New in 2007




Schedule Your Own Departure
(Guest-Initiated Trips)
Pick Your Route, Pick Your Date
Get five of your friends to go the same week you do, and schedule your own departure, on any of our routes! A minimum of six people can schedule a Blue Marble trip for whatever week they choose, while supplies (of coordinators, hotels, trains...) last. The trip will then be added to our schedule for the benefit of the great unwashed, adding an element of anticipation and excitement to what would otherwise be too much of a known quantity.... We already know you like adventure travel.

And, if you schedule your trip before December 31st of the prior year, you need only find three like-minded souls (4 total) to get it onto the program.

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Overview Map
of all of our routes

Departure Calendar
of our regular trips
What's Included
in the Trip Cost
Additional Services
you can add to the bike trip.

Happy Alums in Alsace, '03

Biking in Alsace
Alsace continues its successful run. In recognition, we are scheduling a second (June) departure of this wonderful ride, with a special focus on the region’s gastronomy. Veteran coordinator Nicolas Clifford will lead, the trip will offer a special gastronomic focus, and several happy alums have already signed up. Yea!


Portuguese Explorer Returns!
We offered a departure of our much-regretted Portuguese Explorer trip in 2006, and it was enjoyed by its happy riders. So we are re-introducing it to our regular catalogue of offerings.

The renaissance of Portuguese Explorer brings back another favorite, 3-week Atlantic Coasting, combining our Portuguese ride with its cultural cousin in western Spain, Galicia.


Burgundy Biking” Adds Two Days
Years ago, we split our long-popular “Burgundy Biking” trip into two parts, north and south, corresponding to our 2006 “Chardonnay” and “Pinot Noir” Burgundy trips, respectively.

Our Burgundy development continues in 2007, a tribute to this wonderful corner of the world, where one could easily just go and stay, and forget about leaving. In fact, maybe we'll just do that, and stop writing.... Just KIDDING.

In 2007 our “Southern Burgundy” route will add a day of riding from the “North” route, offering a new loop ride north from Dijon (or an opportunity for a day off the bikes, wanding the medieval streets of one of France’s prettiest cities).

Our “North” route will become a daisy-chain ride, based for most of its week in a country inn south of Auxerre, at the junction of three valleys. Beautiful biking without baggage worries, and a fine table to come home to in the evening — a relaxing vacation environment.

C’est Cheese and Biking Transcontinental both adopt the new “Southern Burgundy” route, thus seeing their lengths extended by a day.


Hommage
to the Tour de France
Last Spaces, Enquire Before Booking!

Dates: a special, one-time trip to run in 2007, from Sunday, July 22 through Saturday, July 28. The 28th will be a riding day: plan for a Sunday flight if you are departing Europe by plane.

Trip Leader: the trip is being designed and staged by Jeff Kralik, a veteran Blue Marble coordinator (10+ years), sometime amateur racer, and student of the Tour de France.

The Route: it will visit the foothills and peaks of famous TdF routes in the Alps, riding the climbs and visiting the stage towns. Opportunities to brush up against the ‘07 Tour will be available before or after the trip, and we can help with independent travel to let you do so.

The trip will meet in Albertville and start in the Tarentaise Valley, and explore the Savoie and the Hautes-Alpes. It will disband in Grenoble. Featured climbs will include the Galibier, Glandon, Télégraphe, Alpe d'Huez, Madeleine, Croix de Fer.... Don't worry, you won't have to do all, but all will be available to you. If you have a favorite, tell us that when you sign up, so we can be sure to structure a day accordingly.

Training Partners (this means something very precise in our peculiar world) are welcome. A week in the French Alps is fun, whatever your means of transport!

The Price of $1,995 US / $2,350 C / £999 GBP will include:
  • All services included in our usual trips, except the bike. It is assumed that most riders will bring their own cycles on this trip. Cycle rentals will be available upon request: see optional extras, below.
  • Daily luggage transfer (the usual conditions apply). Special arrangements will be made for riders who want to bring their own bikes. Watch this space for further information as details become available.
  • Assistance in cycle transport from any of central Paris, Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, Cornavin Airport in Geneva, Zurich Airport, or Waterloo International station in London, to and from the trip. This assistance will be in the form of coaching (telling you how to ride trains with your bike, and assisting you with tickets and reservations, for you and your cycle, if you wish). At your request, and for an additional cost, we can simply take the cycle off your hands in Paris and move it to the trip for you (this service may be available from Geneva, also, depending on flight arrival time).
  • Storage of your cycle case during the trip.

Optional Extras

  • We can help with travel to and from the trip, if desired. “Access Packages” will be available.
  • We can offer a rental racing bike (lighter than our usual tourers, but still not as good as the really cool bikes all the others will bring). Enquire if interested.

Capacity will be limited to 19 participants, on a first-come, first-served basis. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment: we have 6 aboard as of now, and will reduce our capacity by the end of March in function of those aboard at that point. To sign up, go here.




New Mailing Address
If you have our paper catalogue, with the address on Race Street in Philadelphia, please take note of the new one. Our postal address is now 350 Ramapo Valley Road, Suite 18-131, Oakland, NJ 07436. It lets Lesley get the mail without having to come in to town. Phone and e.mail contacts remain the same.