Our Trans-Challenges are Thomson’s signature series of week-long cycling trips that take the high road across mountain chains and countries. We’ve gone to great lengths to design the most inspiring, challenging routes across the world’s most beautiful cycling regions.
Cross a mountain chain, cross a country, cross it off your list
The quintessential Spain, Andalusia is famous for flamenco, fiestas, bulls and “pueblos blancos”. But it’s also home to some of the most stunning and challenging climbs in Europe - including Pico Veleta - the highest paved road in Europe at almost 3400m!
Our Trans-Alps Challenge offers you the opportunity to ride one of the most challenging routes in Europe - across the French Alps from Morzine to Mont Ventoux! Includes the most famous climb of the Tour de France: Alpe d’Huez.
Ride across the simply staggering Cordillera Cantabrica mountain chain that runs along Spain’s serene Northern coast. Includes Vuelta a Espana favourite: Lagos de Covadonga - and the toughest climb of the Grand Tours: the Angliru!
The Thomson Backyard. This is where we train our ride leaders and where many pro-riders make their home. Test your legs on some of the richest and most challenging cycling terrain in Europe.
A fantastic journey across the “Île de Beauté”. From Porto Vecchio in the south-east across the mountainous interior of the island to the north shore. Ride many of the same routes covered by the Tour de France when the grand boucle celebrated its centenary edition on the island in 2013.
Made famous by the Giro d’Italia, the Italian Dolomites are some of the most notorious, dramatic and transcendent peaks in all of Europe. They are a rite of passage for every avid cyclist.
Beginning in the awe-inspiring ancient royal city of Vila Vicosa, enjoy Portugal’s rich culture and exquisite accommodations as we take the high road across this quiet country’s wondrously diverse terrain.
Ride from coast to coast! Cross the magnificent Pyrenees from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic, conquering classic Tour de France climbs the whole way. Includes Tourmalet, Aubisque, Aspin and many more!