Tour d’Afrique Announces July Departure for New Cycling Adventure Along Europe’s Ancient Amber Trade Route from St. Petersburg to Venice

Billings, NE, January 24, 2010 --( Combine Tour d’Afrique’s New Cycling Adventure along Europe’s Ancient Amber Trade Route from St. Petersburg to Venice with the company’s Silk Route Tour from Istanbul to Samarkand for an epic adventure with a significant savings

Toronto-based Tour d'Afrique (, a small, socially responsible bike tour company with huge intentions, announces that thanks to input from its cycling travelers and avid fans, a new six-week / nine country tour dubbed The Amber Route launches on July 11, 2010.

The tour that begins in St. Petersburg follows the Ancient Amber Trade Route used by the Romans ( The 1864-mile route winds its way through the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, then through Poland and Slovakia, continuing on to Hungary, cutting through Slovenia and ending in Venice. Riders may also opt to do one or more of the four shorter sections ranging from 330 to 600 miles each. The complete tour is priced at 5,800 Euros per person.

Prior to this tour the company is offering a newly revised Silk Route Tour ( which travels from Istanbul, Turkey to Samarkand, Uzbekistan via the Caucasus republics of Georgia and Azerbaijan, as well as enigmatic Turkmenistan. The tour will run 44 days, departing Istanbul on May 22 and arriving in Samarkand on July 4. If booked on its own the tour is priced at 4,000 Euros per person.

However, Tour d’Afrique is offering a special package combining both tours with a rest week in-between for a price of 8,500 Euros per person for a savings of 1300 Euros. This also includes airfare from Samarkand at the end of the Silk Route to either Moscow or St Petersburg where riders may spend a few days sightseeing prior to the July 11 start of the Amber Route. See:

Tour d’Afrique founder Henry Gold, who has been staging international cycling tours and races since 2003 and now engages cyclists from over 15 different countries, said that the new Amber Route expedition is an example of his company’s DreamTour program that invites guests to imagine and plan their own perfect trip.

“This particular cycling tour was used as the beta test in developing the DreamTour concept but it was so popular with our community of riders that it is now a reality,” said Gold. To see how this tour was constructed, along with the comments and feedback of those who were interested, please visit:

Gold explained that Tour d’Afrique’s DreamTours are always shorter trips than the up to four-month journeys that are the staple of his operations. The company provides the framework and support systems, including: tour staff, nutritious meals, campsites and other accommodations, daily routes and logistics, optional side trips, and the overland vehicles that transport the bulk of the baggage each day.

Other Dream Tours in the works include a North American Epic (Key West to Anchorage), an Indian Adventure (Kerala to Agra) and the Mediterranean Circuit (loops around the entire Mediterranean Sea).

About Tour d’Afrique

“Part of repairing the broken world, part of repairing broken capitalism, is creating a more ‘hygienic capitalism’ and encouraging others to act when they see corruption, injustice and environmental degradation.”
-Henry Gold, founder, Tour d’Afrique

Tour d’Afrique Ltd, ( is named for its 2003 flagship cycling tour that annually traverses the African continent from Cairo to Cape Town (7,500 miles in four months). Directly and indirectly Tour d’Afrique benefits third world countries by organizing and staging transcontinental bicycle tours and races lasting ten days to four months, today traversing all or part of four continents and over thirty countries. Other transcontinental tours are the Orient Express (2,485 miles/50 days, Paris to Istanbul); the Silk Route (2,572 miles/44 days, Istanbul to Samarkand), and the Vuelta Sudamericana (7,500 miles/134 days, Rio de Janeiro to Quito).

Tour d’Afrique’s mission is to create cycling events that appeal to amateurs and professionals alike. Participants range from 18 to 80 and the common thread is a spirit of high adventure and a desire for truly transformational travel experiences.

The company’s new DreamTour ( concept encourages individuals to submit their own trip of a lifetime that will then be open to other riders who may want to join in. A Tour d'Afrique Foundation ( promotes giving back to the communities touched by the tours and raises consciousness about the many benefits of bicycles as a means of sustainable transportation.

For tour dates, prices and more information visit:, call +1-416-364-8255 or email the team at

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Tour d'Afrique Ltd.
Dave Wiggins
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