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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.
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grand tour, the

A thorough inspection of any building, facility, business enterprise, or the like. The term comes from the custom, begun in the seventeenth century, of sending the son of a well-to-do family on an extended tour of the European Continent for the purpose of completing his education. Later the custom was extended to daughters as well. In time the term was transferred to other kinds of tour.
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To find out more about The Grand Tour of Switzerland visit myswitzerland.com/en-gb/ experiences/experience-tour/ grand-tour-of-switzerland/
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He signed a contract with Lotto Soudal in hopes of having more opportunities in the Grand Tours and particularly to get a start spot on the roster for the Tour de France.
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It will be the first time Froome has competed in the emirates, and the Team Sky rider is set to go head-to-head with his Bahrain--Merida rival Vincenzo Nibali, who has won four Grand Tour titles.
He said he hoped his twin brother Adam, who also rides for Michelton-Scott, can win a Grand Tour in the future.
SIMON Yates sealed victory in La Vuelta to complete a British clean sweep of this year's Grand Tours.
Those punishing three weeks may have ended in heartache, but they proved Yates, who won the young rider classification at last year's Tour de France, had what it takes to contend in Grand Tours - and he delivered at the very next opportunity.
Created by Amazon Game Studios, The Grand Tour Game transports players to exotic locations, where they'll drive the world's most interesting cars, and participate in the show's outrageous challenges.
In a major coup for organisers, Froome will ride his first Tour of Britain since 2009, with the six-time Grand Tour winner making a rare appearance of any kind in a British race.
Victory on the Champs Elysees would also have seen the Kenya-born Briton claim a seventh Grand Tour title and become the first cyclist since the deceased Italian Marco Pantani, in 1998, to win the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France in the same calendar year.
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A group of pupils from Braehead Primary School have been hard at work giving a grand tour of Edinburgh Zoo - entirely in Mandarin.