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Ciclismo Classico’s New France Cycling Tour Named to National Geographic Traveler’s “50 Tours of a Lifetime”

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Arlington, MA Ciclismo Classico, a leading outfitter of cycling vacations around the globe, is pleased to announce that its Bike Across France tour has been selected as one of National Geographic Traveler’s “50 Tours of a Lifetime” and will be featured in the May 2013 issue. The “50 Tours of a Lifetime” are National Geographic Traveler’s selection of the most authentic, most innovative, most immersive, best-guided, and most sustainable tours in the world.  New for 2013, Bike Across France explores three regions of France: Aquitaine, Midi-Pyrenees and Languedoc-Roussillion. Castles, lush scenery, stone villages, excellent wines, ancient art, prehistoric sites, and hearty provincial cuisine highlight the 10-day cycling escapade.  For more information or to book a tour, call 1.800.866.7314 or visit their website.

“The tours we selected capture that spirit of exploration,” says executive editor Norie Quintos. “They push the boundaries of mainstream tourism, whether taking travelers to the far corners of the globe, or helping them dive deep into the culture of familiar destinations.”

On this journey guests cycle along country lanes and discover timeless villages of golden stone, hilltop castles shining like visions from a medieval tale, and towering oak forests where a knight on a white horse might not look out of place. The full cultural immersion in this corner of France is facilitated by the enchanting towns and UNESCO World Heritage sites, like Saint-Emillion near Bordeaux, Albi and Carcassonne.

“We are very honored to have our Bike Across France tour selected as one of National Geographic Traveler’s  ‘50 Tours of a Lifetime’,” said Ciclismo Classico Founder Lauren Hefferon. “The list of activities on this France cycling tour includes wine tastings, a canoe ride on the Dordogne River, a visit to the Museum of Toulouse Lautrec, and guided visits of Castelnaud Castle, Cap Blanc and the Fortified City of Carcassonne.”

This tour has been beautifully tailored to peel back the layers of history, while savoring the gastronomy and French lifestyle of the southwest. It is perfect for travelers looking for an authentic experience in this unforgettable corner of Europe. A company that prides itself in its grand journeys, Bike Across France is the most recent addition to the highly successful “Bike Across” series, including Bike Across Northern Italy, Bike Across Southern Italy, and Bike Across Scotland itineraries that at reveal the incredible variety, scenic beauty and cultural treasures of each region.

In 2013, Ciclismo Classico celebrates its 25th year and prides itself in being a travel industry pioneer with more unique Italian itineraries than any other operator. The boutique company was named, “One of the Best Adventure Outfitters on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure and has been covered by CNN, Forbes, Bicycling, INC, Entrepreneur, Business Week, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, Outside magazine and more.

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