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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). After many years of 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 an article about the Tour of Freaks... I mean... the Tour d'Afrique. Next January I found myself in the start line of the 4th edition of TDA, and completed the tour successfully in 2006. 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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Bob Jensen

Rider

Paris to Istanbul

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Bob Jensen

Rider
Paris to Istanbul

I am a Calgary lawyer who will be either fully retired or on a leave for 3 months once the Orient Express starts. My legal practice has been focused in the energy sector. I enjoy reading (historical fiction), cycling, running, swimming, racket sports, paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking, , travelling (and what better way than by bike), and volunteering. I am married with two adult children (one still on the payroll) and 4 dogs.

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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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Rider

Freiburg to Budapest

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Rider
Freiburg to Budapest

United States

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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.

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Rider

Paris to Istanbul

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Paris to Istanbul

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Paris to Istanbul

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Paris to Istanbul

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Paris to Istanbul

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Paris to Istanbul

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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

Freiburg to Budapest

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Maria Victoria Cardini

Rider
Freiburg to Budapest

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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Rider

Paris to Istanbul

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Paris to Istanbul

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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 and French Connection 2016. Friend of Maureen Lanuke also from the Edmonton Bicycle Touring Club in Edmonton, Alberta. Looking forward to this interesting fun ride and to meeting all of you!

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Rider

Freiburg to Budapest

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Freiburg to Budapest

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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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Michael Doucet

Rider

Paris to Freiburg

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Michael Doucet

Rider
Paris to Freiburg

Canada

This will be my second TDA tour, having done the Bangkok - Singapore portion of Bamboo Road. Looking forward to the adventure with my brother Paul and all the riders.

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John Karwoski

Rider

Paris to Istanbul

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John Karwoski

Rider
Paris to Istanbul

United States

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

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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 59 years old and live in St. Louis, Missouri, USA with my wife, Carolyn. I have two grown children, one living in Dallas, 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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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). After many years of 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 an article about the Tour of Freaks... I mean... the Tour d'Afrique. Next January I found myself in the start line of the 4th edition of TDA, and completed the tour successfully in 2006. 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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Bob Jensen

Rider

Paris to Istanbul

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Bob Jensen

Rider
Paris to Istanbul

I am a Calgary lawyer who will be either fully retired or on a leave for 3 months once the Orient Express starts. My legal practice has been focused in the energy sector. I enjoy reading (historical fiction), cycling, running, swimming, racket sports, paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking, , travelling (and what better way than by bike), and volunteering. I am married with two adult children (one still on the payroll) and 4 dogs.

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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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Rider

Freiburg to Budapest

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Rider
Freiburg to Budapest

United States

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

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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