C'est Cheese

C’est Cheese – 2 weeks
France (Burgundy, the Jura and Savoie) & Switzerland

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There is no better view of Europe’s astonishingly compact diversity than this ride.  Burgundy, the Jura, the Savoie and French Switzerland, all of which you will visit, share borders and language, and once shared government.  But they differ in scenery, cuisine, social order, and just about everything else.  A closely-knit trip that leaves you feeling like you crossed a continent....

The trip title’s cheese hommage is justified by Epoisse, Langres, Ami de Chambertin... Gruyère, Compté, Bleu de Gex, Fribourg, Vacherin du Mont d’Or, Morbier, Reblochon, Tomme de Savoie... and a host of others, all made along our route.  Served on post-dinner cheese trays, in sauces over steaks, in pots with white wine and kirsch (the famous fondue), scraped melted onto potatos with cured beef from the high Alps (raclette), with melted with fresh cream and onions (tartiflette), and accompanied by some of Europe’s most charming and diverse wines.

We finish with a couple of days in German Switzerland, in the beautiful Alpine resort of Zermatt.  And our post-trip “Access Package” offers a fun night over the border in Italy.  Where you will discover that the Italian town of Domodossola, where you stay, has as much to do with where you have been as it does with the country to which it is now attached....

Our Trips
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.


Thumbnail view of the trip’s itinerary
For details within each region, including ride difficulty, click on the name under “Region Visited”...
Days of the Week
Region Visited
Travel to Laroche (our Access Package is here)
1 - 7
Su & Mo
Yonne Valley, Canal Tow Paths
Tu & We
Wine Towns of the Nivernais
Th & Fr
Vézelay, the Morvan, Epoisses
Vercingétorix & the Continental Divide, Dijon
Train to Switzerland
8 - 14
Su - Tu
The Jura
Tu - Fr
Lake Geneva, the Rhône Valley and the Alps
Fr - Su
Zermatt, the Vispa Valley
Trip disbands Sunday, upon arrival in Brig.
Sunday night in Italy is included in the post-trip Brig Access Package, to get you in place for ongoing travel on Monday. 
It is possible to get a Sunday afternoon flight from Geneva, Zurich, or Milano Malpensa.  Or to catch the last train to London.  But don’t do this unless you have to, as it puts unpleasant pressure on the day on Sunday. The last train to Paris is easy to catch, however.
Post-Access Package travel date

C’est Cheese — Facts & Figures
2010 Dates
Baggage Services Offered**
(optional, prices below)
June 13 - 27

$3,895 US
$4,095 C
2,525 €

Daily, Half,
August 1 - 15
Daily, Half,
* Prices in $ and € do not include precisely the same things.   Click here for details.

Prices of Optional Extras (links lead to explanations)
$ prices include
the bike.
See here for information on bringing your own.
** At least 4 riders must subscribe to a given baggage service for it to operate. The services listed are those currently offered on the departure in question. Services which appear in bold already have at least 3 subscribers (so, one more would ensure their operation).

Reaching & Leaving Your Trip:  General Information on Access Packages
Specific information on reaching your trip’s start in... Laroche
Specific information on departing from your trip’s end... Brig