, support staff. The variety of human and terrain geography seen along the route added to epic satisfaction of the tour."

"“It’s early Sunday morning in Paris and I’m cycling through the City of Lights with TDA Global Cycling. There are nine of us in this group of intrepid cyclists, hailing from Australia, Canada, the USA and Taiwan, and we’ve already taken obligatory selfies in front of the Notre Dame and the Arc de Triumph.”

OVERVIEW ORIENT EXPRESS 2019


  • FULL TOUR
  • SECTION 1
  • SECTION 2
  • SECTION 3
  • SECTION 4
  • ORIENT EXPRESS
  • JOIE DE VIVRE
  • DANUBE TRAIL
  • CYCLING WITH VLAD
  • INTO THE ORIENT
  • PARIS TO ISTANBUL
  • PARIS TO FREIBURG
  • FREIBURG TO BUDAPEST
  • BUDAPEST TO BUCHAREST
  • BUCHAREST TO ISTANBUL
  • JUL 7 TO AUG 25
  • JUL 7 TO JUL 13
  • JUL 15 TO AUG 1
  • AUG 3 TO AUG 14
  • AUG 16 TO AUG 25
  • EUR 11400
  • EUR 2050
  • EUR 5250
  • EUR 3075
  • EUR 2800
  • FULLY BOOKED
  • FULLY BOOKED
  • FULLY BOOKED
  • FULLY BOOKED
  • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • FULL TOUR
    • ORIENT EXPRESS
    • PARIS TO ISTANBUL
    • JUL 7 TO AUG 25
    • 11400 EUR
    • FULLY BOOKED
  • SECTION 1
    • JOIE DE VIVRE
    • PARIS TO FREIBURG
    • Jul 7 - Jul 13
    • 2050 EUR
    • FULLY BOOKED
  • SECTION 2
    • DANUBE TRAIL
    • FREIBURG TO BUDAPEST
    • Jul 15 - Aug 1
    • 5250 EUR
    • FULLY BOOKED
  • SECTION 3
    • CYCLING WITH VLAD
    • BUDAPEST TO BUCHAREST
    • Aug 3 - Aug 14
    • 3075 EUR
    • FULLY BOOKED
  • SECTION 4
    • INTO THE ORIENT
    • BUCHAREST TO ISTANBUL
    • Aug 16 - Aug 25
    • 2800 EUR
    • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE

Prices based on double occupancy at hotels. Solo riders will be paired with another rider of the same gender at no additional charge. A registration fee of US$150 must first be paid to hold your place on the tour. This fee is in addition to the entry fee listed above and is non-refundable and non-transferable. Full tour entry fees will receive an early payment discount of €500 if full payment is received 6 months before the start of the tour. Those coming for multiple sections get 10% off for 2 or more sections on the same tour (multiple section discount does not apply to full tour price). Full Tour single supplement is €3750. Sectional single supplements are available upon request. Returning riders get special alumni discounts. Please contact our office for further details. Full tour and section dates listed are for first and last day of cycling. Accommodation the night before first cycling day and the night of last cycling day are included in entry fee. We advise booking at least 1 additional night at tour accommodation before the tour, to be able to attend rider briefing and have assistance from tour bike mechanic in setting up your bike.

 

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