The cities of art, love and some of the best wilderness can seem like a dream for some people to visit. Backpacking through the Swiss Alps is something that most people read in romantic novels or from an adventure story from long ago.
Not so this past summer when a small group of adventurers took a trip from Geneva to Paris and explored everything in between.
A hike through the Pyrenees is the perfect beginning to seeing what the big fuss is about when people talk about how great Europe is. A little bit of Spanish practice doesn’t hurt either while roaming the countryside.
The slower French way of life was very refreshing once the group got to Chamonix which really made it feel like summer. The first look at France was more scenic, with views of Mount Blanc and the look of gorgeous valleys and wilderness areas for about 10 days.
The teens then got to watch the Eiffel Tower light up and do the more tourist-oriented sites. But it didn’t lessen the experience because they got to sleep under the stars days before and take in all the beauty that nature had to offer.
This and more is coming this next summer, maybe with some fun extras thrown in along the way.
Congestion from cars can really dampen a travel experience. Gas money, mechanical problems and those repetitive car-ride games take away from what is really going on around us. Alternative travel experiences via bicycle are perfect for saying goodbye to the smoke and into fresh air. There is no better place to experience this than Europe’s bike-friendly atmosphere and spectacular natural beauty. Wilderness Ventures offers two international cycling tours through six different European countries.
The Paris to Rome exploration begins in romantic Paris and graces through the Swiss alps and into Tuscany, Italy and finally end up in Rome. At about 45 miles per day, there is so much to see. Riders receive proper lessons on how to be safe while cycling, especially on rockier terrain and at higher speeds.
Another option is the Amsterdam to Paris, where all members will feel right at home with the streets filled with experienced bikers that mill around Amsterdam and the Netherlands. Four weeks of museums in the Netherlands, chocolate tasting in Belgium, and more than one hundred miles of beautiful European scenery ends with a trip to the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, and Arc de Triomphe for final group photos and a banquet dinner.