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grand tour

1. An extended tour or sightseeing trip in, through, or across any country or region. Originally used in specific reference to the major cities of Europe, the trip was considered a necessary part of well-bred gentlemen's upbringing. It was later extended to travel in general. I've been saving up all year long for my grand tour through France.
2. By extension, a comprehensive, guided tour, inspection, or survey. This is your first time seeing our new house, right? Let me give you the grand tour! The general insisted on a grand tour of all the sites that are still operational.
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grand tour

A comprehensive tour, survey, or inspection. For example, They took me on a grand tour of their new house, or The new chairman will want to make a grand tour of all the branches. Starting in the late 1600s this term was used for a tour of the major European cities, considered essential to a well-bred man's education. In the mid-1800s it was extended to more general use.
See also: grand, tour
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During the mHealth Grand Tour, the PaaS solution will transmit the data to a dedicated Web portal and process the data for later analysis by the Newcastle University research team.
The 14-day Grand Tour will cover 2,100 kilometres over four stages, with more than 22,000 metres of climbs, incorporating breath-taking scenery and quiet country roads.
The fate of the Westmorland and its Grand Tour cargo--as well as the identities of the original owners of the crates--remained forgotten until the end of the 1990s, when a team of determined Spanish scholars, led by Professor Jose Maria Luzon Nogue and Dr Maria Dolores Sanchez-Jauregui, tracked down and analysed ship manifests in Spanish, Italian, French and British archives to reveal the provenance of those works of art and books that wound up in the Real Academia.
In contrast, Nibali is now one of the most proven riders in Grand Tours, his Vuelta win following a podium finish in Italy which he also matched this year.
It is of especial interest to Anne French, who lives in the North Tyne Valley and has written the first book to focus on the Grand Tour as it related to the North East in the 18th and 19th centuries.
2 metres in length, the Clio Grand Tour Concept isn't that much longer than a standard Clio, but has a large, easy-to-load luggage area and is very much geared towards leisure activities.
Imagine taking a two or three month vacation to Europe to explore the art, architecture, culture and food of various European cities - while it may sound like a fantasy or a college study abroad program, grand tours of Europe were very common among wealthy English men in the 1600 and 1700's.
Apres le criterium international d'Alger, les grands prix internationaux d'Oran et de Blida, le Grand tour d'Algerie cycliste (GTAC-2015) se poursuit avec le deroulement de la 9e etape.
Porte, who won Paris-Nice in March, said in a Team Sky statement: "With this new contract comes an added responsibility, and, while I'm more than happy to help guys like Chris Froome and Sir Bradley Wiggins in the future, I'd love to lead the squad in a Grand Tour next season.
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With David Millar picking up his first Grand Tour stage win in three years last week at the Vuelta a Espana and the launch of Team Sky imminent, Britain's track form is now belatedly spilling out onto the road.
In a "sequel" to Turner: Painting the Nation (1996), his study of one artist's views of such sites, the English Heritage's former chief curator explains the Grand Tour concept and explores 60 of the country's most iconic historic sites in its care.
Mr Rippon, who is married and has three grown-up children, said: "I got the idea for my latest book from an exhibition I went to in London about the Grand Tour.
The 90-minute Grand Tour, offered every 30 minutes between 9 a.