Orient Express Bicycle Tour

June 16, 2005 12:21 ET

TAKE A RIDE ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

A Bicycle Journey From Paris to Istanbul Attention: Lifestyle Editor, Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - June 16, 2005) - TORONTO (June 15, 2005, ) - The company that brought the world Tour d'Afrique, the world's longest and toughest bicycle race, www.tourdafrique.com, now introduces the Orient Express Bicycle Tour - the first bicycle journey from Paris to Istanbul.

The Toronto-based adventure biking firm Tour d'Afrique has assembled the first Orient Express Bicycle Tour - which follows the train's 3,690-kilometre route from the City of Light to the historic city on the Bosphorus. Over eight magical weeks, on a trip designed to capture the spirit of the original Orient Express route, the tour combines genuine physical challenge -- Europe has a couple of hills that could be regarded as steep -- with exciting cultural and memorable culinary experiences, to stimulate all of the senses.

The final celebratory dinner will be held at the Pera Palas Hotel, which welcomed the original Orient Express train travelers Like the Tour d'Afrique, this is a supported tour. A support crew with trucks will collect cyclist's luggage each day and deliver it to the next destination. On biking days, breakfast and dinner will be served and a lunch will be provided at the day's halfway point. On days off, there is time to explore and partake in adventures of your choice: culinary, athletic, sensual or touristy.

Riders can choose a number of options and can bike the entire route or any section (or sections) of it. The most convenient sectional legs will be Paris to Vienna, Vienna to Bucharest, and Bucharest to Istanbul. Riders can also join the tour at any point -- and leave the tour -- at any spot that suits them. Canadian Henry Gold created the Orient Express Bicycle Tour as part of his quest to create new, innovative adventures on bicycles and to foster a more bicycle and people-oriented society.

For more information, please contact:Henry Gold (henry@tourdafrique.com) orShanny Hill (shanny@tourdafrique.com) (416) 364 8255 http//:www.tourdafrique.com /For further information: Tony Russell
416-534-9685
1-888-761-9991/ IN: HEALTH, SPORTS, TRAVEL

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